By Alex P80 Parks

In 2018, Brooklyn emcee Eddie Kaine gave us what seemed to be a mixtape ahead of its time, the aptly titled 2k19. This 13-track effort showed his prowess for creative wordplay, a relaxed, yet focused flow and some dope references throughout. Since then, He’s blessed us with a couple videos, some guest features and has worked hard to craft his true debut. Kaino makes a strong statement with Aruku (Walk). He calls on some of the underground’s most consistent, up-and-coming producers and a few select features, including The Walkers collective, some fellow BK cats and a couple close associates, to create the soundscape for his real introduction into the game.

Eddie Kaine: ““This Album ‘Aruku’ means walk in Japanese. It’s basically a representation of me walking on every beat. I want the people to know I just wanted to give people an all around dope album but still give them an introduction of who I am. ”

You Wouldn’t Understand” Producer duo The Standouts produced this bluesy organ and guitar-fueled loop as Eddie is clearly serious about his lyrics, with a confident and direct approach on the mic. On “By Any Means“, The Standouts move away from their signature soulful loops to a more sinister street vibe as Eddie brings his smooth delivery while Rome drops another effortless verse. The video shows Eddie Kaine and Rome Streetz in various spots across the Brooklyn nightscape, posted up, burnin in the hallway, flexing some heavy bar work.

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What I Do” feat Rim finds both BK emcees bouncing flows over this fun, summertime vibe with a touch of nostalgia, courtesy of Wavy Da Ghawd. Rim brings his veteran presence with his unique cadence and rasta influences, complementing Eddie’s harmonies on the hook. On “Everything’s a Go” Wavy flips and chops a well-tread sample as Eddie releases a flurry of lyrics, clearly having some fun on this one. “The Illest” reunites Eddie and Spoda, this time over a Don Carrera beat. The crackly loop and murky vibe set the scene for Kaino and Spo to pull the ski masks up for some nighttime endeavors.

The Standouts lay a playful, soft vocal sample on “Tied Up” Feat Bub Rock, which shows off Eddie’s range again with more harmonizing on the hook. Bub brings his lyrical depth while Eddie stays in his smooth pocket here. Both emcees tiptoe across the beat on this one, Bub with deft moves and Eddie with a smooth sway. On “You Know” Wavy Da Ghawd crafts an uptempo track, looping up a quirky, frenzied guitar riff as Eddie spits:

“All in the hood I’m boutta roll up

Not so big you can’t fold up

Been that guy, I got it sewn up

‘Just go hard’, what n***as told us

This rap shit made me a monster

This street shit, one of my sponsors

I does this, I got the vouchers

I ain’t never rocked with slouches

Just the n***as that bubble ounces and fuck up couches..”

Terrible 2” Feat Ty Farris, Wavy delivers a bubbling flute loop and stuttering dusty drums as Eddie brings a hype, energetic verse followed by Ty’s focused and technical rhymes. The euphoric, gentle melody on “Smoke Break” Feat K.Burns, produced by The Heretic is fitting for the intended vibe of the track. Eddie closes out Aruku with the poignant and profound “Grew Fast.” Don Carrera crafts a smooth and delicate beat with synths, strings and a slightly funky bassline. Eddie opens up here, showing some self-awareness, discussing becoming a man and covering more personal topics.

Aruku flexes Eddie’s versatility as an emcee who can write on some different topics over well-constructed beats. His lyrics provide enough to stop and think about and a few to run back too with some “oh shit!” moments. Kaino really has shown that he can stand along with some of his peers with a strong showing like this. Add his vocal talent to sing on a few joints and he’s different enough to move from the pack. It certainly seems that Eddie Kaine is capable and set to be around for awhile, making some quality HipHop.

Cop the album here:

http://eddiekaine.bandcamp.com/album/aruku

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Produced by KNGKVMI, “Prisms” showcases Sleep’s poetic flow and Deom’s drawn-out, methodical delivery. KNGKVMI creates an atmospheric soundscape with plodding percussion and subtle effects that refract and reflect like the inside of a prism. There’s plenty of low end rumble to accompany the euphoric, hazy vibe on this track.

Check it out here:

https://soundcloud.com/sleepsinatra/prisms-ft-deom-prod-by-kngkvmi/s-7tCwz

Prisms” is the first single from the upcoming collab album from KNGKVMI and Sleep titled Brainstormz.

By Alex P80 Parks

Detroit emcee Ty Farris teams up with Portland producer TROX for Room 39 Part 2. A technical lyricist, Ty brings his brand of street savvy rhymes mixed with intelligent punchlines and metaphors over TROX’s robust stadium beats. The very loose themes of political discord and North Korea gently pulls the album together with the artwork and only a couple song titles without ever becoming too biased or moralistic.

TROX uses a full spectrum and range of sounds in his production, not limiting himself to just a loop and drums. The Portland producer layers multiple elements and arranges his tracks intricately, without ever getting too complex. Always using some serious drums, TROX develops a grand, arena-like sound in his production.

Whether he draws inspiration from his past with all of his own struggles and tribulations, or from his future in his daughter, Ty Farris always seems to source his ideas and storytelling sufficiently. An ultra-technical emcee, Ty comes with complex rhyme patterns and plenty of quotable punchlines. Known for his honest and direct flow, Ty has become an elite level emcee, praised by his peers for his talent and professionalism.

