New Frankie Stones Album "lil' francis" Out Now! 

On Lil' Francis, Frankie Sones' first full-length solo release since Rampant Illness (2015), we find the rapper delving into a space-like odyssey of isolation and lost contact. She Already Knows, the third track off the album, finds Stones "Feelin' restless from this electric chair." Two songs later he wakes up to war. The production of this track, entitled Set The Tone, digs into modern hip-hop textures, displaying an aesthetic much in the vein of Yung Bleu or Future. But if the album Lil' Francis contains a single theme rooted in anything specific, it is one of perseverance in the face of a world growing more and more disconnected, despite notions of advanced accessibility. Stones’ exceptional abilities as a writer and vocalist, along with his devotion to both the roots and evolution of hip hop shine through on the record.

New Frankie Stones & Jeff James Album "Dos Lobos Con Problemas" Out Now! 

Long time Pacific Northwest Hip Hop veterans Frankie Stones & Jeff James release their second full length album "Dos Lobos Con Problemas" on McCannabis Records. Join this dysfunctional rap duo as they take you on a lyrical trip through trial, turmoil, triumph and tragedy. Will this two man wolf pack make it out of the desert?


Album is available on all major digital platforms (Apple Music / i-Tunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, CDBaby and more)

In the chorus of the album's opening track, Dice Low, Frankie Stones x Jeff James invite the listener to "Put your feet to the floor and just vibe to this." The sentiment while direct, could be somewhat misleading, if interpreted as prologue to a laid-back, groove-driven collection of hip hop songs, which might serve only as a soundtrack to nights of endless cruising. What develops, as one moves forward through the 13 tracks, feels more like an involuntary admission to a psych ward.

Your lowrider is a padded room. Your hoodie is a straight-jacket. Your pills are wearing off. All you can do is listen and bob your head to the beat.

Recorded over a four year period that ran the gamut of personal tribulations, from divorce and severed friendships to unemployment and depression, Stones and James, gather up that dark subject matter and lay it all upon the dashboard. Fueled by that classic West Coast aesthetic and lyrical prowess, Drop Substance stands far removed from trends of mumbling vanity. 

Released on McCannabis Records, this is a hip hop album for people who understand hip hop. Straight up. Put your feet to the floor and just vibe to this.

Review by Charles Ghent


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