El Gant – Roar the Lions (Video)

El Gant’s new project, O.S.L.O., drops on this coming Friday and has all the trappings of being a tremendous listen. You have razor sharp lyricism and complete control of his bars. He is able to change cadences and pace effortlessly, all the while launching salvo after salvo of dopeness. It’s on full display here on Roar the Lions, in which producer Motif Alumni takes you to church and DJ Grazzhoppa chops up a new religion!

I’m a one man fight song….

And that sounds about right!

Single You Out: El Gant – Pageants (ft. Ras Kass) (prod. by Marco Polo)

New single out from lyrical powerhouse, El Gant, called Pageants. The cut features other acclaimed talent in the legendary Ras Kass and Marco Polo on the boards. There is a lot of weight on this track so to speak.

The production endeavers to be a little soulful as the emcees forsake the “pageantry” of today’s game for the roots of that made them want to be artists and emcees in the first place.

This single will be found on the upcoming El Gant album, O.S.L.O., which will be out in September!

Single You Out: Jamo Gang – Belushi & Akroyd

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Holy shit!  This is super dope!   I am highly anticipating this album from Jamo Gang, Walk With Lions, even more so now!  The combination of El Gant, Ras Kass, and J57 seems like an unstoppable force and you and this cut is a prime example.  This track defines ferocity.   J57 puts together a head nodder that infuses a rock rhythm into some boom bap and Gant and Ras Kass put on a verbal demolition for all of us to hear.

Album drops on April 10th!

2018: Best EPs

So here is a list of my favorite EPs from 2018.   I easily could have extended this list to 25 projects and been really comfortable about that.  However, I really wanted to showcase what I consider to be the best projects in a year where there was so much greatness to consider.  In the end, there were no votes, judges, or etcetera.  This was simply a matter of personal preference.  I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did.

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Weekly Recommendation: Astro Vandalist – Astroduction (2018)

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Artist:  Astro Vandalist

Album: Astroduction

Tracklisting:

1. DV alias Khryst – Astroduction
2. D-Strong – The reaper
3. Declaime feat Georgia Muldrow – Helicopters
4. Rasco – Live & learn
5. Blaq Poet feat Born Unique – In the danger zone
6. Ruste Juxx – Viking verses
7. Dro Pesci – Keep it street
8. Sadat X feat Nine – Nomical
9. Dirt Platoon – Bellyache
10. Born Unique – Dirt naps
11. El Gant feat Shabaam Shadeeq – Vandetta
12. FT feat Godsunz – Astro beast
13. Akbar – Off the grid (OTG)
14. Beneficence – Up in ya era
15. El Da Sensei – Bars & boastin’
16. John Robinson – Music never ends
17. Maylay Sparks feat DJ Too Tuff – Tally up

Notes:

I am going to start featuring one album from the previous week every Monday because there is so much good music that I believe is going unheard.   And this album from French producer, Astro Vandalist,  is something that you guys need to be made aware of.  It’s 17 tracks of unadulterated and potent hip hop.  The beats really hit hard and you can see by this lineup of emcees that there are some heavy hitters on here.

Check out and cop the whole thing as it is worth every penny, but here are my favorite tracks if you want a sampling!