Premiere: Young Daa- Based on a Young Story

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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.

 

Listen and BUY it below:

http://smarturl.it/BasedYoung

 

 

 

 

New Music: Will Static- Too Long

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WIll Static is the man.  Hands down.  The kid can write a track and his flow is so impeccable.  That’s called hard work, dedication and talent.

We couldn’t be prouder to be part of his team and to help push his this release and his releases in the future.

 

Checkout the new track “Too Long” ft Smoov.

Short and sweet.  Straight to the point.

 

 

17 in ’17: Milwaukee Rappers to Look Out For

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Hey good people of Earth.  Here we have the mandatory list of our Milwaukee rappers to look out for in the new year.  This one is a little different.  We have been checking out a lot of these lists and there seems to be a pattern here…..All the same artists on all the lists.  Not only that, but artists who have been on these lists for the last few years and artists that are already well established.

This one is a little different, none of those people will be on here.  We will be taking a look at 17 up and coming Milwaukee artists to look out for in the new year.  No one who has a buig buzz or has been rapping for 20 years (sorry Denku, you know you’re my favorite).  No specific order either, so let’s just jump right into it.

P.s. These are MKE rappers.  So to all the dope talent around the state, I see you.  Special shoutouts to talents Cullen Sampson, EveryOne, Blake Ambrose, Keag, LoDoubleT, Charles Grant, L8ye etc etc etc…Could go on for days.

1. Will Static-

This 20 year old emcee has so much promise.  I mean we did just write this article about him (HERE!  READ IT HERE!!!)  With an incredible work ethic, dynamic flow and unique voice, Will is setting himself up for a huge 2017.  Trust me, I have the inside track.  Some major moves coming from inside his camp.

 

https://www.facebook.com/willstaticmusic/

 

2. Magic-

Mr. EastSide Empire is gearing up for a big 2017.  Starting off this January, with the release of his project Prezident Magic.  With an incredible flow and top notch lyricism, the 19 year old rapper is a force to be reckoned with.  I had him on a show or two earlier this year and was impressed with everything I saw.  From music release to being mentioned by producer Kato as a great talent, Magic is coming.

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectMilMagic/

 

3. BMORN-

BMORN is goofy.  Dude always has a big ass smile on his face, whether he is at a show or just throwing us live feed from the studio.  His work ethic and business sense is what gets him on this list.  He is not afraid to make moves.  Mr. Brew City Boy/MidWest Made Men has a head for these things.  I personally booked him on a lot of the shows he had this year, and showed up to events he had, like the Libra Bash, just to support him.  oh yeah, did I mention his rap skills?  On the mic he is able to switch up from lyrical to trap seamlessly.

https://www.facebook.com/BMORN-749647901765841/

 

4. YT-

AKA Yours Truly AKA Young Torch is another member of the Brew City Boys, and a talented one at that.  YT brings it in every fashion of hip hop too.  From rapping to producing.  When I saw him perform at the Libra Bash I was blown away.  I knew who he was before that, but had no idea he brought it the way he did.  Love songs, lit songs, conscious shit, the dude is an incredibly well rounded emcee.

https://www.facebook.com/YT-148076208988231/

 

5. Teddy Ted-

You know the name, right?  You should!  Teddy Ted is going make a splash on the mainstream stage, just a matter of time.  From that auto tune singing style of Drake to an incredibly pristine flow, Teddy Ted has everything the mainstream is looking for and everything that will get you up in the club.  Don’t forget to peep!

