DOWNLOAD: Has-Lo - Utero + Black Rose (GumShoe Remix)
Some MCs are inspired by other MCs—but based on "Black Rose (GumShoe Remix)," Has-Lo seems to be the first MC who is inspired by Dashiell Hammett. A black yarn of seduction, opulent ballrooms, stern detectives, and seedy underbellys, Culture I's remix of Has-Lo's narrative is like a four-minute potboiler-on-tape. The beat's skipping acoustic guitar and polished drum beat provide a straightforward backdrop for Has-Lo's immersive and intricate story, all the more embroiling because of Has-Lo's deep, relaxed flow. Has-Lo has a Tumblr as well as a new album, In Case I Don't Make It, coming out March 29th (Tuesday). For a taste of what the album will sound like, check out "Utero," where Has-Lo ditches Double Indemnity for The Shining. At under two minutes, it's the Donuts approach to horror-themed rap music.