Image
Top
Navigation

John Gotty

John Gotty has run one of the most consistent hip-hop music blogs in the past 10 years in The Smoking Section. Without his, and his fellow writers at TSS, eloquent commentary on music we all would have been slightly less inform, entertained, and amused.

Gee Watts – Watts Up

Click Image to Support

Click Image to Support

Kansas City may not be considered a hotbed for Hip-Hop but Gee Watts shouldn’t be defined by a city anyway. The stark realism in found on Watts Up can rep for the whole Midwest region or any hood in the USA where a young man’s coming of age with one feet in the streets and the other in the legal life. The pull of both sides come through in Gee’s verses as he finds a safe haven in the booth, a place where he goes about baring his soul.

STREAM

Casey Veggies – Life Changes

Click Image to Support

Click Image to Support

Casey’s another young MC growing up under the spotlight but managing to create his own lane. His lifestyle raps won’t floor you but, between his laidback demeanor and proper production, the shit is upbeat, top down cruising music.

STREAM

Vic Mensa – Innanetape

INNANETfront

Vic’s Innanetape was a work several years in the making. Not that it took him long to actually create the project; it’s more about the amount of growing he had to do as a person and life experienced since he first emerged on the scene. Underneath all of the fast-paced rhymes, starts and stutters lies the story of a young Chicago artist who’s already experienced the ups and downs of the music business while still wearing a smile.

STREAM

Francis & The Lights – Like A Dream EP

Click Image to Support

Click Image to Support

Francis Farewell and the gang stayed away far far too long, probably making them forgotten relics in this day and age and thus slept on. But Like A Dream is a short yet beautiful continuation from 2010′s It’ll Be Better. The four-song set plays to Farewell’s strengths as a singer-songwriter and highlight how timeless the group’s brand of soulful piano pop and dance grooves can be.

STREAM

Petty – Short But Sweet

Click Image to Support

Click Image to Support

I listen to a lot of music, especially rap. Without a doubt, Petty’s one of the most effortless artists I’ve ever heard. And if he happens to read this, Petty, please release more music. Short But Sweet was dope, but the world needs to hear more pure MCs.

STREAM