Back in his long-haired heyday, Michael Bolton proclaimed that “love is such a wonderful thing”. That man has never lied. The wordplay rings true to this day. Anyway, do yourself a solid. Look in the mirror and repeat: “somebody loves you”. Let’s do this.
“On S.L.Y., Sivion, Bavu Blakes, The ARE and NickNack check in on their strong friends (each other). The result of their digital palavers is this syrupy and snappy jam that will lay the smackdown on lockdown. The ARE‘s production is fresher and funkier than fish wrapped in foil. The way that synths and percussion pops and drops will make you clap to this. Toe taps and finger snaps are included. Sivion and Bavu Blakes know it’s all about the love as they drop healthy servings of home-cooked happiness and reflection. On the first verse, Sivion confesses that he’s “guilty of a lot of things I had to unlearn”. Cancel culture be damned! Self-accountability is a superpower, and Sivion is Black Superman. On the closing verse, Bavu Blakes whips up some wicked wordplay with lines like “life moves in cycles, are you backpedalling?:. Questions deserve answers, and we all need to know. You, most importantly.
Whatever your love language is, there is a lot to love about music when the loving is this good.”
Definitely don’t sleep on this goodness. Share it around, and cop it while it’s ‘name your price’… maybe even donate a buck or two!
After several years of collaborating on music video projects, Mirage the Gr8 and myself decided that 2020 was the year we would step our game up. The year also coincided with the 20-year anniversary of Mirage‘s first label release, Life Is A Rhythm (L.I.A.R.) on Good Vibe Records. Based on the importance of this anniversary and the release of that record at the time, it was decided that a documentary should be created to commemorate the release. With interviews from NickNack, DJ Mike Swing, Brotha K., DJ Crash and key figure Tee-Double, plus the candid story of the album from Mirage himself, this is definitely a project of great importance in regards to Austin hip-hop history. Check out the trailer, and stay tuned for the release of the full documentary in early July!
As a high schooler newly discovering Austin‘s long history of live music, I met many heads that I continue to keep in contact with to this day, nearly 20 years later. One of those heads I first met on the scene was NickNack, who in the late 90s was already a well known DJ and a vital part of the hip hop scene.
As the years have gone by, NickNack has done nothing but grow. He’s developed Crowd ControlRecords, released several albums as both DJ and producer (a role he has also excelled at), and played more gigs than many of us can fathom. Recently, The World Famous Beat Junkies invited him to be a part of their Watch The Sound series, which he of course destroyed with a plethora of his wonderful toys. Dig it, share it, like it, and support local!
Dope as always. New music from my main man NickNack. This one features a lot of solid production work, plus a few guest appearances from noteworthy Texas wordsmiths. Another solid one for the Crowd Control kid!