DJ Manipulator & Louie Gonz teased us with the Blu assisted “This Sound” a while ago. Said single was a precursor to the heavy weight offering they just delivered in the form of their 12 track LP titled “The Loops“. The project is raw and hard hitting, no frills or gimmicks. What we get is that head nodding, neck grabbing bangers from top to bottom.
The album’s strengths are evident right out the gate on opener, “All Hail,” a menacing slapper driven by Manipulator’s crazy sample flips and Gonz’s no-bullsh*t bars. It sets the perfect tone for listening to The Loops straight through. But also because you’ll hear quotables worth scribbling down in your notepad, like “I feel like Nas in ‘96 with the half-moon” or “You messin’ with a heavyweight/ Betta get it straight/ Five seconds ‘til I detonate/ The whole entire buildin’, streets about to levitate.”
Of course, none of this comes as a surprise to fans of Manipulator and Gonz, who previously released Private Stock in 2014 and were once part of the crew Kinda Dusty. Although the group’s members went their separate ways, the two obviously kept in touch and continued working on music together.
“With this release, Louie and I want to reintroduce ourselves as a duo,” Manipulator explains. “It’s been awhile since our last effort and we’ve both grown musically. We’re at a point in our careers where we’re focused more then ever.”
That focus remains steady throughout the record, whether Gonz is attacking the mic solo or trading verses with like-minded emcees. Those guests include Blu on “This Sound” and William Hurtz on the closing track “Lean,” both instant standouts that stick with you once the album ends. And given its brief running time, don’t be surprised if you hit that repeat button—or, pardon the pun, keep it on a constant loop.
The duo also dropped the Video for “Who Want It (feat. Mr. Pacheco)” which is the fourth track on the LP. Check it out below.