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Juxtaposed: “Alive” by EVV | @Evv317

BHG Music Group’s EVV steps out of the calm and demeanor shell that listeners have become accustomed to as heard on his last two tracks 2018’s “Control” and his first track for 2019, “God’s Gift”. On his latest track “Alive”, EVV gives us the familiar soulful yet energetic, singing on the hook then surprises fans with a rapid fire flow that culminates into some very “alive” bars. And just like that, we’ve all been tossed off EVV’s “comfy couch”. Below is the snippet of ‘Alive” which is now available on all digital streaming platforms. Spoiler alert: when you listen to the full track, 1:25 – 2:14 is where EVV demonstrates how his creative cup runneth over. Listen and enjoy!

“7 AM In Brooklyn” by I$O Indies | @ISOindies

The lyrically superb Brooklyn duo, I$O Indies released their latest track “7 AM In Brooklyn” last week. The lyrics touch upon preparing for what lies ahead and still rolling with the punches. Produced by Jahb Less, Ant (Conchez Yut) and Dill (Dillmatic) each deliver verses that are totally an authentic Golden Age vibe, yet makes you want skip winter, lay on a beach and soak up the hip hop warmth that is I$O Indies. Listen, enjoy, and play this all day!

On The Side of The Creator: “Hated” by @Nothin2Much (prod. by Nolan Ellis)

“I”m mixed with black and white
I wish that didn’t matter… ‘
Jacobi Ryan, “Hated”

It’s Week 6 of the “52in365 Formerly Fresh” campaign and this week Jacobi Ryan gets a little personal and socio-political on his hard hitting track, “Hated”. Producer Nolan Ellis, provides the high energy soundscape which builds momentum into an ironically swagged out rhythm that compliments Jacobi’s despite everything theme. The lyrical content examines the unpolished sides of a coin in regards to race, religion and his undivided stance.

“One side of my family enslaved the other half.”

The product of mixed heritages himself (both black and white), in the song Jacobi takes all his people to task and neither the familiar systemic tactics (“Redlining out of blood smears…”) of the oppressor, nor the intracultural issues of the oppressed in his family tree are left unscathed. (“Are you trying to stop the cycle/Or are you too attached?”). In regards to religion, Jacobi also pulls out the hypocrite card by taking to task those who hide Jesus’s race and the reasons for his condemnation. Basically, it ain’t all unconditional love and acceptance all the time now is it? Just know Jacobi stands for the side of the creator. Now, the big middle finger to all of this can be felt in the powerful chorus where Jacobi lyrically plays target practice on the hate that haters hate bullet points and at the same time drives home the message that he is still all good regardless – hence the theme for his 2019 music campaign:

“Them people gon prolly hate it
But we gon get this money
Them peope gon prolly hate it
I love hip hop
I’m black, educated,
Reading books in a hoodie
Them people gon prolly hate it
I love hip hop…”

“Hated” unpacks a lot of issues (and we will explore this a little further with Jacobi in the next few days on TGSoHH pages) but still allows listeners to enjoy good music and appreciate this artist’s drive and motivation even more. Don’t forget to check out the podcast #TMIKTMID on Monday morning (click link here) as Jacobi provides the background story behind “Hated” which is now available on all streaming platforms. The campaign continues y’all – listen to the snippet below and enjoy!

Listen to last week’s episode of Jacobi Ryan’s “The More I Know, The More I Don’t” podcast below to find out the background story behind Week 5’s #52in365 #FormerlyFresh track release for “All Time High”, as well as his tthoughts why he decided to vlog everyday, how Super Bowl commercials prove the value of Obama’s presidency, how accurate it is that advertising is the “art form” America contributed to the world.

#52in365 #FormerlyFresh Campaign: “All Time High” (Video) – Jacobi Ryan | @Nothin2Much

Today, Jacobi Ryan surprised fans, and new listeners that have been riding with him on his “52in365 Formerly Fresh” campaign by dropping visuals for the part poignant, yet aggressive and part club banger track “All Time High”. You’ll see in the visuals that Jacobi is embracing his Lonewolf status and lettin’ you know he ready for that smoke. He don’t care who really started it – he from Lawton and he still rollin’ regardless… Stay on this campaign trail and enjoy!

#DJ “Soulquarians Visual DJ Set” by Mad Skillz | @SkillzVa

📷: IG/@SkillzVa

All I can say is the Instagram and Youtube platforms were made for visuals and moments like these. Mad Skillz created an out of this world visual DJ tribute set for the Soulquarians (Erykah Badu, Common, D”Angelo, Dilla, Q-tip, Bilal, James Poyser, Mos Def, and Questlove). If you are a fan of the Soulquarians you will appreciate this timeless set that Mad Skillz has put together for the culture. Enjoy!

