Planet Asia’s forthcoming album Rule of Thirds has just been announced by Evidence‘s newly-minted record label Bigger Picture Recordings, and is set to release on October 29th. Exclusively produced by Evidence, Rule of Thirds will also feature guest appearances from Domo Genesis, Rome Streetz, Milano, and a verse by Ev himself.
In tandem with the announcement of the new project, Bigger Picture Recordings has released the first single “1984” and accompanying music video. The music video was shot and directed by Evidence, and perfectly captures the hallucinogenic neon underworld of nighttime in the City of Angels.
Evidence explains, “I started a label wanting to shape the sound through my production and be influenced by the people in my life who come over to work. This album is an honest reflection of just that.”
“My goal was to make the music dope, but just enough to get out of the way of what he’s doing. I want him to be the star. I want to make beds of music for him to do what he does best. I produce it, not just on the beat, but vocally, making sure I’m recording him right, good mixing, all the things that say to me, we are taking this seriously even if the goal is not an over-polished sound.”
Evidence has announced the launch of his new record label Bigger Picture Recordings. In tandem with the launch of the new record label comes the release of Evidence’s latest album of instrumental tracks, Squirrel Tape Instrumentals, Vol. 2. The 26-track collection serves as a sequel to 2019’s highly revered Squirrel Tape Instrumentals, Vol. 1release.
Squirrel Tape Instrumentals, Vol. 2 is the first of many releases to come on the newly-founded label. Future projects produced by Evidence with artists like Domo Genesis, Fly Anakin, Planet Asia, and more are on the horizon for 2022 and beyond.
Los Angeles-based, world-renowned hip-hop luminary Evidence unveils an emotionally charged new music video for his latest single “Taylor Made Suit.” The song remains a standout from his critically acclaimed fourth solo studio album, Unlearning Vol. 1, available now via Rhymesayers Entertainment.
Today, the Los Angeles-based, world-renowned hip-hop pioneer Evidence releases a new music video, “Lost In Time (Park Jams),” marking the first visual released since his fourth solo studio album, Unlearning Vol. 1, dropped on June 25 via Rhymesayers Entertainment.
Evidence is a 44 year old MC/producer & former graffiti artist from Venice, California coming up in the early 90’s as part of the trio Dilated Peoples alongside Rakaa & DJ Babu. He’s also established himself as a solo artist along the way, dropping his debut album The Weatherman under ABB Records in 2007 & making himself at home with the renown Minneapolis powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment since ‘09. Last time we heard from him was at the beginning of 2018 when he dropped Weather or Not & now after putting out 3 singles throughout this spring, Ev’s making his return by putting out his 4th full-length album.
“Better You” kicks things off as a grimy ode to self improvement with The Alchemist on the boards whereas “Start the Day with a Beat” jumps on a jazzy boom bap instrumental to declare himself as a rare breed. Ev tells listeners to sink or swim on the guitar-laced “Sharks Smell Blood” just before addressing the shit he’s been dealing with on the Animoss-produced “Pardon Me”. Boldy James tags along to reminisce on where they started for the psychedelic “All of That Said” & then going on to speak about someone whose heart has gone south on the forlorn “Won’t Give Up the Danger” with Mr. Green on the boards.
Things go back into boom bap territory with the help of Daringer on “Moving on Up” as he & Conway the Machine talk about how they’ll never stop chasing their dreams leading into the stripped back, sincere “Talking to the Audience” produced by Khrysis. Meanwhile on “All Money 1983”, we get a soulful look-back on when Ev met Al Pacino almost 40 years ago before bringing in a vintage sample on “Pray with an A” for him & Navy Blue to look back on their past.
Lost in Time (Park Jams)” speaks on smoking weed at a park over a heavenly instrumental from Nottz while the Fly Anakin-assisted “Delay the Issue” is a luxurious reminder that life is too short. The penultimate “Taylor Made Suit” is a bluesy cut produced by V Don about how his funeral suit is the same as his wedding suit & the the album ends with the churchy “Where We Going From Here…”, which is about how it’s the first day in a while where he woke up on the right side of the bed.
From front to back, this is a really dope album in my book. It’s refreshing to hear him move away from the weather-theme of his previous solo output, his writing is clever than ever & the production is on point as well.
Flee Lord teams up with producer Mephux for their second installment of “Pray For The Evil,” and Flee Lord’s 8th (yes you read that right, 8th) project this year. Flee Lord doesn’t seem to be running out of gas anytime soon either, dropping what may be his most comprehensive project to date. Flee not only reminds us that he deserves to be included in the undergrounds top-tier, he proves it by holding his own drumming alongside some of Hip Hops elite. Accompanied by flawless production by Mephux, Flee shows his range both with content and delivery throughout this project.
On “Cook Out” Fleeigo Delgado recruits veteran Westcoast MCEvidence over a horn-heavy beat as the two rappers deliver hard-hitting braggadocious bars.On what might be the stand out track of the project, “Icewater” co-starring the God-level MCRoc Marciano, you take a grimy yet luxurious sonic ride as the two heavyweights spit eloquently gully bars over a menacingly cinematic string-laced Mephux orchestration. But it’s not all fast pace street talk, as we quickly transition into a slower soulful beat over which the FLYGOD himself, Westside Gunn, reminds us why he has earned his nickname by singing glamorously “All these Palm Angels on, think I’m heaven sent,” before quickly reminding us he will effortlessly pay his shooter 5k to light up your house pronto. Not too many other MCs can pull off a more melodic flow, however the Griselda adjacent Flee Lord tailors his flow effortlessly while rapping about the high life and exquisite taste he has acquired. It’s not soon after that we get “I Remember Back,” a beautiful piano loop over which Houston legend Trae Tha Truth and Flee reminisce on their early days of hustling and dreaming of the success they now embody.
Mephux & Flee Lord in the studio.
And so this is where we find Flee Lord. A street hustler turned business man who is quickly climbing up the success ladder of Hip Hop. We find Flee at a space in his career where he is reaching new heights doing something that took a push by his mentor, the late great Prodigy, while still staying true to his past life in the streets of Far Rockaway and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Flee has always had an honest grit to his music, now a seasoned MC, he expresses his transgressions with poise, like the late great P “mixing the medicine in with the food.” Other notable features include New Crack Era leader Eto, first lady of Griselda Keisha Plum and Trust Army General 38 Spesh. But it’s still Flee Lord who commandeers this project. Its Lord Talk at it’s finest and we couldn’t be more satisfied. Front to back, my rating for “Pray For The Evil 2” is 8.5/10.
Today, veteran Rhymesayers heavyweights Brother Ali and Evidence announce a co-headlining tour that will kick off November 7 in Santa Ana, CA. Following two critically acclaimed releases – Brother Ali’s All The Beauty in This Whole Life, and Evidence’s Weather or Not – the emcees have decided to join forces in one powerful package.
Speaking on the tour, Brother Ali spoke highly of his counterpart. “Evidence is one of my favorite people to tour with,” he said. “His catalog is insane and he’s just an incredible performer. He brings a vibe to a live show that I’ve never felt with anyone else.”
Evidence was quick to return the sentiment, as well. “Ali is one of the best live performers, period. As a fan of his music, I get reminded of his greatness every time I see him live. Don’t f*** up and miss this when we pull up to your city. Gonna be a life changing experience.”