Monthly Archives: August 2019

#52in365 Week 34: “24 Hours” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much

“Lookin at this notice like I know I need to focus/I ain’t goin’ hard enough/And I know it.”

Adhering to self pity is not allowed and that is the lesson that you’ll learn or be reminded of upon hearing Jacobi Ryan’s Week 34 release from his #52in365 #FormerlyFresh campaign entitled “24 Hours”. With it’s low-key ode to a western movie soundtrack a lá “Django Unchained” or “Fistful of Dollars” the track sets a very feverent mood as Jacobi blazes through his experience of once being evicted, all while staying headstrong, as he deals with and executes his plan to overcome a temporary setback – “I’m a living legend homeless/If I gotta sleep in the car/I’m still staying focused/Far from hopeless/Not the one to joke with.” Hardship or not, dignity and vision are always intact, and Jacobi “rides” on – still rollin’ regardless. Y’all enjoy!

’24 Hours” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

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#BeenDope: “Shark Week” (Official Music Video) by Ras Kass | @RasKass

‘You ain’t gotta like me
But you better respect me

You ain’t gotta love me
But you’ll never forget me.”

Movin’ his pen and spittin gems. This is Ras Kass’s latest visual for his track “Shark Week”.

#FridayReflection “Penalties.” by DIVERZE. | @_Diverze (Prod. PKBEAT)

“Too many feelings get me tight/But I’m about to go take this chance…”

DIVERZE. released his track “Penalties.” not too long ago, as it is a dedication to his mother who recently passed away. I remember listening to it previously and came across it on You Tube again today. With its infectious, melodic beat and deep lyricism, this is the type of track that makes you stop what you are doing and reflect. But, DIVERZE. reminds us that moving forward with purpose is critical also.

“I’m here to be a vessel for my Father until it’s done… ”

Y’all enjoy.

“Penalties.” is available on all digital streaming platforms. Streaming proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Hospital. DIVERZE. is also dropping a new project “#WTGF” which can be pre-ordered here. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the forthcoming project will go to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of his grandparents. Love.

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💄”Red Lipstick” by @TaiyamoDenku ( ft. Snoop Dogg & Rambunxious )

Taiyamo Denku dropped his third single and visuals from his forthcoming album entitled “Red Lipstick” from his forthcoming album “The Book of Cypha Den” which will be released on 9/3. On this track, Taiyamo Denku took a break from slaying emcees and recruited Rambunxious and hip hop’s veteran and Mr. Always Right Now, Snoop Dogg to put his own touch on the grown and sexy track. Taiyamo also switched up his format for the visuals with some colorful animation reminding us that there are still fun and good times in hip hop that need to be curated. Y’all enjoy!

🎥: “Did It Before” (Official Video) by @Nothin2Much ft. @MrWillis405 & Josh “Yissur” Okpara

Shot in the Bricktown District of OKC, Jacobi Ryan dropped the visuals for his Week 33 track, “Did It Before” the other day. If you’ve been following his music, as well as the #52in365 campaign, you’ll probably agree “Did It Before” is probably one of the funniest (and low-key ode to the 90s) visuals from the #52in365 vault to date.

In the visuals, actor Mr. Willis, is persistent on selling Jacobi “recycled visions” causing Jacobi to put in major work to humbly and repeatedly fend him off. Jacobi is better than most with his lighthearted reaction, but in the end, an exasperated Jacobi escapes the regurgitated torture by ultimately running away – hence, capturing the essence of his response to the theme of the track “did it before”.

