Broke Beats is BDCwire’s open-source hip-hop column. Every Saturday, we showcase the best new albums, EPs, and mixtapes available for free stream or download.
The inaugural seven days of June was a banner week for hip-hop. We had this dope Brother Ali freestyle from Soundset, a lengthy new Trap Wiz mixtape, a sneak peek at the Sole x DJ Pain 1 album, and two looks at k.flay’s debut “Life as A Dog.” Beyond that, our boy Lukey the Bird dropped a new song and announced a weekly remix series. More
Usually tales of months-long overseas recording sessions devolve into mythologically bloated excesses that are only revealed by the amount of cocaine that bellows from the box containing a master reel and the number of relationships Stevie Nicks has destroyed. For Providence’s Joel Thibodeau, a few trips to Iceland didn’t create any such tempest, instead the results are merely found in the exquisite “Island Intervals,” the third album from his band Death Vessel. More
Success in music is a combination of talent and drive, sure, but like most things in life, it’s primarily about timing and luck. Some artists fall into undeserved, premature exposure and burn up from the heat, others work their entire careers for an elusive break that never comes. More