Detroit emcee, Isaac Castor delivers the title track as the first single off his upcoming album, The Rabbit Hole. Psychedelic elements are evident as a theme in “Rabbit Hole (99 bottles)” and throughout the entire album. Punchy drums and wavy echoes of chopped female vocal loops paired with resonating organs set the vibe on the track. Stalwart Detroit producer FoulMouth is on the boards, lacing Isaac for this joint and for the entire album. On this track, Isaac breaks down the differing drugs of choices and their effects in this look down the hole of psychedelia. Look for The Rabbit Hole to drop on Middle Finger Music, April 20, 2020.

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Emcee/producer Substance810 delivers the first single off his upcoming album. The Michigan rapper deconstructs the modern hip hop industry and his experience navigating the game on “F*ck You Talmbout?!” He spits about his clear dislike for mumble rap and fairy tale rhymes. On the production side, Substance810 brings a slight funk with the falling synths, bouncy bass and slight choir vocals in the background. On this track, Substance810 chopped a sample pulled from a pack by composer MTK. Look for Substance810 to drop his next album, The definition of, this summer.

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Dropping on Friday the 13th, Tully C, Abe Linx and Rob Skee lay down some appropriately murderous rhymes over a head-nodding banger. “MWTC (Murder Was the Crime)” delivers three distinct voices, each doing their own damage on this joint. Battered and bruised from the bars, the track is left brutalized and bodied. Livin Beats uses untuned notes and dusty drums to create a hazy atmosphere. The discord of the strings warps your senses, leaving you punch-drunk, about to pass out from all the lyrical jabs the three Indianapolis emcees land.

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Baltimore’s Jamil Honesty connects with the Pad Scientist on his latest single, “Ghost Whisperer.” Jamil has been heating up as of late, dropping loosies in preparation for his upcoming Martyr Musik 2. For this single, Jamil linked with the beat maker from the backwoods of Maine, the Pad Scientist. He’s been on a steady climb, making a name for himself working with several of the underground’s emcees. On “Ghost Whisperer,” Jamil shows off his infinite flows of fury, never seeming to tire on the mic. Pad Scientist lays some aptly-placed haunting vocal loops along with resonating bass licks and echoing drums to create an ethereal ambiance. Don’t get spooked on this one though, Jamil just speaks with depth and clarity in his rhymes, always with something unique to conjure.

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Though the Bay Shore emcee introduced Full Court Press to us only eight months ago, in the underground rap world, that’s quite awhile between projects, which I’m sure he’s well aware of. He’s kept busy during that time playing wingman on several releases, mostly with his “Walkers” associates. But Spoda’s not one to play the background for long as he gives us his opening act of 2020 with the Standouts on production. With Audio Trafficking, Spoda makes it pretty clear from jump that he’s not for the nonsense, not only with the dexterity of his pen but the bellicose temper in his vocal tones. This performance and subject matter is more rugged than what he displayed on the last project. Without totally ratting himself out, he gives us a brief review of his criminal past and the experiences that shaped his thug mentality. He always comes across as the one to most likely have the concealed weapon in his crew, so it’s that vibe that those familiar with his work should expect from Spoda.

As for the production duo hailing from “The Funk” (Ft. Worth, TX.), the Standouts are a prime example of the cream slowly rising to the top. They aren’t yet household names but they’ve evolved into “go-to” composers for some of the game’s most talented players. Maybe they’re too young to remember the music that once played on the now defunct radio station known as “KKDA Soul 73” in Texas but they may have come across some of those same records they used to play as they display a keen touch for weaving classic soul samples into hip-hop gold. Being this is a seven piece set, I’d view this as a sort of reintroduction and a pacesetter project. Spoda sounds as if he’s just warming up though, with plans on moving his career to a more advanced platform in the very near future. He has a solid support system around him and his ultra masculine approach can be appreciated as people often grow tired of the fuckery that many of today’s rappers are prone to. Going forward, I’d expect him to give us a broader, more expansive look into his street influenced persona with more in-depth writing.

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“Pissy Staircase” sports a tough, yet playful sample, but Spoda and Rim ain’t playing around here. As one of the standout joints from Spoda’s Full Court Press, Rim bounces his lyrics off the bass-line proving why he’s one of Brooklyn’s best. The video shows Spo and Rim in various street spots, subway platforms and dilapidated hallways bringing their raw energy over a Wavy Da Ghawd produced beat.

