FREE DL: PremRock’s “Who Art In Nada”

PremRock released a new EP yesterday and it’s called Who Art In Nada. The EP (it’s technically “album length” but being promoted as an EP release) features a few remixes from people like Willie Green, Uncommon Nasa, Dr. Quandary, and Zilla Rocca among others. The album is free of charge but definitely use the “Name Your Price” option to show some support.

The album is also being promoted with a video for the song “Rod Stewart” and is the track about ol’ Roderick? Find out and see where PremRock takes you.

REVIEW: Uncommon Nasa’s “New York Telephone”

 photo UncommonNasa_cover14_zps720b0f5f.jpg This is a good hip-hop album because Uncommon Nasa goes all over the place musically and lyrically. I don’t mean he’s rapping offbeat or just saying things that are random or abstract in a Cappadonna fashion, but it reminds me of a time when Kool Keith, Jungle Brothers, and J-Zone could come up with a wide assortment of different things and it would take the listener to find a way to tie it all together. Uncommon Nasa takes things back to a certain place and time with New York Telephone and with a title that refers to a dead technology, it sets you into the world when all hip-hop seemed endless and fearless.

It feels like a basement album, the type of music you can sense was written in the kitchen or basement, writing everything down with rough drafts down by his feet, only for him to be surrounded by the equipment and get deep into the project. It feels like an album we all used to fall in love with because while it had a raw feel, it sounded perfect. Just to be able to hear a drum snare here, a bass stab there, and a cowbell that would make you go “I KNOW WHERE THAT CAME FROM!” is what made your day, week, or month. “1999 seems like a long time ago” is what he talks about in “Feedback Loop”, where he reflects on what life was like before 9/11, and how it felt as if his youth ended that day, or at least it was a way for him and many others to grow up when they weren’t ready.

Even if some of the tracks may come off as spontaneous, there is a continuity throughout, one that has Uncommon Nasa merely saying “stay with me and ride to the finish line”. There may not be a direct moral to the story, it may be an assortment of stories but perhaps reaching the finale, it’s about experiencing something in full, knowing that you felt good and want to put that in your back pocket to enjoy it again.


 photo PremRockIllCDE_cover_zps7519ed17.jpg First off: normally I have a weekly Bandcamp Suggestions but it seems at the end of the year, I’m always packed with not only new music to listen to, but to write about. At least that’s the excuse I’m coming up with, and I’m sticking to it. However, I had heard about this track about half a month ago and have delayed listening to it but when I did, I thought “that is what I have to let people know about it”, thus why I am highlighting it as my Bandcamp Suggestion of the week.

It belongs to PremRock, who collaborated with producer Ill Clinton for a very nice track called “Deaf Ear”, which you shouldn’t have upon listening to it because you will not be able to hear it. The song will appear on Ill Clinton’s forthcoming project due out on January 14th called The Illvolution, so preview this now, and you will definitely be getting more in about four weeks.

FREE DL: PremRock & Talpas’ “Saxophones Play”

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PremRock tells me this collaboration with Talpas happened when he was in the Czech Republic and met up with producer Talpas. One thing lead to two things, then four, and more, until they had an album, which they’ve called Splendid. It will be released through the Everydays label on September 15th so to get you familiar with what the album is like, please have a listen to “Saxophones Play”, which is jazzy and laid back, perhaps just the way you like it.

BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Willie Green featuring PremRock, Zilla Rocca & Mad Dukez’s “Fasho Fasho! (Remix)

 photo WillieGreenFF_cover2_zps32c7ac1a.jpg Is it sleazy, is it dank, is it raw? You can’t judge a book by its cover, but if the cover art for this remix of “Fasho Fasho!” is meant to be a metaphor of sorts, then interpret it as you wish. Willie Green is at it again and this time with Mad Dukez, Zilla Rocca, and PremRock found within the system, you know these guys are up to some trouble. Call it a downtown groove, call it a downtown move, call it what you want, but definitely call it nice.

VIDEO: PremRock’s “Singapore”

If PremRock’s album honoring the music of Tom Waits, Mark’s Wild Years, wasn’t enough for you, a video was made for one of the songs. This one is called “Singapore”, where you’ll watch him move from the deep gut of the inside to the realities of the outside world. Or something like that.

As for that album, my review can be read by clicking here.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Willie Green’s “Days Of Future Past” (street album)

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“Breathe deep…”

No, this is not a reference to The Moody Blues album, but Days of Future Past is a brand new product from Willie Green, and this one is packed with some nice tracks and beat excursions, a total of 38 songs in total. Whether it’s a view of tracks featuring other rappers or explorations of his beat genius, this is one that serves as a decent street or beat album, but also as a “resume tape” of sorts, including a few gems you might be familiar with, including the great “Diary Of A Dreamer” featuring PremRock.

It’s free for the taking, so stream and listen if you like, and if you really like, download it in the format of your choice.

REVIEW: PremRock’s “Mark’s Wild Years”

PremRock PremRock‘s Mark’s Wild Years is an album that takes the music of Tom Waits and chops it up in hip-hop form to create a set of songs that unite both styles in the most perfect way. Just as Waits’ music touches on the fabric of America, PremRock uses his style to tell stories in a fashion that is made more effective with the backdrop of Waits. Some of the tracks utilizes the stories of Waits while others are of PremRock’s own doing, but each talk about the struggles of life, the complexities of being and in truth are the perfect display of modern storytelling done in the best and most effective way: through music.

By the time the album reaches the end, you feel like you fully understand where PremRock is coming from, or at least fully understand a chapter or two from his songbook and what he meant to express to you for this project. What moved me the most is that this is storytelling, not bullshit words over bullshit music, this is part of a template that was once treated with respect. Allow me to let you know why this template is one that still works, and why in a better world, this would be a great example of how to do hip-hop in a proper fashion.