In the immortal words of Rakim, ‘it’s been a long time…’. After nearly 3 years, one of the longest breaks in between projects I’ve ever taken, comes the release of A Memoir Called Noir, the latest self-written and self-produced output from Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. This time around the beats are a bit darker, and the lyrics are more forthright and honest than usual. Dynamite verbal assists are included from Kazee Queen and BERNICHUS. Thanks to the good homey at Frownland Records, this album (and all of my other albums) are available on every digital streaming/storefront service your little heart could desire, so don’t sleep on the project. For those about to support, we salute you.
Indie publication/blog Pigeons & Planes has teamed up with Austin producer and rising star Eric Dingus to create a contest allowing MCs to write to one of his beats. The winner will get promotion amongst the circle of social media, and an affiliation with a producer affiliated with Drake‘s OVO label. Here is my homegirl Kazee Queen taking a stab at the top spot… enjoy!
‘There are a lot of things happening in the world around us. In the last few years, there has been an increased effort in the Hip Hop community to eloquently address the various issues facing the black community. As a female artist, I have found that there are many people who believe I should only talk about certain things. In this project, I have tried to step outside my comfort zone and be as honest as I can about how I feel when it comes to race and sex issues. I believe that my generation of creative artists are focused on insta-products and immediate gratification. This 8 track EP took a little over a year for me to complete and that’s because I wanted to give every track the dedication it deserved and make sure that I meant what I said.’
It shows. This is a solid step forward in Kazee Queen‘s growth as an artist searching for a niche and longevity in a world overrun with noise.