Total Drowning is a compilation put together by a net label who release drone and doom metal, and this one focuses on the old and new. It features music by SOL, Wyrm, AM esper, Outer Nothingness, Ainshval, and Omar Garita, and it’s pretty intense. To sample the tracks that are on it, click the Soundcloud player below. For access to the download of Total Drowning, click here.
When it comes to Washington State, 2Pac said it best that “the west side is the best side”, and when you represent the west side of Washington, you do it by celebrating the UW (you-dub), specifically the Huskies. Had I got my shit together after high school, I would have attended UW and maybe (read “big maybe”) could’ve made something of myself.
But what to do? Get some of Seattle’s best to put down a track that is true to their school, so you have Sol, Geologic of Blue Scholars, and Gregory “Preach” Christine to hook up with producer (and Jollibee fan) Jake One) to put together a song that should be a hot track when the annual Apple Cup comes around. What’s going to be the WSU song, “We Got A Silo & Cheese”? Fuck that. No Cougs, it’s all about saying Go Huskies in this honorable track, “Dawgs In The House”. WOOF!
From Seattle comes an MC by the name of Grynch, and if you haven’t heard him or of him, make an effort to do so by clicking the above track/video. It teams him up with Sol for a song where they talk about “All I Wanna Do”, or in their case “they” do. The song is from Grynch’s new EP, Timeless, and you can hear more of his work by heading to his official Bandcamp page.
In the last few years, people have put too much faith in the term “emo rap”, because it basically means the rapper in question puts a lot of emotion into his rhyme style and lyrics. In other words, being personal, reflective and retrospective is considered too weird in a genre that has been dumbed down by its own applied dumbness. Sol calls the 206 (Seattle) home, although if you feel you know what a Seattle MC sounds like from other area MC’s of the past, push them to the side. Sol kind of has the vocal tone of old Fat Joe mixed in with the vibe of Common and Smif-N-Wessun, but manages to bob and weave through the comparisons and influences to come out sounding like an MC ready to put his skills and talents to the test.
Dear Friends is a 6-song EP that keeps things brief and sample, so you get to hear him and his music, no skits, no fluff, no nutter, no nada. What you do get is someone who lives and loves the music, as he and guest Kush Carter talk about in the soon-to-be-stoner classic, “Music Crazy”. For a slight party vibe, but one that isn’t suffocate the song, you have “Millions”, which is what he seeks but he also seeks true love from his lady who is “my Beyonce, she calls me Jay-Z/my P.Y.T., pretty young thing”. “Never D.I.E.” has an old school feel, but that can be said about the entire EP, although don’t think of the throwback style to be an easy remedy just to get across to a certain audience. It’s more a classic feel than anything, and Sol is a rapper whose lyrics and delivery are worth listening to. He’s not just audio darts to fill the the void during any given time, you want to pay attention to him because you sense he has a lot of respect for hip-hop and the craft of writing.
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