Great interview with Scrapt and Crystal Taylor for Real Raps Only.
C.Shreve the Professor’s new album Twenty Sixteens gets featured on Hip Hop DX: http://hiphopdx.com/singles/id.33796/title.c-shreve-the-professor-releases-i-love-h-e-r “North Carolina artist and educator Chris Shreve proves his love for Hip Hop throughoutTwenty Sixteens, a 48 min solo project showcasing the Professor’s unapologetic lyricism and commitment to freeing his Optimus. What does a rap album sound like…
Stream for C.Shreve the Professor’ Twenty Sixteens now available on Spotify:
C.Shreve the Professor is an emcee from Boone, North Carolina, and founder of the collective Free The Optimus. His latest release was recorded in late 2015 and early 2016, following the FTO Live sessions. The result is a collection of solid hip hop called Twenty Sixteens. While the title is a clever play on words meant to amuse hip hop fans, there are certainly more than twenty verses on the album. C.Shreve is a veteran emcee with a penchant for a lot of clever wordplay. He manages to fill up a lot of space talking trash and riffing on familiar topics within hip hop without hitting on a bunch of clichés, which is certainly a challenge. Over the course of the album, we get production from a lot of different producers, such as ILe Flottante, Aso, Nakata Slice, L the Beat Chemist, P.A.T. Junior, Handbook, PK Beatz, FutureBeats, Kevo Beats, Nod the Producer, NosmoKing, Mike L!ve, and Malik Abdul-Rahmaan & the Revelations. There are a variety of beats, from your classic laid back jazzy beats to some up tempo modern club bangers and everything in between, but everything flows well and sounds like it belongs as part of the project. Part of that is because Shreve is such a versatile and astute emcee, and he puts his mark on each track. He can have fun with the audience and rock a party, he can get you riled up about stupid stuff happening around you, and he can lead an intimate conversation between him and his listeners. He’s also got a nice growl to his voice when he gets worked up that reminds me a bit of Eyedea, but his flow is all his own. My only real criticism here is that the album does run a little long, but it’s not like there are any particularly weak songs. If you don’t know C.Shreve the Professor or Free the Optimus more broadly, this is a great entryway. There is just tons of solid production and lyricism to go around here. You’re bound to find a lot to enjoy on Twenty Sixteens.Scratched Vinyl