If you haven’t caught wind of the buzz New York emcee ESSO has garnered as of late, you must have been under a rock. The emcee had a break-through year in 2009, splashing his name across a plethora of publications, from XXL‘s “Show and Prove” to, of course, DJBooth’s Freestyle series. Looking to keep the momentum rolling, he and frequent production partner Woody (who just released his own solo effort, LoveLife) are gearing up to release a collaborative EP titled Californication, consisting of all their recent work that didn’t make it onto previous album The Anti-Socialite or the upcoming The Ascension. The first leak off this compilation project is Someday, an engaging record that finds Woody crafting an infectious beat laced by some Rick Rock-esque percussion. It’s the perfect backdrop for both ESSO and one of the Booth’s favorite Cali natives El Prez to drop rhymes that look back to the legacys of figures like Malcolm and JFK, and look forward to their own impending success. If you’re digging this one, and it’s hard to believe you’re not, you’d be well advised to look out for Californication, due to drop…wait for it…someday soon.
Written by Jon Garcia on 10/10/10
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