The Home Row Keyed – February 28, 2012Posted by Chul Gugich
This abbreviated “Home Row” brought to you by procrastination and fatigue.
“I See You (Black People)” – Vado
Harlem MC Vado crafts an anthem for the rap history books and director Jonah Schwartz attaches the vintage lens for emotional affect. V passes the true MC test by holding down the track’s simple, delicate sample loop with a nearly a cappella performance that finds the fleeting balance between hardcore and heartfelt. F-ck a month — this is Black History Lifetime. (Get Vado’s free mixtape, Slime Flu 2, here.)
“No Apologies” – Planet Asian (featuring Raekwon, produced by Oh No)
The Golden State’s Planet Asia recently released his Blackbelt Theatre LP via Vancouver’s Wandering Worx Entertainment. The West Coast veteran’s throwback mentality and venerable flow is fully intact. Fellow Kung-Fu aficionado Raekwon lends bars on “No Apologies,” a straight forward digging-in-the-crates production by Oh No.