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Paying Homage :: MC Overlord Paid Tribute At The 37th Annual Austin Music Awards

(video courtesy of William Tompkins)

This past Austin Music Awards ceremony was full of awards presented and memorable moments, but none stood larger than the moving tribute paid to 9-time Hip-Hop Award winner Donnell Robinson, formerly professionally known as MC Overlord in the Texas music scene.  His passing in 2018 was one that left a definite hole in the community, as a recent triumph over health issues made his passing that much more of a shock.  Dirty Wormz came through to back up Tray GodTee Double and Bavu Blakes  (the trio of MCs formerly associated with the Austin hip-hop cornerstone Hip-Hop Humpday), and the collective blazed through a set of songs while the crowd and performers all became awash in the glow of memories and homage.  We must never forget our fallen soldiers, and this is an instance of the scene coming together to solidify that fact.

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Righteous Noise :: Muenster Makes A Statement With ‘Chances Are’

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Denton-based MC Muenster has decided to hit us with the summer vibes early by embracing the reggae sound on his rapid fire call to action that is Chances Are.  The track comes on light and uplifting, with a message of forward momentum via unity, and that point is hammered home by the machine-gun-esque darts that Muenster drops on the verses.  This one sounds completely fresh and unique, within the realm of Texas hip-hop or otherwise, in the way that it mixes pure reggae and hip-hop elements together while allowing each to stand alone.  Definitely one that’s gonna get some spins from me.

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Party People :: ‘ANTSY’ Album Release Party Recap

On December 29 of 2018, poolboi blu celebrated the release of ANTSY (his latest solo effort) with an album release party at Splash Coworking in San MarcosTexas.  The party featured DJ sets by poolboi blu and DJ Shak, a performance by poolboi blu, plus guest performances by GostHeartless the MonsterMeta and Splash Daddy.  Michael Bailey-Lopez was on hand to document the affair, so check out his recap and leave it a like or comment, and definitely spread it around so people know about the get down!

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Fair Warning :: Three Headed Dragon Comes Together For ‘Movement’

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Evolve has always got something dope up his sleeve, and this time, it’s a crew dubbed Three Headed Dragon, comprised of himself, Mic Melt and Palm Leaf Skylines.  For Movement (a banger produced by John Henry), the crew perfectly encapsulates the essence of the AWOL ONE cover art for their upcoming release Stand Alone Different Evolve hits folks with stab after lyrical stab, Mic Melt assaults listeners verbally with high energy and powerful bars, and Palm Leaf Skylines delivers the lyrical version of sweet science by taking the verse apart piece by piece in a calculated manner.  If this lead single is any indication of the project as a whole, I can’t wait for it to drop.  In the mean time, support this single by purchasing it and sharing it around so folks can get hip.

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Live Vibes :: Stereofiend Visits Untapped SMTX For A Live Performance

Over the last 6 months or so (it seems), there have been a handful of bands promoting live performances at the Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, all of which I’ve unfortunately missed due to my own gigs.  Recently, Stereofiend took part in one of these performances, and Untapped SMTX documented the event for their YouTube channel.  The band is on point for this one, with every member getting plenty of opportunity to shine.  Check it out, leave a like or comment, and share it around so others can enjoy as well!

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True Stories :: SymmaTree Talks Life And Experience On ‘RaRa Room Radio’ With O.G. Willikers

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My main man SymmaTree of Grid Squid Entertainment stays making tracks by touring and playing shows all over the midwest, southwest and southeast regions of the United States.  During a recent road stint in Santa FeNew Mexico, he made a stop by the RaRaRoom Radio podcast, hosted by O.G. Willikers, where he and guests talk shop about the creative process and experience.  Having know SymmaTree for so long, it’s eye-opening to hear him talk so personally and openly about the time he’s invested in the game, the strides he’s made as an artist and leader of a crew, and his reflections on his songwriting and performance process.  If you’ve ever found yourself intrigued by one of his performances or songs, this is the podcast for you, as it is sure to enrich your future encounters and experiences with SymmaTree.  Give the podcast a like, a comment and a share, and never forget to support your local creatives.

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Unique Shine :: New Fame Does It Big With ‘Custom Made’ Video

New Fame, after an extended touring stint stateside that included a significant stay in the central Texas area, have returned to their home in Da NangVietnam to get back into creative mode.  The first wave of output begins with a music video showing the duo doing what they do best : flourishing in the freedom of their life and their choices while providing others with a blueprint to do the same.  Custom Made shows the crew comfortably inhabiting the streets and beaches of Da Nang while showcasing their style and songwriting prowess.  The video includes key locations that New Fame supports, a list of which are included in the video’s description, along with lists of crew and other key links.  If you like what you hear, definitely take some time to look into New Fame, throw some follows on their socials, and comment/like/share.

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