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Media Blitz :: Kydd Jones Performs Trio Of Songs For NPR Music Live Sessions

Recently, Austin-based artistic mainstay Kydd Jones had the honor of being invited by KUTX to perform for the NPR Live Sessions : Social Distancing Pop-Up Series.  With historic Rosewood Park as the backdrop, and guitarist Bomani Ray Barton by his side, Kydd blazed through a brief but powerful three song set : recent singles Rubber Bullets and Goblin, as well as the unreleased song James Baldwin.  Click on the image above to check out the performance, and as always, support your local creatives!

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Video Show :: ‘DOOMpeerREVIEW (Episode 004)’ Now Streaming

The YouTube momentum isn’t stopping anytime soon for Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice.  This week marks Episode 004 of DOOMpeerREVIEW, the weekly music video show featuring a heavy dose of Texas artists from a wide spectrum of styles and influences.  For the latest episode, the lineup is stacked as usual : MC Homeless Chris CondeThird Root with Grupo FantasmaMad1neKydd JonesSpy CoastalBLXPLTNCurbside JonesYNGLDYChuck Duze You F. Oh The Elephant in the Room DMT, and of course, Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice.  If you like the show and want to support it, leave a like and a comment, subscribe to DOOMtubeATX on YouTube, and share the content around for everyone to enjoy!

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Motivated Mindstates :: Kydd Jones And The Teeta Connect For ‘Checks’

One should never doubt the self-motivation that Kydd Jones possesses.  From the jump, Kydd set out to make a name for himself in the industry in as many ways as possible, and while some of it is for clout and respect, it’s undeniable that some of it is for the money as well.  That’s why, with the help of The TeetaKydd Jones has dropped yet another banger in the form of Checks, a bit of self-validation for the pair of self-motivated individuals.  The song has swagger for days, so definitely check it out, support if you dig it, and spread it around for as many people to enjoy as possible.

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Quick Fix :: Something To Hold You Over For The Weekend

What’s up party people?  I did a bad job of prep for the Friday post, so here are three songs I heard this week that I think you’ll dig.  Back with the normal format next week!

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Direct Action :: Kydd Jones And Ben Buck Speak Truth On ‘Rubber Bullets’

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Two Austin icons teaming up for some real talk about the current (and seemingly never-ending) hard times that minorities are facing?  You don’t have to tell me twice… and that’s exactly what we’re getting here.  Kydd Jones has dropped a number of socially-aware tracks over the past month, and the streak continues with Rubber Bullets, a collaboration with Ben Buck and producer Wiardon.  What really hits me about this song are the two parallel perspectives, which are different yet like-minded : Kydd talks about achieving dreams while hoping your light isn’t snuffed out early, while Ben Buck speaks a bit on privilege, being a proper ally to the cause, and the clear-cut difference in approach that Police bring to the table, depending on whom they are dealing with.  This track is another notch in the belt of positivity for Austin hip-hop, so don’t sleep on it.

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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 :: 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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Variety Show :: LNS Crew Drops ‘LNS Mixtape Volume 3’

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Over the past 6-8 months, I’ve been keeping track of the singles coming from Kydd JonesCory Kendrix and Tank Washington of the LNS Crew camp, all the while wondering what was in store for the next round of releases.  About a week ago, the crew dropped LNS Mixtape Volume 3, and it all came together for me.  The previously released singles have been paired with a collection of infectious flows and beats, like someone gave the LNS Crew new inspiration.  With so many different people on the project, it could easily come off as scattered, but the collective manages to keep a strong and solid balance between styles and voices that all come together in harmony.  The best thing about these songs is how, despite them sounding like an album project, they could easily be found on the mixtapes of other DJs (and more than likely will).  The way that the members of the crew are taking cues from a wide range of modern day MCs and flipping them on their head to make them aspects of their own styles is truly impressive.  Don’t sleep on this one.

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Foot Down :: Kydd Jones And Y2 Stand Tall On ‘Steel Toe’

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Over the years, it seems as if Kydd Jones has found ways to continually reinvent himself and his sound without sacrificing a core sense of who he is as both an artist and an individual.  Be it about bars, a vibe, or a combination of the two, I find myself surprised time and time again by his range and dynamic ability as an artist.  This time around, with the help of fellow Austin fixture Y2, has unleashed a beast of a single with Steel Toe.  Over a track that is deceptively strong despite its bare bones, drum and piano-heavy nature, Kydd and Y2 drop two very different but equally strong verses full of low-key self-props and statements of personal facts, as well as observations on the state of hip-hop and the culture in general.  Like many of his latest tracks, this one will definitely find itself in heavy rotation.  Check it out, share it around, and cop it if you’ve got a buck to spare.

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Status Check :: Kydd Jones Drops ‘Icon’ Track And Video

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Kydd Jones is back at it again, and this time we’re getting a double dose of work in the form of a single release and a music video for his latest song, Icon.  Kydd has really found his pocket these days, with his calm yet assured style sitting perfectly inside the TyOnDaTrack-produced beat.  I’ve always been a fan of Kydd and the LNS crew, and work like this just furthers those feelings.  Check out the song and the video, spread it around for others to dig, and keep supporting your local creatives!

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