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CZARFACE & MF DOOM – “Super What?” (Album Review)


This is the surprise 2nd collaborative album between East Coast supergroup
CZARFACE & one of the most beloved MCs/producers in all of hip hop: MF DOOM. The first time we heard Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with Viktor was on “Ka-Bang!” off the trio’s classic 2015 sophomore album Every Hero Needs a Villain, which was followed up in 2018 with the appropriately titled CZARFACE Meets Metal Face. But after being delayed for the past year due to COVID-19 as well as DOOM’s unfortunate passing, Super What? is finally seeing the light of day.

“The King & Eye” is a solid way to kick the album off as the quartet team up with D.M.C. to declare themselves as royalty on top of a boom bap beat from none other than The Czar-Keys with some chimes being incorporated. The next song “Czarwyn’s Theory of People Getting Loose” goes on about how “there’s no dope in the industry” & even though I personally believe is far from true, all 3 of the verses on here are cutthroat as Hell. As for the production end of it: I like how it starts off grimy, but the switch-up midway through Esoteric’s verse was a bit unnecessary.

“Mando Calrissian” has a Special Herbs feel to it instrumentally as the trio talk about going commando, but then the track “DOOM Unto Others” is an decimating battle rap cut. Del the Funky Homosapien provides the best feature at the end of the threatening “Jason & the Czargonauts” before talking about “continuing where they left off” on the jazzy “Break in the Action”.

After the “A Name to the Face” skit, the song “This is Canon Now” is a 7L & Eso solo cut taking it back to the days of A New Dopeinstrumentally & dropping numerous comic references. The penultimate track “So Strange” incorporates an organ as well as some dusty drums as they pop off about the thoughts in their mind & even though I like the storytelling on “Young World” a lot, it’s a weird way to end the album.

Even though Super What? is more of an EP to me than a full-length, I still enjoyed it as much as CZARFACE Meets Metal Face. The chemistry between the 3 emcees never fails to amuse me & The Czar-Keys stick to their guns in terms of the project’s overall sound.

Score: 9/10

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Top submissions EP1 May, 2021

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

The weekly Top Submissions aims to showcase a selected crop of acts that cross our paths. From the best tracks/videos from far and wide, we gather the upper echelon of artists you can find and give them a platform to be further recognized for their works. So, sit back and tune in, and don’t forget to show them some love by following them on all social media platforms

If you like this article check out our previous entries HERE

CantBuyDeem x Jae Haze – “Pops”

 

CantBuyDeem links up with Jae Haze for a bravado-laden joint titled “Pops.” Over a solemn and moody backdrop, both emcees deliver fiery performances ripe with vivid and evocative lyrics.

 

 

 

Chante Paris – “Michelle Obama”

 

East London emcee Chante Paris makes a grand entry on our list with an anthemic jam titled “Michelle Obama.” Over a bouncy and booming trap backdrop, she states her claim as the most regal lyricist on the block. She blends a uber-confident demeanor with insightful elements that would make lovers of dope rap proud.

 

Tyteanna -“Entitled”

 

Tyteanna makes use of the pervasive drill sound to deliver this hard-hitting single titled “Entitled.” Over a booming cinematic backdrop, she peppers it with vivid and evocative lyrics that will leave listeners enthralled from start to finish.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

M.anifest – “Confusion”

 

M.anifest is back in the field with his new release titled “Confusion.” A conscious jam that dives into the everyday struggles of the common man trying to find his balance amidst the chaos of this thing called life. The track is produced by MOBO Award-nominated artist and producer JULS , with additional instrumentation by Elias Jordan Atkinson and Efeoghene Alloh.
Get it on SoundCloud

 

Donathephoenix – “Otis”

 

After rising from the ashes like a Phoenix that she is, NY emcee Donathephoenix returns with a new single “Otis.” The bravado-laden track sees her in her element over a bouncy Otis sample-driven backdrop. This is pure dopeness with raw raps from start to finish.
Get it on Apple Music

 

