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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.

-chief

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Multiple Connections :: Evolve Drops ‘Stash #19’

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Evolve has never been shy about putting in collaborative work.  From working with a plethora of producers to having a wide range of guest vocals on his projects, you can always count on Evolve to bring in the energy of others to his work.  stash #19 is the chance to drop some of his unreleased and favorite collaborative efforts in one collection.  You can always count on quality work from Evolve and company, so definitely be sure to check this one out, share it, and support your indie visionaries.

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True Unliving :: ‘More Friends, More Funerals’ Touches Down Thanks To Spik Vicious

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Not many cats out there put out the quantity (or quality) of work that EVOLVE consistently puts out.  Lately, he’s taken to stepping his alter-ego game up, and the latest part of that evolution has been the release of the MORE FRIENDS, MORE FUNERALS project released under the nom de plume Spik Vicious.  The theme is simple but strong… loyalty, humility, and skills.  The production is dope, the bars are thought provoking and touching, and the project as a whole falls beautifully into the canon that Evolve has created.  Cop it, share it, and always support your local artists.

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Strange Fiction :: EVOLVE Drops ‘Life’s A…’ Visual

Props to EVOLVE for being both one of the hardest working cats in the game and one of the folks most willing to collaborate with others.  His latest project, in fact, will be a series of collaborative songs with many, many recognizable names in the hip-hop gamut.  The first single, Life’s A…, features Deacon the Villian (of CunninLynguists fame) and JunClassic, and your’s truly was lucky enough to get the call for producing a music video.  ‘Public domain science fiction’ would describe the motif, but believe me, this track is dope.  Check it out, give it a like, and give it a share!

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Unadulterated Raw :: Ciggy Burns Embraces ‘The Slow Burn’

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One of the aspects of hip-hop (especially southern hip-hop) that doesn’t seem to get explored nearly as much as it should is the concept album.  It takes a lot to step outside of your comfort zone, I do admit, but it also allows  you a chance to explore realms you may not even know you were capable of thriving within.

Enter Ciggy Burns (bka EVOLVE1981), and his latest magnum-opus, The Slow Burn.  It’s not that EVOLVE didn’t already spit dope raps, but Ciggy Burns allows him the opportunity to be brutally honest with the bars.  A chance to step into those human depths some of us may fear or not understand, and grow the poetry out that much more.  This is hella dope.  Keep it coming!

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True Grit :: Ghost Palace Drops ‘Vampires’ Visual

Ghost Palace stays putting in work.  Like, to a ridiculous degree.  Emcee Evolve and beatsmith Progeny are currently putting the finishing touches on their latest project, Road To Nowhere (Still Running), which should see the light of day come November.  The first single and video, Vampires, is the standard dose of dope you’d expect from these guys.  Props to Seattle artistic mastermind Graves 33 on the direction of this video.

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Darkest Light :: Ghost Palace’s ‘Pushing Through Darkness’ Now Available

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Ghost Palace are a dope combination that somehow manages to be severely dope while still showing infinite promise with each step they take.  Pushing Through Darkness is a brief but powerful journey through the mind of MC Evolve that exists in the sonic landscape provided by beatsmith Progeny.  Beats and bars… that’s hip hop.  These guys do it damn well.

-chief