One of my most popular posts in the decade and a half that I have been doing this blog is the interview I did with Memphis Reigns. He had such a cult following that people constantly check for him. It makes me quite proud to have been able to continue to share and showcase his talent because he is STILL making great hip hop music!
He has a recent release on Bandcamp called, The Arcade Avengers, where he uses what seems to be like old Atari sounds and uses it as the crux for this project. It’s really dope. And even though I wish the vocals were turned up a little bit on this track…Lightspeed, featuring Hypoetical is my favorite!
1. Agnes In Wonderland
3. Button Hook
4. Stephen Jawbs
6. Agnes In Wonderland (Remix)
7. 5 Minutes To Midnight
8. Fam Bam
Yes! For real…we have the latest project from Memphis Reigns up for your downloading pleasure!
Memphis hit me up out of nowhere with this link for the Barangay Captain EP over the weekend and needless to say I am ecstatic to be able to bring this to you guys. Memphis has been putting this project together over the better part of three years. He’s obviously got a lot on his plate being a military man with a family, so consider this project a blessing as it very well may not have seen the light of day. A few of the tracks we have featured here previously and they were all beyond dope. My favorite off of this album is still the Agnes In Wonderland Remix. The beat and the content are unrivaled. We all deal with addictions in some capacity and the way he puts that in perspective is simple special.
The new tracks are Button Hook, Burn, Five Minutes To Midnight, and Fam Bam. You will not be disappointed in the least with the quality of those new sounds. Memphis continues to lace a variety of dope production with his outlook on life.
It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to bring to you the next single from the man who bears the monniker, Memphis Reigns. The super talented artist dropped off, Gluesticks, which is the lead single to his forthcoming project, The Barangay Captain EP. The joint is produced by Piloophaz of the Skyzominus Crew.
As an emcee, Memphis Reigns never misses a beat…I mean that literally and figuratively. I hope you all enjoy!
New single from HHD favorite, Memphis Reigns, entitled Stephen Jawbs. It’s a short but dope track that is intended to be used for an upcoming PBS documentary entitled, Rise and Shine. The topic of the documentary will be the state of affairs in the public school system. The production on the track is done by, Trauma. As always, Memphis gives you insight through lyricism.
Memphis said he was going to leak me a track from his forthcoming album, Bittersweet. And when I downloaded, let me tell you I was just blown away. The content alone really moved me. The way each emcee addresses the topic of addiction is thought provoking stuff. I am really proud to be able to bring you the Agnes In Wonderland Remix ft. Marlon D and Sesy Basila. The production is done by Remshot and sounds impervious to criticism to me. Check it out, download it, and pass it onto all your friends. Surely they want some good music!
Those of you familiar with hip hop lore may also be familiar with the name Memphis Reigns. He released a very sought after album with his compadre Genelec entitled Scorpion Circles in 2002. Kids were trading tapes (dating myself here) of this album all over the web at the time. Others of you may have just got acquainted with him when checking out his latest album, Frog Hill Legend. Yet still others of you are still sitting in the dark so… Let there be light!
When I reviewed Frog Hill Legend, Praverb The Wyse emailed me and said that he knew Memphis and asked if I wanted his contact information. I took him up on the offer and am very grateful that Memphis has taken the time to politic with me and answer a few questions about life and music.
Memphis Reigns is an incredibly skilled artist and if you haven’t had an opportunity, make sure you check out his music. You won’t regret it. For now, do yourself a favor and read his answers to the interview questions. They are very introspective.
Cloud Kingdom (ft. Pravery The Wyse) (prod by. D-Mitch)
Letter To Sakura (ft. Allison Molgaard) (prod. by D-Mitch)
Facebooks (prod. by Keko)
Last Hello (ft. Ceci Basila) (prod. by Keko)
Preach (prod. by Keko)
I am not sure what it is about Memphis Reigns’ music that I crave. I think it initially dealt with the mystique. When Genelec and Memphis Reigns first released Scorpion Circles in 2002, it was heavily talked about but it was hard to find. I went about trying to hunt this album down and eventually scored it. It was worth every penny. Memphis Reigns then seemingly resigned himself to the shadows. I would hear a track here and there but there was no consistent wealth of music available. Then as the age of blogs emerged I suddenly found a slew of rare releases and collaborations.