Atlanta Georgia is and has been a veritable Mecca of music, and hip hop culture. Nowadays, the city is near synonymous with droning, viral, cutting edge trap rap a la Future, 21 Savage, Migos, Playboi Carti, etc. Earthgang, is here to change that. Also hailing from ATL, the masterfully lyrical rap duo has been creating smart, soulful, and genuinely unique hip hop since around 2008. To be clear, Earthgang doesn’t make rap singles; they produce scattered, intensely lyrical, and deeply emotive hip hop that you would be hard pressed to find a match for. Now, after years of staying true to themselves and their craft, they’ve officially signed to J. Cole‘s already stacked Dreamville Records. And just one day after the official announcement, they’ve released another biting EP, Rags.
Rags, production wise, seems to be the most easily accessible release they’ve had. But that’s not to say they’ve compromised at all. Though the sounds are very modern synthy, and bass heavy, especially on tracks “Legendari” and “Redlight”, lyrically they’ve not lost their stride. “Meditate” sounds much more like what we’ve come to expect from Earthgang, though never in a bad way. The track features frequent collaborator and fellow Dreamville artist J.I.D, who fits perfectly with Earthgang‘s quick, twist-turning flows. The only other feature is water enthusiast Mick Jenkins on the slow, groovy final track “House”. The short 5 song project is tied together with loose skits of a man and his escapades with a very strange, dog loving lyft driver (voiced by D.C. Youngfly). The whole thing plays through like an odd, winding, interstellar drive, going “Nowhere Fast”.
In short: Earthgang is back, and they’re better than ever. Stream Rags below.