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Fonzse on Concious Decisions leaves a lot vocally left to be desired. At times he seems hesitant and almost cautious or unsure of his rhymes on the project. But that doens't mean that the project isn't dope in itself. UK Hip-Hop is usually very soulful in the production and Conscious Decisions is no exception. Adim controls the production which really stands out on the project. Fonzse's subject matter on the project is very relateable for most musicians and is all about working towards being the best person he can, as well as the best artist. The project hails from Nottingham, and is inspired heavily be 90's Era Hip-Hop. Conscious Decisions talks about a lot of fighting between two earlobes and is the type of project that usually follows a long bus ride from place to place. The project isn't supposed to drop until March, 7th but is on Bandcamp now for at least streaming. So make sure to take a listen and keep up on Fonzse who has a quality future coming for him if he can continue to improve as an artist.
Top Dawg Entertainment released a mysterious instagram post this week with a whiteboard that outlined the 2016 Album Plans for TDE who obliviously have been working hard. Not only have all 6 TDE artist been working on albums, but they also have two John Doe artists working on albums, just waiting for the right moment. Meaning 8 tenative albums coming from TDE in 2016. So with the world entering the final month of the first quarter of 2016, it didn't surprise me to find out that we'd be getting a TDE release sometime soon. However, I was suprised to find out that Kendrick was the first sacrifice to the world in 2016 from TDE. It's been 12 days shy of a year that we've had To Pimp a Butterfly and I still find people on the internet saying the album is trash in a time when the world needed TPAB the most. But this isn't time to review that, it's time to look ahead.
Spotify tipped TDE's hand today as they have in the past, by putting the Album and Tracklisting on Spotify before the actual release. From the looks of the tracklist, it would appear that the album is cuts that missed To Pimp a Butterfly, but were played at various shows on TV by Kendrick. Like the cut from the Colbert Report that sent the internet into a frenzy trying to find the track.
The title Untitled Unmastered is a clever play on words to the anticipated live album that could theoretically not be mastered, as well as Kendrick's take on Black Heritage and slavery, especially after the controversy with which his grammy performance yielded in the following days.
The cover of Untitled Unmastered also looks a lot like the cover of Depression Cherry by the group Beach House, who if you didn't know, made the song Silver Surfer, which provided the sample for Kendrick's hit song off his debut album, Money Trees. Coincidence between the two? Doubtful.
Keep the conversation about Kendrick Lamar's upcoming release Untitled Unmastered going in the comments below, as well as by mentioning me on twitter @DrewT513 and let's talk about what we expect come the drop.
Incredible Heat Machines is the first release from a group of producer BSTFRND and artist/poet Robalu. The album incorporates a couple different vibes, and the first and most prominent being space. From the stars on the cover of the album, Soluh! wants to take this album out of this world and time. The two met in college in Richmond, Virginia and built the group from there. They have both worked independently on their crafts, BSTFRND releasing his own independent projects and Robalu writing poetry and rapping via many different outlets. Robalu on the album channels inspiration from a wide variety of artists of the time. I'd compare his flow to Ab-Soul meets Childish Gambino with a splash of Kendrick Lamar. This creates a very unique flow and vibe from a rhyme standpoint on the album. The album is written in memory of Robert Earl Gibson Sr. who is commemorated most commonly on The Departure. The Albums aura is mystical and rhyme infested with metaphors taking over and dominating a smooth solid productional album from BSTFRND. My only critique would be that I wish the Rhymes were a touch louder. But it's a great product overall and well worth the $10 they're selling it on Bandcamp and Itunes for. Show this new group some love and let 'em know DrewT513.com sent you.
At 21, Enoch Da Prophet has a 3 track EP here that compares a lot to the top of the underground game at the moment. Demo Tape sounds a lot like just that. The Project sounds like something that would be pitched to some labels trying to sell Prophet as an artist. While the tape doesn't show a lot of diversity, it does use samples to really take a different turn when it comes to sampling. "Rap Dreams" the opening track is the best of the three on the project, and sounds like a sample Just Blaze would want to get his hands on. Enoch Da Prophet comes from Duval County in Miami Flordia, and I made sure not to mention that until now, because the music sounds nearly nothing like what you'd expect from the Miami underground community. The beat on Rap Dreams reminds me a lot of Big Krit's production, with flows his style is fairly unique, but I can think of a few artist he would collab with well. Overall the project is a very positive start for the artist, and I'd suggest that you keep him on your radar. However, the one negative to this album is that it's listed at $5, and for three songs, in an age where everything all the way to the a Bryson Tiller album are free, I have a hard time seeing Enoch having successful numbers unless he lowers the price.
I'll just start this one out by saying that I wasn't born when Disco music was big. I've listened to some Disco Music around the time I was finding out was music I really liked, but decided to choose Hip-Hop over Disco as well as Rock N Roll, and god forbid Country music. But when !llmind randomly dropped the Four Three Two EP, I was a little confused with what to think. !llmind kills the Hip-Hop production, and I'd be comfortably confident in his ability to make RNB, Electronic, and probably even Soul music. But Disco was one that I didn't see coming. But I listened. The Four Three Two EP is a bridge between modern music, and the disco the past has known. Most of the songs start off with a solid drum track and beat, that then builds into the song, where the drums continue. This makes it nearly impossible not to nod your head along with all the changes through out the EP which keeps your attention. Every Hip-Hop fan should consider listening to this album to work on their instrumentation work as well as their track layouts. !llmind keeps the attention of the audience beautifully on this EP as he toes the lines between repeating and new material in each song. The EP is available for stream via Soundcloud.
Sun.N.Y is an underground artist that reveals some of his best and most personal songs to date on his latest project "Book of Daniel - Written by Sun Born." The Project was released independently via BandCamp on Saturday February 20th, 2016. He rhymes effortlessly over smooth production that has consistent and soulful production as well as strong basslines. Production on the album is from a lot of undeeground producers as well, but does feature a track from Don Cannon. The Project also includes 5 features, which blend well with Sun.N.Y's style as a whole. On tracks like Hand & Hand, Sun.N.Y looks at his vices and possible addictions and how he's been trying to quit. The song touches on Self-Medication as well and is laced with infectious Guitar Chords.
You can also check out SunN.Y.'s video for the track I Am I above.
The Album only costs $10, so don't act like it's ten G's and help this young man out with support.
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