I first heard Pete Sayke featured on Mike Schpitz and Slot A's collabo project called Have You Seen My Stapler? At times his voice reminds me of MURS, but you can hear the potential of the Chicago MC. The track that stands out to me the most is IXL on this project. It a banger, but people have clearly slept on this guy. Check out the album below and if you like it, download it for $FREE.99.
How do you find new music? Well I have definitely found a new way. So much, that I have a project in works that highlights the potential of this platform. In the summer of 2013, you will see what I mean, but one artist that I recently found and am consistently listening to is Esbe (@esbe88). He's a talented beatmaker/producer from LA and this is an album that I definitely recommend. Check it out and support!
Once again, I revisited an artist I've been meaning to check out for a while now. After being impressed with Shad when I heard he was set to perform at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, I went in another direction only to come back to the London, Ontario native. The video posted on ra-nyc.com's homepage is a clear example of why you should pay attention to Shad. He clearly tells a story of how hip hop is the new "Blaxpoitation" and presents his commentary on African American identity, expectations and the over willingness to conform to cultural expectations portrayed in the media. That's where a lot of people's eyes glaze over and move on to the next cookie cutter track, but I honestly believe it's what's needed in 2012..... His unique perspective makes him a unique mc, as he was born in Rwanda, moved to Canada and lived in a first generation family of immigrants.
The album, Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness is a play on the album by the Smashing Pumkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness released in 1995. Comprised of a series of dope remixes, Shad put out a mixtape that does exactly what it should. It's not an album disguised as a mixtape and it makes you want to hear more of his music. His razor sharp, multi-rhyme bars do him justice on an eclectic arrangement of tracks (5 to be exact). Samples of Milli Vanilli, Prince and Lenny Kravitz, among others show how hip hop can still experiment and stay relevant. Check it out, download it for $FREE.99 here and enjoy!!!
After first hearing a single (Nasty f. Planet Asia) released by Mello Music Group, I had a pretty good idea that Dice Game was going to be a strong album. "Nasty" is a track where a gospel sample breaks the song and creates an unusual chorus. It's one of the best tracks from the album, btw. When I finally heard the full release, I realized it's so much better than I anticipated. Guilty Simpson is easily one of my favorite mc's out today and Apollo Brown really put together a a diverse set of tracks. An instrumental project I always keep around is Clouds (by Apollo Brown), so I'm not surprised by the high quality production. Apollo Brown was brave enough to sample Wu-Tang! Not many producers do that and it doesn't feel like a hack job, by any means. Chemistry and consistency was what I wondered about for Dice Game and ironically it's what makes it a must have.
Dice Game represents and idea that I've consistently believed to be true regarding production and the overall quality of any hip hop project. The fact that one producer is featured, Apollo Brown, makes it less likely to have multiple tracks with the same feel. The product is a collection of unique tracks with Guilty's signature grime all over it. Too often albums are treated as a collection of singles and it makes for a weaker album from track to track. However, Dice Game is a perfect example of how a clear vision creates a stronger and more creative project.