Deca – “All In A Dream” (Video)

New York-based artist Deca continues to demonstrate his incredible talents as a producer, emcee, and visual artist in his surreal new video for “All in a Dream,” a psychedelic journey through time and sound. The hypnotic visuals center on a small character who makes their way through an ever-changing world of colors and varied imagery. “All in a Dream” is one of many highlights off Deca’s most recent LP, Snakes and Birds, which dropped in late October of last year. Check out the visuals and head over to your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform to support Snakes and Birds which is available now on vinyl in limited quantities exclusively through Deca’s Bandcamp page.

Breeze Brewin – “Hindsight” (Album)

Breeze Brewin’s history in hip-hop runs as deep as his incredible skill set. There are levels upon levels to his talents, whether he’s penning mind-bending lyrics or crafting head-nodding instrumentals. And over the past 25 years, he’s proven his skills as a member of the Juggaknots and the Indelible MC’s, and as a collaborator on classics including Prince Paul’s A Prince Among Thieves. And with the release of Hindsight, the NYC artist steps out on his own with a thrilling solo album packed with highlights that show off just how gifted he truly is. Hindsight captures the magic of what happens when an artist sticks with what they love and shares it with the rest of the world. The 13 tracks epitomize why Breeze has been such an essential voice since he entered the scene. The album is available now through all digital retailers and streaming platforms through Breeze’s own Matic Records imprint via Fat Beats Records with CD and vinyl copies of the LP due out for pre-order shortly.

Reallyhiiim & Puzzle – “The Crux” (Album)

Syracuse, NY’s Reallyhiiim just dropped the full-length album “The Crux,” executive produced by Puzzle of The Diggers.

The project boasts an impressive guest list including: Willie The Kid, Planet Asia, Raz Fresco, Pounds, Fly Anakin, Estee Nack, Al Divino, Maf, B.A. Badd, Adonis, Koncept Jackson, 448 Brad, Lord Juco, Falcon Outlaw and introducing PT.

The project is available digitally and in limited CD format (only 50 made) here!

Nems – “Banana Clip” (Video)

December 21st, 2020 Nems dropped the BANANA CLIP capsule which was a limited edition toy that came with tactical gloves, a shooting jacket, and a yellow cassette tape. On that yellow cassette tape Nems dropped 2 songs produced by Buda N Grandz that were made exclusively for the toy release. This is the video for track one, “Banana Clip,” and was directed by the one and only New Vegas Films.

Izabel Honey – Pieces of Me (EP)

San Dimas, California singer/songwriter Izabel Honey with a gorgeous voice and look ready to take over the new year. After developing her sound during a pandemic, the new star releases her anticipated debut EP, titled, Pieces of Me. Lead by her buzzing song, “Crazy,” now is the perfect time for any newfound fan to hop on the Izabel Honey bandwagon.

Honey’s first effort is a five-song project that includes an array of refreshing new hits. Honey wants to make sure her music appeals to her peers who endure the same trials and tribulations as her. She explains: “I really want my listeners to be able to relate to me and that’s why I try to make every song very real. All the songs I write I write from the heart or past experiences.”

Honey continues, “All the songs I write I write from the heart or past experiences.”

Pieces of Me was inspired by Izabel’s recent rise in popularity with her first single. “My song “Crazy” that was released in July a lot of good feedback it made me so much more inspired to keep going with my dream! My new EP that releases on January 16 has five songs that really mean a lot to me. Each song that I wrote about were past experiences and experiences that were happening in the moment of writing them. This EP is super personal to me and I hope that everyone that hears it can feel it to.”

After the stream, for more on Izabel Honey, follow the rising star on Instagram and Tik Tok.

Listen to Izabel Honey’s new EP Pieces of Me below.

Th1rt3en – “A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism” (Album Review)

Th1rt3en is an East Coast hip hop trio consisting of Marcus Machado on guitar, Daru Jones on drums & Pharoahe Monch on the mic. The trio have been working together for a little over a year now but with Joe Biden being inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States earlier this week, it’s only right for them to come together for their full-length debut.

Things kick off with “Cult 45”, where Monch takes a well-written dig at the Trump administration over a dingy boom bap beat from Nottz. The next song “Triskaidekaphobia” gets on the horrorcore tip over a bloodcurdling instrumental from Monch himself alongside Parks of The Joe Budden Podcast while “The Magician” compares himself to such over a rap rock beat. The song “666 (3-6 Word Stories)” is a unexpected & decent recreation of the Black Sabbath joint “Hand of Doom” while the track “Goat’s Head” reminds listeners of his lyrical prowess over a beat with a crunchy ass guitar line.

The song “Scarecrow” talks about being on the yellow brick road over an anarchic instrumental from Shylow while the track “Fight” talks about racial injustice over a rock/boom bap fusion. The song “Racist” compares the skinheads to Satanists over an infernal beat while the track “Oxygen” talks about needing this woman in his life over a supernatural instrumental from Marco Polo.

The song “Kill ‘Em All Again” talks about those who can’t see the bigger picture over an impassioned beat while “The Exorcist” makes numerous references to the apocalypse & Medusa over yet another boom bap/rock fusion. The penultimate track “Amnesia” expresses his desire to hold this woman in his arms over a more unwinding instrumental & then the albums ends with “Kill Kill Kill”, where Monch talks about losing his mind some fast drumming along with a guitar & a organ.

When artists make an album stylistically departing from their signature sound, it can turn out 50/50. However, Th1rt3en knocks it out of the park. Not only do Marcus & Daru do a good job with the live instrumentation, but Pharoahe Monch comes through with some of his most political lyrics yet reflecting on all the hardships we faced in 2020.

Score: 9/10