Slums are a New York-based group consisting of King Carter, Mike, Adé Hakim/Sixpress, Darryl Joseph, Booliemane and Jazz Jodi. They have been making waves for years now, releasing some genre-defining hip-hop. Adé Hakim aka Sixpress’s brother is Master Holy. He has released a brand new album titled BLOOD BROTHER, an introspective hip-hop release that’s actually a marvelous body of work. It’s produced for the most part by Adé Hakim.
“DREAM” starts off with a sample describing and theorizing about time, then breaking into an emphatic beat with synths and a great verse from the talented musician. His confidence on the mix and ability to create a somewhat claustrophobic soundscape makes it a great opener to this 10 track album. Tracks such as “Peter Pan” and “Brown Sugar” feature more soulful production, with vocal samples, electronic and synth-based production that sounds smooth, especially with his intricate flow and personal lyrics about his own life experiences. The tracks throughout don’t necessarily have a particular structure, but meander between different sonic experiments and textures. Tracks like “Continue?” featuring Adé Hakim is a cacophonous track with electronic effects, synths and an overpowering beat. The amount of experimental sounds that he’s able to bring shows exactly why he, along the rest of the Slum collective, have been able to create some of the most interesting hip-hop music for the last few years. “Check the Vhibe” contains the incredible “Check the Rhime” A Tribe Called Quest sample, and they way it’s used in the track is just incredible to me. Master Holy impresses so much on this project, and I’ll be sure to check out and review all of Slums’ releases from now on, because they definitely deserve all the love and support!
Listen to Master Holy’s impressive BLOOD BROTHER below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support!