Ontologic, short for ontological, means “philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality” [via]. And, it’s truly a fitting name for this hip-hop duo who dedicate bars of poetics about hip-hop culture, its diversion from story-telling, gritty picturesque narratives to shallow sing-song rap songs. The duo, Unseen and Haiku, hail from Cincinnati, Ohio. Unseen…well, just Google ‘Unseen rapper’. These tracks are from the early-mid ’00s, so they’ve been in a state of ‘being’ for a while now. But, I don’t think they’ve ever gotten the attention they deserve. So, I give you Ontologic’s Why the fuck we need to put out an album album.
Artwork: Patti Miller
Duke Hugh, hip-hop producer/musician/alcoholic, is a master of flipping soul samples and turning them into golden-era-esque beats. It’s awesome. I had to ask for a Marinate Mix. He says, “When I got home I got the decks and some vinyl out and just went with the flow hope you like it, it’s a lot of different stuff.” His mix is 40 minutes of chilled-out hip-hop jams from Common’s “Interlude #3" to funky favorites like, Tom Browne’s "Come for the Ride". Do yourself a favor…kick off your shoes, pour a drink and soak in this.
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Kings, a young producer from over the pond, crafts a wonderful beat tape that’s made for cars that ride by with the boomin’ systems. He has previously released work with Californian tastemakers Soulection and he frequently employs bubbly bass lines, various synth leads and triplet snare runs. The Beat Tape is some heavy shit. You’re going to want to hear this.