Five years ago, the Soundcloud world was shaken by the 90s boom-bap of an anonymous EP titled “Your Old Droog,” an extended play rumoured to be Nas‘ follow-up album to legendary hip hop classic Illmatic.
Little did the world know that the EP was actually self-titled; not the voice of Nas, but instead Ukrainian-American rapper, Your Old Droog.
While his real name still remains a mystery, his masterly sound is far from a secret – in fact, its heavy resemblance to Nas continues to bewilder audiences. Now, Brooklyn’s very own, Your Old Droog (Y.O.D.), simply soars above and beyond as an independent artist (Droog Recordings) in his fourth studio album Transportation– a hip hop locomotive just as thrilling as it is impressive.
Transportation, a 15-track album, employs every form of transportation within his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as a stupendous metaphor for the gritty movements and surroundings of its natives.
If you consider yourself a true fan of 90s underground hip hop, then this is an album you need to hear.
Three years after the successful release of their breakout LP Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Phony Ppl make an illustrious return with their sophomore album mō’zā-ik – a musical, genre-defying gem, baring nothing but the truth about lust, love and all the pending intervals along the way.
To merely categorise mō’zā-ik. as an R&B/Soul album wouldn’t pay this rare musical breed any justice.
Simply put, the Brooklyn-based five-man group are fearless – moving your mind to the sweet-sounding amalgamation of funk, soul, gamesome lyrics, R&B, and delectable shades of jazz, bossa nova and of course, the quintessential sax to gift your senses.
The unmatched vocal flair of lead singer Elbee Thrie, together with the band’s impeccable instrumentals, are what make Phony Ppl one of the industry’s most unique groups.
Phony Ppl explore what it means to fall in love with someone but never really know if they’re “yours” in the plush track “Think You’re Mine“, before proving one of the year’s best tunes in the funk-fuelled testament “Before You Get A Boyfriend“.
To end the album, Phony Ppl surprise listeners with an empyrean and passionate ode to the countless black lives taken by police brutality in the beatific melody “on everythinG iii love“.
– Black Bottle Boy Ron Oneal has something to say to his naysayers and he’s called on SV Skee and Rick Ross to help deliver the message.
Rick Ross Meets Ron O’neal
NYC native, Ron Oneal, continues to amass a larger and larger following as he releases music as an MMG-affiliated artist. If you don’t remember, Ron Onealwas introduced to the world almost 3 years ago when Rick Ross passed through Manhattan’s Lower East Side during NBA All-Star Weekend. After witnessing Oneal’s lyrical onslaught and passionate delivery on the corner of the Jacob Riis housing projects, the two exchanged information.
Ron O’neal Feat. Rick Ross
Two years later you can see that Ron Oneal is still on his grind and Rick Ross is still a heavy supporter. So much so, Rozay provided some heat as he hopped on one of Oneal’s latest tracks, “Sprinkle On Them”. Rick Ross leads the way as he dances over quality production provided by Dizzee on the Beat in the opening verse. He then passes the mic to SV Skee who handles the hook before Ron Oneal brings it home.“Sprinkle On Them” not only pays respects to the artists’ roots (such as Ron Oneal’s Brooklyn origins and Lower East Side residency), but it is also a reminder to bypass the haters on the way to the top.