OKGazette.com - Hip Hop/Rap http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-56-1-hip-hop_rap.html <![CDATA[Deus Eyeslow - Lyrical Voodoo - ]]> Oklahoma has long been viewed as a mecca for songwriters and hell on earth for rappers. But that’s not necessarily the case, certainly not as of late.]]> <![CDATA[Josh Sallee — Know Society - ]]> For years, rapper Josh Sallee has been key in lifting up the Oklahoma music scene. With his new album, Know Societyhe has taken it even higher.]]> <![CDATA[Mon — Goodbye September - ]]> Oklahoma City emcee Mon is a rapper at heart, but there’s a singer-songwriter in there too. His self-aware Goodbye September plays like an open diary of slinky and saddened beats ready-made to emote over and pour into.]]> <![CDATA[Willis — The Understanding - ]]> From the opening R&B samples and powerful horn section that triumphantly blasts the arrival of a new hero on the scene, Willis’ The Understanding perfectly captures the innercity swagger of a blaxploitation movie icon.]]> <![CDATA[Jabee — Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt - ]]> Few Oklahoma emcees have enjoyed the local spotlight that Jabee has. Thanks to his lyrical prowess and underdog mentality, the Oklahoma City emcee is quickly becoming appreciated by those outside the hip-hop scene as well as those inside it.]]> <![CDATA[Apocalyptic — Wisdom Mixtape Vol. 1 - ]]> In 2012, Robbie “Apocalyptic” Carpenter, former member of the legendary OKC rap collective Exodus, released the 20-track underground masterpiece Literary, a collection of sanctified hip-hop that was as rapid-fire with the rhymes as much as he is on fire for his Lord and Savior.]]> <![CDATA[Soul Williams — Love, Soul: The Musical Letters Collective, Part 1 - ]]> It’s easy to see why many secular types consider Christian music a joke. Badly produced, pre-programmed Casio backbeats and plastic saxophones providing the soundtrack to a holier-than-thou message inspires snickers and winces from even those least jaded. OKC’s Soul Williams aims to and succeeds in knocking some sense into that rightfully stereotyped scene.]]> <![CDATA[Takeoff Eyeslow — The Prescription - ]]> Before Kanye West went off on his screaming, no-wave punk nonsense, he was the only honest mainstream rapper, mixing high-quality, production with heart-wrenching lyrics exploring the more truthful aspects of relationships. ]]> <![CDATA[Kanye West — Yeezus - The skills match the ego.]]> Try as you might, but there’s no escaping Kanye West. Turn on the TV, radio, computer — hell, take a stroll downtown and you might see his mug projected on the side of a building. It’s an undeniable fact of life in 2013: Kanye West is bigger than Buddha, Krishna and The Beatles (today, anyway) and he’ll be the first to let you know about it.]]> <![CDATA[Joe Average — The Lullaby Goodbye - ]]> There’s no telling why Joe Average chose the moniker he did. He’s far from mediocre.]]> <![CDATA[Big Worm — Bench All-Stars - ]]> Fans of the comedy classic Friday may recognize the name Big Worm, but the Big Worm behind Bench All-Stars is rooted not in South Central L.A., but on the streets of Oklahoma City. ]]> <![CDATA[MilitantxMindz — #RIOT - ]]> It's odd that in this hyperpolitical cross-section of American history, the voices of socially conscious rappers à la Public Enemy or A Tribe Called Quest are being drowned out over the sound of poppin’ bottles, smackin’ booties and the jangle of diamond jewelry.]]> <![CDATA[Breezy Burnz — Product of My Enlightenment - ]]> Oklahoma City's own Breezy Burnz is tough to pin down, but that's half the fun of his latest mixtape, Product of My Enlightenment, a top-to-bottom solid effort that boasts a smattering of hip-hop complete with some of the catchiest hooks the 405 ever has seen.]]> <![CDATA[Spyda “the Wise Musician” — Mr. Metaphor - ]]> Oklahoma City’s rap revolution continues with Mr. Metaphor from Spyda “the Wise Musician,” a self-proclaimed “worldwide producer” with a style that’s “more doper than rocks of crack.”]]> <![CDATA[Johnny Polygon — The Nothing - ]]> Tulsa rap export Johnny Polygon made a splash with 2010’s Rebel Without Applause. Now he’s back with his most fully realized effort to date.]]> <![CDATA[A$AP Rocky — Long.Live.A$AP. - ]]> Harlem, New York, rapper A$AP Rocky has released his highly anticipated debut album, Long.Live.A$AP.
<![CDATA[Dewey Binns — High Character - ]]> A lot of hip-hop is pure escapism: fantasies about fast cars, attractive women and having more money than you know what to do with. High Character is not that; it’s about as real and down-to-earth as it gets, while still taking the time to appreciate the small things the world gives us.]]> <![CDATA[T.I. — Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head - ]]> Atlanta rapper T.I. has released Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, his eighth studio album and the first since his most recent stint in prison. The title is no doubt a reference to his legal troubles on federal weapons charges, but it also makes reference to the Marvin Gaye song of the same name, which is sampled in the album’s opening track.]]> <![CDATA[Myke Brown — Don’t Forget the Y - ]]> If Norman’s Myke Brown keeps making music as good as he does in Don’t Forget the Y, Myke with a Y is sure to be a household name.]]> <![CDATA[Big Boi — Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors - ]]> Atlanta rapper and one-half the legendary duo Outkast, Big Boi has released his new solo project, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. It’s far from a typical hip-hop album; every song has a different feel to it, sometimes even stepping outside of the genre. ]]>