Fatboi Sharif & Roper Williams: Planet Unfaithful (Stream)

Following on from a triumphant lead single, Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams return with the full release of their new EP, Planet Unfaithful. It’s a project that not only serves as another step in Sharif’s ascent towards the upper echelons of rap greats, but one that also cements his partnership with Roper Williams in the pantheon of MC-producer duos. ELUCID had already lent his own brand of vocal dominance to the previously released Scrabble Board Pieces, while Bruiser Wolf continues the theme of artistic individuality with his feature on Po Pimping Do or Die. All of that in an EP that only emerged in the dawn of the new year. Start as we mean to go on. You can get a taste of Planet Unfaithful below, while downloads are available over on Bandcamp.

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Fatboi Sharif: Interview

Fatboi Sharif has been making some of the most compelling and intriguing rap music of his generation, thanks to a style that refuses to be boxed in by genre restrictions and critical expectations. I recently caught up with him via Zoom for a conversation which delves into the process behind his creativity, as well as his musical upbringing, his love of horror and his plans for the future. We also spoke about his most recent album, Preaching in Havana, which is out now on PTP.

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Fatboi Sharif & Roper Williams Present… 400 Pound Porno Cyborg

For those of us who reside on this side of the Atlantic, it can be frustrating when we see gig after gig being advertised, knowing that we will most likely never reach any of them. Which is why videos like this bring me so much joy. Not that long ago, Fatboi Sharif took his infectious brand of rap to the streets, with a live performance in the middle of Washington Square Park in New York. The set features a number of gems from his collaboration with Roper Williams, which has quite rightly earned the duo the acclaim they deserve. The film is also peppered with clips that highlight how entertaining Sharif is beyond the confines his music; a showman in every sense. The deluxe edition of Gandhi Loves Children is available now via POW Recordings.

Fatboi Sharif & Roper Williams: Tragic

Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams return with another provocative video from their album, Gandhi Loves Children. This time it’s the opening cut on the album and features Sharif working his way through various tragedies and cataclysmic events, from aviation disasters to school shootings, like a twisted rap version of We Didn’t Start the Fire. The deluxe edition of GLC is out now via POW Recordings.

Gabe ‘Nandez: Seven (Stream)

Following on from the release of two solid singles, we can all now enjoy the full splendour of the latest EP from Gabe ‘Nandez. Seven is rooted in the New York rap that paved the way for artists like ‘Nandez to shine, while embracing the more modern sounds of the city’s still burgeoning scene. Those previously mentioned singles are the perfect example of that duality, with Osiris sounding like it could easily have burst through your speakers at the tail-end of the last millennium, while the ELUCID assisted, Coupé Décalé, feels very much like a product of the more recent wave. And I’m here for all of it, especially as ‘Nandez doesn’t drop a dud bar throughout the entirety of the EP. You can test this out for yourself below, with streams and downloads also available from the usual spots.

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Gabe ‘Nandez ft. ELUCID: Coupé Décalé

Gabe ‘Nandez continues to build the anticipation for his forthcoming album, with the release of another strong single. Coupé Décalé sees the NY rapper teaming up with another monumental voice from the boroughs, ELUCID, as they both deliver their verses over some typically compulsive Roper Williams production. Seven is due for release on 29 July via POW Recordings.

Fatboi Sharif & Roper Williams: Gandhi Loves Children (Deluxe)

The warped world we were ushered into by Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams, just got that little bit more twisted, thanks to the arrival of the deluxe edition of Gandhi Loves Children. The expanded version boasts three brand new tracks, which successfully maintain the deranged delirium many of us were whipped into after our earlier introduction. These include the new closer, Angels & Demons, which counterpoints Williams’ soulful loop with Sharif’s distorted vocals, and the drug-laced dirge of Prescription. The deluxe edition is out now via POW Recordings and is available from all the usual streaming spots.

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Gabe ‘Nandez: Osiris

Occasionally I sleep on rappers, which is fine as long as I wake up eventually. Case in point – Gabe Nandez and his single, Osiris, which is paving the way for his upcoming album release. My critical analysis for most new rappers I come across, usually stretches to two questions: Can they rap well and do they sound good when they do it? The answer to both of these is a resounding yes in Nandez’s case and so I look forward to hearing what his album brings forth. The production on Osiris comes courtesy of Roper Williams and Tony Seltzer. Seven is due for release on POW Recordings next month.