This new song, from new artist, Marshall Sinclair, is nothing short of amazing. The production from Taavi Haapla is beautiful. I love the instrument combinations used over the beat. It gives you this easy going vibe. The emcees on this cut all have unique and diverse styles lending themselves to incredible creativity. It features a couple of my favorite and under-heralded emcees in Frank Ramz and Devine Carama. We are all on notice now as Marshall Sinclair readies his new project, Fathom, which as of yet, has no date.
Disclaimer: It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year. It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012. Click the links to listen to the song! I think it’s a great list. There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones. I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!
I for one Frank Ramz is back at it this year releasing some more music. It’s also good to hear that his project, Medicine Filled Candy is dropping soon. I find Ramz to be a unique commodity because he’s not just rhymes, he’s creating stories that have meaning while enlisting his God given talent to write rhymes. This particular cut is autobiographical. Check his first verse:
started in the dirt & they ain’t even give me soap,
but being rooted in the soil is the best place for growth.
but being trapped in the trap & having to have dealings while reaching a glass ceiling kept chipping off at my hope.
i found love up in a dark place her name just happened to be music,
gave life to the lifeless shining the brightest & truest.
my money wasn’t moving the the way it shouldve been moving,
& im so done w/ retail im ready to be a nudist.
…i went from being clueless to a know it all, who didn’t know shit but i refused to show a flaw.
..soon as i..got on a roll like a bowling ball,
life would strike back… the gutter would pull me in and console my fall.
had to make alot of split decisions…
realign myself..take better aim & even switch positions.
….consistent wishing drove a brother wild, lotta frowns… couple smiles… this was a recipe for my mothers youngest [trouble child]
I would not have checked this unless Frank Ramz sent it to me. The end result after a couple of listens is that it’s pretty damn dope. NatStar and Frank Ramz undoubtedly are capable of spitting bars in abundance. But the thing here is that these bars are proliferated with meaning. I mean check this snippet of the last verse:
We yelling black is beautiful from the pew inside the church / Hallelujah! But we shoot a n#@ga if blue is on his shirt / Or if his hat is twisted cute we move his casket in the dirt
Just those few bars should be enough for people who are looking for dope hip hop music to share this track with a friend. This music is powerful. This is from NatStar’s album, Dreamer, which was just released a few days ago. You can also stream all the tracks before purchasing HERE.
“The clothes, and the hoes, and the bottles, and etcetera / Society got muthaphuckas afraid to be regular…”
Frank Ramz drops one of the most poignant tracks in the last couple of years. I can’t deny it. This song is impeccable as is the video. I mean the imagery, though simple, is perfect to impart the message. Ramz in the noose is something you won’t soon forget.
His new EP, Medicine Filled Candy will be available soon. If you are looking to hear more from him, you can check out my previous review for his album, Quite Frankly.
Artist: Frank Ramz
Album: Quite Frankly
1. Morning Blackout (prod. by Thelonious Martin)
2. Zone Out (prod. by Alex Goose)
3. Art Imitates Life (prod. by Thelonious Martin)
4. Gold Mine
5. I Be Damned
6. Individuality (prod. by Woody)
7. Kamo Gang (prod. by Blue Sky Black Death)
8. The Success Of Failure
9. Brief Intermission 2.0 (prod. by Woody)
10. Rather Be Alone (prod. by Woody)
11. S.A.D. (ft. G.P.) (prod. by Blue Sky Black Death)
12. Holy Water & Devil Springs (prod. by Apollo Brown)
13. Time’s Of The Essence (prod. by Bad News Rap Dudes)
14. Backside (prod. by Daffy)
15. A Bronx Tale
16. Still Thinking Sober (prod. by Blue Sky Black Death)
I am familiar with Frank Ramz, but to be perfectly honest I can’t tell you that I was a big supporter, or that I was up on his skill level. If I did say that, it would be disenegeous. He was lost in the pack of my vast iTunes collection, until I heard Quite Frankly. He made a believer out of me with this release. Sure he has production from the likes of Blue Sky Black Death and Apollo Brown. That might draw people to the album, but it’s Frank Ramz who puts on the show.