If there's one thing you can be certain of when tuning into a nofacevalue project, it's that you'll hear something like nothing else you've ever listened to before. 22 BIRDS may only be 4 songs (and under 10 minutes total), but there is plenty of unique music to dissect along the way. The Colorado artist brings his signature high pitched vocals to all 4 tracks, employing distinctive flows and mixing techniques throughout, clearly leaving his mark on every second of the tape. The production matches nofacevalue's dynamic presence and adds to the atmosphere. Listen to all of 22 BIRDS below.
People are making music all across the country and Milligram and Doobie show what Ohio is made of on Ain't The One. Featuring a bouncy beat and a somewhat brooding hook, Ain't The One features some nice verses and flows and a very solid feature from Doobie. We'll be on the lookout for more from these Ohio rappers in the future. Listen to Ain't The One below.
Talent can be found all across the country and Boston's Reedus 3M shows that Bean Town has some hidden heat. His latest track, Tethered features some excellent production that starts off slow but builds into a catchy, head boppin' vibe. Reedus takes advantage of the solid beat with some equally impressive flows and verses. Listen to Tethered below and get in tune with this up and coming Boston rapper.
Melodic hip hop has become one of the most prominent forms of music in the past few years and there's no one doing it in Denver quite like Slouch. From catchy hooks to smooth, polished production, Slouch's sound has all the necessary ingredients to become something big, but his growth isn't complete yet. While he has already transformed his sound once (he was formerly known as P. Rose), the Mile High MC has his mind set on putting the finishes touches on his musical aesthetic in a variety of ways. Even though he may feel he has a ways to go still, the progression he has shown has been impressive already and is proof that he has the vision and work ethic it takes to reach the goals he's set for himself. The combination of these intangibles and the chemistry he has with producer slackbeatz make it feel like anything is possible for Slouch and his future is looking as bright as anyone's in the city.
Expansion and growth are integral aspects of Denver culture at the moment, and they have created a mindset that has helped grow the burgeoning hip hop scene in the Mile High City. One of the most prominent members of this freshly formed community is Ramond, a Denver native who has seen the city bend and morph into what it is today. While some people have found uncomfortability in the rapid growth, Ramond has embraced the change and is looking to bring that frontier mindset with him as he expands his sound and audience.
With Denver's hip hop scene progressing at a torrid pace, it can be difficult to know who to pay attention to and who is going to stick around for the long haul. RAMOND is definitely one of those artists. His new tape SEEDS is a perfect example of his abilities which include excellent wordplay, strong lyricism, and poignant topics. Full of personal and introspective themes, SEEDS provides a look into the mind of RAMOND and allows listeners to feel his joys, pains, and everything in between. The album deals with insecurities and successes with honesty, showing a depth of emotions that give a detailed look into RAMOND's journey and future goals.
The more I learn about the Denver hip hop scene, the more I realize just how slept on it is. TEJ is the latest Colorado artist to catch my attention and his new project BREAKFASTFORDINNER is some of the best hip hop to come out of the state in a little while.
With Denver's short history of hip hop talent, it's always dope to see someone truly reppin' the city to the fullest. Riaga has been proclaiming Denver as his own for a little while now and his latest project, the Denver Lanes EP, shows that he has some serious passion and skill to bring to the Mile High City.
Everyone should get ready for Mxlcxlm Z. The Denver based MC blesses the city this past weekend with a preview of his upcoming tape Reaping SZN and the event he put on was one of the most authentic I’ve ever been to. Taking place at the Syntax Physic Opera, the listening party immediately had that home grown vibe thanks to the funky yet sophisticated atmosphere in the venue and Mxlcxlm brought that feeling to life through performances from himself and a cast of other local musicians.
Bringing people together is a beautiful thing and The Conglomerates Showcase does a great job of helping introduce local talent to their city. The roster this time around was especially impressive and the good folks at RM3 (Rocky Mountain Music Management) seem to have found Denver's hip hop pulse.