Posted by Grubeats on February 8, 2013
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been heavy on my blog game lately. Thanks to Nemo, I have the afternoon off from work and I now have some time to share some new music before I get buried in pow pow. I’m a few days late with YONAS’ newest album, The Black Canvas, his first project released under independent record label 1st Round Records, but it was a project I could not pass on. Seven months after dropping The Transition mixtape, the Bronx bomber has yet another incredible body of work for his fans. I’ve always expressed my passion for YONAS’ work, primarily because his music is honest, refreshing, and he holds an ability to paint a picture as good as any other MC in the game. The Black Canvas is just that.
Production credits are impressive in themselves ranging from Teddy Roxpin (Clockwork) to Matty Trump (Put it Down, Y.O.N.A.S., and The Black Canvas) to DJ Corbett (previously featured on The Transition) to Lucian Walker and of course, Sean Ross. As always, YONAS blends popular mainstream caliber production with honest, omniscient lyrics further validating him as one of the most versatile and creative artists rising up.
Posted by Grubeats on January 14, 2013
Grubeats; fashionably tardy as always. I can’t promise I’ve saved the best for last, but hopefully this eclectic mix of tracks tickle’s at least party of your fancy. I’d enjoy hearing from you in the comments section if you have opinions on any of these songs!
12.) Skizzy Mars – Sirens
This young star didn’t sound my radar until late spring of ’12. I had heard the name and few scattered verses, but overlooked the true talent Skizzy Mars was bringing to the table until I first heard “Sirens”. With sounds similar to a young Cudi, Skizzy himself only recently graduated high school and has only begun to lie the brick and mortar for long, prosperous career.
11.) Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem
As you probably know, I’m not a die heard EDM head like many writers and followers of this site. No kandi for this kid. I do however, enjoy just about anything Skrillex lays his hands on. Couple the addictive production with Damian Marley’s rasta raps and you have pure gold. If and when hip-hop and EDM cross paths, this is the type of execution I expect. [Watch video HERE]
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Posted by Grubeats on December 18, 2012
By now, we know one thing for sure; YONAS’ remix game is always on 100. While his most recent single, “Thought I Told You“, was 100% original, the Brooklyn native was feeling generous and deciding to dish out a freebie a week prior to Christmas Eve. If you ever dreamt of raw lyrics over Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”, look no further. Even Kris Kringle is bobbing to this one.
“I’m the bridge, I’m the bridge, if you think there’s still a gap, between that hardcore EDM and this hip-hop thing called rap”
Posted by Grubeats on November 6, 2012
In light of today’s presidential election, 1st Round signee, YONAS, drops off the first single to be featured on his forthcoming EP, Bright Lights, Big City. Representing the people, the Bronx bomber lets loose his newest single recycling his “Don’t Give A Damn” attitude with a fresh set of bars. Credit Vision with production on this one and consider this download part of your civil duty.
P.S. I’m blogging this while I wait in line to vote. Don’t make excuses, get out and do it.
Posted by Grubeats on October 2, 2012
YONAS Nation, open your eyes and ears to the newest set of visual art for the Bronx bomber’s lead single off his most recent mixtape, The Transition. The most significant news of late is of course YONAS’ newly inked record deal with 1st Round Records, which may be just the platform he needs to catapult into the realm of hip-hops heavyweights. With a, “Don’t Give A Damn” attitude, YONAS once again linked up with his crew at Betterdays Media for a boisterous poolside shoot, solidifying this record as “the party hit” aiming to keep summer alive. Transparent to any negativity, YONAS continues to push for positivity, showing his fans just how to incorporate a lyrical message into an upbeat, fun track. With production by Sean Ross, this has been my go to playlist record off the mixtape since it dropped back in June.
“Just for the record I don’t smoke, but I might light it up if I was down at Michael Phelps’ house, hah”
Phelps is the best swimmer and arguably the best Olympian of all time, but have you ever seen him eat pizza under water? Riddle me that. It has been confirmed YONAS is working on his new EP, which can be expected on ??/??/????. Stay tuned! #YONASNation
Purchase on iTunes: YONAS – Don’t Give A Damn
DOWNLOAD: YONAS – The Transition [Mixtape]
Posted by jeffwbaird on July 16, 2012
Fresh off the heels of his latest mixtape, The Transition, YONAS comes through with the visuals to support the standout title-track. Substantially flashier than his previous work, YONAS is improving his brand and shooting for a bigger audience, yet still keeping the bar high when it comes down to lyricism. There aren’t a whole lot of artists right now that can sound this comfortable and poised on top of electronic-infused hip-hop beats and still spit like he can. It’s only a matter of time until the world starts paying attention. If you missed his mixtape release, you need to get on that right about now.
Posted by Grubeats on June 25, 2012
The moment YONAS’ music first graced my ears, I knew I had come across a special individual. That was a couple months before the Bronx, NY native had released his debut independent album, The Proven Theory. At the time, I didn’t know much about YONAS outside what I had extracted from the few singles I had heard. I went on his website and ordered myself a copy of his album. When I received it in the mail a week later, packed & shipped from his managers apartment, I realized just how independent and driven this kid was. Since then, The Proven Theory has not left the 10-disc visor folder in my car. It’s my go to.
Several singles, remixes, and videos later, Y-O welcomes us to The Transition. A comprehensive 15-track project featuring a contagious blend of hip-hop infused with electronic beats, hard hitting bass, and conceptual rhymes. There’s no question YONAS is a bully in the booth, but he articulates his rhymes as well as any artist in the game. He has flourished largely because of his versatile style and confidence to make the music he wants to make. Featuring 7 previously released tracks, along with 8 brand new ones, this project has something for everyone. Young Sinatra aka Logic, makes a guest spot on the tape along with one of YONAS’ idols, Brother Ali, as well as Scotty James. Production credits due to Sean Divine (YONAS’s right hand man who has been credited with the majority of his original production to date), along with DJ Corbett, & Sean Ross among others. For any new listener, keep an open mind and embrace the art YONAS has created. This is a must download. #TheTransition.