Producer/rapper Mr. Brady, best-known for his work with hip-hop group Deep Rooted, continues to chug away in 2012. His goal is to be the most prolific artist from San Diego and he's certainly determined to reach that goal.
Earlier this month, he dropped his second EP of the year. The Sayin Somethin EP is a collaboration between Brady and up-and-coming producer Elaquent. As on his previous EP with AbJo, Welcome To The City, Brady takes on mic duties while his partner lays out the instrumentals. The release also features guest appearances from LMNO of L.A. crew the Visionaries, Moka Only of Canadian group Swollen Members and local rapper Piff PCH.
Brady had told me before that he has an ear for talent and I brushed it off as one of those things that people always say (like how everyone swears they have a great sense of humor but somehow Pootie Tang isn't everyone's favorite movie ever). But Elaquent, like AbJo, shows real skill behind the boards. The Sayin Somethin EP has a very soothing, organic sound, akin to some of J Dilla's more intimate instrumentals. There's particularly good use of guitars and strings throughout. You can really vibe out to this under the lights of the night.
Quan Vu Quan Vu is the founder and editor of local music blog SD Raps.com. He has also written about local and national hip-hop acts for San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Reader. You can nerd out on rap trivia by becoming BFF's on Facebook or e-mailing him directly.