NY underground stalwart, Prince Wiser is back with a 3 track set titled “No Sound In The Jungle”. This is a no holds barred affair as Prince Wiser goes for the jugular with hard body raps, gritty beats and wits. The 1st cut “Fifth year” has a orchestra vibe laced with trap influences, the follow up “Blackyardigans” goes back to that dark, cinematic NY sound while the final cut “Different” is more chilled. Nothing but freshness here.
T.R.3 has been gaining momentum over the past five years, releasing mix tapes, collective projects with his crew, IMG, and solo projects, including 2016’s viral hit, “Statistics,” as well as landing a sponsorship in 2017 with renowned LA clothing brand, LRG.
As he prepares for the 2018 release of his official debut studio album, Together Alone, T.R.3 brings us The Beginning. Featuring 28 tracks showcasing the journey from the beginnings of a dream to the passion that has brought him to this current crescendo, T.R.3 produced over half of the project himself and chose not to rely too heavily on features. This collection starts off with starts off with “High-School Nostalgia” and brings us all the way through his projects dating back to “Lvl. 99,” and the start of building his solo career alongside IMG. The Beginning shows us where T.R.3 has been and where he is headed in his music and life.
Apathy is not resting on his oars as he jumps back into the fray with the Nottz produced single titled “Alien Weaponry”. Having just wrapped up 2017 with the release of Perestroika, alongside the legendary O.C., this new single serves as the debut leak off his long awaited sixth solo LP, The Widow’s Son.
The CT native is straight-up coming for the head of anyone who’s ever doubted him on the Nottz produced banger. Throughout the track, we’re treated to one bravado-laden gem after another, including lines like: “You outgunned/ Outshined/ Must be out your mind/ Raps is putrid/ Ap is stupid/ Slap the fluid out your spine.”
After all, Ap is clever enough to include a slick Organized Konfusion reference on this track while having a member of the legendary duo (Pharoahe Monch) appear on his upcoming masterpiece. The Widow’s Son is also set to feature Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Buckwild, M.O.P., Celph Titled, and more.
Head over to your preferred digital outlet to give the track a spin, and mark your calendars for the March 2nd release of The Widow’s Son, which will be available in all formats, and through all digital retailers and streaming platforms, courtesy of Dirty Version.
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After spending time in Boston honing his craft, versatile beatsmith KLK Beats traveled back home to his native Tokyo o finish his impressive debut, Cruising, featuring a number of East Coast heavy-hitters.
KLK’s approach to production is undoubtedly rooted in Hip-Hop and its myriad of influences (Soul, Jazz, Funk, and R&B), but it’s also one that’s diverse in its sound and textures. And that’s evident from the one-two punch of opening tracks, “Beauty of Life” and “Look Like.” On the former, the producer crafts a heartfelt joint with Boston stalwarts REKS, Termanology, and Kay-R. But on “Look Like,” the tone changes to something more neon-tinged as REKS and Brooklyn staple Skyzoo deliver charming, late-night raps.
This varied style is intentional, as KLK explains that he wants to leave his legacy through his unique, genre-shifting sound that, at times, does stray a bit from pure Hip-Hop. “Interlude 1” is a smooth Jazz romp made for laid-back weekends and is followed by the more R&B/House-inspired “Taking Your Love Away” featuring Texas’ J Tronius. In less capable hands, shifts like this would sound forced or janky, but KLK has meticulously paced Cruising so that it transitions smoothly from one track to the next.
It’s that attention to detail that makes Cruising such a refreshing and rewarding listen. It also makes it clear that KLK Beats is a producer to watch as we make our way through 2018 and onward. This is only the beginning for a talented newcomer who has an exciting future ahead of him.
Cruising is now available through the digital retailer and streaming platform of your choice, via Beantown Bullies Music.
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01. Beautify of Life (feat. REKS, Termanology & Kay-R)
02. Look Like (feat. Skyzoo & REKS)
03. Night Lights (feat. Aminor & Lucky Dice)
04. Quiet Storm (feat. Daniel SkyHigh McClain & Regal)
05. Interlude 1
06. Taking Your Love Away (feat. J Tronius)
07. Legacy (feat. J Tronius, Lucky Dice & REKS)
08. Cruising (feat. Minor, Melodik Flows)
09. Interlude 2
10. Time Flies (feat. J Tronius & Edo G)
11. Reflection (feat. P Soul)
12. Another Round (feat. Daniel SkyHigh McClain & J Tronius)
The heavy weight emcee Pounds starts off his 2018 campaign with the visuals for his song “Francis Ford” directed by Otto The Director. The track is a gripping insight into his hometown of Rochester, N.Y
The VHS-produced track stems from the rapper’s great October release, “Rules and Parameters”, that further demonstrated his knack for delivering lyrically vivid mafioso rap. After all, this particular sub-genre is at its finest when emcees can bring such harsh, difficult stories to life with their words. And to say Pounds does that on “Francis Ford” would be an understatement.
The New York rapper is conflicted not just on the track, but in the video as well. Otto captures this with scenes of Pounds contemplating his life as a hustler and as a father, two hats he wears proudly but, again, with severe conflict. It’s for those reasons that when he spits bars like, “The city’s on fire so I gotta vent/ Make it past twenty’s an accomplishment,” you can feel that mental struggle.
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After building a steady buzz over the past few years, Brooklyn trio PENPALS reveal one of their strongest tracks to date with their new single, “Trip to Peru,” featuring dusty production by Lars Viola.
For those unfamiliar, the PENPALS are rappers Cynic the Apache and Rapswell, with producer Squires behind the boards. And to date, they’ve made waves in the NYC underground and elsewhere with several ill projects, like their 2015 self-titled debut, which was followed-up the following year with, Made for the Underground, produced entirely by Jazz Spastiks (a/ka/ The Slipmat Brothers). With “Trip to Peru,” the group sounds more focused than ever over Viola’s jazzy, piano-heavy instrumental.
In addition to delivering sharp and clever wordplay throughout the track’s verses, Cynic and Swell wisely bring their humor to the chorus as well. Their Wheel Of Fortune-referencing lyrics are as absurd as they are catchy, to the point you’re likely to have “We got it down pat/ Sajak” for the next week (or more).
Give the track a spin, and head over to the digital retailer or streaming platform of your choice to support!
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Producer Bionic drops a new beat tape titled “moRe GRimE” to mark the end of 2017. The 10 track beat tape showcases some cuts that didn’t make his last beat tape “wild nights and Grimy days” and some new gems as well.
The NYC-based world traveling emcee, Timid, connects with underground rap legend Q-Unique (Arsonists) for a lyrically rich, conversation-starting new single, “Who’s To Blame,” bolstered by Skammadix’s strings-heavy production.
Those who have heard Timid’s previous work, including this year’s great “I Love You” single, already know how the New Yorker can get busy on the mic. Whereas that track was definitely more romantic and personal, “Who’s To Blame” is a call for answers and for people to actually admit when they’re wrong without pointing fingers elsewhere.
On Q-Unique’s verse, he details a number of well-known excuses, from music’s influence to parental abuse, given by folks who may be unable to shoulder blame for their own actions. While Timid follows that same lead, he flips the script a bit by rapping like he’s looking someone dead in the eye with lines like, “Or maybe you truly think/ That you’re more deservin’/ And others less worthy/ Which is actually more disturbing.”
“Who’s to Blame” is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms!
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