Satchel Page and Skipp Coon are back at it again and they have brought along DJ Jonasty with them yet again. Husbands, Artists, and Fathers radio is a honest critique of the cultural going-ons from two men who share those titles, amongst others. Peep game, you might learn something.
Philly emcee Ant Coughlin teams up with Wes Pendleton and Tragic Hero on “Thru The Floor” from his forthcoming project Light Rooms, Dark Halls. Production provided by fellow Philadelphia native Was Pendleton who never disappoints on the boards. Jersey’s Tragic Hero drops a nice verse sandwiched in between a couple of really nice Ant verses. Enjoy. Pick up the album.
When Hall Of Game dropped I had already been seeing the video for “Things’ll Never Change” on MTV Jams. That oh so familiar sample plus Bo-Rock from The Dove Shack on the hook made this an instant hit to me. Then add the fact E-40 slowed his flow down a little bit, spoke on some serious issues, and was rocking a Kansas City Royals hat in the video and that’s all it took. I played this track on repeat when the album dropped. It was soothing and soulful.
Today marks the day of Assata Shakur’s birth. I probably should not have to explain who she is. In honor of the occasion Skipp Coon drops a gem called “Assata Taught Me (Pg 181)”. You’re going to need to listen a few times if you plan on catching everything. Taking the role of educator, regulator, and orator seriously Skipp delivers soul splitting bars to enlighten and expose. Looking forward to the new project from Skipp Coon #MilesGarvey. This is but a taste of the movement. The movement has a name. The movement has a speaker. The movement has an aim. There are those who will no longer sit idly by as nothing is done to combat injustice. There are those who are fearless and unapologetic in their beliefs. Those are the people who’s time is at hand. The track ends with wise words from Assata, I recommend you take notes.
“I talk to God on the regular/In retro Jordans, a pistol, and a cellular”
“The weak go along, and the strong go crazy”
Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. bring some funk for your summer afternoon trips to the mall, gym, Oreo cookie shake spot, or back to work after a well deserved 15 minute lunch break. “Just Another Day” is a brilliantly fun and soulful track which shall be featured on their Pencils Not Pistols:Releaded. The album is an extended version of their E.P. released just last year via Illect Recordings. The reissue will feature appearances from Sivion, Sareem Poems, and James Gardin and is sure to attempt to break a neck or two. The brilliance of the track is that I know for a fact the sun has only shined like thrice in the UK in the past quarter century, yet they capture the feeling so well. Kudos fellas, Kudos………
You cats need to get your bars up and your cake up. Canadian born producer and emcee Matt Brevner has upped the ante. Shooting through out space and also on the moon must have been expensive but worth it. He brings along fellow Canuck, Tom MacDonald, on the trip to keep him company and man the space probe whilst Matt tramps around on the moon looking for what I can only assume is cheese or Andy Kaufman. The track is featured on Brevner’s The Bushido Project, which can be purchased by clicking the link below and donating some of your hard earned cash.
Eli Saf’s “L.E.S.”, produced by Rashaun, got the attention and support of Elliot Wilson and Respect Magazine, we will not hold that against him though. The track is melodic and smooth like a sunny afternoon with a pocketful of cash, an up to date metro card, and nowhere in particular to be. Think about it. Sheesh. Enjoy.
There are times when you can hear something from new cats that might transcend the content of the track you are listening to. “Flight Status Check” brings little to the table conceptually. This is not an attempt to take anything away from the combo of Adverse and Pehchriq in all sincerity. The talent is obviously there. The production from Lonedome is on point and the emcee duo ride the beat effortlessly and without flaw. Their vocal tones work well with the track and one another. I look forward to hearing what else these guys have in store for us. Maybe I’m just being a bit old fashioned when I say that I want to hear something other than the standing rap music status quo. Maybe you feel like I’m being a hater, or maybe I feel like I’m being honest.
Nas added Fashawn to his Mass Appeal imprint label officially and to celebrate Fash drops his version of a CLASSIC. “CA State Of Mind” is an excellent display of what Nas saw in the Fresno native. We’ve seen it for years, since before Fashawn dropped Boy Meets World. Looking forward to homie having some strong backing.
Statik Selektah drafts Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9, and Action Bronson to kick hardcore lyrics over some jazzstastic and soulful production. “The Imperial” is nothing if it is not the verbal display of talents that mere mortals cannot possess. Black Thought’s verse is everything I’ve been trying to tell fools for years. People look at me crazy when I mention his name when asked who’s the greatest. Sue me, but I dare you to prove me wrong. His resume is just as extensive as anyone you can retort with.