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Sauce Walka – “Mask On” (Future Diss) 

Houston’s charismatic Sauce Walka returns with “Mask On” off of his new project Drip God. The streetz-proclaimed drip god is having a moment while proving himself time after time with a consistent body of work and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Biting one’s tongue has never been of much value in the book of Sauce Commandments and “Mask On” is no exception. With his unhinged, gravelly drawl he wordsmith’s unapologetic attitude takes aim fake rappers in the game wearing bang bang diamonds, rapping about fake lives, gimmicks and percs, and of course, jocking his drip lifestyle

The Sauce Wave is in full effect. Since his 2017 Sauce Father LP, the Houston rapper has released a series of singles including “Sauce Baby,” “OK,” Recess” among others. With his upcoming project, Sauce Walka brings more relentless energy and is committed to pushing the boundaries of the Sauce

Follow Sauce Walka on Twitter: @SauceWalka

abnormal norman – “Overture” EP (Review) 

In a genre plagued by over the top trap beats, excessive auto tune, and bad writing, abnormal norman is here to bring you back to the good old days with the UK based producer’s EP, “Overture

norman employed the use of some samples of classic hip hop songs for this six track EP, meant to resonate with the old heads; “Raedawn” and “Meat Grinder” by MF Doom and his alter egos, “Just Don’t Give a F***” by Eminem, “Made You Look” by Nas, “N****s Bleed” by Notorious B.I.G., Raekwon’s hook and verse on “Three Bricks” by Ghostface Killah, and both Redman and Method Man from their track “Tear It Off.”

All six songs have this mellow and melodic sound. Five out of six have some sort of piano or keyboard loop, and while it’s very appealing, I can’t imagine anyone putting the EP on repeat and truly enjoying it for long stretches of time. The production is really good, it just sounds kind of similar track to track. There’s no variety. On top of that, there are samples that don’t really match the mood of the instrumental, namely Eminem’s, and possibly Biggie’s. That’s not to say it can’t work or be good, I just don’t think it’s the perfect fit.

abnormal norman has a dope vibe. He can clearly put together instrumentals, but I think the lack of sonic diversity is holding this EP back a bit. The sampling is good, the beats are good, but give us more and flex your creativity.

Rating: 6/10

Highlights: Production

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T. Hayes – “Kill the Mockingbird” (Album Review) 

H-Town native T. Hayes boldly announces his arrival with his debut album “Kill the Mockingbird,” a showcase of creativity, emotion, and love of Hip Hop.

“Kill the Mockingbird” starts out with the beginning of a narrative following the journey of a young mockingbird. This story is told over the course of the album through interludes and is a metaphor for innocence, identity, and truth. My only two complaints with these interludes is that sometimes the vocabulary used is too strong and feels very out of place (“…felt mutilated for it…” and “…historical encounter” are the best examples of this) or, and this is probably my greatest complaint with the project as a whole, the interludes and songs trade off one for one up until track 9. Meaning an interlude plays, then a song, then an interlude, and so forth. If you plan on using interludes this heavily in your album, you better pack a couple more songs in it. I had initially written the entire project off as just another weak attempt to gain notoriety online because of the bad ratio between songs and interludes. However, I did not for one simple reason…

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T. Hayes can rap.

I won’t go as far as to say that all of his verses were stellar, but not a single flow or verse disappointed me. Hayes undoubtedly proves his potential through his pen game. I’d say one of his best songs is track 8, titled “Primma Donna.” It opens with an infectious hook, and he delivers solid verses to back it up with, keeping the listener engaged throughout. Two other songs to take note of are track 9, “Fall,” and track 12, “Love = Patience.” Similarly to “Primma Donna,” they have solid flows, good production, and verses worth their weight.

I hate critiquing someone for singing, as it is something that takes natural talent or many hours of practice to be good at, but I have to mention it as a pitfall of the album. There are a couple songs where T. Hayes vocals do sound good, like “Fall” and “Runaway.” Most of the other instances of singing don’t add much to the album, however. My advice would be to either add a touch of autotune, or just focus on the notes in Hayes’ sweet spot.

Overall, “Kill the Mockingbird” was surprisingly enjoyable to listen. It’s not perfect, but it’s absolutely the start of what I hope to be a long, successful music career. If T. Hayes isn’t on your radar, he needs to be.

 

Rating: 7/10

Highlights: Production, Lyricism, Flow

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Dyme-A-Duzin – ‘Crown Fried’ (Documentary) 

Brooklyn’s own, DYME-A-DUZIN, has found his own lane and has established himself in the New York Hip Hop scene as one of today’s most promising talents. The talented songwriter and versatile entertainer is a Crown Heights native who is looking to put a spotlight on his neighborhood. Gearing up for his upcoming album release, “Crown Fried,” DYME-A-DUZIN shares with us today, a documentary, with the same title. The Luis Vazquez-directed visual piece is an inspiring documentary that sheds light on DYME’s experiences growing up in Crown Heights, interviews, skits, and music visuals, that offer an in-depth look into some of Brooklyn’s well-known landmarks.

​It’s been a long time coming, and Dyme has prepared himself ​for one of his biggest releases yet. Stay tuned in!

Follow Dyme-A-Duzin on Twitter: @DymeADuzin

Q&A With Rising Houston, TX Based Hip Hop Artist T. Hayes 

Yo T. Hayes!! We are blessed to be able to get exposed to your great Hip Hop music!! Much respect on pushing your debut album! Please tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from? And how long have you been making Hip Hop?

