Entries in Arkansas (73)


A Layman's Guide to Pepperboy

Over the past year or two, Little Rock's Pepperboy has become an unlikely seasoned hero in the Internet-centric cloud rap movement. His first spike in national attention can be traced back to April, 2011, when Lil B borrowed a Pep beat for his track "My Life." This tiny blip on hip-hop's expansive timeline saw Pep keeping in touch with Lil B and forming even closer ties with some of B's Cali constituents, namely Keyboard Kid and Main Attrakionz' Squadda B.

These and other connections have served him well, but Pep's real key to a maintained visibility has been his ability to seize the moment. He saw the interest in his work climbing, and he responded with a monsoon of creative output, resulting in 12 releases over the course of the last 19 months. Most of these 12 releases are full length albums, and they've landed him press with Spin, Fader, Mishka, MTV Hive and a host of other sites.

In this feature we'll take a look at all 12 releases and ask Pep some questions along the way to gain a bit of incite on the significance of each album. This list is chronological minus the first entry, which is the AiMT premiere of Pep's latest offering.

Stream 12 Pepperboy albums after the jump.

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Pepperboy - "Lost" Video

Here's Pep's take on Lil B's "Unchain Me" beat. You can grab it on his newish EP, The Classic (Remastered).

As a bonus, here's Pep's latest collab with Main Attrakionz' Squadda B. It happens to have my favorite cover art of the year so far.


607 ft. Big Dolla - "Block Monster" Video

Whoa. 607, Big Dolla and 75% of greater Little Rock went extra hard on this video. "Block Monster" is 607's second single off his name-your-price YIK3LIF3! LP, which dropped at the end of last year.

We can see cameos from Six' brother Bobby along with Pepperboy, Arkansas Bo, GK Skully, The Parker Brothers, Magic the Legend, Rod D, Ricky D, Young King, YK of Grim Muzik, D-Dirt, etc. *pant* It's clear that 607 was going for an A-state hood anthem here, and he damn sure achieved it. Wouldn't be surprised at all if this generated some serious web buzz in the coming weeks.

Here's Lord Six explaining what he's got going on and his big plans for Little Rock:

Stream YIK3LIF3! below:


PREMIERE: Pepperboy's The Classics: Remastered EP

Little Rock's Pepperboy has given AiMT an exclusive sneak peak of his The Classics: Remastered EP. Over the past year, Pepperboy has been releasing a ton of new material and older archived material. If you've checked out any of the older stuff, you'll recognize at least a few of the six songs making up The Classics. The particular songs on this release date back to 2010, so the EP is not as comprehensively retrospective as its title implies. The Classics is more of a platform for Pepperboy to do some sonic housekeeping on his recent back catalog.

The songs hold up well and are more on the raw lo-fi tip compared to his newer recordings. If anything it's a good reminder of how Pep's sound and resources have expanded so much in just a few years time.

Listen below or visit Pep's Bandcamp page for a download.


New Pepperboy album: Nite Time

It wasn't even four months ago that Little Rock's Pepperboy was kind enough to hit us with a free mini album featuring all new material and a Mishka-hosted mixtape, and today he's graced us with a brand new 15-track LP. (Yep, also free.) It's remarkable how Pep's career is 10 years deep, but we can still hear him developing as an artist month by month. Nite Time seems years progressed from Pep's aforementioned efforts, especially when you consider standout tracks like "Funeral," "Joined a Gang," and "Love My Life."


New 607 album: YIK3LIF3!

photo by Quinten Daniel
While I've been busy not blogging, Little Rock's own 607 has found time to drop his 38th album and continue his reign over the Arkansas hip-hop circuit. Back in May, he gave the scene quite a scare with a statement which seemed to announce his immediate retirement. He later clarified by saying that he was only taking some time off to organize, not retiring.

Lucky for us, the wait is over and YIK3LIF3! The Lord and the Duchess is now available. It's 19 tracks strong, and Lord Six was kind enough to set it as a "name your price" endeavor on his Bandcamp. Once you spend some time with it, you can understand why he chose to take a timeout to strategize on how to package this new material. It's probably his most accomplished work to date, both artistically and in terms of commercial appeal. And per usual, there's plenty of variety to appeal to a large listener base. (Expect to hear radio-ready country rap, money-making anthems, even a Boards of Canada flip as you can hear below.)

"Puppy Breath" — flip of Boards of Canada's "ROYGBIV":

Full album stream after the jump.

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Pepperboy - "Deep"


Dreamy new Titanic-jacking Pepp as featured on Baku Shad-do's new compilation EP, Astral Shad​-​do​[​w]​: Exclusively for I Vacation in Your Hell:

Lots more Pepperboy here.

More Pepperboy: new Mishka mixtape and video

Pepperboy may very well be the busiest man in Arkansas this week. Yesterday he made his new album available for free through NY label Baku Shad-do. Today he's gracing us with the album's accompanying hour-long mixtape presented by Mishka along with a video for his album track "Felon."

P.T.S. Mixtape tracklist after the jump.

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Download/stream Pepperboy's new mini-album, Post-Traumatic Stress

Pepperboy's P.T.S.

Little Rock rapper Pepperboy has been making noise about his Post-Traumatic Stress mini-album for well over a month now, teasing us by re-posting its robust cover art several times daily on his personal Facebook account. The album finally dropped today as a free download through NY label Baku Shad-do.

If you've made some time to familiarize yourself with Pep's other recent free releases, all of which you can stream here, then P.T.S.'s eight somber tracks will immediately register as classic Pepperboy: bleak-but-hopeful tales told in a distinctive Southern drawl over a modern selection of ambient-leaning beats by folks like Clams Casino and Blue Sky Black Death. Stream and download the release below:

I confirmed with Pep earlier that Mishka will be putting out P.T.S.'s accompanying mixtape later today. It will feature Lil B, Alaska's Droski Boyz, and Pep's longtime collaborator Temolja.

607 - "AR-tillery"

photo by Dero Sanford
Our favorite retired on-hiatus Arkansas rapper 607 has just dropped an unreleased track from the sessions of his yet-to-be-released album. He's currently making moves to secure a budget to market this material, so best of luck to him.

Regarding "AR-tillery," 607 puts it best: "If you don't shoot guns, you won't feel my new song." I've found that to be not entirely true, but this joint does go hard:

More 607 after the jump, including a re-up of his recent Flip Pack.

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