- By Mason Strehl on March 7, 2014
the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, esp. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
Few have the depth and understanding of how life works as Raz Simone. He is constantly pushing the expression of himself at his truest point, spitting truths he has seen and experienced. He’s been there, he’s been a dope boy, he’s been hustling, and he’s come a long way from there. But the evils that come from that sort of life leach on, and can follow you for the rest of your life. Such is the story of his newest EP, Cognitive dissonance.
In the life of such an enigmatic man, there are lots of decisions he has made, and more that he will make that will either make or break him. It’s a constant struggle to choose right, even if it conflicts with his morals or beliefs. I see Raz as a very powerful man, who strongly adheres to his beliefs and holds high regard for his family, friends, and his city. So it is a difficult road for him. But he has pushed through and made the best out of it, Cognitive Dissonance is his story, through all these conflicts.
When listening through the project you can feel these pains, feel his strife and struggle. Raz is a master at conveying emotion, with his rhythmic, raspy voice. With the soul of a poet, he weaves story after story that not only show the downsides of his life, but also his dreams and aspirations. He has the support of his people, and won’t stop at anything to get where he is trying to go.
In terms of instrumentality on this project, they carries a somber mood. While relatively downtempo, Raz’s jazz influences shine through. This is often in the form of horns, trumpets and slow beats. He is very creative with accentual sounds, which increases the draw of this project.
Please, go and support this project. This is real music right here, and a lot of work has been put into it. Share it with your friends, and most of all enjoy it.
Download: Raz Simone – Cognitive Dissonance
- By Mason Strehl on March 7, 2014
A few days back Cunninlynguists did something that is seldom done by them, they released a track not produced by Kno. While this may seem odd, maybe they just couldn’t resist after hearing the infectious, pan-flute filled instrumental courtesy of british producer Thomax. As always, the emcees lay down a top-notch set of lyrics, intricately and well thought out. I’m not sure where this single, ‘Dying Breed’, will end up, but it’s good.
I hear Strange Journey Vol. 3 is on its way as well, so get ready for the new project. I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
- By admin on March 1, 2014
Phoniks has been hard at work with a new project with the young H-Town emcee Anti-Lilly, Stories From the Brass Section. As we get closer to the release, which is only a week out, they decided to drop off a preview of what’s to come. The track is laid back with a catchy vibe. Anti-Lilly carries a confident flow over a great new production by Phoniks. Anti-Lilly already has a video out, so check that out below.
- By admin on February 28, 2014
It’s a very rare occurrence that you see a veteran in the game opening up and taking on a newcomer who is relatively untested. It shows a lot of faith in the music and how they will develop. Or perhaps is is just a need to pass on the skills, sound, and feel of a hip hop golden age that seems to be left in the past for most. Whatever the motivation, I was glad to see that MF Doom, one of the most respected emcees ever, taking on Bishop Nehru as his apprentice of sorts. Bishop shows a unique flow, a unique style, and an aversion to the bought and sold hip-pop of today.
Doom and Bishop’s upcoming project, titled Nehruvian Doom, can go two ways. It could be a flop, with Doom lowering himself to the ability of young Nehru, in attempt to become more mainstream and appeal to younger kids. But with his record of not giving in to popular pressure, I have confident that instead Doom will inspire Nehru to grow to his level, and put out a project that will stand for some time. We’ll just have to wait and see.
The recording and mentoring process seems to be going well, according to a new XXL mini-documentary. In the video we see a bit of the process of the upcoming album, as well as discussion about their organic partnership, each sharing mutual respect, and some of what to expect from the project. Check it out below.
- By admin on February 26, 2014
Its been while since we heard anything from one of my favorite EDM producers in the game. Granted, I’m not the biggest EDM follower, so that says something. But today we get a new OVERWERK remix of Linkin Park’s ‘Faint’. It’s a full and powerful piece, with just enough of the original vocals to make it exciting and fresh.
Check it out below, and hopefully we see a new project soon! Oh and downloads are on the house, so what are you waiting for?
Download: Linkin Park – Faint (OVERWERK Remix)