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Video: Sole Grunt – Now She’s Alone

Sole Grunt recently released some visuals to go along with his latest instrumental track, Now She’s Alone. I’m going to go ahead and assume that the situation that we’ve stumbled onto here, is that this girl is recently single. All signs seem to point towards it. Then again, maybe she just really hates stuffed animals. I’m not here to judge and break down people’s emotions. I just provide good music for your ears. So sit back, enjoy Sole Grunt’s smooth production, and watch this chick demolish an innocent little teddy bear. Download Now She’s Alone for free, below.

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Video: Sentry & Sole Grunt – Lil Feet (Remix)

Sole Grunt shot this video over to me yesterday for the remix of fellow Ragnarok member, Sentry’s Lil Feet. The visuals are straight to the point with no frills, so that us viewers can focus on the rhymes. Sentry and Sole Grunt keep up a fun and entertaining throughout, so watching the video comes nowhere near boring. The Lil Feet (Remix) and the single, Now She’s Alone, is just a taste of the upcoming Ragnarok Vol. 2 mixtape.  Get the download for the tracks, below.
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Video: Cayso – The Essence

I have to be honest. I really didn’t want to like this. My first impression was, “Oh great. More white dudes with a camera trying to rap.” I’m white, so I can say things like that. Cayso was linked to me through Sole Grunt of Ragnarok, so I decided to give him a chance. The Essence begins with a smooth Barry White sample that is quickly obliterated the moment Cayso comes in with some attention grabbing lyrics. As soon as Cayso opened his mouth and began rapping, every stigma that I had against him flew out the window. The Essence is a short, but sweet, intro to Cayso’s aggressive rap style, leaving you wanting to hear more of what this guy can do. More of Cayso can be heard on North Carolina hip-hop collective No9to5’s mixtape, Quit Your Day Job Vol. 1: Unemployment Lines. Also, Cayso is currently working on an upcoming EP. I’ll keep you updated, for sure.

The Essence by Cayso

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Sole Grunt – The Whackness

A little while back, I did a post on this hip-hop collective, Ragnarok. I labeled them as the “Most Metal Group in Hip-Hop,” and it’s true. Ragnarok’s values are set in overtaking the current mindset of what contemporary hip-hop should sound like, and that’s just metal to me. Their sound is experimental, but comfortable enough to where the listener doesn’t feel lost in new territory. Pulling samples from a wide array of media, Ragnarok’s music is essentially a lot like hip-hop’s early, heavily sampled, beat tape radio shows of the 80’s, but the way their music is arranged is entirely fresh. Much of this sound that Ragnarok has specialized can be traced to Sole Grunt. After focusing on a majority of Ragnarok’s production and some featured spots, Sole Grunt has released his first solo mixtape, ironically titled, The Whackness.

The Whackness opens with a familiar sampling of drums taken from J Dilla’s, highly experimental, Nothing Like This. Just the use of this drum sample properly defines The Whackness as a whole, when you really think about it. Sole Grunt is making a statement choosing to use one of Dilla’s most memorable beats. He is making use of everything familiar to you, and slightly twisting them just enough for you to have to double check your sources just to be sure he really is sampling what you think he is. For example, listen to his use of The Carpenters’ Superstar in Supa (One Check for Loving). The song is instantly recognizable, but there’s something slightly askew with Sole Grunt’s use of it. He’s created a new mood that comes from hearing the sample, completely different than the emotion given by the original version. By the way, FINALLY somebody sampled Superstar! Another excellent example is how Sole Grunt sampled The Beach Boys’ I’m Waiting for the Day off of their famous Pet Sounds on The Whackness’ last track, We’re Into Some Sort of Future (One Check for Coping). That timpani drum pattern is classic, but it now sounds completely new and revitalized compared to its 1966 counterpart.

The Whackness is fantastically littered with references to movies, video games, television shows, and anime. This is where this new generation of up-and-coming rappers and producers are doing things differently than those that have come before. They have embraced incorporating media within their music, not just sampling past musicians, but sampling literally everything under the sun. I’m sure it has something to do with the internet. Probably Tumblr, everything can be found on there. Sure, hip-hop has always sampled from everything, but not quite like these new guys are. A few years ago it was the college rappers who were making names for themselves. Now, it’s time for this new, multi-media style of hip-hop to rise up, with Ragnarok leading the way. The Whackness is free to download, if you pass up on this one, you might as well embrace the name for yourself.

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Ragnarok: Most Metal Group in Hip-Hop

I’ve come into a bit of trouble trying to come up with a way to post Ragnarok’s music. This is because Rangarok isn’t just one person and Ragnarok isn’t just a group. Ragnarok is a hip-hop collective consisting of Sole Grunt, Sentry, Jarel Banks, and Me3 (all under the age of 20). I debated whether or not I wanted to spread out a series of posts or just feature a handful of my favorites. I ended up deciding to just do one big feature, covering everything that they’ve released up until now. Between all of the members of Rangarok, a lot of music is being released, very often. So there will definitely be more features in the future. Ragnarok’s goal is to use their skills to take down the current hierarchy of the rap game, and with a name that refers to ancient Norse mythology, describing the last great battle of the reigning gods, Ragnarok is probably the most metal group in hip-hop. I’m down with that. To keep up with Ragnarok’s latest release, info, and other random whatnot’s, be sure to follow their Tumblr. I have to admit, it’s pretty awesome.

Alright. So here it is, This is almost all of Ragnarok that Bandcamp has to offer. Soak it all in and absorb their style. There’s a lot of talent to be found within the 55 songs provided bellow.