If this doesn’t get nominated for a Grammy…
Most rappers creatively decline or go into the wilderness on their second major label albums – but it’s 2015 and hip-hop music has been on the rise again, thanks to great releases such as To Pimp A Butterfly, Dark Sky Paradise and Mr. Wonderful. That trend continues on Yelawolf’s brand new genre-busting album Love Story.
Love Story is the album Yelawolf has always wanted to create; with it’s mixture of hip-hop, country and rock, this is the perfect album for those who have a universal taste in music and people who are proud of their Southern roots. But it’s a shame that the Gadsen, Alabama rapper’s magnus opus will probably be overlooked by most hip-hop purists.
With only one feature (Eminem), Yelawolf delivers an emotionally driven album that integrates more singing, sentimental moments and an astounding improvement from his last album Radioactive – he even sounds composed, and many would go as far as saying better than his Shady label boss on their excellent collaboration “Best Friend” that sounds good enough to get a Grammy nod.
Love Story does not appeal to the mainstream but it’s filled with poignant lyrics, razor sharp flows and catchy melodies that puts Yelawolf up there as one of the best singing rappers in the game.
Papa Roach and Maria Brink unleash the video for the standout song on the F.E.A.R album “Gravity”. In the early 2000’s this would be a successful single – now in an era dominated by EDM-pop music it’ll be difficult for it to be a huge hit single. Unfortunately.
MoSS may be a new name to some in the music game, but his production credits are instantly recognizable. Ghostface Killah’s smash hit “Kilos”, Raekwon’s “Have Mercy”, Obie Trice’s entire “Special Reserve” album and most recently a collaborative album with Eternia “At Last” released on Fatbeats. The Canadian-born, Toronto area resident has been bubbling just below the surface of worldwide notoriety for quite some time, and is now preparing the release of his debut production album featuring the likes of Joell Ortiz, Slum Village, Ill Bill and the lead single “Started” feat. AZ, DJ Premier & Joe Budden.
MoSS got his first taste of notoriety by working with Obie Trice (Shady Records) around 2000. Moss was producing records for Obie – including both his independent singles “Well Known” and the 12” “Mr. Trice” – which created the buzz that eventually led to Obie’s major label deal. Since then, MoSS has produced for a long list of “who’s who” in the Hip Hop world, including: Joell Ortiz, Ghostface, Papoose, Peedi Crack, The Game, Slum Village, Boot Camp Clik, Red Cafe, Mr Easy, AZ, Bounty Killa, D-Block (Styles P and Sheek Louch),
Termanology, Big Shug, M.O.P., Kool G. Rap, Ras Kass, Omilio Sparks, Proof of D12, and the list goes on.
A former member of DJ Premier’s production label, “Works of Mart”, as Premier’s first ever production signee, MoSS is not only an emcee’s producer, but a producer’s producer as well. Recognized by an elite group in his field, he is known by many as a record digger. Having assisted on price guides, rare record books and various musical anthologies, MoSS eventually started his own reissue label ‘Strawberry Rain’ that specializes in re-releasing rare psychedelic music from around the world, including countries like Indonesia, Iran, France and even Zambia where he travelled to find records and artists. His label has gained recognition across the globe and his releases have been reviewed in everything from Guitar Player magazine to an Indonesian division of Rolling Stone Magazine. A record collector in the truest sense of the word.
MoSS has been recognized in publications such as Rollingstone, SPIN,Scratch, People Magazine, Pound, Fadeout, and more. Production credits combined, the talented producer has sold over 2 million records worldwide.