Shinobi Stalin x Traj P – “Duelality” (feat. Jazzy Soto)

https://soundcloud.com/shinobi-stalin/shinobi-stalin-x-traj-p-duelality-featuring-jazzy-soto’

 

Shinobi Stalin Links with UK producer, Traj P for this single “Duelality” featuring singer Jazzy Soto. Bolstered by a somber and reflective backdrop, Stalin delivers an impassioned performance laced with insightful lyrics about facing one’s self-doubt. Also joining them is vocalist Jazzy Soto who adds her own soulful touch to the record. The single is taken from the duo’s forthcoming collaborative project entitled 11 Hours to Leicester.
Get it on Bandcamp

 

 

Stoney Hoop – “MF HOOP”

 

Stoney Hoop’s “MF HOOP” is a heartfelt track that sees him reflecting deeply about his personal life and also a homage to the late DOOM. It has a somber backdrop that fits Hoop’s insightful lyrics and emotional performance.

 

 

Mostly George – “I Guess”

 

Mostly George ramps up the positivity with his new release “I Guess” a laidback and reflective piece that sees him diving into the dynamics of life and the different situations we find ourselves in but to get through it, a positive mindset is needed.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

 

Taurean Meacham – “Dopamine”

 

“Dopamine” is the lead single from Taurean Meacham‘s new project and is a concept track that makes references to recreational substances in a clever manner. The beat here is solid too, quite trippy and cinematic.

 

 

ABSYTE – “Running”

 

ABSYTE ‘s”Running” is a laidback somber track that dives into the emotions behind unrequited love. Over an atmospheric and airy backdrop, she delivers an impassioned performance that is quite engaging.

 

Y.N.X. 716 – “Rap City” ft Jae Skeese

 

Y.N.X. 716 teams up with Jae Skeese (who just got signed to Conway The Machine’s Drumwork Music Group) for the cinematic single titled “Rap City.” Over a somber and moody texture, both emcees take us deep into respective stomping grounds in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. The track is produced by Russian beatsmith Sproot. This is the first leak from Y.N.X. 716 and Sproot’s collaborative project, The Temporal Lobe Experiment, set to drop soon.

 

 

 

The Dream Sequence – Good ‘N Fine”

 

The Dream Sequence (Sareem Poems + Ess Be) implores us to get up on their new vibrant single titled “Good ‘N Fine.” An uplifting dance-infused tack that aims to motivate listeners mentally and physically.
Taken from From as “The Dream Sequence” ep “Dreaming Wide Awake: Act 1
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

Famoso & Lafleur – “Notions”

 

Famoso & Lafleur share the lead track “Notions” from their forthcoming EP MicroDose. The somber piano-laden track sees them working with vocalist Kayla Macias who opens it up with a soul gripping melodic run followed by the rapper’s bravado-driven energy. MicroDose EP is Famoso & Lafleur‘s first release since their 2018 debut album ‘Styles & Tribulations’, released on London-based Label, DeepMatter Records.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

Dyzzi from DivSel x Farazi – “Vent”

 

Dyzzi from DivSel teams up with Turkish producer Farazi for his new single “Vent” the track is a laidback and reflective piece that sees Dyzzi detailing his reasons for staying away from music for a while. He puts his thoughts unapologetically on wax and lets the listener know what he has been going through.
Get it on all DSPs here.

 

 

Britizen Kane x Shogun – “Figure 8” Feat. Wombat

 

“Figure 8” is the newest release by UK rap duo Britizen Kane and Shogun. The hard-hitting track sees them teaming up with Australian hip-hop/grime MC Wombat and the result is a fiery verbal assault from all parties.
“Figure 8” is the second single from the forthcoming ShoKane EP from Britizen Kane and Shogun, produced entirely by Turkish Dcypha.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

REDEYEBLUE – “Never Say Never” feat. Edo. G

 

REDEYEBLUE links with Boston legend Edo. G for this laidback smooth jam titled “Never Say Never”. Both emcees are quite comfortable here and deliver bravado-laden performance and somewhat insightful lyrics to match.
The beat was produced by e.kwality in Vienna, 4732,363 miles from Cincinnati where Boogie Bang recorded his verse.

