2018 is a wrap, but the music we listened to throughout the year will be with us for years to come. But even with it being at the tip of our fingers because of how easy it is to stream instantly, there are no doubt several releases we’ve all looked over. We put together a short list of projects we think you may have missed out on in the last month of the year:
Mally Bandz – Mally’s World 2
After releasing a 7-track project titled Root Of Evil at the beginning of December, Mally Bandz kept the pressure on with Mally’s World 2. The second installment is some of the TME affiliates best music yet. He continues to perfect his melodic flows and distinctive auto-tuned vocals.
The production is done exclusively by A Lau, Laron, and Tony Seltzer. This also gave the project a more genuine feeling and gave Mally an even greater advantage working with his go-to producers. Those 3 know exactly what beats are going to allow him to perform to the best of his ability. With only the sole feature from the TME CEO Jay Critch on the tape, Mally shows how strong he is on his own once again.
MIKE – War In My Pen
New York’s muffled but mindful rapper MIKE went to work in 2018 releasing 4 projects. Although he may be difficult to hear at times he’s speaking real powerful lyrics and leaving the pattern up for the audiences speculation. On War In My Pen he closes out the year with his most vocally audible work and perhaps his best.
The project holds 13 records with his usual style of rapping over perfectly picked samples that have been molded into masterful beats. Mike teams up with some friends for a few records on the album with features from Medhane, Navy Blue, Taphari, and King Carter. This is a telling project through the lyrics all the way down to the mixing and mastering of each record. It exploits the energy that MIKE and his fellow sLUms artists are headed into the new year with. That is to become some of the undisputed heroes in the rap game.
Tha God Fahim – Dump Truck 7
100 tapes and counting for the rap renaissance man Tha God Fahim. Dump Truck 7 showcased the prolific emcee doing what he’s done time and time again. Tape after tape Fahim proves to be an experienced and slept on artist in the game.
The 8 records on the project consist of nothing but bars. With elegant production throughout from some illustrious producers including Earl Sweatshirt himself. As well as The Architect, The Historian, Guru Griff, Thrasherwulf, JLVSN, and 2 self-produced records to close the project. Tha God also collaborates with Kungg Fuu and PikaRah for those last tracks.
Fleacoo – 76iyb
Fleacoo is a vet at this point in his career, he’s consistently shown growth perfecting his raps for years. Naturally talented flows that have been sharpened to the point that he’s bound to blow at any moment. 76iyb is his project of December that features 8 progressive records that look to serve as the preview to another upcoming project “TopShelf”.
The established emcee starts the EP off with 2 vibrant records produced by feelsbyparah. Lillamarbeats and TrueBeatzz take the next 2 and keep the energy up as Fleacoo speaks his life through dignified rhymes. He puts emphasis on what’s important in his life throughout like being a good father. The EP closes with 2 slower paced track produced by JustWinBeats. Fleacoo is a prime example that hard work and consistency will pay off.
Freshie – #sorrynotsorry
The wait for new music from Freshie came to an end in December. Cleveland ’s championed artist dropped the first official tracks since “Brady Bunch” and “Right Now” earlier in the year. Bringing 3 fresh new records to the surface on the EP “#sorrynotsorry”.
Right off the bat he’s back with a powerful delivery on “dirty!”, the opening of the EP with production from turntrie. Followed up by another head pounding track from the dirty boy “Lemonade” produced by cloverboy. Finished off with my favorite the illuminating beat by chatz on “double back” matched with Freshie’s refined flow.