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The Tay – Pink Syrup

13 Jun

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Those of you who are fans of Dormtainment should be familiar with Tay, Dormtainment member/producer of their awesome mixtapes (more on that in a later post). If you’ve paid close attention to their videos and posts on their website, you’ll see that Tay does advertise his personal projects. I clicked on his link to see what he was about and was pleasantly surprised. Pink Syrup, his most recent release on BandCamp, takes you to a mystical island made of a stack of pancakes, home to naked women with fat asses floating in an ocean of this provocative pink syrup that gives the project its name. If that description doesn’t draw you in, listening to his “Syrupy Intro” (with your eyes closed and headphones in–trust me, just do it!), with its seamless blend of hip hop beats and syrupy-smooth jazz melodies, surely will.

You can find The Tay’s Pink Syrup not in your local grocery, unfortunately, but on Bandcamp where you can listen as much as you like for free online, or buy the entire album for $5.

-Uchenna Alia (@JoAnnaAfricana)

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Mixtape: Taylor Bennett – Mainstream Music

9 May

Young Chicago rapper, Taylor Bennett recently delivered his sophomore effort entitled, Mainstream Music. Mainstream Music features everyone from MMG signee, Rockie Fresh to Chicago mainstay, King Louie. Although, we hear Taylor still attempting to find footing on certain tracks, Taylor shows a huge amount of growth since his debut release, The Taylor Bennett Show. While the majority of the songs on Mainstream Music were produced by Saint The Good Boy the tape still remains eclectic in nature; with standout tracks ranging from the hard “Ballin” to the laidback, surefire summer hit “New Chevy”. While Mainstream Music is not a classic by any stretch, it is successful because it gives us a valid glimpse into the life of a young man on the rise, sets Taylor apart as an artist with his own individual sound–despite of his vocal similarities to his brother (Chance The Rapper) and leaves us excited for what the future will hold, because we all know that dude will only get better as time goes on.

stya nice

 

New EP: ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike – Buffalo Bill

20 Apr

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Buffalo, New York’s prodigy, ChaunSAY Mackin’ and Maryland beatsmith, Chisom Uzosike join forces to deliver one of the hottest EPs of Spring 2014. Noble Black Society presents Buffalo Bill (named for ChaunSAY’s hometown) – a lively synthesis of colorful, eclectic samples and witty, effortless wordplay. This 7-track collaboration is what Mortal Kombat fans would call a “Flawless Victory”. Buffalo Bill is a lethal combination that will slay you before you even realize what happened…So spark up and enjoy the show!

For the past month I’ve been hard at work, helping to create this work of art. It’s hard to describe just how excited I am to finally get to share it with all of you. HUGE shout out to ChaunSAY Mackin’, and everyone who helped to make our tape happen.

-Chisom Uzosike

Follow ChaunSAY Mackin’ and Chisom Uzosike on Twitter:
ChaunSAY Mackin’: @_PuffPuffPass
Chisom Uzosike: @AfricanChisom

Mixtape: DJ Nick Presents: The Best Of Cam’ron (Vol. 1)

13 Apr

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Marino Gang’s resident DJ, DJ Nick recently made a new mix for all you Killa Cam fans out there. The Best of Cam’ron (Volume 1) features everything from “Family Ties” to “Harlem Streets” and is perfect for brushing up on some throwback Cam’ron tracks. Check it out below.

New Beat Tape: Fa†e – A Night Lost In Paris

7 Apr

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As a producer, I listen to other producers with a critical ear. That being said…I love this beat tape. Fa†e is a producer hailing from California who has collaborated with the likes of Blu, ScienZe, Emay, and more. His latest offering, A Night Lost In Paris, displays his love for soul samples, “boom-bap” drums, and Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris. All you sophisticated, city-dwelling, hipster, Hip-Hop lovers who enjoy good vibes and lighting incense will love this tape. People who just love to hear good music will also love this tape. The samples are beautiful and arranged beautifully. This is most definitely a skip-free work of art, but if I had to pick a favorite track, it would be “Paris”. This free tape is a gift. Don’t sleep on this.