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When the borough of Staten Island is mentioned, a few things immediately come to mind: The expensive tolls at the Verrazano Bridge, the mighty Wu-Tang Clan and the Staten Island Ferry. While the Wu basically put Shaolin on the map musically, “The Forgotten Borough” is an unfortunate stigma that not much else good comes from there. Emcee Squeegie O seeks to disprove those negative notions about his home borough with his latest project, F.N.T.G. (From Niggaz To Godz).

Entering 2020, Squeegie O comes in with a discography more than seven projects deep over the past seven plus years. That experience is clear in his content, song structure and confidently smooth delivery. On F.N.T.G. the musical landscape is shaped by Amsterdam, Netherlands producer, P Souloist. Upon numerous spins, the synergy of Squeegie O’s diverse song content and P Souloist’s production is evident as they have developed a distinct mood on each track.

The imagery conjured from the intro is that of a laid-back family Sunday as a soulful vinyl record fills the air, fitting for the title “The End JUSTIFIES The Means (Intro).” As “No Luv” begins its established early that Squeegie O is unapologetic in his approach, stating: “Your love was never needed nigga, plus your hugs was never needed nigga…” The psychedelic production builds up as a guitar takes you deeper into Squeegie O’s life and society. The current rap life has provided highly questionable clothing selections, fake thugging, and more opinions on the industry through his “Open Letter.” Egon Doe and Squeegie O link up on “Chesson Boise” as they have done throughout their careers. Here they’re dropping bars over a spooky-looped, bass-thumping P Souloist track reminiscent of something from Redman’s Dare Iz A Darkside. The title is distinctly accurate on “Flesh Eatin Bobby”, as the rhymes and evil rock essence from the production deliver a sinister vibe. The vocal sample loop on “Let’s Stay Together” feat Mvtha Cvla is engulfed in a mellow vibe, yet presented with a serious topic. Squeegie believes in the best for our youth as he questions largely, the world and the pervasively negative music we raise them on. “The world is yours, you got to teach the young.” P Souloist unearths his own inner Staten Island with a slight Wu-Tang vibe on “Kabrina.”Harbor Kidz” takes us on a lyrical journey with Squeegie O and Baltimore emcee/Staten Island native, Jamil Honesty.

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My Uncle said in theory we are Prisoners to our conscience, controllers of our destiny, each level gives an outcome…“ This is the epicenter of “Karma.” The influence of technology (social media, big brother, accessible information) is a gift and a curse on “Negro 911” with lines like “babies are born into technology, four months with a phone in his hand…” The struggle of feeding oneself, paying rent, impressing women, sneakers, clothes, food stamps/EBT, and hustling, are the focus of “Definition Of A Broke Nigga” with Drugunn$ delving deeper on the second verse. Step Brothaz” featuring San Diego, CA Emcee Scvtterbrvin (of Red Lotus Klan) brings the lyrical dexterity from both coasts as distant relatives. Having no direction, contemplating death, and feeling as if you won’t make it in life is a road to “Nowhere (Riding Shotgun)” as the Staten Island emcee’s thoughts take control while watching it a unfold. As a segue from the previous track, Squeegie O speaks on his views of cheating death/gambling with life, traversing to the afterlife to speak with loved ones on the first half of “Eid/Vil.” The latter half of the track follows the S.I. emcee reveling in life’s evils from prescription drug addiction, attention, followers/likes via social media, using others, bad credit and scams, to strippers receiving record deals.

Squeegie O: “This album isnt all happy-go-lucky and it isnt the usual jackin Griselda wave shit niggas are used to hearing today. This album is my growth, my life. I may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I make shit relatable to the average joe or the person who lives realistically in a plastic based world. From Niggaz to Godz is the story of life in emcee perspective. Cause the truth of the matter is, however we live, “We All Evolve From Niggaz To godz,” (we) just have to stop doing nigga shit in order to see the true god living inside you.”

The music industry’s portrayal of us, their influence on the youth and their attempts to silence Boom Bap in the mainstream are all recurring themes on F.N.T.G. Squeegie wants us to see this and actively think about such things. Striving to push the youth to believing they can be on a brighter path starts with us, the adults and elders. Amsterdam producer P Souloist is key to the cohesion of this project as his production couldn’t be any better throughout the entire album. Expect more great work between these two. Squeegie O’s lyrical expressions aims to have the listener become more aware of the world we live in. He shows us how the hood is past, present, future for him and for many of us growing up. Squeegie touches on life struggles, success and failure, and self-awareness. He holds these as crucial topics, central to his persona and close to his heart in conveying a sense of truth. Never eluding the fact that there is more out there than what is fed to us. Elevate our minds “From Niggaz To Godz (F.N.T.G.)”.

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