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!
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.
I know a whole lot of cats in the Texas rap game, but only a few have the pull to book legit names. Chief among these folks is EVOLVE, a raw talent with a penchant for spitting fierce bars, so it’s only fitting that he’d have a legend cut from the same cloth on Far Behind in the form of Masta Ace. Over a sinister, drum-heavy track by SWAB, the pair lay out plenty of proof about why most emcees find themselves attempting to catch up as the pair continues to forge new ground. Check out the track, lace EVOLVE with a buck if you’ve got it, and spread the word about this ill collaboration.
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!