Austin Mic Exchange has literally been a factory of growth, productivity and exposure for a large handful of up and coming Austin based hip-hop artists, and for a select few, it has been the key factor to taking bigger steps and making moves. One of that select few is Scuare, a cat who came in day one with amazing skills. After collaborating with no1mportant to create the incomparable …&more…, Scuare has stepped back into the solo realm to drop a new project, Alphabet Soup. I expect nothing but thought-provoking rhymes, awe-inspiring performances and the want for more music almost immediately after diving into this one… hopefully the rest of you take the time to grab this project, share with others, and as always, support local.
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Tagged alphabet soup, austin mic exchange, chief, no1mportant, scuare, the doomsday device
The homie SymmaTree from Grid Squid has been on a mission to make 2017 one for the books. He and his crew have already begun the first of many road excursions in the name of spreading the word about Grid Squid, and now the Frozen Leaves EP is hitting our sound systems. This 5 song offering is full of solid, jazzy production, and the lyrics are on point, which we’ve come to expect from SymmaTree. Definitely cop this one, and throw him a few bones so that he doesn’t starve out there on the road.
Austin-based band Slop Musket is constantly on a dual journey of personal growth and deeper insight with their music, and each piece of art they drop shows that. With recording footage from Lava Studios, and live footage from Eyedea‘s Five Year Celebration at First Avenue in Minneapolis, the video for The Perfect Fifth is a rumination on love of creativity, and the drive it creates to reach further while getting ‘better’, whatever better may be. Stand, the band’s 3rd EP, is looking promising if this is an indicator of what’s to come. Let’s all stay tuned…
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Tagged chief, eyedea's five year celebration, first avenue, lava studios, slop musket, stand, the doomsday device, the perfect fifth
One of the true gems of the Austin hip-hop scene is the Austin Mic Exchange (AMX). It allows MCs of all styles and levels of experience to get together, build collaborations, and hone in on your skills while gaining inspirations from others. 2017 brings us volume two of the AMX Cypher, and this go round, we’ve got a killer line-up : Ben Buck on rhymes and production, and verses by Valor Alan, Aggie, N∆TE, Chuck Duze, You F. Oh and K-Sol. AMX godfather Protextor drops in to film, and props to Exploded Records for providing the proper backdrop. You know the drill… like it, share it, and support local!
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Tagged aggie, amx, austin music exchange, ben buck, chief, chuck duze, cypher vol. ii, exploded records, k-sol, N∆TE, protextor, the doomsday device, valor alan, you f. oh
Sometimes, the gift of discovery is realizing that you were essentially born to excel in a realm you never realized you had potential in. I had the pleasure of recently meeting Abuzayed the Free, and in a few brief conversations we spoke on topics such as self-reflection, potential, artistic responsibility and much more. It made it that much more rewarding when I had the pleasure of hearing her debut project, Worlds Within. The project wonderfully blends reflections on culture, religion, spirituality and self-affirmation. It’s hard to believe that this is a first attempt at an album… the production is solid, both on the beats and the recording quality, and the content is uplifting and enlightening. I highly recommend folks checking this out and sharing it far and wide.
Moodie Black has never had an issue with laying it all out on the table. The upcoming album Lucas Acid has the potential to really turn heads, and if Tuesday is an indicator of what’s to come, I’m ready to sit down and listen. The production is as arresting as ever, but the real gem this round are the lyrics… bars about being cagey and caged-in, both literally and figuratively. Once Lucas Acid drops, you better believe I’ll be there to support, and I suggest you all do the same.
Recent Fake Four signees Alligator Food surprised me in a major way when my friend Grace Park popped up on their debut project. Cut to nearly a year later, and group member Sixo is preparing to drop a new project featuring his production and a long list of collaborators. Lucky for us, Grace Park found her way onto Eye Of The Needle, and it’s quite the wonderful piece of music… sparse enough for Grace‘s voice to take hold, but a nice strong set of drums in the background to take us all by the hand and show us the way. I am very curious about The Odds Of Free Will, and I am looking forward to hearing the finished album.
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Tagged chief, eye of the needle, fake four, grace park, sixo, the doomsday device, the odds of free will