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Album Review – Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild

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Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild

“Silk Pyramids”

(Thrice Great Records)

The place an emcee calls home has always been an important factor in Hip-Hop. For example, over the years, if a new artist was able to claim the likes of the Bronx or Brooklyn as their stomping grounds, it immediately lent their upcoming project a sense of credibility due purely to the history of said NY boroughs. On the flip-side, freestyle favourite Mad Skillz titled his debut 1996 album “From Where???” thanks to the low expectations Hip-Hop heads had at the time of any artist coming out of his Richmond, Virginia locale.

But whilst hometown pride has been commonplace in the rap game since day one,  there are those emcees who rhyme well who just happen to come from a certain place, with their postal address not necessarily having a direct link to their artistry, and then there are those lyricists who literally embody the place they came up in, with their environment and their music being virtually inseparable. Think MC Eiht and Compton. Scarface and Houston’s Fifth Ward. Raekwon or Ghostface and the slums of Shaolin. And, of course, Biggie and Brooklyn.

At its best, the music of the above mentioned artists (and others) has gone beyond simply being about quality beats and rhymes, managing instead to capture the sights, sounds and stories of their respective surroundings, which in turn has informed their work with an organic, tangible quality that puts the listener directly into their world with no compromise or apology.

On his latest full-length project, the Buckwild-produced “Silk Pyramids”, NYC’s Meyhem Lauren does exactly that. Pulling us deep into the galaxy of Queens via his colourful wordplay, the Outdoorsmen member delivers a solid slice of Rotten Apple Hip-Hop that finds Laurenovich looking no further than outside of his front door for inspiration.

Stating on the opening Action Bronson-assisted “100 M.P.H.” that he’s “so Queens that you can feel me”, Lauren goes on to paint vivid images of his beloved borough on “Q.U. Cartilage”, weaving landmarks, names and personal memories together to create fast-moving cinematic rhymes that time-travel from Meyhem’s youth to the present day, with the rapper sounding grateful that he’s reached a point in life that some of his friends perhaps haven’t been lucky enough to see (“Blastin’ Billie Holiday out the Benz coup, Came a long way from the days when we were strange fruit…”).

The organ-driven “Salmon Croquettes” finds Lauren being joined by AG Da Coroner, with the Brooklyn lyricist delivering a gruff verse of epic OG proportions, sounding like the rhyming version of Ving Rhames’ character in John Singleton’s “Baby Boy” as he claims to be “the real meaning of a rap artist” whilst sending a warning to rap’s younger generation who “steal from the older gods”.

“Honey Champagne Sorbet” is built around a warm sonic soul glow, as Buckwild delivers the perfect loop to match Lauren’s verses of fly braggadocio,  with the Lo-Life representative sounding like he’s just won Mack Of The Year and is up on the podium delivering his acceptance speech (“My life was written ‘cos I wrote it, Then I got promoted, Pockets exploded, Now this whip I drive is candy-coated…”).

Elsewhere, the mellow “Aztec Blue” is a walk down memory lane, with Meyhem reminiscing alongside Hologram about simpler times involving spraying tags on buildings, hanging-out with the crew and rocking fresh kicks, whilst “Where The $ At” is an obnoxious, drum-heavy display of lyrical arrogance featuring a typically larger-than-life appearance from Thirstin Howl who can be heard flaunting a wallet “big enough to be a saddle” amongst other humourous claims.

The closing “Been Official”, arguably the album’s strongest track, features Lauren boasting of his “outfit architecture” over sublime production whilst pondering whether his “street s**t, poetically spoken” will lead him to be crowned the next king of New York.

Musically, Buckwild upholds his half of the duo’s creative deal throughout “Silk Pyramids”. Whilst it would have been easy for the veteran producer to have been heavy-handed with a signature 90s Diggin’ In The Crates sound, Buck has instead blessed Lauren with a selection of beats that compliment his style and help give the album its own sense of identity.

The only weak link here is the underwhelming “I Want It All” which, unfortunately, suffers due to Buckwild’s production on this particular cut lacking the character heard throughout the rest of his work on the album.

Overall, “Silk Pyramids” is a win for the Queens native. At a time when the uneducated are still claiming that New York rap has lost its distinctiveness, Meyhem Lauren has been carrying on tradition, keeping his Wallabees clean, his Polo collection up-to-par and his rhyme skills sharp, crafting quality music to put listeners in an NY state of mind, wherever it is they might reside around the globe.

Ryan Proctor

Follow Meyhem Lauren on Twitter – @MeyhemLauren

Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – “Been Official” (Thrice Great Records / 2014)

 

New Joint – Telemachus / Action Bronson

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Telemachus ft. Action Bronson – “Get Off My P.P. – Albanian Horror Remix” (@ChemoUK / 2013)

The talented UK producer gives one of Bronsolini’s finest moments the remix treatment for his forthcoming “Wordplay Sessions Vol. 3″ project.

