Month: May 2016

TME

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This album has me so in my trappin vibe. It has everything to make you want to replay it over and over. Live beats, fire flows, and catchy lyrics. It totally brings me back to like 2005 when rap was raw and real. Which is actually refreshing because rap now all sounds the same, so it’s nice to hear something different. It has a grown man feel. “Money Machine” is my absolute favorite. It gets me all the way lit (LOL). I so want to be sipping on a Mad Dog at a party, just vibing. Ya’ll just don’t understand, when a song makes me dance, because I so can’t, that means it HITS! It is so catchy! I also love the references to NoLa in the music. Artist that are about the life they rap have a different sound, and you can totally hear it throughout the album. Slick Dubble has become one of my favorites after this album and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Ya’ll can check out the album on:

SoundCloud

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W!$H

01 Album - Front-InstagramSize.pngI will be so honest, when I first started to listening to this group I thought I was inside of a video game. The beats don’t reach me the way they are supposed to in the beginning of the album. They remind me too much of ‘Posed to Be’ and that song didn’t even work for R&B legends. However, the actual rapping talent of these guys’ is on point. The songs have the catchy, radio appeal that is popular now, and they are different because they are a male group. I could so see them being a commercial group and going far. I just hope they stray away from the beats on this album because they are talented and it may become a limitation later. “Zone” is probably the best. It has a very ear-friendly beat to it and it sounds like something that would play at a party after a Future song. Give them a chance. Like, I said, I’m not a fan of the beats they are using BUT the talent is all the way there. I think if they get away from the commercial sound, make their music  a bit edgier to compliment the swag they have in their photo and their flows, then I would be 100% sold.

Check them out on :

SoundCloud

The Space Tape

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I was in love at the introduction. “Welcome to the Space Tape”. Ya’ll I LOVE musicians being musicians. The fact that this whole album is done with NO SAMPLES is so awesome. So original. So Fresh (And so clean clean LOL). The producer, Cordell Riddick is who sent in the submission and it is FIRE!

The flow of the rapper, D.O.$ goes nicely over the instrumental. This is album has a rawness to it that separates it from the rest. Out of all the mixtapes I’ve been sent, this has to be my favorite so far. The production of it even sounds clean. The album flows together nicely, all with an outer space undertone that binds it together. Also, to say it is a Hip-Hop album, the music behind it is played with which I appreciate. That shows the artistic ability that the artist has. Musicianship. The use of trumpets, 8O8’s, the spacey piano used, it all contributes to how well each song transitions to the next. Each song has a beat that is unique to it. They all have the same vibe, but they aren’t the same. Which is very important because I’ve heard too many albums that sound like I’m listening to the same song with different lyrics.

Ayanna Monae’s voice compliments the song ‘Moonlight’ well. The album has a very chill vibe to it, so because her voice isn’t to hard on the ears, her warm tones are inviting.  I also really like the song ‘Doomsday’. Reminds me of A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP” album. D.O.$, out of all the reviews I’ve done, has had the best timing with his rapping. With complex beats, you can tell he vibes well and enjoys the music. You can also tell that Cordell Riddick, the producer, and D.O.$ take risks with their music, which It is all about. The song “Real People” has such an awesome message. I love when artists use the issues in their communities and address them through their music. Being honest and open is all apart of being a musician, and when that is shown, it earns great respect.

I can honestly say that this is one of my most favorite albums now. Just because of it’s uniqueness. There isn’t really anyone doing this now. Taking music and making it MUSIC. Making it their own and creating a sound instead of “fitting in”. Very excited to see where all the artists on this album go.

Check it out on

SoundCloud

and

Itunes

Workout Playlist

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I actually use this playlist to workout to now. Check it out, tell me what you would add/take away. Each song goes great with a different workout because of the difference in pace. Some I couldn’t find on YouTube but all are available on Spotify besides the songs from Lemonade.

Beyonce – Blow

Beyonce – Partition

Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter

Nicki Minaj. Drake, Lil Wayne – Only

Beyonce ft. Nicki Minaj – Flawless

Beyonce ft. Nicki Minaj – Feeling Myself

Rihanna – Needed Me

Missy Elliott – Pass That Dutch

Danity Kane ft. Missy Elliott – Bad Girl

Eve – Tambourine

Rich Girl- He Aint Wit Me Now (Tho)

Beyonce ft. The Weekend – 6 inch heels

Busta Rhymes ft. Nicki Minaj – #TwerkIt

Rihanna – Rude Boy

Beyonce ft Sean Paul – Baby Boy

Lil Kim – Shut Up Bitch

Lion Babe – Where Do We Go

Janet Jackson ft. Missy Elliott – BurnItUp

Missy Elliott – Pep Rally

Missy Elliott – WTF

Janet Jackson – Make Me

Teyana Taylor – Maybe

Drake ft WizKid & Kyla – One Dance

Adele – Send My Love

Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire

 

Jenova IO

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So to all the blogs out there that don’t accept Twitter submissions, you all are missing out on some raw talent. This dude, Jenova IO, is one of those who sent in his music and shocked me. Normally I am a bit skeptical when people say “hey listen to my mixtape”, but the few that I have listened to have been really good. Jenova IO is one of the rappers that tells stories with his lyrics, and we all know that that’s my thing. His album “The Demo” flows vey well song to song, which is hard to come by now. Many people’s albums seem to be all over the place and you can’t really follow where they are going. My favorite so far is Black Dynamite 2, mainly because I personally enjoy short songs. But that’s just me. What did surprise me is that I’ve heard $.O.Y.H at the last party I went to, so that tells you ol’ dude is making moves in Texas. The only thing that throws me off a bit is his timing, which isn’t a bad thing because I am the same way with Bryson Tiller songs, and as you listen to the album it grows on you and so you’re able to catch the vibe. I love ‘Moment 2 Self’ because you can tell he is speaking from the heart. Artist that reflect on their journey, talk of their obstacles, and express their hopeful future through their music seem to be more real and down to earth. Humble. He also reps Texas a bunch so you can tell he is prideful in his roots. Throughout the album you get a sense of respect for Jenova IO. Looking forward to hearing more from him. Peep the Interview below.

 

 

 

 

Q-Is there anyone who has motivated you to follow your passion in music?

  • My mother more than anyone else. Her and my grandmother. They raised me and gave me love when no one else did. Seeing them struggle to this day makes me work harder to make sure they won’t have to struggle ever again.

 

Q-Where do you want your music to go? Who do you want it to reach?

  • I want my music to go wherever God allows it to. I want it to touch anyone that has ever felt the way I felt in life or the struggles I’ve been through. I rap about everyday life and hard times. Some more associated with street life. Some with the average person trying to be successful. At the end of the day I speak for myself and the people I grew up around and with. Whether someone likes it or not is up to them. At least I know I speak for the ones who never got to or get to from the cliff.

 

Q-If you could describe your sound, how would you?

  • I can’t really describe it. It’s very versatile. I could be working on a EDM song , to a Pop, R&B, Rap, lo-fi , there’s no boundaries for me. So I’ll be apart of any kind of music if I’m welcomed. All I know is I’m a person that grew up in Oak Cliff that is at a constant conflict with his mind all the time. And my music reflects that.

 

Q-As as upcoming artist, what has been the most challenging part about creating? Do you feel you have to follow a trend or are you making your own?

  • As mentioned above, I’m always at a conflict. Following a trend Is something I’ve thought about. The whole Atlanta Trap sound. Sometimes I give up and make that music. Some is just a direct copy of the sound. But most of it , ive Been able to do it in my own way. Make the sound apart of my sound. Rather than just a copy and paste of it. And I think that’s the key. That and balance. You can’t always be on the lyrical, message hip hop. You have to mix in the trap/bump music. We’re all human,and we all have the enormous amount of emotions. And displaying that in my music is part of what makes you a legend. Pac, who is my favorite artist, displayed that the best in music. He’ll give you that “I love you girl” to “she’s a bitch” and “let’s make a change ” to “I’m going to kill y’all niggas.” I could go on an on but for the sake of the length of this interview , I think you get the jist of what I’m saying. [haha]

 

Q-Any upcoming projects? Things people can look for in the near future?

  • For sure. I have about 4-5 projects worth of music written. Alot of sounds that I’m trying to perfect and show anyone who’ll listen to some real rap shit. I might announce a mixtape here soon but, time will tell. For now stay on the lookout out for the new Outsider (Me, Shamman Hippy, Raheem, Kavvi) music. That’s been what we’ve been working on a lot for a few months.

 

 

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