City Pages Best Album : Greg Grease - Down So Long


Best Album

'Down So Long' by Greg Grease

An integral member of the funk collective Astralblak (formerly named ZuluZuluu), Greg Grease stepped out on his own last September with his brilliant solo record,Down So Long. It’s a heady blend of smoothed-out soul, funky jams, and smoky R&B, with guest contributions from Psymun, Jayanthi Kyle, Mike Mictlan, DJ Just Nine, and Javier Santiago, as well as Astralblak’s Proper-T, Trelly Mo, and Art Parté. Throughout, Greg’s astute, socially conscious raps offer a penetrating study of the burdens and blessings of urban life, whether he’s questioning the drive for material wealth, blasting unchecked police brutality, or celebrating the strength and inspiration that can be drawn from family and friends.

City Pages Best EP : Muja Messiah - Saran Rap


Best EP

'Saran Rap' by Muja Messiah

Saran Rap is a match made in indie hip-hop heaven, pairing veteran Minneapolis MC Muja Messiah with New York underground fixture Roc Marciano, who produced the entire EP (save for the beat-less “Crackapella”) and added a verse to the lead single “You Haven’t Lived.” Over Roc’s swirling soul and jazz loops, Muja brings word-drunk Southside swagger and hilarious off-hand references. Both artists are in top form, and the EP also benefits from assists by the likes of Guilty Simpson and Oh No (indie stalwarts from Detroit and Southern California, respectively). Though it runs a mere 18 minutes, Saran Rap is an essential entry in the prolific Muja’s catalog