Ol’ Dirty Bastard: “Osirus: The Official Mixtape”

Today, January 4, 2005, Ol’ Dirty Bastard posthumously released his “Osirus” mixtape. This hip-hop album peaked at no. 157 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 9 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.  “Osirus” has the ‘Pop Shots’ song, a production by DJ Premier. The song samples ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ by ODB, ‘Protect Ya Neck’…

Bond James Hard: “Spaced Out 2”

Today, December 26, 2020, “Spaced Out 2” by Bond James Hard (BJH)has received upwards 600 views on YouTube. Having only been out since September 26, that view count is impressive, and it is increasing. For an independent rapper, whose already worked with esteemed hip-hop heads Kirko Bangz and Lil Flip, that increasing view count truly…

Yung Bay: “Real, Respected & Rich”

Today, December 24, 2016, Yung Bay released “Real, Respected & Rich.” This hardcore album is above the average rap long play, with 11 explicit tracks that inspire real glow up. On Apple Music, I’ve marked tracks  2, 3, 4, and 5 as favorites, and I’ll tell you why. His true godfidence glares in tracks like…

Ivy: “Monkeys on a Porch”

Today, December 23, 2016, indie rapper Ivy released his third solo mixtape, “Monkeys on a Porch.” An underrated rap jam, this mixtape has both club and workout vibes. Made with rich beats, cooly matched with real lyrics so easily delivered. It’s a solid mixtape, full of pitching potential for labels like Def Jam, Interscope, Atlantic,…

Jidenna: ‘Knickers’

Today, December 21, 2015, Jidenna released his ‘Knickers’ single. The song is starred as a fan favorite on Apple Music, and it’s included on several HomageCollage playlists. Nana Kwabena produced this creative single, alongside Jidenna himself.  As it turns out, ‘Knickers’ is not included on Jidenna’s debut studio album “The Chief,” but it still has…

Next Up: NHL Marcel

Austin, Texas rapper NHL Marcel released his “Hard to Trust” album back in July 2020. This is actually a monumental debut for NHL Marcel, as he – in just eight tracks, shows mainstream readiness in the modern production, honest songwriting and delivery.  “Hard to Trust” is perfect for night and day driving, clubbing, and it…

Avant: “Private Room”

Today, December 9, 2003, Avant released his first studio album with Geffen Records, “Private Room.” Executively produced by the seasoned Steve Huff, “Private Room” is passionate, intimate contemporary soul on the same high levels of R. Kelly’s “Chocolate Factory.” On the US Billboard 200, “Private Room” peaked at no. 18, while on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop…