Artist Spotlight: PremRock

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I am pretty excited…no, let me rephrase, I am very excited to bring you some thoughts from one of the most creative emcees in the game, PremRock.

I have been listening to him for a couple of years now and in an ideal world, I would have connected with him at SXSW a couple of weeks ago.  But that was not in the cards.  Still, I wanted to pick his brain about, his art, his friends, and his perspective.  What I got in reply was well thought out introspection.

I encourage you to read the interview, check the video freestyle (it’s amazing) and make sure you cop all of his music.  If you love creativity in your hip hop, you are going to be an instant fan of PremRock.

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Jesse Abraham – I Am Water (2013)

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Artist: Jesse Abraham

Album: I Am Water

Source: Artist

Tracklisting:

1. Overture
2. I Ain’t Sh!t – I’m The Sh!t
3. Back Off
4. Parallels ft. Emilio Rojas & TreZure EmpirE
5. You’re Not A Ghost Anymore
6. 1der 2der
7. Never Felt High Til Now ft. Nitty Scott, MC
8. The Scene
9. I’ve Tried ft. Chino XL
10. Brush Your Teeth
11. Gottdamn Superhero Penguin
12. Hurdles
13. Hi, Heaven
14. Die Holding Hands
Note:

Jesse Abraham is a model of convention.  Ok.  I hate to start off with a blatant lie but I felt the need to check to see if you really know who Abraham is.  If you had checked our previous review of Abrhams’ Bars & NoBull, you would understand that he is the anti-thesis of conventions.  Think of the most standard rhyme schemes and ideas and then toss those ideas from your mind as you begin to partake in I Am Water.

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Single You Out: Jesse Abraham – Back Off

You don’t know Jesse Abraham.  You have no right to judge him.  So back off!  Well, that’s the gist of the track but it’s orchestrated in an extremely entertaining style as only Mr. Abraham could pull off.  I talk about unique flows from time to time and this man most definitely fits in that conversation. You will never mistake Jesse Abraham for another artist.  That’s why I always try to feature his music.  It’s tough to find dope artists who bask in originality. Blam!

Single You Out: Jesse Abraham – Spiderman On Vitamins

Jesse Abraham had shot this over to me a few days ago and it took me a while to get to the message and listen to the track but I definitely find it noteworthy.  I am loving the Middle Easternish production.  Sitars make everything all good in my book.   I did a write up on Jesse Abraham’s EP from 2010, Bars & NoBull.   I found him to be an extremely refreshing artist.  His rhymes are playful and not overbearing.

Spiderman On Vitamins is an extension of his last effort and a prelude to his upcoming EP, One Day, releasing on March 1st.    The song is the type of track that can be played in almost any setting.  The production gets the adrenaline flowing, yet the lyrics have your attention so you can catch what’s going on in the wordplay.

Jesse Abraham truly is a unique talent.  Now if I can just get Jesse Abraham and Homeboy Sandman to do an EP together.  Flippin’ fantastic!

 

Jesse Abraham: Bars & NoBull

Artist: Jesse Abraham

Album: Bars & NoBull

Tracklist:

  1. Of Course (prod. by JA)
  2. Yoga (Video) (prod. by Spills)
  3. Just Gettin’ Going (prod. by KO Beatz)
  4. Who’s That (prod. by Trace Thomas)
  5. Little Bit Of Everything (prod. by KO Beatz)
  6. Got That Juice (ft. Albert Rhymestein) (prod.  by Willie Green)
  7. Digit (prod. by Panjabi MC)
  8. Don’t Taze Me (ft. Jeanette Berry) (prod. by Spills)
  9. Life Is A Free Throw (prod. by Trace Thomas)
  10. Word Of Mouth (ft. Premonition) (prod by Spills)
  11. Get To Know Me (prod. by Trace Thomas)
  12. Raucous Lawlessness (prod. by !llmind)
  13. Get Off Me (prod. by Trace Thomas)
  14. Ventura (prod. by JA)

 

Notes:

Jesse, who? Jesse Abraham? I still don’t know who we are talking about. But what I did find out after listening to, Bars & NoBull is that this emcee is different. And I mean different in a good way.

Fun. Zaney. Witty. Lyrical. Gifted. Those are all words I would use to describe Jesse Abraham after listening to this album. Fun hip hop finally finds it’s way to us via Mr. Abraham in 2010.  Admittedly I was a a bit unsure of this artist up to track three of this album, but he really started to grow on me.   His style is extremely unorthodox in terms of relating him to another style or trying to place him in the proverbial box.  He is somewhat similiar to Homeboy Sandman if for no other reason that they are unconventional in their rhyme patterns and cadence.

If you can appreciate an artist pushing the boundaries of hip hop, like clever and witty lines, and superb production, you will enjoy this release.  It took a minute for me to develop this appreciation but after all is said and done this will retain it’s replay value for years to come.

Shouts out to DJ Booth from whence this release came!