The homie Feral the Earthworm has never been the kind of person to hold back, but usually he takes his ability to hyper-focus and break a topic down with amazing eloquence and turns it on outward stimulus. With the release of Sludge Covered Branches (throwies), however, we find Feral the Earthworm taking a seat directly in the eye of a storm that he has experienced his entire life, speaking frankly on personal issues that have not only shaped who he currently is, but continue to haunt him. It would have been understandable if his recent reduction in materials could have been chalked up to COVID-19, but Feral bravely chose to continue being forthright and brutally honest by sharing his volatile family experience with his listeners. If you’re not afraid of a bit of realness mixed into your entertainment, dig this latest edition of throwies, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for those that could use a heavy dose of reality.
When it comes to hustling and making moves in most any industry, those that succeed are the ones that make moves while everyone else is sleeping or relaxing. With this in mind, Austin-based mainstay DowrongLilBully tapped the prolific producer Eric Dingus for an anthem about that very move-making mindset in the form of Wolves. From it’s moody, movie-like soundtrack to Dowrong‘s ruminations on hustling that sit squarely between spitting bars and vibing on the track, this song is an instant banger from the moment you press play. Definitely check it out on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront, and support your local creatives.
Disillusionment is not a rare state these days, and that seems to go double for those with any aspiration, creative ability or personal drive. With so many supposed opportunities having been skewed by COVID-19, it’s not surprising that artists such as Kydd Jones have continued to thrive. As Left Earth demonstrates, Kydd has always been one to thrive in spite of obvious opportunities like hustling, street culture or drug selling. Over an interestingly manipulated, organic element-based beat (it’s hard to explain, but give it a listen), we find Kydd spitting a short set of lyrics talking about why he will continue to thrive regardless of the state of things for those held down by gravity (the Earth‘s, or otherwise). If you need a shot of inspiration, this one is for you, so definitely check it out, support if you can, and spread this word far and wide.
As October came to an end, the homie Evolve decided to bless the masses with a pair of connected projects : SIDE A: CONVERSATION PIECES and SIDE B: SINNER’S PRAYER. On top of both having stellar album artwork that is immediately striking, EVOLVE‘s hardline observations can be found all over both projects, with his deliberate and proud delivery of truth coming at the listener relentlessly. Both albums have a somber feel to them, although CONVERSATION PIECES relies on more introspective, lush, piano-driven beats, while SINNER’S PRAYER definitely has the more sinister sonic edge. With a production line-up consisting of Shots Dupre, Jony Escoe, Junk Room Beats, Purple Villian, Jones Got Music, The Process, Awdazcate and Lord Damage, these two distinct audio feels have enough variety amongst themselves to carry you through both projects. For those with money burning a hole in their pocket, this is definitely worth supporting, but even if the money is tight, these albums are certainly worth your time, attention and shares, so be sure to support however you can.
The Austin-based College of Hip-Hop Knowledge (CHHK) is really and truly a blessing to the Austin and central Texas hip-hop scene. Every artist in the collective manages to effortlessly straddle the line between innovate sound and classic knowledge dropping, all while maintaining a vast array of individual styles and characteristics. One of the more vocal and high profile members of the crew is the enigmatic Tall Kyle, the kind of cat who will punch you in the eye for disrespecting his third eye. On his latest single Mona Lisa, Tall Kyle manages to draw a line between the confidence in his style and the innumerable influences spanning space and time that lead to the confident being his is today. 2020 may have been a forgettable year for most, but the CHHK has been making the most out of it, and this latest effort from Tall Kyle stands as further proof. Check it out on your favorite streaming service, and spread it around for others to do the same!
Those who know me and follow the blog know that I am a huge fan of the way that Kydd Jones has continued to reinvent himself and redefine his creative niche’. After recently launching a fashion line, Kydd now finds himself in a partnership with publishing giant BMI, a connection that has afforded him even more creative freedom. As a sort of celebration, Kydd hooked up with producer NIP Productions for a pair of singles that offer up nostalgic moments : the power-packed pair of Skate World and No Smoke. Check out the vibes that Kydd is serving up, complete with a few interpolative moments that’ll have you thinking back to simpler times. Check out the tracks, support if you can, and share them around regardless!
“Flotation is back with his fifth album, Service. This project is a collection of songs written and recorded from 2017 to 2020, featuring artists and producers from Texas, New York, and Europe. We hope you enjoy.”
Check it out, cop it if you can to support, and spread it around for everyone to enjoy.
Those familiar with the Austin hip-hop scene know to check for any release affiliated with the College of Hip-Hop Knowledge, so when Big Tree 4Real announced his upcoming single and video release for Y’all Got Me Fucked Up, it was more a matter of preparation than wondering. Big Tree‘s super smooth southern drawl and delivery are perfectly paired with Sheff Shmurda‘s mellow banger of a track, and Big Tree‘s self-confident bars on not letting others dictate the quality of your product rings incredibly true. Dig the video, and if you like it, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around for others to do the same.
Austin hip-hop mainstay Ben Buck is a beast with the pen, the production and the beatboxing, and his latest release Speaker Bump Deluxe continues the verification of those facts. Buck would’ve fit right in during hip-hop’s true school era, as his brand of boom-bap and lyrical artillery is reminiscent of the early 1990s, when diversity and uniqueness ruled hip-hop. A handful of these songs would fit in perfect on a skate video or an opening DJ set to a classic-style hip-hop show. Catch Speaker Bump Deluxe wherever you purchase or stream your music, and always support your local creatives.
It’s hard not to find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the litany of issues we face these days… be they medical, political, sociological or personal, the weight of the world is a hard shoulder to burden. That very reason is why people should take the time to reflect on the beauty that exists in the world, as well as the beauty we are capable of creating. Luckily for us, Jsun the Prophesor and collaborator Govinachi are lending the masses a hand and leading by example with the release of the single True Beauty. The track is a reflection on those aforementioned aspects of life, all over a beat that revels in harmonics and dynamics rather than the traditional boombap fare. For anyone in need of a sonic pick-me-up, look no further than True Beauty, and if you’re feeling it, leave a like and a comment before you share it with your friend circle.