Kapi-Ku - Own The Night
While the early 90s often brings memories of the Golden era of Hip+Hop, it was also a time of unrest. The L.A. riots grabbed the national spotlight, but those in New York remember the riots in Crown Heights and Washington Heights in the summers of '91 and '92 respectively. This was the world in Kapi-Ku's formative years.
'Own The Night' was created in the midst of the highly publicized events of police brutality that went on in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and all over the U.S.
The instrumentals by production crew, The KNCT, are heavy and evoke the tension of the times. Kapi goes way deeper than 'f--- the police', 'f--- the system', and lyrical-miracle punchline raps. Every track tells a story or stays within the overall theme of the project, a dreamer navigating thru social injustices and survival. So there's no token love song, there's no party track, this is rebel music.
'Own The Night' is a strategic rebellion in sonic Hip+Hop form, which progresses from the problems, to the struggle, to solutions, and what others usually fail to include, a vision of freedom.
The Machine - The Cousin Nick Tape
The Cousin Nick Tape, released in August 2013, is the first project released by The Machine as a group. It features all original beats produced by Cousin Nick of the collective known as The KNCT (pronounced connect), also out of Washington Heights.
While some of the beats are actually his earliest works, Cousin Nick has been steadily practicing and honing his craft and is ever the perfectionist.
Clocking in at about 30 minutes, most of the tracks are bass heavy, agressive, accompanied by The Machine's diverse lyrical styles. And apparently this project is great to workout to.
Be on the look out for the 'Esplanade Racheteriat' video with Kapi-Ku. And you can check out Soli performing 'Love Me' live.
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Ppul - The Dilla Project
The DILLA Project is the 2nd mixtape from Ppul, re-released in February 2016. It features all beats and instrumentals from the late J. Dilla. As mentioned in the Intro, the project was conceived by "accident." Having been continually inspired by the seminal producer's catalogue, one song turned into a few, and eventually into The Dilla Project.
Ppul's characteristic smooth, baritone delivery seamlessly compliments Dilla's compositions. From the first track, listeners will find themselves simultaneously at ease and enlightened. It's a positive message without being preachy; energetic without being boisterous; and nostalgic while also appealing to a modern audience.
By the mixtape's end, it's probable you'll want to run it back. Go ahead. Enjoy the vibe. Be in the atmosphere. The Dilla Project may quickly become an in-the-zone favorite.