These write-ups have been a tool that lets people connect with me other than my own music. Ideally, I wouldn’t think like a rapper while covering a song or project. I can’t always detain it. Sometimes the rapper is brought out of me. Of course, tonight’s emcee is none less.
Shout to King Merlino with his full album release. Which is what I notice from the open, it feels detailed. The beats sound like they fit a collective, but not repetitive. The songs possess variety. From the uncompromising Like A Mack, where he doesn’t tell the woman what she wants to hear. It’s a past experience, so his wife obliged to play a role. KM gives you cultural tragedy while keeping it lyrical in Kneel featuring Good DonNIE & HeavensGold. “Niggas could be making the Band, but instead they Drilled off”
He actually gave you warning shots his Golden Era start with Shadow Moon Freestyle. Let’s not ignore “I’m transparent like Bruce Jenner pop.” “Wanna war? Please withdraw your soldiers. Why cuz low key (Loki) I’m something to Marvel over.” One of my favorites is Definition, this one introduced Good DonNie, who produced the entire album. I believe it’s kinda Hip Hop signature to rap about your footwork, so Merlino gave you Fresh Nikes And Shades. Always diversifying his pen, he even rapped on a beat with a sample to something we spit on before. He takes more of a dramatic approach this time with Darkness.
King Merlino expresses that hole in his heart from losing his mother’s physical as a toddler. The state of the environment and what needs to be done to change it bursts through the rhyme. You also find an embodiment of family orientation. There’s also the battle of spiritual warfare. He’s a young OG, for real. A few other appearances include concrete verses spit by 4K Kell, plus, JW The Visionary, backgrounds from Willie_ and the poetic words spoken by HeavensGold for the right seasoning. Most heads from our time wanted to know what your story rhyme was like, Mer got that too, listen to Story Time. Before The Rhyming is what I probably play the most!
I’m grateful of the journey I been able to witness. I wanted to gather my thoughts on this piece, I saved some songs for your surprise. Overall, it’s packed with Hip Hop nutrition. I value the artist’s values. The Kings Circle is already doing NASDAQ numbers on Spotify. So, get to those other platforms and run them up too. Especially Napster, iTunes and Tidal. Thanks for staying up with me. Blessings from Yahweh!
I heavily appreciate all the All Nighters putting good music out there. The independent Hip Hop circuit is the engine to the industry. If you’ve been following the roster over the passed few years, this list is ideal for you. Anywhere you see their music or product, grab it.
King Merlino – Got Something
DNTE – Rothstein Frames
K.Burns x DirtyDiggs – “Death to the Opposition” (Official Video)
Snotty – So Long (Prod. By Bishop)
the deity, V – EEK! Ghouls! Feat. Timbo King (Prod. the deity, V & Rice Master Yen)
Borvoe McMidnite – Could It Be Magic [Official Music Video]
Deebo Mac – Ok Corral (feat. Maddog McGraw)
LUNATIC- JOY & PAIN
Timepiece x Killy Shoot – “4, 5, 6”
My Ex (Video Short) by Glue Hefner ft Mini
00Despo feat. Timbo King & Tek “No Fear” Official Video
Falcon Outlaw – Honda Civic (New Official Music Video) (Prod. By Karnate Beats) (Dir. By R.S.B)
Jamal Gasol- Unapologetic (Official Video)
G FAM BLACK – UNGODLY Prod. By Drill Kid
Norm Regular – Blue Light Special produced x Reallyhiiim
Ali Vegas – “Double Down” (Prod. Sha Money XL)
Bigg Round- Blood (Shot By Isaiah Polk)
Big Rob Da Fat Mack X Fredo Bang – Loyal (Directed By PanicDaPlug)
Focused By Lawless Featuring Gulash
RJ Payne Ft. Ransom – There Will Be Blood (New Lyric Video) (Prod. Vanderslice)
K-Prez & Snowgoons – Shadows ft Solo For Dolo (Video directed by Cortez)
RARE GEMZ (feat. AIDA & Mike Titan)
Peaceful War Lyric Video – Krazy The Real One (Beat. Buckroll Beats)
Patchz x LuGhz – How Far Will You Go
Check It Yo Yoo Yooo! (Explicit) Music Video x Imam T.H.U.G. x V-12 The Blaq Sinatra
Josiah The Gift x Substance 810 – RAW Baby [prod. by Chuck Chan x cuts By DJTMB]
Dot Com Intelligence – Power Divine
Cocareef – Reverse Ethics
Pro Dillinger “Nobody” Ft Beenofficial Lord x Manolo Rose
Jason Griff & Alaska “Rules to the Human Zoo” Twilight Zone video
East Hampton Polo Boys (PANELS X SCORCESE) – Doc Colossus
Jeff $mith – Red Summer
Eddie Kaine x Wavy Da Ghawd – Unlucky
THEREALSKITSO – Mr. T (Official Music Video)
OMERTA (MAGNANIMOUS) VIDEO ⭐ STARING MYALANSKY, BLESSPICASSO AND PURE
Criss Jrumz – Why We Love You
Dot Com Intelligence x Real Tyhim – Power Divine
Jay Holly X Prime – Product (Prod. Vitto_Himself) Official Video
Saigon – No Witness (feat. Benny The Butcher) | Official Music Video
This rap game can be used for many purposes. When executed properly, it brings a good feeling. This community is full of that feeling. I’m happy to hear from the bro again. He brought us a new project compact with audio nutrition.
