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“Ive been busy im working ..but IM BACK” – PEPPERBOY
Produced by Blackwell, ‘Cold Case’ carries a brooding ambient-leaning bounce that pairs well with a side of Pepperboy that fans of the Arkansas artist will find familiar but fine tuned. It’s a haunting soundtrack for the graphic scenes and scenarios drawn lyrically.
Every day you can see it on the local channels – no matter where you live – you grab your phone in the morning – it doesn’t matter where you look, there are horrible stories of murder, death and violence. The tone is set with an in-character intro; “There are no witnesses, no-one has come forward – if you have any information, please call the local police station.” Now we are tuned into channel 11 and the news ain’t good fam; Pepperboy voices News Station’s Anchor. Another Day, another update to the harsh realities of the crueler side of life.
“Body drop, they put it on the news, Channel 11, add it to the ghetto blues ; cold case, the killer got away, they stopped looking, this shit happens every day” – Pepperboy pops in on the chorus in a deep ghostly whisper as if a warning from the other side or somebody horrified by what they’ve seen and are getting shook by the story they’re telling.
Pepperboy tells the audience how it goes; a third-person look with an all too familiar narration showing different perspectives and the sad, sad endings to risky business gone wrong or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These stories of unsolved murders are sold back to us on all platforms daily but Pepperboy is not here to glorify or analyze the situation; these are just cold hard facts. There is no actual mystery, only the pain felt by those affected by the loss at the end of it. Unfortunately the truth is we cannot rely on the justice system or the local authorities to invest too much time in solving these daily murders when they turn a blind eye to the communities in need and are left without leads or are even guilty of cover-ups, corruption and outright murder.
The song is out now and if we know Pepperboy we can expect to see some more new records on the horizon – New Pepperboy is always good news!
*GreenOvaSouth – ‘3 Tha Hard Way’ cassettes coming soon !*
Chicago rapper Kami and Chicago producer Smoko Ono teamed up for the collaborative EP known as Very Slight. Featuring plenty of familiar Windy City names like Joey Purp, Chance the Rapper, and Valee, the project is one to spin over and over as you attempt to hold on to summer.
While we anticipate Mick Jenkins’ upcoming sophomore album, Pieces of a Man, scheduled to release this upcoming Friday, he let loose two singles. They’re linked together in the same music video while also being made available separately over on all streaming services. The kicker is that the track “Padded Locks” features the legendary Ghostface Killah. Don’t sleep.
LA-based MC Open Mike Eagle linked up with producer Nedarb (a familiar name around these parts) for the loose track ‘Relatable’. The track arrived alongside the announcement of Eagle’s new label, Autoreverse Records, so look out for much more from that new venture.
Lastly, be sure to check out Open Mike Eagle in November as he tours through the West Coast and down in Texas and Arizona. Dates can be found here.
Milwaukee producer Q the Sun has had a great year. He’s produced for Lorde Fredd33, Milo, and WebsterX. Now, stepping into solo territory, he enlists vocalist Kane for the loose track “Wide Awake”. Spin it back three times over and wait for Q to drop some more bumps in the form of Afterain Part 2. You can listen to the first one below.
Because you need some spooky ass beats for your Halloween experience. Here’s 9-and-a-half minutes of instrumentals from New Jersey producer GRiMM Doza. Each beat is evil as hell and will slap you in the face. Bump this all night and scare the shit out of your neighbors.
St. Louis rapper Bari gave the world a taste of things to come with a three song EP known as The Prefix. The first two are solo tracks produced by Monte Booker while the final track features Smino (who also handled the beat). It’s a short and sweet project, one to hold our attention until something larger arrives from the talented rapper.