By P80 Parks

Touted as possibly their final work, CnL deliver an LP of epic proportions. Delaware emcees Chuck Angus and Lockjaw, better known as Chuck N Lock have always eluded the status quo in their genre. Their mission and mentality has always been to put out clever and humorous rhymes over quality production, never catering to anyone. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more genuine duo, constantly eschewing the notions of how to engage with fans in this era of shameless self-promotion and endless social media antics. Put plainly, Chuck N Lock could give a fuck. They prefer to create music with peers they admire and respect.

Deeply Rooted: Tell us about a little about Centralia, cuz the project is flames.

CNL: “The idea is just that, it’s fire.. CENTRALIA is an old mining town that’s had a fire burning underground for years, but has since been forgotten about. The (hip hop) underground has been on fire, and just recently, in the past few years it’s had a new light shed on it and what’s been going on. People been down here getting busy.”

Taking shit serious on their LP over production from Loman, Evilldewer, nopulp, Wolfagram, NCL-TM, Don Carrera and JLVSN, Crucial The Guillotine and J-Es, Chuck N Lock bust it down on every track, filling the bars with thoughtful lyrics and plenty of quotables. CnL bring in some finely selected features including Nickelus F, Lord Juco, DapZini and LeftLane Didon.

CNL: “We wanted to bring in a bunch of different features and production to shine a light on the underground artists who’ve been putting in fire work.”

Peep “Monster Mile” feat LeftLane Didon here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/chuckandlock/monster-mile-ft-left-lane-didon-prod-jlvsn?ref=clipboard

Highlights include the moving flute loop on “Jewel Of The Nile” where Lock spits: “I would like to stack a couple Ben Franklins. Cuz money is imperative, but I wanna switch the narrative, I’d rather ya be rich in character.”

Tracks like “Underwater Home Run Derby” feat DapZini and “See You Next Tuesday” uphold a futuristic, apocalypse vibe. The whole project plays well with plenty of eerie moods and melodic samples to subtly help CnL craft some dope hip hop tracks.

The duo deliver a well developed project, pulling together some of the consistent and unique talents in the underground. Chuck n Lock come through on CENTRALIA, leaving the question for their future in the game on the table. Will this be the last we see of Chuck n Lock? Doubtful.. But we can certainly enjoy this culminating piece of work from two talented emcees over well-selected production.

By P80 Parks

Poised for a major level-up, Indianapolis’ Abe Linx and Tully C come through with a sharp project that shines bright with big name features and star appeal. Runaway Diamonds is a 10 joint EP showcasing the brimming talents of these Indy emcees set to make a name for themselves. Capturing the overall crime saga/ flee from the scene vibe, Abe and Tully combine their distinct voices and flows over dope production primarily from their own team and associates. Tully and Abe bring in the heavies with guest spots from Willie The Kid, Jay Worthy, Hus Kingpin and Griselda’s own Benny The Butcher.

Peep the video for “70 Deposit Boxes” featuring Hus Kingpin here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeV-peZT98g&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=SunTzu

Runaway Diamonds features production from frequent collaborator and fellow local Geechie, adding in producers Awsme J, nomstks and Olehead into the fold on this well-developed project. Abe and Tully clearly came to make a statement with this project. They may be running away with the diamonds but they’re most certainly dropping the jewels along the way.

Cop Runaway Diamonds streaming everywhere 11/20

By P80 Parks

Haverstraw NY’s Pro Dillinger returns with another focused EP. Just 2 months after releasing MegaFoul, the umbrella skummie returns with Playoff Rondo. With a tireless work ethic, Dillinger stays sharp, constantly recording and fine tuning his work. It’s that same focus that he pushes his sound further with on Playoff Rondo. The EP is fully produced by Ry Beats and employs a bit more of the subtleties and sophistication. But don’t get it twisted, this ain’t soft shit. Alongside his commanding vocals he’s using varied soundscapes with selectively lush production that thumps across 5 tracks.

Pro Dillinger: “On all my projects, I try to give people a little bit of the drumless and some of the boom-bap also. That’s the goal, cuz I like both. I like loops n shit and I like beats, with drums and shit too.”

Opening up with the drumless “Defense,” Dillinger comes out the gates as hungry as ever, clearly focused. “Technical Foul” rumbles through the night with plenty of bass and a sinister piano loop. Pro gets clever with the hook:

“My lil homie shoot it when I say so, clap a n***a, have em leavin wit a halo. They don’t need no permission; Them young n***as that blast for me (blasphemy), wit no religion.”

Starting Line Up” featuring Allah Preme is Pro aiming high, setting his sights beyond the life he’s led to this point, with Preme laying a verse and the hook for the team. Pro pushes thru the streets on “Movin weight” as he spits grimy over punchy drums and a sinister loop, bringing the scumminess in full effect. “Teamwork” featuring MAV is a gem, an elegant arrangement with plenty of boom and tempo for both emcees to unload their jewels.

PD: “With this project I felt like the content was different; a little deeper, a little smoother, but still foul.”

