Whiplash & Hotline – The Down Under Come Up (EP Review)
One way to end the year for Whiplash is hitting us with another joint EP. Whip teams up with Iraq war vet, and Detroit Native, Hotline. Not too mention the bulk of the production is contributed by San Francisco’s BeatsbyMarcus.com. Their newest project is “The Down Under Come Up.” Not too mention the EP will be available every where you can purchase digital music on New Years Day 2012.
The EP opens up with a remix to Whiplash’s “Make You Move,” (which appeared on the Digital Dynasty album). Hotline takes over the hook and this track is more solid then before. The combined west coast key patches and synths mixed with the dirty south drums sound great for these two emcees as they make you move. Another remixed track of Whip’s is “Take It.” Hotline picks up the first verse and spits “see my eyes wide shut/ I’m looking at the problem figuring out how to give it up.” Whip harmonizes the hell out of the hook as he sings “I need to be elevated.”
The project stand out by far has to be vividly honest and catchy “Last Song.” Whiplash’s vocals are evolving as he brands this Top 40 Hit. Whip spews “so go with my flow gotta know/ this can be last song.” Hotline is at his best as he spits “I’m thinking about the time/ when I didn’t have shit, not 1 dime/ and that’s why I grind/ and that’s why I shine.
It is always interesting when Whiplash teams up with someone new to make music with. This might be the most interesting and evolved disc from Whip. Hotline brands himself as a force to be wreckoned with as well. Nothing like hearing a “real soldiers” stories.
The project over all has an honest feel on new school production. Whiplash is a great song writer because almost every hook is stuck in our head, not too mention other tracks like “Joint Burning” and “Fiction” are beyond hypnotizing. We tip our hats to these guys as they deliver one final SOLID product before the end of 2011. Make sure you download the “The Down Under Come Up” on I tunes and everywhere else digital music can be purchased after the 1st of the new year.