Joe Kickass’ latest EP feels a bit like Lyrics Born or Gift of Gab: Old school flow, intelligent lyrics, and beats that cross the border between early 1990s and the now.
Very good stuff–looking forward to hearing more from him in the future.
If you listen to today’s featured EP and think it sounds like a younger version of MF DOOM, you’re forgiven. At 18 years old, Bishop Nehru has already worked with the legendary masked rapper as half of last year’s duo, NehruvianDOOM. And now he’s working on album, which is being produced by no less than fellow New Yorker Nas, one of the greatest rappers of all time.
This is just a little example of how his complex lyrics provoke thought…
“I’ve been out of my mind, feeling feeble.
Why am I the guy seen as evil?
Time is flying by like an eagle.
I’m trying to survive and be peaceful.”
This is not the kind of music you can have in the background–it will demand too much attention. So get the freEP, listen well, and get ready for his official full length.
Get it here or from Soundcloud…
As always, it’s free. The new compilation from Americana analog label Mason Jar Music. Standout tracks: Cassandra Jenkins’ “Spirit,” which is inspiring me to go buy her album; LA Freeway by Roseann Cash (I thought I’d already heard the definitive version when I heard Bill Hearne’s version, but this one is even better); and Cory Chisel doing Bring it on Home to Me.
But seriously, this Cassandra Jenkins gal is fantastic. Find more of her music here–including the cover of Wild Word that I embedded below.