Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sonny Paradise - Morning Sunrise (prod by Joe Harvey)

Sonny Paradise is on a roll.  After dropping a solid instrumental LP he almost immediately followed it up with releasing tracks of him on the mic.  1st the ying... than the yang... and shit's dope.  Really dope.

On "Morning Sunrise" we're hit with a Joe Harvey instrumental and Sonny dropping reflective bars.  There may not be a video for this joint, but it paints a picture.  I imagine Sonny rhyming while looking out the window of his place early in the morning... the world waking up... getting ready for the world.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

John Crown - The First Ride EP

A little over two years ago I was an extra in a video for Fleeta Party with John Crown. On that cold morning in SoDo when we were waiting for the rest of the extras and crew to show up, I sat in John Crown's car as he played me a rough version of this EP.  It was seriously dope and as time passed I wondered what happened with the project and if it was just going to be one of those projects that fades into oblivion.

Then a week or two ago I got an email with a video for "The Intro" and I was brought back to that morning sitting in his Suzuki.  I was geeked... and now... BOOM...

MIZ - Downtown '81 MIZtape (Real Life Click)

Less than a year from the release of RLC's damn near perfect "Blood of Kings", MIZ drops a solo "MIZtape" titled "Downtown '81." In the same vein as the group project, MIZ' solo effort fits nicely as an extension from RLC like how Wutang and Boot Camp would put out individual LPs that would still sonically fall under the same umbrella.

From the Basquiat inspired cover art and nonstop headnodders, "Downtown '81" is another solid release from the Real Live Click that wets the appetite for their next project.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Black Eddie - Clash of The Titans

Black Eddie is back after a very short hiatus from his last single release with "Clash of The Titans". (featuring production and guest vox from Richard Cook)  In the fashion of a 12", it's a digi single with the original version, inst,, acapella and remix.  Now... let me say this... the OG is nice, it's dope... BUT the remix?!  Shit is one of those remixes that is right in the pocket and takes the track into hyperspace.  This remix joint is in the vein of the 12" singles where DJ Premier or Pete Rock would come in and drop the shit that would end up on all the DJs mixtapes and late night hip hop radio shows.

So fresh!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Black Eddie - Knowledge is Power

I was introduced to Black Eddie through Joe Harvey and the Cut Camp collective.  Every once and a while I'd hear a verse from him drop through that circle and every time I'd think how nice this cat was.  (flow, voice, bars)  A nice emcee schooled in the tradition Seven & Crescent rhyming, like how Brand Nubian was able to rock joints alongside dropping knowledge.

And that's where we are here.  Eddie hit me up the other day with his new joint "Knowledge is Power," which nods to the old Saturday morning promo and delivers with the math.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rest in P!

Of all of the emcees that have passed, I've been more shook with the passing of Sean Price.  He's seriously been one of my favorite rappers and like Ghostface was able to stay relevant while fads changed in hip hop.  I think a lot of that was that instead of chasing what was the style, he did himself.  He wasn't afraid to rap about being broke and his word play... man... he was one of the illest emcees (Period)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Zachery Le'on - Clouded Vision Sunny Mental

I kept seeing a pic of Klinik DJing on a rooftop for what looked like either a gig or a music video.  Now I know what that pic was for and damn... it's dope.

Zachery Le'on is another artist that will be filling out the strong roster of talent that is Strong Roots Records with his upcoming LP this fall.

Check the visuals.  Dope ish!