After a week off, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G are back for episode 12 of Comprehensive Beatdown. This week’s album, “Have a Nice Life,” is Murs’ first record since signing to Strange records in February of 2014. Murs is best known as being a former member of the Living Legends crew as well as his work with Slug (of Atmosphere) and his numerous, well-loved solo albums. The guys also check out new tracks from Camp Lo, Abstract Rude, Holly Herndon, and local track from Jackson Heavyweight PyInfamous.
PURCHASE: MURS – HAVE A NICE LIFE
PURCHASE: CAMP LO – RAGTIME HIGHTIMES
PURCHASE: ABSTRACT RUDE – KEEP THE FEEL (A LEGACY OF HIP HOP SOUL)
PURCHASE: HOLLY HERNDON – PLATFORM
CHECK OUT: PYINFAMOUS – BANDCAMP
Welcome back to the Comprehensive Beatdown, Episode 11. This week, Silent G and Bloggy Bonilla tackle “The Good Fight,” the newest offering from Oddisee through Mello Music Group. Oddisee handles all the production and rapping on the record, as he continues to evolve his sound as well as his lyrical acumen. Guests on the record include Maimouna Youseff, Nick Hakim, Tranqill, and Gary Clarke Jr. The guys also check out a track from the most recent Oh No & Alchemist collaboration as well as songs from the new Blueprint and Nosaj Thing records. The local track for the week is supplied by Jackson, MS based artist Spook.
Thanks as always for listening. We will be taking a break next week, so look for us again in a couple weeks.
This week, Comprehensive Beatdown celebrates its 10th episode of the podcast with a little classic album retrospect. The end of April from 1992-1995 was a monster each year. Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G will take a listen to and discuss songs from Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head,” Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous,” and Outkast’s “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” The centerpiece of this week’s episode is “Innercity Griots” from Freestyle Fellowship. “Innercity Griots,” the Fellowship’s second full length, was released on April 28, 1993. The album in many ways served as a counterpoint to their West Coast hip hop colleagues who tended more toward the hardcore stylings of groups like Eazy-E. Freestyle Fellowship’s influence can be seen and heard through groups ranging from Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Anticon and many, many others. The guys listen to the album and talk about pretty much everything in this chattiest episode yet.
In this week’s episode of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G check out the newest album from Tal National, a band that neither of the guys was familiar with before this week (embarrassingly so). Hailing from Niger, Tal National juggles being the country’s most popular band with working to differentiate their sound from their Afrobeat contemporaries in Nigeria while also navigating life as a secular band in a fundamentalist Muslim country. “Zoy Zoy” is their second international album and will make a great summer soundtrack.
The guys also listen to a new track from Tyler, the Creator and a classic track from Crooked Lettaz in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the release of “Grey Skies.” As if all that weren’t enough, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G offer a whole lot of unsolicited NBA playoff analysis and bad Tim Tebow jokes. Thanks as always for the support.
For this week of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G listen to the newest offering from Young Fathers, “White Men are Black Men Too,” which was released on April 7 on Big Dada Recordings. Young Fathers continues pushing boundaries and challenging listeners, not only with their unorthodox approach to production but also with provocative topics covered in the lyrics. The group has found itself at the center of a little bit of controversy over the title of the album, and the guys will discuss that a little bit this week.
In this week’s episode, you’ll also hear music from J-Live, Potatohead People, Hoffman, and Theory Hazit. “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends” returns this week, as well as a local track from Tira D, which was submitted by the Hood Hippie Blog.
Thanks for listening.
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.
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G host the inaugural episode of “Comprehensive Beatdown,” a podcast to shine light on new music. In this week’s episode, the guys break down “B4.DA.$$” from Joey Bada$$. A track from the new Aphex Twin EP is discussed as well as “Blacker the Berry,” Kendrick Lamar’s most recent single release. “Comprehensive Beatdown” introduces its segment entitled “Shitty Songs From our Friends,” where a horrible song is selected by a local Jackson artist, musician, or business owner, and submitted to the podcast for review. DJ Young Venom submitted something called “Honey Dip” and the guys listen to it for the first time on the podcast. The episode is wrapped up with a look at a song from Jackson hip hop artist Dolla Black. Thanks for tuning in.
Collision Record’s artist Christon Gray, is a part of the collective We Live As Kings, known more commonly as W.L.A.K. Together with Dre Murray, Alex Faith, and Swoope Christon has seen some levels of notoriety, transforming into a feature on LeCrae’s Church Clothes mixtape series and on Andy Mineo’s Heroes For Sale album. On his lastest solo effort, School Of Roses Christon takes to showing off his plethora of talents from writing, singing, and rapping. The result is a very polished and cohesive album that offers an honest look into the world of an artist who swims against the mainstream.
The most apparent thing noticed on School of Roses, is the open discussion about the mind state of the singer as he battles again the demons within himself. The re-occurring theme of the album is a young man’s attempt to deal with the relationships in his life. He open discusses love, his faith, and the problems that can come for a young man when dealing with the two in the same context. Through out the journey, Christon remains transparent and crafts beautiful works of art around what seems like a bountiful amount of personal experience. Wise beyond his years, Gray dives head first on the “Roses” trilogy of songs on the album. Songs that feature only Christon’s vocals accompanied by piano, they provide the perfect backdrop to the album. Tying things together and packaging it with shiny wrapping paper and accompanying bow. Another stand out track on the album “Convenient” features contributions from Philly producer/emcee Wes Pendleton. Pendleton crafts a ethereal sound scape, where Christon once again deals with the complexities that attack an artist trying to remain on the right path spiritually. This is very apparent on the last 1/3 of the album, with tracks like “Arena (Final Hour)”, where Christon goes in to conversation with God and confesses to the whirlwind going on within himself. Centering himself after the personal confrontations through out the album.
Listening to School Of Roses, the comparisons and influences are obvious, which is unfortunate because they could lead to unfair criticism. I’ll save the argument for the sake of the readers sake, the album can be previewed and your own conclusions can be drawn. This album is a solid effort put together and polished by an artist who takes his craft very serious. Everything about the album is well thought out and delivered. The end result is an album you can play from front to back without skipping a track. An album which resonates with single and married adults, especially young men, who have dealt and continue to deal daily with the same struggles confessed through out the project.
PURCHASE: CHRISTON GRAY – SCHOOL OF ROSES (iTUNES)
PURCHASE: CHRISTON GRAY – SCHOOL OF ROSES (CD)