Happy spring guys. It’s time to start refusing to wear shorts, rolling our pants above our ankles, riding our fixie bikes to work and wish we didn’t burn after spending 5 seconds in direct sunlight. It’s ok though, if you’d rather just stay inside and hide from all the fun and sun we have some beaties for you to enjoy. This batch brings some rice on rims from ethernt, Signature Sweaters with the Pimp C sampling “$yrup (Caught Drippin)”, MilkBeats123 with a holy conflict, Flau with those emotions to soundtrack your walk through blossoming trees, and the loop master with a siren blast. Eat em.
The godly collaborations between Tuamie and Sidewalk Kal continue with “Cut The Bullshit”. As he demonstrated on his track “Xpansion”, Tuamie is experimenting with new sounds and styles with his production and “Cut The Bullshit” has him moving past the soul-coated loops we’ve come to expect and embracing odder textures and synth sounds. I honestly can’t imagine many other emcees even attempting to rap over a track like this besides Sidewalk Kal and unsurprisingly he drops one of his finest verses yet. Kal was kind enough to include the full set of lyrics in the track description so it’s easier not to get lost in the labyrinthine wordplay that Kal rocks. Although not a word is wasted an early standout has Kal declaring “chopped like a soul break / flex cuz ya soul fake / snowflake niggas don’t invent just appropriate / gods chill in dark rooms smoke and procreate / spoke the golden great / bust a grape while i kiss her nape.” Follow that?
At the end of the day Tuamie is the loops master and the beatie king and he’s making it because he has never doubted his methods. Since his earlier days, Tuamie has gained a sizable fan base and even collaborated with Sidewalk Kal proving that he has skill to live up to the praise we’ve thrown his way. ”Generation Y” is one of his longest offerings so far and proves Tuamie can keep your attention for well over three minutes.
We’re almost done with our first month of 2014 which means it’s time for us to finally get our shit together and release our only year end list, the annual Eat Your Beaties Awards. I hope everyone is wearing something fancy because this is probably the most important year end award list/article that you’ll read about 2013 ever. Expect your normal beaties volumes to resume regular programming… some time soon. Hit the jump for the awards.
Ever since I first listened to Tuamie I’ve been hoping that a properly skilled rapper would take on one of his perfect loops. Luckily the wait is over as one of our favorite rapper’s decided to spit over a jazzy loop on “Thousand Arrows”. This is two gods coming together and “Thousand Arrows” is appropriately awesome. Over the nonstop movement of Tuamie’s beat Kal delivers a lyrically dense and disorienting verse. Where “Paranoid” was a tuned and perfected version of Kal’s space-gazing flow, “Thousand Arrows” is Kal with his eyes forward cruising as fast as he can. No matter what gear he’s in he doesn’t stumble.
Having achieved status of Beaties Master last year, Tuamie has earned the undying attention and love from The Up-Turn. Admittedly, it’s not very hard to continue loving what Tuamie does considering how good he is at what he does. Considering most of his compositions barely extend over 60 seconds, this 3 minute mix he put together with fellow Dirty Tapes member Uplift is a whole lot of new material. I have no idea how these two dudes manage to coat every second of this mix with so much magic but I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from these dudes.
Tuamie is a beaties master. Wun Two is a beaties master. Together, they’re just two young guns out there doing cool things through the power of the internet. ! is an EP for beat lovers. It’s not an album designed around a concept or tied together by one radically different idea or sound. Instead, the music on ! sounds so instantly familiar and classic that I wouldn’t have been surprised if all of this material came from unreleased demos by fellow beat masters like Madlib or J Dilla. Considering the fact that Wun Two is from Germany and Tuamie is from Virginia, it’s awesome to hear how well they work together in creating a cohesive and flawless release.