January, 2019

Rae Khalil – “Girlfriend” (Album)

Torrance, Ca native Rae Khalil drops her highly anticipated debut album, “GIRLFIREND”.

Torrance, Ca native Rae Khalil drops her highly anticipated debut album, “GIRLFIREND”.

Thutmose Declares "Romeo Is Dead" On His New Track

Thutmose is a name that should be on everyone’s radar by now. He made a buzz for himself throughout 2018 building up to the release of his project, Man On Fire which arrived in November. His subsequent releases have shown an enormous amount of musical growth in a short period of time. He was recently featured on the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Enter The Spider-Verse in December. 2019 seems like a promising year for him already. Today, he returns with his second drop of the year, “Romeo Is Dead.”

Thutmose is back with his brand new single, “Romeo Is Dead.” Thutmose comes through with a more melodic effort while flexing his flow throughout the verse. If you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day, this might be the joint for you. If that’s not the case, it’s still an enjoyable track from one of the most promising young cats out of Brooklyn right now. Keep your eyes peeled for more new music from Thutmose.

Quotable Lyrics
Who taught you how to love?
You supposed to take this serious, stop playing with my heart
I need somebody loyal
This Romeo is dead, I drank up all your poison

Lil’ Nuts – “Straight Out of Concord” (Album Review)

Soundcloud has given birth to innumerable careers in Rap. Will Lil’ Nuts blow up with his album, “Straight Out of Concord,” or will it be just another project lost in the sea of online music?

Lil’ Nuts sounds a lot like Rittz but without the authenticity. He’s capable of writing and carrying multisyllabilic rhyme schemes over and over, but his content feels dull and repetitive. I never got the feeling that he was saying anything prolific, nor did he stray from the same tired topics that every other rapper has already touched on.
I hate to simply criticize an artist without giving them an idea of what they could have done better, so I sat and listened to “Straight Out of Concord” on repeat and I came to a couple conclusions. The first is that Nuts would do well to refrain from singing his own hooks without audio editing software. As much as I wish I could sing myself, it’s simply not for everyone. Another would be to work on his breathe and vocal control. Plenty of his vocals throughout the album are muffled or rendered inaudible by the sound of his own voice. It very well could be his recording equipment, but I don’t think that’s likely. The songs “Interlude” and “So Winded” are the prime example of what I’m talking about. the majority of time it honestly sounds like he was quietly recording in a closet to avoid waking up his roommates. There’s a constant struggle between his voice and the beat. As much as he tries to fluctuate his voice to match the instrumental, I think it ends up drawing too much away from the tracks overall instead of creating a varied sound to engage the listener with. There is one other thing I feel I have to mention. Lil’ Nuts uses a lot of vocal layers in a handful of his songs. The mixing of these layers are not good. It genuinely seems as though their sole purpose is to be distracting.
As is the case with most aspiring artists’ endeavors, this project is not all bad. I mentioned before that Nuts has a solid writing ability. My only critique with it is that his vocabulary is rather limited, but aside from that, he can definitely write well. Another good thing worth noting is that the instrumentals are really good. They’re deep, complex, and pleasing to the ear. The song that I feel is the most enjoyable is “Lo-Fly.” It’s a laid back and easy listen. He doesn’t try to race through his verses and adds some vocal fluctuations to give the song some character. It’s not at all perfect, but I think it shows the potential of the artist quite well.
My final thoughts are that Lil’ Nuts is an artist who needs to buckle down and clean up his body of work. He’s got the basics down for the most part, but it’s the little details, such as mixing, breathe control, and vocabulary that are preventing him from excelling.
Highlights: Production, Flow
Rating: 5/10
Follow Lil’ Nuts on IG, Twitter, and FB

Soundcloud has given birth to innumerable careers in Rap. Will Lil’ Nuts blow up with his album, “Straight Out of Concord,” or will it be just another project lost in the sea of online music?

