Tag Archives: hip hop

Due Time :: Free Radicals Connect With Nosaprise For ‘Cash Out’

The Houston-based combination of the live band Free Radicals and MC extraordinaire Nosaprise is not a new one, by any means.  The collective have played shows together in the Texas area for years, and have even ventured as far out as New York, as well as putting their energy behind good causes like Nosaprise‘s fundraising event We Give A Jam.  With such a rich history of collaboration, it’s surprising that the single and video Cash Out marks their first time making a proper recording together.  One look at the video, and one listen to the topic matter, however, and the sense of urgency to make their meaningful art is put into full perspective.  Take a moment to check out this video, leave a like and a comment if you’re moved by it, and share it around to run the numbers up!

-chief

Monarch Flow :: MAD1ONE Drops ‘King Leo Green’ LP

As a 1980’s baby, the true-school era of 1990’s hip-hop will always hold a special place in my heart.  It is this very respect and nostalgia that makes MAD1ONE one of my favorite Texas MCs, point blank period.  Dude sounds like he was plucked directly from that era, and it doesn’t hurt that his go-to producer Ruler Why has a production style that echoes the very same era.  For his latest project, King Leo GreenMAD1ONE employed Ruler Why and Kizer, along with a closing track by Furthermore, for production purposes, and guest verses by Jamar EqualityBlazy Green and Kizer help expand on the topics of royalty, power and earned respect.  If you like quality hip-hop, you’re probably already aware of MAD1ONE, but if not, get hip, support the new project, and spread it around for the masses to do the same.

-chief

Manifesto Blast :: Feral The Earthworm Keeps ‘Throwies’ Going With ‘Golden Arches’

In his never-ending quest to enlighten and entertain the open-minded section of the masses, Feral the Earthworm has dropped another chapter in his ongoing series of Throwies videos.  With Golden Arches, however, Feral the Earthworm puts the didactic tactics on hold, instead opting to focus on more abstract points such as consumerism and self-respect.  As he is not looking to lay out historical or logical context for this one, and instead stand his ground on personal beliefs, the energy is amped up, and the delivery is much more urgent, giving us a glimpse back to the days when Feral the Earthworm was a raw, uncut gem of an MC still finding ways to put his ideas together into the hard-hitting content he is known for today.  Feral the Earthworm always gets props around here, so be sure to like and comment if you dig, and share it around for others to enjoy!

-chief

Props Party :: ‘DOOMpeerREVIEW’ Episode 003 Drops

Another week brings us another episode of DOOMpeerREVIEW, the Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice-hosted video show that recently premiered on the DOOMtubeATX YouTube channel.  Episode 003 features videos from …&More…ChiClopzKenny CasanovaChucky BlkAlligator Food (Sixo Heir Max), Ben BuckUpper RealityCrew54Notes Floats with Suzanna Choffel and Butcher Bear featuring Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice and BoomBaptist.  Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around for others to enjoy.  Don’t forget to subscribe to DOOMtubeATX for more content in the near future!

-chief

Know Justice :: SCDS Takes A Stand With ‘Breakfast Of Champions’

SCDS (formerly Space Camp Death Squad) has never been afraid to take a stand and voice their minds, be it as a collective or as individual members (Doc BrownProtextor and Secret Levels, respectively).  That’s why it’s not surprising that they’ve become the latest on a respectable list of Austin artists to stare racial and socio-economical injustices square in the eyes with their latest single and video, Breakfast of Champions.  Not only are the viewpoints on authority and their connection to standard society scathing, but they range in perspective, given the ethnic makeup and diverse backgrounds of the three crew members.  The video really brings the idea home, taking an almost obsolete model of television out into the streets and infusing it with a mixture of performance footage from SCDS and old images that, sadly, may never be timeless given the racial climate of America.  The video is a hard pill of truth to swallow, but if you’re an honest individual that can deal with the real, leave a like and a comment on the video, and spread it around for others to do the same.

-chief

Brain Scrambler :: Marrow Drops ‘The Damage Done’ Via Milled Pavement

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In a mere 6-ish months, Milled Pavement Records has gone from being on the underground bubble to being a forced to be reckoned with for East Coast-based and forward-thinking artists.  With homies like BrzowskiAnthony Maintain and MC Homeless already making appearances on the roster, it was a safe assumption that anything from the collective that crossed my radar would be quality, and Marrow kept that streak going by getting me hip to his latest release, The Damage Done.  As a fan of groups like Non-Phixion and Darkleaf, this project hit me right in the feels, and the backstory given for the project makes the lyrical and musical onslaught that much more interesting.  Definitely take a moment to read the Bandcamp liner notes when (not if!) you go to check this one out, support if you can, and share it around for other heads to enjoy!

-chief

 

Cinematic Orchestration :: Curbside Jones Continues To Rise With ‘Gyakusou Vol. 1’

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The list of my hip-hop/rap peers that I respect is a vast one, but the club of my hip-hop/rap peers that truly inspire me is a very exclusive one.  One of the longest standing members of this club is the Austin-based legend Curbside Jones.  Since the day I discovered Wolves’ Clothing, every single bit of creative output from Curbside Jones has been amazing, be it music, videos, animations, clothing, photography or whatever he chooses to dip his toes into.  Gyakusou Vol. 1, the brief but powerful collaboration with Japanese producer Ballhead, is further proof of Curbside Jones‘ ability to make nothing less that concept albums.  Check the Bandcamp page for a complete breakdown on the origins and inspiration for the project, and cop it while you’re there, because it’s a bonafide banger.

-chief

 

Summertime Rolls :: Tone Of The Cosmos Lightens The Mood On ‘Nasty Summer Vol. 2’

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From the digital desk of Tone of the Cosmos :

‘Been a minute since I felt like plopping this one.  I was all prepped to do this in 2018 but had some emo issues of my own flare up.  In the heat of the 2020 Texas Summer, and Coronavirus election year shenanigans I bring you this…something to make it simultaneously worse and better (haha).  A continuation of the first volume, maybe trading some tender love for some of the other themes, a mixtape nonetheless.  There is still Summer left.  Ride with me.’

-chief

Root Down :: Third Root Drops ‘Passion Of The Poets’

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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 PoetsAdrian QuesadaEl Dusty and Illfudge all get producer credits, while guest features include Black PumasMad1neGrupo 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.

-chief

Daily Operation :: Cory Kendrix X Sloesip Connect For ‘July 18 Freestyle’

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My man Cory Kendrix stays in the booth.  Personally, I’d find myself distracted by all the party favors in Colorado, but Cory has managed to not only find his voice as an MC and an artist, but he continues to grow in terms of confidence and range with each new song and project.  For July 18th FreestyleCory whipped up a deceptively simple monster of a track and hollered at his homie Sloesip to jump on board for some braggadocio bars.  Cory Kendrix even put the artwork together for this one, showing that he sees the bigger picture and is not limited to traditional rapper roles.  This one sounds like it’ll find itself comfortably within someone’s mixtape with its all business approach, so don’t sleep on it.

-chief