Verbal Revival :: Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice Calls In Bernichus For ‘Old Time Religion’

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I’ve been hard at work on A Memoir Called Noir for a long time.  I’ve probably been working on Old Time Religion for a good 16 months or so.  I knew from the moment this song started to take shape, however, that I wanted Bernichus on the track.  His vocal timbre, wit and delivery, in my opinion, were a perfect match for closing out the track.  Recently, Bernichus laced me with his recorded verse (shout out to Chris Boasso for the engineering assist) and I liked it so much that I decided to leak the track prior to the upcoming release of the full length album (stay tuned for details on that).  If you dig the track, give it a like, share or comment, and hopefully this album lives up to expectations… I’m very happy with it, and ready to share it.

-chief

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Hot Seat :: Taszlin Muerte Of BLXPLTN Sits Down With Mabel Of Music Felon

Music Felon is not only out there constantly showing love to local artists, they are giving young journalists opportunities to gain valuable experience and confidence by doing what they love.  Mabel and her interview series is the perfect example of both things… you can see her getting more comfortable with each interview, and her unique perspective and presentation allows the interview subjects to let down their guard.  One of her recent interviews was with the homeboy Tasz from BLXPLTN.  Check it out, give it a like, share and comment, and keep supporting local creatives!

-chief

Real Talk :: The Negro Problem Podcast Comes To An End… For Now

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All good things must come to an end.  TajiRyan and Cody, the team behind The Negro Problem podcast, recently had to face this fact as they gathered for what seems like the last time for the unforeseeable future.  No spoilers here though… in order to find out why they’ve come to the end of the road, and to find out what the future holds for each member of the team, you’ll have to tune in for yourself.

-chief

Heavy Hearts :: Conwaythewhale Stops By KTSW 89.9 Studio C Sessions

Evolution is a natural part of dedicated creation.  Take Conwaythewhale, for example.  Upon their inception, the band was just a duo, albeit a powerful one.  Due to life circumstances and other creative obligations, what started as a raw musical confessional turned into a full-fledged power packed sonic testimonial, backed by a traditional full band.  What has not changed, however, is the cutting honesty and pure emotion of singer/songwriter Justin Conway.  The band stopped by KTSW 89.9‘s acclaimed Studio C Sessions recently, and their performance of John Locke was extremely touching, especially for those of us that have spent any time over the last 5 years or so in the San Marcos area.  Check it out, share it around, and be sure to give it a like and/or leave a comment.  Support college radio and local artists!

-chief

Viral Vibes :: Shelly Knicks Drops ‘Internet Rapper’ Video

Texas-based hip-hop artist Shelly Knicks packs a powerful punch in just under 2 minutes with his latest single, Internet Rapper.  The song is a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek look at how the internet can skew perspectives and inflate egos in subtle but powerful ways.  The video has a slightly off-kilter vibe to it with the color grading used, the computer style text and word bubbles, and even the meme-like behavior conveyed by Knicks and crew.  The video is a dope one for sure, so give it that like, share and comment treatment it deserves.

-chief

Gaining Momentum :: Old Man Skateboards (OMS) Drops ‘SINCE BIRTH’ Skate Part

Old Man Skateboards (OMS) creator Jansen Newcum has been using his passion for improving his skating skill as inspiration to better himself in other areas.  One of the areas that has been instantly noticeable is his skill as a filmer and an editor.  From innovating a one person, two board technique to becoming a legitimate filmer of other skaters, everything has been trending upwards.  Girl Skateboards recently announced a short film contest, and Jansen jumped at the opportunity.  With a little help from friends Miguel Marrufo and Chris Jones (plus a beat assist from himself), the old man at Old Man Skateboards created something to be truly proud of.  Like, share, leave a comment, and keep your eyes open for more dope content.

-chief

Rough Housing :: Poolboi Blu Drops The Long Anticipated ‘Horseplay’ EP

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poolboi blu knows how important it is to keep pumping out new material, and for that new material to push your sound forward.  Without growth, there’s no reason to keep up with the artists that we love and support.  horseplay finds poolboi blu getting extremely comfortable with his sample usage over rhythms that are both upbeat and airy.  Many of the samples are familiar and bring a smile to my face, but the way that they are mixed in gives them a haunting feel.  horseplay is a good course adjustment after the extremely solid chocolat, and it is a good indicator of more positive output in the future.

-chief