Real rap is the best rap. Not just ‘keeping it real’, but people sharing real stories. Real life issues. What you go through, what we all go through. On “Bitter Berries,” VanGogh opens up about his bi-racial upbringing, being half mexican and half black. How it affected him, and how much pride he has. This is dope.
1988. A glorious year. Now, also, a fire ass mixtape by Valee, in association with DJ Bandz. If you’ve been following me on social and reading FSD, then you’ve obviously seen me ranting and raving about Valee throughout the course of 2017. He’s next to blow, and I’m sticking to that statement. His single “Shell” has been bubbling for a little bit, and you can expect this otherworldly new tape, 1988, to really shake shit up. Pay attention, don’t be late.
You know who is paying attention? Noisey, that’s who. So much in fact that they had Josh Terry write a profile on him, and Bryan Allen Lamb took the flicks. They premiered the tape to boot. See an excerpt, and you can read the full piece here.
His new tape 1988 heads in a slightly different direction. On it, Valee’ embraces “more than just my birth year,” he explained. “Lately I’ve been on this streak of making this trap music in 2017 but I’ve also been reintroducing this 1988 sound, channeling Eazy E and KRS-One. For example I made ‘Flow (I’m The Typa..),’ and going forward I just have to keep digging for ways that rappers aren’t going now.” There’s also a moody song that reimagines Erykah Badu’s 2010 track “Window Seat,” finding Valee’ at his most plaintive. “I really hope she hears it and gives me a hug,” he quipped. While Valee’ tackles most of the production, his longtime collaborator St. Louis producer ChaseTheMoney also features (the two have another yet-to-be-titled project out May 21).
Valee is also playing our next show with Red Bull Sound Select — this one in Minneapolis on May 19th alongside Lil Durk and Kodie Shane. You can RSVP right here, and see more details below.
Nap Town production and rap wiz, Mathaius Young, give the world his new single, “Take Off.” The result? This man took the F off on it. From the snaps on the beat, to the way his vocals cut through the stutter-steps, this shit is too hot. Enter three rocket ship emojis right here.
Looking forward to his new album, coming sooner than you think.
Something you should know about me: Celly Cel’s “It’s Goin Down” is one of my all time favorite songs. Man listen, I even ride for the remix with Mack 10 and Spice 1 and nem. I could talk about his Killa Kali album all day if you’d like, but back to the lecture at hand.
It’s HighLife’s day, and today he returns with new music fresh off the release of his latest album HighEndLuxuryTrapArt, which dropped last month. He’s joined by longtime accomplice Gzus Piece for this flip of the Vallejo classic. Listen to the 2017 version below.