Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G change it up again this week, with their first foray into a non-hip hop album. The guys listen to Ibeyi’s self titled debut album. There is a lot to discuss here, as the women of Ibeyi fill their music, which is down-tempo beat driven for the most part, with spiritual messages and imagery. A couple of the normal segments return to the podcast this week. The guys bring back the track selection segment, with Silent G choosing a track from Nneka’s new album and Bloggy Bonilla playing a track from the latest Fae Simon album. The guys also bring back the “Local Music” segment and play a track from Jackson singer Tawanna Shaunte’s excellent new album, “Freedom Agent.” Finally, everyone’s favorite segment, “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends,” makes its triumphant return, but this time Silent G is dropping the shittiness on the podcast.
PURCHASE: IBEYI – IBEYI
PURCHASE: NNEKA – MY FAIRY TALES
PURCHASE: FAE SIMON – OUTROSPECTIVE
PURCHASE: TAWANNA SHAUNTE – FREEDOM AGENT
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G bring you a special edition of Comprehensive Beatdown this week. The guys listen to the new Kendrick Lamar album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” for the first time and offer their comments and discussion without any pre-work or notes. “To Pimp a Butterfly” was scheduled for a March 23 release, but a snafu with Lamar’s label, Interscope, led to the album being released for a short period of time on March 16. The album was pulled once the mistake was discovered, but the guys got their hands on an early copy and vowed not to listen until they could sit down and record the podcast. So, sit back and listen as Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G go through one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. The guys are left a little speechless on several occasions.
Comprehensive Beatdown will be back next week with a very special “Ladies Edition” of the podcast with the return of the regular segments. You won’t want to miss it.
In anticipation of his upcoming album The Bottom Line, Crown Me Entertainment’s Savvy has teamed up with DJ Young Shawn to release Book Of Savvy, a sampling, to hold us over until the album drops. Guest appearances include Kamikaze, Coke Bumaye, Tra Deuce, and Dolla Black with production from long time collaborative partner GuttaBoy and Hollywood Luck amongst others. It’s gearing up to be the year of Savvy around the Jack, with two back to back performances at sold out shows for Big K.R.I.T. and Kevin Gates respectively, he is set to make an impact with the album. I’m going to have this “Politics” track stuck on the iPod for the next few weeks, The O.G. Kamikaze from Crooked Lettaz and Coke Bumaye set it off on a proper reflection of the foundation, the present, and future of Jackson Hip-Hop.
DOWNLOAD : SAVVY – BOOK OF SAVVY (MIXTAPE)
Alex Faith and Dre Murray from W.L.A.K. are dropping a collaborative album in April on Collision Records. The title of the album is Southern Lights : Overexposed click on the link and pre-order the album. Here is a lyric video for the track “Wake Up” featuring Swoope. It is an honest look at what’s going on right now in America. We must form unions and stand together for equality for ALL men and women. Period. There is no asterisk to that statement. I salute any artist who will take an open and honest stance against the current state of affairs. Be sure to check out the album when it drops and cop.
Lizz is one of the most underrated female vocalists in the business. Here she performs “Speak Your Heart” live in Frankfurt in 2013. If you have not heard Lizz Wright’s album Orchard, then I suggest you go out and make that purchase immediately. Then buy everything in her catalog. The enjoy.
This week on Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G listen to and discuss “The Ecology,” Fashawn’s sophomore album on Mass Appeal. The guys abandon some of their normal segments to focus on artists who are on the bill for Blender 6, Jackson’s favorite genre-mash-up show, which is put on by Elegant Trainwreck Productions and Homework Town Records (Silent G is a co-owner of both).
Come see Silent G DJ at Offbeat on March 12. Opening for AF the Naysayer. 9 PM. $5.
Check out Blender 6 at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.) on March 14th. 8 PM. $5. Featuring Tim Lee 3, Jackals, Passing Parade, Brik a Brak, and Tyler Keith.
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The soothing sounds of J Dilla, The Roots and BJ The Chicago Kid accompany the Pro Era emcee on this journey. “Like Me” from B4.DA.$$ gets the video treatment and features a love triangle which is brought to a violent conclusion as Joey, the last of the three to meet their untimely demise, is gunned down in the streets by a pair of New York’s finest. As Joey’s spirit raises up, he is greeted by Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin amongst some of the countless others who have lost their lives due to senseless acts of violence at the hands of those who were sworn in to protect them. #BlackLivesMatter
Noveliss, Ilajide, E-Fav, and L.A.Z. known collectively as Clear Soul Forces, have combined with producer NAMELESS to form the Fab 5ive, with the album dropping soon on Fat Beats. The group brings classic boom bap artistry with new school sounds in a way on the Motor City could produce.
Skipp Coon’s Miles Garvey was one of the most important albums of 2014. I can say that with supreme confidence. On “RuRemArm” the Jackson, Mississippi native spits truth over the raw production. The video features Skipp visiting various institutions through out the Mississippi capital, claiming the streets as his pulpit with lyrics like “Pitch black, pitch crack. Bite. Claw. Scratch. Cause the pigs and the rats cooperate in the traps. Republicans, Democrats, Goldman & Sachs, keep the meat on the table, but the floor get the scraps. I’m on the floor where the poor people at, victims wear the denim, perpetrator wear the slacks. The C.C.A. got blacks on racks and Bob Barker supply the clothes on they backs. B.E.T. teaches our kids how to act, E.B.T. gets them they meals and they snacks. The I.M.F., N.Y.S.E., Nasdaq, make the world bank god, so we all pray to black” that make “RuRemArm” a scathing account of the current state of affairs within the black community. Click the link below to pick up Miles Garvey, for that you will not be sorry.
PURCHASE: SKIPP COON – MILES GARVEY