Hip Hop has been my culture for 30 years (since 87), and I know that real shit when I hear it. NILLA and Ghettosocks are a LETHAL combination. Incredible LP. Salute!
Favorite track: H.I.R..
“First & foremost - thank YOU for supporting this album, and for your patience. Special thanks & love to my family, friends – you know who you are. Your love & support means everything - I wouldn’t be here without each one of you. Much love & P.E.A.C.E. to my Bruvz - RaSoul & Testament, for blessing our track & always having my back! Huge thanks & love to Relic/Rel McCoy for the hilarious impressions & Skydiving with us! Mad love & respect to Timbuktu for steering the ship & keeping us laughing at all times. Tremendous love & thanks to Evul & the entire Droppin' Science family - a dream come true! Massive love to my UK fam - DJ Rumage & Ruztik Records, for connecting us with Mr. Fantastic & the AE Productions crew - so thankful to be working together! And last, but never least - to my partner in rhyme, Ghettosocks – nothing but eternal gratitude, love & respect for you, your unmatched artistry, & incredibly selfless dedication from day one. Thank you for saying yes.
Valkyrie is a voice for the Warrior. It is dedicated to those who have faced adversity, and been tested in life. For those courageous souls who push through to the end, prevailing against all odds. It is especially for those who feel like giving up. You will make it. You are powerful. Keep going. Surround yourself with the truth-sayers. Educate your minds, hearts and souls. Show love. Give love. Be love. Connect with all of our generations. Be strong. Be brave. Be real. And above all, remember - always stay true to yourself.
Much Love & Respect,
01 DISCOVERY (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
02 H.I.R. (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
03 SKYDIVE FT. REL MCCOY (G.Esmé, D.Pyper, M.Morley [SOCAN])
04 TRUSTOLEUM (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
05 WHOA MAN (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
06 THE SHARPER BLADE (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
07 WALK AWAY (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
08 DIAMOND MIND FT. GHETTOSOCKS (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
09 ANY GIVEN MOMENT FT. TESTAMENT & RASOUL (G.Esmé, D.Pyper, M. Jones, R. King [SOCAN])
10 COCONUT WATERS (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
11 THE ILLNESS (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
12 SUNSHOWERS (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
13 GYPSY CHILD (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
14 THROUGH THE DARK (G.Esmé, D.Pyper [SOCAN])
ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY NILLA (EXCEPT WHERE NOTED) ALL SONGS PRODUCED AND ARRANGED BY GHETTOSOCKS. ALL SONGS RECORDED AND MIXED BY TIMBUKTU AT FUN IN TORONTO, EXCEPT FOR REL MCCOY’S VOCALS ON SKYDIVE (RECORDED BY REL AT THE RESERVOIR IN TORONTO.) ALL SCRATCHES PERFORMED BY GHETTOSOCKS EXCEPT FOR GUEST SCRATCHES ON TRACKS 13 & 14 BY DJ IRATE. SPECIAL THANKS TO FRESH KILS AND THOMAS AMBIENT FOR ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION ON TRACKS 02 & 08, AND 03,08 & 13 RESPECTIVELY. ALL SONGS MASTERED BY DORC IN TORONTO. ARTWORK & DESIGN BY GHETTOSOCKS.
This album was made possible in part by the Ontario Arts Council granting programs. Many thanks to the OAC for their support of this project.
“NiLLa (aka Galyn Esmé) a Canadian hip-hop emcee and producer, combines conscious lyrics with catchy hooks effortlessly,
smoothly rapping and singing her way over synapse snapping beats - most of which she produced herself...a fresh influence in a hip hop genre polluted with bling, misogyny, and superficiality, she is a voice for the underdog, and will never be satisfied with the status quo." -BIK...more