The Freeze Tag-The Hustle


I’m aware the video/short audio review for this was already posted, but having got my hands on the audio, I felt it worth giving this a little more shine (plus, I can throw the Hamster Kid EP artwork up!).

I have a theory about ‘dedicated’ music fans: if you’re really excited about a mixtape/album/EP that no-one you know will have heard of, you know you genuinely love music. It’s a great feeling when the music truly delivers too, and the forthcoming EP from Cassettes Won’t Listen and Bisco Smith (as The Freeze Tag) is definitely my current ‘pet project’.

Blending thoughtful, slickly-delivered raps from Bisco with a superb production comprised of soft guitar licks and heavy percussion, the track offers a mellow aspect alongside a head-nodding vibe, finished off with a melodic, melancholy hook. There’s a crossover style here, with an alternative feel seeping in amongst the hip-hop sensibility, and it makes for very enjoyable listening. Don’t sleep on this.
The Freeze Tag-The Hustle

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The Freeze Tag (Cassettes Won't Listen and Bisco Smith)-The Hustle

Cassettes Won’t Listen came to my attention with a slew of enjoyable remixes late last year, and certainly proved himself a very capable producer. Bisco is no stranger to OTU either, having made two very solid appearances in the Underground Hip-Hop series, but I’d have never really put the two together.

Got no problem with it though, especially when their upcoming project Hamster Kid promises to be great. A five-track concept EP and animated musical collaboration, they’ve enlisted the help of world-renowned street artist Bishop 203 and director Mike Vidoli.

The result is a slick and captivating animation that’s ably supported by a rather good bit of music: ‘a track that that incorporates slick, reverberating guitar plucks, synths, driving distorted bass, and heavy drums, as Bisco weaves the story, verse by verse, of Hamster Kid‘. Really couldn’t put it better myself, and this is an eclectic slice of hip-hop that blends video and audio to great effect. Don’t sleep on this.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 10


Woops. It’s been over 2 months since I dropped UGHH. It’s worth the wait though, as regular readers will know that these posts are your best shot of discovering some of the finest upcoming talent and catching a couple of established rappers along the way.

Click on to check out some new (ish) hip-hop of various styles and discover the next big thing. I warn you now, that I’ve been sitting on this stuff for a while so go easy on me if you’ve caught one or two tracks before.

Despite the massive backlog of potential material for this, I’ve tried to keep this shorter than previous episodes to make it a bit more digestable. Nice really aren’t I?

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 5

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Click below for the 5th instalment of the revered UGHH series. As always, there are both new artists and slightly more established artists that you may have missed.

We haven’t had one of these with individual tracks in a while, and there’s a lot of stuff that I’ve been sitting on, so this is a Special Edition with 13 tracks. Thank me later.

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