September 10, 2010
Chikaramanga is one-third of Giant Panda and the co-founder of Tres Records, along with Thes One from P.U.T.S. The man holds down one of my favorite hip-hop labels, crafts killer beats, occasionally spits hella nice rhymes in Japanese and English, and produces quality tracks as well. Dope as always!
These are the first three releases in his seven-inch series which showcases his beats with rhymes from Tres’ recording artists. From left to right below are “Cool” featuring Big Tone, “A Life Like This” featuring Droop-Capone and “Trill” featuring Co$$. Look for upcoming cuts to feature Shawn Jackson, Paten Locke and Dillon. Can’t wait to hear ‘em!
Be sure to check the Recession Free mixtape from DJ Lowkey which is a warmup for ESQ + Chikaramanga’s debut album, The Succession, set to be released on September 14th. It features two unreleased joints from the LP as well as ESQ rhyming over instrumental tracks from other Tres releases produced by Big Tone, Johnson & Jonson, Paten Locke, Lightheaded, Fonetik Simbol, Ta’raach, and Chikara.