Tony – Mr Yellow Balaclava x Kheyzine

What It Sound Like?

Time to reopen our doors to someone who impressed us with bold creative artwork.  You saw what he can do on Galesi Brescia, added to our wall  last year. We're glad to have another piece from Mr Yellow Balaclava. After his project with Robert Deniro, the follow up features beats by Kheyzine. A transcending producer based in France. I love the international connection, so far.

UK, France, and USA brought together by Hip Hop. Interesting to hear the Boom Bap influence out of Europe. Slickster, Bless Picasso spits over the triumphant instrumental to set off the album. Things get a bit more dramatic during Castro's Reject, a gritty solo by Mav Montana. That money motivator comes along with a another visit from Lunatic. Lun, General Get Cake, and Stuck B break bread on Manny.

Following an English verse by Reindeer, we have some French rap dialect flipped by Bonkar Jones and D.I Barbes Clan. The dynamics keep increasing, right? To further feed your entertainment factor, drops by Lupus Dei, Killy Shoot, and General Back Pain.  Three poplulars at RAN of 2018. Experience vibes from singles to game time, outside. Tony is mostly a hardcore, Boom-bap project. Includes the right amount humility for balance.

Salutes to this international team, get your version at Bandcamp. Thank you, all supporters. May the Lord keep blessing you!

It’s A Dirty Game – Jamal Gasol x Lil Eto

What It Sound Like?

(ODB Voice) "Thought yah wasn't gon see me?"  Already know I had to touch this heater. Despite the release date, good music is timeless. I'm continuing tunes I wanted to write  about towards the year end. As I catch up, you'll be pleased to hear Jamal GasolLil  Eto, and V Don! All artists we're fans of at RAN. 

Jamal has branched out to multiple producers in  the circuit over the past couple years. Though, the sounds vary, Gasol  keeps the wheel in his lane. Providing the audio pack, Eto rides with him along the four track EP. Nearly every step of the way is scored by V Don. In a short matter of minutes he covered so much in tempo, harmonics, and melody. Full course meal for the emcees to devour.

 The self titled tune is well selected for an opening song.                                                                                                                                                   Beat and  vocals have a sense of controlled aggression. Mr 31 and Lil E exchange verses of street knowledge. A strong way to navigate the project.  Only God Knows steps out the box with Patois  narratives further decorating the Gasol painting. My first memory of this Rochester - Niagara team up is Statistic. As I stated, V Don handled nearly every step of the score. Eto displays veteran production skills, plus the  signature verbals. Jamal at the time was developing a new burst of energy, and you could here it is his verses. 

A feel good tune, that joint you gotta go back to from time to time. IADG closes with a solo from the Piff Man. The transition to music from the block bleeds through Eyes On The Prize. Listen to what the artist's adjustments have been like. Of course, you only get in glimpse by way of art. Let's be grateful they were able to make it through. 

Digital versions of the EP are still available. With that said,  biggups to the team for selling all physical copies! Thank everyone for  their  patience and genuine comments. More prayers of blessings for all!  

INSIGHT ON-SITE / Deuce Hennessy x Chuck Chan x Kil

What It Sound Like? 

Getting ready for a new week. Always looking forward to opportunity. Before we advance, let's get into one more #HomeTeam chapter. Deuce  Hennessy merge with double headed producer, Chuck Chan and Kil. An interesting approach.

 All vocals by way of Deuce, so we get a cycle of his personality. Let alone, a few vocal samples. The combined production of Kil and Chan is quite instrumental. Collectively, the entirety of each track is strong. Instead of one overwhelming plug in. They are laid back, mirroring the West New York artist.

 A great portion of this piece is revealing. He patterns his style with  compound rhymes, rarely relying on single ended bars. Many witty  cadences pierce through the rough mold of past hardships. Fear or  Respect gives you an idea of why he mentioned depression in Overthinking. One of my favorite emcees, used rap as his cure and landed a record  deal with the biggest label in our culture. Joe Budden battled similar issues and became very successful with Def Jam. Flows are different, but not a bad example of aspiration. Opposition is embraced on joints like I Know They Hate Me and Dish To Pass. The tone shifts, sound of victory is more noticeable. The liveliest beat was saved for last. Deuce goes back in with the bars on Elder Statesman. Standing his ground as a true lyricist.

 I like when projects close with lyrics and heavy percussion. It's like a  cliffhanger leading to a new movie. This album is play list material,  already in mine. Add it to yours. Thank the readers and other talents that support the support. Most High blessings to you and yours! 

The Balance Of Man – Killy Shoot x Free Mind

What It Sound Like?

Back from the Midwest, pardon my absence. Thanks for checking on  me, though. I had some family matters to attend. God is good, we here now.  There are a few albums from the end of last year I wanted  to get to. So, let's start getting caught up!

Killy Shoot is RAN family, all day. Basically got his own key. As an emcee, he is very cerebral. Not to confuse you with Bugzy Nino who appears on this piece. Killy attacks from multi-angles at once. I have noticed layers of growth in his style. Which gives ultimate meaning to the album's name. A story of stories told in rare art form. From playing throwback video games immediately onto another extreme. That moment when child innocence is fading.

Entirely keyed by supernatural producer, Free Mind. Los Angeles is a city of diversity, Free emits such through his tracks. Example, people often would say they want a West Coast track, with intentions of it sounding like Dr Dre. Our hero is not stereotypical at all. These are more mellow, jazz vibes. The drums become aggressive at times. The type of beats any region could rap on. 

As I noted, Supreme Cerebral tags up with Killy, once more for a deadly dose on ThePeril!  They, again prove to sound good together. Another person Big  Shoot sounds good with is Hometeam member, General Back Pain. The Jects has a single sound to it. The beat makes you stop what you're doing, then they spit bars of heat.

Only two rap features, by chance everyone Ill Kill reached out to is from Cali. I just peeped that. Killy proceeds the tour of his upbringing with Blacktop. Unfortunate tragedy resulted in a talented athlete's career and goals cut short. Shine A Light is touching, and lyrical. A close that ignites Hip Hop taste buds.

Keep sharing the project with all your socials, and lookout for more from these talents. Also get used to Hometeam. Thanks for the love and support out there. I pray Yehshua blesses you!

 

Angel Madness – Cocareef x Wiildcat x Onaje Jordan

What It Sound Like?

Let's keep the family energy going. In the expanding world of Hip Hop people often get the foundation twisted. They misuse terms and associate actions that are not really part of our culture. Which is why I wanna biggup Cocareef for doing things the right way. He is involving his talented children in his movement. Here's an emcee that stays original and keeps concepts flowing.

Already a good ear for tunes, Reef spits from the heart, setting the example for the youth. Younger daughter, Wiildcat takes a piece of the action with sounds from Onaje Jordan. She backs up the 7th Angel adding another element to chorus and adlibs. Wiildcat gives us a fraction of her range leaving the listeners looking forward to more.

Coca doesn't go to the stu to drop something average. Dealing with fire tracks from Ak, you're inclined to think outside the box. The instruments certainly motivate you to put your best foot forward. Then, you have Lajik gathering all the pieces with his precise mixdown.

 More people are feeling the fever of The Diaz Brothers, and they should. Add this smoker to your digital playlists. Thank you for supporting our artists and site. I appreciate all the comments and want the grace of God for each of you!

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