Michael Aristotle - Tadow Freestyle

“I just finished up the album and needed some R&R” pens a relieved and accomplished Michael Aristotle over this well-known Masego joint “Tadow”.

Honestly, it’s been amazing watching his growth through all the years and 2019 has been a special one for Mikey & the East Chain family.
It’s looking like the album will make its way to us before the year is over to put the musical icing on our aural cakes.

“Almost There”


WhyTri - Hot Boy Baby (EP)

Hot Boy Summer is coming to a close but don’t tell that to WHYTRI.

WHYTRI slides in with the 4th quarter buzzer-beater wrist flick and lets off a 3 pack to end the summer right. Each of these have a bop to them that are bound to extend the season for a few more weeks like Ground Hog Day.

Dive In.

ALMTY Ceez & Da Kidd Half - On The Low (Prod. Nino Francis)

You thought we forgot about you?

We’ve been sitting on this one for a minute and are super excited to let this one go.
ALMTY Ceez laces this Nino Francis beat for the perfect partnership to easily give anyone goosebumps. As if it couldn’t get any better, Da Kidd Half tunes in some rasp on the hook to emphasize the pain that’s already apparent.

TDN EP in motion.
Stay noted.


SAINt JHN - Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs

Hot on the heels of his 2018 release, “Collection One,” SAINt JHN has delivered Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs, a 14-song album with his genre-blending rapping and singing poured into it. This album has a whole lot of melody. The production doesn’t disappoint at all on this project. If there’s anything SAINt JHN is really good at, it’s writing catchy hooks and refrains. The most surprising guest artist on the album is Lenny Kravitz, who assisted on “Borders”. Other guest artists include Meek Mill, A Boogie, and Lil Baby. Comment below how you felt about the album.

Enjoy the stream!

Missy Elliott - ICONOLOGY (EP)

Incredible, man. Missy Elliott finally dropped her first project since 2005’s The Cookbook.

Almost 50 years old and the rapper is still releasing great music. Featuring production from longtime collaborator and legend, Timbaland, as well as Wili Hendrix, the EP comes in at just under fifteen minutes, and, every song on it is great. They’re fun and make you want to dance. The first two songs got a lot of bounce to ‘em. The next track after that, “DrimDemeanor (ft. Sum1),” has somewhat of a lounge-style R&B feel to it. The final song, “Why I Still Love You,” feels an electro-soul feel to it. She’s very much in a league of her own compared to her peers.

There are very few people who have had a comparable longevity to their careers like Missy Elliott has. The key here is consistency. We’re really not worthy. She even blessed us with an acapella of my favorite joint from this project, “Why I Still Love You”. This will be in frequent rotation while we wait for her album to drop.

Enjoy the stream!

The Cool Kids & The Alchemist - Layups (EP)

“WTF is this!?”

In case y’all missed it, The Cool Kids came out of their hiatus to release a 3-piece EP called Layups. Chuck Inglish briefly hinted at the project earlier this year on Twitter, and, if you follow Sir Michael Rocks’ Twitch stream, you may have heard snippets of it there. Instead of Chuck Inglish handling most of the production this time, they teamed up with legendary producer The Alchemist, who seems to be on fire this summer with his latest releases.

The entire project comes in at less than ten minutes and is worth sparing time for. Mikey and Chuck both have some smooth raps in store, and Boldy James as well as Shorty K, both featured on past Cool Kids projects, make guest appearances. The two tracks I like the most are the titular ‘Layups’ and ‘Polansky’. Polansky is easily my favorite. The beat is a jazzy, cooled down production that sets the tone for some lowkey Black Air Force activity. Boldy James delivered some dope rhymes. 

Be on the lookout for some more heat from The Cool Kids later this year, since they’ve teased a song with Kenny Beats and a new project after that coming soon. 


Mac Ayres - Juicebox (Album)

Having all the juice isn’t easy.

Mac Ayres gifts us his third project in as many years with “Juicebox”. This one solidifies his sound even more as he continues to float over groovy production. The slow and smooth joints hit just as nicely too so it provides a mix of great vibes.


Snoh Aalegra - Ugh, those feels again (Album)

When the snow storm intensifies and the stress gets louder there’s the “go-to” artist we search for to help us through our feels.

Insert Snoh Aalegra

After a successful drop with “Feels”, Snoh Aalegra rewards us with a well-crafted continuation of sorts aptly titled “Ugh, Those Feels Again”. Make no mistake though, in this instance the sequel feels much better than the original. With No I.D. at the helm of the sounds again, Snoh delves deeper into her emotions. This time she pieces herself together in front of us through the music after heartbreak.

Check out her Billboard interview about the album, the process, her personal life in relation to the album and more right here.


Father - a lot on ur plate

Father & Meltycanon are a unfair combination that never misses. 

Here is Fathers newest drop “A lot on ur plate”. 

A melodic record that showcases how versatile father can be. 

I would LOVE a project between Father & Meltycanon I think of all the producers father has worked with Melty captures his sound the best.

Enjoy the new single! 

