Above, we have a project that was both recommended by Brother NishoSoul and features NishoSoul. I had to give it a listen because Nisho has always been an artist I respect as a fellow rhymesayer but also as a friend. In other words, his recommendations carry some weight.
Now Special Berriez’ The City at Sunset is, in some ways, a love letter to the DMV music scene. It features some of the more familiar names from DC and VA, from the aforementioned Nisho feature to NoFace, Rapper to Cayan. On the flip side, it’s five tracks of lyrical attacks from artists who love to flex their musical muscles over soulful beats. Picking a favorite from this one is hard, however my favorite track is the Black music-entranced “The World Iz A Ghetto.” This is because it features a jazzy sample that attacks the listener’s preconceived notions of what music should be just as much as Face attacks those who just want to commodify Black voices and musicians.
Check out the project above via Bandcamp (it is Bandcamp Friday, after all) or via Spotify below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.