Oh Hellz Ellz: One 2 Grow On.
Ellz Cole is a 20 year old fresh faced emcee outta the North PA area—currently in the ATL. I came across this artist while twitting around. Decided to go peep her project. She describes her sound as rap/hiphop/pop. Which is most definitely an accurate description of the music I heard Something about this project reeks of high school —there is a level of bubblegum I haven’t heard in a while. Not that I’m faulting her for that mind you. I mean she is 20. Just saying get ready for it. Its also re-emphasized by her voice, which is on the high side, even girlish and in this instance it works. It provides an interesting contrast with the harder production. It most apparent on the slower tracks. Of her self titled EP the ones that show potential and get ya head bobbing are Clap Clap, W.A.M., and Da Da Dum, party and radio friendly with solid production (mostly) and fun (frequently misogynistic) lyrics. This isn’t an instant classic but it definitely shows potential and I’ll be keeping track of Ellie Ellz.
I’m trying to make alot
A to the motherfucking Dot. I’ve mentioned this emcee before. If you missed shame on your late ass. This is her latest entitled Semantics.
Rapdiddy, too pretty, not too siddity, flow like water, you soon envy
Listening to all this hot young talent has a sister having flashbacks to my writing and reciting days. Perhaps I’ll pick up a pen again. In the mean time you can peep an emcee far more talented than I ever was, Rapsody. This sister is repping the east coast well—but she ain’t from NYC or Philly. Naw my nig, she’s from North Cakcalac aka Carolina.
I don think I’d be remiss in saying that often when you think of hiphop from the south you think fast tracks with lots of bass that would be very appropriate in a strip club. However that does hiphop from the region a disservice in more ways than one. It also totally negates the fact that all hiphop coming out of the dirty south doesn’t sound like that. Rapsody is no exception in that regard especially with a producer like 9th Wonder who is deeply rooted in hiphop culture.
This member of generation next has a little southern drawl, a little attitude, and a lot skill. On Return of the B-girl she collaborates with the old guard, Kane and Rah Digga. On solo tracks, she covers all the ground she walks on. She reps well by self or with a crew. The lyrics are tight, and run the gambit from fun loving to introspective. All things good music can be and in this instance is.
She Ain’t Playing. She Works.
Wackness is ubiquitous, especially in hiphop. It has run a muck, but bringing balance to hiphop and particularly, the scene in Chicago is the first lady of Rhymesayers, Psalm One. What can I say about Psalm that hasn’t already been said? Not much. Skills-check, wordplay-check, familiar with metaphors, similes and the use of a thesaurus-checkaroo.
She is a bgirl’s bgirl. Hailing from Englewood, Repping the Go, original member of the Nacrobats and now doing it solo. Psalm’s latest project Women at Work. Is a project in three parts: Something for erbody— party perfect product, old school boom bap, backpackeresque and the unexpected. A lyricist with a sense of the world around her and a sense of humor always makes for an engaging listen. Don’t sleep on sis, You might find her at the foot of your bed with her ginsu knives