Inspired by a Fan’s E-Mail, @IamKylous Drops the “Songs For Girls” EP

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“You have the look and talent… but you don’t make enough songs for girls!”

Yeah, yeah we know. Everybody makes music.. but not like him!

Formerly known as Kage Eheh, Kylous is an artist/producer hailing from Gaithersburg, MD. With 5 self-made projects under his belt including the latest Resuscitation, Kylous drops another entitled Songs for Girls EP just in time for summer.

Girls just want to have fun right? Well here’s the soundtrack to get the party started! An email from a fan read: “You have the look and talent… but you don’t make enough songs for girls!”

“After sitting with this for about a week, the thought hit me. ‘Why don’t I just make some songs for girls?!’”

With titles like Kim Kardashian, She Cries and Drake or The Weeknd, there’s no doubt who this EP is for.


Songs For Girls – EP Stream & Download is available here: Kylous.com, Soundcloud!

[Video] Kylous – Power (Songs For Girls – EP)

[Download] Kylous – Songs For Girls – EP

 


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My Talented Ass Cousin @IAmKylous

 

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Kylous, Minx Lea, Moi, Hologram Don

So I have this talented ass cousin right. This nigga plays every instrument, he’s tall, he plays ball, he got “good hair”… all that shit.  I’ll make it easy for you ladies to stalk his IG. When my father told me he rapped a few years ago (about 5), I was like “lol.. ok Dad.” Because you know first of all, he’s my “little” cousin, then that’s when wack ass rap was ubiquitous. This was right before the new wave (Drake, Cole, Kendrick, Wale, Beast Coast) swam through. I must say, when I heard a few of his songs I was impressed, honestly.

@Kylous (formerly known as Kage Eheh) is a signer, rapper, producer, musical genius, visionary, etc.. One of those guys. He does 99% of his own shit, from mastering tracks to editing videos. He’s even been kind enough to let me help shoot and feature in a few.

I never felt quite right reviewing his music because I know i’m biased. All of it is dope to me, but I must admit it’s a unique sound. Remember, this bamma plays every instrument so he’s like… not a nerd but you know… not out here fronting, perpetrating an image either. If he’s not working, at the gym or walking his pit-bull… He’s in his studio. And this ain’t a little rinky-dink setup. It’s the real deal. Did I mention he was funny too?

His music is a mix of alternative hip-hop, reggae and soul. It’s for people like us, introverts and students of hip-hop. He raps from the depths of his mind and heart. His productions are sonically astounding, no sice. He’s mean on the strings! He does scores and compositions and shit these other closet-booth producers don’t. Check out his YouTube page.

He’s smart as shit too. He knows the business side of the game very well. I’ve indirectly learned so much from him about being an independent artist. More than he probably even knows, no bullshit. The site I bought this domain name from was because of him, I learned about it from reading his blog. I see he stopped putting y’all on to game though, and started applying his creative genius to his own brand. He was going the producer route but has reconnected with his artistic root. I commend that and I want to be sure I help his goals be accomplished.

I feel like he (we) suffers from what I call the “genius-complex.” It’s when you know you’re talented, you know you can show and prove but because opportunities aren’t necessarily knocking, you try and do every-single-got-damn-thing independently and burn yourself out. You get frustrated with not being able to materialize your ideas, visions and dreams. Being humble and patient is a huge gift & curse.

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Kylous has 100’s of songs and has put together a number of complete projects, the most recent Resuscitation. This is a 16 track cohesive album with each song relating to another. Hear it here on Spotify!

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Kylous’ latest video Millionaire Problems was produced and directed by him, shot by his little brother Hologram Don.

Get familiar with Kylous because he will be back on Th.Ur.Di. Blog soon come! Stay tuned for the brand new EP dropping 6/20 entitled Songs For Girls. It’s right on time for the upcoming Summer 16! Here’s the single Power, available for download on SoundCloud.

 

Be sure to subscribe to Kylous’ YouTube page for the latest tings a gwaan.

 

 

Th.Ur.Di.’s Take on T.L.O.P. – Masterpiece, or Nah?

