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Mob Deep :: Ben Al And Friends Wax Poetic On ‘The Real’

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There’s something about a good hip-hop song that is majorly enhanced when guests MCs jump on… especially if everyone brings their A-game.  That is most certainly the case with The Real, a recent Ben Al and Iso collaboration with a who’s who of guest MCs invited to the track : Read RichartsLace TunesMarcus JDdotElles and Karma Jones all bless this banger with top notch bars.  I’m feeling bad because I already turned in my Best of the Year 2017 list for OVRLD, and had I heard this prior to forming that list, this track would have made it hands down.  Consolation prize?  Regardless, check this one out, heart it, comment on the track, and help boost those play numbers, because Austin deserves the chance for it’s dopeness to shine.

-chief

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Insomniac’s Night :: Virgil Wolfe Releases ‘Before The World Wakes Up’

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Not many MCs straddle the line between confidence and humility better than Virgil Wolfe.  The Baytown resident is known for dropping extremely thought provoking, and sometimes coded, lyrics in a manner so laid back that much of the information may be missed through the first listen or two.  Before The World Wakes Up is a project that revels in that realm.  A unifying double-theme of putting in work while everyone is sleeping and being ‘woke’ in the midst of the oblivious is executed masterfully.  Production duties were handled mostly by Calamity, with Virgil Wolfe handling the beatsmithing on Donahue.  This one is definitely dope, and perfectly placed in terms of release date to make me rethink my whole Best of 2017 standings for the homies.

-chief

Money Rotation :: Clova Brings A Crew For ‘Bandz’ Music Video

Clova just made the blog about a week ago, but you know how you’ve gotta do it in this rap game… hit folks again quick, and hit them harder than you did the last time.  Bandz finds Clova trading bars with some hard hitters in the Austin scene.  SertifiedGeeweezy and Domincan Jay all drop the science on keep stacked up.  The Real Chino comes through with a rock solid video, yet another one in a year full of wonderful Austin-based video output.  Here’s to hoping that 2018 can even hold a candle to what a wonderfully creative year 2017 has been for Austin rap, hip-hop and music in general.

-chief

Family Ties :: Emcee Eats Drops Knowledge On ‘Connect To Kin’

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It’s another one from Emcee Eats, and this time he’s taken a classic underground beat (props if you can name it) and repurposed it into a tale about understanding the power of lineage.  Connect to kin is a call for listeners to embrace the fact that blood is thicker than water, and to make sure that time is spent with those that should matter most to you.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, that’s a message we should all take to heart, so props on Emcee Eats for addressing it with the urgency needed.

-chief

Time Lines:: Clova And NVision Films Bring ‘Ever Since’ To Life

Austin-based, Houston-bred hip-hop creative Clova recently joined forces with Eric Sattler of NVision Films to breathe life into the song Ever Since.  The song, a testimonial to having faith in yourself and chasing your dreams despite what others may think or say, is perfectly embodied by parallel lines of action : a confident young man finding himself, and an artist comfortable enough in his own skin to be in the moment and reflect.  Props to all parties involved for creating yet another standout music video in a year of Austin killing the music video game.

-chief

Playing Around :: Been Drops Video For ‘Board Games’

Been, currently based out of San Marcos, recently dropped a dope video for his single Board Games.  The video compliments the song very well… the laid-back demeanor that sets up the immediacy of the content… the unique style (as well as a little Rollerblade flexing, which I’ve seen Been do as I’ve driven by)… the sense of humor found in the serious musings… this one is pretty solid all the way around.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more content in the future.

-chief

Unsolved Mysteries :: Brutalism’s Self-Titled Release Is Amazing

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Prior to finding Brutalism‘s recent self-titled release on Bandcamp, I knew nothing about them (and, even after some research, I still really don’t know anything about them).  I couldn’t find much information on their label, Digital Hotdogs (great name).  What I could find, however, was time to listen to this amazing album and time to share it with all of you.  Going in blind is the best way to handle these things sometimes, as ignorance is bliss.

-chief