It’s a week with a leap day, which means you get one more day this year to enjoy the latest that rap has to offer! Here’s what will be on store shelves and in your iTunes this week:

Biz Markie – The Biz Never Sleeps

The Diabolical one’s classic album is FINALLY back in print this week and has never sounded better! Along with some of the Biz’s best tracks like “Just A Friend,” “The Dragon” and “Spring Again.” This version also restores the deleted track “A Thing Named Kim” and includes the never-before-on-CD alternate mixes of “Just A Friend” and “Spring Again.”

Ecid – Werewolf Hologram

One of the midwest’s favorite producers, Ecid returns with a new album that comes with a 16 page book. Werewolf Hologram also includes appearances by the late great Eyedea, Awol One and Kristoff Krane.

Gensu Dean – Standard Life

In the tradition of classic SP-1200 produced hip-hop comes Gensu Dean. Having produced for everyone from Ol Dirty Bastard to Royal Flush, his debut album Standard Life arrives with a great deal of anticipation. But with that anticipation comes a red carpet of featured guests including Brand Nubian, David Banner, Organized Konfusion’s Prince Po, Roc Marciano, Large Professor and Count Bass D.

Lazerbeak / Edison – The Kill Switch LP

One of the cornerstones of the Doomtree collective, who seem incapable of doing wrong at this point, Lazerbeak teams up with San Francisco producer Edison for The Kill Switch. It’s the season for instrumental hip-hop, and for fans of the genre this should be a must-hear.

Madlib – The Black Tape

The long-rumored 13th installment of Madlib’s Medicine Show is finally here! The Black Tape is the mix of hip-hop’s best (as well as best of the worst) MCs blended with brand new Madlib beats.

Planet Asia – Black Belt Theater

King Medallions is back! One half of Cali Agents, Planet Asia returns with Black Belt Theater, a star-studded reminder of why he’s such an underground staple. Joining him are Talib Kweli, Camp Lo, Ras Kass, Fashawn, Mistah FAB, Torae and more! Production includes Oh No and Khrysis.

Too $hort – No Trespassing

Fresh off one of his biggest tours, Too $hort brings us his 19th studio album in No Trespassing. With song titles like “Playa Fo Life,” “Porno Life” and “Respect the Pimpin’,” it’s good to see his “freaky tales” are as potent as ever. No Trespassing features appearances from 50 Cent, E-40, Snoop Dogg and more!


Hodgy Beats – Untitled EP

Odd Future member and one-half of MellowHype, Hodgy Beats steps into his own with his unexpected Untitled EP. Bringing his brand of cynical slapstick fun to beats from Juicy J,The Alchemist and Flying Lotus, Hodgy’s growth as an MC between this and the already critically acclaimed Blackenwhite is staggering. If you’re already on the fence about Hodgy, listen with caution as he’s about to electrify it!

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