I Self Devine drops second The Culture Series mixtape
Rhymesayers vet I Self Devine continues his onslaught of new music with the second of four free mixtapes dropped at the front end of every month. The Upliftment Struggle was released on Soundcloud this week in anticipation of another 7th Street Entry takeover on February 19.
This mixtape features some impressive beats from notable local producers, save two tracks from Seattle beatmaker Vitamin D ("Fetti On Max" and "I Don't Know"). I Self sounds more comfortable over tracks by familiars like Benzilla, King Karnov and Noam the Drummer; the concepts and imagery are as tight as ever, but the hooks and flow fuse with the music better than on LA State of Mind. For neophyte Grieves fans who are being introduced to Chaka's work for the first time, this mixtape is probably a better start.
Here's a video created by City Pages' own Rebecca McDonald:
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