Typ-iLL – “Dog Tags & Duffle Bags” (prod. Statik Selektah)

blame it on JES7 November 6, 2015

Strong Island spitter Typ-iLL has been consistently churning out some quality releases these past few months, following on the heels of his The Turning Point EP which dropped earlier this summer.

With his new album Veteran’s Day due to arrive on Wed., Nov. 11th, the seasoned Army vet delivers his third and final leak for the project. Out of the two previous releases, “Typ Statik” and “Let ‘Em Talk,” “Dog Tags & Duffle Bags” just might be the most personal song on the album.

Over Statik Selektah’s signature boom-bap production (the Boston producer handles the album’s entire soundscape), Typ paints vivid POV imagery of what it’s like to stand in the boots of a soldier deployed overseas, during a time of war.

Aside from the violence that becomes a normal part of life on these deployments (contrary to popular belief, war is interminable boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror – I’m speaking from experience here), the Long Island emcee also touches on the small things such as mail call and care packages full of magazines, gum & other accoutrement that make six-to-nine-month deployments tolerable.

“This track is who I was for nearly six years. The experiences I had as a soldier were beyond compare, and I will never forget or regret the choices I made.” He adds that this is his “ode to all the combat veterans out there,” so if you’ve been through anything similar, know someone who has, and wondered what it’s like, it’s time to listen up.

Pre-order Veteran’s Day on iTunes and on CD through Fat Beats. The CD release is Friday, Nov. 13th.