Evidence Drops A New Instrumental Album. Check Out 26 Beats From A Proven Master.
Nearly 25 years into his career, Evidence’s music continues to get better and better. That says a lot for an artist who took audiences by storm with the Dilated Peoples across several albums since the late 1990s. However, in the solo department, releases like last year’s Weather Or Not offer tremendous depth to the man and the artist. It was voted the best LP of 2018 by the readers of Ambrosia For Heads.
Although Evidence is “Step Brothers” with Alchemist, he’s made incredible songs with DJ Premier, Kanye West, and Kutmasta Kurt (to just name a few), Evidence is a highly-accomplished producer. Outside of his crew, E-V has made songs for ‘Ye, Raekwon, Sean Price, Westside Gunn, and Vince Staples. In the last month, Evidence laced a surprise Brother Ali album (Secrets & Escapes), which also packs an exceptional feature across the two Rhymesayers label-mates.
In the midst of that, a recent Step Brothers two-pack (Burnt Tree), and touring (dates embedded below), Evidence releases Squirrel Tape Instrumentals Vol. 1. The 26-song Instrumental Hip-Hop album (“beat tape” doesn’t quite seem to do it justice) follows in the tradition of Evidence’s Tape series (where he released batches of beats as Yellow, Red, Purple, and Green) between 2004 and 2008.
Highlights within the collection include the harmonic vocal opener “Real Diamonds 93706,” the depth-charge fuzz of “Pocket Full Of Empty,” and the plush ’70s velour-sounding “Tuff Gong.” A few beat titles within the batch hint at the MCs they were made from “Eligh” to “Mach.” Throughout the collection, Evidence cues up references to squirrels making this more than just a studio dump. The Los Angeles, California veteran has many styles, and he’s happy to show them to the fans on their own.
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Press photograph by Stephen Vanasco provided by Rhymesayers Entertainment.
#BonusBeat: Evidence and Brother Ali’s current tour dates: