Source: Four Months Later
For the longest time I suffered and I suffered hard. It all began when I saw my mother and how her mental illness was taking her away from me. What child knows what schizophrenia is? What child knows how to soothe their sister and try to keep order when everything you ever knew, everything that made you feel safe was suddenly ripped away?
What if I told you that while struggling with this, my father was more concerned about himself and his needs. My father made me feel so unloved, so unwanted and it has stuck with me ever since. While things with my father are improving every day it is hard to put the emptiness behind me.
Now that I am an adult and have a family of my own it is hard to function, it is hard to be the amazing wife and the amazing mother. My issues…
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Hey kids…… How y’all been? Its Annexx. Haven’t heard from any of you in a while. I guess Fox had attempted forwarding me material to review and post. I didn’t receive them…. But who ever did got an email full of dope music. Working on getting that taken care of. Drop me a direct email @ firstname.lastname@example.org to reach me faster. I’m happy to work with anyone.
In the meantime…… I bring to you the first track and visual from Dark Arts of the Iron Age, the first album released by The Fraternity Music Group featuring all members that spit….. “Conjure.”
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By Mike Marlow
Ours is the sophomore release of Johnstown, PA artist Blue Navy, aka Jake Dryzal. Some of you may recall I wrote about Blue Navy’s first full-length release, Mine, almost one year ago. Not only do these album titles bear a connection, but artistically Ours feels like a continuation of the thematic and stylistic idioms established by its predecessor.
Blue Navy’s musical style remains familiar. The self-described “dream pop/slowcore” of Ours uses layers of indie-folk inspired guitars modulated with post-rock staple reverb (along with the occasional keys, drums and bass) to build spacious soundscapes. These are complimented by Dryzal’s simple, vulnerable vocal delivery, angst-ridden lyricism and New Romantic pining.
Similar to Mine, Ours is constructed with a cohesive flow as a full album rather than a collection of songs. The album begins with two tracks, particularly the ethereal first track “Grace,” that slowly allow the album’s atmosphere to envelop the listener. Chiming guitars melt into reverberated walls of sound. It’s not until the third track that a strumming groove appears to keep pace over the sweeping wave patterns at the heart of Dryzal’s songwriting. (I use the word “groove” loosely as the effect of Blue Navy’s style is still rooted in the ambient ebb and flow of emotion)
The expansive “Goodnight Sweet February” acts as a sort of centerpiece to the album making use of all of the tools available. A simple drum beat along with a driving strum and layers of echoing textures build the track’s towering climax. The climax then takes a backseat to an intimate spoken-word section.
The instrumental “Fading” excels at building a technically simple but emotionally cathartic piece. The final track builds to the album’s soaring conclusion then quickly dissipates as effortlessly as it has all come together.
Throughout the album, lyrics are intimate, moody, and deal with love and love lost. At times, the reverb-heavy nature of this album seems to bury some of the songwriting and makes lyrics difficult to make out. However, this is a welcome compromise given the album’s overall ambient nature.
While I described Mine like floating on one’s back in the middle of a dark ocean, Ours is more aerial. Rather than focusing on the buoyancy of one’s own body, Ours turns its focus outward and upwards to the night’s sky. Its textures soar above and around the melody. As a whole, Ours is a welcome follow-up to last year’s Mine. It will be interesting to see where Blue Navy can go with the style that Mine and Ours have developed.
To keep the ball rolling, I bring to your visual appetite a new video from OneWerd. Let’s see what the artist has for us shall we?
“It All Started With a Thought” is the first single off OneWerd’s release “Becoming” via LA-based imprint Acidlab Records. Slapping drums and chunky guitars back the Bay Area rapper’s ode to creative inspiration, and visual director The IMF helps bring the story to life with new visuals. From idea to execution, OneWerd proves that the illest tracks all start somewhere.
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Here’s a review I posted on TheVault
Been a while since I posted a review on my own site. Been out here in these skreets, growing in numbers, networking, making it worth your while to read my shit. Thanks for staying interested.
Today, I bring you some straight fire coming from Cincinnati. Raised X Wolves is composed of Cincinnati natives Sharp One and Travis Touchdown. Both of which are vets to the hiphop game. And if you are unfamiliar with them, you need to be. They bring real hip-hop to the table.
This project opens with the most comedic intro to a serious project I have ever experienced. I don’t listen to y’alls music. I experience it. I put on my headphones and ride it on repeat when its a good project. Throughout the album, ever present, is the mark of a real lyricist. There is word play, metaphors, double entandre’s. Who ever taught these men how to use the english language needs to be saluted.
For those of you that follow my writing, you know I do reviews different on each site I write on. This deserves honorable mention and will be added to other sites in the manner I do reviews for them. Watch for the track by track break down on The Write Reviews with the home boy Warren Peace.
ΩΔΦ….That’s 5 stars in The Frat
What’s up guys? Been a while since I posted here. My first interview was published with Fox. I just wanted to drop in and make a brief introduction to the new readers here. I’ll be making my rounds here shortly publishing reviews and other music related articles.
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Sure, the blog has slowed down a little. That’s life though right? Something always comes up that takes precedent. Every once in awhile I come out of my slumber to post something dope. That’s the case today.
Anyone who has been an avid reader of the blog or follows me on social media knows what a huge fan of Young Daa I am. This isn’t the first or last time I will post about him either. That’s why I am super stoked to present to you his new ep, “Based on a Young Story”.
The first things that hits you on this tape is the MAJOR beat on “Bentley”. This thing goes in and bumps hard thanks to production on this track from ADOTHEGOD and
Big Jerm. The whole tape features production from ADOTHEGOD, Big Jerm, Big Cat, Nyce and two tracks produced by Daa himself.
The aforementioned “Bentley” bumps incredibly hard, but doesn’t mean its just a hot beat with nothing else to it. Daa is a master at this. He is able to always take hard hitting beats, throw in a little screw and chop and still somehow manage to have substance in his music. This first track is a great example.
I’m just speaking the truth/building the future by teaching the youth/Act as a king tell the world you’re the truth/Stand like a God it’s the right thing to do.
Oh yeah, The. Hook. Goes. Hard!
I don’t want to give away everything on this tape. It’s five tracks and 13 minutes that you need to experience for yourself. It’s probably gonna be in your rotation for awhile. I mean the whole damn tape too. Every track goes in. We get two really great features on here too. One from 1n3 and one from Slugga G ( RIP Rickole “Lil Reco” Rogers (Slugga-G).
Daa managed to make something short and sweet, but really special with this. I feel in a lot of ways this is different than anything else he has ever done and I know it’s just a teaser too. Daa has been know to be personal with some of his music, but this whole project feels like it comes straight from his chest. That full length is coming and I can feel it. The SAFS homie really shines on here. He shows a keen aptitude for rapping and the ability to change up flows, styles, topics and ride any beat that he touches.
Ball first, before you walk, crawl first/You can turn a penny to a million keep God first/Whatever you going through n*gga somebody doing worse/And fuck being second all the winners place first.
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