Excellent new project to remind us of warmer times, as Jumbled releases August Heat. The project took shape during a particularly scorching summer in Baltimore, as Jumbled gathered together some of his recent beats with the aim of finding an MC to jump on them. This quickly turned from one contributor to many, as Jumble enlisted the ample assistance of Torito, ialive, Berko Lover, Alaska, Luke Sick and a whole load more. The album is available to stream below, with ‘name your price’ downloads found over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Jumbled: August Heat (Stream)”
Words Hurt have returned with a surprise new EP, as a sort of follow-up to last November’s Soul Music For The Soulless LP. I say sort of follow-up because the songs were actually written and recorded before the Soul Music project, according to Alaska. He explained that The Attitude was created in the vein of a punk record, with shorter track lengths and more of a focus on hooks, essentially inspired by Group Sex by Circle Jerk. You can stream the EP below and downloads are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Words Hurt: The Attitude”
Alaska – he of Hangar 18, Atoms Family and more recently Words Hurt fame – released his new album today. This time he has teamed up with the producer PJ Katz and the pair have concocted a jazz-fuelled journey, with a whole bunch of different guests making their appearances along the way. I last spoke to Alaska back in 2016, when I interviewed him for Grown Up Rap, so I thought now would be a good time to have another chat about a few things, including the new record and reflecting on the past. There is also a new video from the album, which you can watch below.
The homies over at The Witzard recently premiered the first track from the upcoming sophomore album from Words Hurt.
Following on from 2016’s Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit, rapper Alaska and producer Lang Vo have come up with 10 more hefty tracks of rap antidotes for the saturated mumble market.
The first track sees Alaska giving us some questionable life hacks, with a beat from Lang that has echoes of The Sideline in all the right ways. Continue reading “Words Hurt: World’s Worst Life Coach”
My Grown Up Rap family recently premiered the latest offering from alternative rap collective, Wrecking Crew. Zilla Rocca, PremRock and Curly Castro, bring on board Alaska and Castle for Pinball Machine Gun Rap – a track which never made the cut for their 2012 Wu Tang Pulp project and so is now being released, in all its glory, for the fifth anniversary. You can stream the track below and you can find the original Wu Tang Pulp release here. Continue reading “Wrecking Crew: Pinball Machine Gun Rap”
IT – Cryptic One and Alaska – continue their monthly releases with this new track, W.F.A.F. World Famous Atoms Fam is a big nod to their old crew and the first place a lot of listeners would likely have come across the duo. As usual Cryptic One is on production duties. The track is available to stream below and you can download it here. Continue reading “IT: W.F.A.F.”
Another nice track from IT to round off the month. Atoms Family vets, Alaska and Cryptic One, gifted us with the The Way the Horn Blows, which according to Alaska, deals with addiction and modern insanity. Something we can all relate to at the moment, I think. The track also features some nice trumpet playing from Andrew Burgos. Continue reading “IT: The Way the Horn Blows”
Another month, another release from the homies IT – aka Cryptic One and Alaska. This time it’s a track called The Interview, the concept of which isn’t too hard to guess from the name.
Featuring lines like, “Before we get started tell our listeners who you are?/I’m the living embodiment of a coup de grace” and “Don’t you find it draining staying negative in music?/Nah I choose to use it. It’s extremely therapeutic”, this could be my favourite one so far from the duo. Continue reading “IT: The Interview”
Always a pleasure to see an album you’ve been waiting for finally make it to the masses. Zilla Rocca and Small Professor have been building the hotly anticipated Career Crooks album for a while now and the hype has been deservedly building throughout. We know they both have form for creating strong music, so this was always going to be a good album, but now we have the first actual proof. Continue reading “Career Crooks: Good Luck With That”
Another quality joint from the combined minds of IT – aka Cryptic One and Alaska – as they bring us Famous Names for $1000. This is the fourth track in the monthly series and features a hefty guest verse from Zilla Rocca, as well as some tight cuts from DJ paWL. You can stream it below and downloads are available here. Continue reading “IT ft. Zilla Rocca: Famous Names for $1000”