And, just ike Rondo, Dillinger comes through in the clutch delivering mean bars over dope production. Playoff Rondo shows that Pro continues to deliver some of the hardest music in the game.

Cop Playoff Rondo, available 11/19 here:

https://oneninemusic19.bandcamp.com

By Alex P80 Parks

Once occupying a mostly niche space in rap with his creative vocabulary and quick-tongue delivery, Aesop Rock has developed more than merely a cult following, instead entrenching himself as a prominent figure in the indie rap scene over the last 20+ years. Aesop acts as the narrator or tour guide into the parallel universe that encompasses the diverse elements of the Spirit World. Aesop returns with a high-energy, electrified album to satisfy fans, both the stalwart stans and casual newcomers.

Crafting most of the beats himself, Aesop dug deep on this one, capitalizing on the theme of a field guide of another world. It’s evident throughout the project with tones of frenetic tension and a vibe of impending catastrophe, fostering the need for a survival manual. While he dips into important issues, Aesop is also one to have fun, intertwining his social commentary with plenty of humor and creating concept tracks simply for entertainment. An ode to aging and subsequent spinal deterioration on “1 to 10,” Aesop complains of the frequent increase in his back pain over a quirky piano loop. On “Attaboy” lyrics like:

“I’m in pajama bottoms listening to Chaka Khan, eating matcha pocky, knocking posses out the polygon.”

Is just one example that the immense creativity and lyrical dexterity hasn’t diminished over the years. Reeking of a dystopian wasteland, Boot Soup begins as an anxious, off-beat scatter. When the beat flips with the added heavy electro guitar chord paired with tense electronic notes, Aesop shepherds us through another uncharted territory in the Spirit World. The west coast vibe of “Coveralls” oozes indifference to the populace. Other highlights like “Crystal sword” with its wobbly synths and funky bass groove and “Jumping coffin” both stand out with a heroic triumphant tone full of punchy drums.

Check the visuals for the psychedelic, lead single “Pizza Alley” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzSlOuR0RYk&feature=youtu.be

Crafting all the beats but one himself, the beats display a full spectrum of sound as Aesop rumbles his way through the tracks with syllabic mastery and creative rhyme schemes. His beats naturally suit his own style of rhyming with particular specificity. Aesop Rock creates a clear distinction with the theme of the album and the soundscapes incorporated. The beats often employ digital effects and multiple layers of samples and pieces of sound. From his own labyrinth-laden, complex rhymes, coupled with every carefully delivered and enunciated phoneme, Aesop pulls the listener into this alternate dimension to experience the otherworldly elements. Take careful notes and watch your step with Aesop Rock’s Spirit World Field Guide.

Cop Spirit World Field Guide here:

https://rse.lnk.to/SpiritWorldFieldGuide

Chicago’s ILL Gordon releases his new video on the heels of his latest EP, My Penmanship. The video “Do Things” is the second single off the project, in which Gordo provides a glimpse into a day in the life of ILL Gordon. The visuals show how he navigates his daily life, his routines and checking in with loved ones. The video features some of his closest friends and family as ILL shows fans a more intimate side of himself. Check the video here:

https://youtu.be/3jmZIC7A-5A

Cop his latest My Penmanship here:

https://illgordon.bandcamp.com/album/my-penmanship

By P80 Parks

After dropping The World is Piff 2 in July, Jamal Gasol teams up with beatmaker NES for the tight, 7-track EP Ronwaldo Reyes. Named after the famed Filipino action star, the EP’s production plays out like a crime saga with some tense moments and plenty of uptempo loops. The Diadora Don comes through on this one with his boastful rhymes and clever punchlines, always sounding like he rhymes with a satisfied grin. In the past he’s played the role of varying characters; from the savvy hustler, the straightforward street pusher, to the eloquent and heartfelt poet describing (fittingly) both joy and pain. Locking in with a single producer on Ronwaldo Reyes, the Niagara Falls emcee shows more of an intensity here, adding another facet to his rhyme personae.

A highlight off the jump, “Outside,” is full of tense loops as Jamal unleashes a fierce verse. Gasol spits lines like: “runnin through the tabloids, never met Diddy, but the bitches call me ‘Bad Boy.’ Need work, I employ. Countin money, I enjoy. Rhymes gettin nasty as an Almond Joy.”

Jamal Gasol “Outsiders

Scalebreakers” is the Kansas City Smack man at his peak hustle. On “Gun Man” Jamal brings in frequent collaborator Sauce Heist as both spit sharp verses over a sparse, yet stirring loop. “Pastillas” is Mr.31 reminding his detractors how he operates over a pulsating sample. The prolific Estee Nack fills in the only other guest spot on the EP on “Smokin’ Facers” with his mind-blowing rhyme schemes over booming chopped loops. Ronwaldo Reyes is a tight project showcasing the talent of the Chief piffer and NES’ vibrant beats.

