Here we are, seven weeks deep into #DOOMpeerREVIEW, my YouTube-based music video show, and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The last couple of weeks have been absolutely star-studded in terms of central Texas talent, with videos featured from a long list of the homies : Abuzayed the Free, SCDS, Dr. Bobby Banner MPC featuring Muggzy Flowz and No1mportant, A Better Tomorrow, The Teeta, Magna Carda, DdotElles, emcee eats, League of Extraordinary G’z, Parking, Evolve featuring Deacon the Villian and Junclassic, Sertified, JMAC the Dragon featuring Aye Cue / Frank Villa / CA The Commoner, Norman BA$E feauring Prophet Ski and another DdotElles appearance, J Souljah with BLakChyl, Robot Jones, Melat, Retr0gRaDe and myself all appear in this run. Subscribe to DOOMtubeATX on YouTube if you’ve not already, leave likes, comment your favorite videos, and share these episodes around for everyone to enjoy!
Every time that Hill Country Fair rolls around, I get to thinking about bands like F@mbly. This San Marcos-based outfit, made up of members of other projects and solo artists that all shared a common vision, rocked many a stage and party during the hey-day of the San Marcos music scene, and as the Hill County Fair became the institution that it is today, their reunion shows for the event became something to look forward to. This year, the crew will not be rejoining (on the stage, anyway), so in order for their energy to not be completely missed, Emcee Eats shared a recording of a practice session for one of the band’s popular stage numbers, I’m coming home. Hearing the band in raw, measured form, rather than their all or nothing stage style, is a refreshing look into their process and the way that the members all gel. Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it with someone that used to hang around back in the day… let them know you miss them and you’re thinking about them.
Over the past decade, Emcee Eats has been realizing a musical vision in the form of Lakshmi’s Lament. During this time, it seems that Emcee Eats has been exploring the divide between his inherently abstract approach to hip-hop versus the ‘fundamental’ and more traditional styles, especially in light of one of the most forward-pushing eras in terms of hip-hop style, influence and popularity. With the help of several producers (SK the Greatest, Adam Hilton and Alex Balentine), lyrical assists from StormShadow and Black DaVinci, and an artistic collaboration with Bryan DeLaGarza, plus a Sat Nam by Kate Balderas, it feels like Eats has created an instant classic. I’ve always been a fan of his work, but the growth and maturity shown in this project is purely unrivaled in terms of Austin artists. If you need a bit of inspiration or spiritual healing, check out this project, and spread it around so others can do the same.
Emcee Eats was far and away one of my favorite avante garde, abstract artists in the central Texas area for years, but these days, he’s going for a more nostalgic sound, and I’m 100% on board for that as well. His latest track, Dissolution, is a collaboration with singer Adam Hilton constructed on top of a monstrously soulful beat from master producer SK the Greatest. Eats and Hilton help stack soul on soul, spilling their hearts out on this heartfelt track. Definitely check it out, leave a comment and/or a like, and share it around so others can do the same!
Gayatri Shakur was the jam when I first posted about it, so it brings me great joy to announce that Emcee Eats and STORMSHADOW decided to lace us with a visual element for this jam. Not only did these guys make a great looking video (both in terms of production value and location), but the approach matches the lyrical energy perfectly… meditations on self in the midst of real world interaction. While that may not be the message of the track (or even their intent), I picked up that vibe heavily from the track/video combination, and it makes me that much happier to share it with all of you. Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so others can do the same!
If you want bars with depth and inspirational content, look no further than Emcee Eats and the company he keeps. He recently enlisted fellow enlightened MCs StormShadow and SK the Greatest, and over an SK production, the trio has created Gayatri Shakur, a song that my words cannot serve proper justice for. The best thing I can say about this track is that it is sure shot listen material, and will soon become a member of my DJ set regular rotations. Dig this one and dig it good.
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.
It’s another one from Emcee Eats, and this time he’s taken a classic underground beat (props if you can name it) and repurposed it into a tale about understanding the power of lineage. Connect to kin is a call for listeners to embrace the fact that blood is thicker than water, and to make sure that time is spent with those that should matter most to you. With the holidays rapidly approaching, that’s a message we should all take to heart, so props on Emcee Eats for addressing it with the urgency needed.
One of my alltime favorite central Texas creative minds is emcee eats, hands down. Dude is an amazing painter and an unparalleled wordsmith. Whenever he drops new music, it’s all hands on deck, as it deserves attention each and every time. His latest single and video, Lakshmi, wonderfully captures the emcee eats vibe.. it’s DIY, yet it’s oozing creativity and ideas on a much higher level. Wonderful imagery over a solid song.. that’s all we can really ask for. This one is supposedly going to see the light of day on an upcoming collaborative mixtape with StormShadow titled Rare Ingredients, so we should all be on the lookout for that future dopeness.