Kid Cudi – Satellite Flight

kid cudi satellite flight

I was definitely not the only one pretty disappointed with Indicud.  I had high hopes for it  back around this time last year, too.  It’s funny, back then I said the same thing about Man on the Moon II.

So, even if my anticipation is slightly restrained for his next project (that he just recently announced) Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon, I enjoyed his latest track, “Satellite Flight”.  The beat is smooth and spacey, with ebbs and flows from string patterns throughout.

Enjoy.  Let’s hope he keeps it up, and strays away from the strange songs of Indicud.

(also, it would be dope to hear some straight rap cuts on this new album… As a big fan of Man on the Moon I and A Kid Named Cudi, it would be a nice surprise)

-Ronzo

State of the Union

Run D.M.C. concert

 

A very important and interesting question was brought up to me the other day.  “How do I, personally, feel about the state of Hip-Hop? What kind of direction is it going in?”

It’s not the first time I’ve heard this brought up, though.  This era of Hip-Hop is constantly questioned, criticized, and scorn upon.  But why? Is it any different than criticism from any other generation?

I believe that there are many positives and negatives of what Hip-Hop has become after years and years of evolution.

I urge all of you who frequently view the site to comment and give your opinion.  I want to you know how you guys feel about the state of things.

-Ronzo

Dopamine Knights – Special Cask (Keep the Flow Going) ft. Froond/Sunday Meds 2 Update

 

DopamineMore new music from us! Here’s the latest track, “Special Cask (Keep the Flow Going) ft. Froond”.  It’s a bit more playful this time around, dope bars back and forth.  We even brought Froond along for the ride!

If you haven’t heard, we’ve been doing Sunday Meds 2, where we release new music every week! If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s all of the tracks we’ve done so far.

-Ronzo

Monday Grooves 12/16/13

 

Cold ass raps, cold ass weather

Cold ass raps, cold ass weather

It’s nice to finally be back in the groove of writing on here.  Now, just like me, it’s time to get you back in the groove.  Monday grooves.  Word.

(That was cheesy, but hey.  I couldn’t resist)

1. Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx – Fuckin’ Wit a Gangsta

“Jigga payin Dwyane, I’m paying Gilbert Arenas”

Man, It’s hard to catch Sean Price on a track not killing it.  The O.G. is and always has been completely hilarious with dope bars to bring along.

I am a big fan of Marco Polo’s music, and I pretty much have been since I first heard his Port Authority album.  His grimy New York style is reminiscent of a DJ Premier beat.  Naturally, Ruste Juxx fits perfectly.  The Crown Heights resident has been grimy since the beginning, spitting hard-hitting lyrics about street life in New York city.

Marco’s boom-bap stylings aid the perfect head-nodding atmosphere, making The Exxecution one of the best Hip-Hop albums of 2010.  “Fuckin’ Wit a Gangsta” is the highlight of the project, with a fantastic (as expected) Sean Price feature.

 

2. Fashawn – The Beginning

Fashawn has been doing this whole rap thing for quite some time now.  His work with Exile and his MPC on Boy Meets World is widely regarded as classic material.  This album put Fash on the scene.

It wasn’t because of his connections or catchy hooks, either (don’t get me wrong, he has both of those things). What really stuck out to people was plain and simple: the guy can plain rap.

With that being said, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard any solo Fashawn tracks.  His most recent work was with Murs, on This Generation.  That album was good, but it’s nice to hear that Fashawn is still getting it in with his classic style.  “The Beginning” is a fantastic teaser for his TBA upcoming album, The Ecology.

 

3. Elzhi – It Ain’t Hard to Tell

Remakes of classic albums usually don’t work.  Especially with albums that are considered timeless masterpieces.  The only thing is, Elzhi has just as intricate and complicated bars over revamped Ilmatic beats as Nas once had over the originals back in 1995.

I love the fact that Elzhi can compete with the best.  I also love that he represents Detroit.  We could not ask for better underground lyrical representation.

I strongly urge you to listen to Elmatic if you haven’t already, especially if you’re a fan of NasIllmatic.

-Ronzo

 

A Look Back: The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By

The-Pharcyde-Bizarre-Ride-II-The-Pharcyde

 

Summer is long gone.  There’s no overload of snow yet, but the temperature is starting to read around the 5 degree range.  Once that starts happening, you know it’s winter for sure.  I find the cold air refreshing; at least for a short amount of time.

