While working on Ryan Darbonne‘s upcoming short film I AM TX, I had the opportunity to meet a number of fellow Austin-based creatives who were all willing to lend a hand and help Ryan achieve his dream. It has been a bonus, therefore, to see people connected to I AM TX continue on with personal success, and the latest of these successes was bestowed upon Chinwe Okorie, whose short film LOVESTREAMS, after a frustrating attempt at film festival placements, has found a home at the Issa Rae Presents YouTube channel. Check out the trailer above, then click the image to see the full short… leave a like and a comment so Issa Rae and company know that they made the right choice, and share it around so that as many people as possible can see the film.
Here we are, seven weeks deep into #DOOMpeerREVIEW, my YouTube-based music video show, and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The last couple of weeks have been absolutely star-studded in terms of central Texas talent, with videos featured from a long list of the homies : Abuzayed the Free, SCDS, Dr. Bobby Banner MPC featuring Muggzy Flowz and No1mportant, A Better Tomorrow, The Teeta, Magna Carda, DdotElles, emcee eats, League of Extraordinary G’z, Parking, Evolve featuring Deacon the Villian and Junclassic, Sertified, JMAC the Dragon featuring Aye Cue / Frank Villa / CA The Commoner, Norman BA$E feauring Prophet Ski and another DdotElles appearance, J Souljah with BLakChyl, Robot Jones, Melat, Retr0gRaDe and myself all appear in this run. Subscribe to DOOMtubeATX on YouTube if you’ve not already, leave likes, comment your favorite videos, and share these episodes around for everyone to enjoy!
Whenever poolboi blu decides he’s ready to be in album mode, it’s a blessing for us listeners, because that almost always means we get a handful of smaller projects before the inevitable big release. This time around, the first volley is songs for shinji, a trio of tracks that I would not be surprised hearing on one of those YouTube 24 hour streaming channels of lo-fi beats. The energy is higher while keeping a mellow mood, and the sound is popping out of the speakers large scale. If this is a sneak preview of what’s to come, then I know we’ve got some high quality tune-age on the horizon. Props to poolboi blu for remaining focused in such a turbulent time, as all of us stand to reap those sonic rewards.
The YouTube momentum isn’t stopping anytime soon for Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. This week marks Episode 004 of DOOMpeerREVIEW, the weekly music video show featuring a heavy dose of Texas artists from a wide spectrum of styles and influences. For the latest episode, the lineup is stacked as usual : MC Homeless + Chris Conde, Third Root with Grupo Fantasma, Mad1ne, Kydd Jones, Spy Coastal, BLXPLTN, Curbside Jones, YNGLDY, Chuck Duze + You F. Oh + The Elephant in the Room + DMT, and of course, Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. If you like the show and want to support it, leave a like and a comment, subscribe to DOOMtubeATX on YouTube, and share the content around for everyone to enjoy!
A couple of Sundays ago, MC Homeless teamed up with HaplogroupX for an online show titled Homeless/Haplo virtual show to end police brutality. Had the goal stated in the title of the event worked, then the team would have done something extraordinary, but what was achieved was the release of Duress, an collaborative EP between the two camps. During the live show, Bernichus and Transplant performed and documented their portion of the live show and decided to share it via YouTube for those unable to tune in to the event. Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around if you know somebody that would enjoy this.
(iN)Sect Records has been busy as of late, with a steady stream of releases hitting the masses in rapid-fire fashion. One of the latest gems is FEEL, a music video from new label artist Rob From Garden Street that embraces larp culture over a lo-fi breakbeat that sounds directly off of a YouTube playlist. Dig the video, leave a like and a comment, share it around, and stay tuned for Rob From Garden Street‘s debut album, which is coming soon.
As the United States and most of the world continues to practice social distancing in hopes of flattening the Coronavirus curve, many of us are holding hopes that the live entertainment industry can survive in some sort of version that resembles what it used to be. In the meantime, legions of artists have taken to streaming live performances in order to fill in the boredom void inevitably created by the stay-at-home measures. One of the many artists who put out streams early was Blackillac, and recently they uploaded one of these shows to YouTube in its entirety. Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around to help keep everyone entertained.
It looks like Summer of 2020 will be the season that Dallas gets a new school entry into the blaxploitation cinema world in the form of Fever, a miniseries in the works courtesy of Stack Moses and crew. Laura Kyong, Genae Monroe, Sukii Moreno & more will be lending their acting talents, and it looks like they’ve got the style side of things handled, so I can’t wait to see what kind of story unfolds. Subscribe to the YouTube channel if you’re interested as well, as I’m sure announcements regarding crowdfunding, production and release will be rolled out in the near future. In the meantime, leave a like and a comment on the video, and share it around for others to do the same!
Collaborative musicmaking can be a truly magical thing. For example, it seems like Qualms had a track that could easily be showcased on a Lo Fi Hip-Hop Beats to Study To YouTube stream. Virgil Wolfe has a penchant for dropping introspective, moving, thought-provoking lyrics… turns out Qualms does as well. Luckily for us, the two put their heads together, and the result is C O N T A C T, a true headphone masterpiece. Virgil is on a monster run this summer, low key dropping gem after gem, so if you’re not already hip to his Soundcloud page, now would be a good time to do so. Check out the track, heart it up and leave a comment, and share it around for others to do the same!
Playtime Comedy has a tangible track record of creating humorous content, and when one has established a niche, it is often easy to lean heavily on that niche. What makes things truly interesting, however, is when the script gets flipped, and the same level of creativity and quality is applied to something outside of what is expected. This is exactly what has occurred in The Effigy, a straightforward horror short that will certainly leave an impression on viewers. The piece creates tension in its visual intimacy and measured use of dialogue, all while introducing the unusual into the aggressively familiar. I was hanging on, expecting for a comedic turn, but much to my pleasure, it did not arrive. Props to Playtime Comedy for this achievement… definitely check out their YouTube channel for both the funny and the frightening.