The climate of Hip-Hop in 2018 is vastly different than it was in let’s say… 2001. For example, Nas took almost 6 months to respond to Jay-Z’s chilling, “Takeover” diss and nobody faulted him for it. Instead, many — idiotic people — think Nas actually won the battle. Earlier this summer, when Pusha T let off his earth-shattering, “The Story of Adidon,” we weren’t willing to give Drake two weeks to answer. The moral of the story is, the attention span of the average Hip-Hop head in 2018 is fickle and it’s easy for an artist to be hot today and gone tomorrow, especially if they aren’t putting out consistent content.
Not Big Homie Stone.
Despite everything I just described in the opening paragraph, Stone beat those odds. After staying dormant for more than a year — save for a few singles and guest appearances — following his highly acclaimed, PRMSLND debut, the Las Vegas general picks up exactly where he left off with his new EP, Don’t Know Don’t Kare.
Originally billed as BIGHOMIESTONE & said to be handled by one producer, Stone instead masterfully crafted a seven-track-EP handled by all Vegas producers that is sure to set him apart from the rest of the pack, both nationally and locally. With piercing lyricism to accommodate high octane melodic runs and action packed production, Don’t Know Don’t Kare is without a doubt Stone’s best work yet.
From the enigmatic intro, “Two Phone Stone” the Las Vegas native sets the tone for the rest of the project, creating a hard hitting, punch-line focused approach as opposed to the more groovy style he elected to go with on his debut. The project then perfectly bridges the gap between the first two tracks with a hilarious skit about buying weed, that’s so relatable, it’ll have you fuming that you didn’t think of the skit first. Standouts from this project include, “Like Me,” the ZOTiYAC assisted banger that’s sure to be a fan favorite, “Left Cheek,” a hook-heavy party anthem that gets straight to the point and “What Happened,” a cluster-fuck roller coaster ride that sees Stone leaving the melodies at home and instead spitting some of the best lyrics of his life, bar none.
Though the project virtually has no skips — an ode more to the strict track-listing than the content — without a doubt the best example of what’s to come from Big Homie Stone can be found in the single, “Private Show.” Released as the second single for the project, the song has no flaws. The confidence in which Stone exuberates over the Uli Cook Up production perfectly compliments his ever growing lyrical chamber as the IPMG member uses some of the best qualities he has to offer from his vast arsenal.
Check out, Don’t Know Don’t Kare below and be sure to keep an eye on Big Homie Stone, who has promised more content in the near future.
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