New Joint – Meyhem Lauren / AG Da Coroner / Action Bronson

Meyhem Lauren ft. AG Da Coroner & Action Bronson – “Drug Lords” (@MeyhemLauren / 2013)

Harry Fraud-produced NY crime drama theme music from  the Queens emcee’s mixtape “Respect The Fly S**t”.

New Joint – Action Bronson

Action Bronson – “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” (ActionBronson.Com / 2013)

The NY emcee gets his shrimp money up in these bugged-out visuals for his 90s-influenced Harry Fraud-produced track.

New Joint – Action Bronson / Bunty Beats

Action Bronson – “Get Off My P.P. – Bunty Beats Remix” (BuntyBeats.Com / 2013)

Glasgow producer Bunty Beats puts his own stamp on a Bronson favourite – download here.

Fly Fishing Mixtape Download – DJ Woody / Chopped Herring Records

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DJ Woody digs through the Chopped Herring catalogue on this mix featuring both vintage golden-age tracks and new material from the likes of J.V.C. Force, Finsta Bundy, Meyhem Lauren and Action Bronson – check it here.

New Joint – Action Bronson

Action Bronson – “Strictly 4 The Jeeps” (ActionBronson.Com / 2013)

The Queens emcee rocks over some nice Harry Fraud production on this new track with a title that could be mistaken for a 90s Ron G tape.

New Joint – Czarface / Action Bronson

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Czarface ft. Action Bronson – “It’s Raw” (Brick Records / 2013)

Another quality sureshot leak from the forthcoming Inspectah Deck / 7L & Esoteric collabo album.

Queens Get The Money – Action Bronson

Footage of NY’s Action Bronson with DJ Semtex discussing future plans during his recent visit to the UK.

New Joint – Action Bronson

Action Bronson – “The Symbol” (Noisey.Com / 2012)

Hilarious action-packed 70s-style visuals for this Alchemist-produced track from the NY emcee’s forthcoming mixtape “Rare Chandeliers”.

New Joint – Metabeats / Action Bronson

Metabeats ft. Action Bronson – “Hookers” (Associated Minds / 2012)

UK producer Metabeats connects with Flushing, Queens representative Bronson for this neck-snapping track from the forthcoming “Caviar Crackle” album.

New Joint – Pooky / Action Bronson

Action Bronson – “Get Off My P.P. – Pooky’s Get Off My Kitten Mix” (DJAdamPooky / 2012)

UK deejay-slash-producer Pooky delivers this dope remix of a fan favourite from Bronson’s cult classic “Dr. Lecter”.

Respect The Fly S**t Mixtape Download – Meyhem Lauren

Recorded during a mammoth twenty-four hour recording session in Meyhem Lauren’s hotel suite during this year’s SXSW event in Texas, this free twelve-track Tommy Mas / Harry Fraud-produced mixtape is a perfect example of the magic that can be captured when you pack a group of talented emcees into one room with a stash of quality beats, a few bags of sticky-icky and some alcohol – download here.

New Joint – Action Bronson & Party Supplies

Action Bronson & Party Supplies – “Steve Wynn” (ActionBronson.Com / 2012)

The NY emcee hits the gym for this clip from the free “Blue Chips” project.

New Joint – Meyhem Lauren / Action Bronson / Roc Marciano

Meyhem Lauren ft. Action Bronson & Roc Marciano – “Peruvian Desserts” (@MeyhemLauren / 2012)

Tommy Mas-produced slick NY ish from the forthcoming project “Respect The Fly S**t”.

 

New Joint – Meyhem Lauren / Action Bronson / Heems

Meyhem Lauren ft. Action Bronson & Heems – “Special Effects” (@MeyhemLauren / 2012)

Harry Fraud / Tommy Mas-produced lead single from the Queens, NY emcee’s forthcoming project “Respect The Fly S**t”.

Respect The Fly S**t Mixtape Trailer – Meyhem Lauren / Action Bronson / AG Da Coroner

Trailer for Meyhem Lauren’s upcoming “Respect The Fly S**t” mixtape which was recorded during an epic hotel room recording session at this year’s SXSW event and is produced by Tommy Mas and Harry Fraud.

New Joint – Large Professor / Cormega / Action Bronson / Roc Marciano / Saigon

Large Professor, Cormega, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Saigon – “M.A.R.S.” (Fat Beats / 2012)

Some atmospheric visuals for the star-studded Extra P-produced NY posse cut from the former Main Source member’s forthcoming album “Professor @ Large”.

New Joint – The Purist / Action Bronson

The Purist ft. Action Bronson – “Northern & Roozy” (KingKongHoldingCo.BandCamp.Com / 2012)

Fly ish taken from the UK producer’s new “Double Feature EP” which also includes collabos with Roc Marciano and Ty Nitty – you can either cop the full-length digital release or get in quick to snatch up one of the limited-edition seven-inch vinyl singles.

New Joint – Meyhem Lauren / Action Bronson / Heems

Meyhem Lauren ft. Action Bronson & Heems – “Special Effects” (@MeyhemLauren / 2012)

Harry Fraud-produced track from Lauren’s forthcoming project “Respect The Fly S**t”.