Well, it sounded better at the end of the headline, but I'd like to start by talking about J. Pinder's new album. The Seattle MC has just released Careless, an eight-song project, that (though he's been kicking around the scene for a few years, releasing certified dope product like his Code Red Ep and popping up on large-scale releases like Jake One's Rhymesayers-released solo album, White Van Music) registers as his debut long play. The musicality of Pinder's voice, coupled with his ability to use the production he chooses to it's full, usually radio-worthy potential has long made me wonder why his name wasn't brought up more around town. Careless finally taps that potential. Though there are down moments on the release (like the regrettable rock crossover effort "Some Kinda Star"), the album showcases his strength of songwriting and storytelling. Check out a sample below (and find the full album on iTunes, etc.).
On the other end of the spectrum of rap love/respect songs, local guy Khingz just loosed a video for "F.u.t.u.r.e.", a top-notch jam from last year's phenomenal Liberation of the Monster. The instrumental (crafted by British Columbia's Rel!g!on) sounds as good as it did back in '11, and Khingz's wordplay is, of course, just as intricate and well-delivered. The video is all muted colors and smiles, loving glances and classy threads, and really does the song justice.
Raz (formerly known as Razpy from Seattle rock/rap group Razpy & The Vigilantes) brings his passionate voice center stage with the drum-less spoken-word joint "They'll Speak", which, to my knowledge, was debuted by way of the video. Featuring his rhymes like this is a great move, as he's clearly a good enough MC to stand on his own, and, although it would pain Chris Kornelis to hear this, rock-rap is like, way past its moment. Really looking forward to more music from Raz.