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|Fri, September 22, 2017 at 1:17 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Apathy & O.C. channel the Cold War era of the '80s on their new project called "Perestroika". The 12 track body of work was as a result of the two connecting at an Organized Konfusion show some years ago
Both wordsmiths have worked together previously-where O.C. appears twice on Ap's 2016, Handshakes With Snakes-but Perestroika is a celebration of what a collaborative rap record should sound like. Their rhymes are complementary in every sense, whether they're tackling serious issues on the title track, or showing love for their fans on "Globetrotters." The merger of both artists is one fueled by a mutual passion for the craft, and the finished product reflects their ability to play to each other's strengths.
Vocals aside, the production value of Perestroika further conceptualizes the album theme. In addition to the innovative sample flips-most of which were produced by Apathy himself-you're also treated to various Hip-Hop Easter eggs throughout, whether it's De La Soul's influence on "What It's All About," the abundance of winter-themed Hip-Hop quotables found on the scratch hook for "Winter Winds," or Ghostface Killah's vocals getting sliced to perfection on "Gorbachev," courtesy of Chumzilla.
Beyond just being full of quality Boom bap, Perestroika represents restructuring for the artists themselves. As O.C. explains, "The album deals with change, and that's something that's inevitable for all human beings." Likewise, Ap says that the idea of restructuring is "definitely meant to be taken literally." Not just for rebuilding this music, but also "rebuilding our brands and sounds."
Perestroika is just the beginning, and a convincing way to usher in something new from two of Hip-Hop's finest. The 12 track LP includes features from Celph Titled, Slaine, Jus Cuz and more, and also boasts production from Moss and ILLINFORMED. Head over to the digital retailer or streaming platform of your choice to support the album, or visit the Demigodz online store to purchase Perestroika in your preferred format (various bundle packages are available).
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|Thurs, September 21, 2017 at 2:19 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
I've said it a million times it feels like since the election, things have only gotten darker. Thankfully artists in hip-hop have taken a multitude of approaches to this, some like Chance the Rapper and Mikeyy Austin go against the grain to spread positivity. Others prefer to use these dark times to reflect and analyze the world in front of them. A.L. Laureate and Soulseeker choose the latter as the duo Flesh of the Mind, and today I have a review of their self-titled album.
Off top this is a dark album, there's no ifs, ands or buts about it, this album is dark, both SoulSeeker and A.L both go into some deep personal subjects. There's a loose theme throughout the EP of the end of days and at points on the EP the duo almost make it seem like they're a part of this post-apocalyptic world they've created here. Numerous times on the project the two touch on the idea of the end of the world, or a world where politicians have successfully brainwashed the nation making us robots, lacking creativity.
Flesh of the Mind by SoulSeeker & A.L. Laureate are Flesh of the Mind
Flesh of the Mind though permeates with creativity, Soulseeker's production really puts you in the dark, depressing mood that matches the lyricism of Flesh of the Mind. It's never repetitive either, Soulseeker's atmospheric and downtrodden beats do enough to switch up the sounds making the EP a diverse experience.
Duos are a lost art in hip-hop (let alone collaboration but that's for another time), Soulseeker and A.L have crafted a nice niche EP with this. It's not going to be for everyone, everything from the production to the lyrics of our heroes are drenched in darkness and a lack of hope. People like me who spend dark nights thinking too much love this type of music, but it isn't for everyone. I pray we get a full-length from Flesh of the Mind next year, their approach to the music is different from what we're used to, challenging, provoking thought not afraid of what lies beyond the shadows.
Flesh of the Mind by SoulSeeker & A.L. Laureate are Flesh of the Mind
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|Thurs, September 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Everyone wants to blow up right? Everyone wants to tour the world, jump into giant crowds, get blasted after shows and more, but what about the life you leave behind? "M00kie" by cunabear taps into all that and more. It's not often that we hear about what the tour life is like for those who aren't making millions. Artists taking risks to pursue and follow their vision does come with its set of consequences that affect everyone around you.
I was pleasantly surprised by Cunabear's just overall creative approach to this record. Seemingly influenced by artists like DOOM and Captain Murphy, Cunabear has an heir of anonymity to him. That said just DOOM and the Captain before him, Cunabear opens up his soul and his life to us, through trippy production, interludes and more. Definitely a top sleeper pick for this year in my opinion. You can stream "M00kie" below, lemme know what you think.
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|Wed, September 20, 2017 at 8:41 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Rock (of Heltah Skeltah fame) drops a hard hitting banger titled"FaxMachine," featuring none other than M.O.P.
While I don't recall any previous collabo between the 3 Brownsville natives (someone juggle my memory please), "FaxMachine" may just be their finest-and toughest-collaboration yet. The track which is produced by Ford Tuff and Pascal Zumaque, has that gloomy, cinematic feel that says "welcome to Brownsville"
It's only fitting then that Rock delivers a clever nod to the Transformers franchise when he spits that he and M.O.P. are like "the cannon on Megatron's arm/ And that ain't gon' change just 'cause MegaSean gone." It's that sort of subtle reminder that point out not only Rock's love for his lost partner-in-rhyme-Sean Price, of Heltah Skeltah, who passed away on August 8th of 2015-but also that he's more than prepared to do his thing on the solo tip. It's been a long time coming for the emcee's full-length debut, Rockness A.P., which is finally set to drop this Friday, September 22nd.
