For at least a few years now, I've been speaking with UK emcee Duke01 (@DukeBinary) effectively one 1/2 of Last Sons, about their long-rumored full-length debut to be produced by Uncommon Nasa. Merely separated by an ocean, Staten Island, NY-based producer/emcee, Uncommon Nasa, has been working with Nottingham, UK-bred Duke01 and his in-house DJ/turntablist, Furious P, since about 2014. Duke01's Steroid Stereo (Orange Edition) EP was released in collaboration with Nasa's Uncommon Records and features cuts throughout from Furious P. Now, nearly five years later, Last Sons & Uncommon Nasa have reunited for their aforementioned Steroid Stereo follow-up that's now being billed as Chekhov's Gun; a couple weeks ago, I received an early press advance of Last Sons' Chekhov's Gun and trust me, it's well worth the wait! Still about a month ahead of Chekhov's Gun's March 15th world-wide "street date," Uncommon Records & Last Sons unleashed the first proper "teaser" single from the 11-track album, "Champions." Duke01 & Furious P recruited New York songstress Barrie "Lobo" McLain, as well as Guillotine Crowns for the Experimental/Prog Hip-Hop-leaning track.
Now, the greater majority of you may not be all too familiar with the latter... but that's because "Champions" is, actually, their first on-record appearance together. Guillotine Crowns (@GuillotineCrown) consists of Chicago emcee Short Fuze & Uncommon Nasa himself, who have been earnestly working together since 2010's Lobotomy Music, but have just now given their collaborative efforts a proper nom de plume. Upon it's initial release last week, "Champions" was accompanied by a unique lyric-less "lyric" video, which conveniently labels each performer during their respective contributions; on-screen throughout "Champions"' nearly 4-minute duration, you'll continually see "SHORT FUZE," "GUILLOTINE CROWNS," "BARRIE MCLAIN," "UNCOMMON NASA," "FURIOUS P," "DUKE01," and "LAST SONS" imagery plastered across your computer screen. Last Sons' Chekhov's Gun Produced By: Uncommon Nasa is currently available to pre-order in vinyl, digital, and compact disc (CD) formats directly from Uncommon Records. Stay tuned to this very space for a comprehensive interview with Last Sons & Uncommon Nasa—and maybe, even a few special guests!—corresponding with Chekhov's Gun's impending 15 March, 2019 wide release on Uncommon Records.