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Qwel & Maker

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Chicago, United States (2004 – present)

Qwel (of Typical Cats) & Maker (of Glue) creative partnership has gone from ‘occcasional collaboration’ to a full-fledged endeavor and the results are loud, clear, and undeniable.

Qwel & Maker reunite for the highly anticipated and long overdue sophomore album, So Be It on Galapagos4. The album’s grimy soundscape and hard hitting drums make it the perfect ending for Qwel’s four seasons project, which began with Qwel & Maker’s 2004 classic, The Harvest. Maker’s production on So Be It masterfully captures both the blazing and sometimes overwhelming heart of the summer and the cool relief of a summer night. The hypnotizing beats provide for a roller coaster of emotions and wide range of topics while staying true to a much larger overall theme. Whether pondering hope and love or drug addictions and authority, Qwel amazingly accentuates the provided backdrop with flows ranging from rapid fire to melancholy and hazy. Those expecting the fluff and filler so prevalent in modern hip hop will surely sit in disappointment. So Be It.

Once described by Rolling Stone as having “stark, biographical songs that occupy the same bleak terrain as Francis Bacon paintings or The Dark Knight,” the Chicago-based duo has matured substantially since the release of their 2009 sophomore album, So Be It, and continually raise the bar with their brand of raw, unadulterated, underground Hip-Hop.

The Owl watches and grows wiser,” explains Maker. “As we became more aware of our environment, we gained new perspectives. This album is our way of reconnecting with everything that surrounds us.”

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  • Yeah_Brah

    Actually I take that back....it's definitely hip-hop album of 2013.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Yeah_Brah

    v same here and if not the best, top 5 for sure. Now let's hope that there will be a new Typical Cats album too.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    Beautiful Raw may be my favorite of the year, hip hop-wise.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MACHAKW

    skill level is high brehs

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    They deserve another shout.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • son-of-hiphop

    heard today first time their music , im really impressed .

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • enokoner

    Beautiful Raw is early 2000s worthy. Kickstarter may save hip-hop.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Keitsan

    New album is holy shit good

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • Yeah_Brah

    My favorite Qwel collaboration (not counting Typical Cats here). All 3 albums are great.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zhitkovkostya

    flow is really amazing! "the game" <3

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • x-icE_

    heavily underrated.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • GenghisRex

    @The_Wirftgu completely agree, perfect tandem.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • GenghisRex

    Beastly.

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • mattavocado

    So far from what i've heard it's fucking fantastic but So Be It > The Harvest production wise... but The harvest was really fucking great too

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • SkaOner

    dope, saw them when primo came in france ;)

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • electro16

    OWL is dope as fuck. I loved the raw intensity and wordplay of TC era Qwel, but this is just incredible. The production, the lyrics, it blows my mind.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • HelleNiC-TerrOr

    dope album :-)

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • itsjeffy

    Owl

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • dukeleeto

    yeah owl had some really nice beats, i always thought Qwel was a nice emcee, in small bursts perhaps :D

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ckypissdrunk

    The beats don't do it for me on the albums and Qwel gets a bit boring as all 3 albums go on. Good though.

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
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