While You Were Sleeping: Top 10 Underground Hip-Hop Albums Of August 2013 (Part 1)
MidaZ The Beast - AU: Another Universe (HipNOTT Records) 8.20.2013
MidaZ The Beast is a member of the Doxside Music Group collective alongside IMAKEMADBEATS, TZariZM, Synopse, Rugged, J. Freedome and many others. MidaZ has been killing the game for numerous years via his mixtapes El MidaZ Affair, The Life & Times Of Grizzly Adams & LOOPS plus his guest appearances on albums like Alchemist's Russian Roulette. MidaZ' relentless delivery, razor sharp lyricism and gravelly voice starred on many Doxside Music releases and it all culminates in his long awaited solo debut AU: Another Universe.
MidaZ The Beast's album boasts production from Marco Polo, Oh No, Paten Locke, Tough Junkie, IMAKEMADBEATS & TZariZM and guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Planet Asia, Blueprint, Sabac Red, Sharp, Black Gallery, Ms Mylodic & more. AU: Another Universe can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon, UGHH or Sandbox Automatic. You can also stream & cop it from DJBooth.net. If you actually value versatility, lyricism and production then you need this album in your life.
K-Def - The Meeting EP (Redefinition Records) 8.20.2013
Legendary DJ/producer K-Def has had quite a productive 2013 thus far. He's released the excellent projects The Exhibit, One Man Band & The Program EP all in recent months (and all have been featured in While You Were Sleeping) but the onslaught continues with The Meeting EP on Redefinition Records which features verses from Blu, Kaimbr (Low Budget Crew), Insight (Y Society) & Has-Lo. You can purchase The Meeting EP from iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats, UGHH or directly from Redefinition Records. Don't be late to The Meeting EP...
Slautah - The Red Room Experiment ((iN)Sect Records/Fat Beats) 8.20.2013
Detroit producer Slautah was one of the Rap game's best kept secrets up until now. The secret will be out after this beat tape (on actual cassette) from (iN)Sect Records & Fat Beats drops. His production work for Detroit outfit Almighty Dreadnaughtz has raised eyebrows for years but The Red Room Experiment will expose his beats to everyone. You can cop The Red Room Experiment cassette tape from Fat Beats or HHV and Juno Records if you're overseas.
BONUS: CASTLE - Gasface (Mello Music Group) 7.23.2013
In the last installment of While You Were Sleeping there was a clerical error which led to the omission of CASTLE's dope LP "Gasface". The straight to the point commentary about the working class life and Hip-Hop over 11 tracks clocks in at under 30 minutes. CASTLE removed all of the bloated aspects that most albums suffer from. There aren't any guest appearances and there is no pandering to anyone, just pure unadulterated expression. You can cop Gasface on iTunes, Amazon, UGHH or Fat Beats. You can also stream & cop it from the Mello Music Group Bandcamp. Don't sleep on it...