Direct Request :: Cha’Keeta B And Kiki Ambrose Release Video For ‘Pull Up’

Cha’Keeta B has never been shy about displaying her skills or letting the world know exactly what she wants and needs, qualities that make her one of the more respected MCs and artists in the Austin area.  Her latest single, Pull Up, is a deceptively smooth banger featuring Kiki Ambrose on the chorus and plenty of rapid-fire raps about how Cha’Keeta B will handle her business at the moment of truth.  Thanks to Dan2theL, who has been on a respectable tear himself in regards to stellar music videos, Cha’Keeta B brings the song to life with a straight-forward narrative-style video featuring a dope car with switches, a handful of beautiful women, and plenty of steamy action for those in need.  If you’re a fan of Cha’Keeta B (or even if you’re not), take a second to check this one out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around for others to enjoy.

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Coming Attractions :: Mirage The Gr8 Readies Release Of ‘The Rhythm Still Plays’ Documentary

After several years of collaborating on music video projects, Mirage the Gr8 and myself decided that 2020 was the year we would step our game up.  The year also coincided with the 20-year anniversary of Mirage‘s first label release, Life Is A Rhythm (L.I.A.R.) on Good Vibe Records.  Based on the importance of this anniversary and the release of that record at the time, it was decided that a documentary should be created to commemorate the release.  With interviews from NickNackDJ Mike SwingBrotha K.DJ Crash and key figure Tee-Double, plus the candid story of the album from Mirage himself, this is definitely a project of great importance in regards to Austin hip-hop history.  Check out the trailer, and stay tuned for the release of the full documentary in early July!

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Walking Dead :: Worm Suicide Drops Video For ‘Lead Pipe’

When it comes to being an independent band, making the most of your promotional material is a must.  Budgetary limits tend to be a bit of a constraint, but with a little creativity and ingenuity, classics can be created out of little to nothing.  In the case of Worm Suicide, they used a green screen, some patience in the editing room, and an assist from the public domain in the form of the original Night of the Living Dead, and the result is the hilarious and infectious Lead Pipe.  Check it out, give it a like and a comment if you dig it, and spread it around for others to enjoy.

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Live Direct :: HaplogroupX Rocks Live From The ‘Duress EP Release Show’

A couple of Sundays ago, MC Homeless teamed up with HaplogroupX for an online show titled Homeless/Haplo virtual show to end police brutality.  Had the goal stated in the title of the event worked, then the team would have done something extraordinary, but what was achieved was the release of Duress, an collaborative EP between the two camps.  During the live show, Bernichus and Transplant performed and documented their portion of the live show and decided to share it via YouTube for those unable to tune in to the event.  Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around if you know somebody that would enjoy this.

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Imitation Game :: The Vortex Presents Stream Of ‘Underground’ For Juneteenth

Several years ago, The Vortex in Austin played host to an incredibly moving piece of theatre titled Underground.  The show focuses on two former college friends connected by protest and direct action who, after quite a bit of time gowing and living their respective lives, find themselves facing their troubled past with brutal honesty.  The talent on both sides of this production is stellar : Dr. Lisa B. Thompson wrote it, the play was directed by Rudy Ramirez, and best of all (my personal opinion), stars my old high school friend Jeffrey Johnson and fellow college theater-mate Marc Pouhé.  I had the pleasure of seeing this live during its original run, and this presentation comes as close to capturing the energy of a live run as a set of cameras can.  Enjoy, donate to The Vortex or those involved if you choose, leave a like and a share if it moves you, and share it around so others can enjoy.

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Hometown Heros :: ‘Slack Capital 3’ Hits Bandcamp

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Need a nice compilation of Austin artists?  Perhaps one the length of a triple album, covering multiple genres, with both new and old artists from the Austin scene?  Look no further than Slack Capital 3 : Slacking From Home Edition.  The lineup of talent on this bad boy is massive and impressive : SpoonThe TeetaCalliope MusicalsSailor PoonClick-ClackMagna CardaHikes, Botany and many more all contribute.  All proceeds go to the Austin Justice Coalition, so if you feel like rewarding your ears and your soul at the same time, grabbing this compilation seems like a no-brainer.

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Hard Truths :: Tank Washington Taps Kydd Jones For ‘I Can’t Breathe’

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The Austin-based LNS camp is taking the creative lead in terms of topical, moving music related to the racial, systematic and economic unrest we are dealing with these days.  This time, Tank Washington steps up to the plate with I Can’t Breathe, a self-explanatory ode to what has become an unfortunate statement uttered in multiple instances of police brutality and untimely death.  With Kydd Jones assisting on a moving hook, every bit of this unbelievably touching song resonates from start to stop, so definitely take a few minutes for this one, spread it around for others to hear, and if you can spare a buck, go ahead and support.

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Hard Truths :: Lil’ Ghostwriter Releases ‘A Song For The Police’ On Weird Rap Recrods

After dropping Interdependence, a compilation curated by Weird Rap in hopes of raising money for those impacted by COVID-19Th’ Mole found himself caught between new and refreshed connections with a handful of talent, and a world devolving into a breaking point of racial tension and minority/police interactions filled with struggle and strife.  With such a striking crossroads laid out, it only seemed logical to address both of these things directly, and with Lil’ Ghostwriter‘s Inner Plenum EP on the verge of release through Weird Rap Records, the duo decided to address the issues and ills with urgency.  Over a chaotic, edge-filled production by Th’ MoleLil’ Ghostwriter lays out a laundry list of facts and observations dealing directly with the blemish-filled past relations between police and minorities.  With the long road to change just now coming into view, songs like these are of utmost importance, so check it out, share it around, and leave a like and a comment if you hear what’s being said.

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Hard Truths :: Kydd Jones Reflects On ‘Goblin’

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‘Y’all wanna be civil about civil war?  I feel like George Floyd when I feel the floor.’  Wise words (as well as timely and responsible ones) from the homie Kydd Jones on Goblin.  You already know what to do.

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Hard Truths :: Yadira Brown Releases ‘Better Than This’

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Yadira Brown of The Vapor Caves, with production assistance from Bird Peterson, has made yet another track relevant to the times that speaks for itself.  Thank you both for sharing Better Than This with us.

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