REVIEW: Sundance’s “Midlife Marauders”

 photo SundanceMM_cover_zps39a8d126.jpg When you name your album based on a well known hip-hop album, you’re trying to make a statement. Sundance has done this with Midlife Marauders, a slight look back at A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders but instead waiting until after 12am to find the newness in the music you love, you’re now dealing with the reality of where you’re at now. In this case, midlife can be anything from real life to ones career, taking a look from the outside and trying to understand where you’re at and what to do next.

The vibe of this album feels like something you might hear in a Roots discography, perfectly between How I Got Over and undun, as Sundance tells his story in a very genuine way with little to no metaphors, and it’s somewhat obvious on what he’s talking about. It’s also nice to hear hip-hop that isn’t afraid to sound like it’s older and mature, as if it realized it can’t be 14 forever and wants to celebrate its existence. While the album also features collaborations with Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Theory Hazit, Ozay Moore, Sojourn, Elias, KJ 52, JustMe, Boombox Titans, J Givens, and Khadia Che among many, you can still hear the fact that this is a Sundance project and everyone else also knows it’s his album too.

While the album also has instrumentals to some of the songs, the true album is about eight songs long running at 30, but it’s the perfect length to tell the stories he is successful in taking. Now that we are in the concept of a midlife crisis, Sundance knows that your menstruating heart can’t bleed enough for two, and now he’s trying to find his way into some level of sanity.


AUDIO: Scribbling Idiots’ “S & I”

Cas Metah, ReFlex The Architect and Motion Plus are Scribbling Idiots, and they released a single earlier this week called “S & I” (Illect). To hear what their collaboration sounds like, click above or purchase the song below via Bandcamp. It is the first of a number of singles to be released from them throughout the year, so observe and learn.

AUDIO: Sundance featuring Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Elias, KJ-52, JGivens & Khadia Che’s “Rain”

A few days ago I shared with you a new song by Sundance called “Choose Your Weapon”. Two days later, another song for you from his forthcoming Midlife Marauders album on Illect Recordings, and this one is jam packed with guests. It’s called “Rain”, and along with Sundance it features Cas Metah, Khadia Che, Propaganda, Elias, Wonder Brown, JGivens, and KJ-52. The album will make itself known next week Tuesday.

AUDIO: Cas Metah featuring Shabazz The Disciple & Hell Razah’s “A Stone’s Throw

Cas Metah has a brand new song for everyone to hear, and that alone would be a great reason to just stop and listen. It’s called “A Stone’s Throw but he also brings in two special guests to make it complete: Shabazz The Disciple & Hell Razah. It doesn’t get any better than this.

AUDIO: Scribbling Idiots featuring Red Cloud, Cas Metah, Playdough, Sojourn, Manchild & Jurny Big’s “Victorious”

We are closer to the release day for Scribbling Idiots’ Invitation Only album on Illect, in fact, we are only three days away from the moment of truth. I’ve been posting tracks for the last few weeks and this looks to be like one of the last to get the spotlight before March 11th so have a listen to “Victorius”, which also features Jurny Big, Manchine, Sojourn, Playdough, Cas Metah, and Red Cloud joining in. CD and cassette versions can be pre-ordered by heading to

FREE DL: Cas Metah & Mouf Warren’s “Analog Amazon x Defizit” (EP)

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Bring together Cas Metal & Mouf Warren, and you got a team in hip-hop who are there to impress on the lyrical side of things. Now add Defizit to assist in production, and what you have is a very nice EP called Analog Amazon x Defizit (Illect). Hey, why not throw in Griffin, Blast Mega, EF Cuttin, NomiS, and DJ Sean P to join in on the party? Now you have a recipe for some distinctive, quality rap music. On top of that, it’s free so stream and listen, then get yourself even more familiar by downloading it.

VIDEO: Cas Metah & Wonder Brown featuring Copywrite & Elias”Drowning Man”

Find some elements, combine them and see what happens. That’s what happened here with Cas Metah & Wonder Brown, who put together “Drowning Man” with producer J. Rawls and got Copywrite and Elias into the mix. For the video, Wes Pendleton directed it and added his visual expertise to compliment the music.

The track is from Cas Metah & Wonder Brown’s collaborative album, The Darke Bros. (Illect), which is available now.