Emcee Bambu has been going strong for quite some time now, as a member Native Guns, the duo The Bar with Prometheus Brown, and as a solo artist. Over the years, he’s distinguished himself as a hip hop artist by speaking openly and honestly about his heritage and culture as a Pilipino American, his experiences growing up a poor minority in L.A., his time in the military, his work as a community organizer, his travels, his family, and his political views.
Chances are, most of you know the D.C. emcee Raw Poetic as half of the duo Panacea. What you might not realize, though, is that he has been going strong as a solo artist for quite some time, as Belong Anywhere marks his sixteenth album as a solo artist.
After recording for several years as Satellite High, the San Francisco emcee has rebranded himself as Jay Satellite, and is now releasing his debut album under that name. It is, appropriately enough, entitled A Record.
Has it really been five years since their debut album? It seems like not that long ago, the trio of Oddisee, yU, and X.O. came together to drop In the Ruff. Since that time, the three D.C. artists have been working steadily on their solo careers, releasing some of the strongest albums of the 2010s. Well, everything finally lined up to get the thrio back together, and they slid right back into place, and they make their sophomore album even better than their first.
There aren’t too many people that you could describe as a hip hop cellist, but Marina Quaisse has established herself as just that through her contributions to Wax Tailor. Of course, there is much more to her than only that, and people will soon learn if they don’t already know. Right now, though, she seeks to establish herself as a solo artist with her first LP, The Legend of Sirena.
Amp Live is the production half of the Bay Area duo, Zion I, who have been going strong for over fifteen years. His latest solo effort, Headphone Concerto, just came out on Plug Research. It's a complex, genre-bending effort with a list of guest artists a mile long. While on tour in Madison, he took the time to talk to us about this project, and what lies ahead for him.
Scratched Vinyl: You just released the album, Headphone Concerto.
The last time we heard from French producer Electroom Acoostap was when he released Black Host on Cascade Records back in April of this year. Now he’s back with another EP, this time working with My Bags to release Big Bad Blues.
Earlier this year, Brighton producer Mute Speaker took a trip to Cambodia, where he spent about a month collecting records and field recordings. This album is the result of Mute Speaker taking some of his favorite finds from the Golden Age of Cambodian pop music, which he defines as the ‘60s through 1975, and flipping those samples into some new instrumental hip hop.
German Label Jakarta Records has brought us some pretty interesting projects over the years, and have introduced international audiences to a lot of different artists from different parts of the world. The EP Low Jams is no exception, as it pairs Oslo emcee Ivan Ave with Los Angeles producer Mndsgn. The pairing is interesting, as are the results.
Toronto emcee/producer Relic dropped an EP last fall entitled IGolden, which was meant to pay respects to the Golden Era of hip hop. While I’m not fond of the revisionist history of referring to one golden era in hip hop (I believe there have been several), this was clearly meant to refer to the early ‘90s era of hip hop, which was obviously a big influence on him as reflected by his music. The EP itself was good, and demonstrated the work of an artist who has put in the time to craft some thoughtful hip hop.