Monthly Archives: March 2019

#Vinyl Pre-Order: “Chicago: A Third World City” by Philmore Greene | @PhilmoreGreene

Cover Art: Zeph Farmby

Hailing from K-Town on Chicago’s west side, artist Philmore Greene has teamed up with Power Culture 45 to release his vinyl only project entitled “Chicago: A Third World City”. Produced by Rashid Hadee, the theme of the project sets out to capture the grit and grime of the Windy City a lá certain poignant time periods geared toward social issues of our times with such titles as, “Fly’n On LSD”, “Nightime Maneuvers 2”, and the oh so familiar “Reaganomics” which can be heard below. “Chicago: A Third World City” can be pre-ordered here and will be available for shipping on June 10, 2019. Listen and enjoy!

“#Goals” (Official Video) – Continental T. | @ContinentalT

Continental T. is new to the pages of TGSofHH and recently he released his new video entitled “#Goals” from his current project “Atlantis Found” (a sequel to his former project, “Before Atlantis”). Continental T. is from Houston but also “found” Europe by landing a deal with his French group We Are Me. He is now controlling his own voice and image by focusing on the chapters in his life. Yep, we can’t forget our own journey. Y’all enjoy!

“Riot Control” by @TaiyamoDenku ft. Rah Digga, Gavlyn & Perseph One (prod. by Jihad Baracus)

Milwaukee’s collabo King Taiyamo Denku is back again this week with three Queens – Rah Digga, the West Coast’s Gavlyn, and Kansas City’s own Perseph One” for his latest single entitled “Riot Control”. I think Rah Digga sums up the intentions of this track the best when she rhymed “Never seen a ghetto Monday in they lives/Only matter if it sells/They don’t care about the Gods…” as the song reminds listeners to not get distracted by the “mayhem” that is overrated wack rappers who forget the shoulders that they stand on. No worries here, Taiyamo and the Queens’s heavy artillery of lyricism gotta it all under control. Y’all enjoy!

#52in365 Hold The Applause, Then… “Toast To It” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (prod. by Hunt)

“At first u think it won’t be u,
Then u go through it,
Then u grow through it,
Then u champagne toast to it…”
Jacobi Ryan – “Toast To It”

Alright, hip hop heads, don’t raise that red cup just yet before taking pride in your valiant efforts. Testimony and “delayed satisfaction” – that’s seems to be the theme for Jacobi Ryan’s Week 12 release from his #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign entitled “Toast To It”. On the soulful, almost Hill Street Blues theme sounding track, produced by Lawton’s Hunt, Jacobi lyrically eases listeners into the theme of the song in a stream of conciousness like fashion. Jacobi starts out with some hookless verses in the beginning, coupled with a poignant “turn down to focus” moment in which the track switches momentum to pour out a little liquor, then Jacobi seques into why he took it there and brought you here – to the edges of his ambition – in the first place. Now, you can carry on with the applause and “champagne toast to it”. And, If you’ve been a day one on the campaign like I have, you might understand that the whole foundation for the track could be a little “L-Intentioned” (the title of his Week 2 #52in365 drop). Thus, “Toast To It” might as well be called “The Artistic Habits of A Highly Effective Person” especially, with some of the road to greatness gems that Jacobi is dropping through out the track – “They ain’t gone see how it is/Until you are who you about to be”. Stick with the campaign and you’ll see, there is no lie in this man’s work ethic and vision. “Toast To It” is now available on all digital streaming platforms. And don’t forget on Monday Episode 12 of Jacobi Ryan’s #TMIKTMID, podcast will be available which will include his background story on “Toast To It”. You don’t want to miss it. Y’all enjoy!

Lo-Fi Instrumentals: “STOIC” (Official Video) by Coole High | @CooleHigh

Artwork: TinyTitan

Coole High is no stranger to the pages of TGSofHH, and recentlly he released his made specifically for good vibes, lo-fi, instrumental hip hop project, entitled “Coole Vibrations 4 U & I” along with the visuals for one of the tracks entitled “STOIC’. The visuals for the track are appealing as Coole High takes the eyes and minds of listeners on a mini instrumental journey of “stoicism defined”. The visuals come across as that art piece in a museum that you came to see, except that the surprising caveat is, it really sent for you. The melodic piano vibes on the track combined with the visuals will have your head stuck on tilt with admiration – exactly where Coole High wants you. Unbothered by emotions, but still inhaling warranted and unwarranted energy – you might not know that you need to harness such characteristics in your life (as power) until you’ve seen these visuals for “STOIC”. Y”all enjoy!

“Coole Vibrations 4 U & I” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

“What Am I Doing Here?” @60East909 Ft. @Arianomusic (Official Music Video)

“Cause we been down this road.
At the end of the road,
There is a cliff…”
– Ariano, “What Am I Doing Here?”

