Hanz’s new single (yes Hanz has blessed our mortal world with more of his godly works) is called “Reducer” and that title makes a lot of sense for the new material. ”Reducer” is harsh and desolate, not because the sounds are noisy or directly abrasive, but because they are huge and impossible to grasp. It’s soul crushing music, the kind of soundtrack I’d expect for digging a hole into infinitum. There are peaks of light, Hanz allows fleeting seconds of pleasant Sam Cooke samples, but they are instantly crushed again under the weight of the bass. Hanz has reduced the chaos of his songs down to a minimum necessity and the result only makes those few pop moments more affective. With “Reducer”, Hanz proves once again that he’s operating in his own lane.
It’s been far too long since Georgia masterminds Chris Villa and Hanz have teamed up but the two haven’t been wasting much time either. Villa and Hanz have been refining their sound over this past year and the confidence and maturity shines through on “Mind St8 II” which I’m assuming is a spiritual sequel to “My Muthafuckin Mind State”. While Villa’s flows and delivery have always been steeped in a reverence for southern legends such as Three 6 Mafia, “Mind St8 II” finds Villa retaining those influences while also sounding comfortable in his own shoes. The beat is standard fair for Hanz and by that I mean utterly disturbed and unlike anything other producers are doing right now. If “Mind St8 II” Villa and Hanz hardly break a sweat I’m excited to hear more Pope x Hanz in the future.
After dropping his fantastic A Bear Made Peace EP a few months back, Georgia producer Hanz has been earning some well deserved recognition as one of the most creative forces making beats right now. His latest single, which is basically the length of an EP at 14:21, may be his must stunning release yet. ”Dead Weight X” at first seems like it may have been conceived of as separate songs with plenty of change-ups occurring throughout the length. However, on repeat listens it becomes clear that “Dead Weight X” was meant to be listened to as a complete package. I can’t think of many other producers with such a style uniquely their own, and that tension heavy, atmosphere soaked style shines through the entirety of “Dead Weight X”. It’s always been hard to tell where Hanz is heading with his music, however, I’m willing to follow wherever he goes.
Hanz is a beat maker without boundaries. Since we first became aware of him over a year ago, his style has improved and matured tremendously. Although his first few tracks were interesting and well put-together, I never would have known his sound would develop to the monstrous force that it is now. A lot of songs from beat makers these days go in one ear and out the other, but when I hear a Hanz beat, I know exactly who produced it right away. Since J Dilla, the crate digging sample-based producer has become the norm in some circles, but no one has taken it in the direction Hanz has. Instead of “chilled-out” weed-rap beats, Hanz contorts his samples into devious-sounding collages that are a perfect example of calculated chaos. With his new A Made Bear At Peace EP, Hanz builds upon his style further, pushing it to be larger and more booming than ever, while weaving back some interesting concepts from his previous EP’s; which is something I’ve never seen an instrumental project do. Stream two of my favorite tracks below then stream the whole thing after the jump.
While electronic producers making a dubsidized version of trap (bro-trap?) is starting to take over the mainstream we can thank artist like Jon Flo and Hanz for reminding us what southern rap and trap is all about. Like fellow Georgia rapper Chris Villa, we’ve been following the career of Jon Flo for a while now as he’s improved his take on Three 6 Mafia inspired southern rap with an emphasis on hypnotic rhythms and rhymes. While Jon Flo hasn’t made huge leaps of improvement like Chris Villa has been doing lately, “The Lord of Flies” is one of his most realized songs to date. With the help of a creeping and minimal beat from Hanz, Jon Flo dominates the track with plenty of flow switches and chant worthy hooks. Also be on the lookout for Hanz’s upcoming tape A Made Bear at Peace which is set to drop tomorrow.
If you listened to Hanz’s excellent beat tape WEALTH MADE TENSION VOL. 2, you might recognize this song from it (it was one of the highlights of the tape for me), and now it has been officially released. Once again, Chris Villa and Hanz’s styles merge near-perfectly. Villa puts down another deviously simple hook and a couple of his increasingly vicious verses while Hanz provides a backdrop that packs in all of the chaos of a real riot with drums that sound like exploding tear gas grenades and unconventionally twisted samples. Although the duo have remained relatively unrecognized for how great the music they have been making is, I don’t think there’s any question that they are pushing the rap genre in a completely new and different direction than any other artists are right now, and doing it extremely well.
These are late so I’m not gonna bore you with details on how Terry and I got trapped inside a beaties mine sometime last week and were stuck with nothing to do but continue to dig for all the best beaties we could find with no breaks and no food. It was traumatic and quite emotional so I’m just going to stop talking about it…. Terry and I saw sides of each other that I just don’t want to discuss so I’m not going to. The results of the tragic events inside the beaties mine include a funky little tune from atu, a perfectly disorienting and psychedelic ride from Hanz, a spiritual journey from Moon, a submitted ‘Bran New Love Song’ from Roku and some sweet summery vibes from Cosmikat. Hit that jump.