You would be hard pressed to find another state in the republic that is as musically sound as Mississippi. The birthplace of America’s music has produced some undeniable talent. The city of Jackson alone is home to more than a few capable emcees. Per capita I would put the Jack against any other city in the category, the only challenge would probably come from Detroit. Which is another debate all together.
Enter Silas, an up and coming rapper/trumpeter from the Fondren area of Jackson, and no that is not a typo, I said trumpeter. Rap Revolt is Silas’ introduction to a lot of people, and it is a hellova first impression. He runs the gambit when it comes to styles. He tackles every type of sound you could imagine to hear and he does it with style and grace. He effortlessly bounces between tracks, flowing fluidly over tracks pieced together masterfully. If this is his rapping resume, then he’s getting the job. He breaks down a lot on “For The Fans”, explaining what separates Jackson from cities like Detroit, San Francisco, Philly, and New York and why the city does not get the shine it should in the rap game. Then on tracks like “Warm Up Mix” featuring Core DJ Jonasty Silas firmly places his Hip-Hop flag on the steps of the Capital and dares rappers to step up. “Red Velvet Cake” is his stab at the often used “Pound Cake” beat, showing that he can spit over hit tracks just as well as the originals. Then he jumps on Biggie’s “Everday Struggle” and “Shook Ones II” by Mobb Deep, showing his understanding of rap history. Like I said this is one heck of a resume. You do not have to listen to me though, download it for free below and listen for yourself.
Then come back and tell me I was right, cause I am. Peace
DOWNLOAD: SILAS RAP REVOLT
Drums….drums can make or break a track. When Stro Elliot, producer for The Procussions, remixes a track there is always one constant, THE DRUMS ARE BANGING. This is as sure as the sun rising in the east and setting out west. Mackenzie is an up and coming vocalist from Los Angeles, CA. He voice is nearly flawless, his song writing is on point. Together the two take us on a trip through the cosmos on the back of a Luck Dragon. The milky way is the backdrop and aurora borealis tour guide. Enjoy.
Jamla Records is dropping GQ’s Rated Oakland on June 24th. On the latest release GQ teams up with Nipsey Hussle and Rapper Big Pooh over some unquestionable 9th Wonder production. So after working with each other on “Jambalaya” from Pooh’s Fat Boy Fresh 3.5 last year, we get another pairing of the two. So can we get things squashed between Pooh and ‘Te? Then can we get a LB song, just a song, I can start there. Of course, I’m going to need an album after that. Just saying. Oh and grab GQ’s Rated Oakland in 2 weeks.
Sundance and Illect Recordings are preparing to bring the world Midlife Marauders on June 17th. The latest nugget comes complete with assistance from Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Elias, KJ-52, JGivens, and Khadia Che. It’s a funky melancholy sounding track dedicated to the girl we all used to love. We still love her but she’s getting pimped by those who do not know her past and never prospered from her “golden era”. We hear a lot going on about mainstream rap music, but truthfully it could not be further from hip-hop. I guess we need a clear cut separation of the two.
Other than Dayton, Ohio, the funk flows in the Bay Area like nowhere else. Nobody translated that Bay Area funk sound into the hip-hop genre like Ant Banks. In 1997, after a couple successful solo albums and producing tracks for any and everyone in the Bay, Banks dropped a compilation called Big Thangs. It featured the likes of Too Short, Ice Cube, Dr Dre, WC, Ice T, E-40, Spice 1, etc. “4 Tha Hustlas” featured Dangerous Crew General Too Short, legend 2pac, and the incomparable MC Breed. Otis & Shug, Oakland’s go to R&B duo, also provided some vocal assistance. I could talk all day about Banks and his influences in the genre, but I will not, I got stuff to do. Peace.
“If it wasn’t for a Mic Check you wouldn’t have a check at all” just as relevant today as 1995. Aceyalone broke out from The Freestyle Fellowship to drop his solo debut album All Balls Don’t Bounce in 1995 and it stands as one of the most original and under appreciated works in Hip-Hopdom. Then The Book of Human Language came out a couple years later and everything I thought about Hip-Hop music changed.
YC The Cynic drops a video for his Yuri Beats produced track “Night Thoughts”, and to be honest..I hate it. Not the song or the video for any specific reason other than that Dab Rabbit scures me. The track is dope, of course, YC is the truth. Add Yuri Beats in the mix and it gets even more fresh for you suckers and suckas. I suggest turning on all the lights in the crib before watching…just saying…..Dang you Donny Darko….dang you straight to heck….
On July 22nd, Kid Vishis is releasing Timing Is Everything. The Detroit rapper, who is also Royce Da 5’9’s younger sibling, has been making some noise recently and is poised to continue doing so with this album. The D has a much storied history when it comes to the native artists reaching the masses. Vishis looks to be no different, his sound is already polished after years spent watching his older brother make some major moves in the industry. 2014 could be the year for Kid Vishis to take his sound to the masses and make people notice once again the Motor City got skills.
Monolith Monster is an album from Theory Hazit (Scribbling Idiots) and Cream Of Beats who are known collectively as DC Comets. The project dropped in March and was met with acclaim. The last cut on the album, “Intense” is a sort of posse cut featuring Wordsworth (Lyricist Lounge/Punch & Words) and Diana Theodora joining forces lyrically with Theory. It track is exactly what you might assume with a name as such. So how does one turn up the intensity? Simple you get Dert to remix the track and you add 1/3 of the underground legion Lightheaded, Ozay Moore to the mix and the result is instantaneous intensity the likes few ever see. The video is equally as such, you watch expect some sort of torturous outcome for our victim. Though things are not always what they seem. Buy D.C. Comets Monster Monolith by clicking the link below.
PURCHASE: DC COMETS – MONSTER MONOLITH
Murs and ¡MAYDAY! have combined forces and will release ¡MURSDAY! on June 10th. A collaborative effort from the Strange Music alumni. “Here” is a sublime dedication to the 9-5ers trying to break out and follow their dreams. Those who work all day at their job to go home and follow their dreams and aspirations. Enjoy. STRANGE!!!!!