How things play out in life can be a little funny sometimes. Before I got notice of PremRock's Tom Waits re-imagining album I discussed the eclectic artist with a few people here, I tried to explain the sound or feeling you get when you hear a Tom Waits album. Needless to say it was pretty difficult without actually having a sit and listening, also answering the "what's wrong with this guy?" questions came and we laughed. Now enter PremRock... a well versed and traveling man of the Hip-Hop world, along with what I would think is a (underused) sample haven for beat makers and we have one hell of an interesting idea/album. When things could be a near suicidal (still great) or tv noise blaring atmosphere if left to Waits has taken an upbeat and highly enjoyable album that I can only wish Waits would enjoy as much as I did, PremRock's idea which might be his best yet bring the element of surprise and genuine interest that lacks in most present day releases. Retaining the Waits feel and adding a Hip-Hop touch was a great step, this re-imagining is filled with piano keys dancing around melodic beats and Premrock laying stories down as he does so well. There is a considerable amount of Hip-Hop out now that goes nowhere and follows some ghost movement that ends up dissipating as fast as it appears. Hope stays alive when you see a project that has some history to it and no weird hash tag team behind the music. I've been a fan of Premrock for a while and Tom Waits for a bit also, I can see a lot of work and love for music went into this. I stand 100% by this and repeat what Prem said himself "New Album Mark's Wild Years, get it."
In what has to be one of the most recent cool concepts for a new project, PremRock will be releasing a Tom Waits inspired/re-imagining album entitled "Mark's Wild Years" and in his first single he pokes fun at our beloved consumerism. He rhymes fast and smart while hitting the economic slump/bump right in the jaw, making him the perfect Clark Stanley Elixir salesman in present times. The song samples Tom Waits thought provoking song by the same name 'Step Right Up', where the same jabs and jokes still exist today and maybe more-so. Check the track below and you can have it for a measly $Free.99! Looking forward to the rest of this project for sure.
PremRock just off a European tour (self-booked!) has teamed up with Willie Green again for their first release on Isolated Wax, when heard it's easy to see what made the label snatch these guys up. One thing I've always liked about PremRock is his humility and skill as an emcee, a very personable and VERY talented emcee teaming up with the talented beatsmith Willie Green is a formula that's nothing short of success. Thru out the album there's that type of Hip-Hop which breeds followers, while Prem does his thing Willie Green paints a canvas full of drums, colors and rhythms that flow naturally and head-nod inducing on every track. That "Had To Be Me" track featuring C-Rayz Walz and Soul Khan is grimey as shit and it's fantastic, that's just one track from this 11 track album that is full of fulfilling sounds. Same thing for "Kill Your Idols" which Prem flows about taking your own and hit the road to the right thing, love the beat as it reminds me of that 90's boom bap and 'Palo' music mixed together...WIN. An impressive list of features are also present and never take over the album, Has-Lo, Soul Khan, C-Rayz Walz, DJ Addikt, Mike Eagle, it still feels like Prem and Willie's album which is hard to see nowadays... they usually take over and the main artists become the featured! A great start on Isolated Wax and as a Hip-Hop album, PremRock and Willie Green's effort is impressive to say the least. I would advise you to purchase this with no worries of money wasted, unless you like the radio Pop-Hop that is...
For a sample and free download, listen to "Diary of a Dreamer" below
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OheZNgcCpYQ[/youtube]What was done this year by PremRock has to be one of the best solo discovery tours that I've seen an indie artist do for himself and his music. Traveling throughout the Eastern hemisphere he passed thru 17 cities and 9 countries during a 60 day solo tour, staying wherever the day (or night) found him and meeting an amazing variety of people along the way. I always have respect for someone that goes this far to see what is really out there and learns something from it all. Enjoy the video and experience. Peace my Giant!
PremRock is bringing the dopeness even if he's in Paris right now, there's no stopping good music. This time he teamed up with A.M. Breakups and got a remix to 'Nothing' off of 'the build' album featuring Cavalier & DJ Addikt. Small HipHop world... I am familiar with A.M. Breakups because of the Uncommon Records released 'Free' album and other tracks, so when I saw he was on board I knew it was going to be good. Cavalier comes back to do his thing with DJ Addikt on board, yes the track features are that good. Great talent working together... When Giants Meet indeed.