Manhattan MC PremRock has worked with several Thoughts on Tracks favorites over the last couple years, including billy woods, Open Mike Eagle, and Blockhead. His album with Backwoodz Studioz in house producer Willie Green titled PremRock & Willie Green was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and it got an excellent remix treatment featuring an all-star cast of underground producers that was released earlier this year. An excellent live performer and freestyler, PremRock has proven he has studio skills and work ethic that should keep him relevant for years to come.
His new single “Step Right Up” is the first from his new conceptual project entitled Mark’s Wild Years. The entire album is inspired by the music of Tom Waits, but “Step Right Up” is an interpretation of a Tom Waits song of the same name. The timely song sarcastically warns of the angles and dangers of rampant consumerism right before we kick into the season. PremRock does a great job of capturing the feel of the Waits original and has me especially excited for this project. Download the single below and hear why PremRock is one of the most talented young rappers around.
Written by John Bugbee