Taken from Hus Kingpin’s Nah Right Hype LP, which is a solid set of grimy NY rap that should appeal to fans of Roc Marciano and Willie The Kid. Great to see Rast starting to jump on features too.
I’ve had mixed feelings about Salva’s previous work with rappers, but this one really hit home as a great homage to classic West Coast rap. The last minute is a full-on tribute to the Chronic.
Taken from Salva’s Peacemaker album, available for download HERE.
WEED! STRIPPERS! MORE WEED! MORE STRIPPERS! What’s not to like.
The long promised but much delayed Doobie Brothaz album finally drops tomorrow.
This is from an EP called Giallo, which isn’t always my favorite subgenre of Euro-cult but it definitely has some gems, so I’d listen to this just based on name alone. Also, both of these guys already have good track records both separately and working together, so this is an all around solid bet for some good mildly conceptual indy rap.
Pretty much the album I hoped Andre would make, the album he’s been working up to since his days as Himself The Majestic, when he was already promising and good but not yet up to his potential. Time allowing I’m going to come back to this to lavish more detailed praise on it, but for the moment I’m just gonna say the dude wrote and rapped his ass off on here to great results. Highly recommended for people enamored with the act and art of rapping, and rappers being able to truly and honestly render their own world in their lyrics and walk you through it.
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These 3 always sound pretty good together. A-Villa has also produced for Roc Marci in the past with great results.
The more I listen to The Guys the more I think that this group’s greatest strength isn’t versatility, not exactly at least. It’s the ability to take modern rap and infuse it’s inherent moral frivolity with something much more personal and often political. Some day soon they might manage a very rare feat – make a ‘conscious’ rap album that really has something to say AND doesn’t sound painfully dated in both style and perspective AND is not aesthetically boring. Fingers crossed for that.
Didn’t love Lese Majesty at first but after a closer listen and a bit of osmosis it has really grown on me. It’s admittedly a tough one to crack at times, but worth the effort. Videos like this go some ways to correct the first impression that this album is more style than substance; it’s much easier to see what it’s all about when Ish’s dense abstract verses are fleshed out into a poignant narrative. Of course this is still Shabazz Palaces, so you’re not exactly getting an easy step by step walk through here by any means.