Freestyle, Hip-Hop | 24 Freestyle – Logic ft. QuESt, Castro, & Jon Bellion (Prod. By 6ix)

Posted by on January 27, 2014

24 freestyle VMG

Those of you who watched the Grammy’s last night likely have an opinion, one way or the other, on the Best Rap Album of 2013 award.  I have endless amounts of respect for both K.Dot and Mack & RL.  Both deserved multiple Grammy’s for their performance in 2013 and the fact that Kendrick came out with a donut is disappointing for hip-hop.  You may ask how this is relevant to the new track VMG dropped today- valid question.  Music has evolved over the years.  There are more sub-genre’s in 2014 than ever before.  Artists are experimenting with different sounds, fusing different genre’s, and new sub-genre’s are being born.  The artists representing Visionary are a prime example of this.

Although these artists often experiment to create new sounds, you can’t help but love a raw, bar dropping freestyle cypher.  Last week Logic celebrated his 24th birthday with a few friends.  Those friends just so happened to be label mates Jon Bellion, QuESt, ©. Castro, & producer 6ix.  The celebrating just so happened to take place in the studio.  Do you think the rest of the game is scared yet?

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Free Download: 24 Freestyle – Logic ft. QuESt, Castro, & Jon Bellion (Prod. By 6ix)

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Hip-Hop, Videos | Dylan Owen — My Name Is Dylan [Freestyle]

Posted by 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.

Albums, Review | Rusko – KAPOW EP

Posted by on November 5, 2012

And thus begins Rusko’s pledge to release all of his music for free in the wake of some very public complications with Mad Decent. Kudos to the dubstep don — always something of a rabble-rouser in the electronic music community — for taking an aggressive stand and choosing to operate outside of the system. KAPOW comes on the heels of Rusko’s rather disappointing collaboration with Cypress Hill and navigates us back to more familiar territory. However, this isn’t his best effort. There’s a funky, fizzy vibe to these tracks that at times gives fresh life to those trademark glitchy womps and wobbles (“Yeah”) but at others seems unfocused and chaotic (“Booyakasha”). The latter two tracks are fresh and bouncy — he even toys with a rollicking moombah bassline on “Like This” — but lack the measure of oomph that would otherwise take this EP to the next level. (Okay, to be fair, I’m also automatically comparing this to Bassnectar’s recent Freestyle EP, and that was a brilliant mind-melt that totally blows this out of the water.) This is a 6.5/10. Possibly a 7.

Fortunately, KAPOW is free if you “pay” with a tweet/Facebook status or sign up for Rusko’s newsletter, so there’s not really any reason not to download it. And his goal of self-promoting his music without label assistance is certainly worth supporting; if he is successful, it will be a clear indication that times are officially changing.

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Hip-Hop | Dylan Owen Interview & Freestyle [FNT Exclusive]

Posted by on October 17, 2012

The first time I heard Dylan Owen was just about a year ago. He had just submitted “All I Do” to our “Sheeps, Jeeps, and Beats” contest with Jon Kilmer (which he eventually won), and I was completely infatuated by his expeditious delivery and sharp wit. Who knew at that point that we were playing a role in unleashing a star. That a project as honest, introspective, and imaginative as Keep Your Friends Close was in the making. Months after that release, Dylan has become one of the most compelling and promising artists of the year, showcasing an amount of creativity and lyrical depth that few emcees can compete with—record deal or not. As I strive to bring more lyrically-focused hip-hop artists to the FNT limelight, Dylan is a perfect place to start. That said, we are proud to bring you an FNT exclusive: a freestyle and interview that highlights Dylan’s pure lyrical power, wit, charm, and heart—those qualities that make him the special musician that he is. Check the video below, and if you have managed to miss it thus far, here is his most recent EP, the phenomenal Keep Your Friends Close EP.

Dubstep, Preview | Bassnectar – Infinite

Posted by on October 14, 2012

Another day, another full preview from Bassnectar from his upcoming EP, “Freestyle.” Thankfully we get a full taste of something he did on his own. This original is in true bass filled, Bassnectar fashion. “Infinite” reflects what made The King… well, The King. The “Freestyle” EP drops on Tuesday, October 16th.

Dubstep, Mixtapes | Bassnectar – Freestyle Mixtape & News On Upcoming EP

Posted by on October 3, 2012

Bassnectar is and always will be the King of Dubstep, no one can seem to follow his style, he is literally an unstoppable force. This new mixtape of his is full of and based off of his unreleased and upcoming EP, “Freestyle,” dropping October 16th. Only days away!!! F^@K, Bassnectar owns this mixtape, he even has some Trap on here, which I hate. Bassnectar shows how Trap is to be done, it’s not Moombahton! For Gods sake, all Trap is, is just bad Moombahton, Trap is part of Purple Bass music, look it up and take notes. He isn’t the King just because he is famous, Bassnectar is the King of Bass because he knows exactly what he is doing and he constantly proves that.

I can’t begin to talk about every single track on here so I will keep it simple until his new EPs release. I will just mentions my favorites because they are clearly the most amazing tracks in this mixtape…in my opinion of course. I will even do the favor of mentioning the time periods to which they reside on this mix. First track on the mix I liked is “Freestyle” (1:46-4:00), it is in fact Dubstep but contains a bit of the Trap I was talking about. Second, “Jigga Up (Bassnectar Remix),” (11:11-15:07), its long, isn’t that great? Who doesn’t love those rasta vibes, hell knows I love them. Third, “Manhattan Bound (Bassnectar Remix),” (15:08-16:43), let me just start by saying I love Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, their style should be used and remixed more, it is something you just don’t see enough these days. Fourth, “Bassnectar & DC Breaks – Breathless feat. Mimi Page,” (23:45-26:18), this may be one to add to Bassnectar’s greatest, DC Breaks have had a hand in greats of his before and this just further proves their incredible chemistry. Last, “Ed Solo – Egyptian Horns (Bassnectar Remix),” (32:49-34:40, not including vocal samples), this remix may never release. Bassnectar is known for his countless unreleased remixes, this remix being one that is one of the most sick to never be obtained by any of us.

Long, though my write up is, this mixtape is well worth the listen. If you dont feel like reading at least consider the time periods I posted about to the mixtape, they should be listened to even if you don’t finish the mix.

Freestyle, Hip-Hop | Logic – Steps Back Radio Freestyle ft. Mikkey Halsted

Posted by on September 28, 2012

Young Sinatra: Undeniable went platinum on Datpiff earlier this week, surpassing 250k downloads.  Logic’s been grinding out in LA since he capped off his debut VMG tour in NYC just over a month ago.  Life is good for the Maryland kid. Knowing the level of demand for new Logic these days, DJ Don Cannon fire this freestyle off, which will be featured on his upcoming “Steps Back Radio” mixtape.  Splitting bars with veteran Windy City hot spitter, Mikkey Halsted, the two lyrically rip this one to pieces.  Hopefully this holds you over until an official release from Logic coming within the next couple months!

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