Monthly Archives: October 2019

“Power to Gain” (Official Video) by @Nothin2Much (Prod. by @Nolo_Ellis)

Last week Jacobi Ryan released the track and visuals for Week 42 of his year long music campaign entitled “Power to Gain”. If you haven’t been following, Jacobi’s music campaign which started in January, consists of him dropping new releases each week and of course he’s also worked on other projects tjis year, including releasing two EPs and performing at various shows, as well as developing other business ventures. Produced by Nolo Ellis, “Power to Gain” is actually classic/fan favorite as it was released in 2017 and reviewed on our pages (see post here) right around the time the political climate changed in America with the election of a polarizing new Republican president. “Power to gain, power to lose”. Yep, the chorus to the track is a fitting description for politics and also the pursuit of power period. Thus, “Power to Gain” is definitely that song that’ll always be relevant. The track and visuals are also a nice addition and throwback to Jacobi’s #52in365 music campaign. Y’all enjoy!

👐🏾 Lyricism Is Still In Good Hands: “Kabrina” by @SqUeEgIe_O (Prod. by @PSouloist)

“Dark nights and cold mornings
As the story unfolds
The gun is exposed
He shootin for higher power
The faces drop in astonishment
They wanna know where
I learned my markmanship
Mother and Father started it
Mariners Harbor sponsored this…”
– Squeegie O, “Kabrina”

Staten Island’s Squeegie O released the second track off his forthcoming album “F.N.T.G. (From Niggaz To Godz)” entitled “Kabrina”. Produced by P Souloist the track grabs listeners with a chilling, yet melodic, boom bap instrumental and is laced with a lyrical “dossier’ on Squeegie O’s thoughts on today’s new music. “Well, me and Solo came to change that/These niggaz stole your money/So we here to bring ya’ change back, ya’ dig?” Squeegie O’s well executed intro on “Kabrina” serves as the shoulder and head shake just to daze and fool you – however, every time you listen to the track, you gone wind up catchin’ a brand new lyrical fade. Yep, Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Andre 3000, Nas, and KRS-One, lyricism is still in good hands. Y’all enjoy!

🎤 “Momma I Hit A Lick” (Remix) by Chelly Banqz | @ChellyBanqz

Emerging Chicago artist and rhymer Chelly Banqz is new to the pages of The Greener Side of Hip Hop, and earlier this month she dropped the visuals for her remix of 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar’s “Momma I Hit A Lick”. Currently Chelly Banqz is working on her forthcoming album “Mood” and there is no doubt that what she has in store won’t be anything less than pure fire. Enjoy!

♚ You Still The Shit: “Bounce Back” (Video) by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (Prod. by Blunted Beatz)

“Fly nigga that’s grounded
What a paradox
Generational of cycles
But this is where it stops…”

Jacobi Ryan is currently heading into Week 43 of his #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign but music is timeless so I’m just now writing about the release for Week 41, the resilient driven “Bounce Back” with all the love and no regrets in the world – yep, still rollin’ regardless.

Produced by Blunted Beatz, listeners will be immediately pleased with the infectious “bounce” in the melodic jazzy track and Jacobi Ryan’s fly aura in his flow. However, as usual Jacobi doesn’t show up with a hollow ass ego in tow, (value always) he shows up buildin’ and renovatin’ character like the true King that he is – “You only good as your bounce back/Some of them quit/I wouldn’t know nothin’ about that.” The magic in the track is definitely in the chorus and right at the point where Blunted Beatz and Jacobi, “hit that two step” simultaneously on that “Bounce Back” lyric and you realize Jacobi just let you know – you still the shit. Let this be your personal anthem on your Spotify playlist. Like I said, he’s buildin’ and renovatin’ character. And, you’re welcome.

“Bounce Back” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

🎤 #Freestyle: “FREEDDAWG” Remix” by Young Lyric | @Lyrikkal

The young princess from Texas and The Rap Game alumni, Young Lyric recently dropped her inaugural #FreestyleFriday track. The first track is a remix of NBA Young Boy’s “FREEDDAWG”. Young Lyric continues to evolve and her grind has not stopped yep – welcome to another level.

🎧 “Kids Have Fun” by @DevonBlairMusic

“And, I don’t chase clout
I chase flows
And dawg,
I don’t imitate flows…”
– Devon Blair

Oakland’s Devon Blair is new to the pages of the Greener Side of Hip Hop but I’ve been following him on Instagram and recently became more intrigued with his music after rapper Virago paid a little homage by singing Devon Blair’s track “Back In My Bag” in her IG story which he recently dropped this year and is featured on his “Focused For Real” EP. Virago was so lit with it I couldn’t help but to stop scrolling and jump on the energy…

Devon’s latest single is “Kids Have Fun” which is an energetic track (“We gone fuck it up/We gone do our thang”) with a dope, hyphy/wavy type vibe. Despite the intent on having a “lit function” Devon still manages to infuse parts of his laser focused, goal oriented demeanor in his lyrics which makes the track the perfect work hard/party hard anthem. “Kids Have Fun” is now available on all digital streaming platforms. Y’all enjoy!