 

 

6. Jahmarri-

Another one I debated about putting on here.  While I love the kid and that’s my dude, the music flow is at a drip.  Meaning, the music hasn’t been coming out as we ALL wanted it to.  So, he makes this list, because he has the damn talent.  I expect a music filled 2017 from Jahmarri, I personally know he has some big projects and collabs happening.  That accapella he dropped last week gives me hope.  He’s a loud mouth no doubt, lets turn that into music.  I expect we will see a lot of him in 2017.  ( Sorry Jahm, had to rib a little, haha.)

https://www.facebook.com/JahmarriDealMusic/

 

7. SAFS Sunny-

SAFS is everywhere.  If you are an artist or fan of local hip hop, you’ve heard of SAFS Crew.  The odds are that that is due to Blizz McFly, Klassik or Vincent Van Great, but let’s not overlook Sunny.  An original founding member and one of my favorite emcees in the city.  With a unique voice and delivery, Sunny has a style that is all his own.  While he has slowly been putting out music this last year, I expect a big 2017 from him and finally get that full length project.

https://www.facebook.com/SafsSunny/

 

8. Young Daa-

SAFS!  Another crew member and possibly one of the most slept on emcees in the city.  Daa is another unique talent with an instantly recognizable voice.  His flow is impeccable and his lyrics range from party to personal seamlessly.  He released one of the most slept on ep’s in the city this last year and every track he touches is immediate fire.  Keep an eye on Young Daa, a little promotion and Daa will have a killer 2017.

 

 

9. FamousMF-

Famous puts in the work that makes you think his name will come true.  He makes this list because of the incredible amount of work that he does.  From rapping and producing to videography/photography, FamousMF has an arsenal of talents under his belt, and he is only getting better.  While I do think his promotion game needs a step up and sometimes his lyrics are a bit flat, he has all the talent inside of him.  I can see him writing some crazy ish, but if he decides to step back and produce or anything else, there would be no problem.

 

 

10. Nate Brady-

The kid pushes buttons.  He spams, a lot.  He gets people in their chest.  This is his strategy.  For him, it seems to work.  While I never condone pissing people off, it has certainly gotten him some attention.  While I still think people know his name from it more than they know his music, the kid has talent and he does numbers.  With a lyrical flow and throwback style I am excited to hear a lot more from this young cat.  He’s got a little old school steez to him.

 

 

11. Joe Quinto-

I’ve been a fan since early last year when he sent in his Dancing With My Demons ep (under the name Cinco) to us here at KnowMoreMusic for review.  It is on my list of favorite projects from last year, it’s also no surprise that he stepped in up from there. Fresh off a win for music video of the year, Joe Quinto is a surprise.  He is the underdog you route for in the movies.  With a creative mind and artistic drive, he has a great future ahead of him.  Also, his live show is something you don’t want to miss!

 

 

12. Kane-

It speaks volumes that the youngest artist on this list is also (arguably) the most established.  18 year old Kane has a bright bright future ahead of him and I think we are seeing that develop right in front of our eyes.  While he draws from influences like Young Thug and Kodak Black, Kane is another species all together.  He does not box himself in or limit himself to one genre.  Mixing rap, trap, rock, influences like Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, even pro wrestling, make Kane a special and unique talent.  Add on top of that his work with Freespace, which gives the youth a place to perform and be free, Kane is a weapon.  He blows up big.  No question.  Just watch.

 

13. Taj-

Fact: Taj is dope.  Fact: Team Ugly member Taj has something special.  Taj is on another plane than a lot of us in many ways.  She is an enigma.  Spiritual, in touch, unapologetic, who she is.  Oh yeah, like I said….Dope.  The music is fantastic and adds to the mysticism I kind of see around her.  From being able to go from songs you want to party to, to songs that really make you sit down and think, Taj has an arsenal of talent that should not be overlooked.

 

14. WillTheGlide &YL64-

I hate to group a couple artist together, but they make such a great team and we’re running outta space!  Seriously though, Will TheGlide and YL64 are two talented members of Team Ugly.  Both are unique and both have their talents.  Call Log was one of my favorite videos of last year.  It was super fun to watch.  Will showed off his singing/rapping ability and YL just super brought it with his verse.  They are young, smart and have hella potential to make s huge splash.

 

15. Tyso $upreme-

He has a work ethic and a strong support system behind him.  Do not count out Tyso as a major player in 2017.  The kid has dropped a lot of dope music with Nefelbiata and his solo stuff is really starting to take off.  He is for sure someone to watch out for.  With a strong pen game and team behind him, his talent knows no bounds.

