Milano Constantine & Showbiz – “Eating But Still Hungry” (EP Review)

Milano Constantine is an MC from New York City originally coming up in the early 2000s as a D.I.T.C. affiliate. However, it wouldn’t be until 2015 when he dropped his official debut album The Believers. Since then, Milano had built up an impressive solo catalogue by putting out a total of 4 albums & an EP. But coming fresh off his collab album with Body Bag Ben entitled Write It In Blood, the East Coast vet is tapping in Showbiz for his 2nd EP that’s only on Apple Music for right now.

“Cavili Champ” is a great way to kick the whole thing off with it’s blaxploitation-like instrumental as well as Milano’s bars about “only giving soul music like Donny Hath”, but then the next song “Bank Stopper” incorporates some horns into the beat as he proclaims his magnificence. The track “Come On” goes into detail about the streets not playing fair on top of a heavenly vocal loop whereas “Gin Rummy” contains a triumphant beat & delving into why it ain’t it safe to play in the streets.

The song “Broadway Joe” reminisces about the material he’s killed over some horns & a guitar while “Night & Day” incorporates a classy instrumental as Milano gloats. The penultimate track “On My Father” is an impassioned anthem about fighting for democracy & then the closer “Save the Children” is a violin-induced banger about doing what he has to for his babies.

In my personal opinion, Eating But Still Hungry is up there with The Way We Were & Boulevard Author for Milano’s magnum opus. He & Showbiz bring the best out of each other by providing some old school, East Coast gang shit in terms of the pen game & overall sound.

Score: 8/10

NuffxSaid – “Foundations of a Hooligan” (Album Review)

NuffxSaid is an upcoming rapper from Austin, Texas. In 2019, they released their project “Foundations Of A Hooligan.” With this body of work potentially preluding what could become the future of Texas hip hop, will NuffxSaid’s first album be able to prove this? 

Through his aggressive delivery and hard-hitting bars, NuffxSaid creates an abrasive experience that showcases his ability to dominate in hardcore hip hop. He immediately shows off his strengths and, for the entire seven-song experience, only expands on these skills. Nuff is relentless, and moments like “F.O.A.H.” and “Out There” show this at its pinnacle. When NuffxSaid isn’t ripping into your skull, he’s taking introspective dives into his own problems. This quality rounds him out as an artist and is highlighted on “OG Triple OG.” Through his thoughtful lyricism, hard-hitting flow, and neat artist skills, NuffxSaid makes an experience that’s Texas should remember. 

Behind the boards, there’s a menacing soundtrack that fuses southern hip hop with classic boom-bap. Each song takes a different risk, and it’s part of the reason why each moment feels so unique and immersive. From the guitar on “F.O.A.H.” to the pulsing drums on “B.O.A.T.S.,” each song has a different quality to offer. Through all these well-crafted moments, the one that resonated with me the most was “Gangsta Moves,” which thrives due to its menacing undertone and smashing drums. Overall, the soundscape matches the vibe of NuffxSaid’s vocals masterfully.

In conclusion, “Foundations Of A Hooligan” is a solid debut statement that showcases the potential NuffxSaid has in hip hop. His rapping ability is impressive, and the way he can match his vocals with crazed horrorcore instrumentals is a special skill. Going forward, I’ll be on the lookout for Nuff’s next project as I believe it can be something special.

Rating: 7/10

Highlights: Flow, Production, Atmpshpoehre

Deshawn – “Dressed for the Tiny Desk” (Album Review)

Deshawn’s most recent release “Dressed for the Tiny Desk” is a light and refreshing release with eight sweet songs that make for a cool 30 minute EP. Deshawn’s melodic voice paired with his jazzy-funkadelic-boom bap instrumentals are what we like to call a whole vibe. Dressed for the Tiny Desk is a thought piece with insightful lyrics and airy tones. The album begins with a brief skit about the purpose of man’s attire. It basically asks why we choose to dress up when most of us lack the status or title that fit the outfits we choose to wear. In the words of Shakespeare- “the clothes maketh the man”. It’s an interesting concept, perhaps we are all regal in our own right, perhaps we perform better when wearing nicer things, or perhaps we just like dressing up. This ideology opens up a can of worms, ie. why do we do anything? It’s a very philosophical way to open up an album.

The album then immediately digresses, leaving the philosophical ponderings as food for thought. Deshawn pivots into the soulful track “Singing Shit”, where he serenades his beloved. It’s the type of song that makes you want to two-step with that special someone. It’s comical and sultry, both themes that can be found throughout the EP.

As we travel to the end of Dressed for the Tiny Desk it’s clear that Deshawn is dressing for success. Although his time in fatherhood, marriage and on NPR’s stage hasn’t come yet as noted on his with track “P.U.S.H.”, he is preparing the path for the future. Deshawn is in the period of recollection and reconciliation of past and present. He dwindles between life lived and dreams destined. We wish him the best and hope to watch that Tiny Desk Concert soon.

Score 6/10