ST 2 Lettaz‘ solo EP is here. As the title suggests, this is a slice of a more revolutionary cake: content, obviously, and the progressive stance of the music (which is where most fail, seeming to have missed the entire point of Public Enemy). Instead of faltering to cliche in full-out militancy (again, never will work as well as it did for PE during their prime), 2 Lettaz, while being forward in his world views, maintains a more observational, “looking out my window” perspective on the ill-concocted social and political cancers that plague the masses of folks living out a similar existence of multiplex struggle. Features SMS team mates Zilla, Slash, and Kristmas, while The Block Beattaz make Huntsville, Alabama seem like Neo Tokyo with those soaring backdrops.
G-Side and (the artist still known as) John Turner Jr. are a scary sight! No, but they are a well-oiled machine when put together to let their respective creatives flourish. Turner is in the director chair for this one as the trio gives us a short glimpse into G.
Bonus: The good folks over at Steady Bloggin’, who happen to be purveyors of only the most top-shelf in Chopped & Screwed outings, recently dropped a project featuring nothin’ but G-Side joints that have taken on said top-shelf properties, as treated by Trappadon. As if their music wasn’t already heady enough.
G-Side gives us the first release from off of their next album, The G. A return to the more outer-atmospheric, country rap tune’age that which has become the G’s signature sound, as revolutionized by The Block Beattaz. Now this really, really IS some country rap tune’age…damned great at that!
G-Side “Peanut Butter Leather” (Produced by The Block Beattaz)
We had G-Side return to BK to further cement that “second home” feeling with a two-night live experience (we’re not just a blog, ya know)…and damn, did they leave their stamp on the minds of friends and fans alike! I mean really. First was a block party-gone-inside show at a ping pong and artspace in Williamsburg…then a loft rager in Bushwick (their first official house party performance). Two different worlds, meet the G’s…and vice versa.
The following is from the latter, held at the Slumerican loft (what up Newport!). I was somehow elected to be the DJ for the Huntsville duo…and it was nothing short of a pleasure (as you can see by my random, in-the-moment facial expressions). More footy on the way too!
Huge huge huge familial shouts to G-Side, CP, Mali, the whole SMS, Ballers Eve, Slumerican, Steady Bloggin’, Dirty Glove Bastard/Bedford-La Brea-Biscayne, BBOX Radio, Mike Machinist, the rest of our PTP fams who put in work, and everyone who came through. Couldn’t have done it without any of you.
Double Bonus: A new burner from the G’s with fellow Slow Mo crime partners, Kristmas and Bentley. You will definitely notice the continued shift toward harder-edged production (read: “trap rap”…as prefaced with “Meta Peace” and Clova’s “Murder”), yet even without a backing of ethereal trunk funk grandiosity (that which headlined both the Cohesive and iSLAND albums), this still maintains a uniqueness with their patented mold of nu-UGK working chemistry and higher echelon lyricism.
Us Fresh Out The Box / Purple Tape Pedigree boys, in conjuction with our family Ballers Eve, Dirty Glove Bastard, & Steady Bloggin’ (as we are the NEW MOB), are putting on a FREE show with G-SIDE and The Block Beattaz this Thursday, June 21 (as part of BBOX Radio‘s role in Make Music NY‘s all-day street fest/block party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
While the block party starts outside at 346 Metropolitan Ave…come 7:30pm, we take things inside at PiPs (table tennis & art space, 158 Roebling) for the Huntsville, Alabama superduo and DJ sets by the super producers (for those who can’t make it in person, it’s gonna be streamed live as our episode of FOTB).
After all that, Big Christmas (Karaoke Killed The Cat‘s own Lord Easy and Chris Goldteeth) and Tecla (the night’s finisher) follow.
P.S. And on Friday with OTHER special guests at the Slumerican (yes, care of Yelawolf‘s Slumerican imprint) loftspace in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Cheap entry, early show (use this as your Friday night jump-off), cheap dranks, backyard space, dope DJ’s and rappers.
G-Side were recently overseas moving at the speed of…well, you know by now. While in Sweden they were asked to wreak havoc over this year’s midwestern public high school prom anthem. And ’nuff havoc was…well, you know.
“I Don’t Like Freestyle”
BONUS: Another video emerges of the G’s in Sweden. This time taking on the Harry Fraud-produced thang for them two non-tan boys.
G-Side with a new burner that triggers those harder-edged “trap” sensibilities (see: epically synthesized horns and the sputter of hi-hats set to “fully-auto”). Kudos to the reinterpretation of a certain NBA loose cannon’s (new) government. So far, this joint is only available off of Strictly 4 The Traps N Trunks 33…but this is the NO DJ version.
Deniro Farrar continues his shared lab time with Shady Blaze and ST 2 Lettaz…but now unites the two Green Ova and Slow Motion Soundz rhyme sayers, respectively, on one big cloud-country, “keep the faith” rap huddle.
Deniro Farrar “43 Hours” (Feat. Shady Blaze & ST 2 Lettaz, Produced by Ryan Hemsworth)