You gotta love the trend of local rappers making "albums" instead of "mixtapes."
The words have basically become synonymous at this point but there are still a few important distinctions. Mixtapes, IMHO, are a way to showcase other artists in the
clique and whet the fans' appetites for
the full-length. Albums, on the other hand, are cohesive artistic statements with a dozen or so carefully selected tracks. You know, the kind of thing people might actually pay money for.
Earlier this week Tef Poe released a full-length LP
and now Rockwell Knuckles debuts the third -- and arguably best -- recording of his career via The Smoking Section
. Check it:
Download link, tracklisting and a few more words after the jump...
Click here to download
Tracklist (with props to Trackstar the DJ for the mix):
Rockwell fans will find a few songs they've already familiar with -- his smokin' singles "Shooting Star" and "Government Name" -- and a few more he's been performing live lately ("No Sympathy" and "Center of Attention") but really there's a whole heap of unreleased material here.
I haven't listened to the whole thing yet so I'll reserve judgment until I've had time to give it a few spins. You should do the same. Oh, and peep Rockwell, Tef and the rest of The Force at SXSTL in Austin