poolboi blu has a lot to celebrate these days… his show schedule has been busy, the latest Faylita Hicks release was exclusively produced by him, he has new merch available for the summer, and poolblu.com recently went live. poolboi blu has always been one to spread the goodness around, and it seems his idea of celebrating this latest wave of good would be via the release of the latest mix in his now iconic series, sincere (volume 009). There’s been a bit of mellowness on the last few mixes, but for the most part, this one is a bit more high energy. Otherwise, it’s up to par with all that you’d expect from the series… on point track selections, clean mixes and transitions, and it’s long enough for you to vibe to while being short enough to leave you anticipating the next volume. The sincere series seems here to stay, as does poolboi blu, so do yourself a favor and get hip (if you’re not already).
The things that Faylita Hicks has accomplished on the spoken word scene are numerous and valuable enough to give the average person a sense of career and artistic fulfillment. Like many of my central Texas peers, however, I know Faylita is not satisfied with conquering the obvious, and all of the work she has put in has led her up to the point to transition into something greater. That being said, the seeds she has planted over the years are coming to fruition in 2019, as a secured distribution deal for her book #Hoodwitch has provided her the opportunity to release a warning shot in the form of Onyx, her latest spoken word release. A collaboration with producer poolboi blu, the project showcases a handful of poems from #Hoodwitch, which allows us to get a sense of the deeply personal and thought provoking words that Faylita plans to share in her book. Don’t forget to check out the artwork for the individual tracks as well, especially while taking a moment to read along with the performance on the track. Trust me, this is one experience you will not want to miss.
Posted in General Information, ShuffleCast, Spotlight, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Underground Me Now
Tagged #hoodwitch, austin, chief, faylita hicks, hip hop, onyx, poetry, poolboi blu, san marcos, spoken word, the doomsday device
A few days ago, I found myself chilling out at poolboi blu‘s crib with the homies gost, Pink Ranger and a few more folks. We were watching the Rockets beat the Warriors and basically having a good time in anticipation of the Pecan Street Festival that weekend, but while most of us were hanging out, poolboi blu was in work mode, putting together the mix that would become sincere (volume 008). For this session, we find a series of reflectively lyrical songs with extremely heavy rhythms, all of which are definitely complete vibe-setters. As always, the mixing is on point, the song selection is way ahead of the curve, and poolboi blu continues to drive home the culture and aesthetic he has created for himself. Dig it, leave a comment, and share it around.
When it comes to being an independent musician/artist, you enjoy collaborative efforts, but you quickly learn that the key to putting out songs/videos at a rate that works for you is taking over in all capacities. poolboi blu has had the beats and rhymes on lock for a minute, but 2019 is showing that he has a visual side as well. His first music video from ANTSY is the self-shot and edited jam that is lounge, and it features poolboi in elements that he is quite familiar with… home, Bad Ingredients Records, the Yellow Store, and even in the proximity of a pool. As much as I like working with poolboi on the video tip, if this is an indication of what he can do with no experience, I’m all for seeing what his visual eye develops into. Give this one a like and a share, and be sure to leave a comment as well.
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Tagged ANTSY, bad ingredients, chief, lounge, poolboi blu, the doomsday device, yellow store
As much as I enjoy poolboi blu‘s original music (and am hoping to wrap up a small project he and I have in the works), I’m totally on board for the remixes that he does. His latest, Namco, is a flip of a track by Gunna, Travis Scott and Metro Boomin’, and as per usual, poolboi manages to make it unique without sacrificing any of the original track’s quality. This one is a name your price download, so there’s no reason to not put it in your library, and if you can, dropping a buck or two isn’t a bad idea.
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Tagged chief, gunna, metro boomin, namco, poolboi blu, remix, the doomsday device, travis scott
If feels like poolboi blu just blessed us with ANTSY, but clearly, he is not one to rest on his laurels. After ‘taking January off’ like a lot of us creatives did (taking the month off being tongue in cheek, as we were still putting in work), poolboi blu is back in full swing for February with a follow-up track drop to his latest entry in the sincere mix series. The track, shmoney, is a Cardi B flip with the distinct characteristics of both the sampler and the sampled present. As a bit of a bonus, the mutual homie Red Comet stepped up with a video flip as well that perfectly suits the track.
Check out both of these gems, do the appropriate amount of downloading, commenting, sharing and all that, and don’t forget to support your local creatives!
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Tagged ANTSY, cardi b, chief, poolboi blu, red comet, shmoney, sincere, the doomsday device