Soul Khan first gained notoriety as a battle MC, in the GrindTime East Coast division. From there he became one of the most sought after battlers in battle leagues all over the world. Mostly retired from battling, Soul Khan is focused on music, hitting us with his own unique perspectives on life, over original and innovative production. This song Supreme Righteous, is the second single from Soul Khan’s upcoming free album produced by Walker Swain.
The Brooklyn-based MC is a member of the hip hop collective Brown Bag Allstars, who will be featured on Jan. 27th @ SRB in Brooklyn, as part of the MASTERS OF THE UNDERGROUND Showcase Series, opening for ORGANIZED KONFUSION (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po), OC & LARGE PROFESSOR, celebrating the 20 Yr Anniversary of Organized Konfusion’s album “STRESS: THE EXTINCTION AGENDA”.
Murder, indeed. This beat is a ‘Kraken’, so I guess the MC’s spittin’ on the track are Perseus? … I don’t know where that metaphor is going, but what I’m trying to say is, this track bumps! So bump that shit, lol.
â€œRhett Committed Murderâ€, off the Brown Bag AllStars‘ EP, Brown Label 2., produced by DJ Rhettmattic. Video directed by Alex F. Ghassan.
Sometimes you see a recognizable name who is buzzin’ right now (i.e. Royce) featured on someone’s record, so you give it a second glance. Other times it’s a known producer who always brings heat (Marco Polo), so no matter who is on the record you are going to check it out. Or maybe it’s a certain crew known for bringin’ the ruckus (Brown Bag AllStars) that’s associated with the project that has your attention. Koncept doesn’t really need all that, but the fact that he has all of it should tell you that there’s a reason why. A reason why his crew is known, a reason why he respects good producers and they respect him back, a reason why he can collab with the best of MC’s because like minds think alike and real recognize real talent.
Call it a “tribute”, “remake”, “remix”, or whatever – this is a bunch of MCees (albeit dope ones) droppin’ verses on a known beat (a dope one). But I guess what’s cool about the way they marketed this is that it draws attention to the original and gives res[ect where respect is due – to The Beatnuts, so I am not mad at that.
Another way to show respect is to not be wack over the beat. The Brown Bag AllStars (BBAS) are not taking themselves too seriously with this one. The crew just wants to party and bullshit, or more accurately, “f*ck, drink beer and smoke some sh*t”.I think it stays true to the Beatnuts typical subject matter and it’s refreshing to hear MCs just having a good time on a track, not concerned with guns, fighting and other macho posturing.
DJ Brace laced the cuts. As always, with a posse cut, especially from a crew, you may wonder “who bodies it the most?” For me it’s Soul Khan with lines like “I got 40 oz abs, fuck a six-packshorty, if its not around the couch you gotta get that for me,” but you don’t have to agree with me. Listen for yourself and cast your vote in the comments.
This is one of those joints where the music starts with no drum beat and the MC is off and running right away, no intro, no chorus, just spittin’ bars immediately. It builds in intensity and you are waiting for when the beat drops. You figure they are really gonna drop heavy. Sometimes when the drums come in, it is a disappointment. You are waiting for it to drop after 4 bars, but it doesn’t, so you wait and expect it after 8. The song is really heating up and you are like “Wow, that is a long time with no beat, wonder when it is gonna come in?”
Well, guess what?? … On Soul Khan’s “Soulstice III” - it never does! To give props where props are due, the music is awesome and Soul Khan’s flow is nuts on this – but I keep wanting to hear a beat!
About halfway through the song I realize this is one of those “look at me, I am being really creative” moments, where the MC (or producer) did something rare and held the song together with music and flow – no drums. Ghostface has done this successfully and one or two other artists I can’t think of right now (hey, remind me, in the comments).
Like I said, Soul Khan puts in work, flowing supercharged (and fast), telling the story over the infectious music and soulful singing. The rhyme scheme is intricate and delivery heavily syncopated. On top of that, I believe that is him singing the chorus himself. People will yell “Drake“, but I am thinking more like “Mos Def“. If you have only heard him in acapela rap battles, you will see (hear?) that the Brown Bag All Star definitely has flow and is not just a battle MC. But his style is different on this one. He admits in the second verse “This ain’t even how I rap, I’m just playing with it”.
The music is an instrumental borrowed from Rachel Grimes’ “My Dear Companion”. I have to admit, Soul Khan pulls it off. The song is dope. You know when you call your friend and they pick up and say “Yo, what’s good?” so you start telling them what you called about and a few seconds later you here “… I’m not here right now, but leave your name and number …”. You feel like, “Dammit, he got me!” That’s how I felt when I realized there was no beat and the song was gonna keep going – with no beat – and regardless, I was still going to like it!
Listen to the song and let me know if you like it too. Stare at the stunning naked chick in the artwork if it helps (hey, can’t hurt). I’m sure that’s what its there for.