Jahshua Smith x Stewrat – The Final Season [Album]

The Final Season cover art

A while ago Jahshua Smith, emcee from Detroit, hit me up about his upcoming album, that would become The Final Season. He said, 

I’m from Detroit and I’ve known Ryan (Stewrat) for years. He’s been my personal producer for a while now, and this next project is the first time I’ll be able to do a whole LP with solely his production…

And…I never replied because I suck. So, here, after months of no reply I humbly apologize and offer my thoughts. I should have said, “Yo Jahshua, this is FIRE! I’ve heard ‘Ride Tonight’ before and I really dig that track…also, yeah this whole thing is dope.”

Firstly, Marinate Media favorite Stewrat, kills the production on this album. From start to finish on this 15-track album you can tell you’re getting his best work—sample-heavy joints w/ an electronic flair that create this soulful stutter for Jahshua to work with. Secondly, Jahshua brings it on these tracks. He’s elevated his game and together the two make some great Midwestern hip-hop. (Stewrat from Springfield, OH, Jahshua, from Michigan.) You’ll want to get this one! Throw a few bucks their way! 

MM // Lunch Menu (3/27/2012)

Nefarious! – Somethin’ … … … … $59

A beautifully lush, ambient hip-hop joint topped with cloud-like pads and electro horns.  

Gloam – Mirage151 … … … … … . $39

Light, sunny beach, sample driven, tasty Roland licks, hip-hop beat with a laid back disposition.

StewRat – Bright Side … … … …  $63

Guitar riff laden boombap, chopped piano and shakers for extreme head nodding.

Arthurr – The Permanent Road … … . $49

Thick fuzz, percussion with awkward tempo, future garage sound, spacious pads and booming bass.

MM // Lunch Menu (3/27/2012)

Nefarious! – Somethin’ … … … … $59

A beautifully lush, ambient hip-hop joint topped with cloud-like pads and electro horns.  

Gloam – Mirage151 … … … … … . $39

Light, sunny beach, sample driven, tasty Roland licks, hip-hop beat with a laid back disposition.

StewRat – Bright Side … … … …  $63

Guitar riff laden boombap, chopped piano and shakers for extreme head nodding.

Arthurr – The Permanent Road … … . $49

Thick fuzz, percussion with awkward tempo, future garage sound, spacious pads and booming bass.

StewRat – Real [Album]

“Trust me / I’m as live as it gets,” is both a (Royce Da 5’9″) vocal sample used in “Fort” and the best way to describeStewRat’s trademark sound. His chops, drops, jazzy guitar samples to his dusty, crate dug, ’60s, ’70s soul record reincarnation is certainly “as live as it gets.” Marinate loves us some StewRat. So, two releases in March, a Marinate Mix and several Soundcloud smashes later I’m bound to OD on all this goodness. If you’re not fucking with StewRat’s music, get Real.

StewRat – Comfort [Album]

“Love, Live, Life, Proceed, Progress,” describes StewRat‘s Comfort as perfectly as possible. It’s also the first sample on “LLLPP” and the thematic arc for the project. The album’s fifteen tracks are minimalistically titled beats, (i.e., “Cash”, “Honey”, “News”,) that are reminiscent of some found shopping list. Boom bap lovers and hip-hop heads will enjoy this release.

StewRat // Marinate Mix


Mike Slott – My Lightbridge 
Madvillain – Rhinestone Cowboy (instrumental) 
Evidence – Chase the Clouds Away (prod. by Alchemist) 
N*E*R*D interlude and N*E*R*D – Run To the Sun 
Hystereo – Interweb 
Sievert – Be Pleasant 
Fakebeat – Your Wish (is my command) 
Angelo Tinsley – Get Down With Me 
Nite Jewel – Am I Real? 
9th Wonder – Hi Dazzle 
9th Wonder – Excerpt from the Leaky Beat Vault 
Median – How Big is Your World (prod. by 9th Wonder) 
Tim Hecker – October (Part 1)

