For those of you not familiar with Stevie Crooks, check the interview I did with him a while back. He is a skilled, passionate, creative, lyrical beast from the Inland Empire. Now on his 3rd mixtape and no longer donning the ski mask he used to rock at his shows, Stevie is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, I think he’s just getting better.
In his new release, The WINE, Crooks jumps into the world of a rapper/international man of mystery.
Download the new mixtape The WINE (World Is Not Enough)
Every so often an artist emerges to demonstrate the timelessness of hip hop. As a genre inextricably linked to fashion and trends, rap is easy to lose itself in the search for the next hot look and catchy sound (RIP Auto-tune) and forget where it comes from and what its essence is. In a genre that eagerly moves onto the next thing while still holding time-honored icons sacred, few efforts are as powerful as finding a balance between the old and the new. Stevie Crooks, born Stephen Anthony Montomery, undertook this hefty effort with his debut mixtape,