I’m all about innovation in hip-hop. I don’t think we should be chained to production and performance tropes, and I find the divide in tastes emerging between the last few generations disturbing. That being said, I love hip-hop that is rooted in the elements that brought it to the status that it has achieved today, and it’s apparent that Secret Levels feels the same way. The Game is Never Over is drenched in the boom-bap aesthetic, and while dropping tons of homage to days past, the album never sounds dated. Think Ugly Duckling with a bit more bite to it, or a linear evolution of what Pharcyde was doing. Period point blank, this is an album that should be in your rotation if you care at all about supporting the Austin hip-hop scene, because this is high quality work.
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Words cannot really capture how special a chance encounter is between two great spirits. Enjoy this chance encounter between Verse One Federation (an advocate of organized 1 on 1 competitive basketball) and Colton Ferguson of Secret Levels and Space Camp Death Squad (a lover of basketball and general athleticism). Like it, share it, and try to follow suit when you’re out in these streets, because you never know whom you may have the pleasure of meeting.
Austin-based crew Space Camp Death Squad (Protextor and Secret Levels) recently embarked on the wonderfully named VelociRapTour, and as anyone who has ever been on tour knows, things get interesting and wild. Luckily, the fellas decided to document what had to be one of the better stops, DisneyLand. The result is a wonderfully entertaining video in the happiest place on Earth. Props to the fellas for bringing some culture to the grounds. Enjoy!
Here’s a dope new video by Austin Mic Exchange veteran and Space Camp Death Squad affiliate Secret Levels. Alright, OK is a celebration of all the counter-culture expressions that have made Secret Levels the force he is today. Enjoy, and spread this one around!
SPACE CAMP DEATH SQUAD, The Lower Class, Scuare, Secret Levels, Mainstreem and Protextor/P-Tek got down recently with the intent of leaving the Austin Mic Exchange imprint on the currently overwhelming practice of cypher videos. The good thing about this take, however, is that it’s full of talented cats who all swung for the fences on this one. You can catch many of these artist at Austin Mic Exchange, every Tuesday Night at Spiderhouse Cafe (Austin).
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