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Album reviews.

Soul Repair :: SniperShot Gets Personal With ‘This Life We Live’

SniperShot has never been one to be held down by the ‘supposed’ limitations of life.  He’s always embraced his free spirit nature, and it’s taken him far and wide, allowing him to spread his positive, inspiring and uplifting message via his music and life journey.  That being said, even the best of us are sometimes grounded by reality, and reality hit SniperShot hard in 2019 via the passing of is father.  The loss of a parent is already a tough road to take, but in this case, his father was suffering from Alzheimer’s in a facility that was abusive and that made it tough to get him freed.  We all work through grief in different ways, and in this ordeal, SniperShot leaned on his music to produce This Life We Live, an ode to his father and to the struggles we face on a daily basis.  If this one hits you the way it hit me, leave a like and a comment, and spread it to someone who can use the comfort.

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Prime Time :: From Left Field Podcast And Friends Talk ‘MacGruber’

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Joining a podcast full of hilarious people is always a blast, and when it’s the From Left Field crew of Wendy SimmonsJJ Summers and Morgan Davis, it’s always good for a laugh or two, as well as the occasional bit of thought-provoking conversation or trivia.  This time around, I joined the crew along with special guest and director Stefan Gill, and with the season’s theme being Saturday Night Live and its lineage of films, everyone sat down to talk MacGruber (a personal favorite of mine).  The topics came fast and furious, so check it out and have yourself a good old time.

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Looking Back :: Acclimated Assassin Revisits A Bygone Era On ‘Restoration’ LP

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Hip-hop is known for the cycles that it goes through, and how it folds back in on itself to create fresh sounds out of new-sounding elements that are deeply rooted in its own past.  That being said, with 808s making the resurgence they have as of lately, it only makes sense that the boom-bap era is due its time in the sun near future.  Acclimated Assassin, and Austin-based hip-hop producer (by way of Maine), seems to be in that same mindset, as Restoration finds him putting an updated and personal spin on familiar drums and stabs that made the boom-bap era such a prolific one.  The result is a handful of tracks that you wish you’d heard Black MoonO.C.Casual, or any name from the absurdly long list of monolithic MCs that emerged from the early to mid-1990s rap on.  Definitely check this one out asap, spread it around for others to dig in to, and cop it if you have a few bucks.

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Self Medication :: The Vapor Caves Encourage The Masses To ‘Feel Yourself’

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It’s been a bit since I anticipated a local release on the level of a major label release, but when I recently determined that The Vapor Caves had their debut project, Feel Yourself, up on iTunes and ready for pre-order, I went all in on that purchase.  After a handful of clever and unique promotional campaigns for their leading singles, it was pretty much a given that I was going to purchase this project, and my first few listens have been incredibly rewarding.  BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown are almost certainly guaranteed to make some noise with this project, so I recommend getting in on the ground floor for this one.  Check them out on your favorite streaming service, or purchase the limited edition vinyl via the Bandcamp link above.  Whatever you do, though, don’t sleep on The Vapor Caves.

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Mood Music :: Curbside Jones Breaks New Sonic Ground With ‘Kwamé Vol. 01’

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I’ll let Curbside Jones break this one down :

Kwamé Vol.01 is a compilation of moods that I’ve been going through expressed through house music.  I grew tired of creating the same style of music and decided to branch out and find myself again in a new lane.  Each song represents conversations I’ve had with others and myself; themes of love, appreciation, doubt, miscommunication, self-care, and solitude.”

I’m definitely feeling that, and I know you will too.  Check out the new project, share it around so others can do the same, and cop it if you have a few extra bucks.

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Fanning Flames :: Feral The Earthworm Unleashes ‘Dumpster Fire’ On The Internet

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After a flurry of solid music video releases, Feral the Earthworm has released his latest full-length project, Dumpster Fire.  If you’ve visited this blog in the last two weeks, you’ve already heard me talk about how dope Feral the Earthworm is, so your best bet at this point is to jump on your favorite streaming or download service and dive in to this one.  Do it.  Like… right now.

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Galaxy Brain :: Mirage The GR8 Mixes Mediums With Latest Video For ‘THE GR8’

Working over the past year and change with Mirage The GR8 has been both rewarding and educational.  After collaborating with him on editing duties for The Amelioration Collection, we decided to collaborate again on a series of videos with different inspiration sources and criteria from project to project.  For THE GR8, the concept was a simple one, but one that we’d seen work before : sync up a cartoon series to Mirage‘s raps, a la Ghostface Killah‘s underground classic video for Daytona 500.  In all honesty, I couldn’t be happier with the finished product as an editor, and it seems that Mirage was equally satisfied with the finish product.  Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around for others to do the same!

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