Out This Week: Roc Marciano & Gangrene, Trek Life, Willie Evans Jr., Sole, Serengeti
This week marks the release of the recently-announced Greneberg collaborative EP from Roc Marc and Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No), Sole’s newest effort, the High Water Music debut of Willie Evans Jr. and more.
Roc Marciano & Gangrene – Greneberg EP
Roc Marciano teams up with producer/MC tag-team The Alchemist and Oh No to create a two-piece EP which features a total of seven tracks; each featuring some combination of the three artists trading bars over a beat also produced by one the group’s members. From these three, expect to hear arid, gritty beats and dusty street tales soaked with stale blunt smoke.
Trek Life – Wouldn’t Change Nothing
The physical release for Trek Life’s newest effort hits stores today. A collection of remixes from notable producers such as Diamond District’s Oddisee, The Left’s Apollo Brown and Brown Bag All Stars affiliate Audible Doctor, the album boasts new, revamped sounds that differ from their original counterparts. Despite the comically ironic title, expect good things from this long-standing LA rapper.
Willie Evans Jr. – Introducin’
The High Water Music debut from Willie Evans Jr. finds the producer/MC playing a starring role as a dual threat. Evans shines in both aspects, creating crisp, boom-bap soundscapes to bed his gruff and sincere musings.
Sole & The Skyrider Band – Hello Cruel Word
Teaming up with his long-time collaborators, The Skyrider Band, Maine MC (now living in Colorado), Sole, re-asserts his brand of off-kilter, bearded, political rap. Drawing an interesting line of inspiration from club-ready, electronically-grounded beats most often associated with mainstream rap music, Sole bends the sound to his will, making some sort of clouded statement on the nature of the sound and its application in society.
Serengeti – Family & Friends
Chicago rap veteran Serengeti returns with his newest album, Family & Friends. If his previous works are any indication, expect traditional hip hop with a humorous slant, most likely tackling the everyday plight of a working-class MC carving his way into the crowded Chicago rap scene.
Get FamiliarJ. Kennedy
Meet Midwest-by-way-of-SD MC/producer, J. Kennedy, and check out the premiere of his brand new project, ‘California Dreaming’.