Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 3 / 5
Chaz French is a blue-chip rap prospect from the Washington, D.C. area whose debut album, Happy Belated, has been making the requisite blog rounds for the last couple of weeks. And, while it’s mostly enjoyable hearing Chaz slam home vocal alley-oops over the production work of fellow upstarts — names like Kris Minor and Super Miles — Happy Belated ends up feeling more like 28 points scored on 10-for-thirty shooting, rather than an efficient use of the rapper’s obvious natural talent…
Gabriel Teodros (MC) and SoulChef (producer) connect time zones and worldly perspectives on their new collaboration, Evidence Of Things Not Seen. Gabe recorded his lyrics in Seattle, Toronto and Quebec; and SoulChef cooked the beats in Auckland, New Zealand. See it come together live on November 6 at Columbia City Theater where GT will mark the occasion by releasing a limited-edition lyric book along with the CD. Also watch for the 28Hundred interview with Gabe, dropping tomorrow (Wed., 10/29).
This is tight. Brothers From Another bring a dope concept to an effortlessly fresh video for their new track, “Running Home.” BFA play genial Love Scouts in what appears to be a beautiful aligning of souls between two nameless people. A little Wes Anderson, a little low-budget DIY charm — it’s the nimble BFA crew making it all look easy, as usual. Video directed by Jon Holman, track produced by Nima Skeemz.
A loosie from one of the Town’s best MCs. La — and frequent collaborator Jester — go solar psychedelic on “Aura.”
From BeanOne‘s box of classic samples, the video for “High Noon” (off that new 199Yuk ‘tape) serves double duty as a commercial for Officials Vintage on Capitol Hill. Franchise Yukmobbers Fearce Vill and Romaro Franceswa do the raps.
Filmed on location in downtown Seattle and just outside the Unabomber’s house*, Bryce Bowden and Prospect (rhyme partners on the upcoming Quality Over Quantity 2) go in over a minimalist electro instrumental.
Many thanks to the moderators over at the Hip-Hop Heads Northwest Reddit page for having me. I’ll be hopping on this afternoon, Sunday, Oct. 26, to answer your deepest philosophical questions about life and the 206 rap scene. Click the image above or right here to join in.