D.C. rapper Doe Cigapom doesn't like the city's changing demographics: "The hell is a Columbia Heights. All I remember is 14th Street, man!" a male voice exclaims on CagedBirds, Cigapom's new collaborative EP with producer Soulful!. (Set aside the fact that the neighborhood was called Columbia Heights long before gentrification took hold.) A few seconds later: [...]
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Virginia producer Soulful! is relatively young, but his musical tastes are mature: Last year's Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks sampled extensively from '70s blaxploitation flicks and dusty grooves.
Elsewhere, his compositions are heavy on nostalgic boom bap. His instrumental for Lyriciss' "Get It and Go"—flutes, guitar chops, driving percussion—was as lively as the MC.