The hip-hop scene in Denver is a thriving force within the city. Each week there are numerous releases from MCs, producers and deejays that are worthy of a listen. We give these tracks a spin and round them up for your listening pleasure.
It’s not a surprise to find MC’s, producers, singers and artists churning out their most experimental work during this time of the year. It’s the first quarter of 2013 and most consumers are just getting their feet under them after a stretch of stressful holidays. The rappers and beat creators in Denver are on the mark with the latest releases of original and freestyle material.
Here’s what Denver hip-hop we’ve got for you this week: There’s a new video from U.T.I.C.A that features Sid Madrid, (G)nosis with his ethereal, dream-state rap track “Where You Are,” Moss and Pete Ryan’s latest track and BMore’s freestyle over Drake’s mega hit “Started from the Bottom.”
BMore, Denver’s resident crooner turned rapper, has been calling himself Jimmy Murphy for his most recent release “Descendre.” For this freestyled verse the singer rattles off a rap verse with surprising consistency and solid rhyme structure. His voice, obviously built for spinning around melodies, goes well with the monotonous bass-line.
“Where You Are” is from (G)nosis’ most recent project the “Midnight Drifter LP.” The entire series is dedicated to the dream state or, as (G)nosis puts it, “traveling from darkness to light.” This track, “Where You Are,” is a bit alarm-clock jarring as the beat opens up with funky horns and a big-beat feel. (G)nosis, rhyming with a fast flow, chastises the listeners a bit, encouraging the masses to “rise up and make a statement.”
The rapper and producer team of Moss and Pete Ryan plays it safe with “Superstars.” The beat is less rugged, definitely not pop and light years away from traditional boom-bap hip-hop. It’s an underground piano beat with averse from Moss that sounds apropos of the ski bum life. This track is about partying all night and grinding at work all day.
U.T.I.C.A and Sid Madrid make a great team as they take a trip through Denver in this video chock full of skyline views of the city. This one is a feel good ode to the “city of the snow” and is all about good kush and greater vibes. Sid Madrid’s verse stands out the most on this one as he discusses a genuine graciousness for life.
Kid Vegas released “Sexual Positions” a Mario Fannin produced track that features Andre Fabre on the hook on Valentine’s Day. The beat is slinky and Vegas’ verses are explicit and exaggerated. Fabre’s voice on the chorus is monotonous but the perfect balance to Kid Vegas’ Wale style flow.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.