Logic – Under Pressure
Posted by Grubeats on September 15, 2014
I’m lost for words. I’ve been playing this moment out in my head for years, forecasting scenarios and making predictions on Logic’s debut. “Is Logic ever going to let me buy a song? What will the first single sound like? Who’s going to produce it? What will it be called? When will the album drop?” …I could go on and on but I’ll spare you. I’ll continue to play out new scenarios in my head, but what is boils down to is this. LOGIC IS OFFICIALLY ON ITUNES AND HIS DEBUT ALBUM, UNDER PRESSURE, WILL HIT BOX STORE SHELVES & DIGITAL STORES ON 10/21!! Not only is his debut self titled single crack, but he produced it himself. Put your seat belts on kids, the ride has officially begun. #UnderPressure
Purchase on iTunes: Logic – Under Pressure [Prod. by Logic]
Timeflies Tuesday – Rather Be
Posted by Grubeats on September 14, 2014
Cal and Rez may not always outdo the original artist’s work on any given Timeflies Tuesday episode, but their ability to cover and remix such a diverse blend of genre’s is unsurpassed by few. This week they rolled through yet another viral hit, “Rather Be” from Clean Bandit x Jess Glynne’s. Rock on and grab tickets to see these Timeflies live this fall/winter!
Jon Bellion – Carry Your Throne
Posted by Grubeats on September 11, 2014
Wait, this is all for a free album? F-R-E-E. Seriously though, Jon Bellion is making lazy artists on major labels look SILLY. He’s single handedly carving his niche in this industry and independently putting more work into one video than a lot of artists put into an entire project. Thought, creativity, collaboration, talent, a tenacious hunger to innovate, and an immaculate focus contribute to the art which was gifted to us today.
“The record was produced and recorded in an actual castle cathedral in France. Live orchestration and all,” Bellion tells Complex. “Me and award-winning country producer Chris DeStefano looked at each other after the final playback and just hysterically laughed for about an hour. We knew how progressive and incredible this shit was.” [via Complex]
If you thought “Simple and Sweet” was cinematic, you might lose your pants when you watch this. Sonically, I’m not sure there is any other artist in the business consistently delivering music of this caliber – mainstream or indie. Channeling a combination of his inner Wolverine and Kanye West, Bellion rocks his heart out for the girl of his dreams. No, I don’t think you understand, he’s going to war for this girl. The creative direction, the lighting, the angles, the scenery, the tone, the wolves – everything was on point. This marks the last release before Jon’s FREE album, The Definition, which drops on 9/23. I’m hoping all of you will accept my recommendation to add it to your library when it comes time.
Timeflies Tuesday – All About That Bass
Posted by Grubeats on September 2, 2014
I’m not going to lie, the original by Meghan Trainor freaked me out a little. Nicki Minaj and Adele had a child and she grew up to be Meghan Trainor. Don’t get me wrong, the girl has talent, but all the pink, the children’s doll houses, and the Israel Kamakawiwo?ole look alike doing a split turned me off. With that being said, Cal and Rez have brought this back for me in this weeks installment of TFT. Take away all the things I mentioned, and beef up the production, you’ve got a hit.
After Hours Tour Tickets: http://www.timefliesmusic.com/shows
QuESt – Searching Sylvan
Posted by Grubeats on September 2, 2014
There are mixtapes and there are albums. Although Searching Sylvan is available as a free download, I hesitate in calling it a mixtape. It’s too complete, too cohesive, too deep, too polished, & too original to be called anything but an album. This, my friends, is a comprehensive work of art. Miami native, QuESt, has supplied the magnifying glass and opened his front door. Encouraging us not to download the project, but to listen to his story, Q’s genuine appreciation for his fans and his music is a true sign of his character.
You hear it often, but this is honestly one of those records that you have to listen to from start to finish – at least the first few times through. There are tracks for every occasion, but to fully understand QuESt’s story, as a fan, I ask you press play and don’t next until the conclusion of “May 10, 2012″. Then you should press play, again.
There are countless quotable’s throughout this project, but the second half of “Automatic” exemplifies to me what this story is all about. The below is just a bite and even that doesn’t fully grasp the message he’s putting forward.
“Aspirations, responsibilities, caught between them I’m torn
Tug of war with both of my arms
Strategize the cards that I’ve drawn”
There are life lessons, struggles, successes, high highs and low lows, and most importantly an endless hunger heard through and through. It’s still too early for me to pick favorites but the few that stuck out during my first listen through; “Biscayne Blvd”, “Make It Out Alive” (…YesQuEStCanSing), “Automatic”, “Erase Me”, “Hunger”, “Struggle Rapper”, “Jon Bellions One Way To San Diego (Outro)”, & “May 10, 2012″. Shit, well that really narrows it down doesn’t it? Rather than listening to me, head over to SearchingSylvan.com for a track-by-track breakdown by Sylvan himself! There is no weak link in this 17-song masterpiece.
