“You know my body, quality over quantity You couldn’t possibly’ve made another quantum leap Top of the heap, ask my colleagues You just tryna get by like Talib Kweli”
This ain’t no Scott Bakula show! For “Quantum Leap,” Roc Marciano and The Alchemist provide the latest visuals off their new album, The Elephant Man’s Bones. Alchemist lays down a subdued, slightly jazzy loop as Roc spits the greasy, slick talk he’s known for. Quantum Leap stands out as one of the highlights on The Elephant Man’s Bones, an album of the year contender.
On the self produced Moroccan Hash, Bronze Nazareth details his journey, and what he’s been through on a personal level while rising to success. Every career has its story, but the life that happens beyond the music is THE story. Radiantly detailed lyrics meet with a soulful soundtrack, that yet again prove Nazareth’s consistency, and intricate attention to detail.
Bronze Nazareth: “Moroccan Hash, a real soulful life tale…detailing a string of stories that went on during my musical quest…life behind the music. I actually had a ‘moment’ after tackling all these obstacles after years of grafting and pushing my music. I found myself enjoying Moroccan Hash in Rennes, France. This was shortly after my brother had sadly passed away, and I was finally on tour around Europe for 2015. As I took in the hash, I looked at the dark skies, the stars, and finally felt like I had made it. We had dreamt that our music would take us around the world. Here I was….”
Melding genres and collaborating with a diverse array of artists, Eyedress constructs a masterfully creative offering with his latest full-length LP. On Full Time Lover, he brings along contemporaries and unique voices to capture each moment. There are instances of pop, alt-indie, and hip hop too, but most importantly, it’s what he generates that falls in between or across genres that really resonates here.
Living in an age of overly defining every subgenre and categorizing each shred of music, it’s artists that eschew those confines and create across differing types of music. That’s what Eyedress does best on this album, showcasing it on a grand scale without ever seeming too profound or serious. Creating a vibe or following a melody down a rabbit hole on a single track or via a suite of songs. Breaking our consciousness of specific boundaries to conjure a mood. While he does give us plenty to listen to, Eyedress never lets you settle into one ‘format’ for too long on this meandering trip. With this ambitious offering, Full Time Lover clocks in at over an hour across 28 tracks. He connects with an array of musical friends on this project displaying his wide musical talents, tastes and influences.
Highlights are aplenty, as are his guest features/collaborators. The dystopian robotic drone of “Break The Law” leads us into the jump off of spooky synths in “Dream Dealer” with Chad Hugo; a head-nodding start to the journey. He croons about his affections on “Still in love” and even brings along his fiancé, Evia on the soft and mellow title track.
He slows the bpm even further on “Spaghetti” and the subsequent couple tracks. On “House of Cards” Eyedress finds the full ambience of vibrating synths which spills into the pleasant fuzz of “Dinner Time” followed by the electronic pulse of “Try another time;” Both of which feature alt-indie band The Drums. “Faith In Love,” with band Provoker, delivers perfectly with echoing vocals, vibrating synthesizers, drenched in gorgeous harmonies.
Rap fans won’t be disappointed by the modern beats and auto tune combos in the latter half of the album. The funky and upbeat gem “Mr Nice Guy” with Vex Ruffin, breaks up the hip hop suites. Stellar guests like Chuck Strangers jump on the floating loop and R&B background vocals of “Don’t Wake me Baby.” Spitter Zero and alt-electronic act Gonjasufi on “Safe with you” followed by the dynamic duo of YL and Starker on “For The Children” round out the final suite of the album with ethereal, hazy beats.
Full Time Lover will certainly strike a chord with fans of Eye’s previous rock/pop work and also his production alongside top emcees. But it’s his forays into the other ‘stuff’ on this album is what really elevates this LP. If nothing else, this endeavor shows Eyedress’s immense range in a variety of formats. And it’s that jack-of-all-trades musicality that shines through on Full Time Lover.
Mr. 31 and production duo The Standouts continue their freestyle series with 2 brand new editions, vol. 22 and 23. The Standouts deliver their always soulfully-selected loops for Jamal to lay his piffed-out, energetic bars on.
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Stay tuned as this combo keeps bringing the soulful piff!
Hazy, atmospheric vibes, smoked out loops and high quality features show us that The World Famous Lafamilia (Abe Linx and Tully C) are poised to make moves, hedging the indie underground scene with sparks of larger appeal. Hailing from Indiana, Tully C and Abe have put in some work the past 3 years. Tully’s laid back, yet articulate vocals paint a vivid picture while his partner in crime, Abe Linx delivers an energetic, blunted style, oozing through each bar. At 10 tracks The World Famous.. stays focused and shows off their potential with yet another consistent release. Guest verses come particularly sharp with the ageless wonders Willie The Kid, Planet Asia, and the elusive Bub Rock.
