John Thomas offers an amalgam of R&B, electro-pop and sprinkles of dubstep on Chasing Shadows, his very first body of work. “Placebo (Pain Away),” “Change in the Weather “and the title track are the standouts. They show off his signature rasp and range. Read More →
Cy Harp always goes against the grain with his thought-provoking music. He assists the video for “2 Lives” with a gripping video. In less than two weeks, it has garnered over 50K views on YouTube and WorldStarHipHop. The “Most Relatable Artist” will will drop his album on September 25th, but you can pre-order it here. Read More →
If you are a frequent visitor around these parts (and/or my Twitter), you may have noticed that I’m a bit irritated with music–particularly contemporary music and the major acts releasing it. Although there are many reasons behind my irritation, the main one is: recording artists have lost their hunger for respect, which inversely affects my reception of their music. Once, embedding a feeling of authenticity was of upmost importance, but that goal has changed substantially over the years.
Typically, artists give away these futile four-minute mp3s on non-album compilations or mixtapes. My appreciation for free music/mixtapes has decreased over time because artists seem to approach mixtapes noticeably different than they do albums. They compile mediocre songs in hopes of creating a buzz and expect listeners to be fulfilled.
Occasionally, an act presents himself (or herself) with an undeniable passion for they’re artistry, which lessens my ‘irritation meter’ significantly and rises my hope for adequate mixtapes slightly. Tonight, Pat Dolla$ provides the elixir with his debut mixtape, Change Begins: The Prelude. Read More →
Travitz Morton presents a unique blend of electro-pop and rock with “S.2.L.,” a song lifted from his EP, Morton Is Cool. On the track, the Parisian singer attempts to convince his ‘boo’ she needs ‘somebody to love’. The message is delivered over a well-crafted production that boasts diverse musical elements. When the drums commenced and Travitz began the “hoo hoo” sequence, I immediately thought about Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams” and Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight.” I’m not certain if it was intentional, but it’s a nice touch, regardless. Read More →
Russ, 19, lounges on a big leather couch as he recites verses to “Corleone,” a self-produced track lifted from his latest LP, Straight From Limbo. Russ is a rarity among the ringtone artists Atlanta is notorious for producing. Read More →
“I’d rather be a nerd that’s a genius, than cool and stupid.” These are poignant lyrics from Devine Carama’s “The Populist Pulpit.” He matches the substantive record with a cinematic visual, directed by Last Cavalry Films. The intro was a bit sluggish, but the passion that follows is well worth the wait. Download Devine’s Blood of a Slave here. Read More →
Pat Dolla$ takes an ambitious leap with his latest release, “Return of Simba.” If the Lion King-sampled beat sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the third installment to J. Cole’s “Simba” series. See if Pat was able to translate an aggressive delivery into a good song. Read More →
Last month, Curbside Jones and Corey Arnell, collectively known as Almost Always, premiered their promo song, “Shredder Back.” Recently, Curbside hit the stage at an SXSW showcase and delivered a high-octane performance of the song. Watch below! Read More →