(Almost) June Release 1: Sir Michael Rocks – While You Wait

While You Wait

To start off this exciting month chock full of fantastic album/mixtape/EP releases, Sir Michael Rocks brings us While You Wait….

This project is appropriately named, as his debut album Banco should be appearing for our ears a couple months down the road. An exact date has apparently not been given out yet.

Ronzo’s Word: Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always anticipating a new Sir Michael Rocks joint. Being a huge Cool Kids fan, as well as a fan of Mikey’s lazy, swagged out flow, I always expect good material. Premier Politics disappointed me, however. It was a long mixtape that did not have enough fluidity. Withstanding a couple tracks, Mikey took the ignorant level a bit too high. On this project though, Mikey keeps the classic delivery and goofy lyrics (laugh-worthy indeed. “Hit it from the back like she trying to lose the hiccups”), the beats go hard yet remain innovative, and the fluidity of the short project is definitely noticeable. Besides a couple tracks (“Slip, Slide”, “T-Shirt & Panties”), this project is definitely a good sign of things to come for the much anticipated Banco. Features are part of what makes it strong, as Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, and the always reliable Tris J all contribute guest verses.

One of the things I really like is the chemistry between Mac Miller and Sir Michael Rocks. They both bring goofy and entertaining personalities to the mic, as shown in the stand-out track “Madness”. I hope to hear more from these guys, seeing as they’ve had past collaborations as well.

Also, you really can’t go wrong with a Cardo produced Mikey track.

Download: http://www.audiomack.com/album/2dbz/while-you-wait


Day to Anticipate: June 18th

Summer is usually a great time for long-awaited projects to drop, as well as mixtapes from new artists trying to make a splash on the scene. This summer is no exception to that rule, as June 18th will be quite a big day for the genre. Three of the biggest names in Hip-Hop are all dropping albums, as well as a producer who has earned a name off making great collaboration tracks from high-profile artists.

Mac Miller will be releasing Watching Movies With the Sound Off, J. Cole will be releasing Born Sinner, Kanye West will be releasing Yeezus (yes, that is the name), and Statik Selektah will be releasing Extended Play.

For me (as well as a lot of you out there), all four of these projects will be enjoyed to an immense degree. Which one will have the best album? Who knows. Honestly, I expect different things from each of these albums. Mac Miller and J. Cole have room to improve with Sophomore efforts, Kanye has a possible classic in the making, and Statik Selektah is almost guaranteed to make an entertaining album with plenty of good party music.

On the day of June 18th, as well as the next couple days after that, I will be giving extensive reviews of each. Stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy these as much as I will.

UPDATE: Keep track of all the exciting releases throughout the month of June right here at: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/release-dates/

UPDATE 2: I’ll be keeping a look out of some other exciting June releases including, Joey Bada$$, Wale, and Sir Michael Rocks. Stay tuned!



Everyone has their own way of escaping the stresses of the world. Whether it’s meditation, exercise, or doing whatever makes you happy. For me, I’ve been fortunate enough to always have music for calming my nerves. Whether it’s Classic Rock, Electronic, or Hip-Hop, each has their own way of helping me through the tough days.

The one most special to me, though, has been Hip-Hop. I first discovered the beauty of the genre through Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, and Nas. There were many other artists I knew about and were interested in, but these three really peaked my interest. Reasonable Doubt was one of the first Hip-Hop albums I listened to. Tracks like 22 Two’s and Can I Live had me intrigued with the skilled wordplay necessary to become a great rapper. These same ideas were applied when listening to Black Star, especially Definition. I was amazed at how strong and precise a flow could be. However, at this time in my interest in Hip-Hop, I was still pretty unaware of what a good “flow” and “delivery” was. Even without this idea of how to grade a good Hip-Hop track, the sound of the things they were saying, and the way they were saying it just stuck out to me. Also, lyrics were a huge part of my interest in music, due to the importance of songwriting in classic rock.

Black Star

As for Nas, Illmatic has been an album that I constantly mention to anybody who wants to know as my favorite that I’ve ever listened to. I found out about this amazing piece of work a little after the aforementioned albums, but it stuck out to me more than any other. Eventually, this project would have a huge inspiration on me writing rap music, but at this time I was simply blown away by the complex maze of rhymes and syllables being thrown at me track after track.

Making multiple syllables rhyme was one of the things I struggled with the most when I first started rapping. Nas’ rhymes on Illmatic made it seem so simple, kind of like watching a professional athlete make a difficult sport look easy to the average viewer.

These days, Illmatic is my zen moment. My escape from the troubles of the world. For about 40 minutes and 10 tracks, from when Life’s a Bitch starts, until It Ain’t Hard to Tell ends, I get transported to a world of stories and rhythms; all far away from anything happening in the current moment. I can only hope that my music will eventually have as big of an impact on someone as Illmatic does for me.

Music will always be my escape from the world, whether I’m writing it or listening to my favorite album. It’s the perfect way to fall back from everything and enjoy something I love. Take some time out of each busy week to find your own zen moment. Your well-being will thank you for it.

Summer Breezes

Man, do these Spring days have my mind at ease.

Sorry for the long delays without posts, been quite busy recently.

More Dopamine Knights music coming soon! In fact, you may even see a whole project by the end of the month…

Keep your eyes open.

Here’s a dope jam for your Wednesday, an A$AP Rocky/Schoolboy Q collaboration effort. Pretty hard to go wrong with these two, with former Hands on the Wheel success (full collbaration mixtape, please?). Great music for this weather, so sip a cold one on the back deck and crank it up.