Fernandough The Poet has yet again arrived with a new piece of work, Wise Words Fortunate Poet, after recently collaborating with Slim K for his “In My 96 Infiniti” chopped not slopped tape. His 8 track EP is handled in production by in-house team, Blacktophero, Nick Cavs, and Th33vilg3nius. Features include Qualmes, Truey V, Billie Essco, Yung Rivah, A$ton Martin, and ManManSavage on the electrifying My Ignorance Pt. II Remix.
JENESIS Magazine presents a 7 track Instrumental Tape called #ScenicRoute featuring the talented producer Blacktophero, Nick Cavs, Coopatroop, Th33vilg3nius. These group of collaborators often work together to put on tracks for Fernandough The Poet, Young Lyxx, KH of Mo’$crill, The Underachiervers, Neako, and more.
Lee Ferris has been on our radar as of late creating much noise over in the Bay Area. Here he connects with Nick Cavs and BlackTopHero for an original over the track “Daydream” from our #VAPETape released back in April. Here we present “If You Must” available for stream below and download via our Soundcloud:
Hank Iving is releasing his third beat tape “Evening Mellow” under his own label The Turkey Club. The beat tape name, Evening Mellow was landed on from the lifestyle Iving has been living since early winter (2013). Every evening after work Iving stops off at the corner store (Urban Pantry), grabs a bottle of wine and heads home to immediately make music. Iving’s anxiety peaks on days he can’t make music.
The beat tape covers a wide variety of sounds/moods/sub-genres. All beats keep a hip-hop/R&B feel.
Download the full “Evening Mellow” beat tape here – bit.ly/1tHmS3i
The underlying message that loiters around Skeme’s music is not hard to find. It is not so obscure as to hide itself from anyone that is looking for it, if one looks at his music plainly, one will immediately be able to spot it.
Now hold that thought.
Anyone who has been a fan of Skeme will agree with me when I say that he is one original, gangsta ass dude. From the jump the Los Angeles native has kept true to his gangsterish sound and message. If we take a look back into the archives of Skeme’s music, the most persistent and prominent feature that rears its head is consistency. Looking at any three tracks at random he’s been enlisted on; we’ll just go with Play On ( by Dom Kennedy), LA Night, and H-Town (by Nipsey Hussle) one can clearly observe the similarities, in word selection, the way he keeps up the the beat and his trademarked rhyme scheme. He’s known for keeping it real and he continues this legacy of Michael Jordan-like consistency and sniper rifle accuracy in the realm now known as Ingleworld.
Ingleworld, hits listeners over the head with the West Coasts’ signature synthesizers and low bpm for starters, then without warning the mood shifts, as he constructs a rhetorical rhyme scheme- he’s making statements that don’t need a reply- the remarks stand alone, free from banter and discussion .
Skeme lets the beat build, “You now in tuned with the most underrated niggas in rap”; the line protrudes. It sits in front of you- it rose from the underbelly of the beat like a phoenix arising from the ashes of past works- and allows one to speculate upon that. It raises questions. Deep, mind boggling questions. If we were in fact in tuned with the “most underrated niggas in rap” then how does this all work together? How could he say he “hopped out of that Honda Accord to that Bentley”? How could he have gotten Iggy Azalea to come in and lay waste to High Life? How could he have produced such a creatively sound project and still be seen as the “most underrated” by his own standards?
Woah, woah, too many questions! Hold those.
Skeme enlisted some heavy hitters on his project, but keeps the features down to a minimum, as we see many other Los Angeles artist do (Dom Kennedy, four collabs on Get Home Safely, Casey Veggies, three collabs on Life Changes, just for an example). Wale, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, K. Roosevelt, and an especially hot fire track from Iggy Azalea, offer some contrast against Skeme’s raspy thuggish tone. The sound we hear blaring from Ingleworld was produced by, Boi-1da, Rey Reel, JRocket, Lord, Wizzo, Sean Momberger, Feb 9 and THC.
From intro and outro, although produced by entirely different people is actually cohesive as hell. The intro and outro both embody an ominous sound. They give off a reflective feeling. The feeling associated with the Me Against the World is a hopeful one. It sits you down and makes you think about what you have done to get you where you are. A convergence of thought and reality overwhelms you, it makes the successes brought on by self determination and perseverance just that much more sweet when taking the time out to ponder while simultaneously listening to the track. That “Damn, I did it feeling” becomes felt.
A particularly cool track is Oversick. He reinvents his flow for one track and murks it. The beat sounds like a xylophone loop, but is still fair game for Skeme.
The songs flow together, creating continuity from start to finish. Even when he switches shit up, it still seems to fit.
Then the outro, Thankful wraps it up and gives a feeling of foresight; a look into the future of oneself and Skeme’s music. I think the ending is especially tight. It concludes the tape in a way that gives way for more music. Sometimes artist have a tendency of completely closing off an album, kind of closing off the possibility to elaborate upon the project. But the mystic, free flowing vibe of the ending is open ended, yet complete in a way that leaves you open to listening to more, yet you can walk away feeling like you listened to a complete project.
Okay, now lets bring the aforementioned premises and questions back into frame.
The answer to these questions are quite simple. Simple as hell actually, so simple that if I don’t point it out the whole idea (as damned simple as it seems) it would slide right through the cracks altogether.
Its simple. Hard Work Pays Off. See, told you it was simple. The age old statement, and Skeme’s underlying theme seems to be the epitome of his rapping existence. The reason he can “Pull that T-rex out” when he’s in a dangerous mood, is simply because, as he by said himself on the tail end of the two-part-track “What Yo Life Like”, “Me I hold the key to success and you holding grudges”. He’s out working. He laid down the groundwork with his past raps. He’s spent his time tirelessly in studios and in the streets, keeping clear of squares and squareness as a whole on the journey to the summit of success mountain.
Hard work landed him in a Bentley, and probably of more importance, our Itunes. Skeme is the poster child of hard work, his music is the proof in the pudding.
No matter what material success comes along with the show and tour money, and increased feature inquiry emails, he knows that there is much more work to be done, and hides his knowledge of this in the opening statement “You now in tuned with the most underrated niggas in rap”.
From standing on the block, to rooftop views, Skeme has withstood the test of time and overcome the odds. One thing I can say for sure about Skeme is that he’s faced trials and tribulations and still remains, consistent, thuggish, and real and gives us those feelings, struggles, painful and glorious moments through his eclectic album, Ingleworld.
One of our past “We’re With The DJ” features Corey Grand is back with a Summer ending mix by the name of “Goodbye Summer” along with Chris Mars B. If you’re looking for a full on Hip-Hop tape, this isn’t it. This mix takes you from the wonderful stylings of Mayer Hawthorne to the trap with Reese. Stream/download below: