Stress Boogie is an upcoming rapper who’s forthcoming Randy Watson EP is promising if this track is any indication. “Glow” was produced by Stress as well. I can dig it, can you?
9th Prince (Killarmy) calls upon the assistance of the Golden Chyld, Ras Kass, on “California Dreaming” from his forthcoming album Shaolin Prince. Why do I believe Ras when he says he’s got a Mitchell & Ness yamaka? If you like the track you can buy it by clicking on the link below and turning some of your hard earned money into a cold hard mp3. Well, something like that anyway.
On April, 29th producer Apollo Brown, by way of Mello Music Group, brought to the world his instrumental album Thirty Eight. The tracks offered a backdrop to the raw and grimy Detroit soundscape. As a member of the Ugly Heroes crew we got a glimpse into the genius of his work. On this new album we get a full helping of it. When listening to it, I couldn’t help but imagine different emcees spitting bars over the beats. They had to be just as grimy. They had to bring lyrical fire. Well, I did not have to wait long for that dream to be answered. Apollo enlists Roc Marciano to step in and body the “Lonely & Cold” beat.
D.I.T.C. affiliates Molecules, Chucky Smash & Cee-Low released their debut as The Legion back in ’94. Over the coming years their releases were few and far between, but now they reconnect on a few new joints as well as offering up some classic and rare tracks from over the years on the properly titled The Lost Tapes. A collection of over 20 tracks and available digitally via Amazon and iTunes (links provided below). “For You” is one of the three new tracks recorded for the project and was produced by the group. It’s got that D.I.T.C. feel and vibe, you cannot help but nod your head to it.
Atlanta has produced some absolute monsters in the rap music industry over the years. We would be here all day if I created a list, the fact you are reading this means you should be familiar with anyone I could point out to you. Back on subject……E.R.A. is a new wave of Atlanta emcee who seems to want to break the stigma of the ATL sound. Of course, this only works when you are not aware of artists like Binkis Reks, Scienz Of Life, Mars Ill, etc. For me, he is simply carrying on tradition for the heads in GA. The musical backdrop for the project is provided by Glenn Gretzkey and Fate, E.R.A. is lyrically on point with tracks like “Coletrane”, “Felt This Way”, and “Our Turn”. I recommend this album for those who keep looking for artists that carry the torches lit back in the 80’s and 90’s. Oh, it’s free for you too, so what is your excuse?
When mixing Gulfport, MS with some sounds from the western most coast the end result is Jaamel’s “Ride & Drink”. Jaamel also produced the track using elements which will be familiar to those of us blessed enough to remember the 90’s rap music explosion. Jaamel reps GPT like fellow Mississippi emcee Tito Lopez, who dropped one of the hottest hip-hop tracks last month “White Lies”. More of this and less of that other junk.