A fresh track from Evidence, as he puts his social distancing to good use by writing, recording and releasing this song over the course of a couple of days. It’s an LA to VA connection, as Evidence drafts in Mutant Academy’s Graymatter to handle production, with the video capturing parts of the creative process. The track is also available to stream now via Rhymesayers.
An alternative Valentine’s message from Atmosphere as they release the latest video from their most recent album. Dearly Beloved features a couple of excellent guest spots from fellow Minnesota veterans, Musab and Muja Messiah, as well as plenty of animal heads, cocaine and a limousine. The video was made by Blood $moke Body. The track is lifted from Whenever, which is out now on Rhymesayers. Continue reading “Atmosphere ft. Musab & Muja Messiah: Dearly Beloved”
As the world waits patiently for the release of Sa-Roc’s long-awaited album, the Rhymesayers MC has released a new single to tide us over. Hand of God is another sublime display of Sa-Roc’s sharpened lyricism, which earns her a place as one of the most consistent MCs around. As usual, it’s Sol Messiah on the production and the video was made by Tommy Nova. Continue reading “Sa-Roc: Hand of God”
“A little bread, a little circus, it serve as a diversion for devils and death merchants” – and so begins the surprise new single from Aesop Rock, Rogue Wave, which saw its release yesterday. Sadly, the Rhymesayers artist is mourning the loss of a close friend at the moment, so a portion of proceeds from the single’s sales will go to the family of Kurt Hayashi. There are also two portraits of Kurt included in the video, which as you will see, is made up of portraits drawn by Aesop Rock, before being expertly stitched together by Rob Shaw. As well as the single itself, there are also t-shirts and stickers available, plus a limited edition 7″ version. All of which can be found here. Continue reading “Aesop Rock: Rogue Wave”
Monochrome dreams in the latest video from Atmosphere and their recent surprise album. On Love Each Other, we hear Slug examining the pitfalls and positives of taking relationships with sexual acquaintances to the next level, as Ant’s soothing, guitar-laced production eases into your ears. The video for Love Each Other was made by Tomas Aksamit and the album, Whenever, is out now on Rhymesayers. Continue reading “Atmosphere: Love Each Other”
Good news is scarce this morning, but luckily I do have something to brighten these post-election blues. At midnight, Minnesota hip hop pioneers, Atmosphere, decided to release a surprise new album, following on from the release of last year’s, Mi Vida Local. Kicking off with their recent single, Bde Maka Ska, the album then weaves its way through 11 more finely crafted tracks, with Slug and Ant as reliably on point as ever before. Atmosphere have released so many solid albums over the years, that at this point the only surprise is going to be if they hit us with a dud. Luckily, Whenever falls into their usual category of reliable rap. Features come from a mix of new and more familiar names, including fellow RSE artist, Nikki Jean, Dynospectrum veteran, Musab, and rising Minnesota rap star, Haphduzn. The album is available to stream in full below and there is also a video for the Jean assisted track, Lovely. Other streaming options are also available.
I’ve got three fantastic new videos in a row for you today, kicking off with the latest from one of my favourite albums of the year, the weird and wonderful Malibu Ken collaboration from Aesop Rock and TOBACCO. The video contains the condensed life story of a strange mould baby – for want of a better phrase – as Aesop breaks down his unsavoury living arrangements, which certainly ring true with virtually every shared house I lived in during my early 20’s, e.g. “One plate, one fork, itty-bitty lamp/I would offer you a drink, but I literally can’t”. The video was directed by Rob Shaw. Malibu Ken is out now on Rhymesayers. Continue reading “Aesop Rock & Tobacco: Tuesday”
“Let me hear you rap on these”, proclaimed Evidence on Twitter this week, as he pushed the new beat tape that was given life earlier this month. Squirrel Tape Instrumentals Vol. 1 is a great blend of heavy drums and soulful melodies, from an arguably underrated top tier producer. As well as the digital release, which you can stream in full below, there are also limited edition vinyl and cassette versions which have been made in three different colours. For more info on all that, check the Bandcamp page.
Minneapolis favourites, Atmosphere, return to the fore once again, as they release a brand new track. Bde Maka Ska is the first single from the Rhymesayers duo, since last year’s excellent Mi Vida Local album. Atmosphere are gearing up to go on tour once again, kicking off in January in their hometown. More info is available on the Rhymesayers site.
Last week, Evidence announced the imminent arrival of new music from Step Brothers – the creative alliance he formed with long-term friend and collaborator, Alchemist. Today saw the release of their new single, which arrives five years after the success of their Lord Steppington LP. Burnt Tree continues in the same spirit as their earlier material, with the duo trading bars over some drum-heavy, soul tinged production from Alchemist. The only real difference is in Alc’s flow, as it sounds slightly more in your face than on previous records, which is definitely not a bad thing. As it stands this is a standalone single, with a limited edition 12″ vinyl version available via Tuff Kong Records. The video was made by The Digggers.