Old school rough rappers Tek and Steele of Bootcamp Click perform together as Smif-N-Wessun. If you’ve never heard of them before now, congratulations: Their work is underground legend.
In 2019, they found themselves working with Belgian instrumentalist dFonk to produce four terrific songs. Most excellent.
Another EP I heard and dug this week: Galapaghost!
Also of note: Aloha by Shy Glizzy.
Like Jay-Z, I usually avoid rappers who need heavy vocal effects, but Shy Glizzy’s lyrics rise above the limitations of using auto tune.
It’s all about Hawaii. Glizzy’s from D.C.
This one follows his acclaimed Covered N Blood mixtape from earlier this year, and his Grammy nom.