Do you know who Dreper and/or Live is? It's ok if you don't, this is a judgment-free zone. These guys are from Akron, OH and associated with Ampichino (of course). They recently released a duo album together that is one of the better albums I've heard this year and further proof that this is the breakthrough year for Akron rap:
Dreper & Live ft. V12 Series "Corner Store"
If you are already familiar with the Akron scene then this album will probably sound pretty familiar: the lyrics largely revolve around the darker side of street life and the production is filled with bluesy melancholy beats. There's a nice balance though of introspective "life hard" songs and "fuck yo shit" songs along with some left-field spacey stuff. Listen to the two of them try to rap over this weirdo beat:
I am no rapper myself, but rhyming words with other words over this beat seems like it would be very challenging. Dreper produced over half the album (including all the songs in this post) and shows some real talent and diversity with his beats. He doesn't have a signature producer drop at the beginning of his tracks, so I wonder what other Akron rap albums he has production credits on?
Not sure if this album is out already or coming out. Either way the cover is rad as fuck.
Do yourself a favor and stick around for Ampichino's verse starting at 4:50, it fucking goes
Both rappers are great, but Live (talk about an ungoogleable name!) probably has a tad more charisma on the mic. Live sounds EXACTLY like fellow Akron rapper Chino Nino. In fact the first time I was bumping this I kept thinking "wow Chino Nino sure is doing a lot of features on this album" until I looked at the playlist and realized it was Live the entire time. It's not a problem though because both rappers are great and their delivery really grabs the listener's attention. One of the album's highlights comes when Live's evil twin brother "Pre-recorded" drops a verse (wow sorry guys that joke was really lame, it was a lot funnier in my head).
"Rabbit Tha Doe Chaser" now THAT'S a rap name!
Idk bros, I don't have many poignant things to say about The 23rd Hour, it is just an extremely listenable album and I have found myself bumping it from the front to back consistently for the last few weeks. The album is up for free on datpiff right now, which is surprising considering the high production value and quality features on it. Big thumbs up, go check it out.
Have you heard this album yet?
Do you like it?
Is the Akron rap scene currently producing the most interesting and exciting rap music out there?????