Posts by jeffwbaird
Posted by jeffwbaird on November 19, 2013
It’s been almost two years since I first heard “Alan’s Right”, and was instantly made aware of the tremendous talent this man possesses. Sure, it’s extremely rare to find an artist (especially at his age) who has learned to expertly produce, mix, rap, sing, and write—but more so, it’s the fact that he has also managed to create a completely distinctive and unrepeatable sound. A sound that certainly was influenced by everything from indie singer-songwriters to underground hip-hop, yet it mimics nothing. With every new release I’m able to see the progress in his production, writing, and his ear—with each release more melodic, more honest, and deeper than the last. He’s been extremely hard at work this year creating what will be “The Revival” album, and today we receive the first release. It’s catchy, yet it resonates, and bares an amount of heart and maturity that we rarely see today. To classify him into any genre would be doing him a disservice, so just check out the song, and appreciate it for the engrossing music that it is.
Posted by jeffwbaird on November 13, 2013
Over the past few years of closely following the trajectories of upstart artists (rappers in particular), one of the most important characteristics of the more enduring artists I’ve found is their versatility. Dylan Owen has rightfully received a tremendous amount of praise since 2011′s Keep Your Friends Close, all synonymous with his innate ability to gratify a variety of listeners with equal ease: honesty-craving singer-songwriter fans, lyrically-focused hip-hop heads, punchline-loving partygoers. While his most recent release, “The Window Seat”, is what he’s best known for—the maturity of perspective, the resonance of his songwriting, the lasting substance—here he concocts a quick reminder that he, too, can playfully rap with the best of them. Reminiscent of the verse he premiered prior to our interview together a year ago, this track is punchline-heavy, and shows off his wittiness and love to play with language. A must listen, regardless of your preconceived genre-affiliations.
Posted by jeffwbaird on November 3, 2013
It’s Sunday again, and thus the always reliable Jitta is back with another edition of Studio Sundays, this time going over Meek Mill’s “Levels”, Kendrick & ScHoolboy’s “Collard Greens”, and Mike Will Made It’s “23″.
Posted by jeffwbaird on October 27, 2013
This week Jitta decided to switch up his proven formula of tackling some of the current industry highlights and takes us back to hip-hop’s roots through this track. Jitta lays a structured and crafty flow over some of the most iconic beats in hip-hop history, courtesy of DJ Premier. Enjoy the next round in this strong series of works from one of CT’s finest.
Posted by jeffwbaird on October 21, 2013
Jitta On The Track is back at it with his latest charismatic and punchline-laden freestyle. He’s got an energy that is really refreshing for hip-hop right now, and that keeps his sound engaging on just about any style of beat. Keep checking in every week for more from this CT rising star.
Posted by jeffwbaird on October 6, 2013
Jitta is back with the next installment of his Studio Sunday series, this time laying his charismatic, internal-rhyme-laden bars over a few recent mainstream gems (“Shabba”, “New Slaves”, and “Backseat Freestyle”). Jitta continues to show his consistency and development as an artist here, refining his flow and including more advanced rhyme-schemes within his raps. Hit him up on Twitter to request songs you’d like to hear him go in over next week.
Posted by jeffwbaird on October 1, 2013
This is an FNT-premiere for this talented Connecticut rapper, Jitta On The Track, who’s steadily been gaining buzz in the hip-hop world after his submission to the OurStage contest landed him on tour with Drake and J. Cole back in 2011. Here he flips Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail”, Travi$ Scott’s “Upper Echelon”, and Lil Wayne’s “Rich as Fuck” into a 3-minute verse that highlights his tremendous charisma and presence as an emcee. Every Sunday we’ll be partnering with Jitta to release an installment of this series, so stay tuned for more from this quickly-progressing young talent.