Keeping things moving fwd, as the homie J-1 would’ve wanted them to -
today we have an exclusive sneak preview into two new, under-the-radar releases
from St. Louis multi-talent Veto Money, better known as Black Spade,
coming in the form of the new full-length LP, The Sweetest Revenge
& the corresponding “N.R.L.” 12″ EP.
The Sweetest Revenge is Spade’s first official retail release
since his solo debut, 2008′s To Serve With Love,
which, on the sly –
was really the St. Louis equivalent to The Chronic or Welcome 2 Detroit -
serving both as a proper introduction of the city’s talent for anyone outside of its scene,
& also, a launching pad for much of the city’s unheralded talents.
…Revenge carries on in that tradition,
but it isn’t exactly a solo album
as Spade teams up w/ STL indie label, F5 Records,
and its founder, DJ Crucial –
who also ended up handling a bulk of the production on the album.
The LP also features an extensive cast, all from The Lou,
including his brother Tef Poe, Rockwell Knuckles,
Crucial’s partner Hi Fidel (who also handled the album’s artwork),
Ill Spitta, Jia Davis,
& Spade’s former partners in Soul Tyde – Kash, Nato Caliph, & more.
Offered up as a free download for the project
is the album’s title track, produced by DJ Crucial,
featuring Black Spade w/ his patented natural voice singing/stream-of-conscious rap styles -
his voice sounding as smooth, & his lyrics as personally lighthearted, as ever.
And tracking backing some…
In between TSWL, and The Sweetest Revenge,
& his group project, the Hawthorne Headhunters -
Veto also released the excellent free release, Build & Destroy, last summer.
For anyone who missed out on that,
after the jump I’ve included the three videos released from the tape, namely -
“I Heart” feat. Simeon Viltz & Vic Spencer, directed by Drew Jordan;
“Running Gunning” w/ Coultrain on backing vocals, directed by Ryan Powell;
& “New African” directed by Thaione Davis.
Released exclusively thru F5′s website,
& available as vinyl-only (w/ a free download card),
along w/ The Sweetest Revenge – they’ve also pressed up
a single EP for “N.R.L.” (listed on Build & Destroy as “N*gga Ray Leonard”).
The EP features 4 tracks in all, including a new one featuring Sadat X,
all pressed on clear blue vinyl.
Links to download the title tracks from both projects
& the link to purchase the respective records can all be found below.