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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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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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.
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.
Standout tracks: “speed queen laundromat” “vampire glory hole ft. derill pounds”
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Occasionally I receive a request to review or premiere a project that throws me off balance, so to say. That is, it ends up being a totally different experience than I originally anticipated. Let’s call this one of those moments. This, the debut single from the band Onset.
Front man and lead singer of the band Onset, is a young 16 year old artist by the name of Max Husten. A young musician/actor whom last year starred in the film Dark Prism with singer/songwriter Mac DeMarco. Max is the draw of the video. The flashing lights, the visual effects are clearly here just to add to the environment for Max.
The song has a a catchy pop sound musically, for the most part. While Max sings in a lo-fi type sound for most of the song, in a flat voice reminiscent of good dead pan comics (in a good way!) With some heavy hitter on production (Andy Moholt of the band Laser Background) and drums (by Julian Fader of Ava Luna), the sound is completely on point.
Young filmmaker Dylan Mars Greenberg does an excellent job directing this video. They expertly match the video to the song. Probably a bright future ahead for them. Having already directed several feature films including the new Amityville Horror film “Amityville: Vanishing Point” as well as music videos for Blondies keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen and David Bowie’s former trumpeter Mac Gollehon.
Max Husten has a low voice that does not initially draw you in, but his presence helps with that. There is just something that makes you continue watching. Max somewhat resembles Macaulay Culkin in Party Monster with the charisma of Christian Bale in American Psycho. Take that as you will, but as two of my favorite movies, I am certainly drawn in to wanting more.
I tend to be long winded when I type, the opposite problem that I have in person. Haha! So, without further ado please check out the video below as well as the link to more Onset music on Bandcamp!
By Taylor McAnally
Last Call Zero Gravity
What is the relationship between production quality and music’s ‘quality’? For many, the nicer a piece of music sounds, how it is engineered, mixed and mastered, the efficacy of the gear used to record it, the kinds of effects put upon the elements–these are the kinds of things that stand out to an ear. The engagement of the brain, however, is where the real mark is made by any media. How important is this deeper tickling of the cortex to the mass consumer of music, the new breed of listener who consumes music at a rate absolutely unheard of in any other age of man? Last Call’s new mixtape Zero Gravity impressed many thoughts on me, but none of them had anything to do with the lyrics. It was a very different experience from most that I’ve had with music, it was very interesting and I would really prefer not to do it again. Let’s back up.
From the jump, Last Call’s debut tape impresses the listener’s ear with a well-composed intro. Immediately setting the mood that is aided and abetted by the visual composition of the Bandcamp page (Props for that, by the by. Not enough artists give that sort of thing proper consideration.), we are very quickly introduced to the main throughline of the record, which is a love of weed. It’s almost impressive how Last Call is able to continuously speak on smoking pot in different ways. The thing about it is a monotony problem, however. One could be accomplished in three songs max instead gets stretched over a dozen of the fifteen tracks on the mixtape.
Again, I really want to emphasize just how well mixed and mastered these songs are. I listened both on headphones and studio speakers and found the elements all mixed very well, with an expert touch given to the mastering and effects. For the listener who is looking solely for something that sounds great in their car speakers, look no further, for now. It’s simply not enough to sustain my personal interest, however. Zero Gravity shines most when the subject matters turns to topics other than weed, which pretty much only occurs in the back half of the mixtape. “West Side”, the last track, is the strongest in my estimation. Real-life details of Last Call’s life and times are interspersed throughout the back half of the mixtape, making the songs there much more compelling than rote retreads of how great it is to smoke weed.
The conflicted feelings and thoughts that this mixtape impressed upon me were the highlight for me. I will say that Zero Gravity is thought-provoking in a way I haven’t found many tapes of this variety to be. The production carries itself throughout the release, everything sounds good and nothing is out of place. I’ll let y’all in to my process just a bit here: of the ten points that a particular record can score with me, five of those are for production values. Last Call has scored a perfect five in this area. The other five come from lyrical content, interesting rhyme schemes and intriguing subject matter. In this field, unfortunately, I have to give Zero Gravity a single point, for the last two songs on the tape. Other than that I found myself very disconnected from the material. Still, if you’re looking for something to cruise and smoke to, Last Call has got you covered.
Standout Tracks: “Hold It Down (4 My City)”, “West Side”