Strong character and an independent spirit are a good look on anyone, but as a young man, that goes double for me when present in a woman. Apparently, Apaso and Kree 23 hold similar beliefs to me, as they recently joined forces with Aimsta and director Greg Wallace of AGWF to bring the single Chingona to life. The track, produced by the homie Progeny, is a banger in the vein of the mid to late 1990s, when songs made in tribute to the power of the feminine mystique were a bit more present and prevalent in the culture. Both MCs manage to craft creative and visual bars that convey their visions of what defines Chingona, while Wallace has fun with the visuals by blending old school looks and transitions with new school elements like emojis, used as a shorthand to further drive home the lyrical points being made. This one has summer jam written all over it, so give it a like, leave a comment, and share it around for others to do the same!
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Tagged agwf, aimsta, apaso, chief, chingona, greg wallace, hip hop, kree 23, progeny, san antonio, the doomsday device
These days, the members of Chisme may not be in the same location, but that’s not stopping they’re individual creative drives. R.E.L., for example, is still keeping his verbal blades sharp, and some production assistance from Bryan Hamilton has led to the impending release of SUMMER HEAT. In order to prepare us for the new project, the duo has released a pair of lead singles… the mellow banger PURGATORY, and the slightly off-kilter funk of It’s Fresh Outside (featuring guest bars from Apaso). If these two songs are any indication of the quality of SUMMER HEAT, I think we’re all in for something special… check out these singles where you download or stream music, and keep an ear open for the full project!
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Tagged apaso, bryan hamilton, chief, chisme, it's fresh outside, purgatory, r.e.l., summer heat, the doomsday device
Kilmatik continues his efforts to push left of center into the norm. Regular 2 finds our host spitting the same off-kilter on-point bars that he’s known for, and this time, he’s brought a wrecking crew of collaborators to the table. With guest verses from Click-Clack, Emcee Eats, Robbie Analog, Mad One, Tone of the Cosmos, Cooley Fly, Apaso, Ruler Why and Norman Ba$e, it’s no surprise that the album holds the listener from track to track in terms of variety and wordplay. Production assistance is provided from Markie Tee, HADES, and White Jamal (plus a Kilmatik track for good measure). This is definitely more moves in the right directions from a man continuing to make a name for himself.
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Tagged apaso, chief, click-clack, cooley fly, emcee eats, hades, kilmatik, mad one, markie tee, norman ba$e, regular 2, robbie analog, ruler why, the doomsday device, tone of the cosmos, white jamal