Words by Ian Charles
Harlem, N.Y. is known for breeding individuals with a grind and a persistent hustle. Money Stacks is the epitome of that. Running his Money Stacks Media, (https://moneystacksmedia.com) with over twelve projects in his music catalogue like the long running series “Back To Da Streets” and “Crack On Deck (C.O.D.)” series. New Jersey Producer, Killer Kane handles production on all the tracks on Money Stacks’ latest EP “NBTH (Never Bite The Hand).” Kane is known for ear-grabbing, yet diverse production for the likes of SeKwence, ThugYeezy, Barry Marrow, Cam Bank$ and LARS.
“Wings On Em” comes in as the thumping, soulful sample-infused opener as Money Stacks hits all the avenues here. He exposes the inner workings; from hustling the Harlem blocks, his Mother raising him to get through life, all while living through the drugs and crime around him.
The melodic piano-driven “Drain” has the Harlemite proving his life on the grind in the streets and music. Questioning if there is more to life in the pursuit of success. He advises to maintain focus and avoid the sidetracks.
Eat these BARS for “Dinner Time” was my immediate thought after Money Stacks and Rochester, N.Y. emcee, Jae Hussle came to serve plates full of that raw. Enjoy the feast.
Killer Kane came with an otherworldly, spaced-out, psychedelic boom-bap vibe on “Containment” for the uptown spitter to share his gritty street life parables. His flow over this low BPM beat as a space odyssey is quite clever.
Money Stacks and Killer Kane’s EP visualize Money Stacks’ life in the borough from past, present and future along with enough of that good ol’ Harlem bravado. Through his escapades, a tough life, a willingness to survive, relationships with women, and the building blocks of his childhood preparing him in the ghetto we hear the similarities of the street and the music hustle contained within him. Killer Kane’s production couldn’t have been a better pair with Money Stacks as each track displays a dark harmonious setting, delivering the aptly titled, “Never Bite The Hand (NBTH).”
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