Erick Arc Elliott – “Love Shawty”...

I get the sense Erick Arc Elliott AKA Erick the Architect never wants to pigeonholed as a rap producer. His production work has been varied, and now he releases an instrumental track “Love Shawty” with sprinkles of vocal samples from “Shut Up” by Trick Daddy and friends. But now with the marching band horns and early 00s trap drums scrubbed away, Erick serves up a bed of ethereal bells and bouncing drums. And for some reason Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine” popped into to my head. Although if you did flip the track to 45RPM… I digress. “Love Shawty” is a great exercise of how to repurpose and re-imagine hip hop beats and tropes into something slightly against tradition. Soundcloud says this is from Arcstrumentals Vol. I. I want that immediately....

Flatbush ZOMBiES feat. Bodega BAMZ – “My Team Supreme 2.0” Apr22

Flatbush ZOMBiES feat. Bodega BAMZ – “My Team Supreme 2.0”...

More of that hallucinogenic drug talk that yall love. From their Better Off DEAD mixtape....

Flatbush ZOMBiES – “Lit” Feb15

Flatbush ZOMBiES – “Lit”...

The Architect has constructed a laid-back beat with a woozy horn. A perfect backdrop for him, Meech, and Juice spit some throwback-type rhymes. Good shit! From their upcoming EP, It’s All A Matter of Perspective....

A$ton Matthews feat. Action Bronson and Flatbush ZOMBiES – “TLC” Jan30

A$ton Matthews feat. Action Bronson and Flatbush ZOMBiES – “TLC”...

Real talk. I fucking hate rappers who substitute dollar signs for the letter “s” in their name. If you ain’t Too $hort, you ain’t got enough money to justify the dollar sign anyways. Stay aspirational but stay in your lane. BTW maybe another day I’ll be interested in 3 verses from Aston Matthews, but today I’ll take one each from Action, Meech, and Juice....