Trizz’ Latest Album “Baseline Cavi” Produced By Seven is His Most Well Rounded Yet (Album Review)

Trizz is a 30 year old MC from Los Angeles, California who first picked up a microphone at the age of 9. But it wasn’t until his late teens where he properly introduced himself to a wider audience in the form of his debut mixtape Suicide with No Note, which was followed up with New West & The Right to Bear Arms before being taken under the wing of Sacramento horrorcore veteran Brotha Lynch Hung by signing to Madesicc Muzicc for a brief period of time. He would later go on to drop 5 more tapes, 4 full-lengths, 5 EPs, 5 collab projects with Chuuwee, 1 with Flashy B & another with Sahtyre all within the last decade. But for his 5th album over here, he’s decided to bring in former Strange Music in-house producer Seven behind the boards from start to finish.

After the titular intro, “the inLAnd” kicks off the album with an incredible g-funk ode to Los Angeles whereas “Keep It a Buck” works in a trap instrumental with a weeping loop talking about being legit. “90210” comes through with a warm romance anthem with it’s acoustic instrumental & Bino Rideaux’s hook leading into the synth-funk “Shit Don’t Stop” flexing with an insane amount of charisma.

Meanwhile on “Summer Break”, we have Trizz delivering a mellow summertime bop just before “Tha Front Yard” brings back the g-funk talking about how people wanna be like him & the John Givez hook is pretty catchy. “Hollywood, Oh Hollywood” is a rich yet jazzy depiction of the titular city, but then “Red Headed Stepchild” kicks off with an eerie sample confessing he doesn’t even know how many time’s he’s been counted out.

T.F., IceColdBishop & Bale all come into the picture for “Bless the Dead” with it’s soulful boom bap beat opening up about seeing their deceased colleagues looking at the sky tonight while the song “Crashed” fuses trap with rock spit reflecting on a car accident that he got into back when he had nothing. The penultimate track “Had to Do It Myself” is of course a spacey ode to self-hustle & to round it all off XV tags along for the cloudy “On & On” talking about a walking a path that never ends.

As someone who’s been rocking with Trizz for about a decade now, this is his most well-rounded body of work to date & one of the best West Coast albums I’ve heard all year. He gets a lot of his chest detailing his life in the City of Angels as far as lyricism goes with Seven’s production being incredibly versatile pulling from g-funk, boom bap, rock, trap, synth-funk & jazz rap.

Score: 9/10

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Boondox Takes It Back to Horrorcore For ”So Much Blood” (EP Review)

This is the 6th EP from Georgia emcee Boondox. Coming up as 1/3 of the trio Southern Hustlas Inc. under the moniker Turncoat Dirty, he would go on to sign with Psychopathic Records in 2005 following the release of his debut EP Dama Blanca & remained under the Insane Clown Posse’s wing for about a decade putting out his first 4 albums along with his 2nd EP PunkinHed through the infamous Detroit label that runs beneath the streets. Former label-mates Twiztid then brought the Killer Scarecrow on board over at Majik Ninja Entertainment in the winter of 2016, whom he’s still signed to today. Last time we heard from Boondox was last summer with the Seven-produced Cryptodirt EP that Mobstyle Music backed with the help of MNE & is now ringing in the fall 4 days early in the form of So Much Blood.

After the titular intro, the first song “Prey for Me” is a demented opener produced by Fritz the Cat with some rock undertones talking about being unable to pray for those who be hoping on his downfall whereas “A Beautiful Death” dives into trap territory thanks to Seven pondering how he ends up in the situations he gets himself into. “Re-Animator” works in some more rock undertones expressing that he wants something real while the song “Devil’s Due” returns to the trap talking about possession. The penultimate track “Open Vein” has a bit of a boom bap flare to it admitting that he feels alive committing murders & “Gravely Ill” ends the EP with a heinous trap banger about falling asleep in the cemetery.

In comparison to the heavy gangsta rap themes of Cryptodirt about 13 months ago now, So Much Blood finds Boondox returning to the wicked shit just in time for the Autumn Equinox next Thursday. Lyrically, the killer scarecrow sounds more vicious than ever with Seven & Fritz’ production excellently honing in on a darker sound to help bring these gruesome tales to life.

Score: 8/10

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Joell Ortiz & KXNG CROOKED Welcome You to “Harbor City” (Album Review)

This is the sophomore album from hardcore hip hop super-duo H.A.R.D. a.k.a. the Housing Authority Rap District. Consisting of Joell Ortiz & KXNG CROOKED, both these guys had notorious label issues at the start of their careers only to see success as members of the supergroup Slaughterhouse along with Royce da 5’9” & Joe Budden from the late 2000s up until the mid-2010s. The quartet had quietly disbanded in 2016 after Joe’s retirement from making music even though it wasn’t confirmed until 2 years later, but the other 3 members have been keeping themselves busy ever since. H.A.R.D. introduced themselves a couple months after the pandemic hit with an incredible eponymous debut EP followed by their full-length debut The Rise & Fall of Slaughterhouse earlier this spring. But as the 3rd quarter of the year draws to a close in a couple weeks, Crook & Joell are taking the world through Harbor City.

