In commemoration of his own IXXI Initiative, Sean Leon returns today with his latest offering intriguingly entitled Sean Leon (The Death Of). It is 32 minutes of continuous music displaying new vocal and production experimentations throughout the runtime; possibly acting as a precursor and introduction showing listeners what to expect from his forthcoming album, King & Sufferin. The Death Of finds Leon singing on more of an equal footing as his rapping. The overall feel of this project is warmer — thanks to the electronic and dance elements — than his previous releases, and it’s easy to tell Leon is trying something new to great effect.
Octavian has been having quite an amazing year: he's released "Party Here," "100 Degrees," "Hands," "Little," and "Revenge" to the universal acclaim of fans and peers alike; received cosigns by Drake, Stormzy and A2; walked in Virgil Abloh's inaugural Louis Vuitton show while also having Abloh "design" the cover for his debut project; featured on Mura Masa's new single "Move Me"; and just recently signed with Sony/ATV and Stellar Song. In short, he's the new wunderkind of UK rap and he's capitalizing on all of the attention with his new breakthrough effort called Spaceman. Stream it here:
Effortlessly cool in everything he's involved with, A2 is like the Mahershala Ali of rap. His musical output might best be described as it "comes to him naturally" because he really is just smooth like that. Purple is his umpteenth EP providing listeners with a small vignette of what the Croydon rapper is capable of. It follows in the footsteps of last year's Blue wherein A2 introduced himself at length and his production and songwriting skills were showcased in full. Purple gives another good look at the uptempo and mellow stylings of one of south London's best. Stream it below:
It's been two years since Joey Purp released his debut project, iiiDrops, and since then he's been relatively quiet. So much so, that if you're curious enough, you can look back on his Soundcloud and essentially see the timeline of his releases since then. Nevertheless, quiet doesn't mean gone; Purp has still been steadily working, releasing "Bag Talk" and "Elastic" in preparation for his latest effort, Quarterthing, which is finally here. If you're unfamiliar with the Chicago native, expect full-bodied production with triumphant, catchy, and poignant raps to match. Clocking in at 14 tracks, features include The RZA, The GZA, Ol' Dirty Bast--, err, Ravyn Levae, CDOT Honcho, and Queen Key. Stream it here: