I don’t check for Anticon stuff as much as I did a decade ago but I will always check anything that Jel and Dose do, they were always my favorite artists on the label. I don’t give a shit what you think about anticon, their fans whatever the fuck prejudices you have against these dudes. These days I feel out of place at their shows and I’m sure their fans don’t like me all that much when I’m yelling gucci gucci during speeches about how bad commercial rap is and telling a dude with a turntable on his shirt that he’s a fucking nerd. But regardless Themselves has always been on point as fuck and if you can’t recognize or even appreciate that you’re fucking retarded.
I never got around to posting about the Free Houdini mixtape when it dropped but lately I’ve been revisiting it a lot with Rappin 4 Money getting a majority of play. I was also reminded about it when I sawnoz’s 09 list mention it. It really is a great track that just brings some of that enegry of greenthink tapes but less dusty and more grown up which makes sense, it’s been over ten years since those days. There are still crunchy bits in there that make it fun and a return to the early days which is my favorite style for Themselves.
I don’t usually fuck with Aesop Rock all that much, but Float got a lot of play from me. That shit was beastmode but around bazooka tooth I wasn’t all that interested anymore. One thing though when dude teams up with Dose it’s great for awesome raps (DRAWBRIDGE MOTHERFUCKER!). Dose’s gritty moments of delivery and that beat brings it all together.
Their latest record, Crowns Down, needs to be peeped also. Jel’s rapping has gotten a lot better, from the goofy days of Treshachest or whatever the fuck his fake name was. They bring the scary raps on the opening track, yeah still a little goofy but it’s still dope, can never go wrong with static in your raps. Megaphones and microphones is always a win. Anyways peep game because I still believe in what these dudes are creating regardless of whether or not the internet still thinks they are cool.