Ron is my favorite rapper of all time. His voice is grimy, his flow is impeccable, his subject matter is poignant and heavy, and his rhyme schemes are jaw dropping. Botzy sound great next to him on this record, and Nathanael Bates produced some bangers for the duo.
Sean is one of the better technical rappers I've heard. What is even more impressive is that he, unlike many great technical rappers, is able to combine his skill with emotion, which makes his music a pleasure in which to listen.
Doze is a great beatmaker who puts together compilation projects consisting of many dope rappers and somehow makes them sound like cohesive albums. I was fortunate enough to lay some vocals down on this project.
My guy IAME (of Sandpeople/Oldominion) put out four projects this year (over 52 songs), and each project has a very distinct sound. He handled all the production, rapping, and singing. My favorite NW rapper.
I saw Shell rap for the first time back in LaCrosse many years ago and was simultaneously impressed and intimidated. After a little hiatus, it's great to hear him back on the mic. Looking forward to more from him.
Gepetto is a jack of all trades artist. One who produces his own music, writes and records his own raps, and designs his own art. This is his first project since his debut Hypocrite, and it did not disappoint. He's another dude who makes impresses me and makes me envious of his skill.
I've only played a couple shows with Rasheed in the past, so I don't know him very well, but, man, this project is ridiculous. "Dope Tape (VLR)" is one of the hardest songs I've heard in a minute. Whew. He threw it down on this album.
I've been fortunate enough to rock some shows with Milo, and he has a commanding live presence that completely mesmerizes the audience. His raps do so many things I wish I would do with mine. They are funny, insightful, contemporary, and timeless.
If I missed you at all, I apologize. Thanks to all the people I've mentioned for continuing to create inspiring material that makes me want to continue to make music.