Alpha Faktion – Creative Control (2017)

Artist: Alpha Faktion

Album: Creative Control

Tracklisting:

  1. Stand Up (prod. DJ Raz)
  2. Price Tags (prod. Vherbal)
  3. Last Hours (prod. L’undercover Sismographe)
  4. Another Day pt. 2 (prod. Supreme Da Almighty)
  5. The Real Truth” (ft. Planet Asia, Skanks, Zagnif Nori & Dready Kruger (prod. Ayatollah)
  6. Move Back (prod. Alterbeats)
  7. The Formation (prod. Custodian of Records)
  8. Let Em Watch (prod. Vherbal)
  9. System Shutdown (prod. Marco Polo)
  10. The Shining (f. Milano Constantine) (prod. Vherbal)
  11. Divide the Fortress (f. Mic Handz) (prod. DJ Skizz)
  12. Creative Control (Skit) (prod. Chess Pain)
  13. Creative Control (prod. Nottz)
  14. The Lineage (prod. Marley Marl)

Note:

I waited for this album for three plus years from Alpha Faktion. Their EP, Truth, Lies, & Audiotape is a staple in a very crowded iTunes Library. So when Azwun, Kraze, and DJ Enyoutee finally dropped their new project, Creative Control my expectations were extraordinarily high. But this is what the team did in the process of making this album while I waited anxiously: They made something that was timeless.

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Endemic Emerald x Skanks The Rap Martyr – Rapsploitation (2017)

Artist: Endemic Emerald x Skanks The Rap Martyr

Album: Rapsploitation

Tracklisting:

1.Rapsploitation [Intro]

2.You gone learn [Ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq & Kasim Allah]

3.Trouble [Ft. E Class Wright]

4.Make believe [Ft. Berry Boo, P General & Halie Ali]

5.Prison riot [Ft. Ruste Juxx & Kasim Allah]

6.Half baked [Ft. Haz Diggs]

7.The pain of life

8.Straight out da NYC [Ft. Shatike & Rim da Villain]

9.Mercy [Ft. E Class Wright]

10.Legends live forever [Ft. Daddie Notch]

11.Serious no Joke [Ft. Mic Handz]

12.Omnipotent [Ft. Tragedy Khadafi]

Note:

If I understand the story correctly, producer Endemic Emerald and emcee Skanks The Rap Martyr of Bankai Fam met each four years ago in NYC and there began a mutual respect for each other’s talents. This album, Rapsploitation, is culmination of that admiration and it is us, the fans that reap the benefit.

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Single You Out: Endemic Emerald & Skanks – Straight out da NYC (ft. Rim and Shatike)

This is another single from Endemic Emerald and Skanks’ forthcoming album, Rapsploitation. I love the static and pop in the production with that lingering piano loop from Endemic. Skanks adds the perfect verbal punch needed to the track. And of course dopeness loves company, so Rim and Shatike, also show capable of serving up some certified illness.

The album is due out on May 30th.

Single You Out: Bankai Fam – Urge2Purge

Bankai Fam is back with a new project called Civil War which is a consistently dope, 19 Track, mixtape. Bankai Fam has consistently dropped dope projects over the course of the last few years, most of them solo work. Now the group united for a full project for the first time since On My Side which dropped in 2013.

The track we are featuring here, Urge2Purge, is indicative of the dope cuts you can find across the board. The team is severing heads on this one and I strongly encourage you to cop the album.

Skanks and Endemic Emerald – Trouble (ft. E Class Wright)

Skanks and Endemic Emerald are doing their part as artists to address the brutality that is plaguing the United States currently as we hear of countless stories where police are acting indiscriminately with deadly force in the black community.

What I like about this video is that it was done with a lot of thought and the message remains prevalent throughout the music.

This is a video single from the collaborative project, Rapsploitation.

Single You Out: Endemic Emerald & Skanks – Trouble (ft. E Class)

Endemic unleashes a bluesy and soulful production for Skanks’ thoughtful phrases as it regards to the ‘trouble’ that surrounds him.  He references the violence against the black community, the loss of his childhood heroes, Hulk Hogan and Bill Cosby, and the perception that Black Lives Matter is somehow a racist propaganda.   He really goes in on this one.

The two have a collaborative album in the works, Rapsploitation, dropping in February 2016.  So check back for more information.  I am sure there will be more coming.

Kamala – Kamalakai (ft. Bankai Fam) (Video)

DJ Ready Cee brings the collective forces of KAMALA and Bankai Fam together for the first single to his album, Order 66, which is due out on December 19th.

I was going to single out El Gant and Skanks’ bars but as you listen to each emcee you come to realize that each emcee comes correct. The cut is impressive and the album is bound to be more of the same. Check it when the time is right!