This month saw the release of the debut LP from ShrapKnel, aka the well-matched pairing of PremRock and Curly Castro. It follows on from their introductory EP, which was released last year to triumphant acclaim and helped build the intrigue for this album. Considering we’re dealing with two already established rappers here, this latest outing appears to have urged them to push their levels even higher, with each bar seemingly trying to outdo its predecessor. Sonically it’s a masterpiece as well, thanks to the involvement of not one, but two production talents, ELUCID and Willie Green. Further fortified by some impeccably chosen features, from Zilla Rocca, CASTLE, billy woods, GOOGIE and Henry Canyons, the album shot into the upper echelons of the 2020’s releases and will no doubt remain there until the year’s end. You can hear the album in its full glory below, with downloads and vinyl available on Bandcamp. As well as the album, you will also find their latest video for Fashion Week, featuring production from ELUCID. Continue reading “ShrapKnel: Shrapknel (Stream)”
The debut LP from Shrapknel is looming. Ever since the duo announced their formation last year, along with the subsequent EP release, fans like me have been fiending for the arrival of the full-length. The album features production from two of Backwoodz Studioz’s finest, ELUCID and Willie Green, as well as guest spots from billy woods, Zilla Rocca, Castle, Googie and Henry Canyons. You can hear the lead single, Tempest, below, and pre-orders for the album are available via Bandcamp. The full release is set for 13 March. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Tempest”
A fresh video from Duncecap as he delivers another single from his Backwoodz debut. What Have I Done To Myself is an angsty, self-deprecating dissection of life’s regrets, perfectly accompanied by a guest verse from Dunce’s friend and regular collaborator, Quelle Chris. The track is produced by ELUCID. Miserable Then is available to stream now.
The new year starts off with a new video from billy woods and his formidable Terror Management album. Blood Thinner is produced by Preservation and features Backwoodz affiliated vocalist, Lauren Kelly Benson. Terror Management is out now.
Backwoodz Studioz finish off the decade with another great project, as Duncecap unveils his latest EP, Miserable Then. It’s the New York artist’s first release on the label and features full production from fellow Backwoodz resident, ELUCID. There is also a feature from Duncecap’s friend and previous collaborator, Quelle Chris. This is the first time ELUCID has been at the helm of another artist’s release and the two gel well together, with Duncecap’s writing taking on a more honest and self-reflective tone than on earlier works. You can listen to Miserable Then below, with downloads and merch available over on Bandcamp. There is also a video for Waste of Money, made by Rob Yaskovic and Mike Petrow.
New video from billy woods, as he delivers the visuals for Western Education Is Forbidden. It’s the latest single to be taken from woods’ most recent album, Terror Management, and features some enchanting vocal support from Brooklyn-based singer, Fielded. The name of the track is the English translation of Boko Haram, who woods also references in his lyrics, “It’s Top Ramen, it’s Boko Haram/It’s non-violence in Afrikaans.” Terror Management is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
Sticking with Backwoodz Studioz for a minute, this week they announced the impending arrival of a new EP from Duncecap. This will be the first release from the New York artist since 2017’s Rapping is For Idiots and this time round, he is joining forces with ELUCID, who is handling full production on the EP. It’s due for release on 6 December and you can hear the first track, Waste of Money, below.
In celebration of the remastered vinyl release of ELUCID’s 2018 album, Shit Don’t Rhyme No More, the Backwoodz Studioz artist has released a video montage of three tracks from the project. Lambskin, RRMW and Around the Sun are all in the mix, with each track given its own corresponding aesthetic backdrop. The remastered album is available to stream in full below and the vinyl edition can be found over on the Backwoodz store.
Pleased to see the arrival of the new project from PremRock and Curly Castro, as they connect to form Shrapknel. The duo have been friends and collaborators for a long time, so this union makes a lot of sense, even more so when you hear the EP itself. Featuring some stunning production from the likes of ELUCID, Fresh Kils and Small Pro, Cobalt is the perfect introduction to Shrapknel, as we await the release of their full-length album, which is produced entirely by ELUCID and Backwoodz Studioz in-house wizard, Willie Green. You can stream Cobalt in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Cobalt (Stream)”
Houthi is the latest track to be lifted from the impeccable Hiding Places album, released by billy woods and Kenny Segal earlier in the year. The visually arresting video was made by jed i. rosenberg. Hiding Places is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.