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Once again, one of my personal underground indie favorites, A-Natural, denizen of Natural City and all around dope producer, singer, and songwriter, has put out ANOTHER free joint for us to enjoy and to whet our appetites while we await his first project on the solo tip, Natural City. This mixtape is CRAZY. A-Natural knows his way around his voice, the booth, a beat, and a pad. He takes some of the latest joints and puts his own spin on them, and in my opinion, makes them more bearable.
Stand out joints to me are his version of Swizz Beatz’ “Coolin'” (which has grown on me anyway), his re-do of Katy Perry’s “E.T.”, and his remake of “Marvin’s Room” by Drake (which could have gone over very poorly but doesn’t here at all). All of his versions feel natural with flourishes of his own talent tossed in like grenades here and there to make you realize this dude is talented.
Cop this free download — I’ve sent it to a few people already and they’ve already loved it, though they were already loving his previous joints that I’ve posted here on Tha Feedback too.
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Stalley is an artist who I’ve just gotten into, though I’ve seen his considerable buzz for a while. He’s been on his grind for a minute, but this latest free release of his, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) lives up to its title with no sense of shame at all. Immediate favorites are “Slapp” feat. Rashad, “330”, “Assassins” with John Mayer, and “She Hates The Bass”.
Dude has a way with his words, tempered with an honest and realistic look at things the way they are, mixed with some menacing bass and an underbelly of sinister horns throughout. This joint really IS “intelligent trunk music.” Stalley reps Ohio (hence the song 330, an Ohio area code), and if there are more MC’s on the rise from that area with music like this, I’d definitely take a second listen.
Stalley hits my neck of the woods (Portland, OR) next week, and I will definitely be in the house to experience this trunk music thumping in my chest IN PERSON.
Check out his video for his joint “Slapp” too below.