Cage’s rock-influenced album includes production by El-P, F. Sean, Aesop Rock, and the late Camu Tao and does not feature any other artists on the tracks.
Raj Halder, otherwise known as Lushlife, releases his self-produced album, Cassette City, featuring Ariel Pink, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof drummer), Camp Lo, and Fakevinyl.
After a seven-year hiatus, the neo-soul artist releases BLACKsummers’night, the first of a trilogy, produced by Hod David. Maxwell features no one on this album.
Mos Def releases his fourth solo LP with production by the late J Dilla, Stones Throw (siblings Oh No and Madlib), Mr. Flash, the Neptune’s Chad Hugo, Talib Kweli, and Georgia Anne Muldrow. The album also features Slick Rick as well as fellow Black Star member, Talib Kweli.
The Alchemist | Chemical Warfare (E1 Music/Koch Records)
The producer turned emcee’s album features a wide array of artists including Maxwell, Eminem, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, Juvenile, Kool G Rap, Twista, KRS-One, Kid Cudi, Blu, Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia, Prodigy, and Lady of Rage.
Underground emcee’s B/A and Yung Nate drop their new project as a testament to the struggles of an unsigned artist. It is powered by Subconscious Threads and 2DopeBoyz, with production by WoodysProduce, D Trackz, C.T Productions, DTZ Productions, and DJ Cal. The mixtape also features artists Lure, Proven, Mada, and Woody.