3022 – [Caal Vo]

Following his project FERRIS WORLD, Virginia born rapper Caal Vo is back with a vibrant and upbeat new single titled “3022” as he refuses to let his foot off the gas after releasing such a memorable tape. The instrumental he hops on is bright and sanguine and perfectly suits Caal’s dynamic but well composed delivery, accenting his bars with animated ad-libs which add an additional layer of life to the track. “3022” was prouduced by the quintet of Ginseng, Feardorian, Kuru, Cedric Madden, and Waifu which serves as a testament to just how intricate this and so many other current songs incorporate such a great deal of collaboration and are a great deal more complex than your average listener would ever realize. I hope Caal Vo stays so consistent throughout 2022 and have no doubts that his breakout moment is on the way.


At 18-tracks and 35 minutes of runtime, FERRIS WHEEL exhibits Caal Vo’s uncanny ability to traverse through nearly all of modern hip-hop’s styles while maintaining his distinct originality. He lays down infectious hook-centered tracks on the opener, “Ferris,” and the closer, “21 Questions.” He boosts off on high-velocity rage-beats on “Ball Hogs (No Pass Zone).” And he pours his heart onto somber instrumentals found on “Dirty Diana,” “Dancing With Demons,” and “Let It Sing.” Features include BoofPaxkMooky (“By The Morning”) and Polo Perks + Bobainee (“Let It Sing”). Whether Caal Vo is flexing his success or mourning over his regrets, it remains clear that he put every ounce of his being into each song. The production is what separates FERRIS WHEEL from Caal Vo’s previous projects and the rest of the current underground landscape. It is spearheaded by Surf Gang producers EvilGiane, Goner, Eera, and TommyToHotty — who were just profiled in Rolling Stone and Noisey. The collective’s unorthodox orchestral presence is painted all over FERRIS WHEEL. Most prominently on “Let It Sing,” featuring Polo Perks and Bobainee, which features one of Caal’s most intimate verses: “I’m playin’ this game and I can’t fold / My brothers locked nah I ain’t …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …