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Triple Down :: THREE HEADED DRAGON Debuts With ‘STAND ALONE DIFFERENT’

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EVOLVE is back at it again, and this time he has a crew with him… with the assistance of fellow MCs (and professed brothers) Mic Melt and Palmleaf, the culture has been blessed with THREE HEADED DRAGON, a lyrical conglomerate ill enough to stand up to comparison with the greats.  Their debut, STAND ALONE DIFFERENT, is an immediate testament to this statement, as it somehow manages to display each MCs’ unique style while still flowing as a coherent whole.  The producer list is vast, with input  from TRYSTYLRemy CosmoJohn HenryBilly YoungTankwon and Stay BusyIll FistoIBE Hustlesand Phonolit, plus cuts on a cut by SWAB, but as stated before, there are no dips in quality or slow, uninteresting moments… every songs guides the listener through its world, and then hands off the listener to the next one in line until we are left with silence and hopes for more.  This one is dope, so don’t sleep.  Check it out, share it around, and support by copping a digi version, or some of that physical merch, or maybe even both!

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Classic Tactics :: SWAB X EVOLVE Combine Forces For ‘OUT FOR SELF’

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After the release of the initial Masta Ace featuring single FAR BEHIND, I knew that SWAB X EVOLVE had something special queued up.  OUT FOR SELF did one better, however, and exceeded expectations by leaps and bounds.  I’ve always been a fan of EVOLVE‘s approach to wordplay, lyricism and performance, but something about SWAB‘s production does nothing but showcase the best aspects of these individual focuses, meaning that the bar is set high early and met throughout the project’s run time.  There are some high level features on this album, but even if SWAB X EVOLVE were the only artists whose presence were felt on this project, that would more than serve to make this an early contender for 2019 Top Ten lists.  Remember this one when the year-end comes around, and don’t sleep on it now.

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Legend Assist :: EVOLVE Connects With Masta Ace For ‘Far Behind’ Single

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I know a whole lot of cats in the Texas rap game, but only a few have the pull to book legit names.  Chief among these folks is EVOLVE, a raw talent with a penchant for spitting fierce bars, so it’s only fitting that he’d have a legend cut from the same cloth on Far Behind in the form of Masta Ace.  Over a sinister, drum-heavy track by SWAB, the pair lay out plenty of proof about why most emcees find themselves attempting to catch up as the pair continues to forge new ground.  Check out the track, lace EVOLVE with a buck if you’ve got it, and spread the word about this ill collaboration.

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Fanning Flames :: SWAB X EVOLVE Connect For ‘Phoenix’ Single

When it comes to Texas emcees, EVOLVE is always going to get props in my book.  His work ethic puts many other peers to shame, his willingness to collaborate is inspirational, and his approach to the bars makes him stand out in an otherwise congested scene.  His latest collaborative effort is with producer SWAB, which is (ironically?) titled Out for Self.  The first single, the driving and powerful Phoenix, finds EVOLVE covering a topic that he knows quite well : rising above doubters and naysayers by staying true to yourself… a truly inspirational message that we can all use in these trying times.  Dig it, share it around and definitely support your local creators!

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Fair Warning :: Three Headed Dragon Comes Together For ‘Movement’

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Evolve has always got something dope up his sleeve, and this time, it’s a crew dubbed Three Headed Dragon, comprised of himself, Mic Melt and Palm Leaf Skylines.  For Movement (a banger produced by John Henry), the crew perfectly encapsulates the essence of the AWOL ONE cover art for their upcoming release Stand Alone Different Evolve hits folks with stab after lyrical stab, Mic Melt assaults listeners verbally with high energy and powerful bars, and Palm Leaf Skylines delivers the lyrical version of sweet science by taking the verse apart piece by piece in a calculated manner.  If this lead single is any indication of the project as a whole, I can’t wait for it to drop.  In the mean time, support this single by purchasing it and sharing it around so folks can get hip.

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Dark Arts :: Evolve And Crew Combine With Moodie Black On ‘SHANKS AND CHANDELIERS’

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Collective efforts can add momentum and weight to a project that solo ventures rarely possess.  Recently, Evolve secured a group of Moodie Black produced beats, called up a crew of folks with bars, and the result is the brief put powerful Valley Winter Chasing Fire by SHANKS AND CHANDELIERS.  The collective is made up of MCs PHreddy Lou Saint LaurelRORSCHACH THE ANTI HERO, CARMEN CASTILLO A.K.A CARMEN FRIA and MELTER SKELTER, with additional guitars by SERGE DE LEON.  There’s a lot to sift through and work with on this one, so definitely take a dive in, share it around, and support monetarily if you can.

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Razor’s Edge :: Leather Tuscadero Collectively Unleashes ‘Smokes, s’Go!’

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There may be a greater distance between the collective members of Leather Tuscadeo these days, but that distance has not stopped them from making classic material.  Thanks to opportunities afforded by the creative think-tank known as Concuss, the members of Leather Tuscadero (producer Progeny, emcees Evolve and Barfly, and guru Rob Castro) have unleashed a beast with the hard-hitting EP Smokes, s’Go.  In just five songs, it is abundantly clear that the chemistry between the steadily attacking Evolve and the off-kilter approach of Barfly come together like Voltron over Progeny‘s boom-bap production.  The lyrical fodder is full of sharp wordplay, pop culture references and words of warning to those thinking that testing the collective is a safe move.  I definitely see this one getting repeated play and spins during my DJ sets.  Make sure to support your local creatives, wherever they may be, via likes, shares and monetary support.

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