Supreme Cuts & Haleek Maul further pushing forward in their combined murk rap sound (not THAT kind of “murk”…unless it is self-directed, perhaps) with this project. A certain change of pace from Haleek‘s wrist-slitting Oxyconteen EP, but still very much in a candle lit, wet-walled zone of emotional devastation rap. Some real brow-raising cameos, especially that of Tree (twice times!) and the Green Ova headliners (MondreM.A.N., Squadda B, and Shady Blaze, who appear in their own respective space).
Supreme Cuts and Haleek Maul, joined by Deniro Farrar, are livin’ risky: taking musical risks, health risks, and sociopathic, felonious risks. They also do not care how many kids cry or get hurt during these events. Chrome Lips about to drop.
“The Dummy” (Feat. Deniro Farrar, Produced by Supreme Cuts)
The young god Haleek Maul is busy on his island finishing up two surely ut ridiculoid projects: the Oxyconteen EP and a Mishka-endorsed mixtape with Chi-Town producers Supreme Cuts. This seems to take right off from the previous leak (a syrup’y number by another Chi-Town duo, The-Drum); as a darker shade of youthful angst submerged in barrel-aged introspection and substance abuse. I don’t know what the fuck they’re putting in the water these days? Son is 15 years old, yet he’s far more engaging than the current lot of rap-blog-buzz fodder who are his senior by only a handful of years, probably because he seems to be pretty “anti-trend.” In Maul’s world, screwed-up vocal effects are something demonic, as opposed to a celebration of “dirty Sprite” and styrofoam cups. 808 kits are bubbling subwoofer psychedelia, as opposed to the beating drum of the trap tribe. Finally, son can fuckin’ rap while maintaining an entertaining and/or thought-provoking element, as opposed to just saying randomly cool, hashtaggy shit over a catchy backdrop.
In other words, his age ain’t the subject to throw focus on; here we have a new rapper who shows mega potential in the zone of living out a long-winded career and making worthy full-length listening experiences…all by being honest to his own unique upbringing.
Haleek Maul is on some other plane, to put it simply. Add Chi-Town producers Supreme Cuts to the mix and you really got yourself some poetic, pretty, dark shit. It’s like watching Requiem For A Dream on a black & white television in a cold tomb while on peyote. Heady. Depressed. Kinda beautiful, in a completely fucked up way. Also, Haleek is somewhere in his mid-teens and from Brooklyn. Add that spice to the pot why don’tcha?!
This will be on Supreme Cuts’ Chrome Lips mixtape (out this summer via Mishka NYC and Dovecote), as well as Haleek’s upcoming Oxyconteen EP, out June 14th on Merok Records.