Ever heard an Albanian horror remix? Now's your chance. Telemachus reworks Get Off The PeePee by Bam Bam Bronson - who owes his lineage to the Balkan country. The jazz of the original is thrown out and replaced by a hefty break, cow bells and unnerving synths. A much darker affair all round.
You can find this on Telemachus's Wordplay Sessions Vol.3, only available with subscriptions to the magazine.
LSD enthusiast Chance The Rapper, who has been racking up online column inches of late with his Acid Rap album, has gone and hooked up with softly-sung post-dubstep virtuoso James Blake for this deft remix. Although you may not have thought it, it sounds like the pair were destined to work together from how snugly they fit together on this.
Verb T is lining up his seventh studio album, the laid back victory call of I Remain being the first sample of which.
High Focus have retained just that, with recent Dead Players video Badman also making noise.
Just when it felt like UK rap was starting to give up on itself, Krept and Konan (also known as Play Dirty) reach a new milestone, at once raising the bar for everyone else and offering hope that artists can successfully play by their own rules.
With no major label backing in sight and just two net videos behind them, the pair have cracked the top 20 UK album charts with their latest mixtape, Young Kingz. It's no mean feat. The UK has long been cursed by its demographics - there simply isn't a big enough market at home to support unadulterated hip hop. It must first be filtered and repackaged to make any commercial impact. At least that has been the case until now.
Writing for the Guardian, Hattie Collins speaks to the unassuming duo from Thornton Heath, South London about how they managed to pull it off. A must read for anyone with even a passing interest in their winning formula. Salute.
Krept and Konan: the secrets of Young Kingz' success
Young Kingz is available now.
CAS leaves the twisted drug talk alone to deliver a withering social commentary in the first verse of his latest track, You Might Be Scared, after which he does what's he's best known for. And all of this over Breakage's immense remix of Claire Macquire's Ain't Nobody.
This one's a no-brainer. Shortee Blitz and Turkish Dcypha take their favourite Jay verses, pick some gems from Dilla's body of work and throw them all together. Job done.
With Brand New Machine, two-man team Chase and Status are on their third album. And to get proceedings underway the Londoners have just given the world a peek at the project with this collaboration alongside Pusha Ton. The album lands on 7 October, MNIMN following the day after.
Onoe Caponoe summons the Funkymouse for his return, shotting cheese out of his cheddar-yellow motor and cruising around lesser visited astral planes. Peep our interview with the psych-rapper and his latest album, Willows Midnight Gallery.