Speaking of MURS AND ROB VIK... No, I didn't make this cover art (next time...)
Anytime I feel myself needing a hip hop education, my approach is to buy (or at least check in with) DJ/Producer projects.
They are uniquely positioned to remind you of dope emcees you forgot about and to put you on to new ones you need to check for.
When I heard that SOL MESSIAH had a new album in the works, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Now GOD CMPLX is out and I bought it yesterday.
Although he was VERY accomplished in the game, I took notice of Sol Messiah as the producer for SA-ROC, one of the dopest emcees out. It's been such a breath of fresh air to find an artist like Sa-Roc and for her to always have beats that are up to her level of rhyming.
Sol Messiah produced a slew of bangers for her that I loved, leading up to her Rhymesayers debut album The Sharecroppers Daughter, which was my favorite album of 2020.
As beatsmiths go, Sol Messiah don't miss. And as a hip hop taste-making exercise, GOD CMPLX doesn't disappoint either.
Besides a healthy dose of Sa-Roc, GOD CMPLX has features with artists I already know and love like KXNG Crooked, Evidence, Stic. Man from Dead Prez, Planet Asia, Murs, Aesop Rock, and the late Zumbi from Zion I.
There's also lots of emcees I SHOULD know and love, but I had to stop and look at the listing to find their names.
For example, I must have listened to the single SOL SUPREME featuring Cambatta a million times today, and I still have not managed to decipher all the dopeness contained therein... "I composed the choir, the notes I spoke is higher Than the vocals of the old Mariah I would die before I ever tell the coach I'm tired..." -Cambatta
Anyways, I definitely recommend getting your hands on GOD CMPLX. It's a great representation of coast-to-coast conscious hip hop that's rugged, layered, and never corny or preachy.
As Planet Asia says on Sun-Dey-School: "Here's the Kicker: I'm labeled as conscious it's true, but don't leave out the firearms and liquor..."
I also copped the Homeboy Sandman deluxe edition of his 2021 banger Anjelitu.
I never got around to copping this joint last year, but this version comes with instrumentals, so my lack of attention span worked in my favor this time.
Sand is an artist's artist who clearly has no interest in being popular, and I love him for it. My favorite track (and the repeater that I couldn't let go of this weekend) is the double-time testimonial Go hard.
The Melanites: SLAY DAY Kickstarter has reached the $2,500 goal, so THE MELANITES #3 will definitely hit fans' mailboxes in early November at the latest. IF we reach $3,000 before the campaign ends (12:01 am October 16), fans will also get a free sticker pack with at least 4 stickers.
The first two issues of THE MELANITES (and the spin-off, ROOTZ) are currently available via the GhettoManga online store in print and instant digital download, if you can't wait until November to see what the comic is all about.
Our friends at Konkrete Comics have a new issue of ODINA on sale! Here's the sales pitch: Odina, a superheroine who abandoned the world of crime-fighting, finds herself back in action in the midst of a battle between Gods and super human Hybrids. Odina must track down a demi-goddess on the loose and stop her before she finds a group of mystical items that will unleash hell on Earth.