Rap fans like to complain about how much we celebrate seemingly worthless 5-year anniversaries, but considering how fast things change these days, there’s always some reflection to be had. Back in 2010, Chicago producer Thelonious Martin was a bedroom beatmaker bombarding Bandcamp with his instrumentals. Today, he’s the production plug for guys like Curren$y and Joey Bada$$, and even has a studio album — 2014’s Wünderkid — under his belt.
Looking to “bring new fans to speed and to shed light on lost gems” — while also toasting to his recent triumphs, no doubt — Thelonious drops a surprise sequel to 2010’s Dusty Cartridges, one of his first instrumental tapes. Dusty Cartridges 2 is still steeped in Thelo’s soulful, Dilla and Madlib-inspired sound, but the project also uncovers his hidden talent for cooking up beats that’ll eat up your car speakers, especially his revamped versions of Future’s “Move That Dope” and “Fuck Up Some Commas.”
It’s fair to say his artwork game has come up, too.