For their sixth studio LP, ‘Late Night Cognac Sessions,’ Michigan trio Dezert Eez combine the best elements of soulful Boom bap and rugged mafioso Rap to deliver a unique, engaging listening experience.
The trio of Ron Oâ€™nill, Nivek, and 5-Star have been steadily dropping impressive projects since forming in 2003, and ‘LNCS’ may be their finest yet. Itâ€™s a tightly constructed, cohesive record that packs insight, bravado, and chilled-out raps into just ten tracks, all of which feature different producers.
Dezert Eez carefully sifted through over 60 instrumentals submitted through various producers within their circle in hopes of curating the perfect sound for their album. â€œWeâ€™re artists so it wasnâ€™t a big deal,â€ Oâ€™nill says of sorting through over 60 submissions in search of the perfect gems. â€œIt was just a matter of making sure the vibe was there throughout the project,â€ he adds.
The sound of ‘LNCS’ also pays homage to their influences (Native Tongues, the Wu-Tang Clan) while staying true to their roots. As 5-Star puts it, making the album was â€œeasy for us,â€ as the trio has invariably supplied â€œhard lyrics and soulful beatsâ€ to their fans.
With regards to their lyrics, Dezert Eez remains potent no matter the topic. The group takes a more introspective posture on the standout â€œKerosene Lamps,â€ alongside frequent collaborator Bronze Nazareth, but they also light up and kick back with Talib Kweli on lead single, â€œRolex Dreaminâ€™.â€ The albumâ€™s only other guest feature is Skyzooâ€”â€He is just dope!â€ Nivek notesâ€”who appears on â€œDiamond Runnaz.â€ Another highlight is â€œCadillac Seatz,â€ a fittingly titled joint made for late-night rides.
When asked how they stay creative with nearly 15 years in the game, the answer was simple. â€œMusic is our love,â€ Nivek says. â€œIt’s what we love to do.â€ That much is made quite clear on ‘LNCS,’ a true treat for Hip-Hop heads in 2016.
‘Late Night Cognac Sessions’ is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms, through their Soul Krush imprint, via EMPIRE Distribution.