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I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my shoes
I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news
I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my house
Tell ’em party’s in here, we don’t need to go out

Kanye is the G.O.A.T. as far is Hip-Hop production is concerned – debate yourself. I’m not here to review this album or to stan/cape for Ye (ok i’m lying) … he’s my OG! What i’m going to do is tell you my favorite & least favorite tracks on The Life Of Pablo, in order. Here is what I like and what I don’t care too much for. Here’s nothing:

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***** TOP 5 ***** 

30 Hours

This is my favorite track because Ye is spitting. Not only is he spitting, but he’s intertwining humor, satire and real life  into a witty monologue. “I wake up, all veggies no eggs / I hit the gym, all chest no legs.” Shit like that. I’m not extremely proud of this, but Nelly was by far my favorite rapper going into high school. Like, I went to his concert with my then girlfriend and everything. So the “Andele andele, E.I. E.I., uh oh” and “it’s getting hot in here, that’s all that I know” siced me (made me extremely excited). The bars about the 3 star hotel, Double Tree, Not the Aria, Waffle House, ‘don’t start with me’. Dope. “You was the best of all time at the time though.” Shit like that. I love how Ye spit this “I remember rapping for Jay and Cam, young producer just tryna get his flows off / I remember being nervous to do Victoria Secret til I pictured everybody with their clothes off.” I like how wordy the second part of that bar is, it flows. “.. i’m driving with no winter tires in December, Skirt, skirt, skirt like a  private school for women.” Bars like that. When he uttered “help me out 3 stacks” .. and 3 stacks helped him out .. i’ve never heard anything greater. I love how Ye is freestyle flowing at the end, I ALWAYS freestyle at the end of Ye tracks. Always. So I felt a connection. That’s why he’s my OG. He’s confident enough to show the process. And who doesn’t understand that 30 Hours is a play on 30 Showers? Gotta love Ye!

Highlights

This is my second favorite track because Kanye is extremely brash, rude and overly confident. I love that shit. “I bet you me and Ray J would be friends / If we ain’t love the same bitch.” Overall I just like the fun, upbeat cocky flow. “I’m a shift the paradigm, I’m a turn up every time.” Ye uses his celebrity to advance himself, as he should, and to challenge corporate structures. Whoever thinks Ye has sold out is tripping. No sell out is going to say “advice for all my niggas, impregnate Bridgette / so when she have a baby, she gon’ make another nigga.” There are far too many quotables on this record. The Dream (I typed the Game originally, LOL) is blessing this track with his vocals. “I need every bad bitch up in Equinox  / I wanna know if you’re a freak or not.” Apparently, Bob Saget fucks with Highlights too.

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Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2

I fucks with this track because the production is Trap Rooted. It changes the direction of T.L.O.P. I love how aggressively Ye sings here. This is my introduction to the new dude Desiigner; I was sure he was Future until I saw the “Panda” record all over my timeline. I have no idea what Desiingner is saying, but sonically, it sounds good. Definitely a banger.

Famous

I’m not sure how this is number 4 because I really, really like this song. It’s a testament to how good T.L.O.P. is (again, debate your mother nigga). Honestly, FSMH2 & Famous could be interchanged. I think the way  Ye opens up FSMH2 gave it a 1 up. However, the little Sister Nancy “Bam Bam” sample/remix catapults Famous up there too. Rihanna sounds so damn good on Famous. Too got damn bad ANTI bored the fucking shit out of me. I hope it grows on me, but anyways. Can’t deny the bravado behind the Taylor Swift sass (FDB). I’m team Yeezy. “I be Puerto Rican Day parade floating / The benz Marina Del Rey Coasting.” I can’t get enough of his luxury rap. Shouts to Nina Simone, too.

Ultra Light Beams

Now don’t get me wrong… I 100% understand how GREAT Ultra Light Beam is. It’s like Kid Fury said, probably the best song on the album. I wouldn’t argue. I can’t get enough of the little girl… DAS IT! Chance KILLS it. Kelly Price KILLS it. The Dream KILLS it. Kirk Franklin KILLS it. I’m not a Christian and that’s probably why I’m not drooling over this track, it’s really churchy. But I enjoy every bit of it and I fucking FEEL when that choir (or whatever) sings in unison. It MOVES me. The Dream has one of my favorite singing voices; him and Jeremih can sing virtually anything and i’ll get my life.

***** 2nd Tier*****

FML

Unlike most of my contemporaries, I like the Weeknd. Lol. He is very much singing like, well, The Weeknd and I must say I enjoy it over Mr. West’s production. My favorite part of this song, much like Famous, is when the musical sequence (trying to sound like I know what i’m talking about here) changes. The sample used this time is Section 25’s “Hit.” I have no idea who those folks are and this is what I love most about classic hip-hop producers; their ability to take something old and make it brand new. “See before I let you go, one last thing I need to let you know / you ain’t never seen nothing crazier than, this nigga when he off his lexapro.” This may come off as facetious, but I think otherwise.“I’ma have the last laugh in-the-end (Indian) / cuz i’m from a tribe called Check-A-Hoe.” This song is Ye showing his vulnerability, “revealing layers of his soul.” This was originally in my top 5, and honestly probably should be in place of FSMH2. But 9/10 i’ll play FSHM2 before I play FML even though FML is the better song, overall.

