Sunday, October 19, 2014
There's a popular saying in hip hop culture: "Your hood ain't no harder than mine." And that sounds good, but if you're from a place like East St. Louis, Illinois, you may beg to differ. Forever confused with St. Louis, MO, which also has a pretty tough reputation, "the east side" is no cakewalk. But instead of wasting internet space glorifying how gutta it is, here, we highlight one of the young, creative up-and-comers in the east side's thriving hip hop community, Attitude.
In a hungry scene with a surfeit of talent, ages ranging from 10 yrs old to 30+, Darius Jenkins has had one heck of a year thus far, winning rap battle after rap battle, features in local news publications, and being named to this year's St. Louis hip hop "Freshman Class XI". We have a feeling this is just the beginning for this young mic-wielding Jedi knight, seeing as though he's just 18.
Check out his latest 12-track release, "Product Of My City", in which he gives his perspective on what it's been like growing up in his hood, and in the world of hip hop.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Another one of the Show-Me State's hidden gems, Duke Rellington takes a step from behind the boards, to center stage with his debut 17-track album, "Be Human". With production credits for artists like Stevie Stone, Wrekonize, and independent hip hop kingpin Tech N9ne, Duke has already proved his beats are worth their weight. But add that, along with songs on this album like "The Announcement", Duke cleverly puts the competition and any detractors in their place. The whole project is worth a few spins, but don't just take my word for it; click the link:
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
"The come-up is coming, ..." is the phrase that pays on the Wondagurl-produced single "Prestige", by Cali native Tre Capital (son of son of world famous X to tha Z, Xzibit). Dude comes correct with his 6-track ep release, "Gundam", which actually dropped on the 25th of September. All of the production stars dank & syrupy synth melodies, supported by knock-down-drag-out drum sequencing, along with erie tonal percussion sounds & futuristic sound effects that sound like what a Dexter Morgan blood splatter pattern looks like. And Tre sounds as if the rap gene is embedded in his DNA, offering witty braggadocio, as he skillfully switches up the flow en route to letting you know where he's coming from, as well as where he's going. 6 well thought out tracks; you're gonna want to check this out: