Cool Nutz – Bars

Cool Nutz has started in the generous trend of giving away free music. This is his second freebie album to the fans with the eleven track project “Bars”. The acclimation of the music industry makes it almost so you have to give away your music even as an OG of the music game. With the newer generation buying music almost seems frowned upon as sad as that may sound. Even said Cool Nutz has lived that life from major deals to doing what major artists have been able to do. It’s commendable to see an artist aging still having passion to make music. Cool Nutz has always been a consistent artist that has made quality music and “Bars” follows that trend. Nutz has a potent voice and always covers an array of topics plus he really puts his music together well. Circumstances and timing have a lot to do with blowing up but if asked im sure Cool Nutz would be happy with what he has been able to accomplish thus far.
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tos x 1800 – Incense x Innocence

Tos is a fairly new name when it comes to northwest artists but his first impressions is what garnered your attention. Without hearing much music he came onto the scene with some really crisp visuals and some different sounding production courtesy of 1800. While 1800 is from Seattle the two met in Oregon where tos resides and the outcome was the debut collaboration “Incense & Innocence”. Tos boasts a unique voice similar to that of maybe an early Camp Lo esque vibe and his music is more everyday rap. What that means is this is not mood music for a particular occasion. Tos is just an artist speaking about his everyday life experiences and trying to make it appealing through the art we call music.  Production is handled in full by 1800 with features coming from vocalists, C-Villain, and Biig Joe.
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Bolo Nef – Solo Invictus

UDF on the solo tip lately. Few months after the release of Caz Greez’s “Misfit” now comes Nef Bolo’s “Solo Invictus”. These two really started it all off anyways when the dropped “Skull And Bones”. This project is short just like every UDF project but features the same wicked darkness you have come to expect. Content does not stir away either and Bolo Nef gets a full length feature to showcase his inclusive voice. Reminiscent of that older Memphis underground music sound Nef goes in hard over ten tracks. With some dark street tales, intense female debauchery, and required drug use it has become a slew of signature building from UDF as a crew. The project features only Caz Greez and all the production was handled by Khrist Koopa. You can grab it for HERE.
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A King Also (AKA) – Marmalade Skies

A King Also known as AKA for short is prepping up to release his next full length project “Infamously Unpopular” on 1/28/2014. Described as mid tempo hop hop ballads directed towards female fans, mixed with real life situations involving love, life, ups and downs are just some of the subjects tackled on this album. The album will feature apperances from The T.E.AM., Kev King Cold, Quis, TeeWhy, Carl Roe, and Syam. The first leak from the project is titled Marmalade Skies and you can grab it for free over at AKA’s bandcamp.

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Nacho Picasso – Trances With Wolves (The Prixtape)

New year new Nacho. Guess some things never change as it was not even a few months ago Nacho dropped off “High & Mighty”. To say consistent might be undermining Nacho’s Pac-esque work ethic of new music. The latest release “Trances With Wolves (The Prixtape)” features seven brand new tracks with features from Moor Gang family Gifted Gab and close affiliate Avatar Darko. Great line up of producers with beats from S.A.T., League Of Starz, Eric G, Jake One, Raised Byy Wolves, and Mackned. You know what to expect and its free.

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J1M C2LE x Philthy Rich – Flavn

Jim Cole aka J1M C2LE hails from Portland, Oregon. He became intrigued with music at 10 years old when he wrote his first song. Inspired by West Coast gangster music, Michael Jackson, and Tony, Toni, Tone his versatile style allows him to connect with various audiences. In conjunction with Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Jim releases his latest mixtape “Flav’N”. A collaboration with Philthy Rich the mixtape features tweleve brand new tracks with features from CEO Streets, Nasty Nelc, T. Soprano, Face’Shawn, Shadt, and Lil E. J1M C2LE has been featured on many West Coast artist’s albums including T.$oprano, Syko, Duna and many more. He has worked with many producers in the Northwest and continues to expand in order to share his stories of struggles and successes. His loyal fanbase has grown due to his strategic grassroots marketing and determination to build his brand. After multiple performances and several mixtapes he is making a name for himself within his city. The mixtape features production from Yung West, Fronty P, and Syko.

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Meez – Eat Or Starve 2

The boss of the Seatown is back with the second volume in his newly deemed “Eat Or Starve” series. While stating you’re an underground artist is almost cliché and many prefer to be called indy this is why many embrace Meez’s EOS movement. With his Hungry Records imprint he has stayed consistent over the years. Meez’s ability to bridge the gap between working with some of the best local artists as well as artists on the come up from other regions grows with every release. The project dons features from Gunyplay of Maybach Music Group, Guce, Philithy Rich, J-Stalin, Kia Shine, and one of the more abundant local feature set. One of the last few underground artists doing it from now and then.

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Stewart Villain – No Manners

Producer turned to rapper? You can already hear the sighs but in the case of Stewart Villain just how he surprised everyone as a producer he does so again as a rapper. Originally looking to be more of an EP “No Manners” actually turned into a full length project. With the assist of features like iLLA, Pac Div, Tope, Milc, Covae, Dvnny $eth, Matt Andujo, and Cassow it probably made things a lot easier working with a lot of other up and coming talent. The project fulfills in a good way with good songs and is probably one of the better northwest projects this year. Stewart doesn’t hog the boards solely instead getting some outside production from Gang$igns, Trox, Mike Weed, Timeless One, Magic Fades, and 1NE HUNNID.
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Steezie Nasa – Moor Militia

The Moor Gang youngen Steezie Nasa drops his second project called “Moor Militia”. After a few leaks and recent videos for Air Em Out, Art Of War, and All Day the nine track project finally arrives. Features include Moor Gang associates like Cam The Mac and Nacho Picasso along with Mack Ned plus the D Valley.
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Skuntdunanna – The Back Pack Theory

Oftentimes artists find a successful niche and it works so they never challenge themselves to do anything outside of the comfort zone. This often leads to falling off or wearing off on fans who actually invested time into your music. As a artist grows the fans grow with them and as a OG of northwest rap Skuntdunanna is probably seeing déjà vu effects from being such a workaholic. With some albums that span back in the northwest history books to more recent releases you have really garnered to see various doppelgangers of the type of artist he can be. While the small minded play first look judgment Skunt has themed all his releases very well to show his uncanny ability to do it all. Why stop now as Skunt releases his latest project the “Back Pack Theory” which is a album he notes as being B-Boy experience. What does that exactly mean? Well to sum it up “real music” and for those still be fumbled in thought don’t expect any cursing either. A daily challenge for most Skunt does it for a whole album and also cuts out the typical rap clichés. No talk of bitches, clubs, guns, or the all out gangsta affair people probably associate him for. With none of that, all that’s left is the man and while we have heard Skunt on his real spit before this is for a whole album. Kind of has that old school approach of just rapping without any end-arounds, that route artists used to take and you believed every word that was coming out of their mouth. It’s the rigors of life and unknowingly so Skunt does not have to put you in his shoes as it is something we all experience. Overall this is a project that even Skunt fans will probably be a little surprised about but he also keeps the features light and it’s a free download.
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