2018 Hip Hop Dependency Artist Of The Year: Recognize Ali

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It’s been five years since we actually did and end of the year segment where we lauded particular artists and albums for their efforts.   2018 has felt like the right time and place to bring that back our Artist Of The Year accolade.  Recognize Ali embodies the dope movement we saw this past year.  He put out five albums, all of which are dope, none of which are identical.  They are distinctive in sound and all offer something great to hip-hop fans of all walks.  He was also probably featured more times than anyone else this year on projects from others.   In short, his immense talent matched an unrelenting work ethic that was matched by few others this year.

It is when talent and work ethic reach such high levels that we feel compelled to do something special to share that unique gift with our audience.  So please listen to the man’s music…pass the word along to others and read this interview he so graciously granted us.  It’s a great read! We’ve also included a few of our favorite Recognize Ali cutz for your listening pleasure at the end.  Enjoy!

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Skeptika – The Hour of Death f. SPNDA, Relentless and REKS (Video)

Oh now this is ill on so many different levels!  Skeptika concocted a toxically addictive brew by fusing that boom bap and some East Indian rhythms.  The rhymes from SPNDA, Relentless, and Reks are all on point.

But the concept of the video is pretty unique and epic having female actors mouth the emcee’s lyrics while articulating an all out action scene.

What’s not to love here?  Nothing.  You love everything!  And you should.

Skeptika has an album dropping in the fall called West Of Eden.  I am going to keep my eyes peeled.

Interview Series: Taboo – Question 8

So I have drawn out our interview segment with Taboo for a couple of months to keep his name embedded in your noggins but it will all be coming to a close shortly. However, I strongly encourage our readership to check out all the short videos to get an idea for what Taboo is delivering to the game.

In this segment, Taboo goes in about all the projects he has in the works this year.  Below I have showcased his latest track, Invocations, as a member of Double Negative.

Interview Series: Taboo – Question 4

We are back to continue our video interview series with Taboo.  Here we are on question number four where Taboo goes in on the things that challenge him as an artist.   Enjoy, we are going to be completing this discourse  over the course of the next couple of weeks so enjoy.

Also enjoy this track from his Bookowski project!  We didn’t go into this particular project for the purposes of this interview but there is mad depth to be found there.

 

Interview Series: Taboo – Question 1

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We here are Hip Hop Dependency are really excited to bring you our first interview feature in years!  And this really came to fruition out of true admiration for a man and his craft.  Taboo has been one of the most creative rhyme writers over the course of the last few years.   His music only gets better with time.  His concepts and lyricism vary in range but ultimately are consistent in artistry and quality.

We really wanted to take the time to showcase and perhaps introduce Taboo to our readership in a way that provided depth.  The man took the time to video his responses to our questions, giving this series a depth we hadn’t seen before.  I really hope that you all will take the time to watch this series, so that you too can appreciate his unique and talented contribution to hip hop.  Every day, for the next ten days we will be delivering his answers to our questions and showcasing some of our favorite music from him.