 

 

16. B Justice-

This guy has the whole world in front of him, waiting for him to make that step and it’s going to happen any moment now.  He is getting some attention, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.  He has the music on lock, but not only that…he has the business sense and has built himself a great brand name.  The opportunities for him keep coming, but he remains humble and never slows down.  He is constantly working and that is going to put him into a new category this year.  Eyes open.

 

17.  Dad-

Dad is everything.  On the surface Dad might seem like a gimmick, that couldn’t be less true.  What Dad is, is a marketing and promotional genius when it comes to branding himself.  On top of that, it does not hurt that is a an incredibly talented emcee.  2016 showed a lot of people that they were missing their father.  In 2017 Dad is about to have a lot more kids.  One of the most recognizable figures in Milwaukee hip hop, watch out for Dad this year.  If you don’t listen to Dad, you’re grounded!

 

 

Honorable mentions: JCMB, AMEAS, Cochise, LR, Myles, Cleo Fox, Cleo White, Riqo, CleretiC, Frankie Pyro, LeanBeatz, Platinum Boy Gang, , Too many to name.

Shoutout to EVERY artist making music in MKE.

If I didn’t list you, I may never have heard your music, send me links to check out!

 

Hold On!

I’ve decided just to highlight two producers who are seriously putting in work and have a bright future ahead on them.  Just a list, but watch out for these two!

1. Main.Key

2. Don P.

 

Thanks for checking out the list and make sure to keep an eye out on every one of these artists!

REVIEW: Galapaghost – “I Never Arrived”

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On “I Never Arrived”, Galapaghost channels the spirit of Iron & Wine with a touch of Sufjan Stevens. This joint effort between Casey Chandler & part-time member Federico Puttilli echoes the nostalgia of traveling and finding comfort in the uncomfortable. Reviewing this release was really hard for me because while I really enjoyed it, certain songs were frustrating for me to listen to.

The music arrangements are gorgeous and definitely the highlight of the album – the pinnacle point of the album being “The Secrets Our Body Keeps”. Casey Chandler’s voice cries and quivers with damn near perfection but some songs did wear on me such as “Vitamin D” (although I can’t fault the musical arrangement of it, more so just the plainness of the lyrics). The album being a standard twelve tracks long is filled with a decent amount highlights such as “Science of Lovers”, “Salt Lake City”, the titular track “I Never Arrived”, “The Secrets Our Body Keeps”, and “Goodbye (My Visa Arrived)”. I felt the lyrics of some of the other songs were a little too rudimentary for my taste, but I’m a stickler for lyrics and will admit that I am sometimes too hard to please in that territory.

My favorite part of this album is that it is seemingly about a journey and it’s biggest accomplishment is that once it’s done, you feel as if you went on that journey with Casey. My biggest complaint is that rather than this journey being filled to the brim with the nostalgia and sense of wonder like with the stronger tracks, you hit a lot of empty pit stops with its filler tracks. I think that this release would have been a lot stronger as an EP but I enjoyed a good amount of it regardless and think it’s worth checking out if you dig acts like Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Midlake, Espers, Low Roar, and Simon & Garfunkel. You can purchase/listen to “I Never Arrived” at:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/caseynchandler/sets/galapaghost-i-never-arrived

Bandcamp: https://gpghost.bandcamp.com/album/i-never-arrived

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/32EiKVZPu1OwcJfwh6c2es

Will Static: Lightning in a Bottle

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Will Static- A young soul with an old flow.  Not sure if there is a better way to describe the artist know as Will Static.  Hip hop has really helped shape his whole life, it’s who he is and what he grew up on.

From an early age Will had a love for hip hop.  Thanks to his father, Will felt that steez at an early age.  His dad bought him his very first record when he was six or seven, Run DMC.  That started a love affair with hip hop and it was something him and his dad could do together.  His dad introduced him to the 90’s greats; Public Enemy, NWA, especially Ice Cube.  Those are things and moments that make Will unlike other artists his age.  At only 20 years old Will has a lifetime of hip hop knowledge and an appreciation for it’s art.  Many other artists in his age range (and even older) don’t care how hip hop was formed, they don’t see the importance and they don’t draw inspiration from it they way Will does.  He is not a trend hopping rapper.  He takes his love of hip hop and forms into art that means a lot to him.

