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New 607 album: NerdFromTheHood

A few years back, Little Rock rap mainstay 607 began scaling back his frenzied album release schedule. In the '00s he was known for dropping as many as four per year. In 2010 he rolled out three albums under the earFear guise, which is a collaboration with his brother Bobby. 2011 yielded another earFear album along with a 607 solo album. And since 2012 he's shrunk his output down to a manageable one album per year. The results have been largely favorable. Don't get me wrong—hearing a new Lord Six project every few months had its merits, but the new Six is more refined and more calculated. The time and care put into last year's YIK3LIF3! and the brand new NerdFromTheHood is very evident.

The latter, his 39th album which dropped earlier today, is chockfull of variety in terms of topics and directions from song to song. Eclectic albums are nothing new for 607, but the quality and maturity in dealing with such is what sets this album apart from his work in previous years. He jumps from lap dances on "Give It Up" to heart-wrenching social commentary on the chilling "Let's Talk About It," and he's clearly comfortable every/anywhere in between.

It's also notable that this is Six's first album since his viral Worldstar smash, "Block Monster," which garnered over 3.6 million views earlier this year.

Anyway I'll be bumping this for months to come, and I encourage you to do the same. And while you're at it, check the NerdFromTheHood promo vids and don't forget the 607 Flip Pack compilation I put up on the AiMT SoundCloud a while back.


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:


607 announces he's no longer releasing music

Longtime AiMT favorite 607 sent a ripple through the AR hip-hop community earlier this week when he announced that he will no longer release music. Today he clarified that he's not retiring from music—he's just putting the music on hold and trying to get a proper budget together for his next project. I support Lord Six's decision to slow things down and explore other avenues. Here's hoping he makes that dough and comes back soon.

Long-known for his unyielding work ethic, 607 recorded 37 albums over he past 12 years—that's three albums per year on average. Since summer of 2010, he has recorded one solo album and four EarFear albums. (EarFear is his duo with his brother Bobby.) As a parting gift, he's made all five albums available for free download for a limited time. Get them all here and here.

On top of that, Lord Six gave me permission to upload the flips he did for AiMT onto a SoundCloud set. He's submitted 12 flips since 2009. His take on Crookers' "What Up Y'all" made it to #2 on Hype Machine. His flip of Rich Boy's "Drop" got reblogged by Mad Decent. And his verse on a Diplo beat placed #2 in Mad Decent's Makin Xmas competition.

This SoundCloud set features 10 flips. You can download all 12 here.

More 607 goodies after the jump.

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earFear [ft. Jessica Lauren] - "Money"

photo by Eli Patterson
Back in June, Little Rock's premier hip-hop duo earFear dropped Art Class, which AiMT has proudly sported as a streaming widget on the side bar. Around that same time of the album's release, earFear member and AiMT regular 607 sent me his marvelous flip of Diplo and Douster's "On!," which you can peep below. Upon receiving it, I tucked the MP3 away in some obscure folder and pitifully forgot about it. Meanwhile, earFear has managed to complete another full album, which is slated to drop on Halloween. It will be earFear's third album in the last 10 months.

What I want you to take away from this story is that it takes me longer to post an MP3 than it takes earFear to complete an entire album. So to celebrate earFear's beyond-diligent work ethic (and AiMT's non-existent time management skills), here is a long-overdue selection from their awesome (and still new) album, Art Class. You can cop the album for $10 over on their Bandcamp page.


And here's the "On!" flip:

BONUS: Diplo & Douster - "On! (607 Flip)"


And here's a full version for any DJs who may want to play it out. Watch for earFear's next album on Halloween!

Tyler, the Creator [ft. 607] - "Yonkers (Remix)"

607photo by On tha Grind
I've been having conversations lately about how OFWGKTA could be the rap Nirvana. And that totally sounds like some corny Rolling Stone op-ed piece, but in other words, Odd Future could inspire a legion of imitators and completely reconfigure the hip-hop mainstream. If this happens, you can bet that 95% of mainstream rappers who have become popular since '96 or so would be out of a job. You can't just go 10 year rhyming earnestly about cars and money and then comfortably change lanes into OFWGKTA territories. It'd be a train wreck. This is evidenced by recent impossibly boring "Yonkers" freestyles by N.O.R.E., Styles P and Ace Hood.

607, on the other hand, has no trouble whatsoever jumping on "Yonkers" and completely murdering 16. This is the first flip/remix 607 has graced AiMT with in something like 15 months. This one's long overdue, and it's "Yonkers," so yeah, NSFW:



Lord Six is working on a new earFear album with Bobby, so hopefully we'll get another goody or two out of him before he's done recording. In the meantime, you can stream the entire "old" (December, 2010) earFear album on the right sidebar, or go watch the epic video for "Facebook Fraud" right now if you missed it.

Also catch 607 opening for Big K.R.I.T. in Little Rock on June 3.

earFear - "Facebook  Fraud"

Veteran Arkansas rapper and recurring AiMT favorite 607 has just dropped an album with his brother Bobby for the New Year. The duo goes by earFear these days. They put out a pair of albums back in the summer, and this new album, G33KS G0N3 W​!​LD, marks 607's—drum roll—35th album, complete with a Devin the Dude feature. Stream the whole thing over on the sidebar or over at earFear's BandCamp page.

If you read AiMT with much regularity, you probably already have the skinny on Lord Six, so I'll spare you the long bio. But dude's been crushing it in Little Rock for just about as long as my adult brain can remember, and this track may be his catchiest, most noteworthy one to date. Honest viral potential here:


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EarFear - "You Don't Count"

607607 speaking at Harvard Law
2009 saw Little Rock rapper and AiMT BFF 607 unleash a small frenzy of flips and remixes on the web. (Download them all after the jump.) This little treasure trove kicked up quite a bit of blog buzz, getting him some shine on Mad Decent along with a chart-topping entry on Hype Machine. Luckily Lord Six tells me that he's wanting to get back on the remix grind, so hopefully we can expect some more eventually.

In his time off from recording remixes, Six hasn't exactly been slacking. He reunited with his brother Bobby (formerly known as Morbid) and recorded two full albums (both of which you can cop over at their Bandcamp page). Years back, they recorded and performed as Trauma Team, but these days they're calling themselves EarFear. Speaking on their two albums, Six describes one as "aggressive" (The Ignit Truth) and the other "calm" (Altar Call). Here's a cut off the former:



Stream both EarFear albums and get more 607 goodies after the jump.

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