Friday, February 1, 2013

Baiyu - "Mourning Hangover"

At this point, Baiyu is just not playing fair. This 2nd release in her 2013 series of monthly releases called "Mourning Hangover" is SO EFFIN' FLY! I happened to be up last night when the track hit YouTube and I was swept off of my feet at first listen. Her work with producer KQuick is always epic.

February is here which means we can expect a LOT of songs about love and relationships as everyone gears up for Valentine's Day. Many of them will stink. (You won't hear about those from me.) Some of them will be really good. Others still are this level of dope.

One of the greatest elements of Baiyu's songwriting is her mastery of metaphors. In style and approach, "Mourning Hangover" reminds me of "Mind Freak" from her latest album 'Hunter.' Brilliant writing that marries two separate themes with wordplay.

She's got another hit on her hands with this one! Check it out....

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

F.Y.I. - "Incense"

I hear a LOT of rappers and one of rappers' favorite thing to say is, "I'm working." What that usually translates to is, "I spend a lot of time in my friend's bedroom studio creepin' on a come up." It's terribly cliche and repetitive but that's what rappin' ass rappers do, so whatever.

Then there are rappers like F.Y.I. He is working. From performing at some of the country's biggest indie music festivals like A3C and CMJ to landing a spot on a reality TV show to being named a Top 25 Artist to Watch on URB Magazine; F.Y.I. is doing real work.

The newest showcase in his storied history is the single, "Incense" produced by LA based hitmaker Shlohmo. It's a cloudy tale of a lascivious late night told in a cryptic style that really sets F.Y.I. apart as an artist. There is a behind the scenes clip available from the video shoot and I can't wait to see it.

Now I need to find my damn incense. "We burning incense slooooowwwww...." 

Blitz - "Disappointment" Music Video

This is a nice little pick from my inbox. Fresh new music by way of Gary, Indiana transplanted in Atlanta and delivering a solid visual shot in New York. Blitz has some potent influence coming from those 3 cities. The King of Pop was born in Gary, everything on mainstream radio sounds like the ATL and New York is the birthplace of Hip-Hop. How does that translate in Blitz' sound? Pretty well, actually.

"Disappointment" is a contemplative record that kicks off with the fantastic motivational speech delivered by Al Pacino's character in the film 'Any Given Sunday.' The production is my favorite part of the experience but that's no knock to his rapping ability. He's dope! The track is just that smooth. What makes it even more impressive is Blitz produced it himself. Of course, it fits his flow like a glove and makes for a fresh sound. I had to repeat this one a few times because that groove is so official. Head nod supreme.

Check it out...