NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “GRIMEY RAP IN PURE FORM! – NEMS– GORILLA MONSOON ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Nems and Producer Jazzsoon (Featuring: Conway the Machine, Spit Gemz, Al-Doe and Axel Leon)

Album: Gorilla Monsoon

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Nems’ album titled, “Gorilla Monsoon“.  The album consists of 13 tracks with a running time of 58 minutes. The project was solely Produced by Jazzsoon. From start to finish you get these grimey boom bap beats. The production on this project was just masterful! Each track on this just transitions perfectly. Each song is hard with pure bars! New York is definitely having a resurgence of that pure grimey rap and sound we’ve been missing. Griselda Records re-awoke it, 38 Spesh and his crew, Eto, Jamal Gasol, Flee Lord, Nems the list goes on! I mean all these artists and other’s that I might not have mentioned have been putting in work for years. I just feel it was more underground and now due to streaming and social media we are able to give this sound the limelight once again!

I honestly just came across Nems music through friends and rappers I know who kept posting this project and I kept hearing great things about it. Even from some of my favorite underground emcees like Apathy named it album of the year worthy. I then made time to go check it out and give it a listen, I was definitely hyped when I heard it. It definitely was NOT overhyped every single person who said this album was fire, dope, hard AF was right! Man if Prodigy was still alive he would be fuckin’ happy to see emcees like Nems that are blowing up and getting the recognition they deserve! I name Prodigy because I feel him and Havoc were one of the main emcees who started and kept that gritty/grimey NY sound alive and pushed it to where it is now. The movement has definitely grown and their influence is still dominant today you can hear it in artists like Nems. It is also dope to see Nems collaborating with San Diego artists like Bubu the Prince who is one of my favorite San Diego emcees out right now! Daygo Zoo, 858!

Nems is an emcee from Coney Island who takes pride where he is from, he shouts it out in his music anytime he gets! The intro track “Step Aside“, oh man as soon as the beat drops my head just started bobbin! Nems raps with aggression and emotion. In this track he tells us a bit about his journey in the rap game and how he has been doing this shit for a long time. He mentions how he was told many times he was not worthy, but look at him now. Who is having the last laugh now?! Another dope track is the second track, “Where You Know Me From“, featuring my favorite murderous emcee Conway the Machine! They both spit real lyricism.

The track, “Timb Boots” has a catchy hook! The beat gave me some blaxploitation funk type vibes. Then right after that track you get Nems’ hit single, “Gahbage“! On this track Nem savagely murders and calls every wack rapper out! I love his cadence and flow on this one he uses dark sense of humor, but states facts! I don’t want to give out the whole album away, you all have to listen to it to come up with your interpretation and just vibe to it! One last track I’ll mention tho is, “No Reggaeton“. Ironically I love Reggaeton lol, but I get what Nems is trying to say. He is breaking the stereotype, that just because your Puerto Rican or a Latino from South America you get grouped into making the most popular genre there, “Reggaeton”. He proves he is a lyrical beast who raps and does NOT do Reggaeton! I can respect that! Some of the best lyricists in my opinion are latinos and some times they get overshadowed for that fact alone like Big Pun, Sick Jacken, B-Real, Joell Ortiz and Immortal Technique to name drop a few!

Overall this project is fuckin dope! Enjoyed all the gritty and grimey Production. Along with Nems dark sense of humor, witty lines and over all his aggressive raw delivery! This is definitely a high contender on the list of best albums of 2019! Fuck Your Lyfe Till Tha Casket Drops season!!! Nems keep killing the rap game! Hope to see you soon in San Diego if you go on tour! Salute! Go buy, stream and listen to this album you don’t want to miss what the streets are talkin’ about!

Favorite Verses/Tracks:

1.Timb Boots:

Fuck KFC, my two piece absolutely
Will knock yo ass outta the screen nigga like “Whooptie!”
Wake up, little uzi
Wake up (Bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah, bang)
No vert, though
Leavin’ em’ murked, though
Hip-hop died, Gorilla rose from the dirt, though
Niggas out here rappin’ in skirts, bro (Fuckin’ ridiculous)
I will fuck you up
Out here fuckin’ bitches with the mushroom cut
When you see me all you hear is, “Buck, buck, buck, buck”, uh

2. Kings:

I love my crew, one for all and we all for one
Just gained a hundred pounds (I’m tryna live), little Pun
Can’t compare to that nigga, ’cause he was truly great
I’m just tryna do me before it gets too late
‘Cause Latins goin’ Platinum was destined to come
So I’m blessin’ the drum with every last breath in my lung
All these rappers talk about is vests and guns
And rhymes be just about as fresh as a bum
But along with this music shit comes the politics
And I don’t like to be fake, so I want no parts of it
Every bar is sick, I put my whole heart in it
But they still try to ignore me like I’m a nondescript

3. 200:  The whole track! Pure lyricism!

4. Where You Know Me From:

Come and try, nigga, I’ll put you in a coma (Bop)
Say it’s lonely at the top, well I’ve always been a loner (Uh)
Bitch I’ll make ya boyfriend go to the store to buy me Dutches and I don’t even smoke
‘Cause he a doja (He ain’t tough)
Yea I don’t smoke and I hate drinkin’
But I’ll shoot you right in front of ya bitch like Abe Lincoln (Bop)
Was at a barbecue earlier
Ma man said, “Gorilla, how you not signed to a label? What is they thinkin’?”
I said it won’t be long ‘fore they acknowledge it
Built my whole shit off of skills, I never politic
Real niggas and college kids
Know they ain’t a rapper as hot as this
But even if there was I’d fuckin’ rock their shit
Where you know me from?

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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