 

 

 

Nasz Dawg – “JUST A DREAM”

 

“JUST A DREAM” is a heartfelt and insightful piece by Nasz Dawg who makes his entry on our playlist. The backdrop has a moody and cinematic feel that fits his vivid and evocative lyrics.

 

 

Tayong x Conman Conrad – “Awake”

 

UK emcee Tayong teams up with vocalist Conman Conrad for a reflective and poignant single titled “Awake.” Over a soulful backdrop, he gives the listeners his candid thoughts on the racial and political turmoil going on and its effects.

 

 

Matt Nye – “Pennywise”

 

Matt Nye delivers a solid jam titled “Pennywise” for our list. A somber and punchy track that details his most profound thoughts on life and then some.

 

Nasz Dawg – “GROWN MAN SWAG”

 

Nasz Dawg takes time to reflect on his growth in the life on this heartfelt track titled “GROWN MAN SWAG.” Over a somber and nostalgia-inducing piece, he takes the listeners down memory lane and pours his heart on wax for all to hear and feel.
Get it on Soundcloud

Top submissions EP1 May, 2021

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

The weekly Top Submissions aims to showcase a selected crop of acts that cross our paths. From the best tracks/videos from far and wide, we gather the upper echelon of artists you can find and give them a platform to be further recognized for their works. So, sit back and tune in, and don’t forget to show them some love by following them on all social media platforms

If you like this article check out our previous entries HERE

CantBuyDeem x Jae Haze – “Pops”

 

CantBuyDeem links up with Jae Haze for a bravado-laden joint titled “Pops.” Over a solemn and moody backdrop, both emcees deliver fiery performances ripe with vivid and evocative lyrics.

 

 

 

Chante Paris – “Michelle Obama”

 

East London emcee Chante Paris makes a grand entry on our list with an anthemic jam titled “Michelle Obama.” Over a bouncy and booming trap backdrop, she states her claim as the most regal lyricist on the block. She blends a uber-confident demeanor with insightful elements that would make lovers of dope rap proud.

 

Tyteanna -“Entitled”

 

Tyteanna makes use of the pervasive drill sound to deliver this hard-hitting single titled “Entitled.” Over a booming cinematic backdrop, she peppers it with vivid and evocative lyrics that will leave listeners enthralled from start to finish.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

M.anifest – “Confusion”

 

M.anifest is back in the field with his new release titled “Confusion.” A conscious jam that dives into the everyday struggles of the common man trying to find his balance amidst the chaos of this thing called life. The track is produced by MOBO Award-nominated artist and producer JULS , with additional instrumentation by Elias Jordan Atkinson and Efeoghene Alloh.
Get it on SoundCloud

 

Donathephoenix – “Otis”

 

After rising from the ashes like a Phoenix that she is, NY emcee Donathephoenix returns with a new single “Otis.” The bravado-laden track sees her in her element over a bouncy Otis sample-driven backdrop. This is pure dopeness with raw raps from start to finish.
Get it on Apple Music

 

Shinobi Stalin x Traj P – “Duelality” (feat. Jazzy Soto)

https://soundcloud.com/shinobi-stalin/shinobi-stalin-x-traj-p-duelality-featuring-jazzy-soto’

 

Shinobi Stalin Links with UK producer, Traj P for this single “Duelality” featuring singer Jazzy Soto. Bolstered by a somber and reflective backdrop, Stalin delivers an impassioned performance laced with insightful lyrics about facing one’s self-doubt. Also joining them is vocalist Jazzy Soto who adds her own soulful touch to the record. The single is taken from the duo’s forthcoming collaborative project entitled 11 Hours to Leicester.
Get it on Bandcamp

 

 

Stoney Hoop – “MF HOOP”

 

Stoney Hoop’s “MF HOOP” is a heartfelt track that sees him reflecting deeply about his personal life and also a homage to the late DOOM. It has a somber backdrop that fits Hoop’s insightful lyrics and emotional performance.

