BEAT TAPE TO PEEP : SWEAT EQUITY by CAS1
Cas1’s latest beat-tape is moody and textured but also banging, smooth and funky.
It’s all good but it feels like a dramatic gear-shift from "Eviction Notice", a jangly knocker, onwards. "Uptown" is a painfully funky catchy cut – Cas1 has the smoothness we learned about him due to but he keeps developing his sense of hardness and rhythm to juxtapose against that chill melodicism. "Eastside Bounce" has a melancholy and persistent trashcan hit swagger to it. “Mi Amor” is gorgeous and downbeat, latin-tinged and booming. “Freddy Mercury” and “Ghosts” are trippy and brilliant; “80’s Babies” slaps. The whole tape is great, I’ve bumped it about 3 times now, chill out to this.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers