Habit and DJ Severe drop a new album ‘Empire Building’ (Album Review)

Empire Building EP from Habitat and DJ Severe out now!!

Empire Building EP from Habitat and DJ Severe out now!!

Welcome back fellow undergrounders!! Got some new flavor for your ears to savor. Just got our hooks on the new joint by Habitat and DJ Severe. Empire Building. This is a fresh ten track installment from the fellas at Boom Bap Professionals. And as their name suggests the do bring the Boom Bap and bring it proper.  There is a wealth of talent backing this label and if your into Boom Bap, big beats, dope mix downs, and wordplay, then get to know the Boom Bap Professionals.Boom bap professionals Click the link below to see the massive catalog or sonic goodies from the Boom Bap Professionals‘ team.

 

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Habitat is one third of the sick Midlands crew Heavy Links.( With Donnie Proppa & MC / Producer El Tel The Dopeness )Make sure you check out and  then cop their albums. Get to know!

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Album Review

Anyways lets take a look at BBP’s latest release ‘Empire Building‘ this time with sick duo Habitat and DJ Severe. Battle Veteran of the ‘DMC’s ‘ DJ Severe handles all production on the album and trust this joint hits hard from the get go. Bringing with it a plethora of insane DJ breaks by Severe. Hip hop has and is seriously lacking DJ’s of any kind these days. Well Trust Empire Building shatters that trend here. The listener can easily get lost in the breaks and reminisce about the times when DJ’s were just as much as contributors as emcees and producers. Severe make great hooks with his blessed butchering and the cuts never seem tired or out of place through out Empire Building .

All production on Empire Building masterfully crafted by DJ Severe

All production on Empire Building masterfully crafted by DJ Severe

The vibe on the beats is soulful yet uplifting. As I listened to the album I found a lot of head nodding happening. Combined with a solid mix-down (no overly loud vocals or tinny beats). Nice piano loops, heavy sounds, stringed instruments from acoustic to electric blended to perfection, hard hitting drums with flutes, guitar laced beats over keyboards, and samples of choir voices singing sum up a robust offering of traditional hip hop done right. No off beats on this that will make you cringe.  Emcee duties are handled aptly by Habitat. Inspired heavily by 90’s East Coast hip hop, he spits with complex rhymes schemes and is original with his verses. For example some artists rhyme with a predictable flow that can easily be forecasted, where the listener can surmise what rhyme they are going to say next. When Habitat grabs the mic he spits with a diverse vocabulary that will leave you craving his next lines and wondering whats next. Taking you on a verbose lyrical journey. Which I think most heads will be glad to be on.  Habitat brings the wordplay and combines it with a nice array of conscious verses over sick loops, crisp beats, heavy drums and vicious cuts by DJ Severe.

Habitat proves his skills are heavy on Empire Building

Habitat proves his skills are heavy on Empire Building

While mostly a solo outing for Habitat to show off his lyrical skills there are two tracks on here with features. Hip hop veterans Oliver Sudden and Luca Brazi bring the fire on the tune ‘Early Bird‘ Also some nice verses on the track ‘Polyrythmic‘ with special guests Mnsr Frites, Archetype, El Tel The Dopeness & Chrome. Habitat’s verses shows his skills can carry this album on their own. Yet on these features he ups his game when teaming up with these emcees. Overall this will be a nice addition to any hip hop aficionados collection. I’m looking forward to see more from this Habitat and DJ Severe team up hopefully in the future. London Underground suggest you pick this up if you’re a fan of boom bap and skilled wordplay then pick up  ‘Empire Building‘ Check out the new single off of ‘Empire Building

Habitat & DJ Severe – ‘Valhalla Rhyming’ (Empire Building LP)Video

 

Check out the track list

Overall this will be a nice addition to any hip hop aficionados collection.

Overall this will be a nice addition to any hip hop aficionados collection.

Make sure you support dope artists and pick up ‘Empire Building‘ on Vinyl or CD  and check out the many different available packages when you cop this album.

1.) Vinyl £11.99

2.) CD £4.99

3.) Vinyl and CD bundle £14.99

4.) Vinyl and Empire black tee bundle £24.99

5.) CD and Empire tee bundle £17.99 GBP

6.) Vinyl and Boom Bap Professionals varsity hoodie £37.99

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