Human @joellortiz @illmindproducer #hiphop #summer2015 #brooklyn

Human, Joell Ortiz & !llmind 2015

With so much hype focused around pointless and bar-less beef out right now, it's probably important to remind people that there is actually some dope new music out to listen to.  Real artists, real music no fake hype.

Human could be a one-off collabo projects that connect two individually dope artists, or it could be the start of an ongoing collabo that hip hop desperately needs more of.  I think the duo could benefit by creating a name for the collaboration, alla Deltron 3030, Phryme, Random Axe and Run the Jewels.  The lyrics are dope as usual and Joell Ortiz sounds recharged with new perspective.  Meanwhile !llmind continues to innovate sounds experimenting with the current trap drums with the boom bap beats that made his name working with Kanye, Little Brother, Skyzoo among others.

Six Fo' is my favorite track that flips a Deltron 3030 track (Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala and Dan the Automator) into a banger creating the setting for Ortiz to wild out on.  Yaoowa!!

It's something special to walk Brooklyn streets and cross paths with artists that I listen to (and respect).  It says something about the artists that don't think they're too big to take their dogs on walks.  !llmind and Ortiz are both in Brooklyn, but Ortiz represents it often and is unapologetic.

 !llmind started his record label, RMG and I'm curious to see the artists he signs.  Collectively the two artists could pull in big names, but this project doesn't boast an all-star list of featured artists.  Emilio Rojas, Bodega Bamz, Chris Rivers, Father Dude and Jared Evan are the featured artists on two of the eleven tracks.

It's a dope project.....check it out!

Ronin

The Good Fight @oddisee #hiphop

The Good Fight, Oddisee 2015

If this is the first time you hear the name Oddisee, you have some homework to do.  My introduction to Oddisee's music happened back in 2008 via his Mental Liberation project.  From the beginning, I could tell there was something unique/different about his music.  Maybe it's the fact that he is equally an mc and a producer with a very high overall quality of music.  Maybe it's the work ethic and soul from his Sudanese roots filtering through Oddisee's lyrics.  Or maybe it's a unique mc coming from an under represented hip hop scene (Washington DC) that offers a glimpse into a new city.  Maybe it's the creative photography and the traveling artist lifestyle presented on social media.  Or maybe it's all of the above......

The Good Fight is a diary of an entrepreneurial independent hip hop artist in 2015.  This includes resisting the impulse to assimilate your identity to the small minded mainstream in order to succeed, while maintaining s creative edge and staying motivated.  This includes balancing his potential to help those close to them, while keeping his best interests in mind.  It also subliminally includes the humility of an artist that launched Mello Music Group.  Mello Music Group is a place to find extremely talented artists, so if you don't know, now you know.  These are just a few of the ideas presented in The Good Fight, so check it out for the rest.  In addition to having an intelligent, creative and musically talented artist sharing their life through art, it's all positive.  At no point of The Good Fight do you feel negativity.  No sob stories.  No club songs.  No heartbreak stories of ex's cheating........just real life music.

 

Ronin

Run The Jewels 2, @killermikegto @therealelp #hiphop

RTJ2, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), 2014

What more can I say about Killer Mike and El-P?  This is an "I told you so" moment because I've been listening to El-P and Killer Mike for a long time now.  My attitude toward a lot of the music industry has centered on the fact that clowns get record contracts and exposure because they will do the dance, fit the role and be the puppet.  Artists like El-P and Killer Mike have stayed true to their art, kept experimenting and now, they are reaping the benefits from teaming up with each other and pushing the envelope.  Artists like these two deserve the recognition and it's encouraging to see them get to the level of coverage they are.  Put simply, media coverage doesn't necessarily mean that the artists is better at what they do, but in this case it does.

RTJ2 is my favorite album of 2014, easily.  I love hip hop and 2014 has been a slow year for me not only because my life has been changing course, but because I think there has been a lot of garbage out there.  If you don't have RTJ2, get it!!!  Also, check out my drawing inspired by the first night I heard the project.  Just as a side note....there are dope collabo projects out there like Barrel Brothers, The 1978'ers, Prhyme and a few more.

RTJ2
RTJ2

Ronin