Written By: RayTrill Harvey
HE$H, Joey Verrando, popped up on the bass music circuit with heat. The first time I heard Joey’s music I looked him up and after seeing a picture of him in a Swisha house Tee, immediately new he was going to get the whole south behind him if he kept doing what he was doing. HE$H has a signature style that brings something so unique and so welcome to bass music, Riddim in particular.
HE$H just dropped a new EP at the end of August 2018 and as someone born and raised in the great state of Texas, this EP is a fucking treasure. The cover alone is like some throwback 90’s mixtape art someone would hand you while hustlin’ outside Greenspoint mall. It really sets the tone for what is a down south influenced, hip hop & dubstep fusion.
HE$H comes out swinging with “Bout My Guap”, a heavy hitting track that is sure to start mosh pits and cause necks to snap. Sounds almost like he sampled Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho”, in between the drops from the infamous shower stabbing scene. Starting off the EP with this track was the perfect choice for the South Dallas producer, it set the expectations high for the rest of the tracklist and HE$H delivers.
The 2nd track on the EP, “Mike Tyson”, samples “Chunk Up The Duece” a Houston classic that embodies the a culture of Houston Rap that dominated the rap scene at one point and influenced countless artists to come. This track unifies Texas screwed up rap and bass music of the modern era. Joey switches gears effortlessly through the songs entirety and mends slow hip hop with high energy dubstep. The sample of Three 6 Mafia’s, “Sippin on Some Syrup.” is the icing on the cake for this well produced track.
“Push Me” is a massive track with a drop that takes you from 0 from 100 and is by far one of the hardest tracks on the EP. HE$H & Al Ross do damage on this one, songs like this make you want to riot and throw bodies in the club. The chorus, a sample of Tupac from “Hail Mary” is such a nice touch, the hook gets you hyped up and makes you feel like doing some real G shit. The perfect finishing touch was the “Push Me” sample from Benny Benassi, props to whoever’s contribution that was.
The 4th track, “Robbin” featuring 2fac3d, continues on with the practice of binding samples of Southern Rap music; Joey gives respect to the state of Texas again with a Pimp C sample from “Draped Up & Dripped Out” right before the drop hits. It’s the type of music that makes you feel like a real one just off ear consumption.
“Hit A Lick” closes out a phenomenal EP like a boss. HE$H has a very signature sound and he coerces it into this track in a way that differs from the other tracks but this EP is definitely one of the hardest on here and had me and my videographer turning up in the studio when it dropped. The way he manipulated the sound, it reminds me of a machine gun blasting off rounds. I had to ask Joey who he sampled here so if you’re curious it’s, Lord Infamous & Tommy Wright III – 666. This is probably my favorite track on the EP.
We give HE$H’s EP a 10/10, the young producer is showing out on this and gunning for the top spot in this genre.
Check Out The EP Below