steel tipped dove - all the weight feathers don't haveWritten by Chi Chi Thalken on February 22, 2023
steel tipped dove is a producer from Brooklyn who has been releasing music for over a decade now. In that time, he’s worked with everyone form PremRock to Armand Hammer to Noah23 to milo. Most recently, this past November he worked with an artist named Aloe Vera to put out an album called Days Pass Strange. Now he is back with a solo album, all the weight feathers don’t have.
steel tipped dove has been around for a minute now, and in that time he’s shown us a few different sides of himself as an artist. After working on a carefully crafted and serious album meant to help elevate another artist, steel tipped dove has pivoted to make something a bit more loose and easy going in all the weight feathers don’t have. There are a few funky interludes, along with an intro and outro that are instrumental, but then the rest of the album is full of guest emcees. There’s not an overarching theme here, instead just feeling like steel tipped dove just sent out beats to his friends and told them to have fun with it and write whatever came to mind when they heard the music. Over the course of the album, we’re getting verses from Donwill, MC Paul Barman, R.A.P. Ferreira, Darko the Super, Big Baby Gandhi, Harvey Cliff MC, Shrapknel, Nosaj from New Kingdom, Zilla Rocca, and AJ Suede. There’s a lot of talent here, and nobody fucks it up with a verse that goes off the rails, so that fun vibe continues throughout, which is not always the easiest thing to pull off. Where the real rap nerd fun comes in is discerning those emcees who especially stepped it up in this loose environment, and while Shrapknel bring some real heat to “flying obelisk,” Fat Tony also brings it on “insurrectionary joy.” Have fun arguing with your rap friends about this one.
steel tipped dove has been making quality hip hop for a long time, and even when you get a fun project like all the weight feathers don’t have, you not lacking in substance, whether it be the funky and inventive beats or the talented list of guest artists who get to cut loose on the mic. This is one for the rap nerds.
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