Where there’s smoke, there’s fire’….. this idiom is used as a metaphor signifying ‘smoke’ as suspicion and ‘fire’ as the representation of a bad deed. Well…. The Bad Seed x Reckonize Real bring the fuel to this metaphorical fire as they deliver the heat with their latest EP entitled ‘The Smoke’.

When ‘The Smoke EP’ landed in my inbox a week ahead of the release date, I was damn excited. The first track ‘7 Seas’ had already dropped and it’s top quality hip hop, so I was keen to dive into the other tracks and see what was up. The result was me spinning the joint on repeat for an hour. Let’s talk structure – it’s an intro, outro and five killer tracks in between. You’ve heard the first single and if you haven’t then check below, and it paints the perfect picture as to what you can expect from the Brooklyn and Queens duo.

Hard hitting, gritty, grimey street tales over beats that would crack the concrete sidewalk. There isn’t a wasted second on the EP as the veteran Bad Seed just paints picture after picture of life in the streets and ‘slum living’. Reck provides a killer soundtrack for those tales too, making the headphones and speakers shake.

This duo is hot though – for real. Seed crafts his content so cleverly, and his metaphors are so effortless and seamless, while Reck just has nothing but bangers in the vault it seems. It’s a flawless EP and just when you think it can’t get better, Napoleon Da Legend appears on ‘Nobody Cares’ which can be seen as a defiant street anthem to ‘keep workin’.

Hopefully we see The Bad Seed and Reckonize Real keep working together because The Smoke EP is top tier hip hop. A full length album of this quality would be epic, but until then, go and cop ‘The Smoke EP’ from Bandcamp or on all digital streaming platforms when it drops on May 29.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!