Posted by jeffwbaird on February 23, 2014
I’m all for self-expression, but the extent to which under-and-post-grads have begun chasing down full-time careers in hip-hop is concerning. It seems to signify the misconception that attaining a lucrative presence in the genre comes with ease; you don’t need to know music theory, don’t need to be able to play an instrument, and don’t really even need a good singing voice, though it certainly helps your versatility and is more appealing in this post-So Far Gone era of hip-hop. Thus, for those who like to write and like the idea of stardom and like the idea of feeding their egos, hip-hop seems like a relatively simple and satisfying career aspiration. It helps, too, that this is 2014 and gangsta rap is no longer the forefront of the genre. We’ve reached a time when there is no defined rapper aesthetic, when Sammy Adams is as equally recognizable as an emcee as Bun B. This is all to say that every day bloggers around the country have their inboxes stocked with thoroughly uninspired rap. Rap that at least attempts to replicate the sounds and flows of what already exists on the radio, as if recycling Big Sean’s flow from “All Me” guarantees radio placement.
This is why it’s so exciting to receive a record like S.E.I.S. It’s surprisingly easy when you listen to an album to tell if the artist enjoyed making it, and whether its sound is genuine and authentic. When that is the case, it’s that much more fun to digest, and it doesn’t make you question the artist’s goals. If the passion is there, they’re not only more likely to do the work necessary to become a success to the extent of a Macklemore or Logic or Hoodie Allen — which is really hard — but also that probably doesn’t even matter to them. It’s art, it’s their passion, and the unlikelihood of acceptance shouldn’t hold them back — the same way that the low acceptance rate at top law schools doesn’t keep hopefuls from applying in bulk. Maxxx Flair, an NYC native, was first featured on FNT in 2012 with “Forever Dope”, and while he was already a budding emcee at the time, his progression as a lyricist and technical rapper is immediately made clear from the first few bars of the intro. Fueled by a solid selection of lively, hard-hitting beats, Maxxx shines over this set of seven tracks, showcasing his finesse with cadence, wide range of flows, and strong attention-to-detail as a writer. Accompanying the mixtape is the video for the first single, “F@#K !t”, produced by 52 Kings, which you can find below. If you take a chance on one new rapper this week, let it be him.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on January 6, 2014
The Peachy Playlisters are back yet again, this time to ring in the new year with the most thugged-out, racked-up mix you have ever heard. Filled to the brim with 42 certified bangers, this playlist is great for the car, the hood, the kitchen, etc.
If you are a fan of: Travi$ Scott, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill or Kendrick Lamar chances are that you will be a fan of this playlist. However, I can’t promise anything so you’re going to have to give a listen for yourself and tell me what you think. Now I could bore you with how this playlist is going to blow your eardrums out and make you want to go rob a Hallmark store with your grandma, but I won’t.
So folks, enjoy, and see you soon.
Posted by J-Tiffy on December 23, 2013
One cool thing that happened to me this year was that I got hired on to write for FNT. I have followed this website for years and it has led me to mountains of great music. I’m glad that I now have the opportunity to share music with the website. This year I became a bigger fan of mixes; I love to see what artists can do when given an extended period of time within which they can be creative. Below is the list of 10 mixes that I liked the most from this past year, with some other mixes mentioned at the end that didn’t make this list based on who knows what. The list is more or less ranked in order, with mix #1 definitely being my favourite. If you don’t want to listen to all of the mixes, and don’t care what I have to say about them, then skip ahead and at least listen to the number 1 mix – Space Jams by The M Machine (hence the above, cool picture of those guys). Thanks for supporting the website by visiting it, thanks for supporting artists and their music, and thanks for reading our posts.
Posted by yabishcic on December 18, 2013
Presented to me as “steaze from two steazy canadians”, here’s some really fresh hip hop for y’all getting sick of your day to day music. A duo from Edmonton, Canada, the two really know how to pick them. It was all in the instrumentals that really caught my attention, using beats from RJD2, Atu, Carmack, Vanilla, Moods & even more than that?!?! It was too good to be true. The mixtape features a unique array of songs, ranging from slappers to mellow-mooded melodies with original lyrics to reflect on. Download Ctrl + Alt + Del here for FREE.
Posted by VMan on December 16, 2013
Everytime I check up on Rockwell Knuckles he has something new, and today he released the “David Ruffin Theory,” a collaborative mixtape with Tef Poe, and you shouldn’t sleep on it. From being songwriters, lyricists, and entertainers, Rockwell and Tef can do it all, and showcase this on their project with witty hooks, dope flows, and epic beats. I’m still on my first play of the mixtape, and I’m loving it so far, ya’ll should check out the visuals for the lead single “Head Full Of Smoke.” I sincerely hope we see more of these 2 in 2014, they deserve it, only a matter of time till they get a radio hit! This is a must listen and download the mixtape for free!
Free Download: Tef Poe & Rockwell Knuckles – David Ruffin Theory
Posted by yabishcic on October 16, 2013
I wasn’t born into the Bay Life, nor did I even know about it until living in San Francisco for some time. But being a music fanatic has really turned me onto the hyphy music that the Bay Area has to offer. Most people are completely oblivious to the deep-based, heavy hi-hatted beats that most rappers in California love on the low. If you’re a fan of Bay music, well then here’s a mixtape to function to. Including a mix of BIG headliners, League of Starz comes with nothing but bangers with all your favorite artists from Young California. If you are not familiar yet the League, it’s a family of Southern California producers responsible for a lot of your favorite party hits in the last couple of years. The project features 2 Chainz, Tyga, IAMSU, Problem, Clyde Carson, and has co-signs from Snoop Dogg, E-40, and a DJ Amen. Californian’s will know exactly what I’m talking about – for everyone else, take notes. This is the future of party music.
Luckily, this project is FREE FREE FREE. Go to the download here.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on October 12, 2013
Now that the blogosphere has had time to recover from the massive shockwave that hit it upon the release of #INNANETAPE, I figured it was time to give my spin on things.
The tape starts with a sound reminiscent of Kids These Days, a live drum drum pattern and the screech of an electric guitar. However, the former KTD frontman does not play it safe by any means and is constantly pushing sound boundaries throughout the tape. Mensa calls on board fellow Chi-town representatives, Rockie Fresh, Chance the Rapper, and BJ The Chicago Kid to add some Midwest flare to the tape, as well as TDE conglomerate, Ab-Soul.
From top to bottom this project is one of my favorites of the year so far. Check out the stand-out tracks, “Orange Soda”, “Hollywood, LA”, “Holy Holy”, and “YNSP”, but be sure to give the full tape a listen!