Will came up a lot like most of us did.  Being introduced by his cousins and listening to the GOATs of our time, of our generation.  Namely, Lil Wayne and Eminem.  Two of the biggest artist names over the last 15 years.  Artists, no matter how you feel about them, helped shape the game and were influential in so many artists lives.  That only helped fuel his love of hip hop.  That only made the draw to it so much stronger.  It was at 14 that Will really started to dabble in the art.  Freestyling over random beats, as so many of us do.  The difference being, he took it seriously.  It was the love of music that kept drawing him in.  He even played bass in an indie rock band with his brother.

That progressed throughout his high school years.  At 15 he first heard Odd Future and it burned in him a longing to write his own music.  So that’s what he did.  He formed a group called The Danger Chamber, but without mics, equipment, etc, It was something that was more for fun.  So there it laid throughout high school.  He continued to freestyle, but never really took that next step.  Not until college.

 

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Will spent the first two years of college at UW-LaCrosse, where he was an All Conference running back and All State in Lacrosse ( one vote away from being All American.)  This is where the transformation into serious artist began.  During winter break of his freshman year Will came down to Milwaukee to see one of his favorite artists perform, Milo.  We all know what a success story Milo has been.  At this point he was the only local artist Will really knew, the only one he could really draw from and inspired by.  He didn’t even know who the opener was at that time (it was Webster X.)  This proved to be a pivotal turning point and changed how he viewed himself in hip hop.  He got the opportunity to rock a freestyle cypher before the show, which had people clamoring to him after the show asking if he had music out.  What a feeling!  It was this very night that he got to sit down and just chat with Milo, it encouraged him, it changed how he saw everything.  It was inspirational, Milo talked about setting goals and finding your own voice within hip hop.  This stuck with Will.

He went back to LaCrosse with a new mindset.  More focused than ever on becoming an artist.  He wrote a bunch of songs ( that were never released) and started getting more and more into the local/Wisconsin hip hop scene.  A meeting with Oshkosh rapper Keag also helped him on his path.  Keag encouraged Will to meet local LaCrosse rapper D-Whip, which gave Will his first chance at writing and recording in a studio and D-Whip taught him about the importance of having a musical presence in the streets and online.

This is when the music started to flow.  June 2015, Will released his first single, Fantasy, which featured D-Whip.  It also quickly caught the attention on local blog RapCine.com.  He didn’t slow down from there either, that very summer he hooked up with artists $moov, G Nes, Sunny Lou, and Oliver Blue, to form the group DRS aka Dirty Rotten Socialists (which we have featured here before).  They hit the bricks, heavy. Started recording their ep in the winter of 2015 and premiering their first single Ways, which featured Milwaukee heavyweight Reggie Bonds, in the spring of 2016 (HERE).  Months later releasing a second single, YDWT (HERE).  In that time Will not only performed at the Miramar with DRS, but also planned and orchestrated that show.

 

 

That’s where we leave DRS for now.  That’s the last word we’ve heard.  They are certainly a heavyweight group, who is bound to have great music to come.  More importantly though is the seriousness that Will Static is taking this craft.  Currently working on his debut solo ep.  Will writes atleast two hours a day.  Constantly rewriting and scrapping projects that don’t live up to his expectations.  He is not going to write, record and release a song in one day.  He has a business mind, an artists heart and a future as bright and powerful as lightning.  With this ep, he wants you to feel.  He wants to capture all human emotion.  He wants you to rock with him, have a good time and underneath it, make you feel something, make something you can relate to.

So, the first question I asked him when we started this piece was, who is Will Static?  In his own words:

 

He’s my outlet. I can get on the mic and really express myself. If its about larger societal problems, personal things I’m wrestling with, talking about the future, or just letting out energy, Will Static allows me to express what I’m feeling in a way that I think other people can relate to, and I hope the debut project really shows people that.

