“Reflections” sounds somewhere between a lost Tribe Called Quest joint and the B-side to Blackstar’s “Respiration.” – The Coast
The soundscape [on “What It Seems”] conveys a melancholic feeling bolstered by the reflective and somewhat gloomy lyrics…” – Earmilk
[on “The Masters”] It’s flawless work coupled with giants. – Chuck D
Burgeoning Canadian producer DK and award-winning MC Ghettosocks drop their first collaborative album, Listen to the Masters, out today via Black Buffalo Records and Fat Beats. Listen HERE. The Nova Scotia-based beatsmith and Ghettosocks, who CBC ranked as one of “The 25 Greatest Canadian Rappers Ever,” have created an album that firmly places them in the lineage of great rapper-producer duos. DK, known for his warm, analog-meets-digital hybrids of wistful yet modern boom-bap, deftly blends dust-coated samples of funk, soul, jazz, and more with live instrumentation. His thumping and timeless beats score Ghettosocks’ intellectual yet approachable lyricism as well as sharp darts shot by everyone from venerated grandmasters like CL Smooth, El Da Sensei, and Moka Only to Rome Streetz, the celebrated narrator of grim New York criminology raps.
Listen to the Masters opens with 2019’s “Reflections,” the single that served as the album’s foundation and guiding light. The Coast praised DK’s crackling, soulful, and jazz-accented boom-bap and Ghettosocks’ incisive perspective multi-layered bars, calling the track somewhere between “a lost A Tribe Called Quest joint” and a Blackstar b-side. The album’s second single, “What It Seems,” finds Ghettosocks spitting alongside underground heavyweights Skyzoo and Rome Streetz, each MC shedding light on the current state of politics and socioeconomics, crime, poverty, and injustice in their shared and respective worlds.
Throughout Listen to the Masters, DK, Ghettosocks, and the diverse roster of elite rappers achieve a brilliant balancing act. They traffic in heavy subjects like death, our pandemic dystopia, toxic masculinity, and more without sacrificing that smoky, relaxed vibe that keeps you bobbing your head. Listen to the Masters ushers in a new era of progressive crate-digging hip-hop and insightful rapping, establishing DK as one of Canada’s brightest producorial talents and reminding the world that Ghettosocks is forever one of the country’s most virtuosic lyricists.
Nova Scotia-based producer DK is a meticulous mixologist of vinyl-sampled drums, analog synthesizers, dusty loops, and live instrumentation. His style is a modern take on timeless hip-hop aesthetics forged in the ’90s. To date, he’s released three projects: Soul Expressions (2019), This is Me with Brooklyn’s Justo the MC (2021), and Listen to the Masters with Ghettosocks (2022).
Award-winning rapper, DJ, producer, and practicing visual artist Ghettosocks has been steadily touring Canada and the globe for years, completing multiple tours of The United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Australia. He is actively involved in both producing and managing artists. A co-owner of independent label Droppin’ Science Productions, he currently oversees a roster of 10 artists.