ANKHLEJOHN - The Red Room (LP - Import)
Real hip hop is scraping its way back to commercial attention. And we’re not only talking the return of boom bap production and quote-worthy punchlines, the gritty and grimy rap is experiencing an upswing too. Enter Ankhle John (pronounced Uncle John). Your favorite MCs and producers all agree, this gravel-voiced rapper outta Washington, D.C. is a name you need to know. He’s on some coke, murder, and madness shit, like this era’s Esham or Brother Lynch Hung maybe. Coming from Washington, his perspective is more flavored by the ’80s crack epidemic…even though he is way too young to have actually been there.
Not only does this MC have a voice that would make Sticky Fingers scrunch his face, but his ad libs sound straight evil. Demonic even. - Mass Appeal
The time has come. The highly anticipated ANKHLEJOHN project is now here. The Red Room LP is a top notch, raw, gritty hip hop record. ANKHLEJOHN comes correct as usual on the raps over production from Big Ghost, HNIC, Camouflage Monk, Nicholas Craven and more.- Wavdiggers