Sometimes, the best music comes from the least expected places. During the Summer 2015 I took a trip to Providence, Rhode Island for the very first time, and upon touching down I was given a brief tour of the city by Hil Holla, who didn’t tell me he was a musician off the bat because, in his words, he didn’t want to introduce himself in that manner since “that probably happens to you a lot anyways” (he’s right). A rare breed of individual, Hil proves that “nice rappers” actually do exist in this world.
As I got to know him I also got to know his music, and the DopeHouse debuted the first video from his forthcoming project “Back Seat” later in the year. While he continued to work on the project, he released another banger off it, “Ten2Twenty,” which received a fair share of play here as well. Hil has now released his debut project, Outside Providence.
The seven-track EP is the culmination of years of meticulous work from a gifted emcee that should be on everyone’s radar. Outside Providence is primarily produced by 72 Dolphins, with John Scino, FluenCy, Jeff Gore, and Eljayse bringing up the rear, and only contains one guest feature from fellow upstart Cam Bells. Now that the warm weather has finally broke through on the East, it provides the perfect temperatures to cruise to this excellent EP.
Stream Outside Providence down bottom.