Arrested Development – Standing At The Crossroads (Album Review)
Recently I’ve been diggin around in my record collection and listening to some classic albums. I’ve listened to BDP’s ‘Edutainment’, ED O.G. & Da Bulldogs ‘Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto’, Brand Nubian’s ‘All For One’ and PE’s ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ amongst others. As much as they are all musically wonderful albums they also have something this else in common. They are all albums that pay more than lip service to social commentary. You might go as far as saying that that they are all message raps.
Wun Two – Whale EP (Germany)
I’ve been on Wun Two’s coat tails for a while now. Someone who always comes in with the nicest Jazz Hop, produced and bottled in Germany. However I must confess I’ve been slightly out of the loop for the last couple of months and as a result I missed this drop. ‘Whale EP’ is exactly what you’d expect, delicious jazzy vibes, for a straight 15 minutes. Whats more, it’s free.
Karamel Kel – Endless Sound
At the turn of the month I posted a track by Karamel Kel, a 16 year old producer from Massachusetts. His sound is like that of a real melodic, Nujabes vibe kinda thing, it’s real nice. Now he’s released his first downloadable release, a short set 3 tracks long, but hey they’re all nice and here at WIB we abide by the ‘Quality Over Quantity’ philosophy. You can’t download via Bandcamp so check out the link after the jump…
Tha Soul Circle – Tha Wilderness
New track from the dope trio that is Tha Soul Circle. Made up of beatsmith Scifi Stu and rhyme writers Supreme Sol and Fresh Sly, every track I’ve heard from then is on point. It’s one of those next level, feel good jazzy vibes.
2OvaKind – Stockholm City Nights (Sweden)
Ahh, straight outta the WIB Vaults comes 2OvaKind. 2OvaKind is made up of two 19 year old MCs from Stockholm, Sweden, and this is their first video release. Nice lyrics from the duo…laced with Thes One’s beat ”San Francisco Nights” for a smooth outcome. Are they the next best thing outta Sweden since Bakers Of The Holy Bread? We’ll see – they’re planning to release an EP later on this year.
Infamous Reptar – #Juice
This dude is pretty familiar around Word Is Bond by now, but no doubt this is his best release yet. A short beat tape but it’s hella nice, a set of instrumentals with that nice filter/slightly offcut style compared to traditional Hip Hop production. Download after the jump.