Cop Ronwaldo Reyes, a Bandcamp exclusive project, with limited vinyl and physicals available with the Exclusive Heist life Ty Da Dale x Baby Maine Heist track “Marble Floor” available only on vinyl.

https://nesismakinbeats.bandcamp.com/album/ronwaldo-reyes

By P80 Parks

Bay Shore, Long Island rapper Spoda, aka Mr Dopeflow releases his latest EP, Quick Fix, solely produced by Portuguese producer Martello. Quick Fix is exactly that; a six-joint EP with no filler and plenty of Spoda’s brash talk over straightforward beats.

Not one to bring overly complex lyricism, Spo instead brings his own intensity and energy to each bar, bombing the mic with enthusiasm. Joints like “Chauffeur You Thru My Life” show Spo narrating his journey to this point, detailing some of his life in prison. A Highlight is “No Hook” as it brings a somber mood with melancholy piano notes and poignant feel while Spoda brings in a personal touch. “Pain” is Spo spitting his shit over a funky groove with 80’s sax and effects. Spoda continues to show his brand of energetic bars over solid beats on Quick Fix.

Cop Quick Fix here:

https://spoda1.bandcamp.com/album/quick-fix

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Bub Rock returns with his latest LP, A Peace of Mine, 14 tracks of thought-provoking and personal content for the 31 year old emcee. The Long Island emcee provides his depth of lyricism and well-rounded beat selection with his 2nd LP of 2020.

Riding off his critically-acclaimed The Rock Period LP of July 2020, Bub Rock brings a focus and intent on this album that most artists are afraid to address. Tackling issues of depression and anxiety, mortality and the deaths of close friends, Bub finds a space to release his thoughts, allowing fans and listeners to hear a unique vulnerability and a singular talent the likes of which we are lucky to see once a generation.

The album features production from Foulmouth, Trox, Big Daddy Chop, The Standouts, AP, Don Carrera, Wavy Da Ghawd, JOD, and Backpack Beatz. In addition is executive produced by Alex “P80” Parks of Deeply Rooted Hiphop. Bub finds the nostalgia amidst many of the 80’s R&B vibes, evident in all his releases, with this being no exception.

The title track shows Bub Rock unleashing his overwhelmed mind over a vibrant and pulsating Trox beat. To stay focused on all the issues at hand, Bub intentionally limited the features on A Peace of Mine, which showcases frequent guest-stars Rim and Ty Farris and also a dope nostalgic verse from Bang Belushi. Bub Rock unleashes a piece of himself for his fans and for his own “Peace of Mine.”

Purchase a digital download here:

https://bubbarock.bandcamp.com/album/a-peace-of-mine

Available to stream on Spotify here:

With the first video off his latest project Voodoo Kit, the prolific Nebraska emcee takes us on a captivating visual journey. 1000bottles/ Zombie Dust combines 2 of the joints from his latest EP, a collaborative effort with producer Killer Kane. In the video, Sleep pays homage to Omaha youth James Scurlock, a young man slain by a racist bar owner during the George Floyd protests in Omaha this past spring.

Peep the video for 1000bottles/ Zombie Dust here :

The stunning cinematography was captured by visual guru Big Mike from the woods, holding it down for his fellow Nebraskan artist. The tracks sport Kane’s muffled percussion and dusty loops with slight melodies to pull it all together. The video shows Sleep and co. posted at the cigar bar, which transitions into juxtaposed imagery of industrial components against the warm colors of the autumnal leaves falling by the side.

Cop Voodoo Kit here:

https://sleepsinatra1.bandcamp.com/album/voodoo-kit


Aesop Rock
, one of underground hip-hop’s most enduring and illuminating talents, has just shared a second single leading into the release of his new album Spirit World Field Guide (set for release in November 13th via Rhymesayers). “Pizza Alley” picks up right where the previous track “The Gates” left off, pulling listeners deeper into a broadening narrative that is rife with increasingly unhinged and hallucinatory imagery and animations, an apt parallel to the song’s lyrically labyrinthian paean to the album’s titular world.

The visual was directed by Aesop’s longtime collaborator Rob Shaw, with illustractions by Justin “Coro” Kaufman, who also designed the album’s vivid artwork and packaging.

Check the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzSlOuR0RYk&feature=youtu.be

The collection, arguably the most expansive and ambitious work in the verbose MC/producer’s storied career, is a concept album of sorts; a guide to an upside-down world revealed across 21 insightful chapters of firsthand know-how of the terrain, wildlife, and social customs of our parallel universe. The world explored on the album bears a lot of similarities to our own, especially in its current state. The free-floating anxiety, the looming existential dread, the paranoia and suspicion that define our moment? It’s all familiar turf for Aesop.The path through the Spirit World is the path to freedom, and while Aesop will show you the way, he won’t hold your hand. He can’t. We all have to take this journey ourselves. There aren’t any shortcuts, but if you keep your ears open you will find the way.
Spirit World Field Guide is out on 13th November- https://rse.lnk.to/SpiritWorldFieldGuide