 

 

Mostly George – “I Guess”

 

Mostly George ramps up the positivity with his new release “I Guess” a laidback and reflective piece that sees him diving into the dynamics of life and the different situations we find ourselves in but to get through it, a positive mindset is needed.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

 

Taurean Meacham – “Dopamine”

 

“Dopamine” is the lead single from Taurean Meacham‘s new project and is a concept track that makes references to recreational substances in a clever manner. The beat here is solid too, quite trippy and cinematic.

 

 

ABSYTE – “Running”

 

ABSYTE ‘s”Running” is a laidback somber track that dives into the emotions behind unrequited love. Over an atmospheric and airy backdrop, she delivers an impassioned performance that is quite engaging.

 

Y.N.X. 716 – “Rap City” ft Jae Skeese

 

Y.N.X. 716 teams up with Jae Skeese (who just got signed to Conway The Machine’s Drumwork Music Group) for the cinematic single titled “Rap City.” Over a somber and moody texture, both emcees take us deep into respective stomping grounds in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. The track is produced by Russian beatsmith Sproot. This is the first leak from Y.N.X. 716 and Sproot’s collaborative project, The Temporal Lobe Experiment, set to drop soon.

 

 

 

The Dream Sequence – Good ‘N Fine”

 

The Dream Sequence (Sareem Poems + Ess Be) implores us to get up on their new vibrant single titled “Good ‘N Fine.” An uplifting dance-infused tack that aims to motivate listeners mentally and physically.
Taken from From as “The Dream Sequence” ep “Dreaming Wide Awake: Act 1
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

Famoso & Lafleur – “Notions”

 

Famoso & Lafleur share the lead track “Notions” from their forthcoming EP MicroDose. The somber piano-laden track sees them working with vocalist Kayla Macias who opens it up with a soul gripping melodic run followed by the rapper’s bravado-driven energy. MicroDose EP is Famoso & Lafleur‘s first release since their 2018 debut album ‘Styles & Tribulations’, released on London-based Label, DeepMatter Records.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

Dyzzi from DivSel x Farazi – “Vent”

 

Dyzzi from DivSel teams up with Turkish producer Farazi for his new single “Vent” the track is a laidback and reflective piece that sees Dyzzi detailing his reasons for staying away from music for a while. He puts his thoughts unapologetically on wax and lets the listener know what he has been going through.
Get it on all DSPs here.

 

 

Britizen Kane x Shogun – “Figure 8” Feat. Wombat

 

“Figure 8” is the newest release by UK rap duo Britizen Kane and Shogun. The hard-hitting track sees them teaming up with Australian hip-hop/grime MC Wombat and the result is a fiery verbal assault from all parties.
“Figure 8” is the second single from the forthcoming ShoKane EP from Britizen Kane and Shogun, produced entirely by Turkish Dcypha.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

REDEYEBLUE – “Never Say Never” feat. Edo. G

 

REDEYEBLUE links with Boston legend Edo. G for this laidback smooth jam titled “Never Say Never”. Both emcees are quite comfortable here and deliver bravado-laden performance and somewhat insightful lyrics to match.
The beat was produced by e.kwality in Vienna, 4732,363 miles from Cincinnati where Boogie Bang recorded his verse.

 

 

 

Nasz Dawg – “JUST A DREAM”

 

“JUST A DREAM” is a heartfelt and insightful piece by Nasz Dawg who makes his entry on our playlist. The backdrop has a moody and cinematic feel that fits his vivid and evocative lyrics.

 

 

Tayong x Conman Conrad – “Awake”

 

UK emcee Tayong teams up with vocalist Conman Conrad for a reflective and poignant single titled “Awake.” Over a soulful backdrop, he gives the listeners his candid thoughts on the racial and political turmoil going on and its effects.

 

 

Matt Nye – “Pennywise”

 

Matt Nye delivers a solid jam titled “Pennywise” for our list. A somber and punchy track that details his most profound thoughts on life and then some.

