While most artists are trying to figure out how to regain the momentum lost from COVID-19 and the pandemic, Evolve‘s only problem seems to be determining how not to flood his audience in his creative outputs. Gourmet Dust marks his 5th offering in less than 6 months, with this one being a collaboration between himself and Detroit-based producer Chef Mike, and the quality has only risen as the quantity of releases within this short span of time grows. The duo team up for some raw, gritty headbanger tracks reminiscent of that golden early 1990s stretch where what you said was just as important as how you said, and none of it mattered at all without gripping production behind it. The Ibe Hustles feature is a nice touch, rounding out a brief but powerful sonic onslaught worth much more than the $1 they are charging for the record. Get on that immediately, pass this one around for others to follow suit, and don’t sleep on your local underground kings.
I’ve been a fan, peer and friend of EVOLVE for quite a few years now, and usually I’ve been able to witness his wins, ascension in the underground rap world, and collaborations with a number of MCs. As a friend, however, I’ve also seen the rough times, and I know that 2020 took a much heavier toll on EVOLVE outside of the normal pain it gave us. With the help of PURPLEVILLAIN, EVOLVE has been able to turn his painful journey into a deeply introspective and openly moving collection of songs titled MAN – MADE MESS. While EVOLVE is usually known for clever wordplay and in-your-face, aggressive raps, but hearing him be so open and honest really works. If you’re familiar with EVOLVE‘s work and are looking for a different shade in the spectrum, or you’re looking for a rare glimpse into what makes him tick as an individual, then don’t sleep on MAN – MADE MESS.
It’s partially fitting that EVOLVE would drop an album titled Oblivious Animals… the homie is anything but oblivious, but I can certainly verify that he is a rhyme animal. Oblivious Animals, if my calculations are correct, marks the 6th release of the year for EVOLVE, and this one is entirely produced by frequent collaborator Jones Got Music. Those in the know already know what it is when it comes to an EVOLVE release… dark beats, sharp rhymes and gritty vibes come at you in waves. There’s really no need to waste words here… if you dig hip-hop and you have half a brain, there’s really no excuse for not checking this one out, sharing it around and supporting if you can.
One thing that I will always respect EVOLVE for is making the type of hip-hop that helped me find my way from fan to artist. While some would be short-sighted and classify it simply as ‘boom-bap’ or ‘backpack rap’, the raw passion and pure elemental approach that EVOLVE brings to the table hits receptive listeners right in the bullseye of the soul. He also has a knack for collaborative projects, and SUNGODS serves as yet another example of this. With collaborator IBE HUSTLES, White Tiger is a megadose of that timeless hip-hop that reminds us how beats, rhymes and life are forever intertwined. If you’re a fan of realness, dig this one and dig it good. Share it around for others to experience, and if you’ve got a few bucks, support these cats by copping some merch.
As October came to an end, the homie Evolve decided to bless the masses with a pair of connected projects : SIDE A: CONVERSATION PIECES and SIDE B: SINNER’S PRAYER. On top of both having stellar album artwork that is immediately striking, EVOLVE‘s hardline observations can be found all over both projects, with his deliberate and proud delivery of truth coming at the listener relentlessly. Both albums have a somber feel to them, although CONVERSATION PIECES relies on more introspective, lush, piano-driven beats, while SINNER’S PRAYER definitely has the more sinister sonic edge. With a production line-up consisting of Shots Dupre, Jony Escoe, Junk Room Beats, Purple Villian, Jones Got Music, The Process, Awdazcate and Lord Damage, these two distinct audio feels have enough variety amongst themselves to carry you through both projects. For those with money burning a hole in their pocket, this is definitely worth supporting, but even if the money is tight, these albums are certainly worth your time, attention and shares, so be sure to support however you can.
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!
Evolve is a cat known for direct, hard hitting rhymes, but for the most part, his subject matter tends to be more on the meta-side… he is one of the few rappers that raps about rap without sounding cliche’ or trite. That being said, his latest collaboration with JonesGotMusic, a single titled Moving Target (Running), keeps the verbal wizardry alive while making the subject matter a bit more culturally relevant overall. With social upheaval and police reform on the edge of everyone’s tongue, Evolve spins a set of stories as old as time about minorities, members of the counterculture, and their all-too-often rocky relationship with authority figures. Check out the track, share it around if you dig it, and support if you can!
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 TRYSTYL, Remy Cosmo, John Henry, Billy Young, Tankwon and Stay Busy, Ill Fisto, IBE Hustles, ? and 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!
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.
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.