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Peer Review :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Gets Spotify Playlist Placement Courtesy Of WEIRD RAP

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Quick shoutout to WEIRD RAP for not only showing Panic Ruminations love, but following through by placing my music on a massive curated list of alternative and fringe hip-hop artists, many of whom inspire me greatly.  I am honored to have my name in this group of artists in any capacity.  Definitely check out this list, and spread it around so we can get some numbers!

-chief

Raw Romance :: Cha’keeta B Goes In On Valentine’s Day With ‘Lover’s Lane’

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In the earliest days of 2020, I noticed that Cha’keeta B was going hard on the R&B singer recruitment, and she was talking up a Valentine’s Day project majorly.  As the date rolled around, Cha’keeta B fulfilled her promises by dropping Lover’s Lane, a triple-shot EP featuring assistance from Kiki AmbroseJermaineJ Soulja and Kya Monee’.  Cha’keeta has never been one that was shy to voice what is on her mind, and rather than settle on some sappy subject matter, she opts for real talk that is straight-forward, honest and intimate.  Love is good for you all year round, so keep this one in your rotation.

-chief

Self Motivated :: BlackLight And Mista Mozes Drop ‘Do What I Do’ Video

Questioning the drive and motivation of BlackLight is a fool’s errand.  Over the past year or so, BlackLight has gone from an Austin-based MC hustling for opportunities and rocking local shows to making high quality songs, videos and playing festival stages.  His latest track, Do What I Do, is an ode to this motivated nature, and specifically one that points out how those who want to see change must initiate it rather than depend on others to make ways for you.  Mista Mozes drops in to help further the message, and thanks to CR SpectrumBlackLight has presented us with a stunning black and white video reminiscent of those seen in the 1990s and 2000s era of hip-hop, where the culture was firmly establishing itself as the dominant one to the masses, and on its own terms.  Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so everyone can follow suit.

-chief

Fine Dining :: RoyalKingMinus Drops ‘Le Royale W/ Cheese: The Quarter Pounder’ Retrospective Collection

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From the digital desk of RoyalKingMinus :

‘A collage of songs from various projects & collaborations over the past FEW years… some imported,some rare,some unreleased… some mixed,some unmastered.’

Check it out, buy it if you feel like donating, and spread it around for others to enjoy!

-chief

Truth Work :: Click-Clack Drops A Banger With ‘Songs I Don’t Hate’

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When I first met Click-Clack, he was a machine with the beats and the rhymes… it was almost as if he was trying to have physical output in quantities that matched the fever pitch of ideas going on in his head.  Over the years, however, I’ve seen a shift from trying to harvest every idea into gold into taking the best of the best and morphing multiple ideas into impressively strong material.  The rapid nature of releases may have slowed down, but it really has just brought him closer to what us regular guys can manage to put together and release.  That being said, when he hit me up with a copy of Songs I Don’t Hate, it was instantly apparent that he’s hitting a happy medium between quality and his old creative nature, and as song after song rolled by, I could hear the maturity, immediacy and confidence from every lyric and beat.  Click-Clack has somehow managed to find a comfortable existence between today’s vibey, free-flowing music and the late-90’s, gold-school era of hip-hop where being unique was king and if your weapon wasn’t the sharpest in the war you were fading away.  This is must-listen material, for real, so find it on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront and get to it, and share it around so others can do the same.

-chief

Natural Flow :: Tall Kyle And Willis Wax Poetic On ‘No Rain No Flowers’

Tall Kyle clearly has a strategy.  After spending 2019 dropping bars that served as both punchlines and examples of his skill, he took home Lyricist of the Year from teh Austin Hip-Hop Awards, a well deserved prize for the work he put in over the year.  What better way to celebrate the reign in 2020 than to drop a deeply introspective and wise banger, and let a homeboy like Willis showcase his unique but complimentary style on the track?  That’s exactly what we’re presented with in No Rain No Flowers, a track that works on multiple levels both as a song and a indie-cinema, bare bones, wholly authentic music video.  This one is worth your time, so definitely check it out.

-chief

Get Lifted :: 5-D Drops ‘On It’ Single

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5-D (DoubleDeuceDuoDuplicateDeluxe) is my kind of crew.  HBZ and RuDi Devino, with the help of Solar Shield on the tracks, stays putting out high quality, lyrically supercharged songs about the finer things in life : burgers, basketball, and such (usually meant to disguise the celebration of vices we all love and partake in).  One topic you can always count on the guys to deliver gold from, however, is green.  With Shrubbery and High already in the catalog, the crew has dropped another gem with On It, an ode to being prepared to set off (and always down to partake in) a green session.  Solar Shield goes off in particular this go-round, keeping the crew’s signature high energy in his production, but reeling back on the BPMs and instead dropping a midrange speed track with tons of flourish and presence, but not so much that it drowns out the rhymes.  Definitely high quality work from a high quality crew, so leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone!

-chief