By Alex P80 Parks

Continuing with his established Ghostbusters theme, South Bend, Indiana Producer and Team Fame Gvng member ECTO-84 delivers his first compilation, Ghxstrvppers: The Destructor EP. The 8-track EP features some of the underground’s brightest young spitters and rising talents. Ecto is developing a knack for uncovering some gems and utilizing an assortment of genres in his production.

Lord Juco and Haze connect on “Destructor” where Ecto brings what sounds like a prog rock sample that resonates with the vibrating organs and synth effects.

ECTO-84 broke it down for DRHH about putting together some of these tracks:

ECTO-84:”DESTRUCTOR was originally a solo track for Haze, but when Juco heard it, he had to be on it; he sent his verse in for it a week later.”

The Firehouse” featuring Chuck N Lock, samples Polish Radio Orchestra’s “Why do you say goodbye” where the piano notes rise and subside like the flow of the tide. Chuck N Lock bring their brand of sharp and clever punchlines over this classic sample. On “Mathematics” Long-time PRR/GCM affiliate Killa Kali delivers his measured flow over a chopped loop sounding like a vintage Saturday morning cartoon intro. Long Island’s Bub Rock delivers a solid track with “Heavy Rain.” Bub glides over a bouncing bass-line and slightly bluesy guitar sample. Team Fame Gvng CEO K.Burns brings his wild energy on “Tobin’s Guide” which pairs well with the vibrant sample ECTO chooses.

ECTO: “Tobin’s Guide was a beat I made at my brother’s crib. Packed my whole studio up to see if I could get a feel for a new beat. At this point, I was still tryna find a beat for K. Burns. But when that sample kicked in, I instantly got to work on it. Sent it dat night to Burns and the rest is history! By far a stand out beat on there to me”

Lord Juco stops by again on ECTO’s debut project with “Lunar Eclipse,” which sports a tumbling flute loop to wrap up the EP.

ECTO-84: “Glad it turned out how it did… Timing is everything… The patience was the biggest part of making the tape for me. Not rushin it out. Makin sure everything flowed together.”

ECTO continues to elevate and push his skills, this time calling on some dope emcees to spit on his debut. Expect more heat from ECTO to follow soon as he is currently working on multiple projects.

Next up: A collab project with Chuck N Lock, Pieces of 8 drops April 1st.

cop the The Destructor EP here:

https://ghxstrvppers.bandcamp.com/album/thedestructor-ep

The Rexxall Brothers (producers SampsonOnDaBeat and Rayne Drop) create an elegant sonic canvas for Lord Juco to paint his highly distinctive flow on. Juco’s tone always evokes an attitude teetering between candidly carefree yet also confessional. The Rexall Bros lay down a well-paced beat with clean drums, short-chopped piano and strings loops with a delicate flute coming in after a few bars. Whenever Juco and Rayne link, they seem to churn out some sharp joints. This is no exception. Juco skates in top form on this one, while the Rexxall bros bring a dynamic, head-nodding beat.

Check it out here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bodega-blues-feat-lord-juco/1455029087?i=1455029090

https://open.spotify.com/track/20rw1RbJLMz2wHa9uX7XQM?si=0NrsML8oRq6FJ9m52Ps7dg

 

Jamil Honesty and Free Mind connect again on Higher Learning. This extremely dope track features the notable “Maybe Tomorrow” (Jackson 5) sample used by Ghostface on his poignant “All That I Got is You.” Free Mind adds some drums and additional effects to provide enough variation to separate from the Ghost joint. Jamil Honesty delivers 2 of his best verses of recent memory and has seemingly found yet another great collaborator in Free Mind. Jamil isn’t mentioned enough for his relentless delivery and lyrical talents, as he shines as bright as ever on this track.

DJ Grazzhoppa adds some dope cuts on the scratch hooks which feature legendary Ghostf and Rae rhymes as an additional homage to the original joint while maintaining the spirit of the whole sound.

Check it out here:

https://soundcloud.com/free-mind-soul-7/jamil-honesty-higher-learning-prod-by-free-mind-cuts-by-dj-grazzhoppa

this single is off the upcoming EP from Free Mind titled The Soul Section, dropping March 26th.

Over a pulsating Blaq Knight beat with a synth harpsichord sounding like some Castlevania shit, all 3 emcees deliver their own brand of rhymes. SeKwence drops his raspy croaking flow and adds a second verse after Teller brings his high energy and quick delivery. Pro Zay comes in with his strained vocals to close out this uptempo joint. The youthful spitters solidly connect with Blaq Knight on this track.

check it here:

http://tellerbanks.bandcamp.com/track/dragons-breath-ft-sekwence-pro-zay

“Dragons Breath” is the first single off Teller Bank$ and Blaq Knight’s upcoming project The True and Living, dropping April 6th.

The video, directed by John Luxe, shows Knowledge The Pirate clad in all-black, strutting through the dark NY scenes. Frequent collaborator Elemnt produces this joint, juxtaposing elegant piano loops with Knowledge’s rugged bars along with the imagery of The Pirate and his crew preparing for a midnight mission.

Science Born” is the lead single and video off the upcoming Black Cesar album, Knowledge’s follow-up to his 2018 debut album Flintlock. The team looks ready to unload with yet another anticipated album, coming soon.

Check the video here:

Q.U. emcee Truth is going to “Extreme Measures” in his new Video featuring revered spitters Royal Flush and Tragedy Khadafi with production and cuts by the legendary PF Cuttin.

Watch the official video for “Extreme Measures” here:

 https://youtu.be/flDFoEzfyUs

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Raised in Queens during the golden age of NY hip-hop, Truth takes the spirit of authentic boom-bap to heart. This includes the producers and collaborators who contributed to on this album, including Large Professor, Da Beatminerz, Ill Bill, DJ JS-1, and up and coming producers JK1 The Supernova, Raheem Isom and emcee The Barbarian.

“Extreme Measures” is the first single from the forthcoming full-length The Fight For Survival which drops via LP/CD and digital formats March 22. Just like his 2016 debut album, From Ashes To Kingdom Come, The Fight For Survival is also executive produced by PF Cuttin.

Speaking on differences between the new album and the old album, Truth says:

“My first album had a lot of personal tracks dealing with death of my father and other life situations.  I got that out of my system and when it came time to make this album, I just wanted to make hard shit track after track.”

Pre-order CD here: https://getondown.com/collections/cd/products/the-fight-for-survival-cd

Pre-order Vinyl here: https://getondown.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-fight-for-survival-lp

This track brings together industry veteran 38 Spesh, City Yard Music’s Haze and rising underground star Jamal Gasol. Observe Since 98 lays down obscure, dusty samples full of cracks and pops creating a vintage vibe. The loops illicit a feel as though the listener just stepped into an old speakeasy, with the phonograph playing in the background. Each emcee complements one another, bringing their individual flows and distinctive voices to this joint.

Check the track here:

https://lorettarecordsusa.bandcamp.com/track/hold-that-title-up-feat-38-spesh-jamal-gasol-haze

“Hold Your Title Up” is the third single off of Observe since 98’s upcoming LP Return of the Savage, dropping in April.