EarthGang drop their latest EP, 'Royalty'
What can I say? There’s just something about Atlanta hip hop duos that I can’t get enough of.
Lucky for me, EarthGang keeps churning out amazing music, with Royalty marking their third release since August 2017. The five-track EP completes the trilogy that already includes Rags and Robots, released on August 31 and October 20, respectively.
The three-part project launched in conjunction with their signing to Dreamville Records, J.Cole’s growing label which now features eight acts including frequent EarthGang collaborator J.I.D. The decision to leave the independent scene wasn’t an easy one, but the timing seemed to fit and the output has been on point ever since.
With five, six and five tracks, respectively, the three EPs are easily consumable while showcasing EarthGang’s continued growth as artists. The unorthodox flow and unique sound has always been there, but their efforts seem to have gotten more concise with the uptick in production.
This is great news, as all of this is one big ramp up to their first studio album with Dreamville Records, entitled Mirrorland. There’s still no word on a release date, but I expect the album to make big waves upon its arrival. They’ve never steered us wrong before.
“Off the Lot” is my early favorite off of Royalty, but it’s a toss-up after that. It’s impossible to pigeonhole a particular track, given their ability to switch between introspective philosophy and bullshitting about ‘making it,’ so it’s best to simply throw classifications out the window and approach this as a completely unique product.
After all, their group size and location aren’t the only commonalities they share with Outkast. They also have a certain knack for true, unadulterated originality. Rare but oh-so-important.
For far too long, EarthGang has been hip hop’s best kept secret and I think it’s about time the masses catch on. I haven’t been this excited about a rap release in quite some time.