So here is a list of my favorite EPs from 2018. I easily could have extended this list to 25 projects and been really comfortable about that. However, I really wanted to showcase what I consider to be the best projects in a year where there was so much greatness to consider. In the end, there were no votes, judges, or etcetera. This was simply a matter of personal preference. I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did.
I have been waiting for Staalin to drop some new music for the longest time. He dropped one of the the hottest songs (strictly on a lyrical level), State Of Emergency, back in 2015. I hadn’t heard anything since, and then this EP drops. F.R.W.L. 2 is a really amazing release. There are only seven cuts but they all range from the really good to the exceptional. Lyrically you would be hard pressed to beat the title track F.R.W.L. This man has bars!!
Y’all recreated a monster/ that’s sponsored/ without the energy drink,
My enemies think that I’m gone I’m back/ before they can blink.
Been the missing link in the chain/ before Lincoln came and unlinked,
The chains of the slaves/ at least that’s what all the history books say. Right?
Never liked me/ they like Staalin behave,
He’s a bully/ he’s a beast/ I bet his booth in a cave.
With all this venom I produce/ I’ll put dey youts in a grave,
So they aint gotta avenge they fathers death/ I spare them the shame. (Geeze)
My pictures/ sicker/ than Hitler/ at a bar mitzvah/ nigga,
Pulling a trigger/ while yelling mazeltov/ I’m a killa.
Call me Attila/ these rappers/ after the scrilla,
But they really don’t excite me/ they rapping pattern’s vanilla.
(ugh) Makes me wanna go back to the trap/ and tackle them down to the mat,
And slap em with vinyl/ like when Lion-o attacks.
These Thunder cats/ are just making noise when they rap,
With out the lightning/ they bout as frightening/ as two dykes in a bath.
Here’s today’s ‘Holy Shit’ moment featuring Staalin. This is one of those tracks that contains too many quotables to count. It’s bars upon bars, and he puts together one of the best flows this year with the track State of Emergency. DVient gets the energy flowing with some sharp sounding drums and an electric guitar that intertwines itself in the rhythm.
I can’t wait to hear more from Staalin!