So much stuff happened/happened to find my ears this week, that it overflowed into a second local rap post, and I'm far from mad. What can I say? People be rappin'.
After a short period of hibernation, the Members Only label has returned with new music, and a new artist. "Safeco" is the new track by Rebel, the local label's newest signee. Rebel raps in a relaxed tenor beyond his years ("I'm a grimy nineties baby/wasn't 'round for the eighties"), and sounds as natural over the Drew Beats instrumental as one can. His easiness on the mic could be attributed in part to his musical upbringing, which was spent listening to his dad, Town hip hop legend Vitamin D (with whom he's working on a new full-length), make beats. The two have equally laid-back styles, but young Reb has a voice all his own, and has a genuinely promising start.
Dark Time Sunshine is hitting the road again beginning this February, this time on their own headlining tour with Void Pedal and Moodie Black. Looks like they'll be swinging back through the Crocodile March 28th (full list of dates here), and have thrown us a free track to keep us busy in the meantime. A cut track from the ANX sessions, "Some Place Special" is a whimsical jaunt to Onry's happy place, and contains a few great critical thoughts, among them: "All those who speculate, write blogs and articles/only to judge what is solid(?) but not the particles/becuase they never could accomplish it theyselves...when I smile, I just enjoy when I'm pickin' apart the people who score life like age, boy." I give it an eight.
The guy Mega Evers put out a new video for his song "True God Flow", which follows him around the country on his most recent tour (well a couple of shows in Atlanta and back home in Seattle, anyway), and gives a little peek into his life. His production could use an update, but his lyrics are generally upper shelf, so the future looks good. Check it out: