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Hanz is an experimental beat project that already focuses heavily on the experimental side of his music, however, when Brandon (the mastermind behind Hanz) wants to just be plain experimental he makes music as Dead Royautes.  His latest track under that project demonstrates this nicely as ‘Spentagon’ sounds like a typical Hanz track if you threw it in a blender and stopped caring at all for standard song structure.  With ‘Spentagon’ we get three second clips of synth music and punk rock, disorienting sample collages, cats meowing and probably a thousand other sounds that aren’t easy to fully digest upon the first listen.  It’s really nice to hear an artist, who’s already still really early in his career, branch out with an experimental project like Dead Royautes.

-PK

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Pillage Vatican City is a mixtape that every fan of hip-hop needs to listen to.  For better or for worse, the current hip-hop scene is focused heavily on features, crews and image.  Chris Villa managed to drop a mixtape with no guest MCs at all, and it doesn’t hurt the quality of the album at all.  Although most of the best beats on the mixtape come from Hanz, Villa is a formidable producer himself which is demonstrated nicely in this bonus track ’30 Deep’.  ’30 Deep’ has a shuffling electronic beat which is quite different from some of the harder beats that were featured on Pillage Vatican City.  His flow is really developed on that song and the result is possibly one of my favorite tracks from Villa yet.

-PK

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The importance of the producer and beatmaker has been getting a lot more attention in the past few years.  The best hip-hop seems to be coming from rappers and producers who work with each other’s styles to create a better product.  Some of our favorite hip-hop collaborations include ASAP Rocky and Clams Casino, Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru, and Chris Villa and Hanz.  Hanz and Villa are two artists based out of Augusta, Georgia who have been releasing a steady stream of distinctive and aggressive hip-hop that has the two artists mutually benefiting from the other.  Brandon’s talent extends beyond his role as a producer with some great tapes, remixes and other releases as Hanz.  I recently got to chat with Brandon about his work as Hanz, his influences and songwriting process.  The entire conversation can be read below (left largely unedited as always)…

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After a bunch of aggressive, unique, and aggressively unique tracks and a lot of anticipation leading up to it, Chris Villa has finally dropped his debut mixtape Pillage Vatican City.  Villa isn’t the type of guy who is going to spend a lot of time crafting dizzying wordplay or complex rhyme schemes, he would rather just rhythmically blend into the beats with an abbreviated angry flow which is perfect for the project, because the beats provided by himself and fellow Augusta, Georgia artist Hanz, are all really really good.  Although Hanz and Villa have two distinct production styles, their beats meet in the best places, with hard-hitting 808 drums and mysteriously opulent sounding samples.  Overall, Pillage Vatican City is an extremely strong first project from an artist, which shows Villa to have a lot of valuable self-awareness and a good ear in general, which are both great omens for his career.

-TC

UPDATE: Chris just uploaded the tape to soundcloud for y’all so stream that shit below right nowwww.  Favorite tracks include “Cocktail Molotov” (at 16:57) and “Deaf Check 2″ (at 28:55).

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Hanz’ long awaited The Fire Thief EP dropped today which is possibly the strongest release from the Augusta producer so far.  If you aren’t familiar with the world of Hanz’ music, The Fire Thief is a pretty great place to start because it is apparent from the very start that this is not your average beat tape.  Tracks progress on skeletal percussion with staggering paces and dissonant melodies constructed around contrasting samples.  The beats here are dark and scarce like they could soundtrack and urban horror film, which is a nice change of pace from all the blogwave out there.  Hanz even takes on a 13 minute track entitled ‘Erobern’ with the EP which is something very unusual and ambitious for a beat maker.  Stream the album below and download it over at his bandcamp…

-PK

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Chris Villa and Hanz have been making great tracks together for a while now and each time they have gotten better from the collaboration.  Their latest track, ‘Remember the Pope’, is definitely the best they’ve sounded together with Chris Villa pushing to rap just as aggressively as Hanz’ beat is unsettling and disorienting.  Lyrically, this is the strongest material I’ve heard from Chris Villa.  His flow is perfectly suited for this kind of lyrical assault as Chris Villa mixes religious references with the more typical topics of drugs and sex.  I’ve liked everything I’ve heard from Villa’s upcoming mixtape Pillage Vatican City so I’ll definitely be psyched to hear that when it drops.

-PK

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Rapper Chris Villa and producer Hanz (the best duo since Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru) are back together for their track ‘Posse Up!!!’, the first single from Villa’s upcoming mixtape Pillage Vatican City.  The two sound great together as Villa’s aggressive and energetic verses are complemented perfectly by Hanz’ appropriately disorienting and haunting beat.  When the hook hits both Villa and Hanz let things get pretty noisy and it’s cool to hear just how well they work with each other.  Stream and download below…

-PK

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