Fresh Colorado hip-hop from Pries, Solomon Words, Luke Skyy, Miss K. and Al Catone
This week, we've got a ton of music for you to catch up on. With all the sunshine, parties and pretty girls on the horizon, someone's got to be out there making the soundtrack for the summer, and those on the scene in Colorado have been very, very busy crafting a fresh batch of backpack and boom-bap to brighten the days ahead. Page down to check out the latest joints from Pries, Solomon Words, Luke Skyy, Miss K. and Al Catone.
Pries is set to release William in July, and the new joint "Foreal," while not made explicitly for this purpose, is something to smoke to. The production is certainly new-style, like most rap songs you'll hear on the radio, and this is a good thing. Pries addresses the perceptions of him, both real and fake, and does so with easy rhymes and healthy metaphors.
Although Solomon Words released his Special Blends mixtape earlier this year, tracks like "Grundy" are more aptly suited for the summertime. Check for the horn-drenched beat on this East Coast-feeling joint. The rhymes are built for sunshine.
Luke Skyy's new joint, "Understand," is most exciting from a production perspective. As the song rounds the bend for the bridge, the MC really heats up, taking shots at rappers with repetitive flows, fakes and the like, with a mocking verse. This joint is from Luke's new one, Thought for Food, which is still in production.
Miss K., the lone singer in this week's roundup, gives you something to ride to with "Take a Flight." A stuttered horn leads the hook in as she beckons her lover on a flight to ecstasy. The verses are a bit too wordy -- she would have done well to spread the content throughout the song -- yet her voice gives the track a solid boost.
Al Catone provides this week's gangster element. The static in the bass will sell you on this one right off the bat. "Non-Stop" is filled with cocky sentiments with cash flow lyrics over exceptional rhythm. Rapping about non-stop elements from drug charges to hoes, Al Catone molds and folds his flow around the beat with ease.
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