Swwwisha is the latest artist on the mega-talented roster that is (iN)Sect Records, and in light of his upcoming April release “Xertz”, Swwwisha is slated to take us on a single-filled journey. The homie Butcher Bear posted the 10-minute opus that is Been Stuck, a song that could easily stand as the lone single while driving interested parties towards Swwwisha, but the real kicker was the promise of additional singles to drop between now and April. With that in mind, I’m definitely going to keep my eyes and ears open in anticipation of more goodness. Check out the lead single and spread the word, and if you aren’t already tuned in to (iN)Sect Records, get hip quick.
One thing that I will always respect EVOLVE for is making the type of hip-hop that helped me find my way from fan to artist. While some would be short-sighted and classify it simply as ‘boom-bap’ or ‘backpack rap’, the raw passion and pure elemental approach that EVOLVE brings to the table hits receptive listeners right in the bullseye of the soul. He also has a knack for collaborative projects, and SUNGODS serves as yet another example of this. With collaborator IBE HUSTLES, White Tiger is a megadose of that timeless hip-hop that reminds us how beats, rhymes and life are forever intertwined. If you’re a fan of realness, dig this one and dig it good. Share it around for others to experience, and if you’ve got a few bucks, support these cats by copping some merch.
Entitlement is a dangerous thing, especially when a previously (minimally) disenfranchised but persistent group finds new validation in the leader of the free world. Speaking about institutionalized racism, unbalanced power structures and the pervasiveness of the victim complex can be an uncomfortable topic, but it’s a topic that can no longer be ignored. Thankfully, Protextor has the wherewithal to not only speak honestly from his perspective, but the foresight and common decency to invite an artist like Doc Brown to share his perspective as well… while the two have a long history of collaboration and a few key similarities in taste, their backgrounds and experience in the world could not be more different, which makes their synergy that much more palatable. It doesn’t hurt, either, that the prolific Bird Peterson lent his production skills to the track, turning it from a heavy dose of medicine to an eye-opening and perspective shifting banger. Stream this, cop this while it’s at a variable price point, and pass it around for others to listen, and in turn, grow from it.
As much as I’d love to kick Facebook to the curb, the time that I’ve spent building personal and working relationships with artists has turned my timeline into a fertile breeding ground for new and exciting content. Recently, a post from Texas-based MC TOKIE came down the line due to his connections with Cory Kendrix and Kydd Jones, and after checking out Backend, his latest single and video, I’ll definitely be checking for more material. With his smooth, sing-songy flow, TOKIE jumps on this drum and guitar-driven track and talks real talk about how beneficial it can be to stick to your grind in the wake of others abandoning theirs. This one is definitely vibey as hell, so don’t sleep on it… check the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it around far and wide if you support Texas hip-hop.
Normally I ignore ads, be they Facebook, television, on a podcast, or wherever they are fed to me. Every once in a while, however, ads catch my attention for some reason or another. In the case of The Freethinkers, it was the recognition of the SIXO memorial shirt being worn in their latest video, Illusion of Choice, that got my attention. Lucky for me, the hard rocking, truth driven track more than impressed me very much. It’d be easy to write this track off as a Rage Against The Machine emulator, but that would be a shortsighted view of things… the song is more a testament of how much things stay the same, despite years and years of apparent ‘growth’ and ‘change’ that the masses fool themselves with. If you’ve ever felt a way about the injustices that many accept as commonplace, this song is for you. Check out the video, leave a like and a comment on it, and spread it around so that everyone can hear the good word.
A couple of years ago, I was offered a small role in the upcoming film Remember To Forget, the directorial feature-length debut of short filmmaker and improv comedy actor Stefan Gill. My experience on the set was fun, and upon seeing an early cut of the film, his vision really struck a chord with me. As our friendship grew (and as I began to pay attention to his Facebook feed), I began to learn quite a bit about the man, and one of the most intriguing things I found out was about his former life being raised as a member of the Straightway cult from the Houston, Texas area. I am only partially familiar with the organization, but if you are interested, be sure to click the image above for his personal tales. If you’re more interested in his current creative endeavors, you can use the short film Everything That Is You as an introductory point, and dive deeper from there.
The homie Feral the Earthworm has never been the kind of person to hold back, but usually he takes his ability to hyper-focus and break a topic down with amazing eloquence and turns it on outward stimulus. With the release of Sludge Covered Branches (throwies), however, we find Feral the Earthworm taking a seat directly in the eye of a storm that he has experienced his entire life, speaking frankly on personal issues that have not only shaped who he currently is, but continue to haunt him. It would have been understandable if his recent reduction in materials could have been chalked up to COVID-19, but Feral bravely chose to continue being forthright and brutally honest by sharing his volatile family experience with his listeners. If you’re not afraid of a bit of realness mixed into your entertainment, dig this latest edition of throwies, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for those that could use a heavy dose of reality.
Looking for a bit of modern singer/songwriter magic that sounds about 30 or so years out of place? Maybe a little bit of an outsider anthem? Look no further than Jack Henry‘s latest single, the soundtrack-worthy Stranger. A celebration of personal fulfillment, anonymity, separation from the pack and a list of benchmarks never meant to be met, Stranger and its post-Punk, pre-New Wave feel hearkens to the days of The Smiths, INXS, Modern Lovers and much much more. Definitely do yourself a favor and search this one up on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront.
When it comes to the brave new musical frontier that is Nerdcore, the range of diverse artists can be breathtaking. One of my favorite outfits of all, however, is the power-packed trio of Bitforce, a heavy-metal band with a penchant for beefing up the chip-tunes we’ve all come to know and love from our gaming experiences. With their latest album, the self-titled Bitforce, set for release in December, the band has started releasing singles, and the first is the triumphant sounding Wildfire Fox. I’m always down for the way that Bitforce is able to reshape and beef up songs I’ve come to know and love from countless hours of gaming, so I’m definitely excited about their upcoming release. Check out the new track, pre-order the full length if the single moves you, and always support your local creatives!
When it comes to hustling and making moves in most any industry, those that succeed are the ones that make moves while everyone else is sleeping or relaxing. With this in mind, Austin-based mainstay DowrongLilBully tapped the prolific producer Eric Dingus for an anthem about that very move-making mindset in the form of Wolves. From it’s moody, movie-like soundtrack to Dowrong‘s ruminations on hustling that sit squarely between spitting bars and vibing on the track, this song is an instant banger from the moment you press play. Definitely check it out on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront, and support your local creatives.