K-Prez & J. Depina – “Flawless” (EP Review)

New Jersey spitter K-Prez teamed up with Rhode Island producer J. Depina for a short but sweet EP titled “Flawless.” The project is 5 tracks and runs about 15 minutes, but it is some quality work. K-Prez impresses with his honest street lyricism over some buttery boom-bap instrumentals constructed by J. Depina.

Highlights on this project for me were the title track “Flawless” featuring an extremely dope feature from Bless Picasso, and the soulful melodic boom-bap laced “Recoup” where we find K-Prez spitting no-nonsense bars from the soul is probably my favorite off the project. This is grown man rap for sure, K-Prez brings some real-world rap that any Hip Hop head can ride or vibe to, and when complimented by J. Depina’s production, it’s something to celebrate.

“Flawless“ is now on all streaming platforms so go support that! I give this project a strong 7.5/10.

Danny Twelvetree – “What a Life” (Album Review)

Danny Twelvetree is a rising hip-hop artist from Chicago, Illinois. Putting out a series of singles this year, they have lead up to the release his brand new album “What a Life”, which is available now on all streaming services. With 12 songs that have been crafted with his blood, sweat, and tears, will Danny’s offering be able to make an impact on the world?

With intuitive flows, personal lyricism, and well-structured songs, Danny Twelvetree shows he can be an acclaimed accessible MC. Starting things off with his pain-filled “Intro”, listeners feel who Danny is through a series of stringed together heartfelt bars. One of the rarest abilities in a rapper is hit-making, yet Danny already seems to have a few under his belt with “Wolves” and “Back in My Bag”. Complementing these songs, “Every Night”, “Bad Idea”, and “Who Are You” continue to develop the sound and character of Twelvetree as he recites some of his most personal stories. “Hit Me Up” is one of the best examples of the Chicago mc’s versatility as his intoxicating melodic hook is followed up by a comprehensible verse about his current fame and well being. Overall, Danny Twelvetree’s multifacetedness will keep him around for a long time in the rap game as he keeps building and expanding on an exceptional foundation.

Behind the boards, the production accompanying Twelvetree’s vocals gets the job done. While cuts like “Wolves” and “Back in My Bag” contain dynamic and ever-morphing instrumentals, the record tends to suffer at times due to lack of sonic diversity. There are no pinpoint moments that fully crumble because of this, but the overall soundscape doesn’t resemble Danny’s talent at all times. With that said, “Chess” and “Intro” show the best of the records sounds on polar opposite sides of the spectrum. As a whole, the soundtrack of “What a Life” is undoubtedly formidable but fails to reach the level of greatness.

In conclusion, “What a Life” is a major step in the right direction for one of the most talented rappers in Chicago’s underground scene. Danny Twelvetree is an all-around threat who can nearly do anything on the microphone, and the only thing he needs to blow up is time. In the future, if you want to stay up to date with this one of a kind artist, be sure to follow @tw3lvie

Rating: 7/10

Highlights: Versatility, Style, Relatability 

Stoney Kev – “The New World” (Album Review)

Stoney Kev is an upcoming rapper from New York. Teaming up with industry titan and producer Gem en Eye, the two worked during the COVID-19 pandemic to create their brand new album “The New World”. Attempting to launch his career, will Stoney Kev be able to make the unforgettable project he needs? 

Using his crafty lyrical ability to commentate on various world events, Stoney Kev shows he can be conscious hip hops next leader. Setting the tone with “War Money”, Kev challenges our government’s ability to take care of us and put the people in their best interest. Following this, What’s the Worth?” and “Radio World” continue to denounce the leaders responsible for the pain our society has endured. At the pinnacle of this, “Quarantine” takes the world’s current troubles and puts it into one unforgettable enraged anthem. Moving towards the more personal side of things, Kev captivates the listener by telling his life story on the cuts “Conditioning (Control)”, “Boundaries”, and “Runnin’”. “This Too Shall Pass” stuck out as the record’s highlight due to the rant Stoney goes on revolving around the themes of betrayal and optimism. Overall, the well-rounded skillset of Stoney Kev makes him “Fortunate” enough to capture fans and critics attention alike on the album. 

Behind the boards, Gem en Eye creates a dynamic soundtrack to complement Stoney Kev’s illusive storytelling. Starting off with the excellent, “A New Age”, Gem takes a speech exposing the secrets of the world and mixes it into his well crafted hard-hitting beat. Past this, Gem en Eye’s soundtrack is multifaceted as it is changing at every corner. From the electro-soul sampled “What’s the Worth?” to the vibrant boom-bap sound of “Flatline”, there is so much Gem displays in this 36-minute offering. “Quarantine” pushes his intensity to new levels as its echoing drums and intoxicating base will make anyone listening feel like they are falling down a bottomless pit. “This Too Shall Pass”, “5g (The Fifth Gen)”, and “Boundaries” only continue to show Gem en Eye’s ability to create beautiful sounds. Working to the best of his abilities, Gem en Eye shows he is one of the most desirable producers in the underground scene right now.

In conclusion, “The New World” shows the promising start to a very talented rapper’s career. Having the ability to contribute powerful social commentary on enduring world issues is a special skill and early in his career, Stoney Kev already sounds like a veteran in this role. Additionally, Gem en Eye’s talent as a producer is seen at full throttle as he puts together one of the most compelling soundtracks I have heard recently. Going forward, I hope Stoney Kev and Gem en Eye continue to work together as it seems like they can turn out to be the next great rapper/producer duo.

Rating: 8/10

Highlights: Lyricism, Consciousness, Production