“LOT GOIN ON OUT HERE” … we hear Pepperboy call out in the intro track ‘Danger.’ Something we’re all feeling….Stream the record and read our thoughts on his latest below : get it here on band camp or on all available streaming services.
“Live To Die’, That’s the record ; It’s Dark Out Here, Another Street Lecture”…Pepperboy said it best and on this records he sheds light on the pain of what we see in the news, in the neighborhood, right at home and even within ourselves. Even though he’s giving graphic recollections and speaking on uncomfortable subjects he isn’t here to bring us down. He is here to help us reflect. We all know we gotta go, but we gotta stay up while we’re up.
With a solid 6 songs we are blessed with just under 20 minutes of some of Pepperboys’ finest. Longtime fans will enjoy this no-filler EP from front to back and appreciate the double-feature, double-play, back to back tracks with production from long time collaborator Marvin Cruz. He graced Pepperboy with the production on the title track ‘Live 2 Die’ and came with an enormous sound on the controversial yet eye opening ‘Mass Shooter.’
We find evidence of Pepperboys more high profile days on the aggressively swangin’ ‘Daytons & Vogues.’ I don’t think it mattered who you were in the late 90’s and early 00’s …you wanted to be pulling up fresh or riding with somebody who was, and if you were fortunate enough to afford the luxury, you also knew better than to park on the street too long.
‘Streetlights’ , my favorite on the EP, is reminiscent of a hustler’s anthem. The final track details the dangers of mixing a “money don’t sleep” and “anything goes” mentality. It’s a look back to when Pepp himself was living that life. The production provided by Healing Language feels like a lean-soaked dream sequence narrated by Pepperboy to warn those who may be on similar path now.
If you’re looking for light in these cloudy days, Pepperboy is here for the people.
“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 !*
Capping off a string of All Star, middle-of-August birthdays from Leo Rap History makers; Chief Keef (15th) , Young Thug (16th), Lil B (17th), is the Green Ova South Champion Pepperboy!
Happy Birthday Pepperboy ! (August 18th)
A true testament to his nature, and absolute character – on this day, we the people are given a gift! A two song Ep, and sneak preview of 2 tracks off the up coming and highly anticipated ‘Str8 Off Tha Block 7.’
Both tracks on the Ep are produced by Young God aka Televangel ; formerly 1/2 of respected duo Blue Sky Black Death. It is important to bring up that affiliation to highlight the length of the relationship between this producer with the huge-hearted, street-wise rapper Pepperboy. *Over half a decade at least.. (Days of Grace? 2012?) They also just finished off the second of 2 full on classic albums as Green Ova South with help of Squadda B on the mic. Check out Green Ova Souths’ ‘Kome Ryde With Us’ and ‘3 Tha Hard Way’ here. (as well as major streaming services!)
‘I Am Trouble’ is a maxed out banger with plenty of dynamic turns and unique syncopated sample-drops laced in with a solid gliding sub bass melody and enchanting flute parts. The drums really smack you in the face as per the concept of the lyrics; “I am trouble…” pepperboy warns over and over – from the prospective of all the many dangers you might run into if you don’t check your intentions or get caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
‘Hands Up’ (Remix) as the parentheses give away – is a reworking by the same producer it was made by originally. (Young God) It’s not a total diversion from the original, the tempo matches but the tone is more somber and less triumphant. It highlights the reality of the lyrics a bit more accurately. A standout track from Pepperboys’ ‘Channel 11’ – Young God takes us even deeper into the soul of the message Pepperboy is portraying through personal life lessons and the reality of what people deal with daily. Racially motivated injustice and hypocritical politicians make this world a more dangerous place for the people just trying to survive another day; that’s the bullshit we’re seeing on the nightly news, this depression and stifling of expression and ability to live rings true as ever on this re-work of an already epic track from two of our favorite people to ever pair up.
I just got the private link to ‘3 Tha Hard Way’ and I’m feeling blessed and inspired and not just because I got an advance link on the latest album from some of our favorite collaborators and labels Green Ova South; (Pepperboy and Squadda B. with Young God exclusively on production) I’m at my DJ (my day job…) with two more hours on the clock, on my way back from my truck to retrieve my headphones and it hits me; “Work Till I Die” starts to play. The intro track is just the motivation I needed to get through this day.
Steam the album now via bandcamp and it will drop on all streaming services ASAP!
It would really be tough to sit here and talk about “stand-out tracks” on a 9 track album of straight classics. I’ll just have to touch on em’ all. My words won’t do it justice, but maybe my excitement will! (I’ve only had the album a couple of hours and it comes out tomorrow.) It’s been 3 years since we’ve seen a full length release from these three. If you didn’t happen to catch KRWU (Kome Ryde With Us) now is your chance to get caught up!
