Fresh local hip-hop from King FOE and Yonnas Abraham, Naeem Oba and brikAbrak and more
King Foe and Yonnas Abraham get their "Goth Swag" on.
We've got a fresh batch of hip-hop for ya, and it sounds goood! King FOE and Yonnas Abraham of BLKHRTS rap scary in "Goth Swag," Naeem Oba and brikAbrak open eyes with "La La La" from their upcoming EP Bread and Circuses, Myrical gets dirty with his new banger, "Ass Out," Myke Charles releases a hot new video for "100 Degrees," Pries's "Contact High" makes an appearance on Devin the Dude's new soundtrack for Highway and BURNTmd presents "Smooth Criminal Part II" from his new album Not So Black and White.
Halloween may be over, but its spirit will always be alive in our black, black hearts. Speaking of BLKHRTS, King FOE and Yonnas Abraham indulge their dark side here with "Goth Swag." FOE's scary fast verses against Yo's looming hooks form a dramatic ebb and flow that works well with the menacing piano that dominates Yo's production. That piano, by the way, is sampled from Bauhaus's "Who Killed Mr. Moonlight," the same group that Yo references in his opening lines.
The juxtaposition of deliberate, urgent verses with a pensive, expressive chorus in Naeem Oba and brikAbrak's "La La La" will open your third eye and brush the dust off your soul. Contexualized with political samples from Dead Prez and 2Pac raise the stakes of the song, while a brief, repeated shout, sampled from Mountain's "Long Red" (better known from Nas's "It Ain't Hard to Tell") infuses the track with extra soul and nostalgia. Though the song is political, it isn't partisan, and is more a broad call to action then an overt political statement.
Given this track title, "Ass Out," and its first line, "Now this come on and make the block quake," Myrical's track is instantly reminiscent of Big Sean's verse in Kanye West's "Mercy." With Serious Beats's flamboyant and energetic production and Myrical's gaudy braggadocio, there's something very Maybach-ish about the sound. This is kind of track you bang with your friends before you try to bring home some action for yourself.