The Indelibe Inc. camp stays in creative mode, and their latest output is a solid slice of inspiration messaging courtesy of StormShadow, one of Austin‘s more forward thinking and esoteric MCs. With the help of Dr. Bobby Banner, MPC on both production and creation of the accompanying video, Storm presents the masses with guidance in terms of bars that focus on recognizing the power within you, harnessing your understanding through education, and learning how to focus your energies into positive outcomes for yourself and your circle. I’ve always been a fan of where Storm‘s head is at, and The Pathway is just further proof that he’s on the right track creatively. Check out the video, like it and leave a comment to help boost its YouTube presence, and share it around so others can do the same.
Over the past decade, Emcee Eats has been realizing a musical vision in the form of Lakshmi’s Lament. During this time, it seems that Emcee Eats has been exploring the divide between his inherently abstract approach to hip-hop versus the ‘fundamental’ and more traditional styles, especially in light of one of the most forward-pushing eras in terms of hip-hop style, influence and popularity. With the help of several producers (SK the Greatest, Adam Hilton and Alex Balentine), lyrical assists from StormShadow and Black DaVinci, and an artistic collaboration with Bryan DeLaGarza, plus a Sat Nam by Kate Balderas, it feels like Eats has created an instant classic. I’ve always been a fan of his work, but the growth and maturity shown in this project is purely unrivaled in terms of Austin artists. If you need a bit of inspiration or spiritual healing, check out this project, and spread it around so others can do the same.
Gayatri Shakur was the jam when I first posted about it, so it brings me great joy to announce that Emcee Eats and STORMSHADOW decided to lace us with a visual element for this jam. Not only did these guys make a great looking video (both in terms of production value and location), but the approach matches the lyrical energy perfectly… meditations on self in the midst of real world interaction. While that may not be the message of the track (or even their intent), I picked up that vibe heavily from the track/video combination, and it makes me that much happier to share it with all of you. Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so others can do the same!
If you want bars with depth and inspirational content, look no further than Emcee Eats and the company he keeps. He recently enlisted fellow enlightened MCs StormShadow and SK the Greatest, and over an SK production, the trio has created Gayatri Shakur, a song that my words cannot serve proper justice for. The best thing I can say about this track is that it is sure shot listen material, and will soon become a member of my DJ set regular rotations. Dig this one and dig it good.
When it comes to dropping science and fortifying the spirit, you can always count on Austin fixture StormShadow to deliver. His bars consistently combine clever wordplay, educational gems and a sense of the divine, and Delusions Of Grandeur is no exception to those expectations. Featured vocalist Xtina Rios brings a soothing air and uplifting that is intertwined with the trumpets found in the Madlib production (a Madlib classic, but one certainly needed to hold the weight of the song). This is another solid element created in the StormShadow legacy, and here’s to it getting the recognition from the masses that it deserves.
One of my alltime favorite central Texas creative minds is emcee eats, hands down. Dude is an amazing painter and an unparalleled wordsmith. Whenever he drops new music, it’s all hands on deck, as it deserves attention each and every time. His latest single and video, Lakshmi, wonderfully captures the emcee eats vibe.. it’s DIY, yet it’s oozing creativity and ideas on a much higher level. Wonderful imagery over a solid song.. that’s all we can really ask for. This one is supposedly going to see the light of day on an upcoming collaborative mixtape with StormShadow titled Rare Ingredients, so we should all be on the lookout for that future dopeness.
You’d think that after the completion of a project like The Mic Fiends, an MC would be content to ride the wave and rest on their laurels. StormShadow, however, is not that type of MC. In preparation of his upcoming solo release Rebel with ah Cause, Storm has blessed us with a video for his latest single, Recognize Your Enemy. Storm spits bars about his modus operandi of crafting dope rhymes and knowing who does or doesn’t have your best interest in mind, and he does it on top of a banger by Frank Moses (bka as N.I.P. Productions). If this is an indication of what the full length will be about, best believe I’m ready to check it out.
Slang Lords, the debut collaboration from The Mic Fiends, is another perfect example of when two good elements combine to create something great. StormShadow and Stress are both more than capable wordsmiths in their own right, but combined, these cats toss wordplay back and forth effortlessly over wisely chosen production. The result is thought-provoking, head nod-inducing hip hop of the highest caliber. Definitely not to be slept on.