Yet another album that didn’t get the praise it deserved from the blog this year was Teddy Faley’s January release of Teddy Brown Brown. It was a heady mix of emotions, cynicism and humour – often all found within the same song – that included some of my favourite moments from the rap year so far. VHS was the album’s opener and today saw the release of a new video, which brings even more poignancy to the lyrics, thanks to old home movie footage that has been spliced into the clip. Teddy Brown Brown is out now via WATKK.
Hard to put this into words, but somehow Teddy Faley has written a song that is at once one of the most powerful and sorrowful songs I’ve ever heard. Having dealt with more than my fair share of grief over the years, the lyrics to An Incomplete List hit harder than most and Faley’s delivery only serves to make the tears swell stronger. He begins the song by saying he wants to get this one right and I’m so grateful he succeeded. Stream it below, then check the WATKK Bandcamp for a download.Continue reading “Teddy Faley: An Incomplete List”
LNYCHPIN is an important compilation that showcases some of the best work that the indie rap scene in NY has to offer right now. The collection was put together by Backwoodz Studioz affiliates and linchpins of the scene themselves, Lt Headtrip and Willie Green, so you already know that the levels are going to be high.
There are tracks from Headtrip and billy woods, Gruff Lion and Teddy Faley, Warren Britt, PremRock and Hype Wonder, as well as a whole load more. It is basically the perfect selection for anyone who is already immersed in their love for NY rap, as well as anyone wanting to get familiar with the scene and its players. You can stream the compilation below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “LNYCHPIN: LNYCHPIN”