As spring in the northern hemisphere is wrapping up, The Audible Doctor is continuing his Seasons series of EP’s with a new release called The Spring Tape so check him out with a bit of help from Kingpin, Has-Lo, Wordsworth, Davenport Grimes, Tragedy Khadafi, and Masta Ace.
If you didn’t know, Has-Lo and Castle has a new album on Mello Music Group called Live Like You’re Dead so as you’re living/dying, you may/may not want to take a listen to one of its songs, “Famished”. Safe to say, it’s best that you be alive to take a listen, it wouldn’t be helpful if you’re unable to smile after checking it out. Pat Murray directed this one.
Live Like You’re Dead is more than an album title, but how can one possibly live when they are deceased? We don’t know how Castle and Has-Lo manages, but perhaps there’s a bit of a meaning in that statement. You can listen to one of them in their new video for “Good Feelings”, which sounds more positive.
As a candy bar once said, two great things can definitely taste great together, but what happens if it pertains to rappers and it’s a combination of three rappers? How about four? Now let’s make it five, could you handle it? You have to, as Apollo Brown has given a “Cellophane Cypher”, where he wheels up Ras Kass, yU, Cavalier, Quelle Chris, and Has-Lo for an intense song for all senses.
Mello Music Group are releasing a new track, a collaboration between Has-Lo and Castle that will be a part of their album due on July 29th (a month from now) called Live Like You’re Dead. From it comes a song called “D.L.S.”, which will make you wish more mainstream hip-hop was on this level. You can also thank producer Arcka for putting this juicer together.
“Go To Work” is a song from a forthcoming collab album between Has-Lo and Castle. Of course, Mello Music Group is going to handle this one, and this one will be called Live Like You’re Dead. It will feature 14 tracks, packaged in cover art designed by Dewey Saunders,
Todd Shaw is the real name for rapper Too $hort, but did Castle honor Too $hort in this track he did with Has-Lo? Maybe it’s an integrity thing, which Castle and Has-Lo both have. You can stream this baby and if you are feeling this, download it for free.
I remember once time I had posted something in my Twitter timeline that said “life is Todd Shaw”, so perhaps that vibe can be felt in this song. Honor greatness.
Time for some action? Yes it is, and Castle has some “Live Action” to offer you here, produced by Has-Lo. The song will be surfacing in a proper fashion on the forthcoming Mello Music Group album Return of the Gasface (The Has-Lo Passages), with March 18th set as its release date (vinyl and CD pressings will surface about two weeks later).
Hip-hop albums these days are almost a dime a dozen, or if anything, you have to dig much deeper to find the music that you know you’ll love, and not love it just because the masses are into it. L’Orange & Stik Figa represents the type of hip-hop that is harder, crisper, and for all intents and purposes, what people would call “the dope shit”. Here, that dope shit is called The City Under The City (Mello Music Group) and it comes from writing and saying lyrics and words that sound like they’re life experiences, not something that is meant to be hashtag rap or nothing but a massive list of keywords. They are diary entries from the pages of one Stik Figa, showing how he is more than just a figure in the shadows and a human with emotions and concerns that will touch those who enjoy tight flows, puzzle schemes, and the transformations of concerns to dreams. Producer L’Orange sketches out his path while creating diagrams for Stik Figa’s lyrics and together they create something that sounds like something they worked together, and not just something that was thrown or dropped into a studio and “just add water”. One of the best moments on The City Under The City is when Rapsody stops in to share advice in “Before Midnight”, but cameos from Open Mike Eagle, 7evenThirty, and Has-Lo are great listens too. This is about hard times understanding there is much better around the corner, even if that corner seems like an endless circle. Even underneath the concrete, there is life when it is sought.
Mello Music Group are easily one of the most busiest labels out there today, and for me, I always anticipate what they’re about to release next. Here is that next: a compilation album called Mello Music Group Mandala Vol. 1: Polysonic Flows, to be released digitally on January 28th, with hard copy on February 4th. The album will feature material from yU, Dudley Perkins, Has-Lo, Blueprint, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Open Mike Eagle, John Robinson, Mr. Lif, Akil The MC, and Oddisee, who decided to share one of his contributions to the album with “Invislble Walls”, which you may download for free.