Evolve and Chef Mike are back at it again! Dig the lore wrap-up straight from the Common and Normal camp :
“After what can only be described as a horrific final stand, Ciggy Burns‘ life was cut short, however he’s managed to find his way back to the land of the living, vowing to collect debts owed and despite his gruesome appearance, win over the hearts and asses of soccer moms everywhere. This is the continuation of Ciggy‘s tale as spoken by Ciggy himself with background noise provided by undead gangster turned producer, Luc Brazi.”
Back From the Dead is a short but effective power-punch of a project, so definitely check it out, share it around, and if you’ve got a few bucks to spare, throw it these cats’ way!
If one were to go by the example that the homie EVOLVE has set, then people would collectively have the craziest work ethic ever. If more than a few months goes by and I haven’t seen news of a new EVOLVE project or collaboration, then I know either something is going on in his personal life or he’s incubating another masterpiece, with the second situation being the case more often than not. For Hustler S. Thompson, the self-titled debut for the collaborative project of the same name featuring EVOLVE rapping over the production of Chef Mike and Tommy the Collector, EVOLVE does what he does over a selection of instrumentals from the production duo’s previously released Mr. Brown / Mr. White tape. If you’re familiar with EVOLVE and company, then you’ll already know what you’re getting : headnod-worthy beats showcasing methodical, introspective and sharp lyricism. Cop the album if you have a buck, stream it if not, and tell everyone you know about it either way.
Check it out… some raw rap live and direct from the SUNGODS, the collective featuring EVOLVE and IBE HUSTLES. These cats are all about the in your face approach, so it makes sense that the video for GR!+S would emulate this by literally having the pair deliver their message in a fourth-wall breaking manner. Dig the video, leave a like and a comment if it moves you, and spread it around for all to enjoy!
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!