Production credits belong to the entire VMG roster along with Q’s in house producers, The Marvels, the homie OB, as well as other very talented beat scientists. First and foremost, 6ix, who is said to be one of QuESt’s biggest fans, is as committed to succeeding with QuESt as anyone else out there. They continue to grow and together create beautiful music. We’ve heard what Logic and 6ix can cook up together, now is our chance to hear what 6ix can do with QuESt. Feed them hot sauce with their Chipotle and hell, you’ve got bangers like “Hunger” and “Automatic” – two of my favorite songs of the year. Next is Q’s in house producers, The Marvels, who clearly know him as an artist and can craft their work to his liking. From start to finish, these guys put it on. Another one that may have caught some of you by surprise is Visionary’s own, Logic. For the avid listener, we know Logic can produce and can produce well. He’s working hard at improving this aspect of his game and his work on “Biscayne Blvd” and “No Love In The City” attribute directly to that. And don’t let me forget OB, a resident VMG contributor.
Without further adieu, I present to you QuESt’s “Searching Sylvan”. One of the best collections of music you’ll hear this year.
Extra credit reading: “5 Things to Know About Searching Sylvan” by the good people over at The Redefined.
Free Download: QuESt – Searching Sylvan [Mixtape/Free Album]
Jon Bellion – Luxury ft. Audra Mae
Posted by Grubeats on September 2, 2014
Coming off his last abstract visual production, “Simple and Sweet”, Jon Bellion returns with a track which counters his first single, “Munny Right”. It brings me back to my middle school days when I would thrash on my trumpet. The sweet sound of brass…that hardly ever came out of my instrument, but that’s besides the point. Stringing together an anthem-esque production over slightly deeper, slightly raspy verses & the signature JB hook sound. The OKC folk singer (previously recognizable from Avicii’s “Addicted to You”), Audra Mae, lends her powerful vocal chords for four very heavy lines to complement Jon’s effort.
2moros Record Is A Response To MUNNY RIGHT…. BUT It's Also The Score To My First Animated Short Dropping Days After.
— Jon Bellion (@jonbellion) September 1, 2014
You can hear Jon battling Miss Luxury in his head. He continues to grow, but it’s a constant battle to keep his feet grounded and retain his roots. This marks the third single off The Definition due out 9/23 and will also be followed with a short animated film later this week (likely Thursday) entitled “Jon Bellion’s Luxury”.
“We’re not sad at all We know you have to leave and we’re not mad at all You’ll be back in town and we’ll play basketball And if you fall off track we’ll be your adderall We won’t let your soul drown in luxury”
It’s a #VMGSummer and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It.
Posted by Grubeats on August 13, 2014
The artists over at Visionary Music Group have been delivering consistent heat this summer – to the point where the Grubeats of old would even have trouble keeping up with blog posts. QuESt, Jon Bellion, & producer 6ix have been carrying the load thus far while Logic puts the finishing touches on his debut album – release date and title TBD. Fortunately for Logic, Mr. QuESt and Mr. Bellion have diverted the spotlight from the young hip-hop don by dropping highlight reel material of their own.
The video above is the latest release from the VMG squad; a cinematic performance by Jon Bellion himself titled “Simple and Sweet”. You might see the parallels between the song title and the structure of the record. It’s very, well, ‘Bellion-ny’. The lyrics say it all – “You won’t need no big production, the synth and just my voice is fine”…then all of a sudden Jon channels his inner Kanye and breaks out with a tremendous production. Like that time Kanye broke out with his live rendition of “Runaway” at the 2010 VMA’s – that kind of g.o.o.d.. Anyway, prior to this single, Jon dropped “Munny Right” in which he illustrates past vs. present emotions. I highly suggest watching the behind the scenes making of video. Bellion’s junior album, The Definition, will be available for free on 9.23.14.
On to QuESt. The honest, riveting rhyme-sayer unavailing his story one track at a time. Deep into the promotion of his new free album, Searching Sylvan, we as fans stay on our toes eager to hear the next chapter in Q’s journey. It’s real, it’s dark, it’s bright, it’s raw, it’s numbing, it’s inspiring, it’s just the beginning. Four singles in and many of you are finally taking an ear to the Miami native. He’s battled adversity but he’s visibly hungry and determined which is why he will be successful. He’s passionate and we hear something new in every single. Did I mention that snake 6ix has produced or co-produced every new song thus far? Listen through the singles below and prepare for his VMG debut project being released on 9.2.14.