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New York-based MC discusses how he let go of self-destructive thoughts to make his most self-assured project to date For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Once upon a time, virtually every rap album only had one producer. In the ’80s and early ’90s, rappers and producers typically found one another, and then they bunkered up and went to work. The current landscape of emailed beat packs and albums constructed to check certain boxes isn’t necessarily the natural order. That’s a big part of the reason why the recent boom in single-producer rap albums has been so great. In the best of those albums, rappers and producers lock in on an aesthetic and then explore that vibe. (Some producers are better at developing that vibe than others. It’s not exactly a surprise that Haram and Bo Jackson, two of 2021’s best album, both share the same producer.) Too often, though, rapper/producer collaborations can feel a bit like idle wheel-spinning experiments — exercises to fill time. I was afraid that Wiki and Navy Blue’s new album would turn out like this. I shouldn’t have worried.

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In a week and a half, two prolific underground-rap forces will come together on a new album. The New York rapper Wiki, who’s now put in more work as a solo artist than he did with his old group Ratking, will release the new LP Half God, which was produced entirely by the lo-fi master Navy Blue. We’ve already posted the early tracks “Roof” and “Remarkably,” as well as the MIKE collab “Promised.” Today, Wiki has shared the one album track that features Navy Blue rapping as well as producing.

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Well, here’s a noteworthy convergence of underground rap talent. Wiki, the one-time Ratking ringleader who has become a New York hip-hop mainstay, is releasing his Half God album in a couple weeks. The entire thing is produced by LA native Navy Blue, the pro skateboarder, Pratt Institute student, and childhood friend of Earl Sweatshirt who has become a critically acclaimed musician in his own right. Two songs from the project were released at the end of August, and another one is out today, incorporating yet another noteworthy figure. “Promised” features Wiki rapping alongisde the young Brooklyn lo-fi luminary MIKE over a regally sighing guitar-led loop. It’s wonderful, and you should listen below.

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Wiki, the slurry New York rapper and former Ratking member, has been on a serious creative run lately. Earlier this year, he teamed up with the Belgium-based producer NAH and released the deeply strange album Telephonebooth. This fall, Wiki will release another new album produced entirely by one person. This time, the beatmaker in question is Navy Blue, the pro skateboarder who’s also carved out a serious niche as a lo-fi rapper and producer in recent years. (This won’t be Navy Blue’s first collaborative project of 2021, either. Earlier this year, Navy Blue and AKAI SOLO released the album True Sky, and Navy Blue produced every track on that one, too.)

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Right now, the lo-fi rap underground is in a cool, collaborative place. Ascendant young rappers and producers are willing to team up, not just for individual songs but for entire full-length projects. Today, we got a new one. AKAI SOLO, the prolific Brooklyn rapper, just teamed up with Navy Blue, the rap alter-ego of LA-based pro skateboarder Sage Elsesser, for the new album True Sky.

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Murs had a keyboard player. I thought that was pretty weird. Sometime in the early ’00s — let’s say 2003 — I caught a Def Jux package tour at my local indie rock club, and when headliner Murs was onstage, there was a tall, slightly familiar-looking guy off to the side of the stage, adding all these jazz-funk runs to his squelchy underground rap tracks. Especially in the context of a skronky and chaotic underground rap show, those slick keyboard embellishments were a surprise. But they worked. About halfway through the show, we got a bigger surprise. That keyboard player briefly stepped out from behind his instrument, put on a pair of plastic novelty glasses with a fake nose attached, and he instantly became a whole other person. That keyboard player wasn’t just a keyboard player. That keyboard player was Humpty Hump. It was like watching Clark Kent transform into Superman in front of me.

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In 2020, the Alchemist, the veteran rap producer, made two of the year’s best albums with different rappers: Alfredo with Freddie Gibbs and The Price Of Tea In China with Boldy James. In 2021, the Alchemist has already teamed up with Armand Hammer on the great Haram. And now the Alchemist is getting ready to release a guest-heavy EP of his own.

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Navy Blue’s latest record provides tools for personal and spiritual liberation For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

The mercurial young rap explorer Earl Sweatshirt has been keeping busy lately. In the past few months, Earl has shown up on tracks from peers like Armand Hammer and MIKE, and he’s released the one-off single “Whole World.” Today, Earl has also released an expanded edition of Feet Of Clay, the EP that he dropped…

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