TRACK PREMIERE: BIG TONE + HOUSE SHOES “NO GUEST LIST” (FT. QUELLE CHRIS)
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Big Shoes is the new album by Detroit hip-hop eminence Big Tone and L.A./Detroit figure House Shoes, and together they stand up a silhouette gigantic enough to cover half the country. Shoes produced every track here while Big Tone leads a top-notch roster of featurees, and it’s set for June 7 release on Shoes’ Street Corner Music. (Pre-order here.) As the title suggests, it’s a meditation on legacy, and what it means to honor the past while still working to build a worthy future. Like you’d expect, it’s a deep and complex album, and “No Guest List” is a stand-out track.
“No Guest List” connects Big Tone’s characteristically sophisticated lyrics to a slow-burn beat, humming and thrumming in the background like some highly complex million-dollar piece of industrial machinery that could explode if it wasn’t constantly under expert control. Put too simply, “No Guest List” digs into relationships between creativity and community, art and life, image and reality and more, but in four minutes Tone and guest Quelle Chris (whose recent Guns album is coming into focus as one of his finest works yet) create a track bristling with insight and experience. This is a song that’s set to go the distance, if you’ve got the psychological stamina to keep up. Says Big Tone: ““There are supporters, and there are leeches, without much of a grey area. Support art, and support your community. Anything less is uncivilized.”
Adds Quelle Chris: “I can say this with no shame or ‘no cap’ as the yoot says these days. EVERYTHING I make has a dash of Anthony Large [Big Tone] in it. He was part of my introduction to rap as a reality and not just a tool for entertainment. And he and Shoes are a huge part of the artist and man I am today. So when I was asked to join the VIP on ‘No Guest List’ the honor and pleasure was all mine. Family first and forever.”
Get fitted for Big Shoes here—full tracklist with features below.
2. High Velocity Pt 1 & 2
3. From My Mouth to Gods Ears
4. King Shit ft. Denmark Vessey & MoSel
5. Exodus (Fly Away)
6. No Gust List ft. Quelle Chris
8. 8th Day ft. Ta’Raach & 87
9. Most OF Us
10. Haze ft. Jimetta Rose
11. Beautiful Mind ft. Blu
12. True Story