Born in April on the north side of Cleveland, Asjislam lived a nomadic lifestyle as his family moved from one place to the next. And even though his home life was unstable, music would serve as the one thing he would come to depend on. After hearing such artist as Nwa, Scarface, Epmd, Krs1 and the Ghetto boys, he felt a special connection to this form of expression. I guess you can say hip hop saved his life. A life of pain and loss, both of which his music is based on. Everyone has a story, some more tragic than others, and thanks to this art form he was able to at least for some moments, escape a few of his.
Asjislam’s music not only shines a little light on what he was but it also invites the listener to see where he is, as well as what he plans on becoming. His music showcases how he refused to break when times got bad and how he chose to deal with things when times got worse. His whole transformation and growth is deeply embedded into what he creates and he truly can’t imagine what kind of person he would be without it.
“NO GRILLZ NO TATTZ NO CHAINZ” is the latest Ep release by Asjislam and it is totally off the hook. Asjislam has clearly progressed since his early days. That said this Ep has clearly been crafted to sell, as Asjislam comes out less grimey, with productions that are a whole lot smoother than the common mixtape.
“Getitin MIx” is where I got things started off; this one sounds like it could be a club banger. This track is excellent, backed by an addictive beat, and a premium chorus, Asjislam drops a very memorable track with ill lines. On “Dream” Asjislam hooks up with a classic oldie sample-hook and rips up a nice beat with some more impressive lines.
One of my favorite tracks this year is “Crazy”, Asjislam kicks a lot of knowledge on this one, and will have his audience listening to his every line while a female vocal delivers a soulful chorus to remember. Asjislam then grooves on “Another Day” and keeps on banging on “Takemedownmix”. This track is another one of my favorites, as Asjislam just kills this cut.
Asjislam once again excels on “Put 1 In The Air”, an introspective track where he talks about his life and feelings. This is easily the best standout song on the Ep. However beats, production, and lyrics are all on point throughout this release “NO GRILLZ NO TATTZ NO CHAINZ” is easily one of my favorite Rap Ep’s to come out this year.
All-round, Asjislam has got deep lyrics to go along with his awesome beats and production choices. It’s hard to find a good rapper that targets personal and social issues so thoroughly. You definitely need to get this Ep and you’ll find yourself listening to it often. Guaranteed!
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