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DJ Manipulator & Louie Gonz - The Loops (Album)
Emcee/Producer Duo Return With Sophomore Collaborative Effort
The album's strengths are evident right out the gate on opener, "All Hail," a menacing slapper driven by Manipulator's crazy sample flips and Gonz's no-bullsh*t bars. It sets the perfect tone for listening to The Loops straight through. But also because you'll hear quotables worth scribbling down in your notepad, like "I feel like Nas in '96 with the half-moon" or "You messin' with a heavyweight/
Of course, none of this comes as a surprise to fans of Manipulator and Gonz, who previously released Private Stock in 2014 and were once part of the crew Kinda Dusty. Although the group's members went their separate ways, the two obviously kept in touch and continued working on music together.
"With this release, Louie and I want to reintroduce ourselves as a duo," Manipulator explains. "It's been awhile since our last effort and we've both grown musically. We're at a point in our careers where we're focused more then ever."
That focus remains steady throughout the record, whether Gonz is attacking the mic solo or trading verses with like-minded emcees. Those guests include Blu on "This Sound" and William Hertz on the closing track "Lean," both instant standouts that stick with you once the album ends. And given its brief running time, don't be surprised if you hit that repeat button—or, pardon the pun, keep it on a constant loop.
The Loops becomes available June 9th via Bandcamp and all major digital outlets and streaming platforms, via Music Is My Message/Speak Up Ent.
01. All Hail
02. Old Rain
03. This Sound (feat. Blu)
04. Who Want It (feat. Mr. Pacheco)
05. Interlude 1
07. Dolomite (feat. Josh Bliss)
08. Interlude 2
09. Rated R (feat. Lil Eto)
10. Scratch Interlude
12. Lean (feat. William Hertz)
Stream/Download "This Sound (feat. Blu)": https://soundcloud.com/