King Relik – “DEMENT3D” (Album Review)

King Relik is a 38 year old MC from Long Beach, California emerging on Valentine’s Day 2017 off his debut EP 12:45 produced entirely by Klepto K. However, he ended up signing to Wisconsin-based underground label Force 5 Records last February & is finally delivering his full-length debut just in time for 4/20.

The opener “Vilynz” connects with Skribbal & Radek to declare themselves as bad guys on top of an organ-laced beat whereas the next song “Sl33p” goes into a more electronic direction as Relik talks about being an insomniac. “Syko” reads as a 1-minute bipolar episode on wax as the overall sound of it keeps jumping all over the place, but then “Yogurl (Rollyaeyez)” goes into detail about this hoe over a minimal instrumental.

The song “Nayzay” dives into a more glitchy, industrial-sounding as he spits that wicked shit while “Grynd” is a chaotic punk rock anthem that I’m sure will get the pits going. The song “P.O.S. (Piece Of Shit)” talks about working on himself over an organ & some hi-hats, but then “Read the Note” is a spectrally-produced storytelling joint about Relik pulling off a robbery.

The track “Spacevan” dives into a more piano-boom bap direction with lyrics about hotboxing whereas “Pimpin’” is a more ill-lit vibe in the production as Relik & Lima Beans paint themselves as actual pimps. The penultimate song “Rabidbaboon” incorporates some synth-horns with lyrics about how wild dude is & then the album ends with “Handles”, which feels like a 1-minute homage to bands like Green Day & blink-182.

Been curious to hear how King Relik would sound on his own & I think DEMENT3D is actually a pretty solid album. It’s cool to hear the wide rage of sounds that the producers bring to the table & the guy has never sounded better lyrically.

Score: 7/10

ReadyRockDee ft. RJ Payne – “Boom Shakalaka (Remix)”

ReadyRockDee is back to deliver some new heat for the streets in the form of a fresh single titled “Boom Shakalaka.” This go-around, Dee links with Philly rapper RJ Payne, who is a very respect emcee in his City. The Tu$hay-produced cut is just a taste of what fans can expect on ReadyRockDee’s recent project, “Flow God 4,” which spawned the single. You can stream the project now across all available DSPs.

Check out “Boom Shakalaka” below and/or on your DSP of choice.

Wilhelm Duke – “Elixir” (Album)

Swedish American rapper Wilhelm Duke is taking over the lyric game in Chicago. His new project “Elixir” represents a collection of 13 singles he started working on in early 2018 while in his former hip hop duo Bombay Boyz.. Every song on here is symbolic of his growth as the styles of hip hop vary. “Elixir” is a record concocted of cutting edge sounds, bellowing vocals, and brilliant lyricism.

Listen To Shwensdz’ Latest Releases

Shwensdz gets the audience hyped with his latest release “Barky Back,” and “Plug It In” and announces the release of a brand new track “Money Play”. 

As the press release notes: The versatile Shwensdz has been musically gifted from an early age. Set out to become a performer and professional pop, R&B, Hip-Hop Singer, he believes natural ability will only take a talented artist so far, but a strong will and determination has helped push his artistry forward and continues to drive their development and success. Shwensdz has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music.

Check out Shwensdz on Spotify, and stay tuned for more!