Hip-Hop, Rap | San Williams – #drugs

Posted by on September 14, 2013

A few days ago, I was perusing SoundCloud when I stumbled upon a rapper by the name of San Williams. Going in to the song with skepticism, (as I do with all random SoundCloud songs), I was instantly caught off-guard by San Williams distinct sound. A dark and raspy voice, the emcee has some bottled up emotion that spills on to each of his tracks. One in particular, “#drugs”, tells the tail of Williams quarrels with the drug game and his past experiences, speaking often times with a very pejorative tone towards the drug culture and those who use.

The song is powerful to say the least and the message behind really drives the whole project. Look below for what inspired San to write this song and also to stream/download the song itself.

San’s first encounter with drugs:
School had just ended. I was in third grade so instead of going to aftercare, I got to wait in the gym with the other big kids. On the average day, I’d sit in the gym for an hour or so till my mom picked me up, but this time my mom was already there. I knew something was wrong because as soon as I sat down I could see my mother’s eyes were red as if she had been crying.

“San, your dad was arrested today,” She whimpered as we pulled away from school. “ He was arrested for something that I just cant explain right now, but you will find out sooner or later, and when you do find out…” She then looked me straight in my eyes, the same way my father gave me that day on his bed “… When you find out just know that everything he did, he did for you.”

As we drove past our house my mother told me that we were going to visit him and the entire car ride there I felt numb, a feeling I still hold in my heart, a numbness that spreads from the edges of my toes to the crown of my head and throughout my soul. As we arrived at the station we began a process that to this day I still perform: starting with the waiting room then to the metal detectors and then to the holding area. My mother my sister and I walked towards the door with the guard in front and in we went.

Cracked glass smeared with a decades worth of filth and lies separated the two of us…

Indie, Progressive House | Smallpools – Dreaming (The Chainsmokers Remix)

Posted by on June 28, 2013


The Chainsmokers are back with another remix. Surprisingly, I wasn’t that big a fan of their previous remix but I really enjoy this one. It seems they have carved out their own sub genre of progressive house mixed with indie and they do it well. For their latest project they took to remixing Smallpools’ “Dreaming” and they’ve done so in their typical fashion. This may be one of my favorites of theirs. 

Electro, Mainstream Remix | Frank Ocean – Pyramids (Chi Duly Remix)

Posted by on September 4, 2012

One of my favorite remixers in the game, Chi Duly, hits us with his latest rework masterpiece. I’ve been on Chi’s bandwagon since I heard his versions of The Weeknd’s tunes. A good remixer is able to keep the structure of the original song, while still being able to add their own creative pillars to…supplement it. Channel Orange was one of my favorite albums of the year, and I know many people felt the same way. But I’m sure all those people will be behind me in thanking Chi for shortening this song to half it’s original length. This track will be featured on Mick Boogie and Stylecaster’s “Sounds From The Front Row Vol. 6,” so be on the lookout for that as well. Read Chi Duly’s thoughts below the SC player after you download this work of art.

“When I remix something I visualize a place the song needs to go. Naturally the place for this song would be a trendy night club filled with mummies and Egyptians in golden robes inside of a pyramid floating in the Red Sea. They would most likely be drinking wine, dancing and conversing about a general hatred for Brendan Fraiser. I mean I’d be defending him though. Sometimes people tend to forget about a cinematic achievement called Encino Man. Anyways pyramids are crazy.”


Review | TimeFlies Take Dallas By Storm At The Palladium Ballroom [Exclusive]

Posted by on March 27, 2012

“Who are you here for?” a Palladium parking attendant asks as I roll my window down slowly.

“Timeflies and Sammy Adams…”

“You’re going to have the park in the lot behind you. This is reserved for the artists.” We pay our obligatory ten dollars to park, and walk to the side of the Palladium where Jared Glick, Timeflies’s manager, asks us to meet him before sound check.

It’s 6:45, and there’s already a line of overzealous fans forming at the door in the hopes to see Timeflies up close and personal.

Five minutes later, Cal Shapiro one-half of Timeflies, appears wearing a black cardigan hoodie and Ray-Ban sunglasses, greeting us as he walks up to the door.


Hip-Hop, Mixtapes | Mod Sun – First Take: The Acoustic Sessions

Posted by on January 19, 2012

Mod Sun just released his most recent project, First Take: The Acoustic Sessions. He recorded this entire project in one night, all the songs are recorded on the first take without any effects. Pat Brown is playing the guitar and singing some of the hooks, while Mod Sun lays the verses. This is a nice acoustic compilation of some of his previous songs. I like these versions because you can really listen to the detail in the lyrics he’s written. The project definitely portrays the artist that Mod Sun is, whether it be his lyrics or painting his own cover art. Leave some feedback and follow Mod Sun on Twitter!

DOWNLOAD: Mod Sun – Lighting In A Bottle

DOWNLOAD: Mod Sun – Windows Down

DOWNLOAD: Mod Sun – The Same Way

DOWNLOAD: Mod Sun – First Take: The Acoustic Sessions (DatPiff)

DOWNLOAD: Mod Sun – First Take: The Acoustic Sessions (Hulkshare)