Some New Hip-Hop For Your Tuesday Morning

I don’t talk enough about the local hip-hop scene, mainly because outside a select few artists, I am kind of unfamiliar (and frequently unimpressed, but that’s neither here nor there). I mean, I see lots of shows that are listed, but for some reason I just haven’t reached far beyond my comfort zone. I guess what I am saying is, if you know of some local (and by local, I mean Iowa. Anywhere in Iowa) send it my way.

Now, a couple of artists that I am familiar have released some new stuff you should check out.

MC/Producer Aeon Grey has released his first track with Uncommon Records in advance of his forthcoming LP Lead Breakfast. The track is called “Milk and Bullets” and you can listen to it right here.

If you are looking to verse yourself a little more, some of Aeon Grey’s past work (but not Primate Curriculum, you should go buy that one) is available to download at this Bandcamp site, and I recommend you do that.

Another veteran Des Moines MC, Gadema, has released a new solo EP. Following on the heels of his group D.O.P.E. Clique’s (and one of my favorite albums of the last year), Blunt Force Trauma, Gadema has thrown out kind of a surprise seven track release, The Brighter Side of Nowhere. It’s quite awesome. I think it is my favorite solo work of his since Jim Kelly Acquisition. Go check it out here (along with the rest of his catalogue). It is pretty incredible. I hope to have a full review for this on Thursday at Des Moines is Not Boring, but check it out prior to that.


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