Monthly Archives: January 2017

“Chuck Norris Freestyle” (Music Video) by @FlyTerryMak

Fly Terry Mak making my Friday with his (a la Troy Avenue) “Chuck Norris Freestyle”.  I see you “be rapping” Terry Mak (see your tweet) and, thanks for redefining “hands” for us via the Chris Childs/Kobe Bryant reference in the lyrics and video. Y’all enjoy! 

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“Blue Heart” EP by El Blue | @Marty_McRhymes

El Blue, recently dropped his “Blue Heart” EP and I finally got a chance to listen to the project in its entirety today. Hailing from San Diego, El Blue is a certified lyricist with a laid back rhyme style that makes a listener feel (too) good and comfortable. To sum the EP up, Blue gives you some boom bap to fall in love to, break up to and to nod your head to. Now, when you get to the “Until I’m Gone” track where he hits you with that Eddie Kendricks “Intimate Friends” sample, you might want to grab the one that got away and make love again as the soulful track is about the complexities of a break up as is the theme of most of the EP. So, yes this is that EP that you’ll be satisfied with from track 1 to track 10. Please relax and enjoy! 

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“The Yellow Tape” by THE ONES | @NRGOnes

My thoughts last night on “The Yellow Tape”… 

This duo from Las Vegas is new to me – like I’m still mentally unwrapping the clear plastic off their sounds. Steelo El and Rawlo Black are known as THE ONES and believe me they stay true to their name. I am still  listening (with pleasure and several SoundCloud “rewinds”) to their latest project entitled “The Yellow Tape”. From the gate, Steelo El grabbed me with his wordplay in the beginning of their gritty sociopolitical track “In These Eyes”. The chemistry with his partner in rhyme Rawlo Black, the well developed tracks and lyrical execution on TYT, brands their sounds as a cool listening experience for any hip hop head! The upbeat “Lash Out” and the aforementioned track are my favorite selections so far. TGSofHH will be looking forward to more projects from THE ONES in the future. Take a listen and enjoy! 

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“Power to Gain” (prod. by NOLO) – Fresh | @Nothin2Much

Lawton, Oklahoma’s Fresh is back with his latest single “Power to Gain”. Equipped with inspiration from the recent Presidential inauguration, he takes the idea and effects of power and manipulation to task. Yes folks “alternative facts” are really real, if we stay sleep. On “Power to Gain”, Fresh delivers dope lyrics executed with a well balanced perspective (something I always loved about this artist). Fresh’s message is both relevant for the right now and timeless for those of us that stay woke. 

Remember his name – his name is Fresh and he’s from Lawton. Enjoy!  

www.fresherair.net

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I Don’t Like This Beef But…  “Back2Back Freestyle” (Miss Mulatto Diss) by @Lyrikkal 

No I don’t. Not between Rap Game’s Young Lyric and winner Miss Mulatto. But dammit, Drake’s “Back2Back” is one of my favorite diss tracks, the narrative to the 2015 Drake vs. Meek Mill beef that made our summer, and Young Lyric you DID just kill this track!  Per Young Lyric’s PR folks Miss Mulatto threw shade at Young Lyric by calling herself the “Real Princess” while in Young Lyric’s hometown of Houston, hence this diss track. Okay, so the creative lyrical war has started. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right? Keep hittin’ ’em hard Young Lyric. But I hope both ladies go hard and grow hard in this “rap game”.  Y’all enjoy! 

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“Chevy Windows” by @SateLightKool 


“We shaped the music from the view of the world from the seat of a Chevy… Chevy’s are like hood symbols.” – SateLightKool

I had to find her… No, not Mona Lisa, but the inspirational voice of Jocelyn Rainey (artist, educator, and founder of Finding Mona Lisa 313) that I hear sampled on SateLightKool’s single “Chevy Windows” which is included on his latest project “Mona Lisa In A Box Chevy”.  The project was released late last year and according to SateLightKool, the inspiration for the entire project did come from the Mona Lisa painting with the idea (from his producer) that “beautiful art can come from the most unlikely places”. Coincidentally, Jocelyn Rainey taught her art students about the culture of the famous artists they studied by having them travel abroad. Windows.  With that being said, check out SateLightKool’s creative take on views from his Louisville hood, any hood… I mean from a box Chevy. Yes, I included the entire project for your listening pleasure, please enjoy!  

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“Black Excellence” – by @FlyTerryMak ft. @TeyCinco5

New Jersey’s Fly Terry Mak along with his partner in rhyme recently released their visuals for their very relevant and poignant track “Black Excellence”. Fly Terry Mak dedicates this video to his two friends Precious Batten and Kevin Jacas who were held at gunpoint by 5 LAPD Officers as referenced in footage throughout the video. Thankfully, Precious and Kevin did not become immortal Twitter hashtags… However, our unrest lingers. And, this video is a reminder, that although we are frustrated, we still rise and strive for black excellence, but we won’t forget… 

“Always Been”(Official Video) by @LightsLaSoul

This is the latest visual from Lights La Soul. “Always Been” takes you on a loner’s shy journey through a house party. Observational analysis from the video: A loner might make you feel like you finished last. Lights, please go back and get the girl! Y’all enjoy! 

www.thisislights.com

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2017: We Gone Be “Alright”.

In 2015 Kendrick Lamar said it. In 2016, you experienced life’s experiences (like you do everyday and every year). So for 2017, please believe, you still gone be alright. Enjoy 2017! 

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