A fresh EP release from Malik Mos High hits with a conscious flow and a blend of old-school styles that make this not only nostalgic in a way, but addictive as it builds an atmosphere that's all its own and pulls you right into it with magnetic flows and in a post that shows his presence as an artist.
The Psongs 23 EP checks all the boxes and hits all those sweet spots that you love about vintage hip hop and underground vibes with heavy-handed Beats riddled with persona and an honest realism that lets the songs really get to you.
A lot of this record will surprise you and as you dig deeper into it, things change and evolve as the songs feel like they connect almost like a concept record.
You get a lot of personality from these songs, and it's delivered through these thoughts conformed into rhyme and performed with a standpoint that feels like it was all cathartic for him to let out.
I love a record like this because, by the time you get to the middle of it, you know that you don't exactly know what to expect next, but you do know that it's going to be good.
I feel like some of these songs were messages that he was trying to get out and the only way he knew how was through his music which I feel is extremely important for any artist because that's what makes things authentic.
This release has a lot fewer boundaries than other hip-hop artists and releases do and that's what gives it all that character and makes things so engulfing.
You quickly get attached to a lot of these tracks and can relate to them because they have to do with the trials and tribulations of being a human being.
It's all quite beautifully woven together and the lyrical phrasing and delivery is genius at times and truly does stick to that old-school undertone of rapping.
So, let me be a little clearer in terms of that because when I say old school, some people may think mid-80s mainstreaming but, that's not what I mean at all. What I mean is a late 90s and early 2000s underground hip-hop versatility that for some of us served as soundtracks to chapters of our own lives.
And that's the thing.
Malik hits those vibes so well that it triggers this nostalgia for me personally and I think it will for a lot of others as well.
this was a killer release with a lot of attention to detail but also with a lot of heart and I think that may be the most important aspect of it all.
I give this a 10 out of 10. Hands down.
Dive into this one when you can, and you definitely won't regret it.