Araabmuzik is the alias of hip-hop producer Abraham Orellana. Earlier this year (July, to be exact) Araab released Electronic Dream, which is a drastic change in form from the hardcore rap beats Orellana had been producing for acts like Cam’ron and Busta Rhymes. Electronic Dream showcases the versatility of this up-and-coming producer, and highlights a fascination with club and house music that is absent from his previous work. Here we get a glimpse into the mind of a producer who isn’t content in the confines of hardcore rap, and Electronic Dream shows Orellana spreading his wings and twiddling knobs in a way that few expected. I grabbed this album when it dropped in July, but slept on it until recently and I have been kicking myself for not blasting this banger all summer. The album comes off a bit on the cheesy side at first, but it will quickly burrow its way into your brain and have you begging for repeat listens.
Recommended if you like: Star Slinger, ASAP Rocky, Clams Casino, Balam Acab, or Shabazz Palaces.
ASAP Rocky is a rapper from Harlem, NY who blasted onto the hip-hop scene with last year’s DEEP PURPLE mixtape. On October 31st ASAP Rocky dropped his unbelievably good LiveLoveA$AP mixtape. If you are like me, you are incredibly picky about the hip-hop you choose to listen to. Not because it’s hard to find good rappers these days, but because you value lyrical prowess above all else and can’t stand to see a good beat lazily glossed over with shitty flows. ASAP Rocky delivers the goods on the new mixtape—with tracks produced by Clams Casino, Soufein3000, and DJ Burn One (just to name a few)—and his slow cadence burns like a tightly wrapped blunt. The best part about ASAP’s new mixtape is that you can cop it for free here.
Recommended if you like: Lil B, Spaceghostpurrp, Danny Brown, or Domo Genesis.