Sh*t I missed, a new series featuring artists that have been making classics way before we knew what a classic could sound like in 2014. Particularly music from the West Coast and areas outside of the Tri-State area, I will be covering a lot of material that I missed out on while being consumed by the hype from the above-ground scene in Hip-Hop.
Paid a visit to the offices of Control Sector to accompany Luck in picking up sponsored merch to wear on tour to Austin and Portland next month. Check out the random recollection here.
“This past Tuesday, the self-identified gangster rapper invited me over to his humble abode up in Harlem to preview his album before it hit the Internet, and also to converse on general topics ranging from Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, the military and prison-industrial complexes, death of black-owned businesses, the falsehood of nationalism, and corny conscious rap in between our listening to his album. From our private listening session, I discerned a list of my top 10 favorites from a 20 hour-long listen through of this monster 20-track project. Below is a neat fragment from my afternoon with Luck.
“Proclaimed as “King of the Northwest”, Luck-One Conscious from Portland recently put out his 7th independent release at 12AM EST yesterday morning and shattered the ears of the Hip-Hop Interwebs. Titled “K.O.T.N.W. II: Curse Of The Pharaoh”, Luck’s album serves listeners with a palate of prolific sound that is crafted with committed and furious detail, providing a careful balance between conscious and party rap. Between incorporating the elements of nostalgic hip-hop of the mid-90’s – conscious rap of industry favorites like Black Star and Nas as well as classic party rap of Biggie and Pac at their peak – this body of work proves to be diverse and eclectic in taste, giving listeners a continent of choice and endless opportunity for discovery in a fresh-water of sound.”