This year, Long Island synth wizards Small Black toured with Cults. They met Heems of Das Racist on the road, at a shitty bar in New Orleans. Back in New York over the summer, the guys hung out in the studio. Heems freestyled his “Two Rivers” verse. It’s chamomile mellow. With a loose, honeyed mouth he raps about a bleary morning at his mom’s house in Jackson Heights. Behind him, Small Black’s usually jagged drums roll easy and Small Black’s Josh Kolenik sings of riding in a taxi for too long, wearing headphones. Small Black’s Moon Killer mixtape, featuring a couple more Heems verses, drops November 11th. A full LP is due in 2012.
Download: Small Black f. Heems, “Two Rivers”