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Qbala – Dark Side of the Rain
Hip-hop emcee Qbala has released Dark Side of the Rain, the follow up EP to 2011’s My State of Dementia and the re-released Unfinished Business. The five-song EP is full of depth, hooks, fresh beats and a mastered flow and articulation that is signature Qbala, with cuts backed by DJ Dominic Deadbeat and DJ Sync3re. The delivery, lyrics and production are beyond anything we’ve heard from Qbala in years past, and matched with a live show that is energetic, the intensity Qbala is known for has gone up a notch. The standout track by far on this EP is “She Said.” Qbala’s guest, Michael Kirkpatrick (lead singer of The Holler!) offers rich falsetto hooks as the backing for a memorable track that freely moves from track one, “We Ride,” and is then followed by the fierce aggression and contemplative nature of “News.” Purists of Qbala’s freestyle and punctuated spoken word tracks may need to evolve into hearing actual singing at times on the tracks, but overall, the EP is a cutting-edge deliverable from NoCo’s fastest rising hip-hop star.
– By Silas Rowe