If you think of real old school hip-hop, what pops into your head? The gritty drum lines? The sample cuts? How about the beautiful, effortless flows of the lyrical titans of the golden age? Remember the days before “Supa Dupa Flow” and Lil Wayne? Back when B.I.G. and Big L were ripping mics?
We have to face facts: That generation is behind us. We can reminisce all we want but, eventually, we’re gonna run out of things to reminisce about. Even the dirtiest lyrics get played out after the thousandth time. This is why we need a revolution in hip-hop today. Everyone’s complaining that hip hop is dead but only a handful are, at the very least, attempting CPR.
The following emcee is now classified under that handful.
New Jersey lyricist Umang Khosla, known by his rap moniker of uMaNg, just dropped his sophomore album –Lasting Impressions– with the help of Swedish producer B.B.Z. Darney, and it’s pure hip-hop gold.
It’s pretty much like someone cut a hole in time and placed uMaNg right in there with the other lyrical titans of hip hop’s golden age. The intricate lyricism, the hardcore grittiness, the upfront smack-you-in-the-face lyrics, he’s the whole old school package with a new twist. Go give him a listen. You can close your eyes and the cloudy piano, beautiful sample cuts, and seamless lyricism could almost convince you that you’re back in ’94…
But you’re not. You’re in 2012, and music like this should make you happy about that.
Listen to him right here below. If you like what you hear, it only costs $8 to support the movement!
The homie Devine Carama just dropped his newest mixtape yesterday, and it’s dope as always! Having been hugely influenced by Nas as so many have been, Devine decided to take to the mic to pay homage by re-working the Nas classic It Was Written. Producer 2Mello does a great job at flipping these tracks, and Devine always got somethin to say that’s worth hearin’. Here’s some words from Devine about the project:
“I just wanted to pay homage to Nas who was the reason I first picked up a pen and began to write in the first place. I also feel “It Was Written” was one of the most slept on albums ever in the critical sense and I wanted to shed light on that particular record in hopes this generation would revisit more music from an era with musical diversity and lyrical dexterity.”
Stream/link down south. Peace!
I heard of this kid a couple years ago through my brother, back then he was doing videos on youtube that were super dope for a kid his age. Now at the age of 20 this dude serves up his newest mixtape Legacy, his first release in 2 years. Rest assured, the dude hasn’t been fuckin’ around during his time away from releasing tapes, and this shit is more intricate and soulful than a LOT of stuff that passes for Hip Hop these days. This dude is part of the future of the art, and I hope y’all will give this dude a listen and enjoy it as much as I am right now. Datpiff link below as well as a freeverse he did over Kendrick’s “The Recipe” which should sell you pretty much immediately:
Bronsolini just dropped a new track on y’all, produced by Party Supplies. Courtesy of Action’s twitter.
*In Hova voice* Sounds so soulful don’t you agree!? The KC native Nesto the Owner comes through with the first single off his highly anticipated No Remorse EP which drops soon! Lovin’ the feel of this track, some awesome Kansas City Hip Hop. Can’t go wrong there. Keep up with Nesto The Owner on his website.