It’s crazy that people you see everyday have talents that you would never expect. Ben-Abs just happens to be that guy to me. Whenever he would tell me that he could rap I would just brush it off, like “O.K. If you say so.” It really hit me a couple of weeks ago when we had a meeting with all the people he wanted around him as he his career started. What really threw me for a loop is when his manager told me he was one of the people who played a part in one of DC’s most prominent rappers. Now Ben-Abs isn’t your prototypical rapper. He doesn’t flaunt expensive jewelry; make it know that he always has a foreign joint by his side. The difference with Abs is that he isn’t selling dreams but keeping it real. Last night was my first time in the studio as apart of the Ben-Abs team and I can say I’m thoroughly impressed. The flow is there, he definitely has bars and conceptually he is one of a kind. As the session was winding down, DJ Flexx pops in. He rallied his troops similar to Gerard Butler in 300. The whole vibe was elevated to another level. Man, we are really ready for what’s up next. Just as a fan of rap its dope knowing that you are witnessing an artist start his journey in the game. Now it’s time to see where this journey is going to take him.
.Last night Joey took the stage on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon backed by the legendary band The Roots. He performed a song from his upcoming album B4.da.$$ entitled “Like Me”. This track was produced by J Dilla and posthumously giving to Joey. BJ the Chicago Kid lends his vocals on the track as well. This performance was amazing on all levels. Sonically The Roots added great instrumentation which will be featured on the album. Lyrically you can see Joey’s maturation from his first appearance two years ago on Fallon’s Late Night Show. This performance served as a preview to what B4.da.$$ has to offer and if it is anything like the performance we are in for a treat. The link to the performance is below and be sure to support the project when it drops Jan. 20
Over the past week Logic released the cover art for his debut LP “Under Pressure” and earlier today he announced via his twitter account that it will be released on Oct. 21. For those who don’t know, Logic is a Maryland based rapper who is a refreshing face to the rap game. I have high hopes for this project simply because of his previous work and the artwork for the LP just looks like we are going to be laced with lyrics from this youngster.
Also, MMG rapper Stalley annouced he has a project coming out this fall as well. The Ohio rapper was on the The Breakfast Club last Friday to announce the release date and album title. The LP is entitled “Ohio” and is set to be released on Oct. 28. This LP is going to be a good based on his previous projects and in my opinion he delivers the best lyrics in the Maybach Music Group. Artwork for Logic’s project is above and link to the Stalley’s interview.
The MMG rapper Wale is back with a new installment of his Seinfeld based series. This project will be the first album of the series entitled “The Album About Nothing.” I’m excited to see that Wale is going back to About Nothing series being that they brought him to the top and it doesn’t hurt that “More About Nothing” was my favorite Wale project. On Monday he released a trailer for the album and a new song with Jeremiah “The Body”. A release date was not giving but it is expected to drop this Fall. Links to the song and trailer are posted below.
On this past Saturday Issa Gold of The Underachievers rap duo released his first solo project as an Ep entitled ” Conversations With A Butterfly”. The EP includes eight tracks that keeps you thinking throughout the project. The timing of this project is interesting because it is a few days perform the Underachievers are set to release their debut album “The Cellar Door” on August 12. The UA have all the potential in the world with how they flow effortless over beats and i can’t wait to see where it takes them.
After hearing Statik Selektah’s on a vast majority of Pro Era’s work I instantly started vibing to his 90’s feel. Then i saw him mix it up at the Smokers Club Tour and at that time I knew this man was dope. This morning via twitter he released his track list for his upcoming project “What Goes Around” set to drop on August 19th. The project has some dope features including Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Bun B, Joey Bada$$ and Pos of De La Soul just to name a few. This album is laced with rappers to match Selektah’s nostalgic feel which some turn out to be a great project.
After a little fiasco with the law Wiz dropped his new tape “28 grams”. Wiz was arrested bin El Paso after a TSA agent found his stash of weed.This tape is a prelude to his new album “Blacc Hollywood” which is set to drop later on this summer. I personally liked this tape because I feel that Wiz is trying to reinvent himself as a trap rapper to break away from the stigma that he is a mainstream rapper and the cover art is simple but dope. All in all it was a dope tape. The production was dope even though it was a lot of remixes & samples and DJ Drama was a good DJ to preside over the tape. It can be said that it was your typical Wiz project laced with ganja references but if you take away anything just address him as Trap Wiz from here on out. Below is the link to the tape