Interview by: Martin Bauman The name of the game is "progress" for Manhattan's ANTHM. Since the beginning of last year, he's released four projects - each sound distinctly different from the previous - and improved with each one. When We Were Kings, the 90s-themed ode to classic hip-hop, immediately showcased his lyrical skill; the conceptual Joy & Pain EP proved he could not only spit, but also write songs; the frustration-filled,
Blu GODleeBarnes-produced Handful of Dust EP showed continued songwriting development; and with The Fire Next Time, ANTHM fuses all of his previous elements (the lyricism, the songwriting, the eclectic production) together into eight tracks, foreshadowing that the best is yet to come for the former Wall Street trader. The Come Up Show caught up with ANTHM to discuss his latest EP, putting regrets in the past, growing as an artist, and much more.
Read the full interview after the jump.
ANTHM just dropped his latest work, The Fire Next Time EP. The project runs 8 tracks deep, and showcases the Manhattan-based emcee once again proving why he's one of the most lyrically-gifted emcees out right now. The man behind When We Were Kings, Joy & Pain and Handful of Dust delivers an inspired effort throughout, and the beat selection is on point as well. A couple early favourites on The Fire Next Time are "We Were Kings", "I Remember", and "The Fire Next Time". For more on ANTHM, check out our interview with him. Stream and download the EP below.
ANTHM just dropped the visuals to "imagine nation", one of my personal favourites off his Handful of Dust EP with Blu (as GODleeBarnes). It's a short track, but really dope nonetheless. Once again, Elmo Kebour handles the direction on the visuals. If you haven't yet, make sure to check out our interview with ANTHM. The Manhattan-based emcee has a new EP on the way called The Fire Next Time, due out July 9th. Watch the visuals to "imagine nation" below.
"Half of the things that I want, they say I'll never see/ Either I'll starve, or I'll carve out my legacy/ They got a long list of things that I'll never be/ I bite my tongue, I'm still young in my legacy." - ANTHM
ANTHM is back again, this time giving the visual treatment to "Double Excel". In the video, Ant hits up the Rap Genius headquarters looking to subpoena their database of wack rappers (Rap Genius' Editor-in-Chief, Shawn Setaro, makes an appearances in this one). Ant goes in hard on "Double Excel", his barrage of multis as evidence of Eminem's influence when he was growing up. This would sound right at home on ANTHM's debut release, When We Were Kings. Make sure you check out our interview with ANTHM if you haven't already. Watch the visuals to "Double Excel", directed by Elmo Kebour, below.
pac's "me against world" made me love hip hop. eminem's infite ep and slim shady lp made me get a rhyme book.— ANTHM (@NoCosign) June 11, 2012
Another week, another visual for ANTHM. Not too long after dropping the visuals to "Be Still", the Manhattan-based emcee is back with the visuals to his "1 Train" freestyle. Once again, Elmo Kebour handles the visuals, showcasing Ant spitting relentlessly in the subway terminal over Hit-Boy's string-laced production. And when I say relentlessly, I mean relentlessly - this one may require rewinding a couple times to catch all the punchlines. At 2:22, it's relatively short, but packed with rhymes. If this is your first time taking in ANTHM, be sure to check out our interview with him and get his background story. Check out the visuals to "1 Train" below.