Evidence

Cats & Dogs
Rhymesayers Entertainment

When Dilated Peoples MC Evidence announced he was signing to independent rap heavyweights Rhymesayers Entertainment, a number of eyebrows were raised. However, two years down the line, the LA native has finally dropped his second solo album and the label has proved the perfect home for the record, continuing the tradition of fine releases.

This album doesn’t try to be fancy – there’s no sampling obscure hipster indie acts, there’s no turns with Evidence trying his hand at singing – this is a straight up, no holds barred, rap record and it’s all the better for it. Mr Slow Flow laces slamming beats from the likes of long-time friend Alchemist and legendary DJ Premier to fantastic effect, permeated by quality guest spots from the likes of Slug, Aesop Rock, Prodigy of Mobb Deep and Raekwon.

His distinctive voice delivers perfect line after perfect line with lyrics that are both meaningful and yet never convaluted. It says a lot for his talent that he’s able to rap in the way he always did and yet still seem fresh and as such is certain to gain some new fans on this record as well as please his legions of old fans who loved his Weatherman LP so much.

So yes, this is a rap album, nothing more, nothing less. But when you hear his flow over the beats on It Wasn’t Me, You and To Be Continued, you won’t want anything else. Evidence is an underrated gem and hopefully this album will turn more people onto his undoubted talent.

Trillzilla.

New MaLLy video drops

We here at Crossfire are massive fans of the Minneapolis hip hop scene and there’s a new player on the block.

Having been championed by Atmosphere’s Slug and a number of other members of the scene, MaLLy has dropped the video to his track Heir Time, produced by The Sundance Kid. We love it and the video is a fun one too, so click play below and see what you reckon.

If you dig it enough, you can buy the track here.

Watch: New Atmosphere video

Atmosphere have unleashed their new video onto the web.

Just For Show is taken from their upcoming album The Family Sign which is released on April 12th on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The duo [can we call them veterans yet?] show they still haven’t lost their love of dubby influences shown on Lucy Ford whilst continuing their live instrumention and less sampled based hip hop seen on When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.

Either way, this track is great. And the video has a dog in it, which is great. What are you waiting for? Press play!

Atmosphere release photography book

Atmosphere are releasing a book of photography from over the years.

Dan Monick, a close friend who has followed the group around for the past decade across the world has taken many photos from behind-the-scenes and the hardcover 272 page book shows these photos in all their glory.

Two versions are available – the standard edition features 272 page book, a 15 track Rhymesayers compilation CD and a deluxe edition features all that as well as an exclusive 10″ copy of To All My Friends, the first of the two new Atmosphere EPs. You can order yours from Fifth Element. One for the hardcore fans!