Rapid Fire Reviews: Premonition & Say My Name

Say My Name – Say My Name EP
Range Life Records: 2010

Although the current trends might suggest otherwise, schizophrenic and sample-laden instrumentals have been prevalent in hip-hop for more than just the past few years or so. It’s just that lately we’ve seen this breed of music really break through, along with the whole wonky movement. As such, it’s always a challenge to assess who’s faking it  and, well, who isn’t. Say My Name, a relative unknown producer from Kansas, falls into the latter category. His debut, which has eight tracks clocking in at 13 minutes, is a mindfuckingly awesome glitched hip-hop trip. From the annals of rap-sampling “Introduction” through the whiny “Copping Pleas” to the haunting lo-fi blips of “Signal Generator”, Say My Name just gets it. What’s especially great is that I could not hear an MC or singer on any of these productions. And, frankly, I don’t want to. – Andrew Martin

4 out of 5
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Premonition – The Build (click to download)
Self-released: 2010

Another in a long line of underground NYC-based rappers trying to break through the clutter, Premonition is hoping The Build will set him apart from other aspiring emcees. Truth be told, he can certainly flow – and he wastes no time proving it, as the first two tracks leave a lasting impression that makes the listener want to truly dig into Premonition’s mind. Ultimately what unfolds is 12 tracks of punch lines, occasionally inspired battle raps and a fair share of ego boosting. Although that’s not quite enough to differentiate him as an emcee, Premonition’s album is actually enjoyable due to some nice finishing touches from DJ Addikt and executive producer Willie Green. The smooth horns on the production and varied rapping tempos on “Fade” make it the true standout track. – Zach Cole

2.5 out of 5

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