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Deniro Farrar’s sound has always been more akin to West Coast artists like Main Attrakionz and Schoolboy Q than his East Coast and/or Southern counterparts and the Kill Or Be Killed tape sees the Charlotte native matching bars with Green Ova member and East Oakland representative Shady Blaze. The tape is essentially an expanded version of last month’s DESTINY. altered and features an drool-worthy list of producers ranging from Green Ova mainstays Ryan Hemsworth and Friendzone to Sines and Lunice’s 808s driven take on Bass music. Like the title suggests, Farrar and Blaze are mainly concerned with street realism and their contrasting lyrical styles mash surprisingly well. Astral Plane favorite Haleek Maul features on the desolate Hemsworth produced “Cold Blood” and contributes one of the tapes best verses. Stream Kill Or Be Killed below and head here to download it (name your price).

It has always astounded me how artists like Lil B and Main Attrakionz, and to a lesser extent A$AP Rocky, will look in the most obscure places for their beats. It is fair to say that Clams Casino would have never reached his current level of fame without Lil B putting him on three years ago. The same could be said for the rising Keyboard Kid, or for what Rocky has done for SpaceGhostPurp or ASAP Ty. That is why it is no surprise that the newest beat tape from Nem270, who has recently produced for Lil B, Main Attrakionz (as well as solo work for Squadda B) and Shady Blaze, is straight fire. Nem, an Ottowa native, has been making beats for the aforementioned artists since 2010, but hasn’t received much acclaim until recently. Nem’s newest tape, Desktop Pain, is a collection of unreleased beats selected by Brooklyn/Western Massachusetts “download fashion boutique” Triple You Tapes. Like Clams Casino’s Instrumentals, the tape easily stands on its own, as opposed to say, the recent araabMuzik (who has some pretty oversized opinions about himself) tape. Some of the beats fit into the ambient range favored by Main Attrakionz (“Desktop Pain”), while others have banging percussion (“Perfect Cold”). Not all are meant to rapped over, but all do stand up well as individual tracks. The EP is a little bit rough around the edges, but should stir up some intrigue in the young Ottawan. Download/stream Desktop Pain below.