JJ Sam – “Faded Realm” EP

Out of Lexington, KY rising underground Hip Hop artist JJ Sam releases his 2nd EP titled “Faded Realm“.  Follow him on Instagram @iamjjsam.

LOGIC LDOT – “Mgm Grand Detroit M10” (Album Review)

Logic LDOT is an established veteran mc from Detroit, Michigan. His newest album “MGM Grand Detroit M10” was put together using his darkest moments, which include being shot eight times and fighting the urge to commit suicide. With topics, this gruesome, will Logic be able to turn his pain into a heartfelt masterpiece?

We don’t just see Logic LDOT’s lyrical skill; we see his versatility as well. From the intro “Say a Prayer”, the pain is flowing through LDOT’s vocals as he reminisces on his comeback story. Tracks like “The Right Way” and “Still an Option” are hard-hitting bangers while “It’s So Hard” and “Sometimes” are emotional ballads that focus on the various conflicts the Detroit rapper has faced in his life. A definite standout was the absolute banger of a posse cut “Blessings” with 52 Savage, the Prezident C Walker, and co-founder of Three 6 Mafia Project Pat. On the second half of the album, we start to see even more introspective tracks as Logic unravels who he is. “Believe Me” and “Too Far Gone” shows this at its best as LDOT does some serious soul searching in these moments. On the contrary side, the record tends to drag on with its seventeen song long tracklist. Most of its middle could have been cut out as it doesn’t contribute much to the overall story LDOT is trying to tell. Ending on a high note, “Thank Ya’ll 2019” is the perfect outro as LDOT finishes the vision he has been forming for an hour at this point. Overall, Logic LDOT shows his talent and, more importantly, the raw emotion and heart which goes into his music.

Sonically, the album has a gritty soundtrack that embodies the feel Logic LDOT is going for. “The Right Way” and “Too Far Gone” capture the menacing feel of street life while “Sometimes” and “The Night” depicts the pain which coincides with it. “Mobb Music” definitely stood out to me as its vibrant synths make it feel like an atmospheric club banger. “Believe Me” and “Please Don’t Go” are great tone switchers as they contain more laid-back instrumentals than the rest of the tracklist. “Thank Y’all 2019” gives MGM an epic closing with its intense rock-influenced instrumental. While each instrumental is not revolutionary, they all get the job done at the least. All in all, the production on this record is formidable against others in its weight class. 

In conclusion, “MGM Grand Detroit M10” is an excellent addition to the ever-growing catalog of Logic LDOT. The project is heartfelt and personal while also having a handful of cuts that can be listened to casually. My only citric with the record is that it clocks in over an hour of running time, which defiantly feels a little bloated as a fair share of it could have been left off. Going forward, I think LDOT will continue to grow and improve as an artist, and if you want to witness it happen, be sure to follow @logiccalent on Instagram!

Rating: 8/10 

Highlights: Lyricism, Versatility, Depth

Jwood – “Rounds” (Video)

Check out this new music video titled “Rounds” by rising Broward County, FL based Hip Hop artist Jwood.  This single is off his latest mixtape “RAW & Uncut” available now on all streaming platforms.  Follow him on Instagram @jwoodi95.

PsiloSage – “Dior Psilo” EP

Based out of Inland Empire, CA up and coming Hip Hop artist PsiloSage releases his new EP “Dior Psilo“.  Follow him on Instagram @psilosage.

Actor/Artist Aubrey Omari Shares Debut Tracklist, ‘XXI’

After generating interest with previously released singles, “Aston Martin,” “Work” and “Cold.” Well-known Brooklyn recording artist Aubrey Omari makes his debut with the release of his inaugural project, titled, XXI. Today the new artist Omari — best-known for his starring role as Cloak in the popular Marvel/Freeform series, Cloak and Dagger — unveils the tracklist for his anticipated debut. The announcement comes paired with self-directed music videos for “Cold” and “I Waited / Benz,” which features a clip from his Breakfast Club interview as well as still images of Breonna Taylor and childhood friend Pop Smoke.

XXI features buzzworthy acts Mduduzi Madela, NAJ, Féras Chatila, and Lamii. Critics call Aubrey Omari’s sound: futuristic, eclectic and magnetic.

XXI tracklist:

  1. I
  2. Aston Martin
  3. Work
  4. Cold
  5. Good
  6. Benz
  7. Talk Ft. NAJ & Feras Chatila
  8. Koto Night Lights
  9. Bliind Interlude
  10. I Waited
  11. Dangerous Ft. Lamiii
  12. Nobody/Home
  13. XXI

Watch the self-directed video, “Cold” below.

XXI by Aubrey Omari is available everywhere this Friday (July 24).

T.R.3 – “Play Catch” (Video)

Rising Atlanta based underground Hip Hop artist T.R.3 releases his latest self-directed video titled  “Play Catch“, produced by hvlx.  Reminiscent of a 90’s camcorder-style home video, grainy and full of glitches. T.R.3 channels a dejected drunk, disrupting the solitude of the forest at the river’s edge as he stumbles aimlessly across the edges of the frame.  Follow him on Instagram @tr3world.

M.A.V., Rob Gates & Big Ghost Ltd. – “The Dark Side of Nature” (Album Review)

This is the surprise collaborative album between Rochester emcees M.A.V. & Rob Gates. Both of whom are members of Da Cloth along with Mooch & Rigz, who actually happened to drop their own collab effort with Big Ghost Ltd. production top to bottom late last year called The Only Way Out. Given that, it’s only right for Big Ghost to show off 2 other members of Da Cloth for a full project.

After the “Prelude” intro, the first song “Bad News” opens up about doing what needed to be done over a grimy beat with some rock influences to it whereas the next track “Bloodhounds” gets murderous over a wailing guitar. The song “Said What I Said” talks about how ugly the lives that they’ve lived are on top of an instrumental that sounds like something from a horror flick while the track “Wild Card” angrily paints themselves as mobsters over a melancholic boom bap beat.

The song “Green Light” talks about applying the lesions that they’ve learned throughout the years on top of a somber orchestral loop while the track “Tombstone” talks about engaging in criminal activity over a fuzzy boom bap beat. The song “Left for Dead” with Rigz sonically gets back on the rock side of things as the trio talk about how dudes in their hood don’t play while the track “Said Less, Did More” talks about grinding as over an elegiac piano instrumental.

The song “Authenticated” talks about how their credibility over a hypnotic beat while the penultimate track “By Myself” gives us a glimpse of what it was like for them growing up & I really love the instrumentation gets more layered as the song progresses. The album finishes off with “Smokin’ Aces”, where everyone in Da Cloth gruesomely show us what they’re capable of as a unit for almost 8 minutes.

If you loved The Only Way Out, then you’re gonna enjoy this just as much. Not only because M.A.V. & Rob Gates’ chemistry is just so unique, but Big Ghost Ltd. also continues to show why he’s one of the best producers in hip hop today.

Score: 8/10