BlackLight has been on a very public and heartfelt journey to better his craft on all levels, both creatively and as a man, and it has been a very inspirational journey to watch. Aside from the public works and songwriting that he does, he’s delved into the world of visual production as well, and a significant point in the growth was marked by a pair of music videos : Crying AF, which was previously covered on this blog, and Woah!, a slightly heavier allusion to the journey on which BlackLight was about to partake. The video shows him symbolically (and, at a certain point, literally) stepping outside of himself to explore his life, journey and choices from a number of different angles, all with the help of a mystic woman and some time spent alone in nature. The video has a wonderful DIY ethic, but it still manages to have a deep enough psychedelic aesthetic to make its point clear and concise. I am definitely looking forward to what future creations BlackLight has in store, as he’s mentioned that he’s cooking up a couple of projects that promise to entertain to maximum potential.
Curbside Jones, possibly more so than any other Texas hip-hop artist, continually finds ways to reinvent himself and sound fresh while keeping a signature feel to his sound. On his latest drop, the Lupin single pack, Jones offers up a quick banger with clever wordplay and a methodical track with some weight to it, and as a bonus, he gives an acapella for anyone wanting to mix (or possibly remix) things up. Even the cover has a flare and style of its own while simultaneously mirroring the aesthetic of classic jazz albums. For a buck, what have you got to lose?
These cats sound like they’ve been making music together forever. You already know what you’re getting production-wise whenever Ruler Why steps up to bat, and he’s consistently been able to connect with quality lyricists over the years. Nick Cruz, in his debut solo EP, sounds like he’s been doing it for decades on top of this production, and the combination is utterly hypnotic. This is the kind of hip-hop that made me both love it and want to be a member of the creative continuum, as life experiences and viewpoints are given rapid fire in the lyrics, beats and samples used. Well worth the money they’re asking, so go ahead and cop this one, and encourage others to do the same. On the real.
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Tagged austin, chief, hip hop, nick cruz, ruler why, tales of a paper hanger, the doomsday device, tx
Here’s to hoping that Bandcamp isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Sometimes, I’m unsure of where my next post will come from… I’ve received notifications in the email, I’ve stacked up saved links from my online searches, but am feeling the need to step outside of my comfort realm, and boom… a simple search for Austin TX always yields wonderful results. Today’s find was Austin-based electronic producer Mystic Prism and his mixed collection of work that spans the last few years up to this past fall. Electronic Mix – 2017 is complete escapist music… the sounds and textures play around with one another, leaving you wrapped up and lost in the musical chase. Bolstered by an amazingly dense and intriguing album cover, I can definitely say I am happy with today’s discovery. Hopefully, I’m not the only one who ends up enjoying this today.
One of the last standing portions of golden age hip hop is the cypher. Although it has morphed over the last few years, it’s still an example of what a like-minded collection of artists can do in the rawest sense. This Austin edition features some underground lyricists known for holding it down : You F. Oh, Potent Tai, Andre Mac, Dali and Lady Shacklin. Dig it and dig it good.
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Tagged #realest mc cypher part ii (austin, andre mac, chief, dali, lady shacklin, potent tai, the doomsday device, tx, you f. oh