Lil’ Nuts sounds a lot like Rittz but without the authenticity. He’s capable of writing and carrying multisyllabilic rhyme schemes over and over, but his content feels dull and repetitive. I never got the feeling that he was saying anything prolific, nor did he stray from the same tired topics that every other rapper has already touched on.

I hate to simply criticize an artist without giving them an idea of what they could have done better, so I sat and listened to “Straight Out of Concord” on repeat and I came to a couple conclusions. The first is that Nuts would do well to refrain from singing his own hooks without audio editing software. As much as I wish I could sing myself, it’s simply not for everyone. Another would be to work on his breathe and vocal control. Plenty of his vocals throughout the album are muffled or rendered inaudible by the sound of his own voice. It very well could be his recording equipment, but I don’t think that’s likely. The songs “Interlude” and “So Winded” are the prime example of what I’m talking about. the majority of time it honestly sounds like he was quietly recording in a closet to avoid waking up his roommates. There’s a constant struggle between his voice and the beat. As much as he tries to fluctuate his voice to match the instrumental, I think it ends up drawing too much away from the tracks overall instead of creating a varied sound to engage the listener with. There is one other thing I feel I have to mention. Lil’ Nuts uses a lot of vocal layers in a handful of his songs. The mixing of these layers are not good. It genuinely seems as though their sole purpose is to be distracting.

As is the case with most aspiring artists’ endeavors, this project is not all bad. I mentioned before that Nuts has a solid writing ability. My only critique with it is that his vocabulary is rather limited, but aside from that, he can definitely write well. Another good thing worth noting is that the instrumentals are really good. They’re deep, complex, and pleasing to the ear. The song that I feel is the most enjoyable is “Lo-Fly.” It’s a laid back and easy listen. He doesn’t try to race through his verses and adds some vocal fluctuations to give the song some character. It’s not at all perfect, but I think it shows the potential of the artist quite well.

My final thoughts are that Lil’ Nuts is an artist who needs to buckle down and clean up his body of work. He’s got the basics down for the most part, but it’s the little details, such as mixing, breathe control, and vocabulary that are preventing him from excelling.

Highlights: Production, Flow

Rating: 5/10

Follow Lil’ Nuts on IGTwitter, and FB

A$AP Rocky Gives Soulja Boy Credit For Paving The Way For Him

Soulja Boy is making it quite clear that he's getting ready to take over the rap game this year. Big Draco kicked things off with his infamous "Tyga?!" rant which turned into a full-blown press run. Soulja's been making it clear that he's the reason why some of your favorite artists have careers. A$AP Rocky, who's career blossomed on the Internet, believes that he wouldn't have a career if Soulja Boy didn't pave the way.David Livingston/Getty ImagesSpeaking with Big Boy, Rocky was asked about his feelings about Soulja Boy's come back. Although it's easy to dismiss Big Draco by laughing at his antics, Rocky admitted that Soulja did pave the way for artists to be self-sufficient by using the internet."If it wasn't for Soulja Boy, man, A$AP Rocky probably wouldn't be around, man," he admitted. "It's not too far-fetched as me saying 'If it wasn't for Kanye and Pharrell I wouldn't be able to do what I do in fashion and navigate and learn from their mistakes' and what not."He added, "He kinda made a formula. He was the first to do it and it work for him and since then I think that kind of became a basis of a standard way to make it."Unfortunately, Rocky hasn't had the chance to tell that to Soulja Boy personally, he did speak on having the viral sensation at 2019 Yams Day."He showed up to Yams day and unfortunately, I was in the back cursin' out some sound people," he recalled. "By the time he got off stage -- you know, A$AP Ferg invited him. So shout outs to Soulja, I'm so thankful he came to show love."

Soulja Boy is making it quite clear that he’s getting ready to take over the rap game this year. Big Draco kicked things off with his infamous “Tyga?!” rant which turned into a full-blown press run. Soulja’s been making it clear that he’s the reason why some of your favorite artists have careers. A$AP Rocky, who’s career blossomed on the Internet, believes that he wouldn’t have a career if Soulja Boy didn’t pave the way.


