It is an honor and a privilege to present to you the Hip Hop Dependency Artist Of The Year for 2013: Nutso (Twitter, Facebook, Website, YouTube). I have been a huge fan of Nutso for a long time but this was a banner year for him. He really went above and beyond what the rest of the pack is doing. There are A LOT of talented artists, but very few have the work ethic and the drive that Nutso does. In 2013, he released dope project after dope project and he has no intentions of stopping that pace in 2014.
It’s one thing to be dope. It’s entirely another thing to be relentless. Nutso is both. He is constantly creating with a slew of different producers and finding new avenues to push the envelope of his music. All the while he builds on the foundation that is New York Boom-Bap.
So without further ado, I bring you words from the man himself, as he graciously agreed to answer a few questions from HHD. Be sure to check his older projects along with his current ones, and prepare for the future!:
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: I Plead The 5th
Listen. I am going to make this easy to understand. If you like that raw, grimy, New York boom-bap, then Nutso is that dude. I don’t know if there is a doper delivery in the Rotten Apple than his. Sure there are people who have clever rhyme schemes and intricacies but when it comes to straight flow and emotion, Nutso has got it on lock.
Some songs just draw the emotion out of you. PAIN is one of those joints for me. Nutso and 5th Seal bring child and sexual abuse front and center. The first verse deals with a story about a little girl who is being abused by her stepfather and her mother doesn’t believer her. The second verse tackles the subject on a whole.
The music is of course dope but what I like about this track is that someone with the credibility of Nutso is bold enough to tackle this topic. It would be equivalent to Kool G Rap talking about it in 1992. Eyes be open…
This song is a cut off of the free EP, I Plead The 5th, out now…