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Spaceships by Kon Boogie @kon_boogie #hiphop

I saw a post about a new single from Kon Boogie on IG, so I decided to follow up with a blog post about a project of his called SPACESHIPS.  I've been focusing on taking architectural licensing exams (ARE's) so I haven't been blogging as much as I typically would, but this is a project that should be shared, so here it is.  I'm always in search of new music and SPACESHIPS is a solid project from top to bottom that you should definitely check out.

Kon Boogie tested his luck with a few group acts but decided to try the solo thing out, meaning he isn't a rookie in the New York hip hop scene and it shows in the music.  He boasts strong lyrical skills with light hearted skits tightly woven throughout this concept album.  The whole project has very high level of creative production with dope featured artists, including (but not limited to) Tash from the Alkoholiks.  The tone of Koncept's voice reminds me of Termanology at times, but his vibe is much more chill but please don't misunderstand my references to be comparisons.....just trying to paint the picture if you haven't listened yet.

The Music

The whole project shows a lot of versatility.  For example, I recently saw a post on IG of Kon Boogie with NYC style battle bars and that style of rapping is present on SPACESHIPS but then other tracks like  Lovin' Life couldn't be more of a west coast track.  The Finest follows immediately behind it with a rich boom bap track sound like it's off The Firm while Talk My Shit (below) is a mechanical futuristic banger that matches the motif of the project.  SPACESHIPS is an escapist project where Kon Boogie tells stories about leaving the planet and the experiences along the way.  Overall, there are dope vocal hooks, diverse beats and he even mixes in new trap tracks without dumbing down the lyrical content to appease hypebeast zombies and I appreciate that.  You'll find out on your next download though, so check it out!!  Listen to the full project by clicking here.

Link with Kon Boogie

@kon_boogie on Twitter/IG/SoundCloud

Ronin

The Easy Truth @skyzoo @apollobrown #hiphop #2016

The Easy Truth

Skyzoo and Apollo Brown

2016

As if he hasn't been one of the most prolific and consistent artists out of NYC in the past decade, Skyzoo teamed up with Apollo Brown from Detroit for this dope new project called The Easy Truth.

The vibe of the project overall is smooth and chill, but there definitely a few bangers mixed throughout the project.  It fits more along the lines of a classic 90's style album than the new normal of a collection of singles.  Probably because both Apollo Brown and Skyzoo are laser sharp artists that have vision.  One track leads to the next seamlessly and the consistently creative rhythms from Skyzoo jumps on and off the RPM's perfectly.

Skyzoo represents Brooklyn always and the Detroit soul works as perfectly as other collaborations like Slaughterhouse and Random Axe (RIP Sean Price).  Don't let lazy people convince you that hip hop is dead because these talented people keep it alive.

Ronin

Noteworthy Classic v15 Let's Get Free by Dead Prez #hiphop #deadprez

For some crazy reason, I immediately started listening to this classic project after the election results became clearer.  Maybe it was the fact that it reminds me of how the system can easily be hijacked by a tyrant backed by sinister politicians or maybe it was the fact that uninformed racist ideology was the deciding factor in the election.  Or maybe it was the "coincidence" that Saturday Night Live featured Dave Chappelle and A Tribe Called Quest, which reminded me of how influential hip hop can be.

Dead Prez championed the street scholar, self educated, comfortably defiant, politically rebellious group from Florida (launched in Brooklyn) that shared their crystal clear vision on Let's Get Free.  True to lyrical thesis of Hip Hop, the ideas on this project are almost more poignant on the tracks that didn't reach the level of celebration as the cultural phenomenon Hip Hop did.  Check out the interview above and see how one project can focus on reality, reaching people, making music that reflects their lives, expresses anger, frustration, social issues, hustle, beauty and spirituality.

The lessons on this project are a big reason that hip hop was the educational balance I needed during college and grad school.  Eating healthy, self defense, seldom told history of black people, pride, beauty, spirituality, creativity and revolution are so critical for young people today and that's the reason that this project is important for everyone to hear.  If you don't have it or have only listened to Hip Hop and Mind Sex, make your way through the rest of the project.  For about 20 years, popular music has distracted people from perspectives that can open up their consciousness to current and historic issues.  This music can benefit people's lives and all I can do is thank artists like Dead Prez for their contributions to my life.

Ronin

Whole Food @denmarkvessey @gensudean #hiphop #np

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Whole Food

Denmark Vessey and Gensu Dean

2016

This is not the first project of Vessey's that's an instant classic, but if you haven't heard of Denmark Vessey before and this is your intro, enjoy!  Whole Food is a dope collaboration project between Vessey on the mic and Gensu Dean on production.

Denmark Vessey and his long time collaborator Quelle Chris have become the creative vanguard of hip hop through their joint venture, Crown Nation.  They've put together an impressive list of projects you should definitely check out.  On this project, Vessey doesn't focus on his battle with religion as much as other projects, but Denmark Vessey is one of the more creative artists balanced with a raw talent and a strong dose of not giving a shit (which I really appreciate).

Apparently Vessey is from Chicago, but I appreciate that he isn't self-categorized.  I hear influences from hip hop styles from all over the country and his lyrics aren't dominated by nostalgia for his city.  His lyrics are smart, clever, deep, funny, creative and both light hearted and deep.  He effortlessly makes jokes like, "I have existential questions.  Where the hoes at?" that probably fly over the average hip hop listener.  Gensu Dean mixes up the production with a range of boombap and newer sounds mixed with head nodding soul samples that assemble a dope track for Vessey to flex his lyrical abilities.  There's only one track with featured mcs so you get a strong sense of what Denmark Vessey is about as an artist.  There are deep ties to Mello Music Group, which has their hands in so many projects that I find my way to one way or another.

Check it out!

Ronin