Artist: StewRat

Artwork: Jeff Rochester

StewRat – “WΛVΞ” & “Frozen” [Free DL]

StewRat constantly shifts his style. The Ohio producer can create lush, electronic, trap leaning, music experiences to Dilla inspired boom bap (and it’s always polished). So, “WΛVΞ” is kind of like the former. It extends past the first earthquake of sound with aftershocks doing most the damage. There are big time delays, several plates (layers) shifting and heavy cracks from the snare drum. And, the bass does DAMAGE! “Frozen” sounds more like StewRat has been playing with a Flux Capacitor. It’s also a free download. Get these tracks in your rotation fool! 

WΛVE by StewRat

Frozen by StewRat

StewRat – “WΛVΞ” & “Frozen” [Free DL]

StewRat constantly shifts his style. The Ohio producer can create lush, electronic, trap leaning, music experiences to Dilla inspired boom bap (and it’s always polished). So, “WΛVΞ” is kind of like the former. It extends past the first earthquake of sound with aftershocks doing most the damage. There are big time delays, several plates (layers) shifting and heavy cracks from the snare drum. And, the bass does DAMAGE! “Frozen” sounds more like StewRat has been playing with a Flux Capacitor. It’s also a free download. Get these tracks in your rotation fool! 

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F35209090&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=01b191 WΛVE by StewRat

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F34439545&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=01b191

Frozen by StewRat

CL Sosa – And Then Everything Turned Grey

     

Would you like a solid album? Maybe something full of whiskey slick-rhymes with a blunt smoke curling production value? And Then Everything Turned Grey, is what you’ll want. CL Sosa, a.k.a. Carlos Gonzalez, seems like someone you’d invite to your tamale parties so you can sneak a few puffs on a joint while the corn husks soak. On “Come and Go” he says, “I said that, I’m just trying to rhyme, but, forty hours overtime on top of a 9 to 5. I think things would be different if this was ‘95.”

Though, even 1995 wouldn’t be ready for this album. Coolio’s “Gangster Paradise” reigned supreme on the Billboard Top 100, Hootie and the Blowfish dropped their iconic, “Only Wanna Be With You”, and the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl. And Then Everything Turned Grey, a 2011 release, seems to defy movements. Carlos, a skinny kid with thick glasses, who, by looks standards doesn’t appear a man with chops, cuts down his haters with defiant twists of lyricism. “Black guys tell me I shouldn’t rap, why? I’m one of the illest unsigned of my time, ready for red carpets, ready for red suiting….I be that thrift store drifter, next door hipster.” He continues, “Fuck indie Hip Hop, I’m not the poster-boy.”

 

Production on five of the twelve tracks is by a Marinate Media frequent, Stewrat. Both Sosa and Stewrat work as if they’ve shared a love for DJ Krush, Nightmares on Wax and Madlib (no biography necessary) since they’re inception. But, hats go off to producer, Mylkeyz, who provides production for, “Cannonball”, “Stormy Black”, and five other tracks. His mottled bass, trickling, industrial robot noise provides a dark backdrop for such a grey album.

Sosa makes video game, Futurama, and Lupe Fiasco references and they’re all oddly appropriate. It’s not a ‘95 album, not close, but it’s a 2011 debut worth a listen. 8/10 

StewRat – HeadLights

StewRat, producer from Springfield, Ohio, isn’t J Dilla or Flying Lotus or 9th Wonder. Though, he sure sounds like them.  And, HeadLights isn’t so much an album as it is a sample platter. In “Never Last” he takes lines from Bobby Caldwell’s “Down for the Third Time”. Then he recreates Linda Perhacs’ obscure, oddball track, “Hey, Who Really Cares?” into “Changes” a slow, sweet, guitar splash production. He’s taking a fresh look at an established style; he’s using slices of high-pitched vocals coupled with a walk-the-street bass line and an insane ear for melodic shifts. His music is sometimes Sci-Fi, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, but it’s always interesting. Put this into your iTunes library and start freestyling immediately. 8.5/10