After the “Rookie’s 1st Dead Body” intro, the first song “Heat Wave” kicks off the album with a gospel-tinged instrumental to get into their hardcore bag whereas “Welcome to Harbor City” takes a more airier route thanks to DJ Silk talking about the titular California location. “Energy” works in a deadpan beat to describe how they walked out of the projects, but then “Drip Club” fuses a piano & a hi-hat for a party anthem.

Meanwhile on “Holy Water”, we have H.A.R.D. officer a flute-heavy trap instrumental talking about having permission to take a higher road leading into AZ tagging along for “Vibrate Higher” over some crooning boom bap production provided by The Heatmakerz dodging all the bullshit. “Brooklyn” is a rock-flavored Joell solo cut paying tribute to one of the biggest cities in NY & after the “BK LB Blend” interlude, “Community Center” blends some strings & congo drums reflecting on the days where you used to find them.

“Long Beach Blvd.” is of course a rugged KXNG CROOKED solo joint talking about his neck of the woods while “Pawnshop Jewelry” shoots for a jazzier aesthetic bragging that they have a waterfall full of diamonds. After the “Officer Pirelli Schools the Rookie” interlude, “911” has a more chaotic vibe airing out the biggest gang in America while “1-800-Get-Hard” & “Stop Playin’ with Kim” are 2 skits going up back-to-back with each other.

Continuing from there with “Don’t Forget About Her”, H.A.R.D. jumps on top of a high-pitched sample vividly describing a woman who’s unforgettable while “Dead Body” following the “Nahdeadassyo” interlude ghoulishly paints the image of a corpse floating besides themselves. After the “Pirelli Doesn’t Like Us!” interlude, “Underground” is a soulful Yaowa solo cut talking about getting what you gotta get & staying clear while the track “Ocean Terminal” with Lin-Manuel Miranda dives into calmer yet melodic territory providing inspirational lyricism. And prior to the “Who Shot Ya?” outro, “Game Over” is a gully finisher calling for everyone to quit snitching on themselves.

Now if you loved H.A.R.D.’s self-titled EP & their full-length debut like I did as someone who was a big fan of Slaughterhouse back in my teen years, then you’re gonna wanna check Harbor City out because it’s their 3rd consecutive banger together. I think the production on here is a bit better than Rise & Fall of Slaughterhouse, but I do admire that they took it back to the basics of self-titled as far as lyricism goes & I like how they bring in more features than they did on their earlier work.

Score: 8/10

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Trizz’ 5th Album “Baseline Cavi” Produced By Seven is His Most Well Rounded Yet (Album Review)

Trizz is a 30 year old MC from Los Angeles, California who first picked up a microphone at the age of 9. But it wasn’t until his late teens where he properly introduced himself to a wider audience in the form of his debut mixtape Suicide with No Note, which was followed up with New West & The Right to Bear Arms before being taken under the wing of Sacramento horrorcore veteran Brotha Lynch Hung by signing to Madesicc Muzicc for a brief period of time. He would later go on to drop 5 more tapes, 4 full-lengths, 5 EPs, 5 collab projects with Chuuwee, 1 with Flashy B & another with Sahtyre all within the last decade. But for his 5th album over here, he’s decided to bring in former Strange Music in-house producer Seven behind the boards from start to finish.

After the titular intro, “the inLAnd” kicks off the album with an incredible g-funk ode to Los Angeles whereas “Keep It a Buck” works in a trap instrumental with a weeping loop talking about being legit. “90210” comes through with a warm romance anthem with it’s acoustic instrumental & Bino Rideaux’s hook leading into the synth-funk “Shit Don’t Stop” flexing with an insane amount of charisma.

Meanwhile on “Summer Break”, we have Trizz delivering a mellow summertime bop just before “Tha Front Yard” brings back the g-funk talking about how people wanna be like him & the John Givez hook is pretty catchy. “Hollywood, Oh Hollywood” is a rich yet jazzy depiction of the titular city, but then “Red Headed Stepchild” kicks off with an eerie sample confessing he doesn’t even know how many time’s he’s been counted out.

