there have been some amazing releases recently.
1) marco polo + torae - double barrel
who loves those hard boom bap beats? this album is chock full of them. y'all will need a neck brace after you're finished with this album. guest appearances from ruck and rock (heltah skeltah), masta ace, dj premier, dj revolution. epic sh*t.
2) tanya morgan - brooklynati
championed by ?uestlove, tanya morgan have been threatening to blow up for a while. however, IMO they never really put it together until this release. great concept album filled with dope beats and amusing lyrics. you can listen to this joint front-to-back unlike most albums.
3) diamond district - in the ruff
produced by oddisee - one of the most talented, new (relatively) producers around - this album is a breath of fresh air. finely chopped samples, banging drums, nice lyrics.
also being released in the next few weeks:
* mos def - the ecstatic (sounds great, you can check album snippets at amazon);
* j dilla - jay $tay paid (i haven't been a fan of dilla's posthumous releases, but this one is shaping up to be ill. put together by pete rock, and featuring havoc from mobb deep, black thought, raekwon, blu)
* blaq poet (street dude from early '90s. production is being handled by premier, so it should be nice)