EVOLVE is well known for keeping his raps and track selections ultra raw, and while I don’t want to speak on behalf of the man, I imagine that much of this ethos comes from a deep appreciation of New York‘s creation and eternal influence on the hip-hop culture. The main reason I feel comfortable in making this assumption and asserting it publicly is due to EVOLVE X MIC MELT X DJ EZ DAVE PRESENT: THE NNY EP(THE BROOKLYN SESSIONS), the latest release from the always working EVOLVE. With verbal assistance from Mic Melt, Banga K, Junclassic, CHG, Pitch Black and Aimss, production provided by Stellar Born, Deep of 2HB, The Strangers and DJ EZ Dave (who also provides the cuts), this is an all-star effort that goes seven for seven in terms of bangers. Peep this one asap, share it around, and if you can, thrown EVOLVE and company a few bucks to cop this one.
There is no doubting that the monolithic culture we know as Hip-Hop was birthed in New York, but as the culture has grown, so has its reach and influence in not only the United States, but the world. As a native Texan, I find myself spiritually connected to other Texas-based MCs that understand and respect New York and it’s firm place in the culture, and perhaps this is why it brings me great joy to hear Basics. The prolific Texas duo that is EVOLVE and Mic Melt have always brought a grittiness and complexity to their artistry that is clearly influenced by the legions of classic New York artists, so to see them connect with New York-based MC Banga K, producer Deep of 2HB and dj Ez Dave during a recent trip to Brooklyn in this latest single feels like providence. The track is a banger, of course, with the perspectives of those from outside and inside the “city that never sleeps” echoing one another beautifully. If you dig your Hip-Hop with plenty of head nod energy, then cop this track immediately and spread it around.
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!
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.