Memory Lane :: Old Lane Returns With ‘More Like You’

After releasing their lead single, the lively and bouncy SanctuaryOld Lane is back at it for 2021 with their follow-up, the somber and reflective More like you.  This time around, the crew is slowing things down and dedicating their thoughtful lyrics to the loving memory of friends Sara Klee and Weston Tschannen.  The song is a nice contrast piece to their lead single, and is hopefully an indicator of the range and emotional depth on the horizon whenever Old Lane makes plans to drop a full length.  Until that time arrives, I will be content with enjoying this run of stellar singles… as for you, support if you can, and share this song around regardless!

-chief

Stranger Things :: Jack Henry Releases Music Video For ‘Stranger’

After testing the waters a month or so ago with the release of the stranger single, Jack Henry is back at it with a wonderfully strange music video.  Directed by Izzy Gazette, the video is a fun romp through visual silliness, a stark contrast against the very solid sound Henry has created for his era-shifting single.  That being said, the video itself is a fun one, and certainly worth checking out, so give it a view, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around so that Jack Henry can become a household name.

-chief

Time Passage :: Cunabear Reflects Deep On ‘Curse’ Video

Cunabear, the underground hip-hop philosopher with a voice of gravel and a heart of gold, is hitting 2021 in the correct manner by not letting off of the 2020 gas and momentum he created.  In preparation for the release of STEEL TIPPED BEAR’S CLAW!, his upcoming project, cunabear has released the single and video CURSE, an abstract look at existence through the eyes of an optimistically pessimistic MC.  Steel Tipped Dove provides the sinister, piano-laden track that gives cunabear room to spit his heavily symbolic bars, while the video plays like a self-made affair displaying cunabear in his natural element.  Dig the track, drop a like and a comment on the video, and share it around to build up the hype in anticipation of what’s coming soon!

-chief

Always Rocking :: MAD1ONE Starts 2021 Strong With ‘Dark Side Of Jupiter’ Release

San Antonio hip-hop has always been dope, and one of the dopest representing the city is the formidable MC known as MAD1ONE.  After a busy 2020, it’s no surprise that MAD1ONE would be right back at it first of the year with new material, but unlike the majority of his recent releases, Dark Side of Jupiter finds MAD1ONE exploring different energy in much more contemplative, introspective rhyming without the usual intense presence backing up the words, and all over lush production from Blazy Green.  It seems like spreading wisdom and reinforcing personal affirmations is more important this go-round than self-gratifying talk (not that MAD1ONE has ever dropped self-gratifying rhymes solely for the purpose of personal enjoyment).  If you’re looking for hip-hop that will positively shift energy, then take a moment for Dark Side of Jupiter, support it by copping it if you can, and spread it around for as many people as possible to hear.

-chief

Week Ender :: Kydd Jones Closes Out The Week With ‘Harpoon’ Release

Generally, I try to listen to tracks before I post about them on my blog, but in the case of Kydd Jones, his track record of quality material has earned him the right to get the auto-post.  This blog entry is serving as more of a reminder to myself to check out his new single Harpoon this weekend, but since I made this personal to-do list public, why not go ahead and check it out for yourself?

-chief

Snack Attack :: BoomBaptist Reveals More From ‘Komfort Food’

After Juicy the Emissary dropped Yumy/Muny last week, the anticipation for the upcoming Komfort Food project hit hard nearly instantly.  Before my post even saw the light of day the following Monday, however, the homie BoomBaptist swooped in with not only the Komfort Food cover art and merchandise pre-orders, but he dropped two additional tracks from the project : his classic track Toucan Wing, and an Elaquent track titled The Official.  At this point, I’m definitely hype for the January 29th release of Komfort Food, and I hope you are too.

-chief

Shelter Skelter :: Bogan Villa Taps Marcus Morales For ‘Quarantine Blues’

Like the vast majority of us, the fellas of Bogan Villa and the homie Marcus Morales have been patiently waiting for COVID-19 and the ever-changing shelter-in-place orders to be a thing of the past.  As professional musicians, it can be tough when not only your livelihood but your main outlet are suddenly taken away from you.  As 2020 came to an end, however, both parties decided to combine forces for Quarantine Blues, a topical jam session clocking in at just over ten minutes.  If you’ve got the time, give it a listen… if you’ve got the funds, cop it in support… regardless of what you choose to do, share it around so others can enjoy!

-chief

Special Feature :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Visits The ‘Back To The Feature’ Podcast

Friends and fans of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice are likely aware that film is just as important to me as music.  Recently, after weeks of behind the scenes work from the homie Conwaythewhale, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Justin and Edward of the Back to the Feature podcast, where the duo generally reviews film, talks topics and interviews Texas-based movers and shakers.  Over the course of about an hour and a half, we talk about my short films, some of the upcoming projects I have taken part in, my collaborative efforts with Jeffrey Garcia, my recent top films of 2020 list from the DOOMonFILM blog and much more, and in all honesty, it felt like we could’ve kept going on and on.  If you’re a fan of film and have some time to spare, I highly recommend giving this one a spin on Spotify, or wherever you stream your podcasts!

-chief

Groove Food :: Juicy The Emissary Hits Listeners With ‘Yumy/Muny’

Are you ready for a super-collaboration from some of the dopest producers around?  After hearing Juicy the Emissary‘s latest single, the super groovy Yumy/Muny, I know I am… it appears that this single is the opening salvo off of Komfort Food, an upcoming collaboration between Elaquent, BoomBaptist and Juicy the Emissary.  I don’t know when it’s coming out, but I promise you I will be posting about it when it does, so keep your eyes and ears open.  In the meanwhile, why don’t you check out this track, share it around, and drop Juicy a buck if you’ve got it?

-chief 

Talking Shop :: Weird Rap Presents The #WeirdRapDiscussionGang On YouTube

One of my personal highlights of 2020 was the development of a working and social relationship with the super talented producer and social media influencer Th’Mole.  After a long period of social media interaction on the Weird Rap Discussion Group, as well as other random online meetings, he approached me with an opportunity to collaborate on a project (which is currently in the works).  Not too long after this opportunity was presented, he followed up with something I’d been dying to be a part of for quite a while : the chance to be a talking head on a YouTube series dedicated to talking about hip-hop albums and artists that may have been overlooked or underappreciated.  The series, which eventually became known as the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang, features Th’Mole, myself, Beverly Fre$hOxygen Elmo and Nosaj of New Kingdom, and so far, episodes have been posted focusing on Freestyle Fellowship‘s Innercity Griots, our favorite songs by Tricky, and Blowout Comb by Digable Planets.  If you dig what you see in these episodes, be sure to like them, comment on them and subscribe to the channel, because we’re just getting started.

-chief