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Fresh Colorado hip-hop from BLKHRTS, Panama Soweto, Innerstate Ike and more

Fresh Colorado hip-hop from BLKHRTS, Panama Soweto, Innerstate Ike and more
Todd Roeth

Whoa, whoa... We just had a batch of killer local hip-hop to present last week. Are you telling me there's already a whole new set of juicy cuts to be enjoyed? Yes. That's exactly what we're telling you. It can't stop and it won't stop. First, we have a new BLKHRTS joint off their upcoming project, JZBL JNKNS, followed by a long-lost track from Panama Soweto, then a less-than-friendly shoutout by Rhyme Progression to his landlord and a tribute to the Nuggets by Innerstate Ike. Enjoy!

See also:

- Fresh Colorado hip-hop from DJ Cavem, H*Wood, Black P and A Tribe Called Mex

- BLKHRTS sign with ORG Music and start working with Dave Sitek

- The video for Innerstate Ike's "Denver Broncos Anthem" captures Broncomanics in action

BLKHRTS - "BRK T M"

Rarely do headbanging and hip-hop go hand in hand, but the fact that BLKHRTS aren't afraid to go hard -- like really, really hard -- is what sets them apart from most of the other hip-hop musicians in Colorado and beyond. "BRK T M" (Bark at Me) lifts its heavy guitar riff and distorted vocal chorus from the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog." The production is chaotic, grating and disorienting, and the BLKHRTS MCs bring an aggressiveness that honors the sample and the cathartic spirit of punk.

Panama Soweto - "Blessed"

On this track, Panama Soweto looks into the past at some of his fondest and roughest memories. "Blessed" is neither overly sweet nor depressing, but rather content to enjoy the nostalgic trip of recollection and excited at the prospect of moving forward. The track features sax work from Wheelchair Sports Camp's Abi Miller and vocals from April "Axé" Charmaine.

Rhyme Progression - "Slum Lord"

Boasting chopped piano and vocals samples from Carly Simon's "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," Rhyme Progression's "Slum Lord" could be allegorical, but it feels like a very real indictment of a certain greedy landlord who refuses to fix the heater. "I'll have a frozen response until my fucking heat comes on," says Rhyme Progression. Here's hoping his landlord is a That's a Rap reader.

Innerstate Ike - "Blue & Yellow"

As far as Denver sports anthems go, Innerstate Ike has the game on lock. Remember this one he did for the Broncos? What we love most about "Blue & Yellow" is not the shameless name-dropping, the surprisingly nifty wordplay nor the focused hatred of the Lakers (though we do love all of those things); what we love most about Innerstate Ike's various tributes is that he's clearly an actual, avid fan of Denver sports.





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