@Klokwize Drops Video For “Mama Forgive Me” ft. Angela Luna (Official Video)

Photo: klokwize.net

Klokwize dropped his second visuals for the track “Mama Forgive Me” from his “Dangerous Youth” EP. This is actually one of my favorite tracks from the EP, as it is so heartfelt as Klokwize pulls out all the stops in examining his own imperfections and decisions over the past few years. Not only that, if you listen closely you’ll even hear the line “I killed a man” repeatedly after Klokwize puts forgiveness on the table, which alludes to the fact that he almost lost himself too. Well, Klokwize, we are glad your self-reflection ended up being a muse for a dope song. Y’all listen and enjoy!

Swerving On Haters: “W.H.I.S.T.H.” (Video) – @WeRdoZe

“Make EveRy Thought WoRk In YouR FavoR” – WeRdoZe

Oklahoma City, OK natives the WeRdoZe released their Intro video for their forthcoming project “K.E.W.L”. entitled “W.H.I.S.T.H.” (WhateveR Happens Is Suppose To Happen) this week. The track and visuals definitely pokes at our thinking in terms of what we manifest and what plans He has for us as demonstrated in the predicament that you’ll see B-Meadz and Spreez find themselves in. Above all, the group drives home another message – you have to believe in your worth and stay “swerving on the haters”. Absorb and enjoy!

Unfazed: “Dead Faces” by @BHGBenJamIN1 (production by @JohnnyStormBeats)

Last week, BenJamIN dropped his track “Westside” and returns again this week with the slow thumpin’, bass and drum heavy track, produced by @JohnnyStormBeats entitled “Dead Faces”. If you haven’t caught up – this Indiana rapper’s dark mystique is a whole vibe and works rather well with having listeners and fans focus/not focus on the aesthetics and absorb the good creative vibes. However, you can’t ignore BenJamIN’s Jason mask – you choose. Now, if you’ve had a chance to immerse yourself in some of BenJamIN’s music, visuals, past experiences as heard within his lyrics, his undying support of his homies and consider the theme of his upcoming project “Gang Szn” – then this track will hit you with an epiphany as to why he’ll never fold – “Dead Faces”. That’s the reaction… unfazed. “Dead Faces” is currently available on all streaming platforms however, you can listen to the snippet below. Enjoy!

“BREADWINNER” Lights La Soul | @LightsLaSoul (prod. Edon Jacobs)

“Bricks don’t fall when
The food gets thin…’
Lights La Soul, “Breadwinner”.

Lights La Soul schooled us on the economics of “The Black Dollar” last year and returns in 2019 with the “smoke” (yeah, sometimes that is the natural anecdote to life’s frustrations but so is dope ass music – therapy) on his latest track entitled “Breadwinner”. The track is a bouncy, slow tempo track, with the organ vibes, laced with horns, bass and high hats. Even Lights La Soul takes his time stepping up and engaging listeners into the first verse which makes for a nice pause break to appreciate and absorb the music production on the track. The lyrical content is part resiliency (“God double vest me”) and if you catch it, Lights imparts a little “breadwinning” wordplay/financial literacy in his lyrics on rhe track – “I’m the soul with a 412, aim high every time I shoot/I’m the soul with a 412, aim high, twenty-one gun salute” – hence the gun references in the lyrics. The track is now available on all digital streaming platforms. Listen to “Breadwinner” below and enjoy!

Nostalgic x Lo-Fi x Chip Tune: “Saturday Night Special” by @GoneWallace

“She ain’t trippin no more
Rockin’ Michael Jackson
Bad leather jackets
With the zippers and the buckles
And the fitted jeans to match it…” – GXNE Wallace,

I recently told GXNE Wallace he is the nostalgic, grown and sexy lo-fi King and with his latest track “Saturday Night” one can also add chip tune music to that title too. Whether he is the Black Green Ranger (the nostalgic and nice) or not (“They say GXNE, yous an ill muthafucka/I said ni##a you ain’t bullshittin'”) you have to appreciate his storytelling, slick what-did-he-just-say adult innuendos and bravado that are always creatively interwoven in his lyrics. Over the years, he has created a great catalogue of music and projects that will take you places “Monk’s Too”, “The Black Green Ranger”, “Lisa Bonet”, “Love Jones” and his latest project “Crockett Gets The Testarossa”. In the meantime, vibe out to his current track “Saturday Night Special” and see if them innocent looking Power Rangers on the cover artwork are bullshittin’. Enjoy!

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