 

Nasz Dawg – “GROWN MAN SWAG”

 

Nasz Dawg takes time to reflect on his growth in the life on this heartfelt track titled “GROWN MAN SWAG.” Over a somber and nostalgia-inducing piece, he takes the listeners down memory lane and pours his heart on wax for all to hear and feel.
Get it on Soundcloud

Namir Blade & L’Orange – “Imaginary Everything” (Album Review)


Namir Blade is a 28 year old MC/producer from Nashville, Tennessee who first emerged at the beginning of 2018 off the strength of his debut album O.S.T. Worlds & Dreams. However, a lot of people (including myself) weren’t really familiar with the cat until he signed to Mello Music Group & dropped his critically acclaimed sophomore album Aphelion’s Traveling Circus this past fall. 8 months later, L’Orange is being tapped in to produce Namir’s 3rd full-length outing from start to finish.

The titular opener has these grand horn sections & Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar lead that I really like, but Namir’s vocals are totally buried in the mix. The next song “Lyra” continues to go into rock territory with lyrics about possibly becoming the next big thing whereas “Nihilism” is a wailing look into just that. Quelle Chris jumps on the boom bap flavored “Point to Point” to help talk about spending time on the road & despite the brevity of “Out East”, I love the Chappelle’s Show homage at the start & the overall charm of it.

We go back into that rap rock sound on “Corner Store Scandal”, which is literally about a unique purchase he made at a corner store. Fly Anakin jumps on the bass guitar-tinged “Gassed Up” to depict “pulling a shinobi” while “Shotgun” talks about holding it down backed by an instrumental that kinda has a psychedelic-flare to it. The peppy “Somebody’s Anthem” opens up the struggles of being “black on the interstate” before going into a more soulful direction to talk about wanting a lil life.

Meanwhile on “Murphy’s Law”, we get a warping beat as Namir foreshadows a shitty day before going melodic for 2-minutes on the minimally-produced “I Can Change”. The album then finishes off with “Pipe Dream”, where he & Marlowe jump on a spacey instrumental to boast their lyrical skills.

I was curious to hear where Namir Blade was gonna take things after Aphelion’s Traveling Circus, but man he really killed it on Imaginary Everything. Easily his best work to date in my opinion. His writing has improved & L’Orange’s production is otherworldly. If their goal was to make something extravagant out of the mundane, both parties have succeeded.

Score: 8/10

The post Namir Blade & L’Orange – “Imaginary Everything” (Album Review) first appeared on UndergroundHipHopBlog.

Mentes Diferentes – “Different State of Mind” (Album Review)

Coming off their latest collaboration project “Buenas Tardes” with The Desperados, and their 2020 release “Ocho“, Mentes Diferentes drop their newest full length album for 2021, “Different State of Mind” featuring a bunch of well known names such as Mr. Lil One, Mr. Shadow, Rico 2 Smooth, Lonely Souljah, and Castro Escobar. M.D. is a Chicano Collaborative of recording and visual artists from Sacramento CA which we first got introduced to at our Conejo and The Untouchables headlining event a few years back in Los Angeles. San Diego legend Mr. Lil One featued on 3 songs vouched for them and we had to put them on! We recently covered their lead single and video, “Strongest Survive” which got a positive response by our followers. In the song they emphasize that there is only 24 hours in a day and in Hip Hop you only have so much to time to create, and when you do, it should represent what you are all about. In M.D.’s case, they are about the craft of lyricism in English and Spanish.

Diving more into the project, “Phenom” is a underground banger featuring Mr. Lil One giving them one of the best intro verses to a song off the album.  “G to My Bone” featuring Rico 2 Smooth and Lonely Souljah, they bring that West Coast G-Funk sound that G’s can bump in any ride loud. “Status Quo” encompasses the overall feel of the album with each emcee letting you know their current state of mind. Getting to “Sinister Mind”, it’s dope to hear The Untouchables feel to the track with Misfit Soto on the beat and Mr. Shadow starting the track with a powerful verse and Mr. Lil One laying down a signature verse. “M.D.” featuring one of our personal favorite rising lyricists, Castro Escober, is a refreshing song with the oldies vibe that takes us back to the days when good music was constantly in rotation in your tape deck.

