Man, I have to hand in my late pass. Shady Blaze and the rest of the Green Ova Underground crew have been on my radar this year, but I’ve been sleeping. Call ‘em a casualty of a new-age problem – too much easily-available, great music, too little time to listen to it.
But no matter the case, “Stars Will Light Away” is compelling. For 2:40, Shady Blaze brings heat, rhyming furiously about his hopes and fears in a tight double-time flow. No hook necessary. The beat, made by Green Ova producer Nem270 is a force of nature – ethereal, massive, slow. But instead of getting carried away by it, Shady keeps the track firmly tied to Earth. Boast, reflection, whatever – each sharp line comes flying out of the haze.
Blessed or Cursed is available now on Bandcamp. If you’d like to check out Shady Blaze without putting up a bit of your hard-earned cash, he also dropped a mixtape recently, entitled Rappers Ain’t Shit Without A Producer. It’s on its way to my hard drive now.