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Just when you thought 2018 was the summer of polished shiny hip-hop releases comes three of hip-hop’s biggest names with a gritty underground freestyle video. That’s right, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg defy every detail they’ve become associated with by uploading this basement session of a raw off-the-top freestyle.

For hip-hop purists, this is pretty refreshing. For fans of rap in general, it’s an enjoyable reminder of how much fun hip-hop can and should be. Here are multimillionaire media icons who’ve been scrutinized and overanalyzed as much in the media as they are by themselves – and they’re giving us reminder of why we keep coming back to this genre and culture we love so much. Throw in some fun illustrated animations on the side, and you have an unexpected welcome gift just in time for the dog days of summer.

The footage reported comes from a December 2017 session, and while there’s no plan for further releases from the three together, it is a promising glimpse of what the three can accomplish together.

 

– Our old pal Tyler, the Creator also has a new track with A$AP Rocky, this one dubbed “Potato Salad.”

– In what might be the summer’s biggest single, DJ Khaled has teased “No Brainer,” his forthcoming banger with Chance the Rapper, Quavo of Migos, and Justin Bieber.

– Get ready to spy a new favorite show as Kyle announced The After Party, his new show on Netflix.

– According to Phiadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, JAY-Z‘s Made in America Festival will remain in the City of Brotherly Love.

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