There’s a lot of stuff coming out of the ATL these days that have nothing to do with T.I. or Gucci Mane. The city has been on fire lately, seeing actsJanelle Monae and Big Boi get critical acclaim and B.O.B. top the charts. But the bench is deep on both the artist and the prodcition side. The underground is on it’s grind as well, as artists like Hollyweerd, Proton, and Aleon Craft continue to make their mark.
And that brings us to producer collective SMKA, who’s 808 series has been gaining steam throughout the Internets. Reciting everybody from Yelawolf to Pill, to the Nappy Roots, they have set themselves up to become the next generation of Southern producer talent. Forget what you hear on the radio, the cats infuse a more organic, blues sound into their production, and nothing demonstrates this better than the TV-theme song sampling A Different World.
Paring the venerable Nappy Roots together with new artist Aleon Craft was a no brainer. They bounce off of each other fairly well. This track is hands down one of the best hip-hop collabos I’ve heard all summer.
And if you’re in Atlanta, check the Atlanta Stargazing Tour, going on this summer.