Fresh local hip-hop from Pries, SP Double, Myke Charles, Molina Speaks, AG Flux and more
"Family Biz" - Molina Speaks
On "Family Biz," Molina Speaks demonstrates his ability to capture common but affecting subject matter with simple and easy-to-understand lyrics. Skillfully layered '70s funk samples give this self-produced track its cheery outlook, and combined with the Nas sample scratched up by DJ Icewater, "Family Biz" has momentum that carries the head-bobbing fun past the end of the tune.
"Set It Off Choose a Road" - AGFlux
On "Set it Off Choose a Road," AGFlux and bandmate Aklock talk about their respective journeys picking up the microphone and finding their modes of expression. The tale is punctuated with powerful cathartic moments of realization and actualization, like in Aklock's line, "until I finally awake to fight the final fight, dividing my fate, to grip a mike and find the right to relate." The beat, which was also constructed by the multitalented AG, is hopeful, but troubled, and gives a fitting sense of progression.
"The High" - K!NG
Somewhere in between Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q is where K!NG's current inspiration seems to lie. While there are some chill R&B joints on the album, K!NG definitely raps best on "The High," where he sounds most natural and confident. Lines like, "Her perfume tastes like cocaine/Her ass is on that dope game/Her lips are made of fire/Strike a match and call that propane - boom." give the track a sense of immediacy that works well with his sensual style.