No matter what state you go to, there is always one artist that”hasn’t gotten their shine yet.” No matter what year of Hip Hop you research, there are two distinctive brackets that particular artist go in to. The first bracket it the artists that were on the cusp of doing something amazing, and everyone knew it, but was never was able to turn the corner (AZ, G Dep, Rass Kass, Field Mob). The second bracket contains artists that were flat out dope. They were better than 90 percent of the music being heard, but never got their moment in the Sun (Alley Boy, Cuban Link, Twisted Black, Bad Azz, Sick Jacken (of Psycho Realm). An artist who is gradually getting their moment in the Sun, and the chance to turn the corner is Killa Kyleon. If you’ve had an ear to the street for the Texas underground music scene, he’s been around for a minute. He’s not only been around, but has gotten on tracks with artist who have became stars and had the best verse on the song (Wiz Khalifa, Currency, Mike Jones, Paul Wall). He got in the studio with Nessacary (who is a beast in her own right) and put together a very solid project in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Don’t expect a bunch of stunting and getting to the money songs with this team. You get a few songs on that vibe (“Watching Me”, “Riding”), but it’s all business after that. “Since you niggaz bumping, I ain’t heard a better rapper yet. Still the hottest, I ain’t taking off my sweater yet. Besides the man in the mirror, I never met a threat. You a rookie, I’m a vet, verified without a check”, says a aggravated Killa Kyleon on “Intro”. Nessacary keeps up with Killa bar for bar on “Intro” saying “Opitical illusion, hoes ain’t really seeing me. Even with some Lasik, they ain’t really seeing me. Third times the charm bitch, but I don’t need your trilogy.” The duo has a pretty good chemistry throughout the album and showcases it on songs like “Talk is Cheap”, “Drugs”, and the aforementioned “Intro”. The cool thing about this project to me is that it seems as if they came into the studio and said “let’s make some dope shit”, instead of “let’s make some hits”. And, if “let’s make some dope shit” was their mind state, they succeeded.
Produced by K’riem Scott (@kri3m), “Black Timbs” is used metaphorically to describe her preparation for “war”. Timberland boots are synonymous with New York City style and are known to be very durable in time of conflict. The “war” she depicts is the one she is constantly having within herself as well as with societal oppressors.
For the last few years (with the exception of Nicki Minaj), there hasn’t been many women emcees that make it to the mainstream from the underground. Unless you are actively looking, you would think that there aren’t many of them who make street Hip Hop. One artist who hopefully makes her mark with this sort of music is Nello Lucchi. With a name like Nello Lucchi, you would instantly think of a different artist, but she is totally the opposite of what you think she is. On “Black Timbs”, she does what a lot of artist don’t do anymore: be personal and bare her soul. Over a dark, bleak beat with chopped strings, a subtle guitar, and trap drums, K’riem Scott gives her a perfect backdrop to paint a picture. She rhymes “Mama on them thangs, grandma at them courts, yeah my Pops is sane. Felt like a mistake, can’t get shit straight, back pay heavy, can’t sit shit straight. If you ask me, won’t tell you that shits great. I’m a tell you that real real, fuck I’m pissed, wait.”
“This that black Timbs all year song”, she says in the chorus which keeps the song rolling. This is a dope release from an artist that seems like they are headed in the right direction.
Stream Here: soundcloud.com/nello-luchi/black-timbs
Hip Hop smiles upon the release of Stable’s sequel to Made In Harlem. MIH2 delivers a perfect blend of yesterday’s storytelling and lyricism with today’s hype and turnt up vibes. With records such as “Pray I Go To Heaven”; “Dear Laura”; “Know What I Been Through”; “Our Lives Matter”; “We Spending” and others. MIH2 is promised to land Stable on the radar of many Hip Hop Heads.
Stable is a dope artist. His newest release (Made In Harlem 2) is a very well put together project. The producers (NY Bangerz, Dopeboyz Muzic, Raphael RJ2, and others) made sure to give him production that matched Stable’s passion and wordplay. One of the stand out cuts is “Pray I Go To Heaven”. He paints a vivid picture of Harlem with lines like “From the city where you make it or a dead goner. Corridors, crack smoke aroma, growing up seeing girls like Falona. For some red bottoms she’ll be a head donor. . .like a notebook, never knew all these lines would make the paper. Kiss my auntie on the cheek and sell a bag to the neighbors.” He has the ability to get political (“Our Lives Matter”), and then turn around and become very deep and personal (“Dear Laura”). In “Dear Laura” he says “Back and forth through the system. Hoping somebody is seeing the pain or even listens, never blurring my vision”. MIH 2 is a very solid project from a promising artist who shows the world of potential. Hopefully he doesn’t take another hiatus and continues to put out great music.