Present and Never Left: “Memory Loss” by @TrackSevenBand

“Forgetting about Track Seven Band is like forgetting about love. How y’all gonna forget about love? You can never forget about love. Love is all we need in this world. So, if y’all forgot about us, let me reintroduce you to the band…” – Cost

After a long hiatus which included spoofing fans with a rumored band conflict, audaciously introducing a new “pseudo front man”, Cost The Luchador, and months of using lightweight, passive aggresive tactics to tease their fanbase with new music under the presumption of fans “forgetting” about them, New York’s Track Seven Band finally dropped their highly anticipated track “Memory Loss”. And, I admit I fell for their ingenious yet humorous, reverse psychology promo tacticts too – it was all love and true fan engagement.

📷: Track Seven Band

However, after hearing the “real” front man for Track Seven Band, Cost’s background story on the track and actually listening to”Memory Loss” , I remembered why I fell hard for this hip hop rock band in the first place.

In an Instagram post, Cost provided a deeper meaning behind “Memory Loss” which is contrary to what Track Seven Band had fans “believing” in their promo for the song…

With it’s controversial cover artwork – a pill bottle – Cost stated that what’s in the pill bottle represents all his pain, his music and his life – thus, whatever comes out of that pill bottle alleviates the pain, and keeps his mind off the negativity. Thus, their music is a love high that didn’t originate without some struggle, but Track Seven is here to ensure that you’ll enjoy the beautiful outcome…

“Don’t let them steal your faith
And remember that you are great
This world just needs some more
Love, love, love, love…”

And, similar to the mesmerizing summoning aimed at fans by Cost (“Oh really? How y’all gone forget about Track Seven Band?) over the inviting bassline/piano vibe that can be heard on the intro to “Memory Loss”, this is definitely a natural high we should all be ready to get with. I mean, how can you not ride with the band that gave us their poignant 2016 album “The Try And The Fail” where they actually rode for their fans for over two years without delivering any microwave music from their album and put nothing but love, longevity, and creative substance in the Universe? Yep, Track Seven Band been the real “day ones” FOR their fans and I’m definitely here for yet another pleasing musical journey from them. So, let’s rock and get ready to enjoy the moments!

“Memory Loss” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

Follow Track Seven Band on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And, of course Track Seven Band has merchandise on their official website. You’re welcome.

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#JustListen: “Hercules” by Common (Let Love Have The First Listen)

Filmed live at the You Tube Space in New York. Just listen…

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“Spark” (Official Video) by @TaiyamoDenku featuring @Thereal_MikeyD & @casablanca92fs

“The Book of Cyphaden” is the latest creative offering from Milwaukee’s Taiyamo Denku. Recently he dropped the first visuals from the album entitled “The Spark” which features Texas lyricist
Ca$ablanca and Mikey D from the legendary group The Main Source. Yep, you already know, the “King of Collaborations” (which he is) delivers as always. And, once again it’s another slaughterhouse of upper echelon lyricism from Taiyamo, Ca$ablanca, and Mikey D. Produced by Dcypha, Taiyamo states that he hopes to create a spark for hip hop with this latest collaboration of wordsmiths. “It’s not a war that we tryna start/It’s real hip hop/We provide the spark.” Y’all enjoy!

“Draft Day”: The Untold Story of Gatson” by Gatson | @IAmGatson

“How you gone stop me/If He the one that want me to win?” – Gatson

“Draft Day”: The Untold Story of Gatson” is the latest release and second EP from Champaign, IL hip hop artist Gatson. Gatson is new to the The Greener Side of Hip Hop Pages, so shoutout to Parrish for hitting me up on IG and putting Gatson on our radar.

Last year, Gatson released his debut EP “Blessed to Become A Blessing” In his Spotify bio Gatson states that he used to write poetry – and for me (my poetry hiatus is still on lock) while not evident at first, I could feel why his lyricism resonated with me on a very highly, introspective level (“souletry”). We all know that most rap lyricism is poetry set to music, and Gatson delivers on the substance, the bittersweet emotions, (“I made love the new drug” – “Live On”) and the deep unveiling as to who Gatson is – on the first EP. I’m listening to “Blessed to Become A Blessing” as I write this blog post and my recommendation to new listeners – listen to BOTH EPs. “Draft Day” certainly embodies the experiences that made him, but also lays a clear foundation, (as can be heard on the track “Til Next Season”) regarding Gatson’s determination to be the inspiration and the light for others – “I grew up listening to ”Pac/His music was the closest that I had for a Pops”. As well as to succeed and be heard on his music journey – “Imma make it so they can’t ignore me”. Not everyone’s success is actually memorable. Thankfully Gatson claimed it, captured listeners and put the substance and respect in and on his name and music. Yep, it’s “Draft Day” and he just gettin’ started. Y’all enjoy!


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