When people think of Louisiana rap, the usual suspects always come up: Juvenile, Master P, Lil Wayne, Birdman, and Hurricane Chris, (well, okay, that last one might just be me; I can't get "A Bay Bay" out of my head.) While the repetitive, head-nodding, bounce heavy Mannie Fresh sound can start a party in a heartbeat, Don't that fool you into thinking that's all they've got. Shome represents a new wave of rappers who are breaking away from that New Awlins style and Kinda Sorta is a great tape to represent this change.
At eight tracks which feature everything from ice cold jazz raps to hard hitting snares and moody samples, you're bound to find at least one sound that'll get you hooked. Shome's strength is his versatile flows; there's never a moment when he's not a good fit with the production. It's a solid listen from the front to the back, but 'Homecoming" and "Look Up to the Sky" (that Queen sample fits well with the direction of the track) are the ones worth checking out first. If you're feeling the mixtape, go to Shome's Bandcamp page and cop it today.
- May 10th, 2015