Speaking of summer though, this throwback Pharcyde track has always been one that reminds me of the good times of summer.  The song is about not being able to talk to women they admire from a distance, so it’s not really about summer weather.  For some reason, no matter the weather or subject matter, the vibe of certain tracks just breathe the essence of summertime.  This is one of them.

That could partially be because The Pharcyde reside in Los Angeles, where good weather is prevalent all year.  The warm rays tend to seep into the melodies of West Coast rappers.

Either way, it’s cold outside, and summer tracks are the perfect escape.  You know I’ll be playing it. Bizarre Ride and the self-titled Sublime album should be in rotation for awhile.

-Ronzo

Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh – Fresh Veggies (Preview)

rockiecasey

 

Two of my favorite up-and-coming MCs, as well as some of the frontrunners in a movement I like to call “teen swag”, are teaming up to release a new joint venture on December 16th.  With both of these guys in full momentum, and judging off of previous collaborative work, this really should be a fantastic project.  It’s definitely one that I’m excited for, so here’s a breakdown of what to expect.  Here’s 3 things I’m going to be looking for with this new  project:

 

1. What type of styles should we expect?

When these two first started collabing, BARS on BARS were the main focus.  “Duckin n Dodgin'” is an ill track, full of back and forth punchlines and dope rhymes.  Since then, both have regressed into a style that flaunts style over talent.  I’m not saying in any way that this is better or worse for them, as I have enjoyed their style change, but a little lyricism wouldn’t hurt anybody.

You can’t really blame them for that, as their most recent rise to stardom can be most closely attributed to their style change.  Many rappers at the top of the foodchain are making a whole lot of money based on simple styles and swagged out appearances.  Both have the capability to make as many songs as they’d like similar to “Duckin n Dodgin”, but will they? My guess is we’ll get a couple.

 

2. Interested in hearing deeper subject matter

Anyone on MMG, Rockie Fresh included, simply do not have a knack for making songs that make them look vulnerable or like an average person.  With the exception of one of their newer members, Stalley, they perfer to write about the rich life.  Stories of money and success. Honestly, though, what else can you expect from a group run by a guy who constantly calls himself “Boss”?

That style fits MMG perfectly, and will always fit just right.  Rockie Fresh has surely been inspired by this, making songs such as “Panera Bread” and “God is Great”.  While both are certified jams, they don’t quite fit into the category of “super deep” subject matter.

Casey Veggies has actually been on a similar trajectory.  His songs are mostly about living on the west coast, popping bottles and dating actresses, things of that nature.

I definitely get it.  You’re young, you’re famous, you’re clearly going to be spending a lot of time living it up.  What I’d like to see on Fresh Veggies, though, is maybe a track that has a little bit more introspection.  A look back on troubles they’ve had in their past life, or philosophical thoughs, etc. etc.  I think it would do them some good; possibly giving them a chance to stretch out their catalogues a bit.

 

3. Singles, Singles, Singles

Both of these artists are so very, very close to achieving status at the upper-echelon of Hip-Hop.  The one thing they’re missing is the radio-ready single that takes them over the top.  Their rise through the blogosphere and the underground has taken them very far, but they’re still one step away.

Will this album have the single that takes them the extra mile? Maybe.  Their newest cut, “Celebrating Life” has the potential, and should definitely catch a lot of attention, but I don’t think it’s the one.  Having a top song on the charts would do both of them really well, but judging from the free download status of this album, it probably won’t be from this project.  Expect something later on though, on their next solo outings.

 

Either way, these guys are some to look out for.  Getting to know them now before the rest of the world does should be perfect for the inner hipster in you.  Be sure to download Fresh Veggies when it drops December 16th.

-Ronzo

TRAEDONYA! – Another Lie

TRAEDONYA!

 

This New York songstress is a close friend of Large Professor, who actually produced her latest single, “Another Lie”.

The song is a funky/jazzy piece with TRAEDONYA!’s lyrical acumen and live instrumentation that takes you back to another period in music 

-A.K. Smith-Ford

True words spoken there, as the track has a sultry jazz club feel.  Traedonya’s voice is powerful and moving, and definitely deserves a listen! If you like it, be sure to support her and cop High Fructose Corn Syrup EP, due early 2014.

-Ronzo