Guns by Quelle Chris @quellechris


“Guns” by Quelle Chris is a project that I will play for a long time.  It’s another classic project from Quelle Chris, the Detroit born rapper/producer married to Jean Grae living in Brooklyn.  In 2018, Quelle released a joint project with Jean Grae called Everything’s Fine that was easily one of the best projects of the year.  In 2017, he released Being You is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often, which was again one of the best albums of that year.  Quelle Chris dropped Lullabies for the Broken Brain and in 2016, Innocent Country in 2015 and Niggas is Men in 2013.  I could make a long playlist of the best tracks (in my opinion) from all of these projects and you would have an extremely creative hip hop experience that cant be compared to anything else.

Quelle’s style is lyrical, musical, sometimes funny and sometimes dark and serious.  It is as versatile as a range of emotion can be and the sometimes off kilter sound makes it impossible to label the music anything specific. The only thing that’s certain is that it’s so dope and his music keeps getting better.


On top of the musical and lyrical mastery on Guns, Quelle Chris often makes his own album art and creates animations for his videos.  For someone like me who experiments with many different media, the fact that a very creative musician also creates his own visuals reinforces the idea that this artist has something to say and has the vision to tell interesting stories.

The Impossible Kid @aesoprockwins #HIPHOP

It should be no surprise that I'm a fan of Aesop Rock.  He's the type of hip hop artist that can rap about drawing or painting and I buy it.  Sometimes artists try really hard to be the creative outcast, but most times, they aren't successful (not Aesop Rock).  Since None Shall Pass, Aesop Rock released Skelethon, a few collaboration projects including Lice with Homeboy Sandman and now The Impossible Kid.  The visual artists that created the album art for the last three projects were Jeremy Fish (None Shall Pass and Lice), Aryz (Skelethon) and now Alex Pardee (The Impossible Kid).  Album art says a lot about a project and I follow the work of all three of these artists.

The Impossible Kid was produced by Aesop Rock who has been developing his signature producing skills since I first realized he produced a significant number of his tracks back on the Felt 3 project with Slug and Murs.  Def Jux days had Aesop Rock rapping over El-P and Blockhead beats here and there, but if you've heard those projects, the vibes can be dark, sometimes melancholy and also heavy hitters.  The Impossible Kid isn't as melancholy or dark, but there is still a undercurrent of eerie sounds that make it a continuation of Aesop Rock's overall body of work while reaching into new directions.

Speaking of Aesop Rock's production credits, there is another project that was just released with Blueprint called Vigilante Genesis.  Make sure to check it out as well via the link below.   Vigilante Genesis EP on BandCamp  




Bloomsday by @esbe88

If you've heard the two music projects I've put together, you would know I'm a fan of Esbe's music (BRTH A N8TN and The Red).  Recently he released a project called Bloomsday and it's something you should definitely support.  Bloomsday's sound is smooth, creative and classic.  High quality production gets Esbe thousands of streams on SoundCloud, but he has a perfect balance of familiarity and creativity that makes the music feel right.  The element of surprise comes from his ability to make it all feel new and comfortable.   I spent a few days wondering London, recording my experiences and I had Bloomsday on repeat.  Naturally, the video project will feature his music, but it's what Esbe's style of music inspires me to do.  Check out the project by clicking the album artwork above, download at BandCamp and enjoy!