5 Reasons Why You Should Download...: War Machine II: "Hip-Hop Is Different Now. You Don't Have To Be From The East Or The West Coast, Or The South, To Have An Impact."

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 12:00AM

Written by Amber McKynzie for Tef Poe

[St. Louis MC, Tef Poe is bringing Midwest swang with his latest project, War Machine II. Guest spots from Killer Mike and Royce Da 5'9" color the album, and DJ Smallz and DJ Shure Fire assist with their unforgettable production. But you don't have to take our word for it because Tef has the 5 Reasons to download his EP, which drops today (6/5).]

1. Progressive Lyrics

I think it's good, progressive hip-hop. It's a different form of midwestern hip-hop. Coming from St. Louis, people have never really heard this form of music from St. Louis. Royce Da 5'9", Killer Mike, I-20 and the regular people I work with like Rocky Knuckles and Theresa Payne [are all featured on the album.]

2. Brains And...Talent

I don't think I'm too ugly. I think I'm a decent-looking dude on some level. There's plenty of ugly rappers doing they thing, so let me get a little bit of shine. [And], I'm pretty smart. My intelligence level is up there, and [I use it] when making good, wholesome music.

3. Midwest Swing

I don't necessarily believe in [using] the term 'real hip-hop,' because real can be whatever you're going through. To a person from Mississippi, whatever is real--like Soulja Boy is the realest thing they've heard. [This project] is another side of the coin, another option to listen to, versus everything else that's going on...Just give me a chance. I want to be a part of the new, cutting-edge music society. You got new artists coming out of Tennessee; coming out of North Carolina; coming out of Maine, out of nowhere. [So] give me a chance. Give me a chance to be a part of that new wave. Hip-hop is different now. You don't have to just be from the East or the West Coast, or the South, to have an impact.

4. Separation From Past Projects

The production is better. I've grown a lot; I've kind of gained some maturity, so I kind of knew exactly what I wanted to write about. I started realizing what shoes I wanted to fill in the marketplace--what type of person I want to be, [and] what type of moral implications I want to have in my music.

5. Music With A Message

I've learned how to talk about changing the world without preaching to people. I don't necessarily believe that I'm a conscious rapper--so I rap about whatever I want to rap about--but I put my actual life experiences [into it] and I believe that within itself makes it conscious.

You Decide. Will you give the kid a chance, and download Tef Poe's new project?

To download War Machine II, just click here.

SOHH/War Machine II Contest:

Want a chance to cop some War Machine gear to supplement the project? Here's what you gotta do:

1 - Follow @sohh and @sohhdotcom

2 - Beginning around 5 PM EST, check out SOHH's Twitter accounts for questions based on Tef Poe's five reasons you should check out War Machine II. Make sure when replying you include the hashtag #SOHH5 and @tefpoe in your response. G'luck!

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