OK presents his debut project BIGELOW. The seven track EP is entirely produced by the Boston-based Haasan Barclay and includes features from Michael Christmas, Samo D, and Haasan Barclay. The production ranges from the triumphant "Spectacular" to the pensive "Rest" all the while maintaining a clean, crisp aesthetic. OK flows over each beat with the confidence and ease of a veteran.
Friday, November 27, 2015
California native Clutch Kid delivers a quick verse over a self-produced beat. The vocals are layered to various degrees throughout, giving them an eerie sound that rounds out the already ominous production. Be on the lookout for The Kid's upcoming debut in the form of a 5-track EP.
Taking a different approach on his music, Topiq releases his first EP, Code Switch. The Simpson's themed project contains features from Cayso, SkyBlew, Sup Doodle, Sam Brown, Fourth Shift, Derrian Tolden, and Grace Yoo.
Right about now you should start to focus, Code Switch not only contains artwork from the animator of the show, but Topiq also obtained exclusive recording of Nancy Cartwright "code-switching" between her voices. The production itself is crazy and all over the place...truly experimenting what works and what doesn't, Topiq brings it all together with his lyrics and his rhymes and keeps you coming back.
Recent 1st and 15th Productions signee, Chicagoan, Esko, shares his visual for "Nightmares" with us. Piano melodies + labelmate Sarah Green's vocals tie the track together as Esko dives in and showcases why he got signed. I'd never get "tired of these nightmares" if this record would be included in the soundtrack.
First time...listening to Jamal Christopher and "First Time In A Jeep" has got me hooked. The 22 year old rapper out of Leimert Park, LA raps over a chill, distorted beat by Pdub The Producer. The track is the first off of his upcoming sophomore project Cigarettes And Coffee slated for release by year's end. Stay tuned for more on Christopher.
"Maybe it’s the EP’s finale and title track that captures the contradictions at the heart of the music. It's a eulogy to the summertime, a drinking song undercut by premonitions of doom, a reminder for us not to waste the days until our funeral—a toast to day drinking to forget our own collective pain."
Open Mic Basement Boy delivers a free verse over the smoothest of D.R.O. beats. This is the first noise we have heard from Will is Chillin' since his departure from Stank Face Records and it comes in the form of a track that "didn't make the cut" for his upcoming project "86" which is promised to be "super moody and depressing as usual." If this is any indication of what is to come for Voice of The Voiceless founder Will is Chillin' then the future looks bright, despite his decision to cut ties with Stank Face.
"Beast on beats any beef to me is fresh meat / if you got bars odds are they didn't impress me."
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Grizzly City member Otis Reed asks the pondering question I am sure many of us have thought at one time in our life. Over a smooth bassy back drop from JukeBawks, Otis gets accompanied by general Fashawn as they spit some dope knowledge. This track will appear on his forthcoming project "Otissy".
Zambian mc Zubz has been hard at work for 3 years finishing up his "Last Letta To Nina: A Tribute To The High Priestess Of Soul" album. Now back with the second release, Zubz links with two of Hip Hops finest emcee's, Skyzoo and Pharoahe on the hit single "Doctor Goodlungs".
Taken from his acclaimed "Pre Magnum Opus" album released earlier this year, comes the video to "Runnin", a personal and heart felt joint about our Day to Day struggles and uphill battles to stay on the Positive Path.