From a feature on the diamond selling Fugees’ classic The Score, to a shelved album on Shady records, Young Zee has risen from the New Jerz underground to a humbling from the innate savagery of the music industry. As a Founding member of the Outsidaz, Young Zee saw those successes and trappings more than 20 years ago. After a long hiatus involving some legal dealings, Zee returns reinvigorated on his first official release since his 2012 album with Mr. Green, One Crazy Weekend.
On Scumbag, Young Zee partners with Australian producer Flu for an EP of witty bars over focused beats. With features from veterans such as fellow Outsidaz member Pace Won, Zee calls on other stalwarts like underground heavy Vinnie Paz, emcee R., as well as the highly-respected Flipmode queen, Rah Digga.
Throughout the EP, Melbourne-based producer, Flu brings his brand of moody film score loops and obscure arrangements for Zee to flourish on. Flu provides the eerie tension of a crime scene on “Monkey Bars” and a hazy fog of grime on the title track where Zee aptly spits some pure filth over. Flu utilizes some great drums on tracks like “STFU” while allowing others to breathe a bit more like the strings-fueled “DNA.”
Across 7 tracks, Zee hits you with his off-the-wall, boundary-pushing flows, finding his comfort zone in his humorous bars and playfully extreme content. The only real departure from this, we find a more serious Zee with his thought-provoking storytelling of generations of slavery and racism on “Slave Son.” Here Flu provides a bleak soundscape for Young Zee to speak on real issues.
A pairing of these 2 unique individuals offers us a tight project embodying the grubbiness and those foul emanations from their combined abhorrent tastes, genuinely earning the title Scumbag.
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Respected Boston emcee/producer M-Dot, recruits legendary lyricist and Juice Crew member Kool G Rap alongside his fellow EMS crew mate Revalation for the era-spanning concept record “Decadence.” Providing the funky & soulful backdrop is acclaimed producer, The Mighty V.I.C. (Big Pun, Nas, Mobb Deep) with DJ Jean Maron adding the scratches. The song is mastered by inimitable engineer Eddie Sancho (Illmatic, Ready To Die, Reasonable Doubt, etc). The track provides plenty of nostalgic references, harkening back to the golden eras that hip hop heads hold in such high regard. Lock yourself in for a heavy dose of evoked imagery from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s on this banger.
We here at Deeply Rooted Hip Hop are proud to release our very first compilation album, Sleeping Giant (Awakens), featuring some of the finest emcees and producers. Deeply Rooted Hiphop’s founder and editor in chief, “P80” Parks executive produced/ curated and A&R’d this collection of all original songs showcasing a variety of beats, rhymes, styles and tempos for all hip hop heads to appreciate.
Abe and Tully strike again with their 3rd single in 2 weeks. The Indiana-based duo ride the bass groove on the swirling “Showoff” produced by nomstks. Earlier this month, Abe Linx and Tully C dropped the murky “Cholo,” followed by the hazy, slinking “Rabies,” continuing to apply the pressure!
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One of the torch bearers of this current indiehip hop generation, Lord Juco continues to elevate his artwith his debut LP, Raised Right, officially hoisting his flag as a dominant force of the underground.
Constantly working on EP’s, collaborative projects and doing features, he’s not only one of the most prolific and consistent emcees, but he’s highly respected and sought out by fans as well as artists new and established, looking for a solid collaborator. As 1/2 of the Death at the Derby series with partner in crime, Cousin Feo, they continue to regularly deliver high quality music and unique physical collectibles for fans and supporters of a niche they essentially created.
With Raised Right, Lord Juco approached the album as a true debut LP. Juco took his time, crafting an album with specific producers in mind to capture his signature sound across an array of well selected beats. Loop specialist and fellow Canadian, Nicholas Craven delivers a unique arrangement of chopped vocal samples, as Lord shines on “Hearsay.” A Dot and C Dot of The Standouts contribute another subtly soulful gem on “LookBooks” with DJ John Doe on the cuts.
Lord Juco pulls in Veteran Vinny Paz on “Leafs vs Flyers” and also achieves the reggae rap vibe with a feature from fellow Toronto native, Falcon Outlaw on “Sting.” The features are used sparingly, allowing Juco to mostly do his own thing. On “Briscola” producer MarvWon simply snapped, sending Juco onto another astral plane with his focused rhymes. While there aren’t really any skips, other highlights include the Blckwndr laced “Lemon Pepper” “Faux Fendi’s” funky riff’s, with big-record appeal, and the psychedelic r &b vibes of “Losers Luxury.”
After years of analyzing and absorbing Lord Juco’s lyrics and his flow, there seems to be an ever-changing strength to his craft. It may have been his clever wit or his creative double entendres. It is undoubtedly the way he commands the mic. Not in a menacing way. You want to hear what else he has to say. His rhymes are always on point, but Juco’s captivating yet relatable voice and nature reminds listeners of a friend and not a distant favorite emcee. Add to that, his wisdom and words make him seem older than his 27 year old frame would have us believe. Always ready to tell us a story, this time it’s HIS story to tell.
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