Posts by Grubeats
Posted by Grubeats on May 27, 2016
Sometimes you hear an artist and are 7-seconds into the first song, you’re on to the next. Sometimes you hear an artist for the first time and are instantly drawn in. Whether it be the beat, their flow, the lyrics or the message, sometimes you just get that feeling you found something special. A few years back I stumbled across STNDRD, a hip-hop duo out of Hotlanta. Kelechi & Phay, two very talented artists were the talent behind the label. They were clearly motivated (as I quickly confirmed after seeing and hearing “We Want It All“). They were cultured and proud of their diverse backgrounds. They were confident, fun, and full of energy. Most importantly, they could RAP.
Fast forward 2 1/2 years, both artists are still representing STNDRD, but pursuing parallel solo careers. Kelechi was the recipient of $50k after being recognized as the winner of Green Label Sound’s “Open Call” contest. Identified as one of the next talents on the brink of explosion, Kelechief invested that nickel lump right back into his debut album, Before The Quarter. Making valuable industry connections and cosigns along the way, Kelechi has been earning his key and building bridges along the way. “Before the Quarter” is Kelechi’s breakout. 10 tracks, from raw to delicate, Chief flexes appropriately, but never lacks a message. Enjoy the album stream and cop your own copy on iTunes if those first 7-seconds hit you like they hit me.
Posted by Grubeats on November 12, 2015
Searching For Sylvan, but were his dreams truly coming true or was he becoming just another victim of the rap game?
Returning this week with his first single, “The Watcher 3” – a follow up to Jay-Z’s “The Watcher 2” – after a full year hiatus, Cue shows no signs of needing a tune-up. He’s back and he’s motivated more than ever. Featuring production from Sylvan’s in house production team, Linzi Jai & Wishlade, The Marvels fire off a beat that sounds like something JP from Grandma’s Boy might have cooked up. FIRE. Wasting no time calling it how he sees it, Sylvan opens the record with a powerful statement;
What should I do for a living n*gga?
What should I eat for a living n*gga?
That’s how I live for a living n*gga
Well, in case you’re still wondering how the music industry works for many up and coming hip-hop artists, listen closely and you’ll have a pretty clear idea. Fortunately for us, Cue has his head balanced and is not going to fall into a one-and-done industry trap that eats so many artists alive. Far From Familiar coming soon, Wise Up.
Posted by Grubeats on September 24, 2015
Fresh off the release of their major label LP, Just For Fun, Timeflies have some fun on a private jet and remix their lead single, “Worst Things Than Love”. Deservingly so, Cal and Rez pop bottles while they travel from city to city on their fall tour. I mean, how can you blame the guys when they debuted with a top 10 album and remain in the top 30 on iTunes? Packed with hits, jams, and mellowed out vibe tunes, the fellas collect features from pop stars Natalie La Rose & X-Factor Star, Carly Rose Sonenclar but it’s really the in house talent that shines on this project.
Purchase on iTunes: Timeflies – Just For Fun
Grab Tour Tickets here
Posted by Grubeats on August 22, 2015
After dropping a remix cover of arguably the hottest song in the country – The Weeknd’s, “Can’t Feel My Face” – Timeflies turns back the dial for their newest single, “Stuck With Me”. Cal slows down the pace for a heartfelt love song of conviction to his “better half”. You know this is going to be a lighters-up-acoustic-sing-along if you catch Cal and Rez on the Just For Fun tour this fall. Grab tickets to a venue near you and preorder their LP “Just For Fun”!
Posted by Grubeats on July 21, 2015
On the verge of infecting radio stations all across the nation, Timeflies make a fashionable video debut with their lead single, “Worst Things Than Love”. On Monday, Cal, Rez, and hundreds of the Timeflies army congregated in the heart of NYC for the premier of this video on the Times Square big screen. For those not fortunate enough to catch the live acoustic performance and video debut, you’ll have to settle for the HD version which landed on Youtube earlier today. From dog chases, to awkward encounters with street clowns, to stumbling into the beautiful Natalie La Rose in the park, this record has all the ingredients for success. To complete the Timeflies trifecta, grab the single on iTunes, share the video, and scoop up tour tickets while they’re still available – Cal and Rez hit the road October 1st so don’t wait!
Posted by Grubeats on July 15, 2015
Staying true to the theme of their upcoming Tour, Timeflies spin Don McLean’s classic jam, American Pie, just for fun. While Rez did his thing sampling the original, Cal borrows verses from Em & Jay then strings together a free verse of his own to complete the track. The tour will kick off on October 1st in North Hampton, MA and touch down in a total of 22 cities across the nation. It’s no question you’ll experience a one of a kind live performance, but will we see a cameo from Natalie La Rose anywhere along the way? Either way, cop their newest single featuring Natalie below & your tour tickets HERE!
Purchase on iTunes: Timeflies – Worse Things Than Love ft. Natalie La Rose
Posted by Grubeats on January 29, 2015
A musicians presence behind a camera can often make or break their music. Brooklyn based MC, OnCue, has always taken pride in crafting unique, original, authentic music videos to complement his everlasting sound. From the stop-motion laced “Way Too Far” to Cuey Nuts and milk showers in “Cereal” to the hazy “New Religion” video featuring Just Blaze & cardboard Dorothy, OnCue always delivers something fresh and innovative.
In support of his debut album, Angry Young Man, Cuey released the official music video for his most recent single, “No Way” just yesterday. In true Cuey form, him and director Hunter Lyon (side-note: follow this kid, he’s super talented with the camera) cook up a video like none of us have ever seen before. Honestly, I’m still trying to my mind around the logistics that went into making this work. Superimposing himself on some of the internet/Reddit’s hottest stories – Bieber getting his paparazzi rage on, Zombie turtle lover kid, the creeper who interrupted a live newscast – & several more, Cue shows us why he’s not gonna stop ’til he gets it. Fortunately for us, someone over at Buzzfeed has already aggregated the memes used in this video into one post so you can relive them all over and over and over and over again. Be sure to show love to Cuey & Hunter for this work of art!