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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Single You Out: Endemic Emerald & Skanks – Straight out da NYC (ft. Rim and Shatike)

This is another single from Endemic Emerald and Skanks’ forthcoming album, Rapsploitation. I love the static and pop in the production with that lingering piano loop from Endemic. Skanks adds the perfect verbal punch needed to the track. And of course dopeness loves company, so Rim and Shatike, also show capable of serving up some certified illness.

The album is due out on May 30th.

Eff Yoo – Chinese Super Ninjas (ft. G.S Advance,Skanks The Rap Martyr and Spit Gemz) (Video)

So I have a post with Spit Gemz today and one with Skanks but why don’t we tie them together with this cut from Eff Yoo and Rediculous’ album, The Eff Word.   Chinese Super Ninjas is a dope posse cut that also includes bars from G.S. Advance.

There’s a really good mix of bars and styles on this cut, but my favorite line comes from Skanks:

…I never served time, I always made my time serve me…

Man, I like that wordplay.

Skanks and Endemic Emerald – Trouble (ft. E Class Wright)

Skanks and Endemic Emerald are doing their part as artists to address the brutality that is plaguing the United States currently as we hear of countless stories where police are acting indiscriminately with deadly force in the black community.

What I like about this video is that it was done with a lot of thought and the message remains prevalent throughout the music.

This is a video single from the collaborative project, Rapsploitation.

Single You Out: Endemic Emerald & Skanks – Trouble (ft. E Class)

Endemic unleashes a bluesy and soulful production for Skanks’ thoughtful phrases as it regards to the ‘trouble’ that surrounds him.  He references the violence against the black community, the loss of his childhood heroes, Hulk Hogan and Bill Cosby, and the perception that Black Lives Matter is somehow a racist propaganda.   He really goes in on this one.

The two have a collaborative album in the works, Rapsploitation, dropping in February 2016.  So check back for more information.  I am sure there will be more coming.

Kamala – Kamalakai (ft. Bankai Fam) (Video)

DJ Ready Cee brings the collective forces of KAMALA and Bankai Fam together for the first single to his album, Order 66, which is due out on December 19th.

I was going to single out El Gant and Skanks’ bars but as you listen to each emcee you come to realize that each emcee comes correct. The cut is impressive and the album is bound to be more of the same. Check it when the time is right!

Single You Out: Gstats – Symphony (ft. Shatike, Skanks, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and P. General)

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I am not going to let this one slip through the tracks (haha).  Gstats just released his project, Syke Ward, and I was one of the first in line to cop it.  First off, Shinigamie Records, has a proven track record of dropping some dope material.  Gstats drops some rough and rugged flows throughout the release, but this posse cut right here, was definitely and ‘oh wow’ moment.

If you are feeling it, make sure drop some scratch on the album.

Skanks – Only Time (ft. Gstats x Shatike) (Video)

Skanks is another aritst that seems only to bring the ‘realness’ with every artist submission. Gstats and Shatike each lace the cut with a tough sixteen (guest emcees very talented).  Azaia provides the icing on the cake by lacing the team with a threatening banger.  The Shinigami Flowfessional is destined for eardrum come March.

…the only time you left your hood is when you took off your hoodie…

Skanks – The Huntsmen (ft. Raf Almighty) (prod. by Kyo Itachi) (Video)

Bankai Fam meets the Dirt Platoon, when Skanks and Raf Almighty form The Huntsmen.  The venerable Kyo Itachi does the proper work behind the boards to create that grimy and gritty sound that you are hearing.   This track is pulled off of Skanks’ forthcoming album, The Shinigamie Flowfessional.   I believe the project will be produced completely by Itachi though that’s not confirmed.