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Top 10 New Rap Releases - August 2010

Hip-hop albums to check for this month


You won't find this month's hottest rap releases at Best Buy or Target. Rather, you'll have to scour web pages for releases like Wale's More About Nothing, Freddie Gibbs' Str8 Killa and Madlib's Advanced Jazz. That's right, mixtapes and EPs are leading the charge. Who cares about classifications? Good music is good music. Dive in for August's best hip-hop albums (and street albums).

10. Exile - 'AM/FM'

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You may have heard some of Exile's beats on Below The Heavens, his excellent collaboration with rapper Blu. Exile's solo stuff is just as brilliant. Says Exile: "With people on there like Evidence or Clutchy Hopkins I’m trying to go through the span of the different styles and the different people that I know and have them introduce what they know and what they do, which is different than what’s on my album."
Release Date: August 31, 2010

9. The Pack - 'Wolfpack Party'

The Pack is a Cali group that comprises of Lloyd Young L Omadhebo, Keith Stunnaman Jenkins, Damonte Uno Johnson, and Brandon Lil B McCartney. Wolfpack Party is the group's SMC Recordings debut. Eager to give fans a taste of their finished product, The Pack released a new track titled "Based Boys" on the web for a free download. The bonus song will appear on the groups sophomore Wolfpack Party along with the summer-themed single "Sex on the Beach."
Release Date: August 24, 2010

8. Camu Tao - 'King of Hearts'

Camu Tao recorded his debut before death snatched him away from us. It's not exactly traditional rap, but it's definitely worth checking out. Production-wise, King Of Hearts ranks among the best releases of 2010 thus far.
Release Date: August 17, 2010


7. El-P "Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3"

© Gold Dust Records

Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is an instrumental album from one of the most innovative minds in hip-hop. Physical copies of Volume 3 of the Megamixx series will include download links to the first two volumes, which were only available at live shows. EL-P recently leaked a song from the Central Services (his partnership with the late Camu Tao) EP in anticipation of the release of Camu's posthumous solo debut. Listen to "What God Should Do."
Street Date: August 3, 2010


6. Blu - 'Her Favorite Colo(u)r'

Blu exploded onto the scene in 2007 alongside partner Blu and made an instant mark with Below The Heavens. The L.A. rapper drew so much attention and applause that major labels came calling. His official debut will arrive via Warner Brothers sometime next year. For now, you'll have to settle for Her Favorite Colo(u)r, his unreleased solo debut. This was initially available in lo-fi quality from Blu's myspace. The mixed and mastered version will be in stores everywhere. The package includes a bonus disc featuring another unreleased Blu longplayer, The Godlee Barnes LP. (Fiendin' for more Blu? Help yourself to a copy of his Untaped mixtape.)
Release Date: August 24, 2010

5. Madlib - 'Advanced Jazz'

Advanced Jazz is the 8th installment of Madlib's one-a-month series, The Medicine Show. This one sports a mix of the multiple facets of jazz music that have showed up on Madlib tracks over the years. The millions of jazz records that inspired Madlib show up here in a compressed format. It's definitely an exhilirating ride.
Release Date: August 31, 2010

4. Wale - 'More About Nothing'

Wale has cooked up the sequel to 2008's A Mixtape About Nothing. More About Nothing picks up where that one left off, logging more Seinfield soundbites and more DC-inspired production than you'll ever hear on a rap album. If you liked A Mixtape About Nothing, then you're going to love this one.
Release Date: August 3, 2010

3. DJ Muggs & Ill Bill - 'Kill Devil Hills'

© Decon

DJ Muggs is one of the most talented producers in the game, having helped Cypress Hill, GZA and many others to a few hits since 1991. Ill Bill isn't too shabby himself. The two join forces on Kill Devil Hills, a sonically cohesive album that plays like a movie. The album enjoys guest appearances from the likes of Raekwon, B-Real, Sean Price, Everlast, Slaine, Chace Infinite, O.C. Q-Unique, Vinnie Paz.
Release Date: August 24, 2010

2. Freddie Gibbs - 'Str8 Killa' EP

© Decon

Freddie Gibbs has been knocking on the industry's doors for the past couple years, but 2010 has been his biggest year by far. He kept heads ringing with "National Anthem," signed a deal with Decon Records, and finally has an EP to his name. It's a good start for this bright young star.
Release Date: August 3

1. Bun B - 'Trill OG'

Bun B - Trill OG
© Rap-a-Lot/Asylum

Trill OG is the third and (final) installment in Bun B's Trill series. This is one has received the most attention but not for the music. The Source got too excited about Trill OG and crowned it the first 5-mike album since 2005. The jury is still out on whether or not it's deserving of such high praise, but that's saying something about Bun's status in the game.
Release Date: August 3, 2010

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