Local Mu-12 is readying their debut album and this is the first single from the project. This particular cut features The 17th, Fokis, and Broadway Barrett. The 17th laces the beat which sounds as if I was walking through an evil carnival. I am a huge fan of the crews’ body of work and really am looking forward to what they have to offer a full length project. The camp has so many diverse styles and embodies the talent level that you can find in today’s music scene. This cut may be entitled ‘Unhappy’ but it certainly brought a smile to this mug. I hope you enjoy…
Punchline brings us a new and dope cut to enjoy bringing alongside label mates Fokis and The 17th among others to showcase their talents. The song has a great vibe and really got me in the mood to post some doper material I have been put on to as of late. One of the things that is subtle and may go unnoticed is the added vocal touches in the background. The devil is in the details and that puts this track just up one more notch.
Disclaimer: It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year. It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012. Click the links to listen to the song! I think it’s a great list. There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones. I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!
1. Megatron Mindstate – Spit Gemz, Shaz Illyork, and DJ Brans brought the banger of the year early on in 2012. For me this track just set a standard that could not be surpassed. The beat was epic and the rhymes intermingled the streets with theology to provide a brief but concentrated delivery of dope.
2. Tragedy Text – RP from the Loyalty Digital game me the chills literally with this track about texting and driving and anyone who can provoke that type of response deserves to be acknowledged. One of the great conceptual songs in the last five years.
5. Lo Siento Amigo – Dub Sonata x Double AB brought a lot of flavor and context to this joint. Dub Sonata conjures a little latin boom bap and Double AB continues to be one of the best story telling emcees in the game, narrating a tale of romance, deception, and karma.
6. Local Artist – I could have honestly used any on the cuts off of The 17ths FREE EP. It’s a damn great EP and you can listen to it through and through. But this cut puts the listener in the shoes of your “local artist” and his life.
8. Heaven – While this is not on any particular album, Mike Beatz provides an amazing banger for the fans and the visuals from the video give you that serial killer feel. I can’t wait to hear more from this man in 2013.
34. Terminate On Site – CF drops another tough joint. Last year he brought ‘that fire’, and this year he ‘terminates on site’.
39. Rabbit Season – Craig G is an OG. He deosn’t care about end of the year accolades but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve them. He once again shows these youngsters how it is done…proper. Kids….go get your shine box!
42. Unlearn – Reks and Numonics kill the game with this track. These are two of my favorites in their selected fields. You can’t listen to this without stopping what you are doing and paying attention to the music,.
This was a tough category. There were so many dope, short projects that were offered up this year that it was really hard to narrow it down to my favorites. I just kept the one ruling principle in mind as to who made the dopes music. With that being kept in mind there were some dope artists left off…most notably The Brown Bag AllStars. That crew put out a ton of dope EPs this year and surely some of them would have made a Top 10, just not the Top 5. I simply couldn’t let got of these joints.
The 17th gave us ‘FREE Music’ but not only that, he gave us some remarkable music. This EP is close to flawless as they come. You get eight tracks jam packed with flavor, great concept, flows, production, and delivery. Another remarkable aspect is that much of the EP is his from beginning to end. He of course is the lead emcee, but also the producer for the bulk of the tracks as well.
Serge Severe and Terminilllinked up for a superlative effort on Service Without A Smile. The two really played off of each other’s strengths and this proved to be one of the illest producer/emcee combos of 2012.
Speaking of ill producer/emcee combos, how about this one? Swiss-American hip-hop group, Nefew, Virginia emcee Shakes, and super producer Nottz link up for for this five track EP. You can’t go wrong with this joint!
MayDay has a sound all unto themselves. They have have great production to back them up on Thrift Store Halos and their melodies, rhymes, and guest shots throughout make this one a clear winner for 2012.
The Narcicyst comes back in 2012 with a lyrical fury from Dubai. Ok, a lyrical fury may be a bit extreme but his world observations set to rhythm set him apart from the pack this year.
This is the camp right now! Local Mu-12 is killing from every angle right now. They are dropping at least one dope joint a week. This joint is no less dope than all of the others. All three of the emcees hit their mark with their verses over a rock/hiphop fused production from Real McKoy.
This is a single from their Labor Day album that has yet to be released.
Artist: The 17th
Album: The Free Music EP
Where to start? How about this…The 17th brings you the best EP of 2012 thus far…for FREE. I would not dare to joke when it comes to musical taste and sending this project in your direction. This EP simply is one of the most complete packages this year. Rarely do I have an “Oh Shit!” moment when it comes to listening to music these days, but this guy made me say that exact phrase several times throughout this eight track project.
Right after the Intro, about thirty seconds into the track, No Name, I knew that The 17th was onto not only to something fresh, but also exciting. The production is really astonishing. The way the kids voices are used to antagonize and respond was nothing short of genius. That work behind the boards was done by Clockwork, whom I later became aware has passed away (RIP). The 17th, in his bars, points out all the misconceptions and stereotypes he has been confronted with.
We’ve talked about the tracks, Rubbish and Local Artist previously but they still remain heavy highlights on this short EP. I especially appreciate Local Artist because of how he portrays the woes, hustle, and lifestyle of being a local hip hop artist. But he also has a warning (or suggestions) for those who claim to be ‘artists’
Shit look where my town’s at / I haven’t gotta gun, it’s just my hand in a brown bag / Before you speak, learn how to breathe and pronounce raps / Otherwise you ain’t seeing shit like it’s on a brown rag / You couldn’t hold cheese if you was a mouse trap / You can’t make shit fresh if you was a house cat / Don’t let me catch you out in the town alone with out gas / Or you’ll be screaming for your homies like Al Scratch
The Product showcases The 17th’s storytelling ability on all three verses. The track’s basis is how we are each made, in part, as a product of our environments. The second verse in particular is especially dope, yet unnerving. It gets inside the mind of a terrorist on an airplane getting ready to crash. The production which is done by the 17th himself is straight out of the movie The Omen. He’s on some kill Damian type movement with this track. This is hip hop with an evil intention.
In a genre where it gets harder and harder each day to stand out, The 17th sets himself light years apart from the rest of the field. Not only do his rhymes create this kind of differentiation, it’s also his ability to produce. He produced six of the eight tracks on this EP and his ear for creating beats is on par with some of the best. But along with beats and lyrics, there is something intangible, that I can’t point my finger on to describe to you. The word that comes closest to mind is simply…special.
This Local Mu collective is the real deal. The collective has been dropping dope project after dope project so it’s time to start considering them one of the elite teams in hip hop. The 17th not only showcases his verbals on this track but also his skills behind the boards. His EP drops on August 28th.