A long time ago, Black Milk was seen as a young producer out of Detroit that happened to also rap, and we talked a lot about potential. Fast forward several years to his latest album, If There’s a Hell Below, it becomes almost absurd to think that there were ever days that we had these conversations. Today, we can just talk about what a talented double threat he is, and how much vision he has for his projects.
Los Angeles emcee Gajah has been recording for quite some time, both as a solo artist and as a member of the group Acid Reign. His latest effort finds him paired up with producer Uncommon Nasa, to deliver an album focused on greed, economy, class, and race.
Run the Jewels is of course the collaboration of El-P and Killer Mike. They released their first album under this moniker last year, using the business model of putting out the digital download for free, then touring hard and having plenty of merchandise for sale, hoping that fans would come out to show support. The model worked well enough, and they enjoyed themselves so much, that they’ve come back with a new album just a little over a year later. This time they’ve moved from Fool’s Gold to Nas’s Mass Appeal Records, but the release model is the same.
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.