A mainstay in the underground hip-hop landscape for the past 10 years, 7L & Esoteric shift gears with their 4th LP of brand new material entitled “A New Dope.” Just as the indie community has come to embace the aesthetic of an M.I.A. or Dizzee Rascal, “A New Dope” will similarly strike a chord with both 7L & Esoteric’s loyal Hip Hop fan base as well as the discerning indie/rock tastemaker. As one of the premiere emcee and producer duos in underground hip-hop, “A New Dope” infuses a fresh stylistic sensibility into 7L & Esoteric’s distinctive brand of hip-hop, resulting in an album that is as creatively ambitious as it is palatable to the broader indie consumer.
By: Ice Guerilla
A New Dope is a bold move for Boston rap stalwarts 7L & Esoteric, a rap group up to this point content with their “golden age” boom-bap sound. The duo’s newest release is a drastic change from what has come before, as the emcee and producer literally break apart their established sound and start from the ground up. Esoteric alters his classic sound with drastic shifts in tone and tempo from what we’ve heard before. Coupled with 7L’s eclectic beat array, A New Dope is the epitome of rap progression.