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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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Fair Warning :: Cory Kendrix Drops A Banger Single With ‘Dirty Champagne’

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When it comes to pushing the boundaries of style forward, the LNS Crew is far and away in a league of their own these days.  Cory Kendrix has been one of the most vocal and productive members of the crew on top of that, and his latest single Dirty Champagne is a pleasant reminder of all these facts.  The dark, brooding track (produced by L Devell) serves as the perfect backdrop for Kendrix and guest MC SUPERLOVE to go completely dumb with complimentary styles that mirror one another without sounding identical, and infusing the style with a frantic pair of verses that sound like confessions as much as they do warnings.  As always, this is classic output from the LNS camp, and it is certainly worth your time, so check it out, and donate a buck or two if you’ve got it.

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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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Made Man :: Cory Kendrix Drops ‘OMG’ Single

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Cory Kendrix is starting to build a reputation as a stylistic chameleon.  He’s always been known for dropping bars, but recently, he made a shift into KNDRX mode, which allowed him to explore the more melodic realms of his sound.  I initially thought that this was an overall style shift, but I’ve come to find out that that was just foolish of me to assume, as Cory Kendrix seems to be prepping us for the release of Ignorance 2 by dropping a certified banger in the form of OMG.  The beat is fire, the bars and delivery are on point, and the overall vibe sticks in your head, so much so that you’ll probably find yourself humming the track well after you’re done listening.  You know the drill, people… share it, support it, and keep checking back here for more and more of that good stuff.

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Laid Back :: Kydd Jones Performs ‘Untitled’ For Bedstock 2018

While attending and performing at Austin City Limits Festival 2018, local hip-hop standout Kydd Jones of the LNS Crew took some time to stop by Bedstock 2018 for an intimate acapella performance of Untitled.  Bedstock, an event hosted by MyMusicRx, is a Cancer awareness movement where artists perform in a bed as a show of solidarity for children fighting Cancer that are stuck in a bed.  As the flagship program for the Children’s Cancer Association, the work that MyMusicRx does is important for educating and informing all sides on an illness that has made an impact on most all of us.  It’s good to see artists like Kydd take the time to align themselves with positive groups like this, as it shows a real awareness of how much weight their voices carry, and it can hopefully help in the efforts of finding cures and affordable treatment for all dealing with Cancer.

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New Moves :: Tank Washington Releases ‘183’

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It’s no secret that LNS Crew is a forced to be reckoned with.  From day one, every member was bringing skill to the table, but over the last four years or so, every member’s maturation and journey through life has resulted in significant personal and musical growth.  As the member that has kept his roots firm in AustinTank Washington seems to personally attempting to put the city on his back and further the steps towards putting Austin on the map as a hotbed of consistent creativity.  183 has the production and performance chops to stand up to anything making noise in the pop realm right now, with Tank proving he can rock most any style beat with confidence and captivating storytelling.  The only thing keeping Care Free from being my summer jam is the fact that this album is coming out on Thanksgiving eve.  You can find this one on all of the streaming services and download sites, so if you aren’t listening to and supporting this one, that’s on you.

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Sonic Reconstruction :: Haris Qureshi Compiles Extensive Remix Collection For ‘H+ Mixtape’

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LNS crew member and producer/remix aficionado Haris Qureshi has carved out a niche for himself of the past half decade or so as someone who can take a good track and spice it up a bit to make it something fresh and unique.  His remixes have appeared as one-off uploads and compilation fodder for years, but recently, Haris decided to do listeners a favor by compiling nearly 50 of his favorite remixes into a single collection.  The artist list is diverse, covers a wide range of hip-hop aesthetics, and most definitely puts it down for the South.  Best of all, this behemoth is a name your price download, meaning you really have no reason not to get it.  If you can’t drop a few bucks for your download, then do the next best thing and share it around.

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Spirits Moving :: Tank Washington’s ‘R.I.P. POP’ Video Hits Hard

LNS Crew has never been a collective afraid to grow, whether it be style-wise or personally.  This time around, we find Tank Washington getting deeply person on his music video for R.I.P. POP, a lament to his deceased father.  The song and video honestly speak for themselves.  Take a moment and take it all in.

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Last Words :: Tank Washington Shows Us ‘Never’

LNS crew member Tank Washington is setting himself up for a solid 2016.  His long-awaited debut album Pain is set to be released soon, and he’s setting off the charge with the release of his first single and video, Never.  This song and video remind me of that transition period in the 90s where hip-hop wasn’t afraid to get deeply personal, but the tone and approach were shifting into something new.  I look forward to hearing and seeing what Tank and the rest of the LNS cats have in store for us this year.

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Find Yours :: ‘The Paradise Lost Tapes’ Touch Down

from the digital desk of IKE:

The Paradise Lost Tapes is a collection of songs that will not be included on the official Paradise LP release, for a variety of reasons.  As with Paradise, the entire project was written by IKE (Soul 20/20 | Los Angeles, CA), produced by Haris Q (LNS Crew | Austin, TX), co-produced by IKE, and mixed and mastered by Shawn Dell (Action Figures Music | Austin, TX).  The album features Laws, Kydd Jones, Khaleel, and more.”

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