A couple selections from the two best rap records I've heard so far this year: "Children of the World" appears on the the new free, self-produced mixtape from Mississippi's Big K.R.I.T., and "Blastit" is taken from the self-released, self-titled EP from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces (Ishmael Butler, formerly of Digable Planets):

Big K.R.I.T. :: children of the world
Shabazz Palaces :: blastit at the homie rayzer's charm lake plateau bbq july at outpalace pk

Get Big K.R.I.T.'s mixtape free here, and get both EPs from Shabazz Palaces here. [thanks to our friend will for the heads up on Big K.R.I.T.]