Axel Roley: Tha City of Gahd

(self-released)
If the newest from Axel Roley doesn’t get you hyped at least a little, I’m not sure what will. A tribute to Ali, Roley loads his instrumental beats with the kind of regal sounds that you would attribute to the greatest of all time. There are the requisite samples of Ali talking, proclaiming his excellence in all things, and it still rings true. In fact, in a lot of ways, it qualifies Roley’s tunes even more, adding that extra kick to already righteous tracks. Generally speaking, J Dilla or Mad Lib heavily influence the production with jazz and soul sounds figuring heavy into the sonic tapestry that he weaves.