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Is it worth me celebrating six year anniversaries? Not really but its worth me reminding you lot what’s good or even introducing you to some new oldish shit you never heard before. I had been an Aesop Rock fan since Labor Days but this album was a change of lane for him as far as I was concerned. It was the first project where I felt like his production came into its own; it all seemed less convoluted than on previous jawns. It’s also sounded a lot more reflective and personal than his earlier efforts. I think it was his first album since Camu died, which would obviously have an impact. Lines like “Here is how a great escape goes/When you can’t take your dead friends names out your phone” resonated a lot with me back then and still do today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Evidence always seems intent on bettering himself at every possible opportunity, be it on the mic or behind the boards, or in this case with his videos. Weather or Not has already given us some stunning visuals, including a bouncy ball frenzy and seeing LA re-imagined as a ghost town.
Now he continues raising the bar with his latest video for The Factory. Jason Goldwatch is again the brains behind the project, having directed, shot and edited everything, culminating in a next-level found footage style visual, which wouldn’t have been out of place on 80’s MTV. You really need to watch it to get the full glory cos my description will never quite do it justice. The track was produced by Twiz the Beat Pro. Weather or Not is out now on Rhymesayers.

The mighty Aesop Rock surprised us with a new song last week, as well as a new video to accompany it.
The track was released along with this statement from the man himself: “Occasionally song structure eludes me and it feels good. No problem-solving or pesky hit chorus, just rambling. Klutz is such a moment. I had started a couple things to this beat before sacrificing it to the gods of not-shutting-up, but this seemed a fitting fate. I hope you enjoy it. My longtime video collaborator, Rob Shaw, helped visualize my long-windedness, and I’m excited to have Steve Espo Powers gracing the artwork for the release.”
Rhymesayers have also announced a limited run of 7″ vinyl, as well as a t-shirt bundle offer. More information on all of that is available via Fifth Element.

Something a little bit different from the Rhymesayers camp this time, as they recently released the new video from vocalist, Nikki Jean. Nikki first came to my attention as part of Philadelphia-based band, Nouveau Riche, alongside Roots affiliate, Dice Raw.
Since then she has returned as a solo artist and People & Planes is her first song on RSE, since signing to the label at the end of last year – hopefully meaning a full-length is going to follow soon. Her vocals are always smooth, but with a haunting edge to them, which is used to great effect on this track, as Nikki literally falls apart while viewing images of war, murder and other atrocities on-screen. The track is produced by Nikki, Michael “Double-0” Aguilar and Sean Kantrowitz. It’s available to stream & buy from all the usual spots.

Another stunning video from Evidence and his recent Weather or Not album. This time he clears the streets of LA for Bad Publicity, resulting in some eerily powerful shots and scenes. It also seems to give more impact to his verses, which are some of the best from the album in my opinion. Evidence is joined by Krondon, who drops in on the hook and the production comes from Nottz, with DJ Revolution on the cuts. The video was directed by Todd Angkasuwan. Weather or Not is out now on Rhymesayers.

Evidence has released the next video from his extremely well received Weather or Not album and it’s by far the most visually arresting one yet. It’s for the Alchemist produced, Powder Cocaine and features fellow Rhymesayers legend, Slug.
And for anyone thinking this is some sort of ode to cocaine, Evidence recently said he was about the only person in LA who’s never tried the drug and that he chose the name as a metaphor for something finely textured. Weather or Not is out now on the usual platforms and in the interest of self-promotion, you can read my recent interview with the man himself over on Grown Up Rap.

Another strong release from Rhymesayers favourite, Sa-Roc, as she unveils her new video for Forever. Shot on location in Providence Canyon, Georgia, the dramatic scenery is the perfect backdrop for Sa-Roc’s reflective lyricism. Forever was produced by Sol Messiah. Keep an eye out for her Rhymesayers debut LP dropping later this year.

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’re probably aware that Evidence recently released his third solo album, Weather or Not.
Serving as the final chapter in his Weatherman series, alongside its predecessors – The Weatherman LP and Cats & Dogs – the album was always set to be strong, but now it’s actually dropped we can appreciate just how strong it really is. The LA MC has not held back on any aspect of the album, from the production credits, to the guest spots and even the overall aesthetic (courtesy of friend and photographer, Stephen Vanasco), everything is on point. Read the rest of this entry »

The mighty Step Brothers album, from Alchemist and Evidence, turned four years old yesterday and so to celebrate, the good people at Rhymesayers unearthed a never before heard track from the duo. Lay Some Treats On Us was recorded at the same time as the LP, but never made the original cut. Now you can hear the Alchemist produced track in all its glory and you can even download yourself a copy from all the usual spots.

Evidence follows up his 2011 collaboration with DJ Premier, with the latest track to be lifted from his forthcoming Weather or Not LP. 10,000 Hours is the third single from the album and the video was directed by Evidence’s frequent collaborator, Stephen Vanasco. The album is due for release on 26 January on Rhymesayers. Pre-orders are available here.