The element of persistence…

Mr. Willis tranforms into Mr. Relentless with his antics throughout the visuals and there is a point where he even hits this “Spice Adams esque” dance move, perhaps signifying that his “unoriginal ideas” are somehow still the shit. Trust, Mr. Willis hilariously makes you a believer too. However, it is dancer Josh “Yissur” Okpara that is the one who totally holds down the entire video with his absolutely not giving two fucks, simplistic style of dancing…

I’ve always loved Jacobi’s utilization of not just “that one dancer” but “the ONE dancer” in some of his videos (see “25/8”). The addition subtly brings back the essence of 90s rap videos like EPMD’s classic “So Watcha Sayin’ ” and Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power”. And for the culture Josh does not let us lose sight of the fact that folks like Rosie Perez, Big Lez, and Farnsworth Bentley often served as the perfect distraction that we didn’t know we needed in music videos. The track and visuals for “Did It Before” definitely resonates with one’s growth and accomplishments even when others selectively fail to see it – (yep, insert the Jacobi face palm right about here). And shout out to Image Line Studios for curating these dope visuals and bringing together some entertaining chemistry. Y’all enjoy!

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#52in365 Week 33: “Did It Before” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (Prod. by Wayne Valentine)

“I’m a Lonewolf
I live my own life
I shine my own light
I fight my own fights
And I own rights…”

A Lonewolf, with a humble ass chip on his shoulder, he wants everybody to eat, but “he don’t know nothin”. If you’ve been following Jacobi Ryan’s music, lyrics, and his podcast you’ll know exactly what he’s talkin’ about. This week Jacobi teamed up with producer Wayne Valentine for the “knock you off your equilibrium” bass heavy and synth infused “Did It Before”. It”s a wonderful thing when one can embrace their skills and abilities and roll with God’s grace. But, when other folks can’t see or don’t hear you twice the first time – it’s “crazy ’cause them be the one’s who ain’t did it before.” Y’all listen and enjoy!

“Did It Before” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

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“CIGGY” (Official Video) by @TheParanoias ft. @VelTheWonder

This damn video by The Paranoias and Vel The Wonder, with it’s too cool to be vulnerable vibe, had me all in my feelings. I remember seeing a You Tube notification the other day, indicating that Vel dropped a new visual, so I finally circled back around to it today, ready to pick up where Vel’s “Lisa Simpson” left off – and let’s just say, now I know who the eff The Paranoias are – “your lady’s favorite band”. And, Vel The Wonder – she’s a star. Experience your own surprise (don’t let me spoil it) and enjoy!

#HipHop: “184” by Kevnphe | @kevnphe (ft. King Milk)

Virginia Beach’s Kevnphe have been busy gifting the Universe with new music lately. And, with an assist from King Milk, Kevnphe recently dropped their latest single entitled “184”. With a sound that is haunting, yet sonorous, “184”, made me realize how Kevnphe have this “stoic” type of vibe in their flows and lyricism that means well that is very appealing. And, King Milk keeps up the same energy for this track that let’s folks know, teachers/coaches/hip hop artists don’t bend or fold. Y’all enjoy!

“184” is available on all digital streaming platforms.

Let The Art Speak: “Hercules Extended” – Common (ft. Swizz Beatz & Marcato)

Read. Watch. Listen.

“Hercules is the symbolism of strength. It’s the freedom within one’s self, freedom in your mind, freedom in your spirit to be able to overcome anything. It takes that fight within one’s self, and that peace to be able to win, to be able to be victorious, to triumph and overcome any and everything.”
– Common

Hold The Fake Love: “N.A.S.A.” – Chris Rivers (feat. Oswin Benjamin) | Official Video

I think everybody need a true friend playing an enemy like Oswin Benjamin to slap the shit out them, only to wake up the “G.I.T.U.” in them. Yep, picture that taking place in Chris Rivers’s new visuals for his second single “N.A.S.A.” from his upcoming project “G.I.T.U. (Greatest In The Universe)” which officially releases tomorrow. The track itself has this jazzy, trap vibe and at times features a more subltle flow from Chris Rivers with a firm message via the N.A.S.A. acronym, compliments of vocals from Oswin Benjamin, – “Give that boy some space/Ni$$as act so authentic but they ain’t/ They be… fake.” Yep, we exhaling today. Back up and enjoy!

“G.I.T.U.” is available for pre-order here but drops tomorrow.

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