 

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Trust in my words that Will Static is someone you will want to keep an eye on over the next year.  Between his ep and some major moves happening in the background, Will Static is going to be a name for you to remember.  He’d kill me (jokingly) if I let anything go, the best moves are made in silence.  With a style that draws inspiration from every style of hip hop, even once being described as E40 meets Drake, Will has a unique voice and sound with an impeccable flow, especially for someone who just recently started recording music.

From the first moment I was approached by Will, I could tell he was different.  He had this excited energy about him.  Maybe that’s just me being old, but I could tell he was different. When we first spoke on the phone, it was such a positive experience, that I wanted to be involved with him and his music immediately.  He spoke with such command, such passion and was open to all ideas I brought to him.

Let this article hold you over for a bit.  I promise you, there is a lot of music coming and all of it will be worth the wait.  From big name producers, features and more…;.I’ve already probably said too much.

 

So I am going to leave you with this.  As I said above, he has a business mind, an artists heart and a future as bright and powerful as lightning….And it’s not going to be bottled up for long.

 

 

Catch him on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willstaticmusic/

Twitter: @willstatic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/willstatic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Riverwest Sessions: Electric Pariah & Trapped in Elevators

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What a wild ride The Riverwest Sessions has been so far!  If you haven’t been keeping up with it, make sure to go checkout the Facebook page for all the latest updates!  We have been lucky enough to feature so many great acts since we started and that’s just the beginning.  We have so many plans in the coming year to increase what we do and to bring you more amazing content!

Which brings us to why we are here today!  New videos!  Today’s videos feature the bands Electric Pariah & Trapped in Elevators, stripping their sets back and doing some really great and creative interpretations on their songs!

Checkout the videos below!  Look, listen, like, share and leave feedback!  Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to our Youtube and Vimeo Channels for the latest and greatest!

 

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New Music: Young Daa & SAFS Sunny- NZT

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It’s been a minute since we heard some new heat from the Young Daa & SAFS Sunny album, but alas we have some new flame emojis.

NZT, starts off with a sample of Robert De Niro from the movie Limitless.  Fitting not only the track title but the direction of the song.  Local legend and producer extraordinaire Mike Regal lends his production talents, as he often has for the SAFS members.  We all know a Regal beat is gonna be fire right?  With headphones on it sounds AMAZING.

Young Daa keeps his eye on the prize and keeps that focus.  No time for rest, only time to accomplish and win.  For himself, his kids and for the city.

One life to live, let’s go and get it

Sittin’ still aint recommended

 

I don’t think that they get it, just want to provide for my children

Stacks gonna buy me a building, we bout the vision

Rapping for dollars, I give a fuck if those n*ggas know me

 

Then that bass heavy hook drops, super on point.

Feels like a took an NZT, I got the focus.

 

Then ofcourse is Sunny.  Sunny has always had his own voice and style that you can set apart from 1000 other copy cat, cookie cutter rappers.  That doesn’t change here.  Sunny brings those bars every time he touches a track.

 

If you aint tryna power up get the fuck from off the set

N*ggas waitin on my tape don’t know they waitin on they death

 

Got a bag full of gas, need a bag full of money

 

Super dope track.  Sunny and Daa are two of my favorite emcees in the city and I rock both of their music on the regular.  Both are entirely way too underrated.  Daa released one of the most slept on ep’s of the year in Milwaukee and I’ve been (patiently) waiting on that Sunny tape that was supposed to come out the 4th of July.  Haha.  Plus they were both on, arguably, the greatest track to come out of Milwaukee this year.

 

In the mean time I have been rocking all of their old tracks, I suggest you do the same.  Add this one to playlist without doubt.  Check it below!

 

 

 

 

Review: the Gospel- Penetrating Gaze

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By Taylor McAnally

Penetrating Gaze by the gospel Review

The first impression is one that is often overlooked by musical artists nowadays. Each track is processed individually, and for a lot of folks the concept of a cohesive album is lost. Wisconsin Hip Hop act the gospel does not have this problem. From the very first seconds of Penetrating Gaze, it is made extremely clear that this album will be one of tension and aggression. The rest of the album’s tracks follow suit, maintaining the high energy levels set forth by the opening tracks.

