Full disclosure, I am sharing Mexstep‘s latest project Vivir sight unseen (or unheard, rather), but that is only because sometimes quality can be discerned strictly by the names associated with a project. More than anything, I am sharing this project to make sure I return to it later this week, as I already know about Mexstep‘s lyrical pedigree (largely in thanks to his dual status as a lover of hip-hop and a college-level educator), and names like Bavu Blakes, Apaso, Vocab, Kree23, Mad1ne and the legion of other guests mean that we’re getting gold stacked on gold. Perhaps the most convincing aspect of all, however, is the fact that the album is produced by the über-talented Adrian Quesada, meaning it’s going to hit you straight in the soul as well as appeal to your emotions and intellect. You know how we do it around here… cop the project if you can, seek it out on your favorite streaming service or Bandcamp to list regardless, and pay it forward by sharing it around for all to experience.
‘While cities across the nation mourn the myriad uncertainties of 2020, more than 45 native and resident musicians from Austin, Texas have joined forces to produce Walk with Me Austin, a powerful anthem created to inspire and unite the City of Austin during a pivotal time in the U.S. Available for download and streaming, Walk with Me Austin brings hope to the community while addressing matters of social and racial injustice, civil unrest, equality and the global coronavirus pandemic.’
The who’s who lsit on this project is too vast to name, but many artists that appear in this video have been featured on the blog before. All proceeds to the purchase of this song will go towards HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), so if you’re digging it, follow the links in the description, and share it around while encouraging others to do the same.
With the world in such emotional taxing, tumultuous times, it’s sometimes hard to focus on, or even think about, music. One thing that I love about hip-hop, however, is its ability to rationalize madness, remind us of the wins and losses of our past, and most important of all, inspire change and evolution (if not revolution). Luckily, the San Antonio-based powerhouse that is Third Root is fully aware of their ability to make those specific impacts, and with they culled an all-star lineup to put together Passion of the Poets : Adrian Quesada, El Dusty and Illfudge all get producer credits, while guest features include Black Pumas, Mad1ne, Grupo Fantasma, Kam Franklin and Bavu Blakes. If you’re simply curious about listening, you can find this one any and everywhere you stream or buy music online, but if you’re looking to support deeper, visit the Bandcamp page for exclusive merchandise. Most importantly, spread the Third Root word if you’re feeling what they’re dealing.
I’ve been lucky enough to know Adrian Quesada for a number of years, and it’s been amazing to watch him reinvent and adapt himself to the ever-changing musical scenes. The one consistent that you can count on from Quesada, however, is funk, and he’s kept that run going with his latest project, Black Pumas. The project, a collaboration with singer Eric Burton, has hit the ground running in the form of a record deal and an LP on the way, and their lead single, Fire, is already making waves. Black Pumas recently made a stop by FIP, a French radio station, to perform the track Fire, and in true professional fashion, they knocked it out the park. Check it out, share it around, and be sure to support!
There is something to be said for the power of simplicity. Some of the most memorable music videos of late were simple concept, high execution. I would dare to say that Marcelandrie‘s newest offering, Fix Gon’ Be, falls under those parameters. Director Maurice Barrett took the familiar concept of the mysterious woman, found a beautiful location, and captured a strong series of shots that he rhythmically loops into a hypnotic counterpart for the grounded, gritty soul that Marcelandrie provides. I really enjoyed this, and am looking forward to seeing what comes next… with word of Adrian Quesada being involved in the album’s production, I know it’s going to be good. Once I hear about it, I will certainly notify the masses.
Dig it… Third Root and Adrian Quesada collaborate on what would already be a banger on its own. Reinforcements are then called in, in the form of Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm (RAS), Bavu Blakes and Vocab. Bars upon bars, all spitting on the knowledge tip. Soul Force is a monster of a song… not since the days of We’re All In The Same Gang or Self-Destruction has there been a collaborative effort this deep and meaningful. Certainly worth the $0.99 price tag. Here’s to hoping all parties involved can find the time to make a video out of this, because songs this strong deserve visual accompaniment.
Growing up in the Austin / San Antonio corridor is a beautiful thing as a music fan. Reflection of the Times, the lead single off of San Antonio-based hip hop outfit Third Root‘s upcoming release Libertad is a perfect example of that synergy. The album is produced by Austin legend (and old friend) Adrian Quesada, and it features the guest vocal stylings of Reggie Coby. The track in itself is exactly what it’s advertised as… vocalized thoughts on how the more things change, the more they stay they same, and why we cannot accept that. Share this far and wide.