T.F., IceColdBishop & Bale all come into the picture for “Bless the Dead” with it’s soulful boom bap beat opening up about seeing their deceased colleagues looking at the sky tonight while the song “Crashed” fuses trap with rock spit reflecting on a car accident that he got into back when he had nothing. The penultimate track “Had to Do It Myself” is of course a spacey ode to self-hustle & to round it all off XV tags along for the cloudy “On & On” talking about a walking a path that never ends.

As someone who’s been rocking with Trizz for about a decade now, this is his most well-rounded body of work to date & one of the best West Coast albums I’ve heard all year. He gets a lot of his chest detailing his life in the City of Angels as far as lyricism goes with Seven’s production being incredibly versatile pulling from g-funk, boom bap, rock, trap, synth-funk & jazz rap.

Score: 9/10

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LaRue looks forward to living in a “BIG HOUSE”

LaRue‘s latest release “BIG HOUSE” is a reflective and aspiration record that dwells on breaking free from financial constraints and being able to afford the best things in life. He makes use of a mellow lofi backdrop and delivers a solid performance ripe with smooth melodic runs and candid lyrics about his dreams and the many obstacles he has to face working a dead-end 9 to 5.

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Razah Sharp drops two singles “Strong Side” and “No Time”

Raleigh, NC emcee Razah Sharp makes his entry on our pages with two solid joints from his stash. He is a true student of the game as he packs more than enough wit, wordplay and puns in his pinky finger.

 

“Strong Side” is the first cut and it’s built on a sombre piano sample and crunchy drum breaks that don’t overpower his commanding vocal performance. The lyrics are vivid and his performance style is distinct as well. The single is his lead single after taking time off from music to recuperate from a gunshot wound.

Stream “Strong Side” on YouTube.

 

“No Time” sees Razah Sharp teaming up with Nomadd and producer Dialek Dubai who laces them with a soulful and reflective backdrop. Both emcees come through with heartfelt and insightful bars that explore their journey thus far. From the hurdles, obstacles and near-death experiences, they both overcome the setbacks and are now set on achieving their goals and manifesting their dreams.

 

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Jessica Nicole Brown sure doesn’t want to be “The Devil’s Favorite” featuring Brian Brown

After making a mark with her debut EP Girl, I Don’t Know, singer-songwriter Jessica Nicole Brown has returned with something new in the form of this new single titled “The Devil’s Favorite”. The mellow and soulful track sees her delivering laidback and soothing melodic runs underpinned by heartfelt and insightful lyrics that dwell on her trying to fight her inner demons. It seems negative thoughts keep hovering over her head trying to derail her from her true goals but Jessica is not backing down and faces the trouble head-on with faith and perseverance. Joining her on the record is Nashville rapper, Brian Brown who shares his own experiences in similar situations.

 

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Ridge Long is ready if “Tomorrow Never Comes” [Video]

Ridge Long is a man on a mission as he faces his past mistakes and flaws in the heartfelt track titled “Tomorrow Never Comes“. The sombre guitars and mellow drum grooves match perfectly with candid and reflective lyrics that see him musing on the past and how he plans on moving forward and turning around his life for the better.

The visual concept by Top Flyght is refreshing and engaging as it follows Ridge Long in a battle with himself. He plays all the characters in the video, the referee, corner man and the fighters who are all in a locked battle to see who will come out victorious.

 

“Tomorrow Never Comes” is Track #4 from Ridge Long’s album “When To Say When” which is available on ALL streaming services here.

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pilgriim and Blue Lab Beats presents the remix of “Flux”

Medellín, Colombia-based British producer pilgriim returns with the remix of his previous single “Flux” and brought in producer Blue Lab Beats to help switch things up a bit. The production here has a bright and uplifting vibe with its warm textures, bubbly tones and bouncy drums that blend with Joshua Idehen‘s flow and Young Shields‘s melodic runs.

Blue Lab Beats commented, “We had so much fun remixing this song. The lyricism and delivery are absolutely awesome. It was enjoyable and honestly the lead vocalist made the process easy as well. It was generally such a natural remix for us to do as both vocal performances really gave it they’re all and we were just vibing with the song.”

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Blue Lab Beats consists of groundbreaking producer NK-OK and the formidable multi-instrumentalist Mr DM.

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BG the Boy Genius shares a new single titled “I Knew You When”

Albany, NY-born, Tampa, FL-based rapper/songwriter BG the Boy Genius started off dropping a handful of mixtapes and flooding the streets with his material which led him to perform alongside big-name acts in the early 2010s. His last album DOGE Tape garnered some buzz and gave him some acclaim on the indie level. Now he returns to his element with this anthemic record titled “I Knew You When”, a bar-heavy and insightful track that details his journey from the bottom to the apex. Over the punchy ad soulful soundscape, he gives a candid performance ripe with bravado and aspirational elements as he sends a wake-up call to detractors who might want to derail him from his goals.

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