Saturday, June 4, 2011

Soope - "When You Come Home"

I dedicate this post to my best friend Cavin Edwards and his girlfriend Cristina Diaz. Cavin, aka Riddle Fontaine, is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. 2 days ago, he deployed to Afghanistan for a year. It's very difficult to know that he will be gone so long but we're made men. We do what is necessary.

Indiana's own Soope just dropped this track produced by Sinima Beats on twitter. If you know someone serving or have served yourself (as I have), then this song is for you. Big shout out to Soope for repping the 219 the way he does and for putting this track out at this moment. I know I personally needed it.

Listen up....

JF Brooks - "Love Can't Pay My Bills"

I'm slackin' on my mackin'! My inbox has been flooded with a bunch of crap and this dope submission right here got lost in the sauce for a few days. Shout out to the homie Mr. Lindo for getting me this early. I just accidentally dropped the ball on it. Better late than never though!

Here it is 7am and I'm blogging. All things with reason though. I don't think any track could possibly be more apropos at this moment than this new JF Brooks release. I woke up at 6:30 am on a Saturday to my cell phone ringing. It was my business phone. There's was a problem I had to take care of right away or there would be big problems this weekend. Instead of hopping back into bed, I took the opportunity to keep working. Combing through my inbox for new material, I realized I missed a gem!

I first caught wind of JF Brooks about 6 months ago when he dropped his first video for "Seasoning". I've been rocking with his music ever since. Anticipation for his first album 'Undeniable' has been building with each leak to the 'net. In March he released "When I Grow Up" and now we are blessed with "Love Can't Pay My Bills".

On this track, produced by The Watcherz, JF gives you the straight talk about a man trying to balance family life while at the same time staying on top of his business. What do you do when food needs to be put on the table? Do you sit at home and daydream about all the things you wish you had or do you get up, get out and get something? I'm on board with the BiGCiTYBiGCiTY front man. Love can't pay my bills. So I stay on top of my work. "I want to be all used up when I die." - George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beyond This Point - "Mama Said"

I'm always pleasantly surprised by BTP releases. With "Mama Said" the band takes listeners into the vein of Gorillaz, Tricky and even Terence Trent D'Arby with this soupy sound set. Lead singer Switch's lyrics move perfectly over the drum and bass as the eerie Kill Bill-ish whistle pulls everything into focus.

Beyond This Point is a band that continually stretches it's boundaries. This track is unlike anything I've heard from them before but at the same time it's exactly where I'd expect them to be. Evolving. The coda on this song is absolutely phenomenal and really showcases how the band composes complete thoughts and not just 4 to 8 bar loops and simple melodies. It's really fine work that any true music fan will appreciate.

"Mama Said" is the first of what is reported to be a series of weekly releases on the band's new blog Insanity's A Gift. While there have been countless weekly releases from major and indie artists, this set I will be looking forward to more than any other!

Let's. Get. Loud! 'Cause Mama said so.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rapsody - "Black Girl Jedi"

It's nigh impossible to go wrong with 9th Wonder production behind you. It only adds to the experience if the MC is skilled enough with words to take it up another notch. Rapsody just so happens to be skilled and it makes for exemplary "Boom Bap". Put your bookbag down for a second and check this out....

David Rush - "Welcome to Rushia 3: No Backup Plan"

Добро пожаловать в Россию! That's "Welcome to Rushia!" for the rest of us. Well, welcome to Russia actually, but you know what I mean.  The 3rd installment in the series hit the web today courtesy of XBMG. Subtitled "No Backup Plan", David makes it clear that his music is his livelihood and that there is no other option. 

His determination and dedication are apparent in the work. The disc is full to the brim with quality material. David's sound is generally characterized by synth heavy tracks with catchy melodies over classic 808 drums. The album is truly cohesive and that fact is largely supported by producer Pointblank who provides 6 of the 15 tracks. The rest are handled by a handful of other producers.

The result is a highly enjoyable collection of music. If you jump back and read my first post on David Rush, you'll see why his story is so captivating and why his music is so inspired. Click below to download and слушать музыку. Figure that one out on your own.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Team L.A.R.K. BBQ 2011

Join me and my people for the 2011 L.A.R.K. BBQ. Free food and soft drinks plus a special art exhibition and sale by Miart Design. This will be the 3rd L.A.R.K. BBQ and each time out has been one to remember. Mark your calendars now! It's going down.....

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About Miart....

Miart is a Japanese visual artist specializing in illustration and works on canvas. Her art style is influenced by fashion, street art and Japanese pop culture and cartoons. View her work below: