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Expectations Rock Both Ways: “Ride” by Baby Cate | @_babycate

“I don’t want no scrubs
A scrub is a guy that
Can’t get no love from me
Get the fuck away from me
I’ll show you crazy
You might wanna run
It’s for your safety…”

Baby Cate recently released her single entitled “Ride” last week. Using a slowed down sample version of TLC’s “Scrubs” (with a remixed chorus) Baby Cate poetically “caresses” her listeners soul with the Bonnie and Clyde themed track entitled “Ride”. Although, some of the lyrics are edgy at times, I like the gentle pace Baby Cate takes on this dreamy sounding track produced by SKA. Expectations are a two way street if you ready to ride. Y’all enjoy!

“Bourne Bad III (Blaqlisted)” by Rymeezee | @Rymeezee

San Francisco’s Rymeezzee recently released his 13 track project entitled “Bourne Bad III (Blaqlisted)”. Despite the “shade” in the titled having been rejected, excluded, overlooked, and dealing with insecurities, the project’s theme is about not seeking aporoval and the ability to keep things moving. Produced by Rymeezee and others, “Bourne Bad III (Blaqlisted)” is the third and final installment of Rymeezee’s Bourne Bad series and includes some stand out tracks such as his previously released single “No Interruptions”, the it might be a casual affair themed “Dejavu” and my favorite, the jazzy “Time Is Now” (listen to the snippet below). “Bourne Bad III (Blaqlisted)” is now available on all digital streaming platforms. Y’all enjoy!

“Heavy Wings” (Official Video) by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much

“Young Vince Carter
When I take a leap of faith,
This one for errybody out here
Being great …”

Still rollin’ regardless… Jacobi Ryan dropped the visuals for the Week 23 release from his track #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign. Entitled “Heavy Wings” yesterday. And, I have to say that the vibe on this Autograph produced track feels more vibrant every time I listen to it. It’s a very melodic and jazzy track with a fast-paced and sometimes tempered momentum, that can be heard on both the production of the track and in Jacobi’s lyrical flow. And, trust me, after listening, you’ll be glad you came for the ride.

As for the visuals, similarly to the song, the downtown outdoor setting is casual yet vibrant also. Using close up shots, I like how Image Line Studios focuses on the very thing that I took notice of when I first heard the track – Jacobi’s marathon bars on the hook, which, given the theme of the track, comes across as something thrilling yet, beautifully deep and ruminative. Feel the vibes and enjoy!

“You Already” by @Internal_Rhyme featuring @Alex_Wiley

The calm before an album release… Internal Rhyme dropped another single from his upcoming album “Subconscious Rap” which will be released this Friday. The track entitled “You Already” as in “you already know” is both a sick laid back vibe and the forewarning to how Internal Rhyme and Alex Wiley pull up and finesse this track. “The way that I flow/They ain’t keepin’ up with me.” Y’all keep up and enjoy!

“You Already” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

“Ugly 8’s” (Official Music Video) by The Reform

The Reform. This crew from Inland Empire makes you appreciate that special energy that radiates back and forth between a crew of rhymers. The anticipation of “who up next”, deciding which emcee resonates with you the most, and more importantly, trying to figure out “How the hell did the Teddy Bear get put on?”

Yeah, peep the visuals for The Reform’s track “Ugly 8’s” and try not seeth with envy – The Teddy Bear is witnessing greatness in the making. Infinite TGM, Aesthetic, Greg Soull, Robby Noir, Jay Pharoe, Sean John Jack, Navi, Castro, Dirtbag Third, Xican Brown, Mr. Taz, Sir Wryter, Romer, Jehmal Jones, 9Three Aimore, KT, and Producer Raymakesbeats are The Reform. Y’all enjoy!

Stream and download The Reform’s debut album which is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

#52in365 Week 23: “Heavy Wings” by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much

On Friday Jacobi Ryan kicked off Week 23 of his music campaign with the track “Heavy Wings”. Produced by Autograph, the track takes listeners on a very melodic and introspective vibe as Jacobi not only examines the value we place on life while we still here but also the choices and actions we take especially if we consider that this life if only temporary or spiritual if you will (also according to Jacobi) – “Seem like everything is temporary/And to me the shit is scary/ ‘Cause we treat it like it matter more than everything…” After a few listens, I could not understand how this track was tugging at me from a place of two different emotions after hearing Jacobi steamroll through the introductory/chorus. (“What you suppose to do/ When shit ain’t like it was before/And now we at a funeral/And liquor pourin’ out?…”) Although. the mood on the track is pensive for the most part, due to Jacobi’s deep lyrical content, it’s the well crafted adrenaline rush that Jacobi and the producer weave into the lyrical flow and music that give the track this sort of unexpected thrilling balance which is different from Jacobi’s aggressive and passionate tone, but still has the same affect. In a nutshell, listeners will enjoy the heavy bars (yeah, it’s what you thought you heard while trying to catch up to his deep thoughts) as well as the heavy sentiment that is displayed on this track. Y’all enjoy!

“Snooze” (Official Video) by Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much (Prod. by Beats McFinnigan)

Week 22 of Jacobi Ryan’s #52in365 #FormerlyFresh music campaign is a wrap – the week is but the music vault that Jacobi is building still lives on as the intent for listeners on the receiving end is to provide value. Jacobi ended the week with an introspective themed visuals for Week 22’s track “Snooze” as well as Episode 22 of his “The More I Know, The More I Don’t” podcast which includes the story behind “Snooze”. You can check out both the visuals and the podcast below and stay locked in for Week 23 – #HeavyWings. Y’all enjoy!


Episode 22 of Jacobi Ryan’s #TMIKTMID podcast is now live. This week’s topics include:

– Out of state shows.
– The returns of performing out of state.
– The story behind the song “Snooze”.

The podcast is available for streaming on Apple iTunes, Radio Republic, Google, Stitcher, and more.

“My Path” (Official Music Video) by Halfcut | @Halfcut_Noc_Rec

“A yo’
I hit the ground runnin’
You never heard a youngin’
So hungry to hear the drummin’
With the sample and percussion
Ample when I’m bustin’
I was not called to this planet
I was summoned.. ”

“My Path” is the latest track and video from Canadian emcee Halfcut. The song is described as “a bit of a hustlers anthem, and an ode to people who take the road less traveled.” And, the combination of the tribal sounding track, backed by cinematic black and white visuals, as well as Halfcut’s laser focused flow, offers the tranquil escapism that you need especially, if you’re like me and enjoy your solitude and think space sometimes. Y’all enjoy!

Being Fuckin’ Young Lyric: “Get It How You Live” by @Lyrikkal (Prod. by DJ Chopp-A-Lot)

“What you doin’ young Sis?” Y’all she just being fuckin’ Young Lyric. And her and DJ Chopp-A-Lot just dropped this undeniable heat on fans yesterday with the track and visuals for “Get It How You Live”. Aside from the obvious grown woman sexy confidence and independence, Young Lyric straight rides this fire track from DJ Chopp-A-Lot with some uber elevated flows. Plus, the track is fire with or with the appealing visuals and is most definitely a club banger. But, what’s really dope is the element of Young Lyric’s consistency – she has not stopped since her “Rap Game” days and quitting don’t even breathe on her radar. Y’all enjoy!

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