Rule By Secrecy
El Gant - O.S.L.O. (LP - Translucent Blue Vinyl - Fat Beats Exclusive)
The album arrives nearly a decade after his previous solo effort, 2014’s great Beast Academy, and after several years spent touring and recording with his group, Jamo Gang, with Ras Kass and J57. Despite the highs associated with that time, El Gant also experienced major personal losses. In particular, he lost three close friends—The Last Original, Bones, and Jim Misa—all of whom had a major impact on his life and career. In fact, the album’s title, O.S.L.O., references the Last Original, because it’s an acronym for “Our Sun the Last Original.”
But it wouldn’t be an El Gant project without some straight-up dope hip-hop, too. Tracks like “Avirex (feat. Innocent? & King Magnetic)” and “Chromed Out (feat. Ras Kass & Planet Asia)” are absolute bangers filled with shape-shifting flows and crazy wordplay.
There’s a reason for these tonal shifts, too; El Gant didn’t want to simply create a linear album. “I want to take the listener on a few ups and downs, just like life does for most of us,” the emcee says. It’s those qualities that make O.S.L.O. so immediately satisfying, and why it’s his most accomplished work to date.
Roar the Lions (feat. DJ Grazzhoppa) [prod. by Motif Alumni]
Pageants (feat. Ras Kass) [prod. by Marco Polo]
Leave It Alone (prod. by DJ Premier)
Aladdin (feat. H3ro) [prod. by Brainiac Beats]
Rubber Match [prod. by J57]
Eagle Talents (feat. Phase One & BobbyJ from Rockaway) [prod. by Ab the Audicrat]
Chromed Out (feat. Ras Kass & Planet Asia) [prod.by J57 & Rob Viktum]
Nothing to Lose (feat. Killah Priest & Lana Shea) [prod. by Bizzythowed]
Avirex (feat. Innocent? & King Magnetic) [prod. by DJ Jon Doe]
Beautiful Distaster (feat. Georgette) [prod. by J57]
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