In keeping with local support of our underground hip-hop spilling over from this week’s cover story, we offer a few picks from some local crews that you can download and bob your head to. All of these artists will be on the bill for Hip-Hop-Palooza 3 at The Boathouse on Dec, 12.
"The Rebirth" by Shamroc-N-DJ QP
We start with the headliners, Myrtle Beach’s Godfathers of Hip-Hop. This song says all you need to know about the duo – hard-edge ‘90’s rap style, smooth beat, sing-song hook and Shamroc’s funny/biting rhymes. These guys have done it so long, nothing feels amateurish. You can download it for free at www.reverbnation.com/shamrocndjqp.
"Whatchuwant" by Exklusive Musik
No, this isn’t a cover of The Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want.” It’s three vocalists and a producer of our own. These guys are in their mid-twenties and ready to storm the Grand Strand. All of their recorded music is available for free download at www.exklusivemusik.com. This track has a silky acoustic backdrop, congas mix with the snap of a snare as Benny C, Chandler Ave, and B Cool trade lines about getting frisky. It’s a laidback slice of Exklusive skills.
“Birthday Cake" By Young Hood
This is probably the most pop-hip-hop in the bunch – a tongue-in-cheek track where cake is a metaphor for cunnilingus. The hook is so catchy, it’s Rihanna-esque. Young Hood’s rap is playful and fun. The track and the rest of his mixtape, “Leftover Lyrics,” can be found at Datpiff, a Web site which allows underground hip-hop artists to distribute their music. Download it for free at www.datpiff.com/Young-Hood-Leftover-Lyrics-mixtape.352632.html.
"Give ‘Em Enough Hope" by Ghani Gautama
The former singer of Pure Irate Souls, a Myrtle Beach rap/rock outfit, his roots are evident as the track moves in a few erratic directions but the constant is Gautama’s even and steady vocals. And he’s got a mouthful to say. Download this track at www.reverbnation.com/ghanigautama.
“Make it Through the Rain" by U.C. Studios Featuring David Ray
Focus has an early Eminem vocal style, but these lyrics aren’t mimicking popular culture or giggling while describing violence, instead they’re uplifting. Focus’ lyrics cut through David Ray’s R&B hook and the production is crisp. U.C.Studios is a sponsor of Hip-Hop-Palooza - download this track at www.reverbnation.com/ucstudios.
Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge