I first linked with the homie Feo after the release of my first EP. At the time he was writing for a music blog or two, wrote a stellar review and hit me up on social media to politic. Two years later, while working on his music series 'Inner Views: Life Behind Bars', I was blessed with a verse on my self produced project States on the track 'Poor Boy'. A trip to Cali and the southern hospitality I expected from the good folks of south Los Angeles we got to chop it up and he showed me the city like only a local could.
Super excited to share his first solo project 'A Little Caviar' produced by the talented French native Keor Meteor. Coming in at a 5 track EP and what I know to be the first of many ALC sits at 15mins of calculated lyrical strikes. Conceptualized around classic Futbol players with scratches freshly placed by DJ Dubplates and tooting a feature from one of my favorite east coast artist at the moment, Crimeapple, ALC is more than worth the tag. Hit the link below to get the reup. Limited cassette print to look out for and much more from your, and my Cousin Feo.
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I met Lundy down in Tampa performing at a RVE show after a homie sumbitted/kinda snuck a track on their mixtape full of Florida artist. I'll always appreciate the love showed that night. Remember Lundy charging the stage to dap me up after my set or the conversations with Andrew finding out he knew the homie Feo from LA. To make a long story short life takes you were you need go and introduces you to the dope people you need to meet.
After workin on 'Crazy' Lundy asked if I could help with some mixing and being the uber cool people he is, I was completely down. Super amped on 'The Reset'. He hit the mark 1000%. Feeling more confident than ever behind the boards. Big shouts to ImJoCo for the low end banger.
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Commissions have been some of my funnest projects the past two years. Linking with the homie Prozak Morris again to create a visual presentation for his upcoming LP adventure Modulations. Peep the cover and be on the look out for the custom Band Camp hosting the release!
As much as I hate the internet, I love the internet. The world shrinks once you step out a door or log in to your twitter. Through todays social media connectivity people you would otherwise never interact with can be argued with, befriended or virally persecuted. When you further divide the world and focus on the even smaller microcosm of hip hop MC's & Producers that are states away become neighbors. Killer Kane, a New Jersey Native, has been churning out a ep a month since the top of 2017. His sound is probably best described as a lofi boom bap steam engine powered by eerie horn diggs and late night anime binges. Bringing together six very different MC's, in Barry Marrow, Daniel Robbins, Khalil Mack, Big Breakfast, Sekwence and Myself, Kane creates a hip-hop jumbo. Coming in right under 15mins his 8th project of the year, Lost in Translation, is a must for the local beat heads and rap fiends. Download or Stream available now!
Im a tiny bias on this months Jamz being that I designed the Cassette art and Bandcamp page for this project but nonetheless, Liquid Synths! A 10 track EP, from the LA natives Prozak Morris & Headband, that hints a little more toward the House spectrum of sounds with hints of Lofi Hiphop loaded with, you guessed it, SYNTHS!!!! If instrumental cassettes are you're kinda drink than these guys are pouring shots all night. The mix and master on this project is so clean you could clean your glass with it to make room for the next flavor you are about to get hit with. Perfect for sunny day cruises or drinks on the beach. Digital Download or Cassettte available @ www.liquidsynths.bandcamp.com for 7$!
The balancing act of my life flows through multiple mediums of creation. This page, like my music or art, is an extension of the same creation and like most of my creative endeavors it must be spared some attention from time to time so another can grow. Of late I've struggled with writing while also feeling massive growth in production so new music is chugging along similar to that small engine that could. While swimming the seas of uncertainty and art multiple droplets of inspiration have hit my forehead recently, the most potently creative one imaged in the above photograph. 1,2. a brain child of Sacramento based Producer/MC Wrathmatics, comes as a 5 track EP featuring the title track 1,2 an Acapella, a Remix, and the Remix Instrumental. Linking with Sacramento native MANik tha MC the duo audibly paint a story of a young inspiring MC's first concert. From the anticipation of waiting in line to the tension of the room when the lights drop before the headliner, MANik takes you on a 360 of his younger self's experience. Layed over an erie flute like sample, a booming bass/kick combo and hi hat that pushes the MC along like a hot knife through butter, 1,2 delivers in all areas of correctness. Stream link below but make sure to visit 40eighty.com and peep what the homie Wrath & Manik have brewing.
Feeling Inspired. Having Fun. Alter Identities.
Love how Central Florida always seems to open its doors to me. If you happen to be in the Tampa Area this Sunday, Feb 5th come out for the show @ The Bricks in Ybor. Been wanting to play this show for the last half year they've been running it so Ive got something cool planned for the people of Tampa.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
a charlie brown beat tape is a wrathmatics hosted shortened audio re envisioning of the original cartoon episode. it pairs well with eggnog or hot coco with some of that baileys.
ALL 2016 DONATIONS WILL BE FORWARDED DIRECTLY TO THE ST. FRANCIS CENTER IN LOS ANGELES www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIlUrFh3pTA
With what I believe to be his 4th project, "By Any Dreams", Tampa native Gat$ delivers some of his best work to date. One of the biggest pieces of criteria I judge new music by is how relatable it is. Though we are all different individuals that experience life in many different ways being human we are all more intimately connected than one may think. Loss, doubt and insecurities plague us all at some point, adding to our fire or crumbling our foundations. "By Any Dreams" is an up and down journey of a young black male in America finding himself not only in his dreams but depression, women, the loss of his grandmother and the constant presence of social injustice on our nightly news. One thing I love about Gat$ is his ability to take you to very real dark places while simultaneously delivering a sound that refuse to give in to those same feelings and experiences. With Production credits from Black Metaphor (Dope ft. SKYXXX & Bizzy Crooks), Wrathmatics (White Lighter), TGDJ (Fools Gold/Dream Catcher), fellow Tampa locals Santos and Vern Sr. (Better Daze, Stolen Future) and a few self produced interludes (act won, act too, act rite) Gat$ delivers one of the most solid LP's Ive heard all year. Definitely take the journey and press play!
One of my favorite artist at the moment, Digi of Ziplock Music, has been killing since the release of his self produced ep "White Raven". Producing fellow Ziplock MC Prolix's debut "Its A Matter of Time" lp and continuing to deliver solid instrumentation and lyrical dominance on tracks like 'Hear Nothing'. Can't lie, I'm a little late on catching #1 in his new series of tracks titled 'We Be Dilla' where the Cali native spits over remixed DIlla gold. BUT my ignorance is rewarded with this second delivery featuring fellow Cali native Chris Rose. I hear big things in the future for Digi and the whole squad over at Ziplock Music. Stay up to date with what I anticipate will be a continuing series @ www.WeBeDigi.com
“This song came from a conversation about not wanting all the fame and money in the world, but instead just wanting to be able to live and be comfortable off my craft…I feel like the majority of people, whether it be creatives or entrepreneurs, are trying to live off their art or business and not work the usual 9-5 day job slaving for some corporation. We all just want a slice…no need for the whole pie…just a piece to call our own.”
A track I can completely feel. Not only a genius metaphor "Slice" is a treat for the hungry hip hopper. As a listener in todays world I don't find hiphop I relate to on the TV or Radio so the rare gem that pass my twitter feed and randomly fall into my life are most appreciated. Concept to production Tavis is making ill choices and I'm eager to hear more.
Im a big supporter of creating ones own traditions and reforming our present cultural holidays to our personal lives. Instead of cooking hotdogs on the grill and sweating my buns off in this 99/degree day I choose to celebrate our supposed freedom with a great american pastime, 'Digging'. Im fairly new to the art of digging and flipping vinyl but was once unknown has become an addiction. Monster Music & Movies in West Ashley Charleston, SC is a music lovers emporium. 1$ bins, 3$ used boxes, rows on rows of new and vintage rare vinyl... Definitely a must stop for the dust head in all of us.
I know you're probably thinking, "Its the Fourth of July! Where's the fireworks?". Don't worry, Pizza Stiks and Potatoes Wedges from Dodges. BOOM!
So much love to the homie Sam Morgan on releasing his new project 'The Color N Sound'. To give me Track 1 and introduce this album is the greatest honor. The list of artist featured on this 8 track EP is deep and filled with mad Jutsu's. Definitely click play and share!
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Nights spent chopping seuyyyyyy.. Making combo punches
Appreciate all the love coming in on my sound cloud. #States