-Chisom Uzosike (@AfricanChisom)

New EP: Leather Corduroys – Porno Music Volume II: TSFR

1 Apr

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Kami De Chukwu and Joey Purp aka Leather Corduroys used April Fool’s Day to drop their debut EP entitled, Porno Music Volume II:TSFR (PMVII). The energetic debut offering features their previous release, “Dat Strong”. Clocking in at just under fifteen minutes, PMVII makes for a quick yet entertaining listen that leaves you wondering about what the duo will deliver in the future. Check it out below.

 

Music Video: Vince Staples – “Nate” Feat. James Fauntleroy

25 Mar

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In case you missed it–one of the West Coast’s most promising up-and-coming rappers, Vince Staples recently dropped his much-awaited mixtape, Shyne Coldchain II then shortly after dropped a music video for “Nate”. “Nate” is a solemn track off of Shyne Coldchain II whichfeatures Vince stepping back to take an observant look at his childhood and more specifically his father. Check the video out below and if you still haven’t heard Shyne Coldchain II, fix that now.

 

 

Pimpin’ EP Review: 100s – IVRY EP

9 Mar

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Fools Gold’s own 100s recently released his latest project IVRY EP, an eight-song project that recalls a time when West Coast Hip-Hop was primarily about pimping and anything that may result from said pimping. The project never makes any attempt to do anything other than glorify the act of “pimpery”, and while this could be an issue for another artist, 100s manages to do this without ever coming off as repetitive. He also (rather ingeniously) keeps the project very short and features very low (three in total), allowing us a peek into his world, making us want more.

Another thing worth noting is his beat selection. All the beats are more along the lines of 80s, 90s, electronic music, which somewhat surprisingly compliments his sexually charged raps very well. Take for instance the song “Can A Nigga Hit It”, which has a chorus where 100s croons “Can a nigga hit it?” over a beat that sounds straight out of a late 90s house club. “Ten Freaky Hoes”, a catchy ballad about “ten freaky hoes”, also has the same debauchery induced lyricism over a very laidback electronic beat.

The project is filled with songs that follow this same formula of 90s “pimp” raps over electronic sounding beats, and while it never gets stale, it does get a bit frustrating. Of the many rappers who boasted about pimping during the height of its popularity, none are still doing so, because (dare I say it) pimping is no longer cool. And while 100s is a great rapper and artist, I would like to think he could transcend pimp-rap for at least a song or two. And while 8 songs is a good amount of pimpery for just one sitting, I don’t see the niche lasting more than that. That being said, IVRY is still good, and is great cruising music.

-David Dixon (@DeanMonreaux)

Pros: Great beats, catchy choruses (“Ten Freaky Hoes” will be stuck in your head I guarantee), great songs all in all

Cons: 8 songs about pimping can get a bit repetitive

Score: NICE.

stya nice

PS. I saw Cherub live once (An artist featured on the song “Different Type of Love”) they are great, I recommend anyone who is reading to listen to them.

Ratchet Mixtape: Eat’n Everything – Beat King

5 Mar

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If you haven’t heard of Beat King, you probably don’t live in Texas or go to school with alot of southerners (Shoutout to HU). Anyways, Beat King (AKA Beat King Kong, AKA The Club God) is a club rapper/producer out of Texas. He “waits for stupid shit to happen, then raps about it”. Think of it as a ratchet BBC. You’ll laugh and get live all at the same time. This guy is a genius. Thank you, Club God.

(Can I Get Some) L.O.V.E. [Hosted by Chisom Uzosike]

23 Feb

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Valentine’s Day was last weekend (Yes, Friday counts as the weekend). Does that mean it’s too late to give a Valentine’s Day gift? Of course not! I’ve made you all a special mixtape dedicated to…LOVE. I dug deep for some of the classics you’ll find here. If you love Hip-Hop, R&B, and Love (and all its ups and downs), this is for you. I love you all!

– Chisom Uzosike

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