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Kanye is a fucking fool. Models, bleached assholes. Like forreal?! I understand how this can be off putting to some, but this exemplifies what I adore about Ye. He is an artist, period. Don’t censor him. Also, i’m a big believer of if you believe it, if you think it, if you conceive it … it can’t be “wrong”. When genius’, indigos, deep thinkers, etc… say things like “We are Gods” – what we mean is we have the ability to think AND create. That’s Godly. We don’t expect you to get it. Carry on.

Real Friends

To me, this is a continuation of Welcome To Heartbreak (808’s) where Ye is being introspective, reflecting on being absent from peoples lives who matter to him. It’s about tarnished friend/relation-ships. I can relate; I feel like a deadbeat cousin sometimes too. And a deadbeat friend. Hearing these sentiments help me cope with being an introvert. An introvert who yearns to create, to shift paradigms and to simply be FREE. I didn’t like Ty Dolla $ign for a long time. I now appreciate the texture he offers on tracks like “Real Friends.” He kind of has a reggae flow when he sings, I like it. This song is refreshing, a polar opposite to the other side of Kanye I love. Do you see his Dilemma? I do.

No More Parties in L.A.

I opened up the post with my favorite line from this entire project. Is it THEE best line? Nah. But it pretty much sums up Kanye’s underlying existence. It’s so good and so timely. Kanye is always current, never wasting words! Fuck! Who hasn’t watched Narcos? Who wasn’t rooting for Pablo?!?! Who is willing to deny Kanye is a creative Genius, to the likes of a Pablo Picasso? I think the title (No More Parties) is another way of saying “I don’t seek your validation anymore Hollywood, i’m creating the standard over here, you might want to come fuck with me.” It’s Ye making the industry compromise and respect his genius. If they don’t fall in line, it’s “back to our regularly scheduled programming, of weak content and slow jamming.” 

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Feedback

The beat behind Feedback is kind of corny. “I  can’t let these people play me /Name one genius that aint crazy!” is the best part of this song. This sounds like it was a Yeezus reject. It’s catchy. But corny. “Hands up, we just doing what the cop taught us.” Yeezy being timely again. “I be saying what I feel at the wrong time.” Facts. “Fashion show in Gotham, I need another costume / PETA mad cuz I made a jacket out of possum / Awesome, Steve Jobs mixed with Steve Austin / Rich slave in the store picking cotton.” This has to be a Yeezus throw away. He should have put it on there instead. Kanye just flossing on this song, defending himself against the negative feedback he receives. He said it himself “I’m the ghetto Oprah” and gives out proverbial furs, jets and big booty bitches to “audience members.”

Waves

“Step up in this bitch like, i’m the one your bitch like.” That’s just the wave. I don’t really care too much for this song, to be honest. Chris Brown collabs here, nothing to write home about. I wonder if when Ye finished this he liked it so much we wanted to change the album name to Waves. I’m glad he didn’t, if that was the motivation. This song is just ok. I wanted the album’s title to remain Swish! And this cover art would have been dope. HOWEVER. After rocking with T.L.O.P. it’s almost a masterpiece (stan mode fully activated).

Wolves

This joint is very Michael Jackson-esque. Must I say, it is so very nice to hear Miss Frank Ocean!!! Damn I miss her voice!! Frank, COME THROUGH! This is more like a chant as opposed to a song, and that’s one reason it’s so low on the list. It’s dope though. For sure. I thought the whole Wolves concept was something him and Drake would create from. Did he switch it up and use Frank? Or is he throwing us for a loop, hoping we’ll forget about the Drake shit and just hit us with it. I feel like this has some kind of biblical frame of reference i’m unaware of. “Cover Nori, in lambs woolSurrounded by, these fucking wolves.” Am I right?

Fade

I think I think too much too. I wrote a rap “I think I think too much and I feel too little / That’s why I roll these leaves with the trees in the middle.” So immediately, I felt a connection with this song. I love how the “rock the boat” flow is used here “i’m gon work the middle / til it hurt a little.” Owww! I love how this songs feels. It’s bouncy, its like an 80’s feel. I think, I was all of 1 thru 3 years of age in the 80’s, fuck do I know lol. I just know it’s from a different era where another genre of music was considered popular. This was in the last category, but it got moved up to 2nd tier. I realized I just hadn’t listed to this track as to why I didn’t care too much about it. It’s more musical than lyrical. It’s nice. Shout out Post Malone!

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*****Least***** 

Freestyle 4

I like the effects Kanye puts on his voice here, he is a master at manipulating sound  and using his own actual voice accompanied by auto-tune as an instrument. I actually woke up and found myself reciting the lyrics and playing this first in the morning. I think this is Ye showing he can make the kind of music that’s on the radio, easily. This freestyle is funny, vulgar, flagrant. “What if we fucked at this vogue party? Would we be the life of the whole party?” Uh..

