Category Archives: Spotlight

Artists of all varieties that I know and work with.

Clean-up Hitter :: Poolboi Blu Knocks It Out Of The Park With ‘Sincere (Volume 005)’

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sincere (volume 005) just dropped, and it’s safe to say that poolboi blu is feeling maximum levels of swagger these days.  The sincere series has been getting progressively stronger with each release, but (volume 005) is a true achievement.  The song selection flows seamlessly… the mixes are clean, concise and executed precisely… best of all, poolboi blu doubled down on the mix length, clocking in at just over 45 minutes with (volume 005).  There’s a handful of songs I really dig on this mix, as well as a few that feel like possible new favorite songs in the making.  This mix is most definitely the right way to transition out of that summer madness.

-chief

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Shock Value :: MC Homeless Expounds On ‘Dead Rappers’ With Chris Conde In New Video

There’s braggadocio, and then there’s truly being unbothered by what the common crowd is doing… I think it’s safe to say that MC Homeless falls more in the latter category.  An MC that’s never been known to do anything less than his own thing, MC Homeless recently teamed up with San Antonio-based Chris Conde to draw a clear line in the sand between the true unliving heads and those that are basically already the walking dead.  The duo gets down over a Death Woods track (plus a drone loop from Vanishing Cities) with a little visual assistance from co-director Joseph Ramirez (MC Homeless also pulled director duty), makeup and special effects by Chris PaulosHolly Paulos and Leigh Kessel, and digital effects from David Hampton.  The track will be found on the upcoming split cassette with BrzowskiDig Two Graves, so definitely keep your eyes and ears open for that release… I’m sure this is just a small sample of the dopeness that project holds in store.

-chief

Wasted Hours :: Mad One Reflects On Time With ‘Winter Nights’ Video

Mad One and DJ Ninja are making sure that their new collaborative project Ghost Of The Record Store gets all of the attention it can (and deserves), and one of those routes is the promotional music video push they’ve unrolled.  After dropping the hard hitting Bombz video, complete with images that help reinforce the album idea, the duo has followed up with Winter Nights, a reflective and somber track glorifying an understanding of time and how all aspects of it can affect us.  Paired with Max Fleischer era animation, the bars and earworm piano sample hit that much harder in terms of relevance, making the song a gem that reminds us of the mid-1990s jazz influenced boom-bap hip-hop we could use more of these days.  If you haven’t already, go check out Ghost Of The Record Store, and be sure to give both videos a like, comment and share.

-chief

Missed Connections :: Curbside Jones And The ‘Milk Tea Choronicles’

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Curbside Jones has already done what it takes to prove himself as one of the most creative and charismatic artists in the Austin hip-hop scene via previous releases, but he’s in the midst of making a major impact with his latest project.  A serial journey over several different EPs titled Milk Tea Chronicles, this series of songs and releases has some serious head nod factor working for it due to Curbside Jones‘s extremely mature production and highly confident lyric ability.  Installment one is a reflection on expanding your horizons and exploring the world around you, while Voicemail Blues is a reflection on our new existence in the information/communication age and how we still manage to not maximize these potential connections despite every given opportunity to do so.  For my money’s worth, it feels like Curbside Jones can do no wrong, and I’m really hoping he becomes one of the artists that can break through Austin‘s glass ceiling and make noise on a bigger level.

-chief

Razor’s Edge :: Leather Tuscadero Collectively Unleashes ‘Smokes, s’Go!’

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There may be a greater distance between the collective members of Leather Tuscadeo these days, but that distance has not stopped them from making classic material.  Thanks to opportunities afforded by the creative think-tank known as Concuss, the members of Leather Tuscadero (producer Progeny, emcees Evolve and Barfly, and guru Rob Castro) have unleashed a beast with the hard-hitting EP Smokes, s’Go.  In just five songs, it is abundantly clear that the chemistry between the steadily attacking Evolve and the off-kilter approach of Barfly come together like Voltron over Progeny‘s boom-bap production.  The lyrical fodder is full of sharp wordplay, pop culture references and words of warning to those thinking that testing the collective is a safe move.  I definitely see this one getting repeated play and spins during my DJ sets.  Make sure to support your local creatives, wherever they may be, via likes, shares and monetary support.

-chief

Quick One :: Jeffrey Garcia And ‘Brian’s Used Cars Emporium’

Jeffrey Garcia is at it again (which implies he ever stops), and this time he brought Brian Kennemer back in the mix.  The duo takes a mocking swing at used car dealerships and their fast talking nature with Brian’s Used Cars Emporium, a highly stylized bit of fun in the vein of Tim & Eric.  The ending is pitch perfect after the brief bout of madness these two drag you through.  Super hilarious for sure.  Make sure to leave it a like, a comment, and share it around while you’re at it.

-chief

Pride Rhymes :: ConductHer Drops ‘Golden Gays’

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Identity is a very key part to hip-hop, as anything less than the truth is glaringly obvious when it comes to the beats and rhymes.  Clearly, ConductHer (of ChurchCough) is completely aware of this fact.  She is currently deep in the trenches producing ChurchCough‘s upcoming release, but she took the time to drop Golden Gays, a statement on being honest to yourself, your feelings, and the people close to you when it comes to attraction.  ConductHer weaves her tale through the bombastic track, making sure to include very key points such as not falling into societal norms by default, trusting those feelings you may not understand, and avoiding looking for love in all the wrong places.  It’s been a pleasure watching ConductHer grow as a producer, songwriter and a person, and I look forward to more expressions of self and reflections on life from her.  Be sure to like the track if you’re feeling it, leave a comment, and share it around so others can benefit from shared truths.

-chief