"FaxMachine" is the seventh and final instant grat track available for download off the iTunes' pre-order for, Rockness A.P. In addition to M.O.P., the 14 track LP includes guest features from Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Ras Kass, Kuniva (of D12), Ron Browz, and more, and is executive produced by Phil Anastasia (of Blood Before Pride). The album is now available for pre-order on CD as well as through the digital retailer of your choice via Digital Déjà Vu Records.
Pre-Order Rockness A.P.
01. Just Rap
02. Wishin (feat. Kuniva)
03. GW BaG
04. Camp-Wu (feat. Instpectah Deck, Method Man, & Tek & Steele)
05. Rumble for Me (feat. Kofi Black & Ron Browz)
07. FaxMachine (feat. M.O.P.)
08. The Purge
09. Poof (feat. Buckshot)
10. Declaration (feat. Raekwon, Ras Kass & The Last American B-Boy)
11. Rockness A.P.
12. F.A.M. (feat. Young Noble)
13. Shine Down (feat. Kofi Black)
14. Da Streets Want Blood (Ron Browz Remix)
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|Tue, September 19, 2017 at 9:28 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Virginia emcee NoFace Rapper stepped on the scene for us back in January with his debut EP "Wintercoat". The project was fitting for the winter time as it seems that's when life is the most brutal. In fact I remember having just lost my job trying to get back on my feet when this joint came out. Since the release of his debut NoFace has rocked numerous shows and even some festivals. Now here we are nine months later with his follow-up EP "Never Fear Rejection".
With six tracks in this installment, NoFace sounds more comfortable and confident on the mic this time around and this is heard throughout the entire project. In both the intro and the single "No Grammys" NoFace speaks on not being swayed or persuaded by accolades. Breaking into the mainstream isn't the mission, NoFace has the talent to change the game with his grind and talent.
There is a loose theme of not being afraid of rejection and just being yourself, that said NoFace is still being personal and bringing you into his life. While I didn't expect it, "Velma's Interlude" is actually my favorite track. It's short, sweet and to the point, but so pertinent and heavy with emotion of where NoFace has been this year. The album closes with "Divulgence" and it works perfectly to really bring the project together. NoFace choosing to mix his story with the more upbeat joints is a good move on his part.
"Never Fear Rejection" is a great follow-up to the "Wintercoat" EP. Where "Wintercoat" was very personal and honestly had a bit colder of a tone to it, "Never Fear Rejection" calls us to pursue our dreams and goals regardless of naysayers including ourselves. My only gripe with the EP was "Stranger Things" it didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the joints. Other than that I suggest giving NoFace a shot, you'll like what you hear.
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|Sun, September 17, 2017 at 9:18 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Apathy and O.C.'s collaborative LP may be brimming with slick talk, crazy wordplay, and raw beats, but the duo dials it back considerably on "Globetrotters" to deliver a personal anthem to life on the road.
Serving as the final leak off Perestroika, the single offers a glimpse behind the (iron) curtain and reveals what it's like to be a independent, hard-working Hip-Hop artist in 2017. For both Ap and O.C., it's a life full of ups and downs that leads to sleepless nights, bad food, and missed loved ones.
That all being said, it's also a life that they're forever grateful for, because they love giving back to their fans worldwide who continue to support their careers. As guest singer Jus Cuz drives home on the hook, these two underground rap legends keep pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits for "you." It's all soundtracked by the production talents of ILLINFORMED, whose work serves as the perfect album closer that's both catchy, and thoughtful.
"Globetrotters" is the third and final instant grat track available for download off the iTunes' pre-order for, Perestroika. The 12 track LP includes features from Celph Titled, Slaine, Jus Cuz and more, and also boasts production from Moss (in addition to ILLINFORMED). The album becomes available for stream and download, as well as all physical formats (CD, vinyl and cassette) next Friday (Sept 22) via Dirty Version LLC. Head over to the Demigodz online store for various pre-order options, and bundle packages.
Album Pre-Order/Bundle Packages (Smart URL): HERE
• Apathy • O.C. • ILLINFORMED
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|Fri, September 15, 2017 at 1:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
DMV rapper, IDK., formerly Jay IDK, announced the title of his upcoming album, as well as release dates, via an Adult Swim commercial. IDK had been teasing the acronym, #IWVB, via Twitter prior to the announcement of what it stood for. He had also released a single entitled "Baby Scale" featuring Yung Gleesh via Adult Swim.
Back in April, IDK announced a partnership with Adult Swim. He revealed that he and the network would collaborate on the roll-out of his next project via the release of music videos that would debut on the network. The commercial that aired last night at 8:50 PM confirmed that this process was in full swing. September 28th was listed as the "PREMIERE" date, while the 29th through the 13th of October were listed as "EVERYWHERE". While we don't know for sure what exactly is premiering, we can assume that the latter will include new singles off of the album and/or music videos. Check out the commercial below for yourself.
This is a very intriguing roll-out process. IDK continues to prove that he is one of the most creative minds in modern hip-hop. Tune into Adult Swim on the said dates for IDK's new material.
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