Ty aims to create a different sound in each of his projects, separating concepts and maintaining unifying sonic experiences, while TROX knows just what to provide for Ty whenever they collaborate.

Ty: “I’ve been recording since the first Room 39 Project. I always want me and TROX projects to sound different from just a Ty Farris project. So I made sure I chose beats that was a lil out the box. Sonically I was really trying to display TROX’s range and what makes him so dope.”

TROX: “Honestly, Working with Ty, I know what he wants. He kinda just allows me to do me. Rough, rugged and raw shit. There are definitely some curve balls in that album though, some beats I didn’t expect him to pick.”

Ty: “I recorded like 25 plus tracks for this. Some of them didn’t make it or ended up as bonus tracks for the physical release. I just wanna make sure it’s different sounding and displays my song-making ability. I’m creating songs wit concepts and subject matter, as opposed to just rapping wit no hooks. In the underground, most don’t make songs with hooks or even tap into different concepts… I will always do so.”

TROX: “We probably have way more than 25 songs together, hahaha.. Two of those songs I had R&B singers in mind, actually. The joint with Noveliss I had in mind for BJ The Chicago Kid but Ty ended up swooping in on it early.”

On “Defiant Stance” TROX layers distorted echoing vocals, a strong bass line and some space effects. “Dream and a Pen” provides a relaxed R&B vibe while Ty maintains his lyrical intensity. TROX brings some skills in arranging a melodic composition with some layered percussion. On “Say My Name,” the crisp drums and live hi-hats over tumbling keyboard notes combine with echoing organs on Room 39 Part 2‘s first single, which happens to be a banger. Ty sounds as focused as ever without seeming to force it. Recruiting heavyweights Lil Fame of M.O.P. and 38 Spesh on “Came A Long Way” Ty, TROX and the vets come correct with a special joint. TROX doesn’t complicate things, but presents a stretched and chopped vocal loop, bouncing bass and simple drums to create one of the standout joints on the album. TROX cools it off for the summer vibes with the hazy feel of “Different Brackets” feat Rome Streetz. Rome and Ty each deliver their first-class wordplay on yet another excellent track. A funky bass with a melancholy loop and echoing drums on “Please Don’t Overdose” give the track a sadness that Ty bolsters with his real and frank talk. “You Didn’t Know You Was In hell” brings the spooky vibe and forewarnings from Ty throughout. “Kill It Every Time” feat Ciddy is a head-nodding melody, flipping into a beat with synth-heavy electronic effects. TROX comes through with his signature layered synth organs on “Watching My Moves.” “Seize it” feat Noveliss of Clear Soul Forces has a primitive feel but Trox incorporates modern effects to keep it grounded in the present day. Ty drops some gems here as he describes of his dark past as compared to his bright future and positive focus.

Their chemistry undeniable on the first Room 39, TROX and Ty return with another solid effort with some perfect summertime bangers. The variety of tracks that TROX creates for Ty to spit on keeps the journey enjoyable throughout, while Ty continues to elevate his own craft with elite lyrics and high quality songs.

 

Cop the album, available now here:

http://tyfarris.com/album/room-39-part-2

King Shampz returns with this week’s edition of Dead Wrong Tuesdays. This time around he delivers a strong dose of that raw with “Arm & Hammer.” Azzan provides the thumping beat yet again for Shampz to lay his quietly ferocious flow on with their latest offering. Shampz brings what he calls “an animal intensity to these records.” Keep ya ears open for each installment of Dead Wrong Tuesdays.

Check the track out here:

https://soundcloud.com/dead-wrong-records/king-shampz-arm-hammerprodby-azzan

King Shampz of Dead Wrong Records presents the first installment in what will become a weekly single release. “Can’t Get Enough” creeps along with a quiet jazzy feel, like some peak Tribe shit, courtesy of Dead Wrong Producer Azzan. King Shampz provide his raspy but quiet flow, staying energetic throughout the booming track.

Check the track here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/dead-wrong-records/king-shampz-cant-get-enoughprodby-azzan

stay tuned for next week’s Dead Wrong Tuesday joint!

Rome Streetz and Al Divino unload a full clip of filth over an anxious Vinyl Villain X Loman beat in the new visuals for Rotten.com. The video is shot, directed and edited by Revenxnt and features pixelated and distorted images throughout, maintaining an appropriate layer of grime for the sharp emcees to spit about the Rotten Apple. Vinyl Villain and Loman connect again to create another crazy beat remarkably with unique captured sounds.

Check the video here:

Rotten.com is the latest single off

Noise Kandy 3

available July 16th

“This is our spot, we earned it, you ain’t taking shit!

No you ain’t breaking bricks, on Instagram you taking pics.”

M-Dot confidently proclaims on this thumper produced by German beatmaker Whatson.

Alongside fellow Own Lane Music emcee Rev (of EMS), they bring the electricity in this video shot in Germany while on their European “Stay in Your Lane” tour of spring 2019. The beat delivers a soulful sample, blaring horns and booming drums. The video shot by Arvid Wuensch features some gorgeous views of Leipzig Germany as they strut in front of the camera providing some excellent energy on this hype joint.

Check the video here:

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/mdotboston/jump-start-revalation-of-ems-prod-by-whatson/s-otnKW

“Jump-Start” is the lead video single from Whatson’s upcoming studio album (TBA) which also features Conway, Big Twins, Da Flyy Hooligan and more.