Everybody keeps dropping projects but a major problem is that they all sound the same these days. Happily I present the following four projects that sound like nothing that’s out and can still fulfill your hiphopian wishes. Buckle up and travel down the road with these amazing dudes yo. The trip is worth it. Let’s ride. . .
Motorcity Merci: Motorcity Maz
Ivy League Crew’s Motorcity Maz is one busy man. These days if he’s not throwing a Motorclub showcase of artists he’s planning the next one. With so much going on in his agenda he’s been building momentum for his awaited project Merci. I personally have been on ten with anticipation for what Maz is going to grace the hiphopian world with. While having his audience on the edge of our seat he’s decided to give a leak of the tape. Though it’s not every jawn you’re going to hear it’s truly enough to know whether or not you’re going to rock with the overall product. Let me say this: YOU WILL ROCK WITH IT HEAVY. If you don’t then you’re a hater, no questions.
Merci (the leak) has some fire production work. It’ll no doubt burn up your eardrums. The hardest part of dropping a 6 song project is to make sure that every joint goes in so people are convinced the whole compilation is legit. Stamp this one heavy for real. With familiar features like CrackKillz, A-minus, and J.Fin you can expect the guest appearances to be phenomenal. Bar wise there are plenty. Maz spits some of the hardest lines I’ve ever heard him deliver on the leak. Literally EVERY song goes in and you won’t feel disappointed no matter how many times you spin it. A big ups is to the balance of it. Even though it’s not the full project there is a harmony in the song lineup and I love that. Listen. Download. Share like you have some sense. You’ll regret to if you don’t.
Concrete Growth Vol. 1: DeRose
I love an underdog, especially one with bark and bite. Often times I live for the very moment an artist with mad ambition but not a range of listening ears drops a treasure in my lap. This is exactly who DeRose is to me. Michigan native with a mission he recently dropped his project Concrete Growth Vol. 1. Real talk, I was hooked just from listening to the intro yo. Rose starts off letting the masses know that regardless of their thoughts he’s made for this. And on the serious tip, I believe him. Alot of spitters make the mistake of taking it easy on their first solid run, but I was too thrilled when I saw Derose came out the gate snapping. But it gets better yo . . .
DeRose hits hard with his bars. Each one packs a Mayweather punch and no matter the subject being spat about there’s no holding back. With the voice of Adam Reverie popping up it mos def makes out to be a smart collab. Rose has an aggressive delivery I found dope and well flowing. I find many spitters think aggression means screaming but this one here seemed to know you can get your point across without a sore throat. The production work is classic street and there are some bangers to be found for sure. There are enough tracks to get the vision but for it to be Vol.1 happily he doesn’t OD on having your attention. If you never heard of DeRose before now’s the time to get up on game. He won’t stop until the recognition is real and if you’re the last to find out it’ll be a shame upon shame. Show love.
Life Off The Grid, Too: Lucy Diamonds
One of my favorite things about hiphop is how versatile it can be. There’s not a set mold to how you’re supposed to sound (though people might try to say there is) and if you do it just right you can create a niche people will rock with. Lucy Diamonds is the perfect example of this idea. He truly is his own spitter and allows his production to show that off. With a background of working with incredible artists that are now on the road to being legendary Diamonds shows that he earned his spot in the game with the best of them. Life Off The Grid, Too is exactly what the title says. I haven’t heard a project quite like it come into my local life. From beginning to end it’s an impressive body of work and dare I say professional? I do.
The fact that Lucy Diamonds has been producing and spitting for 14 years can easily be seen in the embodiment of this project. It’s crisp and calculated very well but the creativity on this is so heavy it’s undeniable. The bars are mad crazy and Diamonds delivery exudes personality. If you tried to categorize the tape it would run next to Childish Gambino as far as style and energy go but it’s still in a league of it’s own. A gorgeous note for true music lovers is that Lucy Diamonds embraces more than one genre in the production of his songs. You can spot out a heavy metal feel in the guitar strings on one jawn and then classic hiphop bass in another. Yet, each joint compliments the one before and after it despite the variety given. Original is exactly what’s given with Life Off The Grid, Too and the work Lucy Diamonds put in shouldn’t be overlooked. Play it, download it yo, and pass it on. A game of telephone couldn’t ruin the greatness in this case.
Bad Sound, Good Quality: Nick Hustle
There’s something special about Nick Hustle’s style. For starters he has this original hiphop thing about him but somehow the new school hugs around it. Unlike others he honestly has his own sound. You can’t listen to his tape Bad Sound, Good Quality and think “Hmm, didn’t Drake spit one of his songs like that?” Nope, can’t be done with this project and that’s something I support as well as celebrate. Unable to be paralleled to his peers and what they’ve shooting out Hustle gave a bit of his heart, a piece of his ego, and most of his head in this tape. With an open ear one can appreciate what he’s doing and perhaps learn a little about him as person. Both are always good to know.
Nick Hustle seemed to give off a Yeezy in the early 2000′s kind of vibe with his bars and delivery. By no means does he sound like him or seem to be a copy but he does have a similar feel to his work. I loved the sampling of old classics on his joints. But despite there being that type of production he always had more current feeling jawns as well which showed that he can flex himself. The way he plays with his words, gives glimpses into stories, and drops his punchlines are pretty slick here or there but there were moments when the delivery could have been stronger. Hustle experiments on this project and there might be some things that tickle your fancy and others that mat not. However, you can’t walk away from a couple spins without finding a good handful you’d like to indulge in. He gives his listeners a little original hiphop rolled into today’s faves all on one project. For a first experience of his music I could salute his efforts because they paid off. Click it. Play it. Know it. And tell somebody. Mama’s orders.