PREMIERE: UMBRA – ZOOMIN (FEAT. ST. DOMONICK)

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One of Tulsa’s hottest, emerging rappers is back with another #DINGER, taking assistance from his right-hand man, Umbra. The two continue to build collaboratively and have delivered some incredible pieces; this one is no different. The duo offers us Zoomin: a brief, hypnotic track where Umbra pulls from “Plastic 100 Degrees Celsius” by Sampha and Domonick flows like mercury and rhymes in a stream-of-conscious type manner that only emphasizes the mesmerizing production to the point he has to remind himself to stay focused throughout the track — the two beans are getting to him and Dom needs the dream of a new Rover to keep him determined. This song illustrates the swag St. Domonick oozes, while Umbra provides the perfect backbone to an already poised rapper. Catch the #DINGER below:

TAYMASTERFUBU!

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On Thursday, June 1st, producers TayMasterChef and LORDFUBU released a collaborative tape, featuring six #dingers. TAYMASTERFUBU is a combination of both rhythmic melody and innovative drum patterns, creating an ultimately authentic sound and marking an iconic milestone in the hip-hop producer spectrum.

A track that caught my attention almost immediately is track “MASTERFUBU006 [OUTRO]” , and initially I heard the instrument bounce back and forth, moving across the octaves, and I can’t begin to estimate my level of excitement when I heard a jazz influence directly affecting the song. This acquisition of music and sound engineering is unlike any other, proven from my non-stop head bobbing. After I heard this song, I called up my homie and told him to drop what he was doing to listen to it. I love the crescendo starting from the beginning, making the listener anticipate the hard hook drop. At this point in the tape, I’m thinking “how could it get any better than this“. Continue reading

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.