I Love kanye

Like. Whatever. I’m not even sure exactly what the title of this is (maybe I should download Tidal lol). The Old Kanye? I Love Kanye? It’s an acapella fresstyle  where Kanye is kind of poking fun at himself. Up and coming producers have taken his vocals and laid their beats behind them. The one I heard from Key Wane? Wasn’t very impressive. By the way, if Kanye releases TLOP in the hard copy  format- I’M COPING IT. For the record.

Silver Surfer Intermission

This is just an intermission, so it’s nothing to write home about. We are well aware of the “beef” between Wiz and Ye prior to this dropping. I’m sure this was just used to clear the air, to squash all beefs and to show the comradery among rap stars. Max B didn’t say anything quotable or too “wavy” so this intermission is just meh. Again, it’s a timely milestone marker for us 10 years down the line.

Low Lights

This song is like the Pep before the Ultra Light Beam rally. It’s meh. It’s another church inspired spoken word segment. It fits well into the project, but I could live without it personally.  The fact that highlights follows this track is funny to me. It’s like Ye is intentionally putting tracks in this order, pairing (using my concept) dilemmas. The raunchy, brash records next to the thought provoking, classic joints. This interlude could accompany Jesus walks, in the sense of just because i’m not “your” version of Christian, doesn’t mean i’m any less Christian than you.

Facts

Now I don’t think this song is to be taken seriously. It’s a throw away track and here simply to antagonize Nike execs. Ye is just being Ye, being controversial while simultaneously sticking his middle finger up at these corrupt ass corporations. I honestly could have done without ever hearing this song. Part of me wishes he left it off the album, but it’s timely. In 10 years we’ll be able to remember exactly what the environment was to influence such a song. Just like the Freestyle 4, Ye is showing he can make any kind of rap music. His content is like an Olympic Swimming pool. It’s luxurious, has several of it’s own lanes, it’s shallow, it’s deep – and regardless if it’s used for exercise or recreation, it’s undeniable. It’s recognizable. It’s all inclusive.

You did it again Mr. West. Another 1.

Thank You.

 

Meet Me @ The Crossroads

 

c/o @Raheem_Devaughn’s Twitter

Th.Ur.Di. explores current events from the Contemporary Black Young Culture’s perspective.

Let’s face it, black culture is under attack. It’s up to us to reverse the divide and conquer among us. We must put our differences aside and holistically repair and recapture our true essence. This must be done while not compromising what makes us, us. We yearn to create a cultivating, just environment allowing us to develop into full humans with healthy emotions and expressions. These expressions encompass a large spectrum of lifestyles. “Uncommon Sense,” “Ratchet Righteousness,” “Black Twitter,” “Black Lives Matter” and the like were ubiquitous terms in 2015; Th.Ur.Di. is here to capture the underlying spirit.

We are all products of our varying environments, connecting through the 5 elements of Hip-Hop and Criminal Injustice. Our art exhibits an unspoken bravado and comfort zone where we fully express our plight, artistic abilities and complex lifestyles. This is all accomplished while navigating through a modern-day colony. Hip-Hop is one of the few conceivable economies where we have opportunities to  create and control, but we have to take back ownership! Even if it means war!

The Th.Ur.Di. spirit contains the contribution of martyrs as well as the ink of scholars; this is our battlefield.
Th.Ur.Di. delivers contemporary perspective from the Crossroads of Urban/Black Culture. Discussions are placed within their proper historical context for accurate analysis. Also featured on Th.Ur.Di. will be responsible critiques of Hip-Hop and other genres of Black Art. Artists will be held accountable for their creations, products and services offered for consumption. Projects will receive thorough and honest review of content.

Why does Th.Ur.Di.’s opinion matter? Because the contributors are actual stakeholders of the culture. Its up to us coming of age in Hip-Hop to repair the commercial damage and move it forward.

Crossroads: Sexuality, Demographic, Nationality, Education Level, Single Parents, Married Couples, Religion, Spirituality, etc…

Lets connect with actual artists, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers, bloggers, activist, etc… To provide expressions from the entire spectrum of Contemporary Black Culture. I want to capture this spirit locally, nationally and internationally. I want to capture this from the middle class, the elite and most definitely those residing in the inner-city.

I’m going to need your help, this is the foundation. Let’s build upon it.

Logic is from Montgomery County, too.

Today while listening to Logic‘s NPR Mic Check interview, Frannie touched on how the “hood” he claims is that of West Deer Park located in one of the richest counties in the country. A lot of critics elude to his representation of it being skewed. Now, any intelligent person knows that what goes on inside the homes of dysfunctional families often time contains itself there.

