Blac Samurai’s Compendium Of Hip Hop: Artist of the Week

Coming across another Chicago artist that takes lyrical content and flow to the next level. Blac Samurai, focuses greatly on lyrical content more so than he does the production on his tracks, however the beat is equal in quality; it just caters to, or emphasizes the words. Armed with a few singles and an EP, Blac Samurai also recently released a full length album called COMPENDIUM. Now with that title, you can tell this artist owns a dictionary, and does not mess around with his words.

Once the beat drops you instantly get that old school, boom bap vibe on the first opening track PLAY ME CLOSE. Blac Samurai was looking for an old school and alternative sound and he nails it, with the balance between old and contemporary styles throughout COMPENDIUM. His next track, U WANT, sounds more modernized, with trap influenced beats, bass and hi hats, snares, but still heavy on a lo-fi ambient energy. This will be the consistent theme throughout the LP, you can comfortably play it out without disrupting its own flow.

Samurai notes that this COMPENDIUM is an album that has taught him patience, evidently from his lyrics in MASK. “Why do you continue to hide these emotions, how can you understand someone else when you never understood yourself, have you ever asked for help?… How do you really feel? Just take off the MASK…” Followed by a beautifully sung verse within the same idea, and a commentary that goes even deeper within the lines of self understanding. KELLY ROWLAND really captures the Notorious BIG 90’s R&B essence, and some Pusha T within DNA and HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW INTERLUDE, with some A$AP Rocky inspiring tracks like KNOW THAT and BRAND NEW on some acid rap. As those artist come to inspire Blac Samurai, he establishes his own flow, style and energy with COMPENDIUM, the full 12 track album is a good one to put on repeat; and he really saves the best one for last, with the smooth jazz hip hop vibes, rightly named WILL BE CROWNED.

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A Lyrical Demigod In WRDS

Some people may feel talent is god given, 2nd nature, and others would argue that it is sculpted from practice, experience and passion. As an artist, WRDS seems to display a natural talent within his hip hop lyricism and flow. Seemingly spitting verses casually as he raps about life and his perspectives. Especially in his latest releases following up from his WINTER SOLSTICE EP, which was a great display of his lyrical ability.

Gods & Champions seems to be the theme surrounding his latest singles, ICARUS, NIMBUS II and CAMPEON. Strolling in casually with lo-fi, boom-bap styled beats rappin’, “the chosen one? I have to be, my pen never atrophies. Yea, god given, god taketh, yes a born sinner but this gift is not forsaken,” in ICARUS, who in greek mythology gained wax wings to fly but flew too close to the sun. In NIMBUS II, a storm cloud that reveals a god, a perfect metaphor for WRDS lyrical strength, “Chemtrails left from my Nimbus, I’m feelin refreshed, feelin tremendous. Dug my self up out the trenches, my rain drenches those who stand against us.” With CAMPEON, spanish for champion, he really proves just that he is one, using nothing but boom bap, letting his lyrics do all the work with his god like flow.

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The Monkey Hermit – Abstrct EP

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The Monkey Hermit releases his first EP Abstrct. Part of the Artistic Brigade this Chicago local chooses to remain anonymous behind a monkey mask keeping it more focused on the music. If you are lucky enough to know the Monkey Hermit personally you can probably make out his voice as he does his own vocals.  The Abstrct EP contains 4 tracks with some hip hop and boom bap elements, making it the perfect ep to kick back and chill to. This is only his first EP of many so make sure to follow him on his soundcloud for future updates. You can also catch the Artistic Brigade throwing parties every weekend showcasing their music. More info on the Artistic Brigade facebook page.

Listen to the Abstrct EP below.