1) Theo 3 – Enticement I always agonize over the best EPs, because I think the shorter releases are always going to be more tightly construed then longer releases. Thusly there are doper, more potent releases, in this format. But there are was not a doper five songs put together for an EP than Enticement. It features production from Psycho Les and The Audible Doctor, and some really great lyricism.
2) Supastition – The Blackboard Don’t call it a comeback! When Supastition decided to re-enter the realm of making music, I felt uplifted. He’s simply one of my favorite emcees. With The Blackboard, he came back in rare form with some great production, lyricism, and concepts. The release it the total package and a forbearance of what’s to come.
3) Grey Sky Appeal – Occam’s Razor Grey Sky Appeal have such a unique and clever sound and although this EP was crafted on a tour back in 2011, it didn’t see the light of day until 2013. You can check out our full review of the project HERE.
4) Skeezo – Face Value In terms of sheer knockability (yes, that’s a word), no EP hit harder than this one. This is EP is chocked full of bangers with superlative production on raw rhymes. There’s also a lot of replayability in this short project. Skeezo is one of those names that should be at the forefront when it comes to emcees to watch for 2014.
5) Nutso x 5th Seal – I Plead The 5th – In the end, this EP was impossible to leave off the list even with the stiff competition. It has one of the best tracks of the year in PAIN and also contains the certified bangers, Blood & Bones and Planet Of the Apes. 5th Seal and Nutso prove to be one of the best producer/emcee collaborations in 2013.
Album: Face Value
When I first heard some music from Skeezo I thought he was decent artist with a dope sound, but now that I have had ample time to listen to Face Value I am left with an entirely different impression: This guy brings the streets to your headphones in dope fashion. He is a creator, not a follower.
Skeezo lets loose the visuals for Da Beatminerz produced joint, Lost Love, off of his Face Value EP. And no lie, the EP is legit. It’s all about those raw rhymes and big beats. Please make sure you cop the project and check out our interview with Skeezo from a few weeks past.
I am going to keep pushing the homie Skeezo until you all take notice. He’s bringing you a project called Face Value like a brick to the face. This track is my favorite thus far but it’s also the toughest. The piano keys and bass line take you right to the street corner and give you a front row seat.
The album is out now on his bandcamp…check it now if you like this cut!
Our last Artist Spotlight participant, Skeezo, is preparing a new project, Face Value that will be dropping 03/26/13. This jazzy and laid back type beat is new for me in regards to Skeezo and I like it. Really dope cut that shows off his diversity. Production by Ruen.
Last year was when I first became acquainted with Skeezo’s music. My initial feeling was that this guy was bringing back that NYC hardcore rhyming that groups like Mobb Deep and MOP made prevalent back in the 1990s. The dude’s lyrics hit like a hammer and he is unafraid to spit those street mentality rhymes in a world that more appreciates the candy coated genre.
Last year he and I briefly touched on a showcase on HHD for his talents and with his album, Face Value looming next month, we felt it was the perfect opportunity for new fans to get to know that man behind the music.
So peep this interview and make sure you cop his album in March. There’s some serious heat to occur.