Thursday, February 16, 2017
Saga & Thelonious Martin | Molotov
‘Molotov’ represents the best elements of its creators, Brooklyn rapper, Saga and Chicago producer, Thelonious Martin. The rhymes are potent and powerful, taking down everyone from cynics to haters, wack emcees, and inner demons. And the instrumentals serve to bring those words to life by way of head-nodding percussion, and slick sample flips. Because it was crafted by one rapper and one producer, ‘Molotov’ is especially effective, and have made it clear why their approach works so well, especially as a duo. The 12 tracks move in and out of each other seamlessly, while tackling a variety of sounds and subject matter, all with an effective supporting cast of notable features. Like the one-two punch of the straight-up banger “Karma,” which features a fired-up Freddie Gibbs, and the Fashawn-assisted lead single, “Yesterday.” “With Molotov, it was about maintaining the level of quality I'm known for,” the producer says, noting that it all started with the two sending tracks back and forth. “As the project was coming along, we started building the proper chemistry to make this special.” Saga agreed, calling the project’s conception “organic." It was that unrestrained vibe that he says “allowed me to be free with my thought process, and write for the moment.” As a result, he was able to explore new and intriguing ideas, like how “chaos is the end result of a long process of inner discontent within our own lives.” And you can hear him eloquently rhyme about this subject on "Misunderstood," his favorite cut on the 12 track LP. And the music doesn’t stop with ‘Molotov’’s release in February. The album will also be available on vinyl in April, courtesy of Coalmine Records. This falls prior to the duo’s departure for Europe, where they will embark on a multi-city tour in promotion for the LP, in late May/early June. ‘Molotov’ is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming outlets, via Saga 718/EMPIRE. Buy-Lnks: • iTunes: bit.ly/iTunesMolotov • Google Play: bit.ly/GooglePlayMolotov • Amazon: bit.ly/AmazonMolotov Tracklist: 01. Intro 02. Mongolian Cashmere 03. Yesterday (feat. Fashawn) 04. Misunderstood 05. Karma (feat. Freddie Gibbs) 06. Where We Live (Brooklyn) 07. Out There 08. Never Mind (feat. The Mind) 09. Not Today 10. All I Know (feat. Rapper Big Pooh) 11. They Don’t Know 12. Outro Twitter: • Saga 718: twitter.com/Saga718 • King Thelonious: twitter.com/KingThelonious Saga Online: • Web: www.saga718.com • Instagram: instagram.com/saga718 • Facebook: www.facebook.com/saga718music Thelonious Martin Online: • Web: www.thelonious.tv • Instagram: www.instagram.com/kingthelonious • Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelonious.martin
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.