“The elixir is the essence of being able to control your future with elements of both the past and present. I live through my music only to progress towards a better day.”—Aaron Rose
After shedding his former pseudonym of A La $ole, Pro Era member Aaron Rose dropped a number of noteworthy singles and killed every guest feature. But with the release of his new EP, ‘Elixir,’ the Brooklyn rapper has never sounded more focused or motivated, and it’s only a taste of what’s to come from the young artist.
His tenacity becomes clear as soon as opener “The Root of Sole” hits your ear with its mad-scientist samples and production from J57 (he produced five of the EP’s seven tracks). And then in comes Rose to bring it all together, flexing his breathless flow and dizzying wordplay.
From there, the BK native continues to rip apart the instrumentals, including the jazzier “Break It Down,” featuring Domo Genesis and the more militant “Parkside Ave.” More than just a rapper with incredible chops, Rose also reveals pieces of his personality and background on those same tracks. Like on “Break It Down” when he rhymes, ”’A black man who knows what his worth is, I’m off the circuits/ From this American horror story, we in the circus”
Elsewhere, he eviscerates his critics on standouts “The Art of Sole” and “Swank Corleone,” the latter of which is produced by Latrell James. Rose also gets an opportunity to stunt alongside fellow Pro Era member Dirty Sanchez on “The Shift,” a slapper produced by The Audible Doctor.
Amidst the variety in sounds, the project remains distinctly the work of its host emcee. And he drives that point home when speaking on ‘Elixir,’ saying succinctly: “I am Aaron Rose and this is my elixir.”
‘Elixir’ is now available via Coalmine Records through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms, and can be purchased on CD through Fat Beats and UGHH. Limited edition purple/pink vinyl copies will be ready shortly after the new year!
Martial WAL Umbrella’s Own Hop Cashay Drops The First Official Single Off The New Ep “Liquor Stores & Churches 2” Ft. Fettichini & Pocketz Titled “9th Inning” (Prod. By Marz).
What Hop Cashay brings more lyricism to the trap sub-genre than usual with “9th Inning”. “Street niggaz bring the glocks out/upstate bring the ox out/Fuck trail/had to cop out/I’m on hidden camera with the mops out/shop closed when the ds coming/bagging up when the ps come in/money time when the res (re-up) come in/They gonna run and hide when the cheese come in” Cashay rhymes over a filtered arp with a rolling 808. It’s a perfect balance of club and street.
“Look I’m a younging/I was mad/But, I ain’t really know/wasn’t awared
and not prepared on how the streets should go”-Noochie-Trust Nobody
D.C has seen success here and there in rap. Whether you’re talking about Wale, Section 8 Mob, or B. Rich, they’ve always made their mark Hip Hop. The area’s newest offering is Noochie. Life in DMV area has always been rough, and reached it’s boiling point two years ago. Noochie shows the streets in in every way with his new release “Trust Nobody”.
This is a free project and features 2Ru3 (true) freestyling (rapping and singing) over various instrumentals from producers such as Erick Sermon, Warren G and The Alchemist. While delivering positive messages through the music, he also gets into some more personal expressions concerning past and present situations which give this release a more self-reflecting tone over beats that provide a soundscape reminiscent of 90s West Coast rap.
Check out the EP and grab your free copy below.
2Ru3 (true) is an artist that draws inspiration from the old school of the 60s to 90s era of soulful oldies and the 90s to the early 2000’s era of hip hop. His whole style and way of expressing himself musically embodies these influences yet still remains unique and genuine in its delivery. He also is passionate about not being labeled as “just another artist”, but desires to be known as an artist that stood for something worth standing for and that meant something not only to the culture of hip-hop, but the people that heard the music. A native of South Carolina born and raised outside the city limits of Columbia, 2Ru3 seeks to create timeless music with a message as many before him have done while also making a good name for South Carolina.
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“Today is a morning that leaves you lost in the light of last nights election which essentially is a continuation of a global trend of racist, sexist and homophobic populism from the usa to the philippines. the whole problem is very complex but all of these populist idiots benefit from a huge part of the people not caring and they rather “get lost”. juju rogers drops some jewels -fuck diamonds- over a bluestaeb beat for those who think their voice doesn’t matter. their album LIT drops in december.”
A beautiful collaboration “Get Lost” is a beautiful soulful track to help you forget that Trump won the election, it’s got a great up beat jazzy blues vibe instrumental and sweet smooth lyrics to match the beat, a damn good tune to chill to. Since releasing this track they have also released their album “LIT” if you like “Get lost” you’ll enjoy the rest of the album it’s got a very chilled vibe the most of way through, so laid back it’s horizontal, you had a long day life’s stressing you, put this on. My only complaint is that it’s too short and I look forward to hearing more of this two.