What Logic experienced may very well have been traumatic and unhealthy for his personal growth and development as a child. I haven’t listened to his project yet (since I started writing this, I have – update at the end), but I gather from word of mouth (and this interview) that his childhood wasn’t as clean cut as he himself may appear at first glance. He is in fact bi-racial, but can pass as white without much effort. I feel like Logic had to deal with some conflict and dilemma coming of age, particularly with “fitting in.”

Because I wasn’t familiar with the neighborhood, I decided to do a quick Google search to see what I was missing. The “hood” part of Montgomery County (MoCo) familiar to me was Briggs Chaney, more specifically Castle Blvd. Also, Pepper Tree Farms in Aspen Hill was always known to be a little rough. Aspen Hill is closer to Gaithersburg, Briggs Chaney is closer to Silver Spring. I’d never been, but i’d always hear stories about Lincoln Park, a ghetto ass neighborhood out in Rockville. In my mind I couldn’t fathom anything “hood” in Rockville and never took it seriously. In a nutshell, the “hoods” in MoCo are few and far between.

Langley Park is another not so great area in MoCo with a high immigration population. A lot of newcomers from Latin, African and Caribbean countries seem to put their feet on the ground here. Because of this, it’s one of the poorer and more dangerous places in MoCo. When I lived in the Langley Park Area (University Blvd & Piney Branch Rd) in the late 80’s early 90’s, it was still a good mix of black and white people, a few immigrants here and there. It has since completely transformed into “Little Mexico” – all the businesses in that area now cater to the Hispanic population. The existing infrastructures are all run down and most of the signage is old. Immigrants from Russia and European countries typically settle near Gaithersburg (and further up). Montgomery Village has a lot of Russian residents. One of them is my really good friend. (Hey Rozy!)

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So I typed in “West Deer Park Public Housing Projects” and much to my satisfaction, a forum with a post titled “Rising Montgomery County Rap superstar has people actually believing Gaithersburg is just like Compton.” I read the whole damn thing (if you have any interest in this topic, you should too). I learned so much about MYSELF from this post.

A lot of sentiments Logic shared in this NPR interview I share, like being influenced by mainstream pop-culture as well as underground, fusing both into his own style. He catches a lot of slack for “not being original” and “sounding like a Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole imitator.” A good number of people believe his appearing white and rapping about “hood shit” is appealing to white kids from the suburbs who, for example, can stroll through West Deer Park rapping his music out loud, unscathed. He’s seen as more relatable than a Kendrick from Compton, and this is why the labels back him. I disagree, he is talented.

Logic Gets Disrespected By Vick One

I say all that to say, where we come from breeds very peculiar individuals. Fun fact, Maury Povich and Connie Chung are both from this area. West Deer Park’s crime rate, when compared to say Compton’s – doesn’t. Can’t.  Won’t ever. The conditions of poverty simply don’t exist in the same capacity. But if you compare West Deer Park to Chevy Chase or North Potomac, you can see the major differences between lifestyles of the working poor, the middle class and the extremely wealthy. We are all heavily influenced by the vast socioeconomic conditions that can virtually exist within a 2 mile radius.

I am more than grateful to have grown up in such a culturally diverse, socioeconomically stable area. As a child I couldn’t appreciate it because I was oblivious to it, I was just living. After residing in North Carolina for 4 years, travelling across (and outside of) the country, becoming more worldly overall, I realize Montgomery County is special. I plan on moving to Los Angeles like all real niggas do. But for now, there is no other place i’d rather be than Silver Spring, MD.

(Ok maybe Miami).

After Listening to Under Pressure

For one, I love the production on this album. It’s very sonically pleasing, not a bunch of trap beats or boom baps. The artwork is classy. Now, while I can’t put my finger on a particularly original flow or “rap style” yet.. the boy can rap. He rides the beat if not better than, then as well as anybody worth mentioning. I don’t feel like he’s imitating Kendrick or Cole, personally. I feel like he’s using rap techniques soaked up over the years to tell his own personal story. I must give him his props, it doesn’t sound like he’s fabricating or exaggerating anything.

You can live in the most beautiful neighborhood and get little to no nourishment inside the home. You can also live in the most down trodden neighborhood but have the best resources at your disposal. We can’t choose the circumstances  we are born into.

While West Deer Park isn’t the most poverty stricken, impoverished “ghetto,” it surely has it’s pockets of criminal and drug activities and is not a super wealthy area. Again, do a quick google search and you’ll see the facts. Logic had to suffer from what any child anywhere shouldn’t have. He had drug addicted, absent parents, he lived in public housing, he also mentioned his mother taking medication for mental health reasons. He say’s on one track “these welfare checks wont bounce like like my daddy did.” He envisions a better future for himself and family. You can’t knock him for that. Everybody’s bottom isn’t identical. I’m from Montgomery County and didn’t experience anything even remotely close.

