There’s problems, and then there’s good problems. A problem is when you have every intention of creating music, but you lack the motivation or the opportunities to do so. A good problem is when your motivation and opportunities are so abundant, that sometimes your musical output goes overlooked by even those who stay checking for it. The latter would be the case in regards to the homeboy SymmaTree. Dude stays busy both representing for Grid Squid Entertainment and StereoFiend, so when I came across a post about a project he was in called DEFY’d, I was surprised that I completely missed the boat on it. nothing for your birthday is the solid first effort from a band, an amalgamation of members from Call Me King and Dancing with Gepetto, as well as the previously mentioned SymmaTree and additional vocalist M.E. Farrell. It would be easy to classify this project as rock/rap [see the very self-aware (my ears matter) interlude], but that would be doing this collaboration a disservice, as there is something definitely brewing here. I’ve heard the song Fingertips previously, but it does a nice job of rounding out this debut offering. I am looking forward to hearing more from DEFY’d, believe that.
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Tagged call me king, chief, dancing with gepetto, defy'd, grid squid entertainment, m.e. farrell, nothing for your birthday, stereofiend, symmatree, the doomsday device
You already know what time it is. Whenever a new DDotElles anything drops, be it single, video, or especially album, it’s gonna get shine around here. This cat consistently puts out HIGH quality hip-hop, and in all honestly, should be operating on a much larger scale than he currently is. I guess all that artists of our caliber can do is keep dropping music and hope that one day the masses catch up. That being said, EFAdemo:Take3 is truly a project to be proud of. The album flows damn near seamlessly from track to track as DDotElles provides us with the elements that we become accustomed to hearing on his projects : lyricism on both witty and deeply personal levels, banger production, beautifully chosen guest spots and skits/movie samples to break things up and usher listeners through the project. This is what hip-hop sounds like in my perfect world. Share it, support this cat and spread the word.
If you’ve ever been in need of true inspiration, Austin-based MC Feral The Earthworm is someone you need to look into. He started off on the scene as a standout among the many wonderful MCs that frequent Austin Mic Exchange, and he was as brutally honest as he was talented. You knew right from the beginning that he had a vision, and to see this vision manifest has been incredible.
After a DIY tour with Weird City, Feral began the process of eliminating bills and rent from his life in an effort to maximize doing what he loved, which was making music and performing shows. What began as an idea has turned into his Vanarchy album and his Vanlife movement… he turned an empty van into a living space and a recording studio, and went straight to work on releasing the Vanarchy project:
If this doesn’t inspire you to chase your dreams and say f-ck it to any obstacle in your way, I don’t know what will. Mad props to Feral the Earthworm, and here’s to all of the well-deserved success that will hopefully come your way.
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Tagged austin mic exchange, chief, DIY, feral the earthworm, the doomsday device, vanarchy, vanlife, weird city
San Marcos has always been a nurturing haven for creative souls, and over the years, the city has really seemed to fall into one of the best creative strides it has ever been in. Many, many groups are arriving on what has become a scene in flux, and yet, these groups are still finding inspiration and ways to thrive. ChurchCough, made up of members ConductHer and NonsenseSpence, is one of the latest to arrive, and their ambient sound is a breath of fresh air on a scene heavy with rock, hip hop and electronic music. I am looking forward to hearing more from them, but for now, this self-titled debut project will hold me over just fine.
With so much talent in the Austin hip-hop scene, it’s amazing that we don’t see more producer-led projects featuring the best of their MC affiliates from track to track. Ruler Why comes to mind, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others, but the numbers aren’t as high as they potentially could be. Retr05pect, however, looks as if he’s attempting to skew that data with the release of the rock solid project The Real Estate Sessions, a project rooted in the discovery of a 45″ record collection at an estate sale. The production throughout this project is top notch, as one would expect Retr05pect production to be.. it’s paced well, the skits provide just enough breathing room between song groupings, and the choices for MCs were right on the money. You’ll find some of my favorite people on these tracks : Click-Clack, Muggzy Flowz, Scuare, no1mportant, Rudi DeVino, and Black DaVinci all spit quality bars and concepts. I’m looking forward to keeping this one heavy in my DJ rotations.
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Tagged black davinci, chief, click-clack, muggzy flowz, no1mportant, retr05pect, rudi devino, ruler why, scuare, the doomsday device, the real estate sessions
Alesia Lani has been a fixture on the Austin R&B scene for quite a few years, and it seems as if she has always had a goal to bring legitimacy to both her own career and the scene she represents. With the release of her latest single, Intentions, it seems that she has found a new focus on growing herself and her presentation as an R&B singer. Intentions has an air of maturity to it without seeming like it places her above anyone listening. It has a very direct message (say what you mean, do what you say), and it fits perfectly over standout production from Kal V and Jon Keyz. Add a wonderful guest verse from G-Jet, and you’ve got a radio-ready song that will hopefully make some positive noise for Alesia Lani.
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Tagged alesia lani, austin, chief, g-jet, intentions, jon keyz, kal v, the doomsday device
Even when folks have your back, it can sometimes be extremely easy to fall into a ‘me against the world’ mentality. Luckily, Lady Shacklin appears to not only disregard the feelings to shy away from that mentality, but she embraces it fully as she explores the feeling and tries to find a way through it to the other side of things. With a musical assist from DJ Gonz, and a visual assist from Jay Mackall of Grind District Entertainment, the video for Lonely World is a great reminder that we can make it if we try. Props to Lady Shacklin for hitting us with the Mary J. Blige vibes in this one as well.. Austin r&b is plentiful, but having someone with an edge on the scene gives the proper range and variety needed to keep the scene from getting stagnant.
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Tagged austin, chief, dj gonz, grind district entertainment, jay mackall, lady shacklin, lonely world, the doomsday device