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Posted at March 28, 2012 by Comments Off

Review – Miguel Art Dealer Chic Vol. 2

Dude...Miguel is kind of the shit. Last month's Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1 had me listening to "Adorn" on repeat, many times, and this month's second installment is just filthy all around. I haven't listened to a lot of Miguel, but from a completely ignorant and uninformed standpoint, I feel like this collection is a little more upbeat than his previous work. I didn't really connect with any of his singles that I saw splashed across MTV Jams, as impressive as the visuals were. The juxtaposition of his vocals on these tracks, with the upbeat, electronic influences, is dope, and I'm excited to hear what's next. So I was enjoying myself, listening to "Arch N Point," and "All," when I hear him talking on "Broads" about leaving it verse-less so artists can go in on it. I'm not even mad! I've thought long and hard about who I would want to hear on it, and of course, the first person who comes to mind is Juicy J. However, I was also thinking about how "All" was a little reminiscent of a couple Dream songs mashed together, so I wouldn't be mad at his inclusion on here as well. I also feel like J. Cole could body this song as well. Clearly, though, the point of not including "Broads" with a feature is to demonstrate how he can own it himself. Well done, Miguel. I wish I had seen you at SXSW. Download Art Dealer Chic Volume 2

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Download – Southside & Lex Luger’s 808 Mafia (hosted by the Trap-A-Holics)

Brick Squad beatmakers, and all around trap superstar producers that are slowly but surely starting to take over the mainstream, Southside and Lex Luger together are the 808 Mafia. I didn't know, either. 808 Mafia is a beat tape of trap music with some interludes explaining shit. This is kind of trill because I haven't stumbled upon a trap music beat tape--not that I actively search out beat tapes, because I don't--but it's just something different. I hear it's helpful to listen to things like this if you're trying to produce in the genre of trap, too. On the subject of producing, there's this article I found called "How To Approach Mixing Trap Music" that explores the technical aspects of the beats. It's pretty interesting, as well, if you're into that nerdy stuff (guiltier than Gucci Mane of pushing that girl out of the car). 808 Mafia is hosted by the Trap-A-Holics. If I were a DJ, my goals and aspirations would be to join the Trap-A-Holics.

Posted at February 07, 2012 by Comments Off

Review – King Louie’s Chiraq Drillinois

If you thought trap music was restricted to the south only, like I did at one point, or that it all sounds like OJ Da Juiceman or Gucci Mane, like I also thought at one point, well, wrong and wrong. If there's one thing that I've learned since my love affair with trap music started, it's that "trap music" is far more ambiguous than people think. It isn't necessarily restricted to a region, or specific sound, just like all types of people can enjoy it. King Louie is one artist who I found by way of Chicago-based fakeshoredrive.com. Site founder Andrew Barber writes that "some might call “Chicago trap rap”, but this ain’t nothin’ but Drill music; straight outta Dro City," as if something being coined as trap is bad? On my blog, we all know that's a great thing! Although I don't think he means it in a demeaning way, I don't know what "drill" means, either, other than something related to Chicago that I'm clearly not hip to. Anyway, it took me longer than it should have, especially since he was shouting it on track 2, but I finally grasped the significance of half the mixtape's title, Chiraq, like Chi-Iraq. Chiraq. We all know how I feel about clever wordplay, and Drillinois, well, I would assume that just combines drill + Illinois. The Google couldn't help me further. Chiraq Drillinois was an enjoyable listen, and I've already gone back and listened to it since writing this review. As if the guns on the cover weren't promising enough, the heavy artillery sound effects early on, on the second track "L's $$$$," showed me that I was in for a good listen. While I've focused mostly on the instrumentals found on this tape, I ...

Posted at January 17, 2012 by 1 Comment

Mixtape Review – T.I. F*ck Da City Up

Frankly, I probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble of downloading TI's new mixtape Fuck Da City Up if I hadn't read the phrase "trunk rattlers" over at the Trilluminati.net. I judge a book by a cover, mixtape, too, though not as much as novels, and this artwork is goofy looking. Admit it. It's not that it's wack, although I suppose it is, but it's just goofy, like TI is a dad trying to be cool...except he's TI so I guess that makes him automatically cool. Anyway, I was at the gym the other night, and practically dying for some reason, so I figured that if I were to die, or fall off the box I was stepping on to, I might as well be listening to TI's new thang. I mean, why not? Better than BAYTL. Arguably, T.I. created the whole trap music phenomena with the sound on his Trap Muzik album (I think I read that somewhere?), and I really love how he took it back for the streets on Fuck Da City Up. He sounds hungry and aggressive again, and I really like it. Plus, he has great beats, the trappiest of the trap, and all the usual suspects found on any reputable trap album, including Jeezy, 2 Chainz (whose appeal I don't understand), Young Dro, Future, Trouble. More surprisingly, like he had some type of Harry Potter charm, T.I. conjured up a Pimp C verse, and production from the elusive Dr. Dre. Like, did his patronus bring that back to him? What would T.I.'s patronus even be? I can't not bring this up, considering I've already thrown in some Harry Potter allusions. I literally can't believe that T.I. has a song named "Harry Potter," and that's it's produced by Hit Boy, ...

Posted at January 10, 2012 by Comments Off

Tha Hottest 15 Albums of 2011, according to Tha Blog is Hot

By "albums," I really mean "projects," which includes mixtapes, EP's, or whatever. I can't tell the difference between some albums and mixtapes, so I just wanted to make a list of my favorite 15 projects that I loved from 2011. 15. J. Pinder dropped Code Red 2.0 last January, and it was great. Pinder is more soulful than most rappers, and I appreciate that. There's just something about Code Red 2.0. For some reason, it struck a chord with me, probably because I could relate to him wanting to get out and go far. Well, I'm still in the same place, and Code Red 2.0 is still good, so whatevs. Read my original review of Code Red 2.0 here.   14. I interviewed Donnis right before he dropped Southern Lights this year, so that was pretty trill. Not to mention two of my top songs from 2011 are found on here, but Southern Lights was a dope tape from start to finish, and I'm kind of surprised that no one else is including it on their lists with production from Needlz, Syience, and the Cataracs, among others. The transition between "Ford Mustang" and "Ray Ban Vision" is uh-maze-ing.   13. Like Southern Lights, Zero Heroes was a dope tape from start to finish, and I really appreciated XV's mixtape theme throughout the project. No one has ever made nerd hop sound as good as XV, who I am pretty sure is one of the most endearing rappers out there.    

Posted at January 07, 2012 by Comments Off

Review – OJ Da Juiceman’s The Lord of the Rings

Since it's still technically Tuesday on the West best coast and I want to close out my first installment of Tray Tuesdays on a high note, I figured that I might as well throw OJ Da Juiceman's new Don Cannon-hosted mixtape The Lord Of The Rings up here because, quite frankly, it doesn't get any more trap than this. As OJ Da Juiceman says on "Booty Meat" (just think about that one...yeah), he is "the trap scholar." If you read how I feel about Gucci in the previous post, I feel that way toward OJ but times a hunna (translated: a hundred). I figured that I should give this a spin on my way to work, and my near-life-death experience on the free notwithstanding, I came to the realization that it was not something that I wanted to be listening to at 8 am. If I had actually crashed, I can't help but think that OJ Da Juiceman would have been partially to blame. Even before I had my brilliant idea of Trap Tuesdays, I knew I had to listen to The Lord Of The Rings simply because of its name. Unless J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy in some way references drugs, something that I am admittedly as ignorant about as OJ Da Juiceman sounds ignorant in general, I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of "the trap scholar" and the books that are too nerdy for me. I still don't get it, but it is still amusing, to say the least. I mean, I would liken The Lord of the Rings to classical, not rap, let alone trap rap. Funny. I have to off handedly wonder, since I haven't read the books and fell asleep ...

Posted at December 07, 2011 by Comments Off
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Happy Thanksgiving from DJ Swervewon!

