Most people expect to receive gifts on their birthday, but Essse is generous, and he decides to gift his fans instead! Following up on THE LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL 1 LP collaboration, and his own DELICATE & DEADLY EP, we receive Essse’s first release of the new year! In his very essence, CAMALI is expressed fully in his native Spanish tongue, further connecting with his hispanic roots and his audience. Another fine example of how the Spanish language can flow with ease into hip hop, you do not need to understand the words to rock your head to the rhythm and the beat. Chiming in with a sustained and chopped key or signal, introducing a finger picking guitar loop along a beat, while Essse enters carrying the rhythm with his vocals. “Camali, Camaleon“, Spanish or not, Essse will having you chanting the chorus with him. Those that can understand the lyrics, can find deeper meaning within the words, from the very first lines!
When it comes to abstract art and artists, most would think of visual art, but ESSSE Guey takes the idea and places it into his music. From his image, to his spelling, to his lyrics and wild behavior. Essse really does not follow the rules, and it works out for him musically and even visually, with his collection of music videos. As a Hip Hop artists he puts his whole mind on display, and he does not shy away from those explicit thoughts either!
His most recent music video, OD Featuring RhymSter, is a perfect visual representation of abstract antics. In the video, you will see ESSSE climbing gates, jumping around a ware house, running around dark rooms fitted with a betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) getup and masks. “Open minded odyssey, anarchy to gravity, higher than a remedy, OD off of-” ESSSE pops in with the chorus. Even the whole format of the video is abstract, with skits in the middle and the end, and even bloopers and behind the scenes footage to really reel you in.
From his image and antics, you can see the Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso esque quality ESSSE brings to hip hop. But more than only his style and attitude, his lyricism brings him a long way as well. Recently releasing a 6 track EP, dubbed TIMES LIKE THESSSE, featuring many local artists like Baggz, Black Joe, BeatrixKiddo, RhymSter and Mike Booth. Pay attention to how expresses himself in his songs, ad-libbing with grunts, growls and barks, bouncing between Spanish and English language. His lyrics can cover anything from being carefree, ominous thoughts and activities, mischievousness, sexuality, hustle and motivation, as evident through just the song titles in TIMES LIKE THESSSE, like NO CHASIN, NO Z’S, DO NOT GIVE A DAMN and SKULLS.
Essse Guey is Ever Evolved’s ace in the hole when it comes to recording artists. Not only having a dope unique sound and style, but also an image that is perfect for the contemporary hip hop climate. Which brings me to an underrated Essse visual produced by Brandon Holmes to the song “CONSTELLATIONS”. The lines would constantly repeat in your heard. “Dark side of the moon I’m sipping 3 Floyd’s, space station middle finger up for the polaroid!” This line has quite a few meanings that could be extrapolated but I just love the sly double reference to Pink Floyd and the staple Indy craft brewing beer that’s famously sold throughout the Midwest.
Essse Guey has been diligently working on a few projects that are on his horizons, until then become familiar with Essse’s CONSTELLATIONS. His Chicago recording artist and rapper is as explosive on wax, as he is on stage, as he is on screen. “99 problems we be rolling up a matrix!“
Everybody has an artist they listen to all day on repeat no matter how many times they have heard them. Come across ESSSE Guey and you might find yourself in a similar predicament. Fusing a bit of Hispanic culture and lyricism into Hip Hop he adds a unique touch to his already outlandish persona. A persona that videographer Lonnie Edwards captures nicely, again through imagery with a second music video project for ESSSE following his V.I.M.M. (Let It Reign) music video.
Linking up with fellow Chicago Hip Hop head who recently released his own EP dubbed Pure Noon, RhymSter hits the first verse heavy after letting the beat run off. ESSSE ends it strong with a catchy flow leaving you feeling like hitting that replay button. He releases this track as his first single off his forthcoming project DREAMWORXXX which, judging by this song, is likely to be filled with plenty raw and authentic hip hop and nothing less. No official release dates yet so lets stay updated on his links & browse his latest releases.
Essse Guey pops out to reinforce a previously released track from his Over the Daze LP picking out a popular track to add some visuals too. Neorevivalist on duty giving V.I.M.M. life with some animated visuals matching the atmosphere of the slow and ominous beat. With a style so smooth he is not afraid to get dark with hooks like “You get left behind, F*** up out my eye, ready to die, Don’t really have a choice, voices in my mind” and “Over mad or under oath only real ones slit they throat, …cross-face, swan dive, head first, there’s a million ways to make another suicide note” and make it work. A timeless track produced by Dead_Air worth giving a double take and a surreal music video following his last for Constellations.