I will definitely be listening to this album over and over again. I’m glad I didn’t let the suckers stray me away from this. Folks like Vick One had me convinced he was trash and a fraud. He isn’t, in my opinion. I could be biased, but regardless.. i’m captivated. It makes perfect sense that Childish Gambino is on this album. I have a special love for Donald.

“Too black for the whites, too white for the blacks.”

 

A Few of My Favorite Things (Podcasts)

 

[From my drafts]

#1. IMiXWHATiLiKE (former* wpfw radio show)

This was the first time I ever heard anyone speak so openly and candidly about things I felt passionate about. I used to think we weren’t allowed a public forum to express these sentiments. I’m speaking about race relations from a wordly perspective, particularly the African Diaspora and colonization of black people across the globe.

#2. MyndTalk (wpfw radio show as well)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t even have to come up on a check. Dr. Pamela Brewer helped me get my mynd right. This program introduced me to experts (and often time their books) from a myriad of professions ranging from recording artists to clinical psychologists. MyndTalk helped me  realize my mental limitations, personal hurdles as well as how to crush them. The book “Why Do I Do That: Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Way they Shape Our Lives” by Dr. Joseph Burgo was featured on MyndTalk and changed my life forevaaaa *cardi B voice*. This show goes hand-in-hand with “The Friend Zone,” focusing on mental health and relationships.

#3. This Is The Read

I literally feel like Kid Fury and I are the same person. We were supposed to be each other. I agree whole heartedly (is that a word or nah?) with his sentiments on EVERYTHING. Especially people (hated it!) The same way I felt about hearing Good Kid Mad City the first time .. is similar to how I feel listening to The Read. I felt like my age group, my era, my generation’s outlook on life was finally being presented. Crissles is my boo, too.

#4. The Friend Zone

As I continue on my journey of self discovery, The Friend Zone helps me realize where I was, where I am and where I hope to go. A lot of topics hit home and I literally feel like this podcast is a safe zone to express taboo or uncomfortable circumstances you may think you’re in alone.

#5. Bodega Boys

Now. This podcast makes me feel wonderful about my future. These dudes have zero chill whatsoever. Political correctness is non existent EXCEPT when it comes to the word “Faggot” – which is highly commendable. As a member of the “LGBTQ” community, I realize how much I use the word (not as a discriminatory or derogatory term). But I use it nonetheless and I just might want to chill. These guys are the future of dirt-bag-cut-throat sketch comedy. I’m here for it.

 

#6. NPR Mic Check

Last but not least, NPR’s Microphone Check is my favorite of them all. It mixes all elements of what I love about the aforementioned podcasts. It’s been the most inspirational and is the tree from which i’d pick a fruit to plant my own seeds. The hosts’ Ali Shaheed Muhammed (A Tribe Called Quest’s DJ) is from NYC and Frannie Kelley (NPR Music Editor) is from my area, Washington, DC. The two of them have in-depth conversations with artists about their recent and past projects, entire bodies of work, behind the scene influences and so on. If you go to my soundcloud page http://www.soundcloud.com/indigawdzilla I reposted my favorite interviews.

Honorable Mention:

N.W.A.P. (Negroes With a Podcast)

Not gonna lie .. these guys are kinda dry. I’ve listed to maybe 2 episodes and haven’t returned since. Still great content from an apologetically black male perspective. These are like, the frat boy kind of black guys.  It looks like they’ve changed their name to “Nerds With A Podcast” …. Makes sense. More fitting.

N.O.T.W. (Neck of The Woods)

I listened to one episode of this and hollered within the first 25 seconds. “Do I have to grab the back of your neck…. to make you eat my ass.” I’m still dead. I just have way too much to catch up on to get into a new podcast, but once i’m in the swing i’m throwing this right up in the mix.

Tax Season

Tax is my mans. Be safe tho, beloved. I mostly listen to this podcast when someone I recognize is on there (The Desus & Mero episode is classic!) I love New York. I wanted to be from New York so bad growing up. I don’t think I could live there now (L.A. & Miami are on my radar – i’m getting the fuck out of Maryland ASAP) but I might as well. I listen to New York radio every morning. I hear the local ads, traffic – all that. This podcast is like being right in the mix of what’s going on in the streets of NYC.