Skipping to the outro, D.S.O.M. out of all the songs has that grimy underground head bangin’ feel with the hard hitting production alongside the wordplay Mr. Shadow and the M.D. crew bring to the mic. With 3 songs without features Mentes Diferentes give the listener a bit of everything from Hardcore Hip Hop, Boom Bap, to G-Funk, and Chinano Rap, “Different State of Mind” is their best work to date and truly represent how latinos in the game are suppose to do it. For us to pick a favorite song is hard, but if we would to choose one, it would have to be “Sinister Cypher”, probably one of the best collab tracks we’ve heard in a while in 2021. Not to mention, anything with Lil One and Shadow, you should prepare by wearing a neck brace before putting on the headphones.

From the diverse styles of lyricism on “Different State of Mind” to the epic features with the beat selection to compliment, we rate this project a well deserved 8/10. Best believe, this won’t be the last you hear from Mentes Diferentes! M.D. are a much needed collective for not just Chicano rap, but for Hip Hop in general. Stream “Different State of Mind” on all platforms.



The post Mentes Diferentes – “Different State of Mind” (Album Review) first appeared on UndergroundHipHopBlog.

WiSeGuY shares new single “Fishnet” [video]

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Emerging UK emcee WiSeGuY makes his entry on TWIB with a hard-hitting lyric dense single titled “Fishnet.” The track is a pure display of bravado and vivid lyricism by the Zimbabwe-born, Bristol-raised rapper who draws listeners in with his impassioned flow and unique unapologetic style.

The visual is solid too and captures him in his element. A nice blend of performance shots and quick cut scenes of his ends. Simple and straight to the point.

Get “Fishnet” on Spotify
Keep up with WiSeGuYInstagram

Wohdee embraces herself with new single “Vain” [video]

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Emerging UK rapper Wohdee is totally comfortable in her own skin on her confident new single aptly titled “Vain.” The self-motivating track sees her working with producer Sammysoso who crafts a smooth bouncy backdrop for Wohdee’s impassioned flow and melodic chorus. Far from being shallow, the track serves as a form of affirmation as Wohdee aims to uplift listeners and make them feel good with themselves.

For the video, she teams up with Jay Parpworth (Dizzee RascalStefflon DonNot3sFredo) and James Agbona (Yxng BaneM HunchoNafe Smallz) for a glorious visual affair that brings the track further to life. They make use of moody aesthetics that help capture Wohdee’s laidback style and smooth blend of performance shots to match as well.

The single marks the first official single from Birmingham native Wohdee, following a string of freestyles that have taken the internet by storm, including her Young T & Bugsey ‘Don’t Rush’ and Millionz ‘How Many Times’ challenges.

Get “Vain” on Apple Music//Spotify

Keep up with WohdeeFacebook: Twitter: Instagram

Wohdee embraces herself with new single “Vain” [video]

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Emerging UK rapper Wohdee is totally comfortable in her own skin on her confident new single aptly titled “Vain.” The self-motivating track sees her working with producer Sammysoso who crafts a smooth bouncy backdrop for Wohdee’s impassioned flow and melodic chorus. Far from being shallow, the track serves as a form of affirmation as Wohdee aims to uplift listeners and make them feel good with themselves.

For the video, she teams up with Jay Parpworth (Dizzee RascalStefflon DonNot3sFredo) and James Agbona (Yxng BaneM HunchoNafe Smallz) for a glorious visual affair that brings the track further to life. They make use of moody aesthetics that help capture Wohdee’s laidback style and smooth blend of performance shots to match as well.

The single marks the first official single from Birmingham native Wohdee, following a string of freestyles that have taken the internet by storm, including her Young T & Bugsey ‘Don’t Rush’ and Millionz ‘How Many Times’ challenges.

