Malcolm Rebel, legitimate relation to one Mr. Vitamin D, posted this collection of tracks released throughout 2013 to his SoundCloud recently. This is a precursor to the rapper’s Swisher Nights 2, the sequel to the immensely satisfying (and overlooked, IMO) Swisher Nights (grab that here).
PhilHarmonic was one part of the two-man local crew called Superfire who, back in early 2011, submitted the soulful joint “Searchin” to this blog’s TRACKMEET competition. The other half of that duo is a cat named Elan Wright who now makes moves with Sol’s production team The Zillas. These boys all growed up now and Phil has moved on to solo work. Drones is his latest project and it gets blessed by former partner Elan and the lyrical stylings of Rebel and Kung Foo Grip.
Three of the most promising voices in Seattle rap collab for “Sweet Life,” another production by the 253’s DJ Semaj (see previous post).
Vitamin D makes harder beats than anyone in the SEA, that’s just a fact. Up-and-coming MC Rebel nabs five of ’em here, the highlight of which is “Light Up (Shit You Like)” featuring Cole of Brothers From Another (who also show up in unison on “Outta Yo Mind”) and Antbeezy (delivering a rewind-worthy double-time verse). Aside from his tight-knit connection to Vita, Rebel has a lot going for him including a diverse flow and above-average technical skills. Definitely worth keeping your ears open for.