Category Archives: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Album reviews.

Reality Raps :: Nick Cruz & Ruler Why Connect For ‘Tales Of A Paper Hanger’

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These cats sound like they’ve been making music together forever.  You already know what you’re getting production-wise whenever Ruler Why steps up to bat, and he’s consistently been able to connect with quality lyricists over the years.  Nick Cruz, in his debut solo EP, sounds like he’s been doing it for decades on top of this production, and the combination is utterly hypnotic.  This is the kind of hip-hop that made me both love it and want to be a member of the creative continuum, as life experiences and viewpoints are given rapid fire in the lyrics, beats and samples used.  Well worth the money they’re asking, so go ahead and cop this one, and encourage others to do the same.  On the real.

-chief

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Deeply Connected :: The Vapor Caves Take A Look Back At ‘I Miss You’

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The Vapor Caves (as BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown of Keeper are collectively known) have been on the rise the last few years, and 2019 promises to hold great things in store for them.  In preparation for the new year, BoomBaptist decided to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the winter of 2015, when he sent Yadira Brown a collection of hip-hop beats as a Christmas present.  Out of the 15 sent, Yadira chose three, and the first official collaboration between the artists that would later form The Vapor Caves was I Miss You, a very 1990s-esque hip-hop track where Yadira sings and rhymes about attraction and the process of letting your guard down to accept those feelings.  As a present to all of us, the group decided to release the track for free, so definitely download it and share it around, as the next moves that The Vapor Caves have in store are big ones.

-chief

Made Man :: Cory Kendrix Drops ‘OMG’ Single

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Cory Kendrix is starting to build a reputation as a stylistic chameleon.  He’s always been known for dropping bars, but recently, he made a shift into KNDRX mode, which allowed him to explore the more melodic realms of his sound.  I initially thought that this was an overall style shift, but I’ve come to find out that that was just foolish of me to assume, as Cory Kendrix seems to be prepping us for the release of Ignorance 2 by dropping a certified banger in the form of OMG.  The beat is fire, the bars and delivery are on point, and the overall vibe sticks in your head, so much so that you’ll probably find yourself humming the track well after you’re done listening.  You know the drill, people… share it, support it, and keep checking back here for more and more of that good stuff.

-chief

Healing Sounds :: Kinder Rehabs Via ‘Big Low (Ginger Root)’

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All of us have our own ways of healing when we’re sick.  Most people I know take medicine.  I try to clear my schedule of all things and sleep it out.  It appears that my homeboy kinder is the type to expel sickness via making music.  Dig the testimony from the man himself in regards to the creation of Big Low (Ginger Root) :

Made between 12/27/2018 and 1/04/2019 while I was bedridden with a peritonsillar abscess.  Ambient for the sake of healing. 

That about sums it up… the beats are spacious and ambient, occasionally coming together into slim but definitive structures that stand out on their own while sounding wonderful as a collection of tracks.  Give the project a listen, a share, and a few bucks if you can so we can keep kinder healthy and productive.

-chief

More Savage :: Moodie Black Unleashes ‘M B I I I’

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As cutting edge and ahead of the curve as Moodie Black can be, they have one consistent quality about them : an EP release following each full length release.  These four song gems have always been high-quality work, and I I I keeps the tradition going while pushing the envelope in terms of K‘s vocals (both in the topic choices and the way they are mixed into the track, which is much more up front than normal).  The sense of urgency found in this collection of songs matches the times, but the sound stays fresh and unique, something that us Moodie Black fans have come to love and expect.  I imagine this is the predecessor to another full length project, and I know has been lacing all kinds of folks (myself included) with production, so I know she’ll be on point for whatever Moodie Black has lined up next.  Dig this one and dig it good.

-chief

Mind Melt :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice + Lo Phi Call On Jeffrey Garcia For ‘Crying Freeman’ Video

After a couple of low key releases the past couple of years, it’s nice to be doing things properly for 2019 once again.  In the wake of Lo Phi and myself collaborating on Uncanny Valley, I felt it was only proper that the album be given at least one music video to accompany it.  Enter mad genius Jeffrey Garcia, who got with me over the holidays (as well as his band of collaborators you can find in the projects at his Jeffy’s Playhouse YouTube channel) and created a visual blitz to match the sonic assault to the senses that is Crying Freeman.  I’m very happy with the quality of the video and the initial reception, and I’m hoping that the rest of you are impressed by the work that Jeffrey Garcia put in for this one.  If you dig it, share it around, leave it a like and a comment, and go check out the entire album on Bandcamp (and all other music services beginning roughly around January 15).

-chief

Single Shot :: Kydd Jones And Y2 Wrap Up 2018 With ‘Ducked Off’

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It feels like I say this most every post I make about Kydd Jones, but it really only seems like a matter of time before he starts making noise on the next level.  As 2018 was wrapping up and people were focusing on 2019, Kydd kept his track record of consistent, quality output going with a final single in the form of Ducked Off.  The beat itself, produced by Kydd, is sick as hell, and Kydd drops bars oozing with swagger on top of it, creating an ominous sound that has only previously been hinted at in his music.  With each release, Kydd is sounding more and more like the seasoned veteran that he has shaped in to.  Cop this one, preferably with a donation, and spread it around so that it gets all the play it deserves.

-chief