REVIEW: Kristofer Klarke’s self-titled album

Kristofer Klarke photo Kristofer_cover_zps00wtxxpl.jpg Creed Chameleon and Grip H. are together once again as Kristofer Klarke and together, while this may be an 8-song album (RisingSons), this is not a quick-and-easy effort. What makes this work is while brief, it features some witty stories throughout and it’s a chance to know each of them better than before.

A part of me almost hears this the same way I heard the debut album by Lateef & Lyrics Born as Latryx. They both have different styles, flows, and storylines and yet work as if they are of one mind, knowing and understanding that when they are together, there’s a sense of chemistry that works beautifully, especially in the JP-produced “All That Matters”, where they also bring in Jim Hurdle. A part of me wishes that if I had the money to shoot a music video for this, I’d due it tomorrow and you’d see it by the end of the week. Both of them are witty and clever and aren’t afraid to be funny when needed. While I’m someone who expects full length albums (or a longer album), doing a brief effort in a nice way is compact and precise without too much extra fat hanging on the side. Hopefully more people will find out about them, which will hopefully make them listen to them individually to hear what they’re capable of doing on their own. In a better world, “Life Goes” (produced by Neguin Beats) would be an autumn 2015 hit, with everyone dropping their own verses and making their own remixes because people want to be part of their musical chemistry.

FREE MP3 DL: Prie’s “1991”

The album has been long promised and now it’s finally here. Hawai’i’s own Prie has released his street album 1991 and you can download it for free. The album also features help from Kwalified, Jim Hurdle, Lauryn Hi and Decibel Grand. Stream this in full and if you like it, download it for free. Or simply download and have a great listen.

FREE MP3 DL: Klarke’s “Just Klarke”

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He goes by the name of Klarke. His government name is unimportant right now, but what you want to know is that he is simply Just Klarke, and his roots are in Norfolk, Virginia. Some of you may have known him as Grip H. from the G.R.I.P. Squad, but now he’s expanding his scope and going worldwide with his new music, which is well written, well spoken, and sounds like someone who speaks with a greater vision than most. It starts from the internal, motivating through the external with the hopes that it will enter minds before it blinds (overwhelms) and you can’t help but listen and want/demand more. Introduce yourself to Klarke.

AUDIO: Jim Hurdle’s “Southern Aloha” (street album)

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Jim Hurdle is representing Hawai’i with his style of hip-hop, and on his album Southern Aloha he brings on a number of guests to help him out, including Prie, Osna, and Dru Singer. You can take a listen to the tracks, or choose to download it. I wasn’t able to embed the player, so head here to take a listen and download the tracks individually or as a whole.