I will always be a golden era head, which usually means new cats get categorized in one of two places. Either in the garbage bin or in the “meh” bend. There are times when a new artist or group makes an impact on me and instantly gets placement on an iTunes playlist or 3. I present to you the duo of producer Elbe Kim and emcee Justo. Hailing from the Rotten Apple, the chemistry between these two is great. Every so often a producer/rapper duo click on a level which makes everything sound effortless and timeless at the same time. Even less often than that they form a group and release an album/project together. Elbe and Justo are the latter. With a name like FlySeoul, I admit I had some high hopes. I digs the name. The beats are all headnodders and Justo is a very capable lyricist. “On & On”, “Discipline”, and “Back Against The Wall” are the instant standouts, but the whole mixtape goes. It feels good to be able to press play and let the whole thing ride. I’m definitely looking forward to more music from this duo and I think you will agree with me on this one. Oh, and it’s Free via their Soundcloud page below. So you have no excuses.
West Coast natives Harn Solo and Caliobzrvr will be releasing their collaborative EP The Experiment this summer. The first drop from the album is a futuristic upbeat track produced by Dreaux Beats. With drastic differences in vocal styling both emcees ride the beat with ease while trading bars back and forth. Looking to build on the recent success of their solo projects solo projects, Solo with Picture Perfect and Cali with The Untrained Eye, the two have joined forces. The Experiment will feature production from Dreaux Beats as well as frequent collaborators Pro Prospek and Crescent Kingz.
Canadian Canuck, D.O. (Defy The Odds) lets loose of some visuals for “Still In It” from his newly dropped album Down Home. The video from “Still In It”, which serves as the intro to the album, was shot in Amsterdam and directed by the team of Duane Gibson and Preetam Sengupta. D.O. has been making some noise, especially in his hometown of Toronto. Down Home was produced entirely by Juno award winning producer Classified and features some assistance from Saukrates, Joell Ortiz and others.
The Legendary Roots Crew drafts Raheem Devaughn for the latest leak from …then you shoot your cousin. A stripped down track with Raheem’s vocals taking center stage. This is like song you sing the day after your “Happy” binge, while nursing your Pharrell hangover. May can’t get here soon enough, it is going to be a big month.
Tek and Steele’s 1995 album Dah Shinin’ is nothing short of a classic record from raps second golden era. Duck Down was the label and the Boot Camp was the Click. “Wreckonize” was the third single to drop from the album and featured production from Baby Paul of Da Beatminerz. The Grover Washington/Bill Withers sample was flipped just right here and Tek and Steele lay their vocals flawlessly.