 

The Brilliant Idiots

I almost forgot The Brilliant Idiots! This is a podcast hosted by Charlamagne Tha God & comedian Andrew Schulz. I have a serious adoration and respect for Charlamagne for a myriad a reasons. To sum it all up though, because he’s a real nigga. Period. He’s honest, even about his shortcomings and he’s always willing to learn. He reads a hell a lot more than I do and that’s an inspiration. Andrew rubbed me the wrong way initially because he seemed so distant from the culture. However, i’ve learned to respect his opinion and I understand his perspective. It’s very necessary, even if I don’t agree with it. This podcast

 

! @CypherClique – “The Greatest Show On Thirst” #Mixtape Review

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@CypherClique is back, this time to present The Greatest Show on Thirst. Stream & Download Here!

This mixtape consists of 14 tracks that could easily be the soundtrack for The Young and the Reckless. It’s a bit more amusing compared to their last project “The City,” a solid tape nonetheless. #GSOT is filled with summertime bangers, heavily influenced by the “OPP” and young rising star mentality. Like Mic Anthony says in Shot Me Down, “these hoes gotta stop acting like niggas didn’t turn down a record deal last year.

The character traits of each member is solidified throughout this mixtape; D-Major being the laid back one, Mic Anthony, Mr. Crush-A-Lot & last but not least; Relay the Prince of Wordplay.

This mixtape has an intro, outro, interlude and skits throughout to make you feel like you’re right there with The Clique. The skits explore the morals (or lack thereof?) expressed by them and their peers. These enhancements make the tape flow into one cohesive piece.

The intro, The Diamond Group,  let’s you know “off the jump like booster cables” that it’s about unadulterated, kinky, wild, maybe even irresponsible fun. The following tracks Apples, Peaches, Oranges and Friends With Benefits are odes to the bachelor lifestyle. Track 4, The Dewey Devil, is 2 minutes of Relay doing what he does best, spitting rapid fire wordplay and metaphors at you.

“We was waitin’ in the basement / now we famous so they hatin’ / yeah you wasn’t on the roster (rasta) so who cares bout what you’re makin’ (jamaican).” 

(Relay)

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Shot Me Down is an “i’m feeling myself, I got a big ego” record. The beat resonates as a pop leaning, suburbia targeted track, which may explain why I didn’t like it at first. I must admit, it grew on me and it fits with their aura. The Scumbag Nick skit follows and is totally left field, unless you’re an avid user of twitter. If you are, the randomness of this discussion won’t move you whatsoever! It’s totally in the spirit of twitter, random outlandish conversation that fits into youth pop culture.

Good Money follows and is a braggadocios banger. This beat is guaranteed to make you nod and move to it. @MattHowe_t4l of Tribe Beats appears on this song, his flow and production contributing to @CypherClique‘s signature “feel good” sound. The Paige Interlude produced by Lone Moon Complex serves as a dope,  smooth, mysterious transition into the next track, Mastermind. This song sums up and reiterates the entire mixtape’s vibe of “im tipsy, you tipsy, live risky, come with me.” Money is the motive because money allows them to enjoy the life they desire, not one they’re subject to. It’s Show Biz baby.

Matt Howe of Tribe Beats

My favorite song Champagne Dreams featuring Frank Boy is next up and has a “best night of your life” theme, certainly aimed towards the ladies. D-Major doesn’t seem to appear on this mixtape as much as he did on The City, but he does his thing on Hop To It, both lyrically and production wise. “Got you hooked like it’s crack rock, Major on the back drop, yeah you know the tracks hot, nigga this your last stop.

He is definitely the most humble of the crew. Relay is simultaneously cocky and humble, stating “have my cake and eat it too, naysayers wonder why, cuz when I ego trip I still save that humble pie.Mic Anthony is cocky, period. “Im an asshole, that’s why I talk shit though.”

Just Like Wrestling features the trippy @YungTy who I believe is from Delaware also. This is a laid back, late night “lets get lifted” track.

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Mic Anthony wants  you to know that he “is really really out here” in Bang Bang Bang. The Clique‘s homeboy @DubRealHeavy is on this joint, along with @MattHowe_t4l. The outro, Quaaludes and Girlfriends is like part two to The Suare. “I know these niggas got more money than me, but I have a better life – It’s not about the money dogg its about the feeling. If it feels right .. it’s right.”  I couldn’t agree more.

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! @Empire_Of_Kingz Presents: Independence Day Artist Showcase

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The Empire of Kings Music Group is an up-and-coming Independent Label & Entertainment Company based out of the Washington, DC Metro area. Yesterday, E.O.K. held an “Indie”pendent artist showcase and networking event, hosting local talent throughout the DMV area. The talent included: Tiny TastriesDugee F. Buller, Handsum Robb, Flex Kartel, Jamaal Lammaj & Amber Monae, Mental SupremeTheory Booking and more.

