Hip-Hop | DJ WHOO KID X TONY YAYO X WATCH THE DUCK – FROSTED LEAF

Posted by on October 22, 2014

For some reason I’ve been in a hip hop mood lately for no reason, and that must be cause good hip-hop is coming back, (ya’ll heard that new Meek Mill that dropped last night??!), but this latest by DJ Whoo Kid, Tony Yayo, and Watch The Duck “Frosted Leaf” is the perfect smoke up record, and you already know I’m going to be on that wave as soon as I get out of work. No lie this track is a must listen, this track bangs! Smoke up, toke up!

Albums, Featured, Hip-Hop | Logic – Under Pressure [Album Reflections]

Posted by on October 21, 2014

Where do I begin?

Exactly 1,163 days I received an email.  That email just so happened to be my first official introduction to Maryland hip-hop artist, Logic.  Described as a young, talented MC known for his lyrical prowess – I couldn’t have said it better myself - and fortunately for us, that’s still the same Logic we’re looking at today.  Since that introduction, Logic has been my favorite artist, period.  To call out a few – he’s genuine, personable, tenacious, confident, well spoken, and last but certainly not least, one BEAST of a rapper.  Preaching “peace, love & positivity” since the very start, he’s one artist who has stayed true to his message, through and through.  His story has undoubtably changed hundreds if not thousands of people’s lives for the better.  The craziest part is, Under Pressure is still just the beginning.

When asked what “Under Pressure” means to him, Logic responded,

“For me, it’s the duality of who I am. Being Bobby and being Logic, being under pressure personally in all the things that I go through in my life. Just as a regular dude, ’cause outside of music, there’s people who look at me like I’m not shit. I’m just little Bobby, dealing with the pressures from my family, where I come from. All that. Also, being in the rap game and just being under pressure to sell whatever you gotta sell.” [via XXL]

He’s right though – he’s the debonair “Young Sinatra” on the street, then he steps into the booth and all previous conceptions vanish. He embodies some form of legendary lyrical machine.  That to me is what separates Logic from much of his competition.

It’s clearly been a long time coming to deliver the album and as you’ll hear on “Growing Pains III”, he has recorded over 1,700 songs in the past 10 years, only 150+ of which have been released to date.  Under Pressure is far from a grab bag of records.  Carefully crafted, Logic and team have put countless hours into this album and I hope that after listening, you’ll recognize that.  The 12 tracks (15 on the Deluxe version) collectively paint a bigger picture.  As expected, the album is a very raw, personal look into Logic’s life, and more specifically his upbringing.  From family struggles to personal and musical accomplishments, you’ll truly understand the person behind the mic after listening to this album.

As if I haven’t already giving you enough of a reason to go buy the album, legendary producer No I.D. blessed it with his executive production.  I don’t mean to jump the gun, but typically anything he touches turns gold.  Then platinum.

“Conversations with No I.D
Who made hits with Ye, got hits with Jay
Now he wanna fuck around and make hits with me
If it’s meant to be, then it’s meant to be
Can’t express what that meant for me, what it mean to me
Man, I swear the shit like a dream to me, what it seemed to be” – Till The End [Track 12]

Last but not least, I want to once again give a shout out to the whole team at Visionary Music Group.  Logic’s in house producer, 6ix stepped up and destroyed the production on half of the album.  The rest of the team is too humble to take credit, but I thank you all for the work you’ve put in.  VMG is a blueprint for organic growth, keep at it boys (& girls?).

Without further adieu I suggest you GO GRAB BOTH DIGITAL VERSIONS on iTUNES and take a trip to your local record shop (or Best Buy, Walmart, Target, etc.) and clear out the shelves (if you can beat Henry to it)!!!  100k the first week!

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Hip-Hop | I.O.U. – Unless We Dance

Posted by on October 21, 2014

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My Jersey grown boys I.O.U. are back with a powerful track “Unless We Dance” which brings up that moment where you catch the eyesight of a gorgeous lady, wherever, and just like that, she walks off the bus, or crosses you on the sidewalk, and you’ll never know her name, or even have the chance to spend the rest of your life with that beautiful girl, and yeah Buck and Izee made a song about just that. If you’re in love, or crushing hard, this track will speak to you, it’s a must listen!

iTunes: I.O.U. – Unless We Dance

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Hip-Hop, Rap | Marc Goone – Mike Matheny

Posted by on October 20, 2014

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After an extended hiatus, Marc Goone has returned with bigger and badder plans for his take over. First single, “Mike Matheny”, is a song about bad decisions. Marc’s tongue-in-cheek type of writing style makes for a hilarious, weird, and unique song.

It’s been nearly a year since Marc has released any music, but it’s clear that he’s spent the time off honing his voice and prepping for this forthcoming album.

Enjoy, “Mike Matheny”, and check back in soon for more from Marc Goone.

Abstract Hip-Hop, Chill, Electro, Videos | Hozyboy – Woods

Posted by on October 20, 2014

Too be honest, this dude came out of nowhere. One minute I was aimlessly looking at nothing on the internet and the next I was the most stoked I’ve been in a while to say the least. At first it was just the music video, displayed above, that turnt me up. On my Reddit feed it read “VISUAL MINDBLOWING VIDEO & MUSIC”, “Wait for the watermelon to explode after the asian man plays the flute”, and “Cartoons, nature, and asian man, and a watermelon. Honey for your eyes” so I was intrigued – which he definitely wasn’t lying once I got to actually watching the music video. F****** brilliant. I was then so stoked off the music video that I found a SoundCloud link and clicked it instantly. Not only is “Woods” a vibing, feel good beat, his other compositions are crazy impressive as well. Hozy is 100% worth the look with other dope songs like “You Just Got Abducted by Some Turnt Up Aliens” and “Retro Heartbreak“; It’ll be exciting to see what this aspiring artist will come up with next.

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Hip-Hop, Rap | Pell – Wait On Me (ft. Dent May)

Posted by on October 10, 2014

The New Orleans emcee, Pell, has returned with his newest visual for “Wait On Me”. The video is put together well and Dent May compliments the chorus perfectly. The vibey sound makes it perfect to rock out alone to, or cruise around playing in the car.

Future projects are still undisclosed, but things appear to be heating up for Pell. With his melodic and soothing voice, it’s hard to imagine a world without his music infiltrating the airwaves.

Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out Pell’s live rendition of “Fresh Produce” here, and see his voice in action.

Hip-Hop, Mixtapes, Rap | Jon Waltz – Alyss (EP)

Posted by on October 10, 2014

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After numerous praise-worthy singles, the time has finally come for Jon Waltz’s full project. Accompanied by a unique story and visual representation, “Alyss”, proves to be an incredibly cohesive and well thought-out body of work.

In my mind, Waltz is still actively searching to find his voice, as well as his core audience. There are moments on the EP where one can hear obvious Drake influences, or perhaps the out layer of a Skizzy Mars shell that is shedding. That being said, Jon Waltz and “Alyss” speak to a very different group of people than both of the aforementioned artists.

For kids trying to find their place in the world, or young adults that simply like to question why things happen the way they do, “Alyss” is a must listen.