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Speaking with Big Boy, Rocky was asked about his feelings about Soulja Boy’s come back. Although it’s easy to dismiss Big Draco by laughing at his antics, Rocky admitted that Soulja did pave the way for artists to be self-sufficient by using the internet.

“If it wasn’t for Soulja Boy, man, A$AP Rocky probably wouldn’t be around, man,” he admitted. “It’s not too far-fetched as me saying ‘If it wasn’t for Kanye and Pharrell I wouldn’t be able to do what I do in fashion and navigate and learn from their mistakes’ and what not.”

He added, “He kinda made a formula. He was the first to do it and it work for him and since then I think that kind of became a basis of a standard way to make it.”

Unfortunately, Rocky hasn’t had the chance to tell that to Soulja Boy personally, he did speak on having the viral sensation at 2019 Yams Day.

“He showed up to Yams day and unfortunately, I was in the back cursin’ out some sound people,” he recalled. “By the time he got off stage — you know, A$AP Ferg invited him. So shout outs to Soulja, I’m so thankful he came to show love.”

Amazon Prime Video's February Additions Include "Lorena" & Tons Of True Crime

The bulk of the February additions to Amazon Prime Video’s streaming catalogue will be frontloaded with new material right from the outset. A few days later, Season 3 of The Tunnel, Brit-Franco crime-series is set to debut on the streaming service. Alternately, the Jordan Peele-produced Lorena makes its streaming debut at the midway mark of the month (Feb. 15) followed by staggering a selection of “Prime Originals” in the latter parts. See the full schedule below.

Feb. 1

Agatha Christie Presents: ABC Murders, Season 1 (Prime Original series)
In Plain Sight, Season 1-5
Just Add Magic, Season 3 (Prime Original series)
23 1/2 Hours Leave
Along Came Polly
Barefoot
Bounty
Brand of the Devil
Broadway Danny Rose
Chaos
Delta Farce
Flesh+Blood
Foolish
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Gambler’s Choice
Generation Wealth (Prime Original movie)
Gorilla Ship
Guru, the Mad Monk
Hay Foot
Headline Crasher
High Lonesome
High School Girl
Hollywood Without Make-Up
Hunters of the Deep
Irish Luck
Jacaré
Joan the Woman
Lady from Chungking
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Little Miss Hoover
Loaded Pistols
Lost Canyon
Lucky Ghost
Lucky Terror
Lying Lips
Marathon Man
Marie Galante
Men of the Plains
My Lady of Whims
‘Neath Canadian Skies
‘Neath the Arizona Skies
Next Day Air
No Substitute for Victory
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Oriental Evil
Orphans of the Storm
Outlaw Express
Outlaws of the Desert
Paradise Express
Partners of the Plains
Pirates on Horseback
Private Snuffy Smith
Queen of the Jungle
Racing Blood
Raiders of the Border
Rawhide
Reckless Decision
Rogue of the Range
A Romance of Happy Valley
A Romance of the Redwood
Round-Up Time in Texas
Rubber Tires
Secret of the Wastelands
Secrets of Three Hungry Wives
Sepia Cinderella
Sisters of Death
Sparrows
Spirit of Youth
Star Kid
Stella Maris
A Strange Adventure
Swamp Fire
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Texas Jack
Texas to Bataan
That Gang of Mine
The Blues Brothers
The Border Legion
The Ghost Walks
The Hoosier Schoolmaster
The James Dean Story
The Jesus Trip
The Kid
The Kid Ranger
The Last of the Clintons
The Last of the Mohicans
The Love of Sunya
The Married Virgin
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Money
The Phantom Broadcast
The Portrait of a Lady
The Proud and Damned
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Quiet Ones
The Shadow Strikes
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Violent Years
Thelma & Louise
Three Husbands
Three Men from Texas
Tombstone Canyon
Tomorrow at Seven
Tracy the Outlaw
Unforgettable
Universal Soldier
Untamed Heart
Vigilantes of Boomtown
Wacky Taxi
Wagon Trail
Wagon Wheels
Water Rustlers
Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World 2
West of the Law
Whistling Bullets
White Pongo
Wild Country
Wildfire
Winning of the West
Ye Shanghai
Yodelin’ Kid from Pine Ridge
Young Dynamite