Get “Vain” on Apple Music//Spotify

Keep up with WohdeeFacebook: Twitter: Instagram

Mentes Diferentes – “Different State of Mind” (Album Review)

Coming off their latest collaboration project “Buenas Tardes” with The Desperados, and their 2020 release “Ocho“, Mentes Diferentes drop their newest full length album for 2021, “Different State of Mind” featuring a bunch of well known names such as Mr. Lil One, Mr. Shadow, Rico 2 Smooth, Lonely Souljah, and Castro Escobar. M.D. is a Chicano Collaborative of recording and visual artists from Sacramento CA which we first got introduced to at our Conejo and The Untouchables headlining event a few years back in Los Angeles. San Diego legend Mr. Lil One featued on 3 songs vouched for them and we had to put them on! We recently covered their lead single and video, “Strongest Survive” which got a positive response by our followers. In the song they emphasize that there is only 24 hours in a day and in Hip Hop you only have so much to time to create, and when you do, it should represent what you are all about. In M.D.’s case, they are about the craft of lyricism in English and Spanish.

Diving more into the project, “Phenom” is a underground banger featuring Mr. Lil One giving them one of the best intro verses to a song off the album.  “G to My Bone” featuring Rico 2 Smooth and Lonely Souljah, they bring that West Coast G-Funk sound that G’s can bump in any ride loud. “Status Quo” encompasses the overall feel of the album with each emcee letting you know their current state of mind. Getting to “Sinister Mind”, it’s dope to hear The Untouchables feel to the track with Misfit Soto on the beat and Mr. Shadow starting the track with a powerful verse and Mr. Lil One laying down a signature verse. “M.D.” featuring one of our personal favorite rising lyricists, Castro Escober, is a refreshing song with the oldies vibe that takes us back to the days when good music was constantly in rotation in your tape deck.

Skipping to the outro, D.S.O.M. out of all the songs has that grimy underground head bangin’ feel with the hard hitting production alongside the wordplay Mr. Shadow and the M.D. crew bring to the mic. With 3 songs without features Mentes Diferentes give the listener a bit of everything from Hardcore Hip Hop, Boom Bap, to G-Funk, and Chinano Rap, “Different State of Mind” is their best work to date and truly represent how latinos in the game are suppose to do it. For us to pick a favorite song is hard, but if we would to choose one, it would have to be “Sinister Cypher”, probably one of the best collab tracks we’ve heard in a while in 2021. Not to mention, anything with Lil One and Shadow, you should prepare by wearing a neck brace before putting on the headphones.

From the diverse styles of lyricism on “Different State of Mind” to the epic features with the beat selection to compliment, we rate this project a well deserved 8/10. Best believe, this won’t be the last you hear from Mentes Diferentes! M.D. are a much needed collective for not just Chicano rap, but for Hip Hop in general. Stream “Different State of Mind” on all platforms.



The post Mentes Diferentes – “Different State of Mind” (Album Review) first appeared on UndergroundHipHopBlog.

Wohdee embraces herself with new single “Vain” [video]

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Emerging UK rapper Wohdee is totally comfortable in her own skin on her confident new single aptly titled “Vain.” The self-motivating track sees her working with producer Sammysoso who crafts a smooth bouncy backdrop for Wohdee’s impassioned flow and melodic chorus. Far from being shallow, the track serves as a form of affirmation as Wohdee aims to uplift listeners and make them feel good with themselves.

For the video, she teams up with Jay Parpworth (Dizzee RascalStefflon DonNot3sFredo) and James Agbona (Yxng BaneM HunchoNafe Smallz) for a glorious visual affair that brings the track further to life. They make use of moody aesthetics that help capture Wohdee’s laidback style and smooth blend of performance shots to match as well.

The single marks the first official single from Birmingham native Wohdee, following a string of freestyles that have taken the internet by storm, including her Young T & Bugsey ‘Don’t Rush’ and Millionz ‘How Many Times’ challenges.

Get “Vain” on Apple Music//Spotify

Keep up with WohdeeFacebook: Twitter: Instagram

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