With a handful of projects from both artists still in rotation this year, Willie The Kid & V Don linked back up to rekindle their chemistry for “Deutsche Marks 2“, produced in it’s entirety by V Don and features guest appearances from Eto, Vado, Flee Lord & Jai Black.
Los Angeles based underground Hip Hop MC/PRODUCER Profound of Non-Combatants releases his new highly-anticipated beat tape titled “The Prescription“, packed with 20 full-length original boombap Hip Hop instrumentals free to download exclusively on Soundcloud. Follow him on Instagram @profoundgraphics.
A few days have passed since the new full-length release of “V” by the Visionaries, even though the title of this post says they are officially back, after listening to this project front to back it kind of seems like the legendary Los Angeles Hip Hop group never left the game. As true L.A. underground heads who grew up listening to their music, following all the emcees in the Visionaries since their debut 1998 album “Galleries”, along with The Beat Junkies, it’s good to see Key-Kool, LMNO, DJ Rhettmatic, Dannu, Lord Zen, 2Mex, and Lord Zen back in action as a collective in 2020.
Action Bronson has dropped the music video for “Mongolia,” a standout from his recently released album “Only For Dolphins“. The video is a cinematic story of chaos, as Bronson, Hologram and Meyhem Lauren navigate a heist that involves a suitcase full of money, a severed hand, unknown assailants and sipping wine in a convertible on the FDR Drive. “Mongolia” was directed by Zev Deans, who has previously worked with artists like St. Vincent and Denzel Curry.
The home to 7 songs – EP Pages Of Me: Chapter One is the latest release by the multi-talented female rapper 5’2 is perfectly showing us that her talent knows no boundaries.
The tracklist with a powerful freestyling is a project that succeeds by further propelling the rapper’s soaring momentum even while in lockdown.
As it may be clear from the title, Pages Of Me: Chapter One is a distinctive, sharp, and very personal record – a piece of relatable music that 5’2 creates to connect to her on a soulful level. With her immersive experience and emotional lyrics, 5’2 gives us a deep dive into her psyche while also ceremoniously setting the stage for her new path to becoming one among Hip Hop’s elite.
Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Darkim Be Allah has been one of the most respected MC’s in the entire underground since the mid 90s. Recently, he has teamed up with renowned producer Endemic Emerald for a brand new album titled “Antediluvian King”. With the resumes these two have, can coming together result in their best work to date?
With a sonic mastermind backing every word he says, Darkim Be Allah elevates his already phenomenal pen game to new levels. Rhyming with so much passion and depth, there is nothing but knowledge and beauty drawn from his performance. Whether it’s the retrospective “Doing It” or the thought-provoking “You Know the Gravity”, there’s so much to be deciphered here. “Real Black” was a definite standout as Darkim raps about the pride he walks with due to everything he and his ancestors have endured. Complementing his masterful songwriting, his slippery delivery on cuts like “Original Light” and “God of the Universe” is perfect due to the mysterious undertone it rubs off on the rest of the project. “The Lockdown” was another highlight as in two minutes, the veteran MC chills the listener with his rebellious lines. In all its glory, the best part about the entire record is that Allah is able to paint pictures that will take hours to decipher in only 26 minutes. With ten tracks of pure greatness, Darkim Be Allah moves up the all-time underrated rappers list with his performance here.
Endemic Emerald continues to stand out as one of the underground sonic leaders as his minimalistic loops make for one of the most engaging experiences all year. Whether it’s the grimy piano of “Bx-Qb” or the basic chopped up vocals on “The Lockdown”, the New York City-based beatmaker comes off as a master no matter what he aims for. “God’s Wrath” was a definite highlight as its eerie background noises and dug up hook make for quite the thrill. The ability to throw skits in between songs is another amazing feature as it makes moments like “Original Light” hold more depth and power within the tracklist. Out of all the little touches, none are more satisfying than the soul sampled hooks on “Knowledge & Wisdom”, as the ambient vibes its gives off are unmatched. With another great production job under his belt, Endemic Emerald shoots up the top producers of the 2020 list.
For anyone who’s craving polished bars and raw boom-bap, “Antediluvian King” is what your looking for. Being composed of two underground favorites, Darkim Be Allah and Endemic Emerald come together to make a full-fledged experience that contains lyrical and sonic twists at each corner. Going forward, I’m not sure what’s in store for these two, but if Allah and Emerald make another collaboration, more polishing and powerful commentary can make their next record one of hip hops finest offerings!
Highlights: Songwriting, Production, Depth
For all the hip-hop folks out there, we have a new queen! Priceless Scott, the rapper and singer-songwriter released her latest EP titled Pressure Makes Diamonds. The EP shows the artist’s skills, natural, raw talent, charisma, and artistry. Priceless Scott shows female artists have their place in the game. The new EP release of Pressure Makes Diamonds shows she claims her place. Her raw talent made a diamond out of her hard work and devotion. Her rap is inspired and holds the spirit of artists like Biggie, Tupac, and Mary J. Blige and other 90’s Hip-Hop legends. Add to that background a unique touch of her own style, and magic happens.