Emcee Allen Poe is yet another underrated emcee from the Kentucky area, I swear every time I turned around this man was releasing something. Life hits hard and it hit Allen Poe too and that’s where the EP “Composure” was born. Since the last time we heard from him Allen, he’s transitioned out of his government job and moved to a house in the woods in Kentucky.
Always personal Allen Poe on “Compsure” is no different, we can hear his love for hip-hop, his community and his family. The production done entirely by Beatnick Dee is jazzy, full of samples and fits the mood Poe is painting lyrically. You can stream “Composure” boosting features from Versailles the Everything, Deacon the Villain, Castle and others below. I’ll be reviewing this soon so keep it locked here on Dead End Hip Hop.
Allen Poe hooked up with Brown Bag Allstar Producer/DJ Deejay Element for this new joint EP. The EP was premiered on DJBooth. The EP touches on work ethic and believing in self to achieve creative goals to “get yours.” On ‘Still Eatin’ you’ll find featurs from Stik Figa, Devine Carama, Jermiside, and J. Manifesto. The EP is a digital only release via Soulspazm Records. Check out the stream below and hit up iTunes to cop.
Listen/Buy: Allen Poe x DeeJay Element-Still Eatin
Though it’s not spelled out as a conceptual album, How Gardens Grow was put together sonically and topically in a way that illustrates the growth a person goes through from early 20’s through early 30’s.
Beats and rhymes were Versailles, Kentucky based MC Allen Poe’s sports and video games growing up. Poe started out recording by overdubbing tapes in his bedroom in the mid 90s. Now a husband, father, son, veteran, videographer and MC, Allen Poe’s love for wordplay and poetry has necessarily grown to accommodate all the situations and thoughts that arise.
Listen/Download: Allen Poe-How Gardens Grow
Though Symmetry & Shade is a 3 track concept EP, capturing the upside and hope a man feels at the start of a relationship, followed by the collapse of a failed relationship (Symmetry). The last track is grimey (Shade) and captures the dismayed reflections of the man who has relinquished himself to being obscure and alone and given up on love altogether, writing his experiences with love off as being a misunderstood man.
Download: Allen Poe-Symmetry & Shade