Unlike his Nature Sounds labelmate Omega One‘s oft-cinematic debut album, Ayatollah‘s Now Playing features mid-tempo beats that are ideal for smoked-out freestyle sessions. Known for his work with the likes of Mos Def, Last Emperor, and even G-Unit, this NYC beatsmith presents 14 of his favorite beats here-many released for the first time and a few of which you‘ve likely heard, such as the reggae-tinged “Kingston.” These instrumentals are not the most intricate, but amid their simplicity you‘ll find a wealth of soulful samples and crisp drum patterns.