- By admin on July 2, 2014
Statik Selektah is a genius. On his last project, which was one of my favorite of last year, he managed to get together the perfect combinations of the hottest rappers in the underground together for each track. Now, it looks like he’s set to do that again. Shortly after a Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs joint, Statik gathers Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought together for a record that might just be one of the best of the year.
The track, titled ‘The Imperial’, is pretty imperial in terms of production. It’s a fast moving jazzy piece, that only gets more majestic as the background vocals cut in, then the symphonic section, and finally the three emcees laying down their rhymes. Action Bronson and Royce lay down some pretty good verses, but the focus on this track it Black Thought. He spits for at least half the track, and damn, you can’t touch what he lays down. Each line is harder than the prior line, and even Statik’s instrumentals mellow out to put more shine on the verses. You just have to listen for yourself.
‘What Goes Around’ drops on August 19th, but hopefully we won’t have to wait that long for another taste off the album.
- By admin on July 2, 2014
Prior to this track I had never heard of Kevin Cool, but his new track ‘The Time Is Right’ was quite the eye opener. The LA emcee packs a punch with his lyrics, coming strong with his slow cadence and smooth lyrics. Production on the track is handled by Phoniks, who, as always, lays down fire. The track has an oriental feel that comes in waves. It’s full and beautiful on its own, but Kevin Cool brings verses to the table that you in no way would want to miss. Stay tuned for more from Kevin Cool.
- By Mason Strehl on June 11, 2014
Alex Wiley, hailing from Chicago, might just be one of the hottest artists out this year. With backing from the Windy City label Closed Sessions, he released his newest project Village Party. The 14 track project takes a more modern and pop sound than most projects coming out of Chicago these days, but armed with Mr. Wiley’s spitfire lyrics and some autotune, he pulls out quite an astounding project. Along with it’s modern poppy sounds, it’s also very experimental. It’s a blend of many different sounds tied together only by Wiley’s vocals. Interesting to say the least, and somehow, extremely catchy. Download below.
Download: Alex Wiley – Village Party
- By Mason Strehl on June 9, 2014
Despite what many may say, hip hop is definitely not dead. It’s has seemingly moved out of America a decent amount to places like France, Australia, and UK. In the case of Soulpete, he hails from Poland and is here with his newest project Soul Raw. The producer put together a 14 track ode to real hip hop, a few steps above the money oriented rap that mostly fills Polish airwaves. To achieve this, he reached out to some of the best underground emcees including Blu, Smif N Wessun, Oddisee, M.A.R.S., Pacewon, and more.
The album plays through from start to finish with top notch production, with a varying array of styles. There are hard hitting tracks, soulful pieces, and everything in between. The samples are excellently chosen and melded together, backed by some of the most crisp drums you’ve ever heard. Each piece of the track is layered beautifully in a way that creates a deep and immersive experience.
The rhyming on the project is varied, as there are many different emcees involved. Each artist brings something unique to the table with each track – a unique flow, content, or style – and it works really well. The artist’s are also matched well to the instrumentals, which further changes the dynamics of the project. Track to track the project flows very well, each emcee complements both the one on the previous and next track.
This is the type of project that you put on the turntable, tape deck, or CD player and play all the way through. There are no filler tracks, like it should be. Each song is skillfully produced with a meaning and a place in the project, and it adds greatly to the value. Some of the highlight tracks on the project are “Balance”, “Dead Or Alive”, “Hood Shit”, “Power Is The Name”, “Rhymes On Random”, and “True Royalty”, but every song is has a place.
Download: Soulpete – Soul Raw
- By Matthew Strehl on May 30, 2014
With the release of These Things Happen coming down the pipe, G-Eazy is releasing more and more good material. G-Eazy is known for his expertly crafted vintage music videos always featuring himself in a dapper manor. G-Eazy portrays himself as a news anchor following a teleprompter in a similar fashion to the legendary Ron Burgundy from the Anchorman, the idea behind this is, no matter what G-Eazy says or does, he means it. I Mean It received 100,000 views in the first day, and G-Eazy’s “EAZY SEASON” could be as close as June 23 when the album debuts. Want more? Go pre-order I Mean It on Itunes now. Track and links below.
Download/Pre-order: G-Eazy – Lets Get Lost