Produced by noise-rap empresarios Moodie Black, the sounds put forth on this album are those of both present and past. Nods and homages to the street-level grittiness of late-80’s east coast abound, actual record cuts and scratches appear and are used to great effect. Taking it in as a whole, this album would be very comfortable in the CD collection of any B-Boy back in them days. Emcee Lodoublet definitely exudes early Kid Rock levels of energy, though his rhyming is slipshod on a few tracks, that doesn’t stop his enthusiasm from coming through quite clearly.

Personally, this reviewer has a lot of respect for any artist who truly leans into their own sound, without compromise or integration of modern elements in an effort to not make the listener comfortable, but to challenge them. These cats are definitely firm and secure in themselves and their musical direction. In this current climate it can be really difficult to attract listeners to any act they aren’t familiar with. I definitely feel that things like the fuzzed-out vocals on ‘unity (operation ivy)’, which evoke Check Your Head-era Beasties as well as the noisier sections of grunge and alt-rock records from the 90’s, as well as the sample use on the following track ‘lets get invisable’ will bring lovers of those now-classic sound environments to the gospel in due time.

This is a good album, though not transcendent. Not every album has to boil and boggle the mind. Sometimes the listener just wants something ballsy to headbang to while they’re doing the dishes. Sometimes they just want to be sonically engaged while doing paperwork. Penetrating Gaze is a great choice if you’re into aggressive energy in your raps, a collection of interesting sounds, and a pastiche of 80’s-90’s era sounds.

7/10

Standout tracks: “speed queen laundromat” “vampire glory hole ft. derill pounds”

 

ICYMI: EmptyBrother7- THELAST24

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November 1st 2016, the date that emcee/producer EmptyBrother7 dropped his new beat tape.  The Minnesota man has released a lot of music in the last year, we’re talking beats on beats on beats.  THELAST24akaFROMUNDERTHEMOONLIGHT was in typical EmptyBrother7 fashion, a slew of brand new, smooth, sometimes funky (possibly drug induced) beats.  The title tells it all as well.  All the beats were made in one day and the tape was released the next, adding to the genius that is EmptyBrother7 and highlighting the immense talent and work ethic this producer displays.

 

With very little marketing and promotion behind the project, one would think that this would receive very little attention.  In this case, the opposite is true.  With well over 1000 listens in the first week, things were a buzzing!  Empty had so many artists hitting him up about getting on these beats, he decided to re-release the project and add a single featuring emcee Just Jimi.  The mix is a bit odd, but the lyrics themselves hold their own.  With deep, personal lyrics Just Jimi just some nice things over the beat.

 

 

Take a gander at these sounds and dig deeper!  There is sure to be something you love.  Oh, and if you are an artist needing beats or wanting to work, hit up EmptyBrother7, he is a hard working, dependable, selfless producer.

So go out and make some magic happen!

REVIEW: Tomas Doncker “The Mess We Made”

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With artists like D’Angelo and Kendrick Lamar creating album’s detailing the experience of black men and women in modern American society, Tomas Doncker’s album “The Mess We Made” follows suit with this potent and politically-charged album inspired by the Charleston Massacre. It’s hard not to get political when reviewing an album such as unapologetically political as “The Mess We Made”, but all I will allow myself to say is that as a minority, I understand and completely support a lot of what Tomas Doncker is saying on this release.

I’ve established that this album exists to send a message, but I bet you are wondering how the music is – after all, this is a music review. The answer to that is: quite splendid. The album is filled with funk and soul vibes that would drive any Sly Stone fan into tears of joy, hooks that will get stuck in your head for days, and manages to capture nuances of past and present music in just eight tracks. This album is full of energy and fervor but even departs into acoustic territory with the laid back but poignant “Don’t Let Go”. My biggest complaint with this track is that there is only eight tracks and it feels too brief for my taste. My favorite tracks are “Some Ol’ Dolls”, “Don’t Let Go”, and the cover of U2’s “Still Haven’t Found”. Do yourself and listen to this album in the link below, it’s exceptionally solid: