Some Bandcamp Friday Picks

Tomorrow, the fine folks at Bandcamp are waiving revenue sharing fees. What does that mean? As I made mention in my previous SOTB on Bandcamp Friday piece, that means the artists get 100% of all revenue that comes their way from purchases. As I’m always one to say you should support your favorite content creators in any way you can, I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite local works on the site in hopes you’ll check them. This is not an exhaustive list as there are a lot of incredible talents in the area.

LOVE! A Double Feature — Score|Swayze

I covered Swayze’s latest effort a week or so ago, but it’s still a standout for what can be done with music. Each song tells a story and everything helps build on the mythos behind the Baltimore native. Plus, Swayze is just dope as hell. The cool thing about this project is that it has a whole secret album if you cop the whole thing. In other words, it’s definitely worth the $10 you’d spend to buy it.

Rhoda’s Son: Forever and Ever — True God

True is my brother and, like Mike and Marcus, we ride together and do debaucherous crap together. The stories I could tell, but won’t. With that in mind, I’d recommend this one even if I didn’t know him. Rhoda’s Son, his final album, is a beautiful tribute to his mother and the thirty-two years they got to spend together. Over the last few years, True’s gotten out of the mindset of just being the best rapper he could be and has become the best artist he could be. That’s helped him tap into his emotions and realities better than many artists I’ve heard over the years.

Heaven’s Footprint — Sinitus Tempo

I could honestly, like True and Swayze, list all of Sinitus Tempo‘s projects and say “go crazy.” He’s one of the best instrumentalists I’ve heard. However, there’s something about Heaven’s Footprint that always grabs me. As I mentioned in the review of it, it reminds me that we’ll get out of this COVID-and-racism-at-an-all-time-high era stronger than before. That’s especially if we connect with nature and ourselves.

6Tape Vol. 1.5 — Chris Cassius

I covered Chris’ 6Tape when it first dropped. However, the sequel/extended edition features deep cuts from his discography. It features a lot of Baltimore artists and is a microcosm of why my city is amazing.

Rhino XXL — Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals

Like with Sinitus, I could’ve picked any one of Knives’ projects (such as Dear, Sudan) and said “go wild and support dope music in all its forms.” The collaborative effort with Brian Ennals, however, stands out because of the fact that it’s protest music. Featuring tracks such as “The Willower” and “Ken x Karen,” Rhino XXL is black AF (without the somewhat appeasing nature that comes with Kenya Barris’ work).

Birthday Pack — Miss Kam

Like with Chris Cassius, Kam’s latest had a deluxe edition released. “Pack” was her debut EP, but you couldn’t tell it was her first time dropping a proper project. She showed and proved that she belongs in conversations of the best artists from Baltimore.

Free Mack — Mack Scott

Quarantine brings creativity (shameless plug). That much is true. Mack Scott’s latest showcases that sentiment. He’s been consistently improving his craft over the last few years I’ve been familiar with his work. This project showcases him at his best. If you missed out on it when it first dropped, here’s your chance.

I could honestly go on for a while on some of my favorites (or even say “hey, don’t forget about me!!!), but this is a good starting point. Check out these projects and remember to support dope music in all its forms. You never know when you’ll find your new favorite artist.

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