Guns by Quelle Chris @quellechris

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“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.

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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.

 quellechris.bandcamp.com

#BRTHAN8TN TRACK NO. 06 @THISISVERSIS

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I first heard of Versis in the video below, produced by Blu.  So when the LA native submitted his track, Apparition, it was obvious to me that it was perfect for this project.  It's a tribute to hip hop and it's a dope song for driving to, windows down. Check out Versis' track below and don't forget that the whole project (BRTH A N8TN) is available for free download at ra-nyc.bandcamp.com.

Here's a Versis EP from last summer. Check it out

 

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#BRTHAN8TN TRACK NO. 05 @MikeSchpitz

#BRTHAN8TN TRACK NO. 05 @MikeSchpitz

"Cruise Control" by Mike Schpitz (Chicago) is a track from upcoming project set to release this summer.  Make sure to follow him on Twitter or at his website, mikeschpitz.com for all details about it because it's guaranteed to be dope.  I first caught wind of Mike Schpitz from his project with Slot-A called, Have You Seen My Stapler? and based on that project, I knew he would deliver a dope track for the project.  After the project with Slot-A, I also heard a few projects of his with Pete Sayke (Chicago) in a collaboration called Grumpy Old Men.

 

Here are a few other projects by Mike Schpitz.  Show your support!

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#BRTHAN8TN Track No. 01 @chuuweetus

#BRTHAN8TN is a compilation album that I put together to highlight some of the best upcoming artists from across the country.  Beyond the album as a promotional tool for RA and for all the artists on the project, the goal is to put together a blog entry for each artist on the album in order of the tracks.

Track No. 1

I first heard of Chuuwee, by listening to ScienZe's project.  I definitely kept an eye on Chuuwee, so when I was thinking about artists from California to feature on the project, obviously Chuuwee's dope flow and style was something that came to mind quickly.  He sent a track quick too, so it was effortless.  Here's a dope project from Chuuwee where he pays homage to 90's hip hop.  He's in position to make some noise, so check out his work!

@chuuweetus Ronin