Pure poetry from Southern California with love…

60 East and rapper/writer/producer Ariano dropped the visuals for their deeply insightful, relationship track, “What Am I Doing Here?” yesterday. 1990s rewind… After watching the film “Poetic Justice” years ago my sister’s review of the film was very simple, “This film is for lovers only”. Pretty much thats exactly how I felt after absorbing this track and video for “What Am I Doing Here?”. Only lovers can or want to understand the multitude of great times or storms they are going into, are currently in, coming out of of, or are in acceptance of the permanancy of the relationship whether good or bad. Even after the bad times, shit still lingers with the familiar as played out within the tracks sentimental lyrics. “What Am I Doing Here?” is the second single off 60 East and Ariano’s joint collaboration “Circles” EP. With its gritty guitar riff, East’s sympathetic, laid back flow, and Arianos as the voice of questioning “chaos”, the track will definitely resonate with lovers and ex-lovers alike. Enjoy!

The Happiness of Pursuit Festival…
Also, make sure to check out 60 East’s upcoming Festival in Ontario, California April 6th, 2019 Featuring Conway & Benny The Butcher, Sick Jacken, Skyzoo and many more. Get your THOP Fest tickets here.

Freedom Or Doubt: “Wrong Way” (Official Video) by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (prod. by @nolo_ellis)

Photo Credit: Sike Images

Week 11 of the #52in365 #Formerly Fresh campaign is still rollin’! Yesterday, Jacobi Ryan completed Episode 11 for his #TMIKTMID podcast which features the song story for this week’s release “Wrong Way” and today he also dropped the Imageline Studios directed visuals for the track. Shot over a freeway overpass, the visuals are simple Oklahoma scenery and another well thought out chapter of creativity from Jacobi’s personal book of life that swirls around self-doubt, conformity, trust, and distractions. Especially when those topics have endless question marks, outside influences and unwarranted opinions. Which way do you turn without going the “wrong way” as the Hall and Oates influenced track suggests? Having said that, when Jacobi’s #52in365 music vault is complete, fans and new listeners will have lot to look back on å la content and coffee table discussions – yep, #52in365 and chill. Peep the video then check out the podcast below. Enjoy!

Alright, how did your own synpopsis about “Wrong Way” compare with Jacobi’s? Listen to Episode 11 of his #TMIKTMID (“The More I Know, The More I Don’t”) podcast to find out. This week’s topics include: what to expect over the next 3 weeks for the #52in365 campaign, Hip Hop Hypocrisy & it’s Jim Crow roots & the story behind “Wrong Way”. If the song and podcast topics resonated with you, don’t be shy, feel free to share your feedback at Twitter/IG: @Nothin2Much.


#52in365: “Wrong Way” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (prod. by @nolo_ellis)

“I think I see better alone.
If she help I don’t,
Tell her go home.
Fresh to def,
I just step on a stone.
I need some direction
I’m heading the wrong way…”
Jacobi Ryan, “Wrong Way”

“Every Friday, a new track… Every Monday, a new podcast.” Yep, consistency is still the key since Jacobi Ryan started his #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign earlier this year. And, if you are plugged in at, you know #52in365 is not the only thing Jacobi has in store for 2019 OR this week. However, today kicks off Week 11 of the campaign with the release of Jacobi’s track “Wrong Way”. Produced by Nolo Ellis, the track displays another new dimension in Jacobi’s musical repertoire with its melodic ode to the iconic Hall and Oates. However, it will be Jacobi’s singing style on the smooth contagious hook that will indeliably please the ears of new listeners and fans. “Wrong Way” appeases the mind of those that walk confidently on the side of, and can be vocal about, being honest and not allowing shit to hit the fan when it comes to love and self politics. “Wrong Way” is now available on all digital streaming platforms and should soon be invited to your playlist party. Y’all enjoy!

Defeat Is Not An Option: “Familiar Territory” (Official Video) by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (Dir. by Imageline Studios)

Photo Credit: Sike Images

The Week 10 visuals for Jacobi Ryan’s #52in365 #FornerlyFresh music campaign dropped today! As you recall the track “Familiar Territory” kicked off Week 10. In the visuals, Jacobi sticks to the simplistic thematics as the video was shot on a rural road – its just Jacobi and that Oklahoma territory. Thus, you can already connect with the vision here – “familiar territory”. If you have listened to the track or this week’s #TMIKTMID podcast, you’ll know that the song represents another insightful chapter in the life of Jacobi Ryan with a message that listeners can also resonate with – remaining defeated is not an option. 42 more weeks to go and he has other projects dropping soon – the “Viewer’s Discretion” EP with Dr. View and he’ll be featured on “The Space Program Collective” project as well. Watch and y’all enjoy!

“Familiar Territory” is available on all digital streaming platforms and also at Episode 10 of Jacobi’s “The More I Know, The More I Don’t” (#TMIKTMID) podcast is now available which features the song story for “Familiar Territory”, and he also talks about his intentions for the #52in365 music campaign, American capitalism and what it should be. If you like the podcast or want to engage in a healthy dialogue about the topics, feel free to reach out at IG/Twitter: @Nothin2Much. Listen below…

“Stars” by Locksmith | @dalocksmith feat. @Murs (Official Video)

“Don’t expect to shine
If you scared to
Step into the light.”
– Locksmith, “Stars”

Cali’s Locksmith and Murs dropped a video for their track “Stars” from Locksmith’s current project “Ali”. The song takes on a personal narrative from both rappers as they trade verses about not only meeting rap stars but the challenges and decisions that are involved in regards to achieving fame and stardom. The message that listeners will get out of this song is you have to feel secure about your path to reaching your goals and defining what it means to “step into the light” – for you. Y”all enjoy!

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