The first track “Work Till I Die” hits you right off with an impact comparable to soundtrack vibes with horn-like synth pads and melody. It’s another epically captivating composition from Young God. The opener is a song about the everyday grind required to maintain and survive. Trading verses back and forth Squadda and Pepp come with anecdotes about going to work and affirmations of what putting all that work brings, should their goals be reached.
‘Without U’ is a cruise down memory lane of the history of the Green Ova South saga. Travel back in time with Squadda and Pepp to the beginning of their collaborations as they serenade you, the supporters, the friends, producers, crew members and everyone that’s showed love. Lil B even gets a shout! (they go way back.) This track really harks back to the KRWU record sound. When you bust out the SUB pads on the beat, it just feels like $ !
‘Str8 Off Da Block’; Bridging the Gap from the West to the South is something that comes naturally to these guys. Since Rebel Muzik Squadda and Pepperboy have always met up in person to record and produce their full length joint efforts. This time around Pepperboy made his way to Oakland and met up with Young God and Squadda to write and record the entire project in a matter of days. This song title is also a straight rip of Pepperboy’s FIRST ALBUM EVERY RECORDED from 2002! It has continued as a series over the years with the latest installment ‘Str8 Off Da Block 6’ dropping late 2016. That album also had a feature from Squadda!
‘Take It’, is a solo Pepperboy track that exposes us to some darker places and perspectives. Young God brings the vibes with a whistling melody that reminds me of “the wild west” or something you’d hear in a cowboy movie in 2019 over the chorus while the rest of the tracks’ timbre is a bit more ominous and eerie.
We could call the title track ‘3 Tha Hard Way’ a good way end a Side A, if this were an LP. It may be the most unique on the album in that the beat sounds like some classic 80’s synth pop ballad with a savory, sexy saxophone solo sample blazing through the mix.
By no means is the rest of this tape any kind of “B-side”. ‘From Tha Bottom Up’ is what I would call the most ‘hype’ track. Dope G of Green Ova pops off immediately with a round of the chorus. Young God went across the world and into some worm holes into other dimensions and universes to manifest his sonic palette for this one.
‘Step N 2 Tha Water’ was released around a month ago on a single drop with ‘Without U.’ This is what those who remember may call a “cloud-rap” banger. Slowed down vocals and that half time snare slap get you lifted with the quickness, but the funky legato bass line Young God slathers throughout this track really keeps you moving.
The arpeggiated harp on ‘This Is International’ over the sub bounce groove may take you back to some classic Squadda B and Main Attrakionz days but with a cinematic, enchanting depth.
The track ordering on this tape is perfect. It’s strong all the way through. The conclusion to this piece of art is ‘Made My Mind Up’, an uplifting message over serene melodies (steel guitar samples?). The features from Dope G and Robbie Rob fit like a glove. After several repeat listens I’ve definitely made MY mind up ; this is Album Of The Year so far!
One of our favorite new artists on our radar Jordan Isaiah brought the noise earlier this year with ‘Thank You / Pay Me’ (Blackhouse Records.) On this album we saw multiple producers and a variety of deliveries. When Jordan hit us up about his latest we had to see what he was working with and put some support on the project!
The ‘Jordough’ EP is a raw collection of 9 songs showcasing a timeline of collaborative efforts between Jordan Isaiah and Kansas City based producer Doughboi Phlex. The project is presented by Doughboi and highlights his growth in production and vocals.
To those who haven’t yet noticed, the tape’s name breaks it down with the idea of two “sides.” : “Jor”, short for “Jordan” and “dough”, short for “Doughboi Phlex.” The sides are broken up by an interlude titled “Time Interlude.” The tracks for each side were chosen by preference of the sides’ namesake and feature that person a little heavier throughout the selection.
The whole tape is tied together by something more than the obvious factor of sticking with the same duo throughout. The delivery on all tracks is a culmination of ego-boosted lifestyle bars with an heir of aggravated and warranted entitlement. Based on work put in, determination and passion behind the project these artists know they are onto something. Being that it took a few years to compile this collection of recordings you will notice a slight sonic difference in the mixes from track to track but the energy remains constant throughout.
Starting out the gate with the “Jor” side we are summoned by a whispering chordal wash and eerie bells plucking a melody before Jordan comes in with loosely doubled vocals on the songs hook singing “said we made it through the worst / now every day a holiday ; said we started in the mud , so every day we elevate.” This showcases duality; juxtaposition of a celebratory anthem over an overtly chill but mysterious melody. It isn’t a song about wallowing in the mud, it’s about rising and coming up from that place while maintaining a reverence and appreciation for the struggles since the journey began. The two voices kind of symbolize the harmony of past, present and future existence.
