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.
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When it comes to Texas emcees, EVOLVE is always going to get props in my book. His work ethic puts many other peers to shame, his willingness to collaborate is inspirational, and his approach to the bars makes him stand out in an otherwise congested scene. His latest collaborative effort is with producer SWAB, which is (ironically?) titled Out for Self. The first single, the driving and powerful Phoenix, finds EVOLVE covering a topic that he knows quite well : rising above doubters and naysayers by staying true to yourself… a truly inspirational message that we can all use in these trying times. Dig it, share it around and definitely support your local creators!