Sunday, February 21, 2010

Album: Reks – In Between The Lines (2010 Mixtape)

 

1. Green Lantern Intro
2. Self Titled (off R.E.K.S. album) (produced by Statik Selektah)
3. I Don’t Play (LFHQ Dj Premier Exclusive)
4. Understand (produced by Lee Bannon)
5. Rap-a-nomics ft. Slaine & Torae (produced by Statik Selektah)
6. Count If Off ft. CurT@ins (produced by Statik Selektah)
7. 2012 (produced by Statik Selektah)
8. God Damn! ft. Freddie Gibbs (produced by Statik Selektah)
9. I Too, America (produced by Statik Selektah)
10. 7am ft. Termanology, Steven King, J-Status, & JFK (produced by Statik Selektah)
11. That’s What’s Up ft. Bossman (produced by Statik Selektah)
12. Hennessy (produced by Statik Selektah)
13. Henny @ Halftime ft. Ron artest (produced by Statik Selektah)
14. Dangerous (Showoff) ft. JFK, Statik Selektah, & Kali (produced by Statik Selektah)
15. 21st Century Rap (prod. by Anthem)
16. Banner City ft. Termanology & Easy Money (off Dj Deadeye album, prod. by MGI)
17. Diesel ft. Chi Knox & Lucky Dice (produced by Rain)
18. City Night Stories ft. Nature, Soul Theory, and G Huff (produced by Soul Theory)
19. Down Like That (Lawtown) (produced by Statik Selektah)
20. Evil That Men Do ft. JV (produced by DEMOBeats)
21. Problem ft. LMS and Saheed (prod. by OZNY)
22. In Between The Lines Freestyle (prod. by Infinite Archetype)
23. Lucky Man (produced by Statik Selektah)
24. International ft. El Da Sensei and Insight (produced by Insight)
25. Something From Nothing ft. Mr M.O.E. & B.R. (ATL) (produced by S-Type)
26. Jena Side (produced by 1914)
27. Invasion Outro

So this is a promo mixtape called In Between The Lines from the artist REKS hosted and backed by super-producers Statik Selektah & DJ Green Lantern. In anticipation of his 2010 album titled R.E.K.S. coming in March, this mixtape shows just how worthy REKS is to break out onto the rap scene. The upcoming album will have production by hip hop legends DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Large Professor (not everyone can get these guys supporting them!).

On this mixtape here, REKS's flow is superb and his content is fueled by the "pain of being brought up on the grind". You can tell by his lyrics in track 2 "Self Titled" (preview above) just how hungry he is to make a name for himself as a lyricist/writer and as a hip hop artist. He frequently references old school hip hop and pays homage to the culture, which makes me respect him even more. Also, he has a lot of insight and explains his internal drive for rapping/writing, which makes him more three dimensional as an artist. I suggest you look up his last album More Grey Hairs if you like what you hear. That album has one of the most powerful rap songs that I've ever heard - "Dear Winter". I see a ton of future potential in REKS even though he has already proven his worth. Check for his new album coming in March. It's sure to be more hotness.

Another dope song: REKS ft. Termanology & Krumb Snatcha - Big Dreamers (Remix)


Big ups to DJ Statik Selektah and the whole Showoff Records crew, who are doing some really great work right now.

Peace.

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