- Cøøg

Cousin Stizz - Trying to Find My Next Thrill (Album)

Our favorite Cousin Stizz is back with his brand new album “Trying To Find My Next Thrill”.

A summer isn’t a summer without a stizz project. This time around he brought along $ean Wire, Freddie Gibbs, Smino + more. 

Watching Stizz prosper since “Suffolk County” has been amazing. 
Let’s hope this project puts him in bigger position to keep winning. 
Enjoy the stream!

- Cøøg

Tory Lanez - Forever

Betrayals, fake friends and relationships. Things we are all familiar with. Tory Lanez shows us in the video he can relate. The video shows many images of Lanez dealing with arguing in friend groups and shows when things get heated peoples real colors show. Lanezs video shows us that you really never know someones true intentions. Check out the video and let us know your thoughts.


Chance The Rapper - The Big Day (Album Review) Pt. 2

Alright, so... The first half of this album left me with mixed feelings. It started out strong but quickly ran out of gas like it was asthmatic. After a much-needed break and without further ado, let’s dive in to the second half of Chance’s debut album, The Big Day. Skip to the end for my final thoughts/rating.


12. Big Fish. I think my favorite part of this joint is the beat. Anything with pitched up vocal samples reverberating in the background usually catches my ear. Despite that, the lyrics were really lacking. “Birdman hand rub… This shit fit me like a damn glove, Shit cleaner than a hand scrub,” raps Chance in his opening verse. The only bars Chance is bringing to this track is soap bars apparently. *insert corn emoji* I think Funkmaster Flex would be sorely disappointed here. Honestly, my favorite part is when Gucci Mane comes in to relieve an exhausted sounding Chance.


13. Ballin Flossin. The beat contains a sample of “I Wanna Be Down” by Brandy. Timbaland and TrapMoneyBenny produced it. Shawn Mendes comes through to deliver the hook. It’s catchy, it’s got a groovy piano bounce to it, it sounds danceable. I like this joint, but I don’t really love it. It’s definitely going to be a hit with the white girls though.


14. 5 Year Plan is a decent song. It’s simple bars but with a healthy dose of praising God and some introspection. It’s a soulful song, kinda playful, with some more pitched up vocals that I love to hear. It’s kind of preachy though, so it may not be for you.


16. Get A Bag. I really like this joint. I’ll be honest, I’ve kinda tuned out the lyrics at this point, but I love this beat. It contains a sample of “Only One” by James Taylor. Calboy contributes an autotuned verse on this song too. Was I listening to what he said? Nah not really, but it sounded nice to my ears. Oh yeah, and Lido contributed to the production of this beat. This is a decent song.


17. Slide Around features guest verses from Nicki Minaj and Lil Durk, and Pi’erre Bourne produced it. The bassline is really nice on this one. Pi’erre did his thing here. Durk’s verse is hella catchy. Chance keeps rapping about “Salmon Gucci Slides” on the hook, flying in jets and living with his ride or dies. If I could afford Gucci slides I’d probably rap incessantly about them too. Jesus didn’t wear Gucci sandals, though, so I’m not stressing over it. I actually liked this joint, jokes aside.


18. Sun Come Down has Chance getting introspective about his legacy, as he basically asks us to focus on and celebrate his life, rather than how he’ll pass away, when that time comes. It’s like dude gave us his will in oral form. This was one of the more personal songs on the album. It’s easy to listen to, but it’s not something I’ll be returning to.


19. Found A Good One (Single No More) is a long ass title. Chance hops on another danceable beat, with catchy piano melodies, bouncy drums, a hook that I can guarantee you will be on someone’s Instagram caption… Yeah. Murda Beatz added to the production on this joint. There’s several switch ups throughout the song that keep it interesting. I dig this one a lot.


20. Town On The Hill is a really slow song. Chance does his singing thing here. There’s a really dope synth lead and bass that come in two minutes into the song, courtesy of Francis Starlite. It’s worth skipping ahead to. I really want to sample this song. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea, though.


22. Zanies and Fools. WE MADE IT! The final song of the album. Some pretty, pitched up vocals start the beat out. Shortly into it there’s a beat switch up where the tempo really picks up and some ethereal pads barely swell in. A chorus of singers sing “It’s possible” throughout. It’s possible this album isn’t the worst one of 2019. Nicki Minaj contributes another verse on this song at the end. Lyrically, nothing stands out here. Nicki raps out Fendi per usual. It’s an OK song.

Alright… man. That was exhausting. My take on The Big Day – This isn’t a Grammy-worthy album. This isn’t Acid Rap or Coloring Book. What we get in place of his past projects is… something that felt confused. It had a lot of personal songs on it, but also had some terribly random, confusing ass ones (re: Hot Shower – what the fuck?) You know a song’s a flop when a white father-son duo makes a cringey dance video to it. There are some really good songs on this album, but they’re far and few in between. The first listen through, I was thinking this was a pretty damn good album, but once I started to analyze and digest this one, I was less convinced. There’s a lot of features on this one to coax me into listening, but they couldn’t save the day. I’m left wanting a lot more.

Rating: The Big Day gets 4 out of 8 pizza slices. Could’ve been worse.