Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Neak - "A.M.N.R." Music Video

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The signature soul fueled sound of Chicago Rap is unmistakeable. It just has a certain "Ism" as GLC would put it. In the way of the major names in Rap from Chicago before him, Neak puts together his own take on pimpin' on wax.

With "A.M.N.R." Neak brings a little Trill to Chi City. The flow is laid back and he mixes up the cadence a ton to keep it interesting. I dig the production and visual on this one. No attachment to any project for this track so it's just a little joint to keep y'all going until 'Paura/Amore' releases.

Check out the video below and free stream and download afterwards.   

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Substantial - 'Jackin' Jill'

Get ready for the brilliantly executed free release from Substantial called, 'Jackin' Jill.' It's easily one of the most inspired and complete projects available right now. It's pretty much perfect in every way.

Two years ago, the prolific DMV writer and educator had a brush with that scary monster called cancer. Thankfully, he was able to get some preventative work done and is now back on the healthy track. During that period, however, he used the time to conceptualize and execute 'Jackin' Jill.' The project, obviously, is a collection of beats based on various Jill Scott samples and Substantial lays his heavy vocals and silky rhymes on top for 17 tracks of pure magic.

"Stan" is greatly inspired by Jill Scott's work and you can hear, see and FEEL the love through every bar and beat of this album. Even the album cover is personally drawn!

'Jackin' Jill' is a fantastic body of work and you NEED this in your playlist. I know my BBQ parties are going to be backed by this all spring and summer. Grab the download below...

Monday, April 8, 2013

SK - "Somebody Tell 'Em"

The Philly beat bully SK is back already with another bar heavy joint called "Somebody Tell 'Em." No gimmicks at all here. Just stripped down grimey Hip-Hop.

Producer Pickee P was apparently trying to pop a speaker with this one. When the 808 hits it HITS! The vintage piano loop leaves the perfect amount of space for SK to talk that talk and let the world know that he's here. It gives me the image of a jook joint fight in the early 1900s. I'm talking throwing stools, smashing bottles and brandishing knives. I love the way SK blends old and new and keeps it all rugged.

For all of the tough talk in Rap on the radio, it SOUNDS like clouds and cushions. Props to SK for keeping that "straight no chase" alive and well. Free stream and download on deck. You know the drill...