With empty exclamations of “New year, new me!” ringing out around the world, this period is generally seen as a time of change. Take Chris Orrick, or the artist formerly known as Red Pill, who yesterday announced the retirement of his previous moniker. Unfortunately the name Red Pill now has some pretty bad connotations, thanks to the rise of the online group who chose that name based on a misinterpretation of that scene from The Matrix.
Orrick himself said, “I tried to ignore it, but given my own values and principles and especially given the current political and social climate that we live in, I couldn’t live with myself being associated with their bullshit. From now on I’m going by my real name. You can call me Chris.”
The announcement came with a new video too, for Your Ambition, which is lifted from his Instinctive Drowning album and features Doomtree’s P.O.S. The track is produced by Ill Poetic.
Here’s a great video for a great song – Stars by Red Pill. Lifted from his acclaimed Instinctive Drowning album, he wrote the song while on tour and it was borne from the fact he didn’t feel he was on par with the people he was touring with. As Pill says, “I was balancing my self-consciousness with a small taste of fame, all the while being homesick”. Ill poetic is behind the production on the track and the brilliant stop-motion video was made by Eric Power. The LP is available now on Mello Music Group.
Gensu Dean has a new album on the way and it looks like it’s going to be another classic from the Austin based producer. Features come from the likes of J-Live, Red Pill and Roc Marci, as well as Diamond D and Homeboy Sandman, who are on the two tracks that were leaked yesterday. Check them out below and get your pre-orders in over at Bandcamp. The album, RAW, is due for release on 25 November. Continue reading “Gensu Dean: RAW”
Check out the new video from the ever-dope Ugly Heroes, as Verbal Kent, Red Pill and Apollo Brown drop Unforgiven. This is the latest track to be taken from their new LP, Everything in Between, which is available now on the Mello Music Group label.
Ever since I first heard Red Pill, his lyrics have had a way of tapping into my psyche and sometimes they cut so close to the bone it was like he was reading notes from my therapy sessions from 10 years ago. None of it as close however, as the latest single and title track from his new album, Instinctive Drowning. Continue reading “Red Pill: Instinctive Drowning”
“Most musicians live a dual life: The one where they get to be entertainers and be famous a few hours every night and feel like a star and the one where they wonder how they’re going to tell their girlfriend they don’t have rent money that month”. That quote from Red Pill sets the tone for the latest leak from his forthcoming Instinctive Drowning LP. Continue reading “Red Pill: Stars”
Red Pill continues to bring the goods with his latest track, Gin & Tonic. Although the title sounds like a middle class remake of the Snoop classic, the song actually deals with some quite heavy subject matter, in the refreshingly honest style we’ve come to expect from the Detroit MC. Continue reading “Red Pill: Gin & Tonic”
This new track from Ohio based producer/MC Ill Poetic is really good. It’s taken from his equally excellent Silhouette Project EP and features the vocal stylings of Reggie B. Continue reading “lll Poetic ft. Reggie B: Silhouette”
This new Red Pill track premiered over on Exclaim yesterday, heralding a new album on the horizon too. Featuring Rhymesayers MC and Doomtree rep P.O.S, Fuck Your Ambition is the sort of high quality misanthropic rap we’ve come to expect from the Mello Music Group artist.
The track was produced by Ill Poetic. Red Pill’s new album, Instinctive Drowning, will be released on 26 August. Pre-orders are available here.
You may remember me covering a couple of Words Hurt releases recently, well now they are back with a whole album: Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit. As the title indicates, the album is filled with enough bilious outpourings and misanthropic sentiments to make Charles Manson bop his head. Continue reading “Words Hurt: Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit”