San Diego, CA based Hip Hop veteran Medicine Man releases his new single/music video titled “Time Keeps On” featuring Main Flow and produced by Chopzilla.
Jai B melodic trap rapper from Chicago Illinois releases a new project called “After Party Hours“, right off the rip I was impressed with the sonic vibration and arrangement of the intro song named after the album. The retro futuristic sounds reminds me of a blend of new melodic trap and futuristic elements. “Sensei” was again around the melodic elements but the conceptual Jedi approach of controlling the mind of his women through mind control. Very complacent in the flow which could be more dynamic but lives within its own pocket.
“Demonz” was a song were Jai B let his demons out with a symbolic song of him loving his vanity. Let the Ego ride its fitting for an artist to let their expression bleed through and Jai B did just that with this approach. Next on the album is “New Vibe” and its just that I like how Jai B switches up the sound of each song even tho he stays within one pocket after finding a groove.
“Banana” was as dope track very nostalgic of a of childhood and family. I appreciate the vibe and conceptual approach to his words I kinda wished this song was longer. “Light show/No Goodbyes” was complacent sounded like the other songs. “Better Days” was a new sound along with rhythmic flow making It worth the listen, I defiantly like the metaphors used its a melodic output throughout the album giving it a future & Weekends sonic vibration. I can Jai B going far as it seems easy for him but I would recommend learning to switch up his flow during songs to give fans dynamics to listening to him sonically.
The production on “Moon Rock” was forsake smooth, the concept was well put together I can see this as a radio single, wavy and melo and a bouncy vibe in todays market. “Sad” was an emo punk vibe with a Hip-Hop approach, I like how Jai B spills into multiple lanes showing he can evolve as an artist exciting me for his next project. Follow Jai B on Instagram and Spotify for visual and music updates.
Highlights: Sonic Sound
Dislikes: not versatile.
Coming to us from Oakland, California, is Benni J and O-Naje! The two have just released their debut collaboration “Soulrap Psychology“. The duo’s goal when creating this album was to deliver a thought-provoking and life-changing experience. Setting the bar high with an improbable task, will they be able to deliver a conceptual masterpiece?
O-Naje and Benni J show they can rhyme with the best of them on this record. Naje’s hard-hitting delivery perfectly compliments the laid back philosophical approach of Benni J. “Gratitude”, and “Grooving” show off their intense, gritty side while “Rise N Shine” and “Mind + Body + Spirt x J-Flo” displays the emotional depth behind their lyrics. “Tap In” previews Benni and O-Naje’s hitmaking ability as they trade fun lines and intuitive flows against one another. “Live Infinite” was a definite standout as they pay homage to legendary bay area group Souls Of Mischief and their infamous classic “93 ’til Infinity”. Out of all the cuts on SoulRap, none are more groundbreaking than their cover of 2pac’s “Thug Maison”. Both artists recollect on their scariest moments and fears with heartfelt and vivid songwriting. Overall, the only complaint I could draw about this album is that some of its songs could have been cut off.
Sonically, SoulRap does a formidable job at creating a compelling soundtrack for the duo to rap over. From the tracks that use classic Dj Premier and 9th Wonder beats to the indie produced “Grooving”, there is an array of different styles displayed. “Live Infinite” was a fantastic listen as the instrumental was a remixed and chopped up version of its classic counterpart, “93 ’til Infinity”. Anything from Jazz to Boom Bap seems like a fitting beat for these two as they have an abundance of styles in their arsenal. Overall, none of the instrumentals are truly mind-boggling on this record, but they certainly get the job done.
In conclusion, “SoulRap Psychology” is a solid debut from a prominent young duo. Lyrically, it seems O-Naje and Benni J can already hold their own against anyone in their weight class, while stylistically, they show glimpses of what could turn into a decade defining concept album. Going forward, I hope these two continue to grow and develop together as I feel they could take over the game very shortly. If you want to stay updated on this talented duos journey, be sure to follow @onaje_is_infinite on Instagram!
Highlights: Lyrcisim, Chemistry, Subject Matter
The triumphant return of R.A. the Rugged Man has been one of the most exciting hip-hop developments of 2020. The impact of the legendary emcee’s widely acclaimed new album All My Heroes Are Dead continues to reverberate, as R.A. is now back with another music video off the project. Produced by electronic music star Michal Menert (formerly of Pretty Lights), “All Systems Go” is a futuristic thrill ride anchored by whirlwind flows and awe-inspiring lyricism from the Rugged Man. The wild music video matches the track’s propulsive energy, jumping from time-travel experiments to Victorian-era serial killers, from virtual reality to Neanderthals.
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!
Highlights: Lyricism, Versatility, Depth