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The live podcast interview was presented by Dj Moe on behalf of Jump Out Radio. The creatives behind the live photo and video shoot were AWoL Media Group, LLC. Below are some behind the scenes photos from EOK Music Group’s single “Black Coupe” featuring Dugee F. Buller, Flex Kartel & Handsum Robb and art from Jamaal Lamaaj & Amber Monae.

 

Be Sure to Check Out:

http://www.losinfreedumb.bandcamp.com/

http://www.theorybooking.com

http://www.tinytastriesllc.com

http://www.jumpoutradio.weebly.com

http://www.mentalsupreme.com

http://www.flexkartel.com

http://www.society6.com/newlifedezignstudio

http://www.internationalawol.com/

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According to @MeekMill, @Wale “Isn’t MMG”

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Now I admit this may be biased. Not only because I’m from the #DMV but because I’ve always been a fan of @Wale from the beginning. I’m talking about Dig Dug. Got’em!

What sealed the deal though was Wale’s song “Lucky Me” off of his Hate Is The New Love Mixtape. This tape dropped while I was dipping my toe in the pool of deep thought & planning my escape from the matrix. I realized we had a lot in common from having immigrant parents to residing on Peabody Street in Washington, DC. I also felt a personal connection due to him residing in Montgomery County for similar reasons; because our parents felt that was best for our education and development of cultural consciousness.

But being even a little hood or a little foreign and growing up in Montgomery County will place you under 100 different microscopes to be examined by 100 different people who are nothing like you.

Now I’m saying all of this to ask, what does @MeekMill mean @Wale isn’t MMG? Because he isn’t fabricating his street life? Because he doesn’t glorify the things that would make his mother shout? Because he feels more valuable as an advocate for our black women as opposed to pimping them? Because he writes poetry?

I can honestly say that I have not listened to any of @MeekMill’s full projects. I’m not necessarily interested; I’ve heard it all before I am sure. No new perspectives or intelligence to learn from.

I am 100 percent sure that @MeekMill’s fan base looks nothing like @Wale‘s fan base at the core.

That’s all.

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Th.Ur.Di’s Recap | #TheNewRetroPreProject

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I was invited, on behalf of @TinyTastries (www.tinytastriesllc.com), to vend at #TheNewRetroPreProject. So, I had 2 epiphanies while spectating last night. First… white boys who rap… usually can word to @BrainRapp! And second, I realized I need to go on a Hip-Hop fast. Like, not listen to any Hip-Hop for a few weeks, just to become acclimated with new, alternative music.

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I must tip my hat to all the performers, particularly the newer artists. I want to especially shout out @IamLX who performed first and got the party started! It takes a very courageous person to stand on stage and share their art, allowing strangers to critique it with hopes of impressing them. I enjoyed how who appeared to be random people from the crowd ended up on stage performing… that was dope!

Big #salute to @ModernPantheist, man was I impressed!! They are a self-proclaimed psych-rock-pop band (can we say trippy?) out of Los Angeles, CA. I affectionately dubbed them the White Bush Zombies which is a HUGE compliment if you know how much I love and adore the psych-hip-hop trio the The @FlatbushZombies out of Brooklyn, NY!

I was also impressed by @TooFlyy41’s confidence and his compelling song about being a teenage cancer survivor. He came down off the stage and back into the crowd to perform his whole set; that made him appear more personally involved with his craft. It was kind of symbolic (being that he’s from VA) that he’s “not afraid to stand out in a crowd.” (VA gets thrown shade for some reason, I can relate being from Moco .. but I digress)!

Big #shoutout to @TheCawlCrusade .. the youngin’ definitely had the whole venue rocking! During his Black Panthers act, what seemed to be the entire 1st, 2nd and 3rd row hopped on stage to turn up. Biggups to @PinkyKillaCorn and @RobbieCeleste (he thinks he spelled that right!) who came out and #KeptItFunky as @NewRetroGeneral would say. @NatureboiTHEPRO kept the crowd’s attention in between sets with arbitrary, on-the-spot jokes. Kudos to him for that!

Last but not least was the Linkin Park/Jay-Z styled Collision Course where @NewRetro covered and performed live music from @DugeeLFE,  @RobRegal301 (fka Lyriciss) as well as other aforementioned artists.

Check Out The Th.Ur.Di. Review of:

@NewRetroGeneral‘s General Public Radio here

@RobRegal301‘s The Balance here

@DugeeLFE‘s Moet and Mad Dog here.

This was certainly the highlight of my evening and the exact representation of what the DMV music scene, in my opinion, should look like. Unified yet diverse genres covering all alternative cultures where everyone feels welcomed to jam out together. Peacefully.

 

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