An ideal arrangement of bars, hardship, plus the balance of relativity. King Merlino remains on the chess board. I wanted to quote a favorite line, then I started to lose count. I was only one track in, Twofifteeenfreestyle. The suspenseful dramatization hosts J. Ford from the 215UFO camp. A warning of the pain you’re in for with Only The Real.
Hip Hop gives us a platform to free the mind. Sometimes you just gotta let it air out. Just Venting reveals the wolves in sheep’s clothing, I’m glad he chose the references he mentioned. The double standard against black America, and he covers his personal issues. We get some blue-collar rap in Making a Man. It’s a deep tear jerker about a difficult upbringing. This will give you the transparency you’re looking for.
Been Solid reminds me of a song from his debut album. He even plugs the title in one of his verses. It’s a more laid back flow, light instruments to emphasize the lyrics. Merlino always aims to inspire in rhyme. We Gotta Do Better is encouragement with tough love. The artist executes human’s achilles heels. So many things we do to contradict self. The narrative is closed with an alerting speech from B.F. Nkrumah.
This is an assortment of moods, touching all kinds of vibes. Merlino is in the pocket with lyrics and giving the crowd something tangible. Not an easy task to complete. The Power cadence is a favorite of mine from the first tune. Through the project, you will hear a lot more. Get your copy, press play, and enjoy.
The King updated me with the new vid. I told ya’ll about that TwoFifteenFreestyle! Now, you get to see the visuals. Load this up on YouTube, and watch through the end.
In a few hours you will be able to purchase this collector’s piece. Thanks to everybody playing the streams and buying the CDs. Now, the record you’ve been waiting for. Big thanks to CocareefRecords for distribution, plus his consistent support.
I also want to thank the talents involved on this project. The emcees: King Merlino, Jamal Gasol, Tripz 456. Theproducers: Ear 2 Tha Beat, Kelby Clarke (Runway MusicGroup), Million Dollar Manny, Fat Sound Records, and KZR Beatz.
About that time again, the streams need more fuel. We got it for you, right here! New entry from North Philly featuring one of our RAN residents. Picturea double layered bridge joining different eras, that's what this song reps. Young bull Killa Khy shows his ear for music selecting a Mobb Deep classic instrumental, Get Away.
The Trauma increases adding the vet, King Merlino. Instead of bragging about the stripes from the streets, it's a seek for better living. Easy to relate and agree with. Most rappers in the generation of Khy would do the opposite. Punchy flow with consciousness of self puts the lob where Merlino needs it.
"They rather own a Draco than be Draco," King refers to heads that are afraid to fight with fists. There are so many one liners, I'd prefer you get it from them. After hearing this, I could tell Spitta Season is still in session. The future of UFO 215 is solidified. We will keep looking for Killa Khy. Though, he sticks out, even in camou.
A must stream at SoundCloud! Repost recommended! Due to the shut down, my prior arrangements gotta be rearranged. So let's keep it Philly tonight... Big Thanks to all supporters, I received my first Hip Hop analysis from Rap Seminar. I get to join the other RAN artists that have had one. Praises to Yahweh!