Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair of Melbourne nine piece band Echo Drama stopped in to tell us his favourite hip hop songs ever. You can find Echo Drama’s latest single, Insanity, here.
Madvillain – Monkey Suit (2006)
A lesser known gem from the duo but this track bangs. As you’d expect the chemistry is palpable. The beat is Off kilter with some distressing keys and serves as the perfect canvass for Doom. Lyrically its Doom on top of his game, it’s the antithesis for the daily and mocks its obsurdity, along the way delivering some great lines, most notably; ‘this goes out to all my brothers doing long bids and sisters who got brothers being fathers to the wrong kids’
Pharoahe Monch – Rapid Eye Movement feat. Black Thought (2014)
Pharoahe Monch and black thought are frequently mentioned in GOAT conversations and this track demonstrates exactly why. Flawless flows with incredible punchlines, the two go blow for blow on a beat with drums that knock and a melody that will instill panic. The hook comes in hard with a self-aware tone that references the unrelenting drug obsession in hip hop.
Conway the Machine – Eight Birds (2018)
One of the most exciting new name to crop up in the last couple of years representing Griselda records. Conway gleaned the interest of Eminem who subsequently signed the co-hort. Despite making terrible music, Eminem seems to keep an ear to the street and recognize raw talent. This track is off Conway’s latest release and its simply grimy lyrics on a thugged out beat. The essentials of hip hop.
Prodigy – Give Em Hell (2013)
The late prodigy of Mobb Deep delivering his unmistakable tone over an absolute burner of an Alchemist beat. Alchemist demonstrates his ability by flipping a classic sample yet creating a totally new sound. The drums are ferocious with some deep bass kicks layered in for good measure.
Crimeapple x Big Ghost Ltd – Big Face Frankies (2018)
Another incredible up and comer on production the way it’s meant to be. I can’t say that I know a great deal about Crimeapple other than the fact he seems to be well connected with the next generation of mcs and producers abiding by the traditional techniques – that is to say not using an 808 drum kit in every song (not that I have an issue with that). All you need to know is that this man is a weapon on the vocals and he’s really captured my interest with the work that he has put out so far.