Atlanta has produced some absolute monsters in the rap music industry over the years. We would be here all day if I created a list, the fact you are reading this means you should be familiar with anyone I could point out to you. Back on subject……E.R.A. is a new wave of Atlanta emcee who seems to want to break the stigma of the ATL sound. Of course, this only works when you are not aware of artists like Binkis Reks, Scienz Of Life, Mars Ill, etc. For me, he is simply carrying on tradition for the heads in GA. The musical backdrop for the project is provided by Glenn Gretzkey and Fate, E.R.A. is lyrically on point with tracks like “Coletrane”, “Felt This Way”, and “Our Turn”. I recommend this album for those who keep looking for artists that carry the torches lit back in the 80’s and 90’s. Oh, it’s free for you too, so what is your excuse?
Have you ever listened to a song and on the first listen it reached out of the speakers and grabbed you by your inner essence? Regardless if you say yes or no, you will now want to press play on the track below here. Mackenzie is a singer/song writer from Los Angeles, California and after listening to only two songs from him I feel confident in stating that he is AMAZING. “Sweet Communion” begins stripped down and melodic and builds slowly into something both poetic and grandiose. Produced by Monte Neuble and Tim Stewart and written by Mackenzie this is not going to leave your listening device anytime soon.
Oh Genius is a producer from the United Kingdom with diversity in his production styles. Lost In A Dream displays several different sounds and features equally diverse vocal appearances. “Dis So Funky Man” featuring Sky Blew and “I’m Out” with Ellis rapping and both tracks feature singer Shannon Ramsey providing melodies and support on the hooks. The former is an ode to The Whispers if you did not know immediately, I should not have to explain that. While the latter is a little darker and has a more dramatic sound. The stark differences in the two songs is indicative of the rest of the album. Download it and decide for yourself though.
The Liberations EP is the second in a three part installment from Oakland hip-hop duo Zion I. Following the boom bap of Masters Of Ceremony, with more of the same. Futuristic production from Amp Live which fits Zumbi’s lyrical styling like an Isotoner glove. The project was inspired by the sudden passing of one of Zumbi’s close friends. He pays his respects on “Lateef’s Song” which features 1-O.A.K. on the hook. Other outside contributions come from the likes of Mr Lif, Sadat X, Deuce Eclipse, and Opio to name a few. 6 songs seems like it is too short and the perfect length all at once. Zumbi said this about the project “To me, libation is when you honor someone by pouring out your brew before you sip, its a sort of prayer. On this EP, I poured out some liquor for my homie, as well as my family, and myself”
Vintage Noize is a collective of emcees who call Mississippi’s state capital, Jackson, home. A group of hard working and talented rappers, producers, and music professionals that consists of 7even:Thirty, James Crow, 5th Child, Ulogy, and new-comer Jaxx City. Recently, Jackson independent record label, Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town Records, announced that Jaxx City had joined their roster. Already putting out records for 5th Child (Love Letters & Suicide Notes) and James Crow (Religion, Guns & Money), this move makes perfect sense. They also announced that NoGood Nick would be the title of the official Homework Town release from Jaxx City, dropping later this summer.
To build anticipation for the album and forthcoming single, “Said B’fro”, Elegant Trainwork/Homework Town and Jaxx City are offering a deal for all fans. They will give away Jaxx City’s It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass for free via Jaxx City’s Bandcamp page, those who download the album will also receive the single for free when it drops soon. There will also be a code given to those who DL it for a discounted price on NoGood Nick, when it drops. Are you with me? Let us recap….
One: Download Jaxx City’s album It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass for free.99
Two: With said download you get a free download of the forthcoming single, “Said B’fro”
Three: In addition to the free single, you will also get a discount on the full length project NoGood Nick which is dropping via Homework Town Records, this summer.
Four: What are you greedy? Isn’t that enough? That’s two albums for the price of a discounted one basically, with no money up front.
It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass is, if I may put it simply, a perfectly funky introduction to how nice Jaxx
am errr, is. If you have seen him perform around town you have come away knowing only one thing, it is that Jaxx pours his heart into his music. He is the reflection of the city of Jackson that he lays claim to via moniker. The pulse of the city beats with each punchline he delivers. He paints a vivid stained glass masterpiece of the world as he sees it over 5th Child production. If Vintage Noize is a crew of capable yet distinguishable artists similar to the clan of the Wu, then Jaxx plays the role of the Ol’ Dirty Bastard. He’ll say some stuff that will offend a sailor in one line and drop some serious knowledge on you with the next. The transition is seamless too. It’s second nature to the Jacksonian. After the first listen, one thing is painfully obvious. It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass it will leave you wanting more, much more.
The beautiful thing is, you do not have to take my word for it. Click the link below, download the album FOR FREE!!!!!!! And check it out yourself.
While I cannot confirm or deny the fact that it would be alright for you to consume the broken shards of glass sitting in front of you, I can confirm that Jaxx City makes it seem like a perfectly healthy idea.
9th Wonder has assembled his Army in order to pay tribute to Kung Fu’s baddest mofo in the business. He brings together Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Rapsody, Big Remo, GQ, Torae, HaLo, Thee Tom Hardy, Sean Boog, Sundown of Actual Proof, Mela Machinko and SkyZoo to spit some Dyno-MITE / Dyno-MITE tracks. Who knew that when I was traveling all around LA looking for a theater who was going to carry the movie that it would blow up like this. Black Dynamite is everywhere. He’s got comic books, cartoons, mixtapes, etc. I for one couldn’t be happier. As happy as when I finally found someone carrying the DVD when it dropped. I swear I spent $100 in gas trying to track it down. Back to the mixtape, the Jean Grae track is muy bueno as is Skyzoo’s “Cool De La”. It’s a mixtape which provides the proper back drop for getting back at The Man and his army of Kung Fu Honkeys……
New Orleans artist Lyriqs Da Lyraciss dropped his latest offering Enjoy Every Sandwich. Presented by Sliktron.com and hosted by N.O. radio personality DJ Jay Skillz. Calling Lyriqs a cleaver lyraciss is an understatement. You’ll catch yourself skipping back to listen to the same verse time and time again trying to catch up. Download it and support some sufficient rap music for your ears.
Another excellent mashup/remix/edit from Big Boi’s Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors album. Seems Andre Patton is getting ready for these Outkast shows and his next album. Going to be a big year. Here we get Dre’s “Gossip” assisted by Krizzle, Bun and Chad mixed with Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” I think I dig this one a little more than the Sade track that dropped before.
New Orlean’s rapper The Wave, p.k.a. K. Gates, flips the D-boy stigma into Do Right U Gain Success (D.R.U.G.S.). Coming from a emcee who has lived some of the things these other so called rappers talk about it means something more. The D-Boy lifestyle leads to one of two places, a casket or a cage. The Wave seems to be taking the message further than the track, with a clothing line declaring the acronym. You can check out a video teaser for the track here. Be on the lookout for Million Dollar Day dropping in February.