After Vice City Nights, the much-praised effort from Emilio Lopez and RJBeats (see “E”), the respective talents have decided to move forward as a collective. Yup, Emilio Lopez has yet again joined forces with the Barcelonian production crew Stash House (formerly RJBeats) to bring you some new, tasty hip-hop music as the Faceless Kings. Their first contribution comes as a set of streaming songs available for your free download. The first of which, “Frontlines,” can be heard/had by clicking play/download right here:
It’s a banger. And “Too Late,” the b-side of the digital single, per se, is almost right there with it. Let us know what you think.
2012 was big for music. John Mayer made a comeback. Green Day dropped three albums. El-P put more than his name into every critic’s mouth. Frank Ocean and the rest of OFWGKTA came out of the closet. A band named “fun.” existed. Pussy Riot happened and cries of injustice saturated Facebook statuses until it was time to Instagram lunch. And Barack Obama signed to Roc Nation. Lucky for me, things I care about also happened in the past three-hundred and sixty-five days. This is my 2012 year-end post. An alphabetized breakdown of the year’s highlights in music. I hope you enjoy. Creek my gangnam style:
I just drove in and out of my gym’s parking lot. Blogging seemed like better exercise this evening. That’s word. I am a herb. But at least I’m two-and-a-half sentences deep on my year-end ABC post. And I’m here now to up the new video from Emilio Lopez & RJBeats – ”That’s Word,” featuring the reigning push-up contest champion of Rhode Island, Meta P.
Emilio Lopez has been rhyming around these Rhode Island parts for years now, and a solid local fan base has come of it. Shit, as a Demigodz member the guy co-wrote an ode to the smallest state after he moved out of it. People love him around here. And, although the Demigodz affiliation is no longer, Emilio has since been pounding the pavement on a solo mission and yielding nice results with each step. His Demolition Deluxe EP from February received well-deserved feedback, and with “Listenin’ to B.I.,” the lead single from the RJBeats-produced EP Vice City Nights, E has gained some very positive attention outside of the Northeast.
Which brings us to this point. The release date for Vice City Nights. Emilio was nice enough to sit down with TECB and answer a few questions about his latest and greatest work, his opinion on the G-O-D RiFF RaFF, and what’s in store for the future. The complete interview can be read after the cut…