Category Archives: Spotlight

Artists of all varieties that I know and work with.

Rise Above :: Mirage The Gr8 Drops ‘Level Up’ Video

My continued working relationship with Mirage the Gr8 has really and truly been beneficial for both parties.  Mirage gets to see his ideas come to fruition, and I get to sharpen my tools as an editor.  One of the pieces of work I’m most proud of is Level Up, a collaboration between MirageTerrence Side Effect‘ Wood and Chip Lurk.  Originally, this video was meant to be exclusive content for an upcoming project we are working on, but in spite of everyone practicing social distancing and staying home, Mirage figured that now was the time to drop the video.  All parties involved are proud of this work, so definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around for others to do the same.

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Spit Fire :: RATARUE Presents ‘Legend Of The Gatling Tongue’

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From the digital desk of RATARUE :

‘This is an album almost 3 years in the making.  I wanted a signature sound.  I feel that I have accomplished this goal.  This album contains no samples, although I love sample based Hip Hop.  When younger, I went to private school and was adamant about taking Violin and later the Viola lessons.  I loved the tone of the Viola.  The process of this album involved me digging for Music Theory books, much like I did vinyl records, looking to find what I thought the greats might have studied, for example Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, John Coltrane.  My Hip Hop formative years were the 90’s and in that era it was the goal to push oneself and the envelope of the art form, in order to bring something to the table, culturally.  In keeping with that tradition of pushing the boundaries and one’s self, I made some discoveries.  With research and diligence, plus having made music with some amazing creatives in the “Live Music Capital of the World”, as well as patience, I feel that I have been enabled to think outside the box and create music that is eclectic as my upbringing in Austin, TX and my personality.

This album is an introduction into my new production style but encapsulates rhymes of the past.  It is exactly ten years since my first studio project.  This is not an anniversary album, by any means.  I have made strides lyrically and will be combining the Musicality shown on this project along with my new rhyme style and approach on a full length album, now in early production.

Legend of the Gatling Tongue is also my first independent vinyl release!

I am older now.  I am now dealing with thoughts on mortality.  For what it is worth and for someone who feels that Hip Hop is not only a Musical art form but a culture, I worked hard on this album, knowing it is part of my life legacy.’

Check out the project and share it around, and always support your local creatives!

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Triplicate Form :: Rav X Kill Bill X Scuare Present ‘SKIN’

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The way that the internet has made our massive world figuratively ‘smaller’ has allowed for collaborative possibilities that, even a generation ago, could not have existed.  The story of the EXOCIETY collective perfectly illustrates this, as the ultra-talented Austin-based MC known as Scuare has shown us.  About a decade ago, he connected with non-Texans Rav and Kill Bill over the website Newgrounds, and a bond was formed that has lasted despite proximity and time.  With each member growing and the world changing drastically since their inception, it makes sense that SKIN would reflect this range of change, despite it’s semi-short runtime.  Each member provides production, along with fellow collaborator Gold Midas, on the project, which takes a deep dive into the realms of creativity and sonic exploration.  I could throw a bunch of adjectives around, but this one deserves a direct listen, as it is quite gripping.  Check it out on Bandcamp or your favorite streaming service, and spread it around for others to do the same.

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Clutch Time :: BoomBaptist Releases 2nd Single In Run-Up To ‘Boom Shakalaka’ Release

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We’re only two tracks in, and I’m already championing BoomBaptist‘s upcoming release, Boom Shakalaka.  After the pleasant introduction provided by Razzle Dazzle, we get a completely different look from the follow-up single, Shattered Backboard.  After a high energy, sample-laden collage of an intro, Boom drops a clean beat-flip and repurposes the main intro sample while texturing drums, synth and other sprinkles of samples around it.  If Razzle Dazzle was a warning shot, then Shattered Backboard is a line in the sand, firmly stating that you’re either rocking with this upcoming gold, or you’re planning on missing out.  Check out the new single and hold tight, because in slightly less than a month, Boom Shakalaka touches down.

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Calming Waters :: Moira Waters Releases ‘Living’ EP

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After her time spent fronting Water On Mars, it’s nice to see someone as talented as Moira Waters move forward and continue to create as a solo artist.  After a slight tweaking of her performance name, she’s presented us with Living EP, a short but powerful collection of deeply reflective and movingly honest songs.  Her voice stands loud and proud above her guitarwork, which provides a strong foundation.  If you’re looking for something that will resonate with you during these times of isolation, definitely give this EP a moment.  It’ll be well worth your time.

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Rising Above :: J-Kline And D.D.I. Drop ‘Feet Above Water’ Video

The constant discovery that being a blogger provides me is truly a gift that keeps on giving.  Luckily, I’m blessed enough to know so many talented people that I’m never at a need or want for content, but every once in a blue moon, I like to step outside of the circle.  This go-round, I discovered J-Kline via the I Support ATX Hip-Hop, Do You? group, specifically his collaborative video with guest vocalist D.D.I. and producer Wave titled Feet Above Water.  Director Tommy Kastro caught the collective in a very straight-forward, candid manner as they drop science about keeping your eyes on the prize over Wave‘s bouncy and driving production.  The track is a solid piece of motivational and inspirational art about being aware of the both purposeful and accidental trappings that present themselves to an artist on the rise.  Definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to experience.

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Everyday People :: Moodie Black Drop ‘No Mames’ Single In Anticipation Of ‘FUZZ’

With each passing album, Moodie Black has perfected the rollout for the independent, DIY artist.  KDEATH maintains a proper level of profile on social media, interacting with the masses while she and Sean toil away in the studio.  As the projects come together, seeds of anticipation are woven into the normal flow of conversation.  As it starts to hit the 30-45 day mark, starts dropping visuals that open further avenues of anticipation and discussion, as the succinct ideas are intriguing enough to raise wondrous thoughts of how they will fit into the bigger picture.  After dropping the stellar Jesus Bound lead single recently, Moodie Black has come with the two of the one-two punch with No Mames, a very personal and artistic statement from that scratches the surface of her day to day experience of trying to exist as a trans, gender-fluid woman in an uptight, judgemental society.  FUZZ drops this upcoming Friday, and after these tastes, I’m certainly ready to hear the full project.  Like, comment and share the video, and keep your eyes on Moodie Black for the bomb drop that FUZZ will be.

-chief