Rich Jones & Montana Macks ft. Matt Muse, Defcee, SKECH185, Psalm One & Jovan Landry: Locals Only

A big drop here from Rich Jones, as he brings his locally sourced posse cut to life with some fresh visuals. Locals Only is taken from his Montana Macks produced project, How do you sleep at night?, which was released at the tail end of last year, and features a fine cross-section of the plethora of talent that Chicago has to offer. Matt Muse, Defcee, SKECH185, Psalm One and Jovan Landry all bring their unique flavours to the mix, with the track further fortified by this new video from New Trash Crew. The album is out now, available exclusively via Bandcamp.

Rich Jones & Montana Macks: How do you sleep at night? (Stream)

Speaking of Rich Jones, he’s another rapper whose music I’ve once more been enjoying, while neglecting to promote it on here. So with that in mind, you would be wise to check out his most recent project which sees Rich reconnecting with the man who apparently first brought him into music, way back in the school bus days – Montana Macks. The album is only available either on Bandcamp or via the artists directly, because Rich believes it is an album that needs to be digested as a whole, without any loss of the context that can come with playlist placements and the like.
It was written while some of the darker events of recent times played out in front of Rich’s eyes, including the brutality displayed by Chicago police officers, which unsurprisingly found its way into his lyrics. The title itself was a question he was asking himself as the scenes continued to get murkier. Aside from Rich and Montana, the album boasts a line up of guests that reflect Chicago’s supportive network of artists, including the concluding track, Locals Only, which features Psalm One, Defcee, Skech185, Jovan Landry and Matt Muse. As always, self-discovery is a better experience than my words, so go and enjoy the album for yourself. Previews are available below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp.

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Defcee & Nick Arcade: Ceenick (Stream)

You might well remember me singing the praises of Defcee back in 2019, following on from a run of strong releases, which culminated with his Lacuna LP alongside knowsthetime. I’ve been a bit slow on the blog since then but Defcee has continued building, offering up a seemingly endless stream of projects, which all maintain the same levels of artistry that first caught my attention a couple of years ago.
His most recent effort is no exception, as he teams up with producer, Nick Arcade, for the exemplary Ceenick. The album is now enjoying its deluxe edition release, which arrives five months after the original version and bolsters its predecessor with five new tracks. These include a follow-up to the previously released Non Sequitur, featuring fellow Chicago MC, Rich Jones, and the superb Omelettes, on which we hear Defcee at his most mesmerising. There are also some tight features from Wally Wess and Add-2. You can check all this out for yourself below, then head over to Bandcamp to cop a download and eye up some of the accompanying merch. And stay tuned for more coming from Defcee, as he joins forces with the mighty August Fanon.

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Iceberg Theory: Slothmonk & Friends Vol. 1 (Stream)

Big release here from Iceberg Theory, as he finally breathes life into the production album he’s been plotting and planning for the last few years. Slothmonk & Friends comes off the back of his successful run of collabs with August Fanon, but this time we get to hear a stack of talented artists doing their thing over Iceberg’s beats. And boy does it work well. The project features some superb guest spots from the likes of Defcee, Sleep Sinatra, Jyroscope and Tokyo Cigar, with IT’s beats sounding bespoke on each and every track. You can stream the full thing for yourself below and then head to Bandcamp to cop a download. Continue reading “Iceberg Theory: Slothmonk & Friends Vol. 1 (Stream)”

Sleep Sinatra: Sleeper Effect (Stream)

Another essential project from Sleep Sinatra, as he introduces us to the Sleeper Effect. This time round the Nebraska MC has brought in an array of production talent to assist with the proceedings and the result is a richly diverse listen, complemented by both Sinatra’s own brand of lyricism and by the guest rappers on the bill. Those guests are notable in their own right, with Defcee, Ty Farris, BubRock and Teller Bank$, all bringing their accomplished penmanship to the album. And production wise, you’ve got contributions from the likes of Stu Bangas, Sadhugold, BloodMoney Perez and August Fanon. The whole album is out now on all the usual platforms and you can stream it in full below. Continue reading “Sleep Sinatra: Sleeper Effect (Stream)”

Defcee x knowsthetime: Lacuna (Stream)

The usual end of year album rush continues with the latest release from Defcee and knowsthetime. Following on from their Summer Courses EP, which they dropped back in June, the MC-producer duo return with Lacuna – a superbly structured record that begs for repeated listens, as you attempt to unpack Defcee’s richly layered lyricism. At times, Lacuna is a very honest analysis of Defcee’s past, which makes it a compelling listen and, for me personally, very relatable in places. Addiction, grief, loss, love and self-reflection are all brought to the fore, with the Illinois MC seemingly ready to confront his old ghosts. There are a few last minute suggestions emerging for your end of year lists and Lacuna is definitely one of them. It’s available to download now over on Bandcamp and you can also stream it in full below.

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defprez: Sunday No. 2 (Stream)

While I might have stupidly slept on the first instalment, I am very much here for the second helping of defprez and knowsthetime’s Sunday collaboration. defprez is an MC duo comprised of Defcee and CRASHprez, two rappers who seem to have the found the perfect affinity between their flows, which are then further complimented by knowsthetime’s production skills. You can hear the EP for yourself below and downloads are also available. Continue reading “defprez: Sunday No. 2 (Stream)”

Defcee: Summer Courses EP (Stream)

Fresh out the box comes the brand new EP from Chicago MC, Defcee. Defcee first came to my attention thanks to Zilla Rocca, after he shouted him out in the interview we did back in 2016. At that point I went and absorbed whatever I could by him, including his excellent 2015 venture, Damn Near Grown. If he was damn near grown back then, he is very much grown four years later as he returns with his new project, the aptly titled, Summer Courses EP. Continue reading “Defcee: Summer Courses EP (Stream)”