The rest of side “Jor” is immediately more hype, starting with the powerful delivery and regal production on Lilith freestyle ; to the inciteful irony of “Unconcerned”, a title that implies apathy but lyrically suggests anything but. The confident delivery from Jordan is paired with smooth 16’s, adlib assitance and chorus work from the Doughboi Phlex. Check out ‘Exotic’ for a prime example of what Doughboi is capable of.
The neutral track ‘Time Interlude’ is a very big change-up from the rest of the record. Being far removed it serves its purpose well to break up the flow a bit with some icey chords and what sounds like a radio scanning the airwaves trying to breakthrough the dimensions of time and space all over a minimal triplet thump from a dull but punchy kick. The searching tones in the background remind me of a radio attempting to dial into the frequency somewhere between space and time – is this what a time machine might sound like? Have you ever watched the first episode of the original ‘Outer Limits’ show?
The duo pops the ‘dough’ side off hot with ‘Myxed Up’ a bopper about staying true to yourself through the changes and confusing times you experience on your way to success. The rest of the EP turns to a low key point of smoked out cockiness. Doughboi Phlex compliments Jordan’s style in a way only he can; from the perspective of the producer.
One of the standout tracks led by Doughboi is ‘Watchin Me.’ This introspective paranoid confession may actually give you the creeps. The production elements are similar as most of the tracks on the ep but this one is a much slower and darker tune than anything else present. Starting off depicting a recent nightmare where he was shot it seems that the stress of striving for his goals and maintaining his normal life is catching up to him in more ways than one. It’s hard to maintain relationships as it is when you are struggling to survive and achieve your goals, but success can attract all kinds of unwanted energy from those we know and normally trust. That could also bring up dealing with your inner demons as Phlex references in the chorus.
Each track is relatively short at an average of under 3 minutes. It’s an easy listen through that gets better with repeat plays. The project is now streaming on all services!
Last month, the Green Ova general Squadda B released a Valentine-themed EP fittingly known as My Green Ova Valentine. The five song project comes fully produced by Bambino himself and features Pepperboy on the second track. Press play and take to the clouds.
Pepperboy is back after just a short time off. His latest Ep ‘These Are Tha Timez’ is out today (03/01/2019) on all major streaming services as well as Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
When Pepperboy shared these tracks with me earlier in the week, I had just finished swimming through his immersive catalog. We just made a playlist 50 tracks long spanning his previous 40 releases over the last decade. You haven’t heard a Pebberboy album quite like this. The production is in line with southern trappers UGK, T.I. and taken to a more modern level like something you might hear on a Curren$y or Big K.R.I.T. record. This project has a lot of pop-potential and it seems the quality and elements of production selected for this ep provoked some amplified deliveries in the booth. He’s pissed off about the state of the world and the trouble society is in due to reasons beyond their control.
The first single ‘Sex Trade’ produced by Lou Shretter dropped about a month ago, and now we have six more tracks spanning from southern trap influenced emotional ballad track ‘I cried’ to the more aggressive, in your face message and perspective in the track ‘Tha Timez.’
‘The Last Day’ sets the tone of the record. It could interpreted as a sign of the end of the world as we know it or the acknowledgment of the possibility that any day could be your last when times get tough. With production by Cloud-King Squadda B – we are introduced to a PISSED OFF version of Pepperboy – a man turned cold by the ways of the world. He’s shows us how easy it is to go into survival mode when pushed.
The madness carries on to the track ‘Crazy’ an eccentrically vibin’ slapper produced by Kubrixxx. The aggressive mood escalates and peaks on what you could call the title track ‘Tha Timez’….a take on the dog-eat-dog kill or be killed mentality. Paranoia and fear take over and Pepperboy is not letting anybody get over on him no matter how bad it gets. This multi-part production is also from producer Kubrixxx.
It’s only been a week since the second single from the record dropped. ‘Double Up’ – the obvious hype track from the record has gotten well over five thousand plays at the time of writing this! KirbLaGoop and the recently un-retired champion of the underground Shady Blaze grace the track as two major features. This song is gonna push you to keep going and young hustlers will look back on this and respect it as the classic grinders anthem that got them through during these hard times. If you’ve ever been caught in the cycle of trying to make it to that next step, you know sometimes you just have to take a risk. Double up or NOTHING!
