AEMMP Records, Columbia College Chicago’s student run record label, has just released their latest endeavor “Lately I’ve Been Sol Searching” by their signee Musa Reems. The project is a showcase of Musa’s lyrical dexterity, poise on the mic and songwriting ability. He has an old school backpacker type of delivery that makes me think of classic Def Jux. I have long been a fan of Musa, after hearing his Another Dos(e) EP I profiled him for our RH First Look last month here.
Every song has a certain grit and hunger to it with a cohesive vibe thanks to Curbside Jones who produced the entire thing; “How Many” stands out for its soulful production and meaningful socially aware lyrics. “What I Like” is in a similar vein with its old school R&B influences and references to Musa’s musical influences in the verses. “What I Like” is a refreshing take on how music is perceived, taking the vantage point of young kids and how they form bonds through mutual interests, including music. The entire EP is a must listen though so stream above and let us know what your favorite cuts are!