Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

MarQ Spekt – Murderface Splash [prod by Back Row]

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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Some new (possibly new-old) Spekt from The Grilchy Era, his upcoming compilation of unreleased material. He has that good ‘a bit unhinged and maybe a little drunk’ flow going on this, which is exactly what I want to hear from him.

VIDEO: Ar-AB featuring Dark Lo – Blow 3

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Start the day with some of that goonie gang shit from Philly.

MarQ Spekt & Blockhead – SumOfItsParts

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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It’s tempting to call Spekt perpetually underrated, but then I get the sense that he doesn’t particularly strive to be ‘rated’ either. He sporadically finds interesting/interested collaborators, does whatever feels right with them and keeps it moving; all without any discernible goal or trajectory beyond the satisfaction he derives from the process of making music in of itself. So it goes with his new album JustPlayWitIt as well – Spekt and Blockhead have done a few tracks together before, the songs came out well, so they made an album. The first ‘official’ single arrived without much fanfare via Blockhead’s own blog, and the obligatory email blast from the Hipnott records (who are hosting/releasing it); the attitude around the release feels like “If you want it, here it is. We’re not gonna shove it down your throat, but do believe this is good rap and you will not be disappointed with it.” And the song really is good, executed with the same loose-limbed confidence that marks the way it was released, and Spekt’s career in general.


Cormega – Angel Dust (Knxwledge’s nw​.​im​.​gne​ Remix) / AZ – A.W.O.L. (Knxwledge Remix)

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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Some random remix gems found while perusing Knxwledge’s bandcamp.
Theoretically ‘nw​.​im​.​gne’ shouldn’t even work, especially when compared to the vastly gullier original. The beat is good but it feels wrong; the breathy vocal sample makes it far too soft for this setting and distracts from the lyrics. But the juxtaposition hooks you, and the sum total feels pleasantly compacted and economical, and it becomes addictive even if somehow fleeting. I keep re-listening to at least partly because I’m not sure if I really liked it before, but end up enjoying it every time.

The A.W.O.L. remix is a far safer bet. Putting AZ over a smooth yachty sample is a guaranteed win.


Has-Lo – Exhale

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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This vaguely sounds like a lost Wu-affilate track, and I mean that as a 100% compliment. I wished he rapped more in the end instead of talking shit, although the shit talking is funny.


Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers – Young Blood Ft. Roc Marciano (prod. by Has-Lo)

Friday, April 5th, 2013
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Let’s be honest, many songs randomly featuring a Marciano verse tend to be kinda meh. The soliciting rappers are often not up to snuff, the man himself sounds bored to be there. But this one is notably better than most. Zilla weaves dark tales of wayward youth with determined panache, Has-Lo’s guitars go past gently weeping straight into unhinged wailing. And in the center of this worthy setting is a jewel of a Marciano verse, a rare moment where he weaves a linear narrative instead of defaulting to his usual stream of seamless fur-trimmed non-sequiturs. Other rappers should take note, this is a blueprint on how to collab with da gawd.