Category Archives: ShuffleCast

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Shaky Foundations :: Mirage The GR8 Reflects On ‘4-5 Still Alive’

Mirage the GR8 has always been one of the MCs in the Austin area that I looked up to, as he was already releasing tapes when I was wondering if it was possible to cross over from fan to artist.  It’s only fitting that at age 45, Mirage would take a moment to think back on where he came from, assess where he is, and re-calibrate himself for the journey ahead, and all of this is accomplished in the brief but thought-provoking 4-5 Still Alive.  The incredibly smooth track from Trill Gates gives Mirage plenty of room to talk about style evolution and political landscapes, both of which have a synergistic relationship with hip-hop culture, in his trademark laid-back delivery.  It’s been an honor working with Mirage the last couple of years on the music video front, and it makes me happy to know that he has no plans on stopping any time soon.  Check out the song, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same.

-chief

Making Memories :: Orthy Drops Lyric Video For ‘Which Is Better’

As Orthy prepares for the release of Fable Living, his latest full-length release, his promotional game has been top notch.  After a handful of single releases, Orthy has gone nostalgic on us with his lyric video for Which Is Better.  On top of showcasing the clever wordplay in the chorus and the heartfelt verses, the video also provides a peek into his personal life, with footage of family, friends, work time and downtime all cut to the infectious tune.  Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so that Orthy can blow up and win our childhood bet about who will be famous first.

-chief

Status Check :: Kydd Jones Drops ‘Icon’ Track And Video

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Kydd Jones is back at it again, and this time we’re getting a double dose of work in the form of a single release and a music video for his latest song, Icon.  Kydd has really found his pocket these days, with his calm yet assured style sitting perfectly inside the TyOnDaTrack-produced beat.  I’ve always been a fan of Kydd and the LNS crew, and work like this just furthers those feelings.  Check out the song and the video, spread it around for others to dig, and keep supporting your local creatives!

-chief

Sure Shots :: Poolboi Blu Drops ‘Sincere (Volume 012)’ And ‘Retail’ Single

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of poolboi blu‘s s i n c e r e RADIO, and a big factor in my support is his song variety.  For sincere (volume 012), the homie continued to bring the variety to the table, but the lion’s share of the mix contains banger after banger from emerging and established hip-hop artists of the few years.  According to the man himself, this mix was a fast-track used to lift him and carry him through a recent patch of ups, downs and whirlwinds that life throws us through.  If you’re looking for a shot of energy in audio form, this one comes highly recommended, so definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same.

EDIT : Between the completion of this post and the date it was scheduled to drop, my man poolboi blu dropped a surprise single out of nowhere.

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I swear that the homie may have just written and released the independent artist national anthem… all of us are praying that we don’t backslide into the rat race, as once you get a taste of that creative life, it’s hard to go back to the square world.

-chief

Home Bass :: Tåsi And BLakchyl Connect For ‘East 10th’

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Producer/MC Tåsi and super-lyricist BLakchyl were both raised in the streets of East Austin, a formerly notorious part of town that has found itself in a transition phase in the face of gentrification.  Despite these changes, it seems the duo has taken the adage of ‘no matter how far you go, never forget where you came from’ to heart, as their recent collaborative effort, East 10th, was recorded on the same street that BLakchyl was raised on (and still has family residing on).  The songs focus on personal journeys and the ever-changing face of the East Side, while Tåsi‘s production mirrors the changes with a range of sonic moods.  Rounded out with guest appearances by ChiClopzClare and French wordsmith Cerbère, the project is short and bittersweet, leaving you longing for more (similar to how us native Austinites yearn for things to be more like they used to be in our evolving town).  Cop yourself a physical or digital copy of this one, or just stream it and share it so that others can feel the vibes.

-chief

Funny Games :: SymmaTree And Big Lo Connect For ‘The Divine Comedy’

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The homie SymmaTree has been handling his hip-hop path the old fashioned way these days : hit the road and blaze a trail for yourself, no matter the cost.  Most people realize the obvious benefit of this choice, which is the growth of your fanbase and the ability to spread your impact, but one of the bonus benefits of this approach is expanding your peer circle.  Somewhere along the path, SymmaTree hooked up with Big Lo out of Florida, and the two like-minded individuals started trading show opportunities back and forth.  This continued connection eventually led to the recent release of The Divine Comedy, a three song collection written by SymmaTree and produced by Big Lo.  For such a short project, the topics and approach weigh heavy and are extremely thought-provoking, and the production gives everything a gravitas worthy of undivided attention.  Definitely a great appetizer for what will hopefully be a continued collaboration, and hopefully one that leads to a full-length project sooner than later.  Check it out, cop it, and donate a few bucks if you’ve got it.

-chief

Yacht Rocking :: SniperShot Returns To Shore With ‘Fresh Off The Yacht’ EP

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There’s something about the sea that is relaxing and freeing for the human spirit, and for proof of this, look no further than Fresh Off The Yacht, the latest release from SniperShot.  After a prolific 2019, SniperShot took some time to live on a sailboat in the South Pacific Ocean, and upon his return to the states, he linked up with Los Angeles-based producer AC The Program Director for a quick collection of four soul-soothing songs.  The standard hip-hop braggadocio energy is still there, but the delivery is drenched with the grounded (no pun intended) nature of someone who put cares aside for a time.  AC‘s beat selection is perfect for these words and the way that their stated, as each track has personality and size, but is laid back enough to match the overall project tone.  Definitely a good one to wrap up the hot days with, as we transition into the fall and winter.  Check it out, share it around, and cop it if you have a few extra bucks!

-chief