Mello Music Group continue their hot run of form with 14KT‘s Nickel & Dimed. MMG have been putting out some of the freshest underground hip hop releases for a minute now and this latest one is no exception. 14KT has a reputation for his crazy sample flips and fresh drums, and his contributions to the twenty-one deep album are on point as always – and I wonder if it is inspired by or is a response at all to the closing track of Jay Z’s Magna Carta. However, he offers more than just instrumentals as 14KT pics up the mic for the LP opener ‘Fives & Tens’, and enlists the talents of MED, Blu, Black Milk and others to top off this fine release. A very well rounded record that you can pick up from Bandcamp.
14KT laces together 14 instrumentals + 1 song with an incomparable ear for flipping samples, and his signature boom-bap, off-kilter drum programming and spacey synths. Then he enlists a handful of his favorite artists for a vocal encore (including Blu, Black Milk and MED) + appearances by Detroit’s own JMSN on the summer cruiser Slo Swerve (also featuring Jamall Bufford) and Cali’s Kokane (along with MED) on the new west coast anthem “W.C.E.F.” 14KT even steps up to the microphone himself on “Five & Ten” to paint a picture of his take on the phrase, “nickel and dimed.”
“I personally want to say THANK YOU to all of the countless individuals who recognize, utilize, and give their GOD-given talents, purposes, skills, and wisdom EVERYDAY, so individuals such as myself, can continue to dream, create, and progress.”
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