The album ends with ‘7 days.’ Produced by Hype Chilliams, the track is a dedication to a love that takes a left turn from the rest of the album’s subject matter and vibe, but like everything Pepperboy does, it has heart and passion. 7 days a week mean Pepperboy doesn’t take a day off! Pepp lays it down smooth to round off an otherwise troubled record. Maybe it’s an answer to the question the rest of the album poses. How do we survive in these trying times? Maybe finding this kind of love is the answer.
Props to Paul Holsclaw on the mixing and mastering for this record – he was given the perfect elements of production and vocal takes / delivery to work with and really nailed the overall sheen that makes this a landmark pepperboy record.
First things first – Candy Drips’ pick for 2018’s album of the year was ‘Legendary’ – a collection of positive street anthems from two of our long-time favorite artists, Sickboyrari & Pepperboy.
Check out the album below and the fine list of familiar hit Makers! Young God, Jaguar Claw, Marvin Cruz, Black Tim and more on production!
We may still have some copies of the limited edition cassette release we were blessed to release in our web store. : also see Pepperboy for copies or try to contact Sickboyrari.
Candy Drips Co-founderJoseph Volmer (aka Party Trash) and myself first came across Pepperboy way back when we saw the video for ‘A Silent Technique.’ I can’t exactly remember how we got there but it was probably between watching videos from some of our favorite new artists and creators Lil B, Soulja Boy, Noah 23, Black Kray and Beautiful Lou!
We knew we had to hit him up once we started looking for new rappers to send beats to. Releasing music more steadily, he now has over 40 projects to date between singles, eps, and full length albums. It was really artists like Pepperboy that inspired us to keep working on our own projects and eventually start doing Candy Drips physical releases! His work ethic and positive ethos pushed us to keep it original and to put our hearts into our work. I think you call that passion.
Out of his gigantic catalog, we’ve had the pleasure of being featured among the legion of dope producers he has teamed with. One of our highlight collaborative records is part of the ‘Smoking Green’ single-series he started back in 2012. In 2014 we landed the placement with our production duo ‘BLOWN’ and now it’s one of the only tracks currently featured on Candydrips.bandcamp.com .
More notable names that have worked with Pepperboy in the past include; Producers Ryan Hemsworth, and Beautiful Lou. Squadda B and Mondre MAN of Main Attrakionz and Green Ova fame; Pepperboy is currently head of the Green Ova South branch. He and Squadda have done a few really great releases together –Rebel Muzik 1 & 2 and the spaced out gem – Kome Ryde With Us or KRWU as we call it on the streets! That record featured exclusive production from Young God aka Ian Taggart of Blue Sky Black Death fame and his more recent project “Televangel.” Another notable rarity that Pepperboy released was the collaboration with artist Keyboard Kid who is known around the world as Lil B’s official DJ and a monstrous producer. The collaborative album, titled ‘Endangered’, is suprisingly one of very few projects that features Keyboard Kid spitting bars and singing!
Right after ‘Legendary’ in 2018 we saw a new solo full length mixtape ‘Channel 11’ emerge from the vaults in Little Rock, Arkansas. Stream the record below! This project sports the title of local popular Little Rock News Station Channel 11 – lot of people watch the news and a lot of news is negativity. Pepperboy is a survivor and he’s using all of his past experiences to motivate people today to make a brighter tomorrow. That’s power.
In the last year we have seen a couple new videos to accompany the projects ‘Legendary’ and ‘Channel 11’ …. See below for visuals to ‘Down Bottom feat. Sickboyrari’ and ‘We Gone Be Alright.’
We recently whipped up ‘Pepperboy Essentials’ a 50-track playlist on our Spotify channel. His music tells his story better than we ever could. Check out the playlist or just go to his bandcamp or your favorite streaming service and start listening to everything you can! If we’re lucky someday we’ll have a decent biography on the life of Pepperboy, but if not his music does a hell of a job!
We’ll have more on Pepperboy very soon… Stay positive people!
written by Levon – twitter : @candydrips
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Chicago vocalist and producer Nancy Love (fka Nancy) let loose the six song project known as Glitter. With all songs produced by Sick Sad World affiliates (Tombo, Jasper, Vela Seff, Nikai, and Nancy), it makes for a cohesive and cloudy shoegaze experience, best enjoyed with low eyes and a high roof. Check out the wild and technicolor video for ‘Boyfriend’ below.
Chicago rapper Kahrion just let loose a new set of visuals for the smooth and smoked out single “95”. Shot and edited by Darryl Turnbow, the video shows a ‘day in the life’ of sorts where Kahrion rolls up and pays a visit to the studio. Look out for his upcoming project, Rambeworld, arriving sooner than later.