On October 29, Denver-based emcee Time will be dropping Newstalgia, a 19-track LP featuring production and guest shots from the likes of Ceschi, Jake One, Factor, Budo, Man Mantis and Xiu Xiu. The rapper/journalist gives equal credence to the personal and political on the album, looking back to childhood obsessions with video games and basketball cards while also taking aim at the housing crisis. Time is an artist with an impressive CV, having handled production and engineering duties for Common and co-authored a paper with Noam MF Chomsky. His insightful political tracks are informed by the same journalistic ethos as friend/collaborator Sole.
For a hyper-literate emcee who routinely references everyone from Guy Debord to Shakespeare, it’s only natural that Sole’s newest song and video be titled “I Think I’m Noam Chomsky.” Properly situated at the lectern, Sole drops science over a cinematic backdrop in the latest installment of his rap-as-journalism project Nuclear Winter 2, which he has been releasing as it is created. This week also saw the unveiling of Sole’s Pedestrian-penned Drake detournement “It Ain’t Over,” which puts the assassination of Osama bin Laden in a larger context.
Sole’s otherworldly output over the last year is rivaled only by that of Lil B, who believe it or not, collaborated with Sole for a track off of his third full-length with the Skyrider Band. Aside from the Based God, the album also features a who’s who of indie elite ranging from Sage Francis to Ceschi to Xiu Xiu. Hello Cruel World, which many are calling Sole’s most focused and accessible work to date, drops July 19th on Fake Four. Check out the first single here.