Sour Soul, yesterday’s release of Toronto-based BADBADNOTGOOD’s collaboration with the “Staten Island rap champ,” Ghostface Killah, features the production of BBNG and Frank Dukes who forgo samples for intricate instrumentation. “Gunshowers (ft. Elzhi)” opens for Ghostface with a hypnotic strumming of the guitar which tempers his emphatic vocals reminiscent of New York rapper Action Bronson’s sound. Check out the full album here and “Gunshowers” below.
Two days ago, OFWGKTA’s Hodgy Beats dropped DENATAPE2, almost six years after the precursor, DENATAPE. Check out the features from Domo Genesis and Hit-Boy and especially the track “HakuemeniB.” It uses the beat from “Aquemini,” the title track from Outkast’s 1998 album of the same name. In the first verse, Hodgy talks about himself in the third person, and then, in the last, responds in the first, conceding to the criticism of the first-verse other in some sense of frustrated self-awareness.
Luke Christopher’s recent single is another example of his ability to artfully walk the line between genres. He produces almost all of his work, capable of both rapping and–as we hear from “Lot To Learn”–singing, but be sure to check out the rest of his music here. Enjoy “Lot To Learn” below.
Vinnie Dewayne’s latest body of work features the EP Rites of Passage: Before the Scholar, the third release from his upcoming album, The St. John’s Scholar, which he plans to drop in the Spring. Dewayne guides the listener through, St. John’s, a small neighborhood in North Portland, Oregon–his place of origin. Like many successful artists in the game, Vinnie got his start in music at a very young age. At 12, after an early childhood growing up with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Fresh Prince, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Jerry Butler among others, and a brother who showed him how to rhyme and write, he was first inspired to record an album. Dewayne began cleaning the studio after school in exchange for time in the booth. In the Spring of 2010, Vin moved to Chicago for college and kept grinding, making music while juggling classes and work. At any rate, we’re left eager to see how this admirable come-up will inform his future work. Check out V. Dewayne’s EP on Bandcamp and the song “Tomorrow feat. Ice Face” below.