The Later Additions

Feb. 5 The Tunnel, Season 3 
Feb. 6 Hillary, Season 1  Feb. 7 Papillon 
Feb. 8 White Dragon, Season 1 (Prime Original series) Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Prime Original movie) The Promise 
Feb. 15 Lorena, Season 1 (Prime Original series) 
Feb. 16 What They Had 
Feb. 17 The Party 
Feb. 21 Odd Squad: Odds and Ends 
Feb. 22 This Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy, Season 1 (Prime Original series) 
Feb. 23 Death Wish 
Feb. 25 Every Day 
Feb. 28 The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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Sir Young Duke and Cassidy team up for “Trendsetter”

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Emerging rapper Michigan rapper Sir Young Duke teams up with Philly’s finest emcee Cassidy on his new song titled “Trendsetter”. Over a sparse, synth-driven soundscape produced by DuaneDaRock, the duo proceed to rip the beat in their own unique way.

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By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Emerging rapper Michigan rapper Sir Young Duke teams up with Philly’s finest emcee Cassidy on his new song titled “Trendsetter”. Over a sparse, synth-driven soundscape produced by DuaneDaRock, the duo proceed to rip the beat in their own unique way.

Keep up with  Sir Young Duke | Soundcloud: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram

21 Savage Is The Face Of Forever 21's New Motocross-Inspired Collection

The “F21xHonda” collection is unlikely lovechild that came out of Honda’s partnership with retail giant Forever 21 – and make things even more unusual, they’ve sought the services of a rapper in promoting the new clothing line. But not just any rapper: Forever 21 found a willing and able 21 Savage excited at the prospect of fulfilling his side of a numerical prophecy. So without further ado, 21 Savage will wear several hats for the retail giant – everything from modelling at photo shoots to shouting out the collection via social media.

21 Savage conveyed his excitement to NYLON magazine in a pre-arranged marketing editorial. “I’ve always been interested in looking put-together, which I guess, by default, is an interest in fashion,” he admitted, to the dismay of those who’d rather see their idol wearing Dockers like a regular joe. As for the “F21xHonda” collection itself, 21 has taken a particular liking to the stylized moto pants. “I could wear those just on a regular day and on one of my bikes,” he added.

Although hip-hop has little in common with either side of the business arrangement, “the culture” shows no sign slowing up its zero-sum assimilation of the mainstream, even the Forever 21s of the World. Check out the “F21xHonda” promo video Forever 21 uploaded on its Instagram page. They admitted it themselves, this is the “collab you never saw coming.” If you ever wanted to wear Moto-gear in public, don’t be shy.. 21 Savage is waving you in.

Cantrell aims for gold with the “Fo Five”

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Hard working emcee Cantrell returns with an aspirational gem titled “Fo Five”. Over a booming trap groove, produced by Grammy award winning producer Rahki (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Eminem, Mac Miller) and MiSCHiEF BOY,  he details his struggle and hopes as he aims to get to the apex.  The song was inspired by the pivotal time in his life “before Stardust 2 Angels,” he explains. The song is a metaphor for Cantrell’s 2nd album/come back out of “retirement” since his last project, just like Jordan did as he came out of retirement and took #45 instead of #23.
 
#Starting5Tour Dates – Tix – http://www.massappealrecords.com/STARTING5TOUR/
 

2/6 – Santa Ana, CA The Observatory (Constellation Room)
2/7 – San Diego, CA House of Blues (Voodoo Room)
2/8 – Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
2/10 – San Francisco, CA The New Parish
2/11 – Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
2/12 – Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
2/13 – Seattle, WA Chop Suey
2/15 – Salt Lake City, UT Metro
2/16 – Denver, CO Globe Hall
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
2/19 – Milwaukee, WI The Backroom @ Colectivo Café
2/21 – Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
2/24 – Toronto, ON Rivoli
2/26 – Montreal, QC Le Belmont
2/28 – Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
3/1 – New York, NY SOB’s
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
3/3 – Washington, DC DC9
3/5 – Atlanta, GA Vinyl
3/7 – Orlando, FL Soundbar
3/8 – Miami, FL 1306 Event Space and Bar
3/9 – Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
3/11 – New Orleans, LA Parish @ House of Blues
3/12 – Houston, TX Bronze Peacock @ HOB
3/13 – Dallas, TX Dada
3/14 – Austin, TX TBA

