Archive for Khrysis

Little Brother Takes a “Curtain Call”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Tim Althaus

If every day could start out with a new Little Brother track, it would surely be a great day. “Curtain Call” is the first single off of LB’s new album Leftback which drops on April 20th, and it features Khrysis the Animal on the boards. This is definitely a real nice track, but it hurts me to think that this will be the last time we will hear a full length album from Phonte & Big Pooh. You will hear Phonte & Big Pooh spitting their usual dope verses, but at the end of the song Phonte shouts out some of the acts that he feels will be able to carry the torch; some of the names might surprise you.

Download: Little Brother, “Curtain Call” (Prod. By Khrysis)

Big shouts to Nah Right on the find.

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Little Brother, The Minstrel Show

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 by Tim Althaus

minstrel1frLittle Brother is probably one of my favorite groups that I’ve ever heard. When 9th Wonder, Big Pooh & Phonte are all together in rare form on an album, they remind me of a force that nothing in this world could possibly stop. I personally am a big fan of The Listening & Getback, but I think these guys are in their top form on The Minstrel Show. Everything about this album is desirable, 9th Wonder’s beats on this album are more soulful than ever, and Te’s & Pooh’s rhymes are most definitely the most on point that they’ve ever been. Another thing that makes this album exceptional is that it’s a concept album that is done the right way. Albums like this make me think that if these guys would have stayed together they could have been one of the greatest trios in Hip-Hop history. Continue reading

Album Review: Finale, A Pipedream And A Promise 

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , on Monday, May 11, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Finale is an emcee from the city of Detroit, Michigan who magnificently marvels me when he flows over the microphone. He has afinalecover voice that’s like a cross between 50 Cent and Kanye West (if I had to say) except for he’s much mightier than the aforementioned names. If you don’t know who Finale is, you probably should get familiar. This is an outstanding opus and a great entrance into the world of Hip-Hop that should be heard by all.

People that know me well know that when it comes to albums, production (to me) is a big determining factor on how I feel. The production on this album is nothing short of incredible and sets the tone of the album. If this was an instrumental album of just beats, I can assure you that I would give it an 8 or 9 alone. I remember seeing the production list and being amazed (J Dilla, Black Milk, Nottz, Flying Lotus & Khrysis to name a few), but what really surprises me more is that the lesser known producers craft concoctions that are just as good as the rest. Continue reading

Album Review: Evidence, The LAyover EP

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Tim Althaus

the-layover-epWhat can I say? You people that have been reading this blog, have been listening to me blabber about Evidence from day one. The LAyover EP drops today and suffice to say I already have my copy. I will also say that it’s only 10 tracks long and it might be the best money you will have spent all year on music. This EP is so sound that I can’t find one adjective to describe it (perfect is at the tip of my tongue). Evidence has been single-handedly taking over the Hip-Hop game (with the occasional nod from Alchemist) the last two years and this EP is a perfect example. I also want to say that in the last year we have been hearing a lot of Hip-Hop groups that we all love going towards a very electronic feel (not that it’s bad, but everyone is doing it), and EV sticks to the traditional Hip-Hop sound (samples and straight boom bap) for the most part on this EP (there are 2 tracks that are synth heavy).

The EP starts out with”The LAyover” which was produced by North Carolina beast Khrysis. The beat has a very mysterious and eerie loom to it, but it fits EV just fine as he describes what it’s like to experience a layover on a flight at LAX. “For Whom The Bell Tolls” to some may be one of the top highlights of the album, which features LA native Blu, and North Carolina native Phonte (of Little Brother) and produced by Khrysis. All 3 emcees spit 16 bars of inferno and Khrysis’s beat might actually make you think death himself is coming for you. “So Fresh” is in my opinion maybe one of the best beats on the album, the guitar loop is groovy as fuck and I also think this track serves as a great first track for Step Brothers. “The Far Left” has one of the most bangin’ beats on the album, the shit’s hard as hell (straight head nodder) and Alchemist, Fashawn & Evidence tear the beat apart. The thing that I find impressive about this EP is that I did hear a majority of the tracks before they came out, but there are three tracks of this album that serve to me as the definitive moments. “Rain or Shine” is a great track with a very soulful beat and Evidence rhyming by himself. DJ Babu‘s cuts are impeccable and the samples on this track are beautiful. To me “To Be Determined” is the EP’s shining gem. When I heard that Elzhi and EV were going to be on the same track I flipped my shit, and the result is pure magic. EV and Elzhi spit bars of fire and Aloe Blacc adds a great deal to this track as well with 16 bars of blackout material. If “To Be Determined” wasn’t on this EP “Cold Weather” would surely be the highlight of this album. Evidence takes on this track by himself and rolls smoothly over the beat and beautiful piano loop: “As of late these mics don’t reach too far/ so I kill each bar like it’s Flashing Lights“.

In conclusion this EP is as close to perfect as you can get. This is more than just an EP, it’s a testament that Evidence is going to be doing some huge things. If you slept on The Weatherman LP, you sure as hell don’t want to sleep on this shit, you will be making a huge mistake. Do yourself a favor and go pick up one of the top 3 releases of 2008 folks, you’ve got my word on that.

10/10

Evidence: “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Featuring: Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by Tim Althaus

Yet again the folks over at Okayplayer brightened my day after a long day at work. I checked my handy RSS feed to find that Evidence dropped yet another track off The Layover EP. This track is absolutely ridiculous, it’s produced by North Carolina native Khrysis (who has done tracks for Little Brother in the past) and features Phonte, Blu & Will.I.Am. Blu is one of those emcees that you only hear once in your lifetime, and he completely murders his verse on this track (I will have a review of the Blu and Mainframe project Johnson&Jonson later this week). If none of you have ever heard of Blu please go out and get Below the Heavens which was a duo with Dj Exile not to mention one of the best albums of last year. Phonte is great on the track, and Evidence as always kills the beat with that laid back EV sound. I have heard two tracks off of this and am already itching for this EP like crack. I can’t wait for the day of my contentment which will be November 25th when this EP drops. PLEASE go out and get The Layover EP when it comes out, it will NOT disappoint. The Layover EP will be accompanied by a DVD for 6 or 7 videos (still to be determined) out of the 9 songs on the EP.

For now listen to this:

“For Whom The Bell Tolls”: Featuring: Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am)