Cam Be + Josh Free ‘Be Free’

I see what you did there.

What more of a fitting day than Independence Day to release a project called “Be Free”. And if the connection wasn’t clear right away, it definitely is with the dope cover art that illustrates where Cam Be & Josh Free rep: Chicago, USA.

We’ve been following Cam & Josh for a minute here on GWHH. Both are talented videographers if you haven’t yet noticed, but we’ve also been following their musical endeavors since their involvement in the greater Chicago collective, Untitled. The two have continued their soulful rhymes for this 12-track full-length free download, Be Free, that we’re proud to say is GWHH-Sponsored.

The duo’s first preview was the gripping “U”, which features stellar rhymes from the two over a great, raw production and concludes with one of J. Ivy‘s most stirring spoken word verses (and that’s saying something for him). “U” is the first full track on Be Free, following a dope instrumental that sets the tone as the intro. In fact, there are a few instrumentals… rather, Camstrumentals — short interludes produced by Cam Be that are all on point and splice the project at the right times.

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I must stress that I’m vibing with the full 32-minute listen from beginning to end; I would just like to share the 3 tracks that jumped out at me as much as “U”. Perhaps you can skip to one of these if you’re pressed for time before your BBQ or rooftop party today… (before I digress…) “OK” contrasts a range of angst and anxiety with a soulful hook and a feature from Jamla Records’ Add-2 that could be the perfect song to combat stress. “War” features close collaborator Jamaar J and centers on global issues and mixes in views against the systems created to destroy us, and to drive it home, various chilling news clips make for the song’s outro. I know I’ve said this numerous times in Gowhere’s history, but any hip hop song that incorporates a news clip a la the intro to ‘Pac’s Me Against The World (my first experience with this), is an instant *Tibs Fav. Finally, the project’s outro: “You Changed It All” is about growth, features the most complete mix of live instrumentation, my favorite female vocals on the project, and serves as an overall, excellent exclamation point to Be Free.

By now, you know I suggest the stream/download so I’ll end it on one more connection you may or may not have solved yet. Be Free — the clever combination of the duo’s fictitious last names, but it’s really more than that. A mantra we can live by everyday that resonates even more powerfully today: Be Free!

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Add-2 “Cassette Tapes (Slot-A Remix)”

It’s pretty sweet when you can just drop a couple remixes, seemingly on a whim. Slot-A was in a creative zone recently around a show in Indianapolis and the output is first this reinterpretation of an Add-2 lyrical gem “Cassette Tapes”. It’s all rhymes from Add and Slot puts down a chill, smooth 90s esque production behind it (the subtle chords strumming are my favorite). Easy must-listen and a reminder to anyone that the Jamla emcee can really go over your head.

*Tibs Fav.

BONUS: I indicated that this wasn’t the only one. Slot also flipped a vintage track from 50 Cent‘s prime “Get In My Car”. Two for the price of one, check it out below with Slot-A preppin’ a new beat tape soon.

Sincerely Yours f/ Slot-A & Neak “AMILLIPLUS”

It’s always a lyrical affair when these three join forces and “AMILLIPLUS” is nothing new from Sincerely Yours, Slot-A, and Neak. I love the simple fact of feeling like a million… plus. That’s right, a million is not enough. Ha!

In all seriousness, all three Chicago emcees do their thing with the man who helms the track altogether: Sincerely Yours possessing my favorite verse. The ‘c’ alliteration, amongst more to come, is very slick. The video, directed by APJ Films, is a simple look at the three spittin’ their rhymes. For instance, you see Slot-A donning a nice throwback Cubs jersey.

*Tibs Fav.

The HipHop Project “J Dilla Tribute 2014” [2.8.14]

In commemoration of J Dilla’s legacy the men over at the HipHop Project [DJ Scend & Slot-A] drop this tribute episode paying homage to one of the greatest HipHop producers of all time.

The Hip Hop Project has been on air since 1995 and is one of America’s longest running hip hop radio shows. Be sure to tune in every Saturday night to catch DJ Scend & Slot-A from 10p-12a CST on 88.7 FM if you’re in Chicago and/or http://www.wluw.org worldwide.