Jaxx City is part of the Jackson, MS based collective Vintage Noize. A group of capable artists which includes 5th Child, James Crow, 7even:Thirty, and Ulogy. On July 8th, Jaxx City released his latest work No Good Nick, via Homework Town records. On “Laughter” he enlists 7even:Thirty and Ulogy on the vocals and 5th Child on the beat. “Laughter” is an energetic head nodder and allows the emcees to showcase their skills. Each one bouncing back and forth over the beat like it was second nature. It probably is.
Purchase: Jaxx City – No Good Nick
“The Problem is that the problem ain’t rap/can you help me articulate that?”
Jackson born emcee 7Even:Thirty released his third album to date on July 8th, 2014 to much critical acclaim. The Problem was entirely produced by fellow Jacksonian and Mello Music Group alumni Gensu Dean. The duo crafted a great album filled with a plethora of quality music building up to “The Problem”, the title track which closes out the album (omitting the bonus track of course). If Pharoahe Monch’s album PTSD was the hypothesis regarding the troubles surrounding the experiences of the black male in America, then the track “The Problem” by 7even:Thirty and produced by Gensu Dean is the theory which proves it to be true.
“And they claim it’s stand your ground/when you aint never had no ground/to stand on/cause the place you call home/they can come and tear that down”
7even menses no words as he delivers powerful imagery over grimy, classic Gensu production. The lyrics are powerful and the beat is raw, it’s boom bap at it’s essence. The video accurately portrays everything I envisioned when I first heard this track. On an album full of excellent music, “The Problem” stands out as a defining moment. It is one of those tracks that make you feel like everything in the artist’s catalog to that point has been building to it specifically. Malcolm Gladwell describes it as the Tipping Point, if you follow on social media, then you know this comparison is founded. The response to “The Problem” has been great, the video was well received by peers, critics, and fans alike. We sit in anticipation, as those who know, are aware that the best is yet to come.
Statik Selektah puts together two of my favorite emcees on this track, plus a bonus cameos from Hex Murda and Kool Keith himself. This is one of the smoothest tracks out right now.
Pay attention to the things going on around you and recognize that soon there will be no turning back. A line has been drawn in the sand and it is time to draw one back.
Kamikaze calls on fellow Jackson/Jafrican microphone splitters, James Crow and 5th Child on “Mr. Policeman” from his forth coming album, Tacos For Breakfast. Not much I can tell you about it that you can’t get from listening to it. Let the mouthpieces of the movement, speak and let those with the ears to listen, hear.
Take some time out of your day to celebrate the brilliance of Robin Williams.
This weeks episode of Husbands, Artists, Fathers Radio or WHAF Radio as we know it more commonly. Skipp Coon and Satchel Page bring forth the knowledge of years of experience and trench work as husbands, artists, as well as fathers.
Satchel Page and Skipp Coon are back at it again and they have brought along DJ Jonasty with them yet again. Husbands, Artists, and Fathers radio is a honest critique of the cultural going-ons from two men who share those titles, amongst others. Peep game, you might learn something.
Philly emcee Ant Coughlin teams up with Wes Pendleton and Tragic Hero on “Thru The Floor” from his forthcoming project Light Rooms, Dark Halls. Production provided by fellow Philadelphia native Was Pendleton who never disappoints on the boards. Jersey’s Tragic Hero drops a nice verse sandwiched in between a couple of really nice Ant verses. Enjoy. Pick up the album.
PURCHASE: ANT COUGHLIN – LIGHT ROOMS/DARK HALLS
PURCHASE: ANT COUGHLIN – LIGHT ROOMS, DARK HALLS (CD)
When Hall Of Game dropped I had already been seeing the video for “Things’ll Never Change” on MTV Jams. That oh so familiar sample plus Bo-Rock from The Dove Shack on the hook made this an instant hit to me. Then add the fact E-40 slowed his flow down a little bit, spoke on some serious issues, and was rocking a Kansas City Royals hat in the video and that’s all it took. I played this track on repeat when the album dropped. It was soothing and soulful.