Jay Alexzander is back with a song about hearts on Valentine’s Day. Clever, isn’t it? Anyway, Jay adds his vocals to a nice, ambient sounding beat. Until you hear his verse come in, you expect Drake to show up or something. Jay gives this sound a little different approach though, with a catchy hook and some nice lyricism, including an awesome Hacksaw Jim Duggan reference. Not too many of those going around anymore. Click here to download this track.
Gerald Walker and Sledgren are working on his next project, “Believers Never Die”. He’s consistently smooth with every verse, and I’m a big fan of the vocals on his hooks. He’s always got these catchy hooks, and the double up vocals are as perfect as anybody could make them. Be on the look out for “Believers Never Die”, coming soon. Click the photo or here to get this song via HulkShare.
Girl, Oh No He Didn't!? (Prod. by Sledgren).
Fly Division sent over this video from Rickey Rich today, and I have to admit I’m impressed with the editing. I like seeing a high quality product, and it’s clear that a lot of effort went into this video from a production standpoint. This is also admittedly the first I’ve heard from the Fly Division camp. Good work none the less.
So… I really don’t need to post this. The Cranberry Show doesn’t need my help spreading this track around. This album was released today on DonutsAndMilk.com and DJBooth.net, which are both substantially bigger blogs than mine. But I just want you to hear this album. If you don’t download or listen to anything else that I write about, at least give The Cranberry Show a shot. And I’m not just saying that cause I produce for them once in a while. This is a solid album front to back. Click on the major hip-hop blog logo of your choosing to download the album. They’ll also be at The Rave tomorrow night, co-headlining an album release show with Mike Stud. I’ll be in the building. You should be too.
We’ve all seen Denku freestyle. If you haven’t, just look down a few posts. You’ll be impressed. I, for one, have been excited to see what he would put together as a recorded project, and he didn’t disappoint. I personally think Denku could’ve just freestyled like 12 times in one day and put it out as a mixtape if he wanted to. This works, though. The tape features alternate versions and bonus tracks from Denku’s album, “Articles Of Mind”, which was put out on Uncommon Records in 2010. Give this a listen. This is definitely worth the download.
Denku is back at it, once again inside the Miramar… sort of. He performed at Stage Right (adjacent to the Miramar) as part of the Border Clash series, and well, this happened. Watch and try to keep up:
J.R. Moon landed on my radar within the last year when I saw him perform at UWM. He has a natural flow that reminds me of a younger version of Young Focus from the Cranberry Show. The “Blastoff!” EP is a diverse tape, in the sense that the feel of each track is different, but it all works together, somehow. The most interesting choice is following up the opening track, “Hooligan”, with the more personal “Sound Like HeartBreak”. It’s a risk, but it pays off. The rest of the tape is more upbeat, and really showcases Moon’s strong points. I think if he’s marketed right, and keeps putting out material on the lines of this EP, J.R. Moon could definitely blast off. In due time, he may become one of the next big names in the Milwaukee music scene. Click on the cover or right here to get the “Blastoff!” EP.
Man, it seems like there’s more new music from the whole Aviator/DDH camp daily. They should just make mixtapes with the title being that day’s date, and the cover could be them holding that day’s Journal Sentinel. Anyway, check out this set from Tion Fresco. I almost feel like this would be great on an old 45. “Lyric Torture” as the single and “No Love” as the B-Side. But nobody listens to 45s anymore, anyway. Both tracks on this release are very different, but both bring it. I like “Lyric Torture” a little more, though. Stay tuned, they’ll probably have more new music like, tomorrow or something.
Well, it’s late at night. And late at night means you need some smooth music. This track is definitely smooth. Fresh Prince sent me this a few days ago and I’ve finally gotten the chance to give it a listen. The sample is of a Tevin Campbell song. Just out and out smooth. I’m really interested to hear more from Fresh Prince.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve heard of Cezar. Just about every post I’ve had about his music has included that his debut mixtape, “Roman Roulette” was in the works. I think just about every post has mentioned that he sounds hungry in his music as well. This tape is more of the same, in a good way. Although “Ambition” would be a fitting name for this tape, “Roman Roulette” works as well.
Cezar spent part of his life in Georgia, and you can hear some of that southern influence in his the overall sound on this tape. It really sounds like Cezar is out to prove something on each verse of this tape, with a tough delivery, as if to say “you just can’t ignore me”. The lyricism is definitely present as well, though. While a lot of the beat selection on this tape blends together, each track matches Cezar’s determination accurately. You definitely get the sense from “Roman Roulette” that this isn’t the last tape we’ll hear from him for a while. The drive is there to just keep going and going. I have a good feeling that Cezar will already be working on a follow-up soon, so keep your eyes open for that.