Colorado-based rising rappers Teoifolis & Malachi J have been putting in major work the past year since their inceptions into the market as current members of well-known rap collective, AP. Known for their innovative flows and versatile vocal deliveries, both artists have been a driving force in the Colorado Hip Hop scene and directly demonstrate their impact with their newest collab album Malachi On Mars.
This 10-track juggernaut is the perfect exercise in getting to know both artists as not only a collective, but individually as well. Teoifolis has been in the game as a writer/producer and artist for the last decade while Malachi J emerged onto the market around three years ago. But regardless of how long each rapper has been grinding, their collaborative efforts on this record are next-level, multifaceted and really set the bar even higher for the independent Rap spectrum. One notable track on this album is opener “Unstoppable”, a song that easily lives up to its name. Malachi J immediately explodes onto the track with an aggressive flow that is persistent, consistent and cleverly executed; putting together a verse of solid bars that deliver a story telling method that easily resonates with any fan of the genre. Teoifolis jumps in on the next verse and diligently compliments the heat that Malachi J just served up, but still brings his own spin and innovative flavors to the table. Both rappers present a fast-paced delivery on this song and their cohesive connection as collaborators are very present from start to finish on this banger.
Another honorable mention on this record is “42 Days”. A track with a little more subtlety from its predecessor but still delivers equal heat. This time both rappers tag team the same verse and you can really hear their individual versatility as the track plays out. The hypnotic beat on this song brings a hauntingly ominous aura to the forefront, giving each rapper proper direction for their overall vocal delivery and the coherent word-flow that both distinctively serve up. It’s a follow up track that explores new angles for both rappers but still keeps a consistent path for them as well, building on the solid foundation that has already been put forward since the opening track.
One more notable track on this record (and personal favorite) is the piano-based hypnotic flavors of “Wine For Me”. Once again utilizing a visceral storytelling technique that casts an effective spotlight on both rappers both individually and collectively. This one has a chorus that will stick with you for days. The beat on this one implements an almost R&B feel, but conjures up more of an old school sensibility that truly gives the song charm and character that goes far beyond the average Hip Hop approach. Several new crucial angles are explored through both verses, and the catchiness of the chorus wraps the song up with a shiny ribbon in a way that makes it a standout of its calibre altogether. If you’re cruising with your girl, this banger serves up the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable night. It’s definitely one of the next-level highlights of this album and will easily win over any fan of the Hip Hop world no matter what era they come from.
Overall, Teoifolis & Malachi J serve up several tasty flavors on this record and never leave you hearing the same thing twice. It’s not a one-trick-pony record by any means and both rappers utilize different crucial word flow styles in each song, demonstrating several angles of their talent, versatility and multifaceted approach altogether. Malachi On Mars has that insatiable staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s also a record that will easily entice you to do a deeper dive into both rapper’s’ discographies and careers altogether. This is an absolute must-hear in 2023 for any avid Hip Hop fan; it’s truly a record that raised the bar for the independent artist circuit.
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