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Soul Khan

When Soul Khan released his debut album, Soul Like Khan, he could have rested on his laurels and taken a breather, but to the contrary the man has just stepped up the pace a bit.  He released the single Soulstice II and he had a remix released for Shot Glass Magnified ft. Sene.  The new beat was brought on by The Audible Doctor.  I also just saw on bandcamp that someone is doing a mash up album of Soul Like Khan.   I haven’t heard it yet but the the prequel is HERE.

Koncept

Koncept also has been keeping himself busy since releasing his EP, Playing Life.  He released a physical CD of that same project and added a few extra tracks for the effort. He also has dropped a few notable gems like Day Dreaming , the remix to Playing Life (prod. by Marink), and most recently his DJ Booth feature, Things You Do. His street album, More Than Meets The Eye drops on February 22nd, so be on the lookout for that!

The Audible Doctor

The Audible Doctor basically has produced 1/2 of the cuts previously mentioned.  He has also blessed heads like Magestik Legend, Boog Brown, and most recently he did a beat for one of my favorite emcees, Silent Knight, for the cut Staying Busy which will be featured on here very soon.

J57

J57 is the man who is always passing on what the BBAS are doing and it is much appreciated.  In addition to keeping the world informed he has also been on his grind as of recent.  Late in 2010 he and Sene released the EP, Eye Don’t Dream…But I Do.  He also released the Digital Society instrumental album, which had some GREAT bonus tracks including a remix called Still Phenomenal.  He also has done a video for the title track featuring Jefferson Price which you can see below.   Most recently he did this extremely dope beat for Top $ Raz ft. YC The Cynic called The Plague.

Co$$ x Numonics – Revelations

Artist: Co$$ x Numonics

Album: Revelations

Source: 2Dopeboyz

Tracklisting:

  1. Free
  2. Revelations
  3. They Keep Asking
  4. Gone (ft. Freddie Gibbs)
  5. Fake Kings
  6. Doubt Us
  7. We On (ft. Wrekonize)
  8. Confetti
  9. Let ‘Em Live
  10. Now Til Infinity (ft. Reks and Naledge)
  11. Tick Tock (ft. Sene)
  12. Paranoid
  13. Time Is Now
  14. It’s All Happening
  15. Genesis

Note:

Some releases catch you by surprise, Revelations, however was on my radar from jump. Co$$ has been getting better and better with every cut I hear him on. His flow and his drawl are very unique. His content is deeper than most would give him credit for. Numonics is also quickly becoming one of the more acclaimed producers in independent hip hop if you ask me. His previous work on his debut album, released earlier this year, Being Cool Doesn’t Pay The Bills gave him the opportunity to showcase his vast talent.

Co$$ and Numonics is not just a good combination,…it is a great combination. The album is dope. The track Free is a mere glimpse into what the duo can do. Co$$ goes to town over the heater. He breaks down how he is free from the constraints of a corrupt industry. He does not need to conform and can rock the mic his way. He truly is an original emcee in every sense of the phrase. I really can’t think of anyone that remotely sounds like Co$$.  His cadence and rhyme schemes constantly have you checking and rewinding.  It’s unorthodox and entrancing all at the same time.

Another choice cut from, Revelations, is the track Paranoid. Numonics hooks the listener up with a beat that fits the concept. It can best be described as neurotic. Co$$ then proceeds to give you multiple reasons to be afraid and paranoid of existing conditions.  He speaks on his unpreparedness for the future financially, his place in the streets, and having sex in this day and age.  The song straight up gave me a phobia just by listening to it!

Numonics production really leaves me tongue tied at times. It’s hard to pigeon hole the man. He is so diverse in his sound. He uses synth, horns, electric funk guitar, operatic sample, etc. You never know what the next track holds for you musically on this release.  He keeps you guessing on every piece of production which add to the pleasure of listening to, Revelations.

When people ask me who is the next to blow ala Freddie Gibbs, I point them in the direction of Co$$. He has the rare combination of street savvy, intelligent lyrics, and crafty flow. He has all the intangibles to blow up in today’s climate.

Revelations is a clear demonstration of talent both in terms of production and emceeing. It will leave you wanting more and I am sure there is much more on the horizon from both producer and emcee.  Just stay tuned.

*Bonus*

Paranoid (Numonics Alt Mix) -Download

Rock On – Download

Koncept – Playing Life EP

Artist: Koncept

Album: Playing Life

Guests: Sene, Silent Knight

Production: The Audible Doctor, J57, Maticulous, DJ Brace, DJ Dyllemma

Best Tracks: Keeping On, First Time, Old Man Winters

Recommendation:  Highly Recommend

Note:  The BBAS has never given you reason to doubt the skill that lies within.  Koncept’s release is no different. Playing Life is short and excellent.  I always was impressed by Soul Khan from BBAS but this EP gave me an opportunity to really see what his compadre Koncept could do on the microphone.  He does not disappoint.  He is not a punchline rapper but rather relies on a great flow and emotion to rock a track.  When you listen to him you really feel the music.

The production is also incredibly solid.   Ever since I heard the Undeniable Remix by The Audible Doctor I was an instant fan.  He laces three tracks for the EP and all of them are on point.  He has great command of his production.  It just seems so effortless.  But the banger on the album has to be Keeping On which was laced by maticulous.  The song just knocks.

In conclusion,  I feel that this EP deserves a spot on your Ipod.  It’s just too nice not too.  While to call it an “instant classic” is a reach, it still differentiates itself from the rest of the pack to make it one of the better releases in 2010.