Category Archives: Audio-Visuals

Anything focused on Audio-Visual elements… YouTube, etc.

Summer Madness :: SniperShot & Flotation Connect For ‘Laid Back’

When you think about summer, what comes to mind?  Kicking it with the homies at the skatepark?  If so, then SniperShot and Flotation have a surprise for you in the form of Laid Back, the recently released single and video from the duo.  Both of these guys have held it down for the Dallas hip-hop scene for years, so seeing them combine forces (along with a visual assist from RSNL Media DFW) is always welcome.  Drop a like and a comment on the video, and if you’re really feeling the track, cop it from the streamable embed below : 

 

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Return Visit :: BigBlackGuyReviews And DOOMonFILM Meet Again For ‘Bustin’ Loose’ Review Part 2

Shout out to BigBlackGuyReviews for once again letting me take part in a collaborative review!  This one is just as hilarious as part one, so jump on it immediately, drop a like and a comment, and share it around!

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Masked Motivation :: Heir MAX Visualizes MF Doom Tribute Via ‘Exclamation Mark’

Here we are, nearly ten months removed from the death of iconic hip-hop figurehead MF Doom (eight months if you are counting from the date of the death announcement), and many of us are nowhere closer to coming to terms with this monumental loss.  To be fair, 2021 has not been easy on hip-hop fans, with Doom‘s passing marking the first of several iconic members of the hip-hop community passing away, but with Doom standing as ‘your favorite MC’s favorite MC’, it will be a long time before the masses are able to move on.  That being said, his legend is being kept alive by artists like heir MAX, who recently dropped a video for Exclamation Mark, one of the tracks off of his tributary MAX DOOM Mixtape.  The video, directed by Murdered, is a straight-forward affair, with heir MAX dropping his testimonial while donning the MF Doom mask as bits of his fictionalized discovery of the masked interspersed throughout.  If you’re a fan of MF Doom, or just someone who respects a proper tribute, then check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it with other hip-hop fans and lovers.

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High Drama :: Drake Howard Releases ‘Amphibians’ Short Film

It’s hard to go a day in Austin without running across some creative output that one of my many talented friends put together or were involved in.  Recently, my old friend, past college peer and fellow thespian/musician Tricky Jones posted a link to Amphibians, a short film she starred in with Devin Finn, who also shared a directing credit with Drake Howard.  For a single location film, the journey is quite the captivating and vivid one, with Jones and Finn turning in performances full of dramatic and emotional range, not to mention some stunning lighting and a visual trick or two that elevates the gravitas of the material outside of the singular location.  Writer (and fellow former college peer) Casey Wimpee turns in a wonderfully poetic and ever-evolving script that gives our performers plenty to chew on, and with the dedication credit to Jeremy Torres punctuating the end of the journey, the weight of the entire affair was not lost on me.  Don’t sleep on this one… give it a watch, give it a like and a comment, and share it around for all to see!

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Funky Concepts :: Protextor Joins The Weird Rap Discussion Gang To Deep Dive Hip-Hop Concept Albums

By now, you should know the drill when it comes to the Weird Rap Discussion Gang… the conversation topics span the gamut, and the discussions go deep.  Recently, I had the pleasure of inviting the homie Protextor to join Th’MoleBeverly Fre$h and myself for an episode of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang where we focused on concept albums, which are basically albums with some sort of connectivity throughout that attempt to present an idea in a long-form manner.  With Dr. OctagonecologystSplendor & MiseryFunhouse and Because The Internet on the table, you know that we had a good time, so check out the episode, leave a like and comment your thoughts or favorite concept album, and help spread the word by sharing this episode around!

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Soulful Share :: Kayleigh Takes A Moment To Share Cover Of Mac DeMarco’s ‘Chamber Of Reflection’

If my blog had a common theme, it would likely be ‘talented peers’, as I often find myself amazed at how many truly gifted individuals I can consider friends and acquaintances.  Case in point, my friend Kayleigh : she is a talented singer and musician who has been part of a number of bands and collectives in the central Texas area, and recently, she took a moment out of her day to film a quick performance of Mac DeMarco‘s Chamber of Reflection.  With just her voice and her guitar work, she is able to create a moving and chilling experience, so if you find yourself curious, take a moment to watch, like and comment if it moves you to do so, and share it around for all to see.

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Summer Serenade :: SYN SESSIONS Presents Maikéru + Eric G (of Kid Brothers)

Getting to know the new homie Maikéru has been one of the true highlights of 2021.  I’ve met a lot of creative people in the central Texas area, but there’s something about Maikéru‘s poise and polish that makes it feel like he’s doing what he was truly born to do.  Recently, SYN SESSIONS showcased Maikéru singing YIPPEEKIYAY with acoustic accompaniment by Eric G of Kid Brothers, and while seeing Maikéru with full production is on some other ish, seeing this performance in such an intimate and stripped down presentation is equally powerful.  Take a few minutes to dig it, and if it moves you, hit the like button, leave a comment, and share it with someone you care about.

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Plug Tunin’ :: Weird Rap Discussion Gang Does A Deep Dive On De La Soul

Even before news broke that De La Soul may finally see the Tommy Boy portion of their catalog available on streaming sites and digital storefronts as early as this winter, the members of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang had De La on the brain.  After mentioning them at several intervals in the weeks prior, the collective decided to do a special two part deep dive into the Posdnous (aka Plug Won) and Dave (aka Plug Two), the main lyrical components of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio.  For the respective episodes, each member of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang chose their favorite verse from each MC, a monumental undertaking in its own right, and shared their thoughts on what makes each verse so special.  If you’re one of those people who believes that De La Soul‘s place in hip-hop is underrated, if you’re a fan of innovative and forward-thinking lyricism, or if you just love hearing hip-hop heads talk about hip-hop, then check out both of these episodes, leave likes and comments, and subscribe to the Weird Rap YouTube channel for more great content.

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Smoker’s Delight :: Clova And Quin NFN Team Up For ‘White Runtz’

It’s hard to be hip to the Austin hip-hop scene these days and not know who Clova and Quin NFN are.  Both have established and maintained a name for themselves within and outside of the city for years, and Quin NFN recently showed up on an Austin Chronicle curated list of hip-hop acts to keep an eye on.  For White Runtz, we find Clova setting a nice mellow-high mood over the production of L. Devell, and with Quin NFN on the verbal assist and a highly stylish video courtesy of Eric Sattler of Nvision Films, it makes sense that the numbers are getting run up for this one.  Do yourself a favor and keep the wave going by checking out the track and video, leaving a like and a comment, and sharing it around so everyone can take notice.

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Downtown Science :: DotdotDotdotDotdot Comes Back Quick With ‘D(dot)ed Ass’ EP

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of DotdotDotdotDotdot for quite a while now… at least through two or three name adjustments.  One thing that has not adjusted or wavered, however, is his undying dedication to lacing strong production with even stronger lyrics.  After putting out the monumentally impressive From Russia With Drugs roughly one month ago, my man is back at it again with D(dot)ed Ass, an EP based around a concept that is not a concept album.  The project is told through the eyes and experience of D(dot)ed Wood, a reaper who hangs out around corner stores selling borrowed time to those already taking it for granted.  If nothing else, check out the project for Dirk, which contains one of my new favorite DotdotDotdotDotdot verses to date.  With guest appearances from Cease and 3ZoneS, plus production by the homie poolboi blubeautiful lou and more, don’t sleep on this brief little slice of wonderful.

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