Keep up with  Cantrell |Soundcloud: Facebook: Website:  Twitter: Spotify:   Instagram

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Hard working emcee Cantrell returns with an aspirational gem titled “Fo Five”. Over a booming trap groove, produced by Grammy award winning producer Rahki (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Eminem, Mac Miller) and MiSCHiEF BOY,  he details his struggle and hopes as he aims to get to the apex.  The song was inspired by the pivotal time in his life “before Stardust 2 Angels,” he explains. The song is a metaphor for Cantrell’s 2nd album/come back out of “retirement” since his last project, just like Jordan did as he came out of retirement and took #45 instead of #23.

 

#Starting5Tour Dates – Tix – http://www.massappealrecords.com/STARTING5TOUR/

 

  • 2/6 – Santa Ana, CA The Observatory (Constellation Room)
  • 2/7 – San Diego, CA House of Blues (Voodoo Room)
  • 2/8 – Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
  • 2/10 – San Francisco, CA The New Parish
  • 2/11 – Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
  • 2/12 – Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
  • 2/13 – Seattle, WA Chop Suey
  • 2/15 – Salt Lake City, UT Metro
  • 2/16 – Denver, CO Globe Hall
  • 2/18 – Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
  • 2/19 – Milwaukee, WI The Backroom @ Colectivo Café
  • 2/21 – Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
  • 2/24 – Toronto, ON Rivoli
  • 2/26 – Montreal, QC Le Belmont
  • 2/28 – Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
  • 3/1 – New York, NY SOB’s
  • 3/2 – Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
  • 3/3 – Washington, DC DC9
  • 3/5 – Atlanta, GA Vinyl
  • 3/7 – Orlando, FL Soundbar
  • 3/8 – Miami, FL 1306 Event Space and Bar
  • 3/9 – Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
  • 3/11 – New Orleans, LA Parish @ House of Blues
  • 3/12 – Houston, TX Bronze Peacock @ HOB
  • 3/13 – Dallas, TX Dada
  • 3/14 – Austin, TX TBA

Keep up with  Cantrell |SoundcloudFacebookWebsite:  TwitterSpotify:   Instagram

Julian Edelman Gives Two Super Bowl Tickets To Female Football Player Who Was Bullied

Dejah Rondeau is the starting quarterback of the Exeter Seahawks’ seventh and eighth-grade team in Exeter, New Hampshire. As a female quarterback playing with the boys, Rondeau was subjected to bullying and some on the team weren’t too happy with her running the huddles. Rondeau is a huge New England Patriots fan who wears the number 11 in honor of receiver Julian Edelman, who used to play quarterback in college.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft heard about the story and invited Rondeau for a tour of the team’s facility and also got to meet Edelman, who surprised her with two tickets to the Super Bowl.

“You won’t be playing on Sunday, right?” Edelman asked Rondeau as he gave her the pair of tickets. “I heard about your story. About going out there and having the challenge of dealing with adversity because people not accepting this and that. My respect level for you is through the roof! Because you ignored all the noise and played the game we all love and that’s football.”

The gesture surely made a huge impact on Rondeau who will continue to play for her high school football team despite all of the backlash she has received.

With a win on Sunday, the Patriots would secure their sixth Super Bowl which would put them in a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most all time.

LiveFreeRize – “Pinky Ring” Prod. By CHVLLY (Video)

With anticipation for his new “The Lower East Side Story” LP dropping later this year, Brooklyn based rapper LiveFreeRize links with producer CHVLLY to premiere his new video and hard hitting party anthem for 2019, “Pinky Ring”.

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