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Throwback Vibes :: PNTHN’s ‘Megatron’ Video

PNTHN is back at it again, which is a good thing, because their music video game has been strong since day one.  For Megatron, the crew goes for an older vibe, dusting off the late 1990’s aesthetic to the fullest.  All of the earmarks are there : donuts in the parking lot, rapping in an abandoned warehouse, fire in a barrel, dutch angles, tons of crew, and even aged video all add to the quality and feel of a song with strong energy as a foundation.  Henriques definitely did his thing visually, and PNTHN did what they do, making the result one that speaks for itself.  Dope, for sure, and has me ready for more.

-chief

Quick Hit :: Kenny Casanova Self-Produces A Banger With ‘WE$ $NIPES’

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Writing rhymes is an incredibly dedicated discipline already, but for a certain breed of lyricists, one of two things inevitably happens… they either spend enough time around producers that they become inspired to produce themselves, or they out-write the beats that are available and become forced to learn how to produce in order to keep the song output going.  I’m not sure which path Kenny Casanova chose… he may not even adhere to one of those paths… honestly, it doesn’t even matter, because WE$ $NIPES goes hard regardless.  The airy, 808-grounded beat has an upbeat energy to it, and Kenny Casanova matches that energy with his rhyme patterns, delivery and bars to a tee.  I’m looking forward to the day when Casanova starts moving in multiple verse tracks, or possibly beat switches, but whatever he chooses to continue to do, I’m down for it.

-chief

Heat Check :: Kenny Casanova Drops ‘HONESTLY, FUCK IT’ EP In Anticipation Of A Big Year

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PNTHN is at the starting point of making major moves in 2019, and the cool thing about being a member of a crew is that these opportunities allow individual members to strike while the iron is hot.  Kenny Casanova has been cooking up a solo project for a moment now, and while doing some recent hard drive cleanup, he decided to throw together a few loose tracks as a taste tester for the full project.  HONESTLY, FUCK IT may not be the project, but it definitely has enough energy and personality to make a run on its own.  Kenny drops a handful of different styles over some short but memorable bangers, making a nice collection of mixtape-worthy tracks that folks like myself will definitely be peppering into our mixes.  Check out the project, keep an eye on Kenny and PNTHN while they continue to make bigger and bigger moves, and always support your local creatives.

-chief

Deep Rooted :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Continues Escapism With ‘Southern Comfort’

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One of my favorite things to do as someone with a modicum of a voice in the Austin hip-hop culture is to share other creators that I find high caliber and inspiring.  Doing this through mixes has always been a favorite way to do so, but it’s been a while since I dedicated time to doing so.  With so many talented acts from or based in Austin, it’s impossible to get them all in one sweep, so Escapism : Southern Comfort reaches for the vibey side of things… all of my peers are substance-based, but these are acts that I consider high style as well.  Direct peers like Riders Against the Storm (RAS)Cory KendrixanomPNTHNMC Homeless and Chris Condewallaby and bobbesDdotellesClick-Clack and more get shine alongside established acts with Texas roots like BROCKHAMPTON and Travis Scott.  I’m happy with this one, and hopefully folks dig it enough to spread it around!

-chief

Joyful Noise :: PNTHN Drops Another Banger With ‘Communion’

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PNTHN is a movement… a machine that seems to have no intention on stopping with high level output.  At this point, is safe to consider anything with the PNTHN stamp on it to be gold.  Their latest single, Communion, takes a Por Vida beat and displays one of the most effortless group sequences of flows to date.  Everyone sounds right at home on this track, and yet, each performance is distinct from one another.  The performances also compliment one another, like a community build.  Even though they just dropped a project, I wouldn’t be mad at them for lacing us with another in early 2019, and I’ll definitely be there to support.  Check out this track, give it a like, comment and share, and support your local creatives, especially the ones that are making moves.

-chief

Traveling Band :: PNTHN Films ‘PUBLIC ENEMY’ Video During A3C Conference

About a year ago, many of us were talking about the buzz that PNTHN had building, and how that momentum was bound to take them places.  Enter the fall season, and we find the crew returning from Atlanta, where they not only attended and performed at the A3C hip-hop conference, but somehow found the time to film a video for PUBLIC ENEMY off of their latest release, RICO.  The video features bars from almost every member of the crew, it exhibits their playful nature (as they not only seemingly have fun as a crew, but enjoy one another’s time on a personal level as well), and displays a few psychedelic touches courtesy of some chroma-key work.  The work done by Chris Henriques and Kelly Hinnen, especially for something probably done on the fly and in the spare time found during a busy conference, is strong, and fits squarely into the PNTHN aesthetic.   Keep spreading that love for the crew, like and share the video, and leave a comment so they know we’re out here supporting.

-chief

More Momentum :: PNTHN Keeps Making Moves, Drops ‘RICO’

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PNTHN has been making all the right moves the last couple of years on their path to success.  The collective, who started with a handful of songs and solid videos, found themselves getting blog placements, opening for touring acts, and winning contests, including placement at this year’s A3C convention in Atlanta.  With that trip coming up, it makes sense that the crew would drop a new EP to keep listeners happy and potential new fans intrigued.  RICO is a seven track collaboration with producer Romby that allows folks more insight into the lives and inner-workings of the crew, and a snapshot of their growth.  At this rate, I’m definitely looking forward to the next full length and the subsequent music video outpout that RICO will inevitably lead to.  As always, check out the EP, give it a like, a comment and a share, and keep supporting your local creatives!

-chief