Captain of the filthy monotonic, Aaron Cohen — the Queens-based, Seattle-bred rapper — dropped his latest project yesterday. You Wouldn’t Know is a seven-track EP with a dark and catchy appeal; the most accurate representation yet of who he is as an MC. Listen and download below, and make sure to check out the exclusive 28Hundred interview below that.
“All Eye No,” a track from Fearce Vill and BeanOne‘s excellent Let It Be, is a glorious wall of sound. The accompanying video goes for the jugular with a barrage of images exhibiting various forms of social unrest. The rap equivalent of just trying to keep your head above water.
Tacoma’s Rockwell Powers (MC) and DJ Phinisey (producer) highlight the Tacoma Murals Project — a grassroots art endeavor that seeks to nurture and cultivate the skills of adult artists in order to “transform public spaces, neighborhood identities and individual lives” — in their new video for “True (Heart Into It)” off their excellent album, Build. Good folks doing good things.
Thaddeus David gears up for his upcoming EP with Portland producer Stewart Villain (due October 13). “Contra” co-stars the buzzing Gifted Gab. Snaps to TH for letting Gabby hop on just to kill him. (Good thing he’s got those 30 extra lives.)
Black Magic Noize’s Araless and Bronx MC Mike Larry Draw turn down for contemplation in their new video “Cloudcatchers.” Watch for Ara’s Symbiosis dropping October 5.
Nacho Picasso has a new label home: Brooklyn-based producer Harry Fraud’s Srfschl (that’s Surfschool if you’re still wondering). “In The Trump” is a little preview of what’s to come from the new creative partners. Harry has always been a do-it-all, Swiss army knife-type producer so this team-up should be interesting.