Alpha Faktion – Creative Control (2017)

Artist: Alpha Faktion

Album: Creative Control

Tracklisting:

  1. Stand Up (prod. DJ Raz)
  2. Price Tags (prod. Vherbal)
  3. Last Hours (prod. L’undercover Sismographe)
  4. Another Day pt. 2 (prod. Supreme Da Almighty)
  5. The Real Truth” (ft. Planet Asia, Skanks, Zagnif Nori & Dready Kruger (prod. Ayatollah)
  6. Move Back (prod. Alterbeats)
  7. The Formation (prod. Custodian of Records)
  8. Let Em Watch (prod. Vherbal)
  9. System Shutdown (prod. Marco Polo)
  10. The Shining (f. Milano Constantine) (prod. Vherbal)
  11. Divide the Fortress (f. Mic Handz) (prod. DJ Skizz)
  12. Creative Control (Skit) (prod. Chess Pain)
  13. Creative Control (prod. Nottz)
  14. The Lineage (prod. Marley Marl)

Note:

I waited for this album for three plus years from Alpha Faktion. Their EP, Truth, Lies, & Audiotape is a staple in a very crowded iTunes Library. So when Azwun, Kraze, and DJ Enyoutee finally dropped their new project, Creative Control my expectations were extraordinarily high. But this is what the team did in the process of making this album while I waited anxiously: They made something that was timeless.

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Skeezo – Fouls And Free Throws (2016)

 

Skeezo

Artist: Skeezo

Album: Fouls and Free Throws

Tracklisting:

  1. Ice Cold (ft. Juxx Diamondz)
  2. Gun Talk (ft. Masai Bey)
  3. Still Stuck
  4. Between The Lines (ft. Mic Handz and Shabaam Sahdeeq)
  5. Heavy Reign (ft. Napoleon Legend x VVS Verbal)
  6. No Seeds (Venom Remix)

Note:

It’s really good to hear some new sounds from the man Skeezo.  And to compliment the fact that the man drops dope music, he is releasing these six songs for free.   If you are not familiar with this man’s talent, now is the opportune time to study up.  Skeezo’s always dropping those tough bars and his choice of production continues to be impeccable.

There are lots of great guest shots on this project as well, but no one is going to outdue the host, bet on that.  Check out the tracks below:

Single You Out: Mic Handz x Ali Starr – HD (prod by Cool FD)

Cool FD does his thing by blending soul and boom bap into sublime fusion while Mic Handz and Ali Starr bring their rhymes front in center in the ‘High Definition’ fashion.  The two emcees sound like they’ve been rocking mics together for the longest while in truth, this is there first cut.  I hope this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes this union of skill.  This is most definitely a live track.

Animal Pak – No Mistakes (Video)

The Animal Pak is a nine man collective who unite on this track to set the official definition of the term ‘posse cut’.   If I had to pick a favorite verse I would put it on Senica Da Misfit on the strength of that Jodi Arias line.   But good gravy each of these emcees sets this mic ablaze.

This track is off of the mixtape, Animal Planet, which is available now at the extremely affordable price of 5 duckets.

Alterbeats x Mic Handz – My Life (Video)

This video is full of changes of direction, dope production from Alterbeats, and raw rhymes from Mic Handz.  Every video that’s done for an Alterbeats’ cut is just extremely well done.  There’s no getting around that.  There’s also no denying Mic Handz’ opportunity to achieve his dream.  He has the skill, the production behind him, and the cosign from a lot of other dope artists.  Let’s see what he does next to make those dreams a reality. Meanwhile, make sure you cop Class Struggle if you have not already.

Alterbeats – Grustle (ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skeezo and Mic Handz) (Video)

Alterbeats’ Class Struggle is dropping on October 29th.   The two songs I have heard from the project have both been fantastic but I expect nothing less from the French producer.  He also only works with some of the most gifted emcees in the game, so the combination of talent is always ill.  This time we have Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skeezo, and Mic Handz, all of whom are ruthless with the verbals.  Mic Handz, in particular, has got the flow going on this track.   Don’t sleep!

Neek The Exotic – Dream Catcher (ft. Mic Handz & Satchel Page) (Video)

Neek The Exotic is going to be dropping his new album, Hustle Don’t Stop, on August 20th.  I probably would have let this pass me by if Alterbeats, the track’s producer, didn’t shoot me a link on Twitter to check it out.  It’s really a dope piece of work.  The production is a creeper with it’s combination of dusty horns and eerie horror music vibe.    All the emcees bring something nice to the mic, and more importantly use the term “ratchet” as it was originally referred to back in the day.  The video direction is also done well.  I like how the lighting remains dark as the camera approaches each emcee during their verse.    I am going to get my ears peeled for this upcoming project.

Single You Out: Satchel Page – Fine Wine (ft Neek The Exotic & Mic Handz) (prod. by Alterbeats)

Satchel

 

Satchel Page brings in Neek The Exotic and Mic Handz to collaborate on the mic while the break out the wine press for some ‘fine wine’.  The beat comes courtesy of French beat maker, Alterbeats.   This production is much more smoothed out then I am used to hearing from Alterbeats.  I like it.  It’s very easy on the ears.