DJ Swervewon put together The Thanksgiving Mix to say thanks to his friends and the Seattle area hiphop community. His blended mix includes some of my favorites like Nacho Picasso and State Of The Artist (SOTA), among many others, which you can see in the tracklist below. So much dope music came out of Seattle this year, and I give thanks for that, among many other things that I don't really feel like rambling about right now. Happy Thanksgiving from Tha Blog Is Hot! Peace! Hover to download The Thanksgiving Mix here EvergreenOne - Intro (What You See Is What You Get) Nacho Picasso - Burn Bridges HAVi Blaze - I'm On It Notion - Zeused Up Fatal Lucciuano - Fair Warning Eighty4 Fly - So Cool DIRTY (PARAFYN EDIT) Metal Chocolates - Candy Store Controller SOTA x SKI TEAM - New World Crime Sean Symphony - Dreams Xperience - Tribulations feat. Grynch & Dice Wizdom & Epidemmik - That's Nice feat. Sol, Luck-One & Grynch Good Sin x 10.4 Rog - On My Own feat. Rob Harris The Physics - Babble feat. Phonte Malice & Mario Sweet - Speed of Light Katie Kate - Totebag Neema - Thinkin Bout You feat. Mistah Fab & Glasses Malone The Productionists - Owe It To All The Things Slow Dance - G.R.K. Hi-Life Soundsystem - Turn It Up feat. Helluvastate TH3RDZ - Rap Rap prod by Kuddie Fresh Fly Moon Royalty - Back to You (Remix) feat. Spac3man

Posted at November 24, 2011 by Comments Off
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Mixtape Review – Tristan Wilds’ Remember, Remember

I randomly saw the other day that Tristan Wilds did a Wheelchair Jimmy and dropped an EP on his tumblr. I care, but mostly because I've been watching him on the resuscitated version of 90210 for the past three seasons.  I had no idea that he had outside musical inclinations from the show, since he's been producing and DJing since the end of the second season. Since I love the show so much, it's super trill to me that that aspect is echoing his real life, or vice versa, whichever part of Tristan Wilds you happened to discover first. Even though I had no expectations about this project, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a pretty refreshing juxtaposition of his singing, which is really quite good and gets better as I listen to it more, and spoken word instead of rap. I like it. It's hard for me to not picture Dixon Wilson, his 90210 character, performing these songs, but what can you do? Remember, Remember has a couple tracks that really stood out to me. "Cold." (don't worry!!! not a typo!!! that's how it's written!!!)  is one of those semi-depressing love songs whose message is only noticed if you're actually paying attention to the lyrics because the instrumental is upbeat and fun. He accomplishes what The-Dream is so good at doing (see: "Wedding Song"). Plus, it's really catchy and gets stuck in my head. "Remember." also gets stuck in my head, and I've been singing it since last night. It caught my attention with those simple, driving piano chords throughout the song, that are enticing you to delve through your memories. It also seems a little sad, like if you're focusing on the lyrics ...

Posted at November 09, 2011 by Comments Off
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Hot Mixtape – Sean Mac “Luxury Trap Music”

I briefly mentioned Sean Mac's new mixtape Luxury Trap Music in my Members Only piece this week. The only reason I can possibly attribute my recent foray into, and subsequent appreciation of, trap music is that I've been bored with most of the mainstream releases that I thought would be hot. So, I tried other music. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than being bored/boring. I can think of a couple things that are worse than being boring, but y'all know what I mean. So, in case you ever wonder what I'm listening to, this is what I'm currently listening to. I don't even know why I like this mixtape so much, but I do. Luxury Trap Music is better than any playlists I currently have in my iTunes library, and as an added bonus, it's a great workout mix, as I'm back on my fitness steez. Here's the tracklist. Don't let it deter you. Download via Fake Shore Drive.

Posted at September 09, 2011 by Comments Off
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Mixtape review – Fabolous’ The Soul Tape

People seem like they're really digging this mixtape, and I'm not one of them. I'm not just writing about this to hate on Fab, though! I promise! I was one of the 25k people who bought Loso's Way in its first week, and not only that, but I was really excited about it. Plus, the "Miss Independent" remix that features Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo is one of my all-time favorite songs, and owns the distinction of being the most played song in my iTunes library...ever. As you all probably know, mixtapes serve various purposes, one of which is feeding the fans new music so artists can tour and make money, cutting out their labels in the process. Artists try to get discovered, thinking that being on a blog with their mixtape will make them famous (it won't). So there are many reasons that artists constantly flood the market and I can't keep up with everything (case in point, this dropped on April 21st and I'm just writing about it now). With Fab, it just seems like he will forever be a mixtape artist, especially if he can't sell his album. When I wrote about XV's Zero Heroes the other day, one of the things I mentioned was that he was able to transcend all those pop culture references to make something more timeless. If he hadn't been able to achieve that bigger picture sound, I think that he would sound like Fab does on The Soul Tape. Everything just sounds tired and a little empty on this tape, or I guess soulless (pun intended, of course).  Even his selection of ...

Posted at May 07, 2011 by Comments Off
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