I guess I got too cocky in my last post thinking I was on top of discovering relevant music happening in my backyard, because not soon after a certain midwestern writer put me on to Koran Streets, a Berkeley rapper that you would never expect to be from Berkeley from how gruff and downtrodden he sounds. In the music I’ve heard thus far, he harnesses some Jeezy energy in his style, and conjures associations with Jacka with his East-Coast/Bay Area flow blending, but also clearly has an aesthetic of his own that is humble, diverse, and often very heavy. This track seems most relevant for this outlet with its unexpected and effective instrumental build. I’m going to have to keep doin’ my homework on these secrete talented rappers from around the way.
Koran Streets – Pinky Ring