Chi-town’s Onaje Jordan creates a menacing soundscape for Toronto’s Asun Eastwood on “Enemies.” Onaje lays chopped piano loops, a prominent bass line and some fresh live drums on this banger. Throughout, Eastwood spits tales of the competition failing while he continues to be victorious, with vivid imagery sprayed across the track.

Check it out here:

https://onajejordan1.bandcamp.com/track/enemies

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KetchP brings the audio drugs on Doap Pusher as producer Peace of Mind flips a sample from a 70’s Bill Cosby record about kids’ drug awareness. The sample features punchy drums and fuzzy guitars as Ketchphraze rhymes double-time, clearly having fun over the funky beat. The track is off KetchP’s upcoming project “Gift Certificate” dropping soon on Middle Finger Music.

Check out the track here:

https://soundcloud.com/ketchp/ketch-p-doap-pusher-produced-by-peace-of-mind/s-Zznsl

by Alex P80 Parks

Mr DopeFlow, Aka Spoda delivers his debut album Full Court Press. The Bayshore, Long Island spitter brings energy, confidence and raw rhymes over sample-based tracks with plenty of drums. Connecting with Wavy Da Ghawd as the sole producer on the LP, the chemistry was evident from last winter’s early singles to now.

On the album opener Wavy provides a gentle melodic vocal sample on the soulful “Tip off,” as Spoda eases us into his game. Always showing tremendous passion in his voice, Spoda pulls us in with his vigorous delivery on “I’m here” as Wavy lays down short chopped vocal samples and resonating drums.

On “Talk,” Wavy sets Spoda up with a bouncing bass groove, subtle percussion and repetitive guitar loop. Spoda lays down his tough talk on this joint, rhyming:

“It’s time to eat, where’s my dinner plate?

The energy that they give me, I reciprocate.

I don’t do the fake, if you a snake then I gotta snip you..”

Check it out here:

https://soundcloud.com/dopeflow631/talk-produced-by-wavy-da-ghawd

Even though “Pissy Staircase” is a tough, yet playful sample, Spoda and Rim ain’t playing around here. One of the standout joints as Rim bounces his lyrics off the bass-line proving why he’s one of Brooklyn’s best. Hopefully Rim has touched back down to Earth after that verse.

Tracks like “Ah Shit,” “Fast break,” and “Halftime” all provide quick, one-verse tracks and some varied samples to change the mood and mix up the tempo across the album. “Halftime” has a great melodic synth sample fitting for a summertime release.

On Full Court Press Spoda never comes off trying to be too deep. He’s having fun, infusing his bars with his signature chuckle ad libs on many of the tracks. What he doesn’t necessarily bring in terms of super lyrical complexity, Spo makes up for it with his sheer energy and enthusiasm on the mic.

Wavy brings a thunderous sample paired with pounding drums on “Overcoming the Odds,” as Spo tells all his detractors how he did it. Speaking on a mystical woman just out of reach, “Almost Fell in love” shows Spoda riding over a bouncing bass drum and slapping snares, the samples almost sounding like vintage Just Blaze. The out-of-tune distortion of “Main Event” feat Eddie Kaine, John Jiggs and Bub Rock juxtaposed against the beauty of the raw sample plays well as Jiggs, Kaine and Bub all do damage alongside Spo on this standout joint. The title track, “Full Court Press,” does the project justice as Spoda spits heavy over Wavy’s anxious loop.

Spoda gives us his poignant ode to his father with “Pops.” He brings back the fond memories and Spo Provides some introspection and personal depth on this track.

Throughout Full Court Press, Wavy Da Ghawd brings a mixture of original sample flips and some unique retreads, always over quality drums. He and Spo combine to maintain a cohesive “sound” on a full-length project. Keeping the album focused as such allows Spoda to really flex his spirited flow and unmatched energy. It’s evident that Spoda is just getting started with plenty of potential to make his mark with some quality hip hop. While he has definitely shown some maturity in his writing and content, Spoda leaves some room to grow and reach his peak as an emcee on future releases. This is just the start for Mr Dopeflow.

cop Full Court Press available here:

http://spoda1.bandcamp.com/album/full-court-press

by Alex P80 Parks

On Crystal Pianos, DNTE (1/2 of Toronto rap duo Falcon Crest) drops his polished solo album full of varied production from top-notch beat makers. Symbolic of grand opulence, a crystal piano is one of the most priceless and renowned musical instruments, with only a few in existence. Fitting that DNTE spared no expense to craft this glossy album which included having a large painting commissioned to use as the cover art. DNTE blends tales of drug pushing with flashy imagery and descriptions of financial aspirations.

The Intifada Beats-produced track “The Plaza System” feat Wyze Wonda opens the album with a darker glimpse into DNTE’s world, while the self-produced “MK Ultra” sports a droning piano, slightly out of tune, with reggae hook to complete the hazy vibe. Check the video for “MK Ultra” here:

On tracks like “Symphony” feat Wyze Wonda, producer DrkTheLegend layers synths, a full orchestral sample and a slick sample of Ghostface’s “Wildflower” on a robust beat for DNTE to talk his shit. Statik Selektah puts down elegant flutes and skittering percussion on “Boeing Carrera” feat Adichi evoking a luxurious feel in the beats. Throughout the album DNTE stays heavy on the references with lines like:

“Victor Newman’s with the vests

Paintings on my wall like my wall is playing Tetris”

Futurewave shows his first class production on “Rhinoceros Horn” feat SullyNomad. With his relaxed yet focused flow, PenClemente bodies his verse, while DNTE comes in to clean up over crisp drums and tumbling piano notes. “Moschino” feat Wyze Wonda is an uptempo joint with bouncing synth bass and slight piano riffs. Wyze and DNTE seem to play well against one another with Wyze’s aggressive flow and DNTE’s relaxed smooth delivery. The duo of FalconCrest unite on “Washing Machine,” as Falcon Outlaw drops by on this Pastor Wesley beat with a lush feel, juxtaposed against the criminal endeavors of money laundering.

Embodying a large heist with grand orchestration on a loop courtesy of Dirty Diggs, “Diamond Panther Bracelet” feat Billie Esco provides vivid descriptions of living the lavish life. “Once Upon a Time” produced by Camoflauge Monk is a dope mix of a piano slide and creeping subtle horns. DNTE provides plenty of magical references, while name-dropping virtually every fairy tale character imaginable on this concept record.

A slight speed bump on the ride, “Winston Cocktail” seems out of place both sonically and lyrically as it plays like a dancehall beat. DNTE falls into some cliche territory here with superficial rhymes about money, women, pushing drugs and blowing big smoke. While those topics play well enough otherwise on the LP, the track exposes those trite lyrics on an off-course beat.

More big features contribute to the quality finish of the project as fellow Toronto natives Daniel Son, Saipher Soze and DNTE’s partner in crime, FalconOutlaw connect on “Drop Acid” produced by Nicholas Craven.

Standout tracks like “Goldvish LeMillion” feat yet another T.O. emcee, Lord Juco, who lends his bars. DrkTheLegend flips Johnny Pearson’s “Crisis” sample slightly different from Sebb’s Infamous Mobb version, but creates an enjoyable beat, regardless.

On Crystal Pianos, DNTE adheres to a sonically cohesive vibe, with a high contrast between the extravagance in much of the production and the visceral street imagery. Excellent beat choices and elite features uphold the production value of this album as well. A solid project with only a couple low points, this album shows the depth of talent in Toronto from the FalconCrest duo.

cop the album here:

https://dntecouture.bandcamp.com/album/crystal-pianos

The album is available everywhere to stream including iTunes:

https://music.apple.com/us/album/crystal-pianos/1466342904

By Alex P80 Parks

On Carfentanyl, Newburgh, New York emcee Snotty connects with beatmaker Str8 Bangaz for a 5-track EP of East coast rap over sample-based production. Snotty provides raw, punchline heavy rap, walking a thin line between slick talk and bare realness.

Snotty returned from “a bit of a hiatus due to a legal situation,” to drop Colombian Snow Talk for free on Feb 27th of 2019. With his latest release, Snotty himself describes Carfentanyl as “Very personal to me. I got alot off my chest on this EP.”

Intro (Cavalier) Snotty lays down almost slurry vocals over streaking guitar chords and arena rock drum fills. On Sin Modelos Str8 Bangaz samples a loop from Rubba’s “Way Star” to create a mix of nostalgia and hope. While it is certainly a heavily flipped sample, Snotty provides a hefty serving of confidence in his delivery over the loop, offering up insightful lines like:

“Never fell off,

Was only falling back

The rumors and the whispers I heard all of that

You know I got that shit that keep em callin back

But I’m still in the streets so I can’t give you n***as all the facts

What you wanna hear about?

The wins and the losses

The lessons we was left with that done turnt us to bosses.”

With only one guest spot on Carfentanyl, Snotty relies on an emcee who pairs well with his clever lines on Everlasting feat Pro Dillinger. Pro Dillinger lends his throwback flow here. The sample is a lively layer of flute loops, piano chords and drums along with a soulful vocal chop to create an uplifting vintage tempo on this standout joint. The Overdose is a synth heavy joint with a vibe. Check it out here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/snotty-dinero/snotty-the-overdose-prod-by-str8-bangaz

For Str8 Bangaz, the strings loops and punchy drums on Farewell show the heavy influence of classic east coast 90’s beats in the echoes of his production. Certainly a standout track on this short EP.

Snotty provides a heavy dose of street rap and harsh realism on Carfentanyl. Str8 Bangaz delivers some solidly satisfying production to accompany Snotty’s direct delivery. Fans of hard-nosed east coast rap will surely gravitate towards Snotty’s street depictions and brash attitude over sample based beats with sufficient drums.

Cop the album here:

https://therealsnotty.bandcamp.com/album/carfentanyl

With both emcee and producer hailing from the Garden State, Jersey reps hard on this one. Fatboi Sharif lays down his convincing and unique cadence over a swaying orchestral loop from The Custodian Of Records. Audio clips of police and civilians discussing domestic disturbances are featured throughout the track as Fatboi takes the perspectives of man and woman on each verse.

Check the track here:

https://soundcloud.com/beatsbytcor/fatboi-sharif/s-FJpuo

With the third single off his upcoming EP Cipher Carlos takes viewers on a stroll downtown. “Take These Gems” is produced by UK beat master Farma. With the video shot entirely in Jamaica, the scenes capture the metaphors of “taking gems” in a visual sense as Nomad Carlos haggles with store owners about copping some priceless goods. The Kingston, Jamaica-raised, Long Island-based spitter Nomad Carlos plays multiple characters in the video directed by Udemba McLean and Scotty Dreamkiller. The track shows an organ laced beat courtesy of Farma, which Carlos finds perfect space for his patient slow flow.

Check out the video here

Cipher, fully produced by Farma drops May 13th.