Motive – D.N.A. / Pistol Packin’ (feat. Celph Titled) (Video)

First off let me say that Motive’s new album, D.N.A., deserves the review treatment and I am going to get on that as soon as possible.  I’ve listened to the joint several times and it is completely solid from start to finish.  It’s filled with dope flows and hard hittin’ rhythms.  If you are a fan of those things, how could you not love this album?

With this video you get to sample two cuts from the album, the title track and Pistol Packin’ featuring the highly respected Celph Titled.   Both tracks get a lot of replay value from me.

Single You Out: Finale – The Revival (feat. Invincible & Pierre Anthony)

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It’s time for a little musical rebirth with Finale’s new single, The Revival. In addition to Finale, the song features another Detroit emcee who has been seldom heard from on the microphone as of late, Invincible.   But as we soon see, the years may have passed, but the skill is not diminished.  Dope track.

The new album drops on August 14th.

Sadistik x Kno – To Be In Love (Video)

Over the course of the last few years I have heard of Sadistik but never quite ‘followed’ his music.   But for the project, Phantom Limbs, he is teaming up with one of my favorite producers, Kno from Cunninlynguists.   The two combine to provide a musically interesting experience with the lead single, To Be In Love.   It’ got a very surreal vibe to it.

The new project drops in a couple of weeks, on August 11th I believe.

Single You Out: P.SO the Earth Tone King & 2 Hungry Bros. – Headphone Diaries

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It’s good to hear P.SO back rocking the mic and better yet to hear him over some 2 Hungry Bros. production.  This is the first single of the collaborative project. Feast of Legend.   This track has so much good going on, it’s hard to narrow it down to a few words.  But this track is vibrant with a lot of different sounds, and P.SO just sounds so natural.  A clear case where production and mic skills meld together so perfectly.

Single You Out: Silent Knight – Walking

Now this is a good comination:   The Audible Doctor and Silent Knight have proved unbelievable chemistry.  You can reference their number one track about four years back, Stayin’ Busy.  The Audible Doctor fires up the boom bap, the organ, and the proper intermingling of a soulful, almost sorrowful, vocal sample.   There’s also just something about the way Silent Knight relates is life and ideas that just resonates with me.  He’s trying to make money along with making art.  This song is going to stick with me for a while.

His new project, Weaknd, is due out soon.

Burke The Jurke – Fork In The Road (Video)

A real cool track that is autobiographical from Burke The Jurke.  The production when coupled with Burke’s own sung chorus gives the song a very soulful element.  I really enjoy the lyricism digging deep and giving the listener perspective in context. It’s certainly not random jibberish.

The new album, Know Alternatives, drops in a little over a month.  I can’t wait.

Single You Out: Verbal Kent – Suitcase Switch (ft. Freddie Gibbs)

Verbal Kent is back with the backing of Apollo Brown and Freddie Gibbs for his new single, Suitcase Switch.  The production from Apollo Brown is absolutely beautiful.  It’s got so much soul packed into the span of four minutes.  Kent and Gibbs do an admirable job spitting some nice bars with their own divergent styles.  Kent keeps a rapid delivery while Gibbs relies on a more methodical approach to rocking the mic.  It all comes together nicely.

Verbal Kent’s new album, Anesthesia, drops on September 11th.

Single You Out: Grey Sky Appeal x Esh The Monolith – Flatbush

Grey Sky Appeal have linked up with New England emcee, Esh The Monolith, for their new project, Moon Balloon.  The entire project is eclectic and interesting.  It’s in no danger of being mistaken for anything else that you have heard.   Just like the track, Flatbush, the album treads on the abstract but still maintains the the head nod effect.   Lyrically…be prepared to utilize the rewind button.  There’s a ton of depth here!

Single You Out: Savage Souls – Invasion

This has been sitting in my inbox for a minute.  It just took me a while to give it a listen, but I am glad I gave Savage Souls some time.  It’s a dope cut.  The production from Remo Williams reveals a very raw but intricate style.  The chopped up GZA verse for the chorus is a really nice touch.  The emcees are pretty relentless as well.   They have a nice delivery combined with a good assortment of bars for the listener.  I am anxious to hear this EP they have dropping.  If it’s anything like this cut, we could have a sleeper hit here.