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Eyedea & Abilities – This Story

blame it on Shake May 19, 2009

On July 21st, Eyedea & Abilities will be dropping their new album, By the Throat, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. If you’re a fellow RSE stan like myself, you can’t be any thing but ecstatic about this! Eminem isn’t the only artist that hasn’t released an album in five years. 2004’s E&A was one of the dopest to drop that year (and still gets major spins). After hearing talks of never releasing another album, etc… I was thoroughly excited when I got the news yesterday. Now we have the first leak (which was premiered at the plantation earlier today).

By The Throat’s songs range from intensely personal topics to the more esoteric (quantum mechanics). The end result is leaps and bounds beyond what MC Eyedea is perhaps best known for, his prowess as a battle rapper (winner of HBO’s Blaze Battle, Scribble Jam and several others). DJ Abilities, also a well-known battle vet and contributor to El-P’s now-classic Fantastic Damage, adds heavily to the sonic soundscape of this album, which advances beyond boom-bap hip-hop into rock-fueled guitar riffs, gritty production and melodic songwriting.

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