@FlowsForDays_ Presents: What's in the List? - The Easy Truth

I recently asked Julie Stevens of the site FlowsForDays.com (check it out, by the way) for a sample of what's in her playlist. If you need a switch from what you've been listening to, read on.

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Apollo Brown and Skyzoo are legendary in the world of underground hip-hop. I can't stress that enough. I haven’t been listening to them for very long as I am a fan of more "mainstream" stuff. I've been playing the crap out of Coloring Book, The Life Of Pablo, Artist (Boogie Wit Da Hoodie), Jeffery, and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (to name just a few). But, I've been doing some research. Heavy research. I am aware, and have been since I started listening to hip-hop, of the more indie hip hop movement. Cats like Homeboy Sandman, Murs, Fashawn, Blu, Black Milk, Aesop Rock, and Elzhi.

In the last week or so I've probably gone through 20 albums. As a long time music fan, I know listening to an album once is by no means enough to develop an opinion; but these guys make it easy. I've been blessed to listen to Fashawn's Boy Meets World, Blu's Below The Heavens, (both undeniable classics in any sub genre of hip hop) Lootpack's Soundpieces, Elzhi’s Elmatic, tons of stuff from Quasimoto and amazing and consistently dope instrumental albums from Knxwledge.

In short, this is incredible music; music that deserves to be covered much more than it is. I have a lot more to catch up on, and I am beyond excited.

A new release that I adore is Apollo Brown & Skyzoo’s collaborate album The Easy Truth.

Apollo has a history of consistently quality production, but this album has some of his finest yet. Tons of interesting samples and a twist on the 90's boom bap he often replicates. I love how there are limited features on this one, as I could listen to Skyzoo rhyme for days just off his ability to paint pictures and create a cohesive body of work. These two work so well together, and it is apparent from the first track. My favorites include "The Vibes" and "Visionary Riches." I'm a sucker for a good chorus, as I still go back to more melodic and current popular releases, and these two have just that.

The whole album runs through very well; not a track needs to be skipped. Joell Ortiz also delivers an excellent few verses on "A Couple Dollars." I haven’t heard Joell in awhile so this was a welcoming re-introduction.

I will continue to delve into the past, and look forward to the undoubtedly new classics that this sub-genre will continue to produce.

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