‘Molotov’ represents the best elements of its creators, Brooklyn rapper, Saga and Chicago producer, Thelonious Martin. The rhymes are potent and powerful, taking down everyone from cynics to haters, wack emcees, and inner demons. And the instrumentals serve to bring those words to life by way of head-nodding percussion, and slick sample flips.
Because it was crafted by one rapper and one producer, ‘Molotov’ is especially effective, and have made it clear why their approach works so well, especially as a duo. The 12 tracks move in and out of each other seamlessly, while tackling a variety of sounds and subject matter, all with an effective supporting cast of notable features. Like the one-two punch of the straight-up banger “Karma,” which features a fired-up Freddie Gibbs, and the Fashawn-assisted lead single, “Yesterday.”
“With Molotov, it was about maintaining the level of quality I’m known for,” the producer says, noting that it all started with the two sending tracks back and forth. “As the project was coming along, we started building the proper chemistry to make this special.”
Saga agreed, calling the project’s conception “organic.” It was that unrestrained vibe that he says “allowed me to be free with my thought process, and write for the moment.” As a result, he was able to explore new and intriguing ideas, like how “chaos is the end result of a long process of inner discontent within our own lives.” And you can hear him eloquently rhyme about this subject on “Misunderstood,” his favorite cut on the 12 track LP.
With their well received collaborative LP ‘Molotov‘ now available, the East Coast/Midwest tag-team of Saga and Thelonious Martin head to the rapper’s stomping grounds of Brooklyn for album’s debut video, “Where We Live (Brooklyn).”
Directed by Surf School’s Infamous Oz, the visuals put the heart of the BK on full display as the rapper-producer video hit up some of their favorite spots. That includes getting a lil’ grimy with the local cats at the legendary Gleason’s Gym and, of course, diggin’ in the crates at Black Gold Records.
Saga and Marco Polo get together to release the banger “Tell Me.”
It’s rare that an artist can show development in a year, never mind four months, but that’s exactly what Brooklyn’s Saga has done with “Tell Me.” Like most of his break-out From Out Of The Shadows, which dropped this past April to critical acclaim, the track is produced by heavyweight beatsmith, Marco Polo.
The two Brooklyn dwellers prove yet again that they’re long-lost rap brethren, on a track that’s as much of a celebration as it is a reminder to stop sleeping on Saga. For his part, it’s clear his pen just keeps getting sharper, even after killing it over Alchemist instrumentals on Saga Ghanoush. Saga’s growing skill set is particularly evident on the hook, which boasts the BK spitter playing off the looping “Tell me…” vocal.
Saga wastes no time snatching up seven instrumentals from Alchemist’s Israeli Salad project and blesses them for his Saga Ghanoush EP. Stream it, enjoy it, buy it.
Comprised of seven hand picked instrumentals taken from ‘Israeli Salad,’ Saga showcases his silver tongued lyricism over ALC’s use of middle-eastern sampled source material. By keeping Israeli themed delicacies as the focal point of the artwork, originally designed by the Haifa-based graf artist, Unga, of the Broken Fingaz crew, Saga swaps the avocado for an eggplant, to represent the key ingredient found in Baba Ghanoush…or in this case, ‘Saga Ghanoush.’
Saga serves up the final video off his and Marco Polo’s From Out Of The Shadows LP directed by Fred Focus.
The decisions that we make that often benefit the larger whole, end up enabling corporate greed and government agenda, all while making ourselves the victim. – Saga
Brooklyn emcee Saga and producer Marco Polo join forces for the <i>From Out Of The Shadows</i> album. You can check out all ten songs from the album — including the Roc Marciano assisted banger “City Streets” — right here and download now.
Whenever Roc Marciano spits, we’re here to listen. Marciano rocks with Brooklyn emcee Saga over this Marco Polo production off of the From Out of the Shadows EP coming soon.