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!
Daaaaaaaaang! The other day Strange Music asked fans on Twitter, “what the first song you ever heard Tech N9ne on?” and 2 days later, recent Strange Music acquisition Rittz answered that question in the form of this dope as fuck video. God damn he goes in on that one! Awesome to hear a classic Tech N9ne track with some new flavor!
The homie Devine Carama just dropped this teaser for “Take It In Blood”, one of the tracks off It Was Re-Written, Devine’s upcoming project in which he reworks Nas’ classic It Was Written. Shit sounds dope so far, can’t wait to hear it when it drops Oct. 1st for free 99!
The first set of visuals off E.B.A.H. which is available for pre-order HERE.
Oh shit! E.B.A.H. is upon us! Tech N9ne released this first single off his upcoming EP E.B.A.H. (Evil Brain Angel Heart) which drops Sept. 18th via Strange Music. Shit is dope! What do y’all think?? Pre-order E.B.A.H. HERE
Fuuuuuuck. As the final freestyle in Wrekonize’s series as part of promotion for ¡MAYDAY!’s new EP Thrift Store Halos, Wrek fuckin’ BODIES one of the dopest Busta Rhymes beats ever. Cop Thrift Store Halos HERE and enjoy the freestyle below. I’ve also included links to all the previous freestyles below this one.