VIDEO: World’s Fair’s “96 Knicks”

Director Shomi Patwary was able to capture something never caught on a digital file before: footage of a woman taking a picture of herself. WHAT? That’s how World’s Fair are getting busy with their Black Noi$e-produced track “96 Knicks”, a single representation of what will appear on their forthcoming Fool’s Gold album, Bastards Of The Party, and it’s a nice taste, a mere flavoring.

If you are in NYC for the next week or so, you’ll be able to see and hear this Brooklyn crew perform at the following venues. King Britt will also be at the Queens show.

August 8… New York, NY (Converse Soho Store)
August 9… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg) *
August 17… Queens, NY (Moma PS1 Warm Up) ¥

* = w/ Glassjaw
¥ = w/ King Britt, J. Cole, Darq E Freaker, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire

REVIEW: Kyle Rapps’ “SUB”

 photo KyleRapps13_cover_zps8637b77f.jpg There are very people in hip-hop today that I would say offer a challenging or daring listen, but Kyle Rapps is someone who offers both not as a means to be different, but simply because it feels real to do so. SUB carries its way because of the musical diversity found in each song’s world, whether it may be a deep disco groove, a traditional boom bap track, or something that may be as trippy as a Madlib or Outkast track, where you don’t know if you’re going to fall out of your seat but you’re going to listen because it sounds and feels good. The album carries it way due to how Kyle Rapps raps, where it’s not the same style going through its own variations in each passing song. He’ll get into chopping his vocal style up in a fast fashion, then carry himself like a stoner monarch, but then present himself as a dope lyricist with precise rhymes. Even with a new audio picture in each song, you get a nice full picture of what Kyle Rapps wants to do, and that is simply to flip things without standing in one corner to collect dust or moss. He is as good as the perceived pros, but still has the integrity of that guy down the way who has some studio equipment, a microphone, and knowledge of how to make things good with what he has.

REVIEW: Czarface’s “Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric =”

 photo Czarface_cover_zps037c7392.jpg Wonder Twin powers, activate. Form of some fly shit!

Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric have been creating great hip-hop music for decades and for the first time, they are bringing

their talents togeter as one force. Their unit name is Czarface, and their debut album as a group is easily one of the hot gems of the moment. Personally, Inspectah Deck is up there for me with Method Man, Ghostface, and The Genius as monarchs of the Wu-Tang Clan, and while his solo work was released on a major label, I feel it was released a bit too late in the game. However, that mess-up allowed him to be admired by underground hip-hop heads. 7L & Esoteric are some of Boston’s best, and who thought Esoteric would be doing a full album with the INS? Who dreamed 7L would be on the boards to produce a full album with him? The equation leads to the solution, and what a solution it is.

Musically, this is an incredibly funky album, utilizing the best in jazz, soul, funk, and rock to create a vibe that almost sounds claustrophobic but within that is the sound of freedom. With the comic book-style album cover, one can listen to it as if one is going through the pages of their favorite story, waiting for their heroes to save the way. If you wish to turn these heroes into the saviors of hip-hop, feel free. Inspectah’s rhymes still have the kind of flow and charm that makes him great, and then to have Esoteric as his right hand man just shows that with patience, you can find a way to save the world through words and music. As for that music, it definitely has a 90’s feel to it, back when musical cues offered a chance to not only cite influences, but help become part of the story within the song. You get a chance that everything fits for a reason, and like a family reunion, you’ll find a reason (for things) to belong. You’ll hear samples that may be familiar but haven’t been overused, or samples that will make you go “there’s no MP3 for that on any blog.” Good.

Add to that the special guests: Oh No, Action Bronson, Vinnie Paz, the amazing Roc Marciano, the superfresh Cappadonna and the doper-than-dope Ghostface, and it will make older listeners feel like the era between 1993-1997 kept on going. In truth, it never died, it just went into hiding. Now it’s time for it to rise once more to attack the naysayers.

VIDEO: Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s “Position of Passion”

What would be your position of passion? Dominance? Quiet overseer? Reverse cowgirl? For Mr. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, it may be all or nothing, figuratively and literally. In this video, you may see vibrating ass cheeks. You may see American currency coated in cocaine caressing female crotches. You may see ladies with sexy heels but messed up wigs. Whatever your delight or distraction, you might see it in this video for the song “Position Of Passion”. Slice.