MUSIC: Raj Mahal – The Gift Vol. VIII
by Reginald Duvivier
Raj Mahal is a producer from Chicago who’s beats are so good they caught the ear of House Shoes who put him on his relatively new Street Corner Music label. They released the project for free a little while back, with a vinyl version of the album coming up in a few weeks. It’s a moody introspective piece of work, but dope. House Shoes explains how this project came about below:
On Xmas eve last year, I put the 88 joints that Raj sent me a few weeks earlier in my phone to go thru. The next day my lil homie Smokey died 15 mins after my son opened his presents. I had to go to the store after all this and pressed play on Raj’s joints son as I got in the car.
The first track in the playlist sounded like Smokey’s fucking funeral, and I knew when I heard this that that the world to had to hear it. I just had to find 11 more joints out of those 88. I did.
Limited vinyl late summer.
Check it out and vibe to it below: