While Kanye, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Statik Selektah, and seemingly ever other rapper on the planet dropped albums on Tuesday, another project worthy of your attention flew under the radar. California duo TiRon & Ayomari just released The Wonderful Prelude pt. 2, a free four-track EP that serves as a followup to - you guessed it - The Wonderful Prelude pt. 1. I'll admit, the EP isn't for everyone - if you're here for gritty lyricism over boom bap beats, this probably isn't what you're looking for - but this much can be said with certainty: the two artists make some excellent music, and The Wonderful Prelude pt. 2 is no different. The EP has a subdued feel, driven by light piano riffs and airy synths, as TiRon & Ayomari trade bars in a half-rapped, half-sung delivery. Of course, since their background is still hip-hop, there's some bangin' drums throughout the EP. As for early favourites, check out "For The Dreamers". Stream and download The Wonderful Prelude pt. 2 below.
TiRon and Ayomari just dropped the visuals to "PRTY N BLSHT" off their latest release, The Wonderful Prelude pt. 1. Taking a nod from B.I.G's namesake, the Los Angeles duo craft a clever commentary on "PRTY N BLSHT." What, at first listen, could be mistaken for a party song, actually goes much deeper to highlight the emptiness involved in going to the club week after week. Funnily enough, I was about to write a post about how the track is an ode to partying until I listened closer to the lyrics. The thing is, the music is so good that we let our guards down to the message - sort of like Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools". The visuals, directed by Cynical Smile, bring it all together and drive the message home. Check out the visuals to "PRTY N BLSHT" below - and while you're at it, take in HNGRY and A Sucker For Pumps, too. You'll thank me, I promise.