Wiz Khalifa channeling Max B

Granted, I’ve never been a huge fan of Wiz Khalifa or Max B, so this post may be coming late and a bit out of context. But I just caught wind of what made Max B so great recently and I was barely in high school when Wiz Khalifa started popping off so his body of work was skimmed over as other artists who stood out more, to me, took precedent. I’ve had three volumes of Max B’s work clogged in my iTunes library, rarely being listened to, much less interacted with. Until recently, in search of new music to listen to, I finally decided to load my 12 GB iPhone with the first volume of the compilation (I tried to research who compiled these volumes by way of a Google search but didn’t get any results back, unfortunately) but it’s titled “Vol. 1 – In My WavePrime” and even after a brief run through, it was clear to see the appeal behind Max Biggaveli.

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Who is Mach-Hommy?

Are you ever curious who your favorite rappers could be listening to?  Well thank God for social media, because now we can catch peeks of who that may be. Kodak was impacted by the effect of something like this when we saw Drake dancing to SKRT on his private jet through Instagram. Well towards the beginning of the year, Earl Sweatshirt tweeted this:

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AYE DON’T DO IT

Nolanberollin (AKA “Yung Life Alert” of GAPAHOLICS) is from Virginia, and is more commonly referred to as the “Pharmacist”. By solidifying his image as an anime-loving, car enthusiast, glock carrying, bean supplying –  he has internally connected himself with culture-identifying fans. Through a movement I will now refer to as the “Beanman Complex”, Nolan has shifted expectations of rap music, through self-directing his own media presence and creating a rap genre unlike any other, incorporating his deep toned, nasally voice with self made beats that are eerie and resonate within like no lex luger beat you’ve ever heard.

Aquarium, I got fishscale

I’ma send a letter, blackmail (I’m a nigga!)

All white bricks, my crib’s a igloo

Call me library, cause’ your shit’s overdue

FIRST DAY OUT/FREE GLOCKS 2 (2017)

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Coolie Blow – Countdown 2 Lift Off (EP)

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Out of nowhere, local MC Coolie Blow releases a new EP containing three brand new tracks. This seems to be the prequel for his upcoming, full-length project “Earth 2”. This brief EP features production from close collaborators Yung Welch and Umbra who bring their own flavor to a winning recipe. Coolie Blow is on the verge of hitting an unstoppable stride. His flow sounds so relaxed, yet intricate, there are many spectacular bars under the folds of his rhyme scheme and charisma. These are the experiments of something great and the blueprint is looking sharp. Take a peak.

Benevolence.

It only makes sense that on the weekend I listen to nothing but Dean Blunt / Hype Williams that two of my favorite musicians from Tulsa would drop experimental, ambient tracks. The track from Umbra features an elegant harp taken from a Rhye’s track “3 Days” and some slow, steady drums in the background. A track crafted for lazy afternoons and gloomy weather. It also features minimal vocals from close collaborators Tall Pockets and fellow producer Yung Welch to stretch this track into a dream-like soundscape. I would not be surprised if Umbra went off to make a side project compiled with stuff like this. The second track is a plunder-phonic playground featuring vocals, drums, and other instrumentation from a myriad of different tunes to come together to create a moving piece of work. Taking puzzle pieces from other songs to create a completely new picture, it seems musician Bearly has re-discovered his passion for painting sonic images. This type of experimentation is what I would really like to see from everyone pursuing music. Listen to the tracks from both artists below.