Single You Out: Koncept – Watch The Sky Fall (ft. Royce Da 5’9″)

Koncept does not let up.  He has been relentless the last two weeks.  He’s dropped three singles and two videos making it hard for me to choose what cut I am feeling hte most. They are all so very good.  This one does have the advantages of having Marco Polo on the beat and Nickel Nine on a guest verse.  You just can’t go wrong there.  December 13th is when his solo project, Awaken, drops.  Plug that into your cell phone and save the date…

I am sending you over to DJ Booth to rate and potentially purchase the single on Itunes…

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Single You Out: Brown Bag All Stars – Crumbling Down

What’s up with the Brown Bag Allstars, you say?  So much that it’s hard for your humble hip-hop blogger/fan to keep up with.   Everyone’s got side projects going on, whether they have just recently been released or to be released.  I am thinking of putting out a monthly column entitled “What’s Going On With The Brown Bag?”  Well, for this moment, J57 has released this single entitled Crumbling Down.  The joint is produced by Mr. Green.  It’s definitely a more sobering joint but fresh nonetheless.  The skills in this crew are really second to none right now.  Be on the lookout for a double disc project of rare and unreleased material dropping on May 17th.

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Single You Out: Brown Bag All Stars

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Soul Khan

When Soul Khan released his debut album, Soul Like Khan, he could have rested on his laurels and taken a breather, but to the contrary the man has just stepped up the pace a bit.  He released the single Soulstice II and he had a remix released for Shot Glass Magnified ft. Sene.  The new beat was brought on by The Audible Doctor.  I also just saw on bandcamp that someone is doing a mash up album of Soul Like Khan.   I haven’t heard it yet but the the prequel is HERE.

Koncept

Koncept also has been keeping himself busy since releasing his EP, Playing Life.  He released a physical CD of that same project and added a few extra tracks for the effort. He also has dropped a few notable gems like Day Dreaming , the remix to Playing Life (prod. by Marink), and most recently his DJ Booth feature, Things You Do. His street album, More Than Meets The Eye drops on February 22nd, so be on the lookout for that!

The Audible Doctor

The Audible Doctor basically has produced 1/2 of the cuts previously mentioned.  He has also blessed heads like Magestik Legend, Boog Brown, and most recently he did a beat for one of my favorite emcees, Silent Knight, for the cut Staying Busy which will be featured on here very soon.

J57

J57 is the man who is always passing on what the BBAS are doing and it is much appreciated.  In addition to keeping the world informed he has also been on his grind as of recent.  Late in 2010 he and Sene released the EP, Eye Don’t Dream…But I Do.  He also released the Digital Society instrumental album, which had some GREAT bonus tracks including a remix called Still Phenomenal.  He also has done a video for the title track featuring Jefferson Price which you can see below.   Most recently he did this extremely dope beat for Top $ Raz ft. YC The Cynic called The Plague.

Koncept – Playing Life EP

Artist: Koncept

Album: Playing Life

Guests: Sene, Silent Knight

Production: The Audible Doctor, J57, Maticulous, DJ Brace, DJ Dyllemma

Best Tracks: Keeping On, First Time, Old Man Winters

Recommendation:  Highly Recommend

Note:  The BBAS has never given you reason to doubt the skill that lies within.  Koncept’s release is no different. Playing Life is short and excellent.  I always was impressed by Soul Khan from BBAS but this EP gave me an opportunity to really see what his compadre Koncept could do on the microphone.  He does not disappoint.  He is not a punchline rapper but rather relies on a great flow and emotion to rock a track.  When you listen to him you really feel the music.

The production is also incredibly solid.   Ever since I heard the Undeniable Remix by The Audible Doctor I was an instant fan.  He laces three tracks for the EP and all of them are on point.  He has great command of his production.  It just seems so effortless.  But the banger on the album has to be Keeping On which was laced by maticulous.  The song just knocks.

In conclusion,  I feel that this EP deserves a spot on your Ipod.  It’s just too nice not too.  While to call it an “instant classic” is a reach, it still differentiates itself from the rest of the pack to make it one of the better releases in 2010.