In this month's roundup we have manic murder rap from Jarren Benton, geopolitical strip club songs from Jeremih, and some fresh filth from Shotty Horroh. It may not be the most star-studded selection, but we've hit the mid-late summer release valley, so expect some bigger names to drop projects in the near future.

Jeremih - Late Nights: Europe

It doesn't have the same polish as Late Nights: The Album or the luridness of Late Nights with Jeremih, but Late Nights: Europe (are you detecting a theme here?) is enjoyably raw and does a strong job tip-toeing the rap/R&B line. While it's noteworthy that the mixtape was allegedly created during his European summer tour, it's important to take this as a collection of new Jeremih material, not a high-concept album. There's nothing particularly Scandinavian about 'Oslo, Norway' with The Game. Still, there are more hits than misses here, and Jeremih's hybrid rap-sung style fits the projects off-the-cuff timbre. Highlights include the sauntering 'Stockholm', and Ty Dolla $ign collaboration 'Paris', which plays as a spiritual sequel to their terrific last collaboration, 'Impatient'.

Jarren Benton - Slow Motion 2

Jarren Benton makes rap music that sounds like the headphone cable should be inserted into your heart like the adrenaline needle in Pulp Fiction. His latest mixtape is no exception, as Slow Motion 2 provides even more mile-a-minute musings and murder threats from the Decatur, GA rapper. He occasionally veers into a B+ Danny Brown impersonation but largely sticks to his strength, which is rapping violently well over violent instrumentals. Particular standouts are 'WTFUTB' and 'Bobby & Whitney (Get It)', but for the uninitiated this is a mixtape that should be heard in its entirety.

Shotty Horroh - Free Drugs

Harsh, metallic, and industrial, Shotty Horroh's Free Drugs is the meeting point of grime and trap. It isn't for the faint of heart, and it's not necessarily the sort of record you want people to hear you blasting on a crowded train, but it is a pure example of aggression and swagger distilled to their most essential elements. Shotty taunts in an auto-tune croak on 'Curious' and guzzles lean like kombucha on 'Not the Plug'. The EP is brisk and Shotty is still coming into his own as an MC, but Free Drugs is a solid bet if your summertime rap playlist could use a bit more menace.

MoRuf - Loosies

A mix of SoundCloud singles and unreleased tracks, Loosies is a pastel assortment of jazzy, cerebral, introspective tunes from MoRuf. Initially released as one 27 minute supercut, the project is perfect summertime hip-hop, ideal for driving around or the quiet hours once the party has died down. Filled with rich pianos and crisp breakbeat drums, Loosies manages to sound both current and like something unearthed from a crate of dusty vinyl. It's a truly unique record that bodes well for Moolodic, his upcoming proper EP.

Cousin Stizz - Monda

Cousin Stizz broke out with Suffolk County last June and is back and improved with Monda. Coming from Boston, a complete non-entity in the major hip-hop scene, Stizz's sound is a mix of Northeastern bluntness, southern swagger, and a big heap of stoner nonchalance. 'Day Gone' is chunky and soulful, with a bit of a Pro Era vibe, while '500 Horses' meshes a woozy instrumental from Lil Rich with a unique rhyme scheme from Stizz (hitting the rhyming syllable on the downbeat as opposed to the fourth). Stizz isn't an all-world lyricist but he's undeniably cool and frankly that can be a lot more fun.