New mixtape #4EvaNaDay droppin’ Feb 20th … #CantWait
Meet A$AP Rocky. Harlem kid with a Houston sound. New York’s identity crisis lives on… Me and the fellas had a healthy debate on twitter as to the state of NY rap given AR’s unabashed “foreign” influence. Its clear that NY’s transition from the traditional gritty, lyric-centric style of the boom-bap era to the swagged-out fashion driven focus of the new youth movement has been an uneasy one. But Hov said it best, “you can’t stop it, when it’s hot, it’s hot.” And as much it pains me to say it, as impressed as I am with the kid’s wordplay, its his “and what?!” Harlem SWAG that won me over *hic-throws up in mouth* Although his style most closely resembles the LA youth movement on the surface, he goes out of his way to let you know he’s a NYC kid out the gate on his breakout record Peso, “I be that pretty muthafcuka, Harlem’s what I’m reppin!…” And for the old heads that still question his allegiance, the visuals for the record features those old NY staples we know and love – Tims, alley way dice games, street sign chin-ups and corner store crew shots, the whole 9. Standing on his own two for most of the album besides a few appearances from lesser talented A$AP bredren and the criminally slept on Schoolboy Q, LiveLoveA$AP is a great listen if you simply let it do what it dew.
The homie D-Black just recently released his new EP, Long Story Short. Normally I’d offer up some sort of review but since its my boy and I’ve watched him come up and “pay his dues,” I’m not sure how objective I can be. So I’ll just play distributor on this one. I will say this, the dude is a prolific writer and works hard at his craft. Co-signs and collaborations from respected artists/producers like Illmind, Nottz and Little Brother don’t hurt either. I’m just sayin…
Peep the press release below and download if you feel so inclined:
Long Story Short… is the long awaited EP from Bronx rap artist D-Black, who has collaborated with the likes of Rapper Pooh (Little Brother), Skyzoo (Duck Down Records), Chaundon (Hall Of Justus), and producers such as Illmind, Nottz, DJ Babu, and countless others. After dropping his first mixtape, New Black City, D-Black went on to complete two blog series, Mr. October Series, and made features on mixtapes hosted by DJ Green Lantern and DJ Dutchmaster. Long Story Short… is a compilation of D-Black’s material recorded during the period of late 2008 and early 2010 that has not been released or is considered “rare” records. Producers who contributed to this project are Illmind, Epik, Matik, and Lab Ox of Roc Nation. For all updates regarding upcoming projects such as the Success Story album, show dates and times, and all other information, please follow D-Black (www.twitter.com/dblack408). Thanks for your anticipated support!
Interested to hear what you guys think so feel free to leave a comment when you’re done giving it a good listen.
D-Black :: Ghetto (produced by Matik!)
Whenever Black and Matik get together they make magic. This record is no different. I’ve already threatened them with bodily harm if they don’t put out more joints together. I’m expecting more heat when the next album drops. For now I’ll keep Tonya Harding on speed dial and thump this ’til my tape pop.