Monthly Archives: November 2019

Who Gone Stop You?: “What Up Tho” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much

Jacobi Ryan dropped the ultimate anti- haterism anthem yesterday with the Week 44 release from his #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign entitled “What Up Tho”. Produced by Gorilla Godzilla, “What Up Tho” is a melodic, bouncy track with this laid back “familiar” chime that eventually connects the dots to Jacobi’s machismo “esque” take to “mirror, mirror on the wall” in the lyrics…

“They say I went too far
Soon as the Range rolled up
We just bein’ us
And got the game goin’ nuts
And they be hatin’ on us
Cause’…
I keep a Jordan on my foot
Love readin’ books
Smilin’ everytime
A nigga look
In the mirror
Like “What up tho?”
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Like “What up tho?”
Hey…
Fuck if y’all feel me.”
I like to keep my lady hooked
Keep these haters shook
Smilin’ every time
A nigga look in the mirror
Like “What up tho?”

Jacobi took the idea of “vanity” and redefined it with a resounding “eff these haters, I got me and my success” vibe. As you watch the visuals for “What Up Tho” which was filmed with Jacobi standing in a mirror, rhyming, praising himself, and denouncing those that don’t clap for another’s success, you can’t help but to start your day like, “Who gone stop me?” This is for you. Y’all enjoy!

“What Up Tho” is available on all digital streaming platforms.

“Baby” (Freestyle) by Young Lyric | @Lyrikkal

Young Lyric dropped her third freestyle last Friday. This time she muses Lil Baby and Da Baby’s hit “Baby” and for sure she is on her “undeniable” shit and still evolving. Young Lyric already told us she was killin’ the game nine years ago. Y’all enjoy!

🎧 Common: “Fifth Story” (Let Love Have The First Listen)

“Sometimes I don’t want you to know what the ending is.” – Common

Filmed live at the You Tube Space in New York, an audience listens and reacts to Common’s track “Fifth Story” from his current album “Let Love”.

🎧 Brotherhood: “Trials” by KevnPhe | @kevnphe

“I always wanted more for them, and less for me/It was about other people and not what’s best for me/It still is/I gotta find a way to treat myself better/Hard times but I believe it’ll get better.”

The VA/CA duo known as KevnPhe are still blessing listeners with new music as they recently dropped their latest track for fans, the soulful and sentimental “Trials”. Although “Trials” is all about (the obvious) trials, tribulations, lessons and growth the track is also an introspective view (on wax) as to what makes this duo click that KevnPhe didn’t know listeners needed. On “Trials”, KevnPhe deliver a synergy that makes the anticipation for new music from them more pleasurable. For instance, listeners (a real one like me) will notice subltle things like how Kev sometimes steps confidently into his verses and then passes the baton to “Phe” and you know the next hook or verse by Phe will superbly balance out their creativity. Both are dope lyricists, but their brotherhood, not just the simple fact that KevnPhe are a duo, is something that doesn’t go unnoticed – kinda like their dope quotables. Y’all enjoy!

“I been runnin’ with fiends when it’s hostile/Supply enough dope on this beat to treat nostrils.”

#52in365: “Rewind” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much

On Jacobi Ryan’s latest track from his #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign, “REWIND” he reminds listeners that while the music or whatever you’re building on stays bangin’, we still need to stay elevatin’ against all odds. With an edgy, bass heavy vibe, producer Devoll compliments Jacobi’s impactful flow and lyrics which highlights the pitfalls and wherewithal of resiliency.
(“Back against the wall
I got it lookin’ like a Banksey paintin’ “.) On the track, Jacobi also name drops a few noteables from his hometown of Lawton, OK including boxer Grady Brewer, (“The pressure heavy/Bad Boy Brewer how I fight them feelings”) and NFL Player Adrian McDonald. In the visuals for the track, we see the “big homie” who “did it before” showing us (Appreciation Records) what being on purpose can look like. Y’all enjoy!

“Expect Takeover” (Official Video) by @TaiyamoDenku & @Rambunxious (Prod. by Bo Faat)

“I been directed
To give two fucks about
Being respected
And never leave behind
The art form that
Y’all neglected.”

Taiyamo Denku and fellow emcee and frequent collaborator Rambunxious came through came through for fans and hip hop heads on their latest track, the soulful “Expect Take Over” which was produced by Bo Faat . As with their previous collaborations, the two emcees never let you forget their origins of being skilled emcees from the upper echelon of lyricism. Y’all enjoy!

“Candyman” [Official Video] by Trife Diesel | @TrifeDiesel

If you thought your Halloween nightmares were over, Trief Diesel is here to – make you “love” candy again. So, step up to the van if you dare. And you will, because them bars gone be calling you Almond Joy. Listen and enjoy!

About the track:On this track, Trife Diesel monikers himself as Candyman, with connecting metaphoric bars of candy, suppressing your hip-hop sweet tooth. The delivery is genius, and Gamshottah laced the beat.

🎧 “Too Much” by Baby Cate | @_BABYCATE

“Don’t push me, I might stay down…”

With a beautiful acoustic “vintage grunge” flavor, Baby Cate tackles the issues of anxiety, stress, and depression with her new track entitled “Too Much”. Fans and new listeners will find Baby Cate’s bodacious display of her guitar playing skills to be the well intended soothing part of the track (yeah she is definitely channeling some Santana) as well as the truth about mental health in her lyricism (“fuck doing great”). Enjoy the music and share with a friend who needs this.

#BrrrPopEmOff: “Not Like You” by @LightsLaSoul ft. @JoziahCouncil

“Then I seen you at the mall
With that fake ass Lonzo Ball
I don’t care if he got brothers
Imma brrrr pop ’em off.”

And also this: “Just like NeYo with the radio/I’m sick of writing ballads.”

And wait, also this: “And I think I need a nurse/This feel like a curse/Since you sent me sixteen messages/I put ’em in a verse.”

Yeah, you can see where this post is going or rather, where Lights La Soul has creatively taken us with his love/hate/we just mad/this shit aint’t over track entitled “Not Like You”. I’ve listened to this song over a dozen times this morning as the infectious melodic, bouncy, track hits lovers emotionally and lovers of dope music in a variety of ways. It’s a relatable song with fire production and a fire ass hook that you can ease on into your memory bank (because you either heard it or said it before) by Joziah Council that’ll make you question why the fuck you mad in a relationship in the first place. Joziah just out here tryna’ celebrate birthdays love. What I love about the track is the overall chemistry that Lights, Joziah, and producer Boneheadbob bring to the track – it’s like all the dots connect and just makes you want to hit that Bobby Shmurda dance while you in your feelings, “go somewhere and change your attitude” and apologize to him or her, if that’s where you’re at in your relationship right now. Lyrically the track not only touches one’s sensitive side, but is also a subtle call to action to not be hesitant (“I need you in the worse way”) about one’s true feelings when the walls in your relationship feel like they’re caving in. (Yep, Lights, we gone need that make up song too.)

“Not Like You” is now available on all digital streaming platforms. Y’all enjoy!

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