04-30-2013 § Leave a comment
I tend to download a lot of albums, and mixtapes – and they sit forever in iTunes until I either delete them after a quick listen for lack of staying power or really, really love them from the jump. This album is one of the latter. I listened today, about a year after release to the latest from Minneapolis representative Mally (produced entirely by The Sundance Kid), and it was really a great album. I don’t mean great because it was free, but really just a great Hip Hop album.
From the intro tracks, it becomes apparent that it’s produced, mixed and mastered well – the beats are really well crafted and flow nicely throughout from one track to the next. The first real standout track is number three, “Shine.” The beat hits you, and once Mally starts rhyming I started wondering how I hadn’t heard this before. It’s just one of those quick chopping beats that tends to hit hard and I really got into it. The flow is perfection and rhymes lay perfectly where they should land here.
“I live in Hip Hop, I’m try’na put my name on the house / Who flex better, than the 13th letter?”
Once he had my attention, the rest of the album picks right up and carries on with thoughtful introspective lyrics, smooth instrumentals and lots of wonder about where Mally is headed in his career.
There is a nice feature from the always-focused Brother Ali on “Unplugged”, and the whole album really has an authentic feel of familiarity. Not that it’s just another same sounding record, but that it feels like you’re listening to something much older, and more played through than what was a new album for me today. I really suggest giving it a listen!
“Life’s a bitch with a lovely face, so watch this kid procreate …” – from Bounce
03-16-2013 § Leave a comment
Check out these two new should-be-good-but-haven’t-listened-yet mixtapes, free for your listening pleasure.
First, “Underground Airplay” is presented by Ecko Unltd, probably my favorite clothing line over the last decade and a half & features artists such as Smoke DZa and Big K.R.I.T. plus mostly a lot of unsigned talent too. It’s not a bad thing, Ecko has always been dedicated to the culture and wouldn’t put out something without making sure it’s nice. This mixtape is up on Live Mixtapes website (click the title for link).
The second, from producer Harry Fruad features notable music and unreleased cuts. Harry Fruad has been busy over the last few years as a relative newcomer but working with everyone from Action Bronson, Curren$y, Smoke DZa, Mac Miller and more. Check out “Adrift” from DatPiff.