I am from Houston, Texarkana, and Flower Mound, Texas. Now residing in Houston attending Prairie View A&M University. I have been making music for 3 years now, not too long in my eyes. Usually I don’t consider me making “hip-hop” but that’s just me, I don’t like labels.

We noticed that you combine spoken word, poetry and long nature samples throughout your debut album, sounds super dope! Please describe your original sound in the simplest way possible!

Haha, yeah it did kind of have that feel didn’t it? The sound came from the idea of really engulfing the listener in the world of the mockingbird character. I wanted people to really feel like the album was an actual story of a literal mockingbird rather than myself because that’s what a good entertainer/actor does. They make the lie the truth.

Tell us about the underground Hip Hop scene out there in Houston, TX? Is it growing or is it stagnant! What is you take on this…

I honestly don’t know much about the Houston hip-hop scene, I don’t really care to dive into that world, and I realize how that may be holding me back right now, but I’m an introvert at heart. You don’t see me doing a bunch of features neither. My whole brand is really edgy and weird so my charisma may not mend well with the typical hip-hop culture. I’m just hoping I can find my own path somehow, I’ll make it work if I can.

Texas is really known, popular with the southern, trap Paul Wall type sound!!..LOL If you know what I mean……Can I ask you if you ever considered rapping like that???… Not hating on that type of Hip Hop, but I’m not a fan of that style…

That’s funny ‘cause I don’t really care for that stuff neither. I just really make whatever my heart wants me to make, no matter what the sound is. That’s also the true beauty of art; the ability to express one’s self without limits.

Let’s face it, social media since 2015 has grown tremendously, especially IG!!! Tell us how is your IG grind looking, and how have you been able to keep up with the high demand on social media?

This is funny because I recently got banned from Instagram, which is unfortunate of course, but like I said, my brand is real edgy and unconventional, and Instagram is really strict about censoring which is the mortal enemy of artistic visionaries. That’s okay I still have Twitter, and Snapchat is also much more useful for promoting your music than people really realize.

Please breakdown the creative process of your debut album “Kill The Mockingbird”?

The whole idea of “killing the mockingbird” comes from the book “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which the identity of a mockingbird is innocence, so it’s the idea of killing one’s innocence. And killing my innocence was killing my false sense of self, my arrogance, my pride, my ego, which was something that has held me back in life. Kendrick’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” also inspired the idea of a metamorphosis. My metamorphosis was my path to humility and understanding. You see, this all happened during my freshman year of college. I experienced my happiest moments in life, as well as my darkest times. During this time, I was in the process of making a really dark and twisted album, and I’m really glad it never happened. After I cancelled that album I realized I had a serious problem, so I isolated myself from the world and decided to make an album solely produced by me while I was trying to figure out my life with a very grey, confused, and gloomy headspace. Trying to make that second album I realized I was onto something, but I didn’t realize it yet. I couldn’t visualize it so I cancelled that album as well. The only song that made it out of that album was the critically acclaimed “Prima Donna.” I released Prima Donna as a stand-alone single and people went crazy for it, it did more for me than I ever imagined. So I sat down and told myself, “ok you still got it, you’re talented, and what you’ve done has created a perfect window to take advantage of.” After that, I got started working on what we now call “Kill the Mockingbird.” This album follows the story of a young tyrannical mockingbird who experiences love and heartbreak which eventually makes him the honorable king he was always meant to become.

How often do you guys perform live?? Any indie DIY tours in the works?

I perform every now and then. I’m really hindering myself by not performing as much as I should, but it’s harder to get booked than people think. If you don’t have hella clout, nobody’s inviting you to perform anywhere. The best that artists in my position can do is pay hundreds of dollars for miniscule set time in front of 20 or so people who don’t even know who you are, or go broke funding your own venues. It’s rough out here, and that internet clout is where it’s at, but I don’t make trendy music so none of that clout is heading my way. I just gotta stay on my slow-and-steady path, they always have the best reward anyway; a loyal fanbase.

How do you feel about the whole XAN & LEAN trend these kids nowadays are on!!!..LOL??? Be honest, do you use some of that stuff??..LOL

Really the only thing I care about in life is seeking revenge for Harambe. I don’t really understand how our justice system just swept his murder under the rug. Where is the morality?! Is this what America represents?!

What you got cooking next? Anything special for Summer 2018!!??

Oh yes, I’m definitely working! I can’t say what, but “special” would be the perfect adjective to use.

Our most popular question, what is your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?

When I hear “Underground Hip Hop” I think about 8 miles of mom’s spaghetti, knees weak Mom’s spaghetti. There’s Mom on his sweater already: Mom’s spaghetti. To drop Moms, but he keeps Mom’s spaghetti.

Where can fans find your music? Drop all links!!

My website: thayesraps.com

“Kill the Mockingbird” smarturl: http://smarturl.it/ktmb

Any Shout Outs??

Dicks Out For Harambe

Somebody tell Steve Irwin we still don’t fuck with stingrays

Don’t cross me shoutout to Jesus

All Hail Prince Carter

Haytion Entertainment shawty!

Seouless & Brodee – “Money Right” (Video) 

To make something out of nothing is always a challenge but Seouless has always been the one to make it possible. Immigrating from Korea at the early age of 2, Seouless is known for twisting the stigma of the American Dream to suit his artistic vision.

By the age of 18, Seouless found his passion in music through fortunate circumstances that always lead him to be at the right place at the right time. From being in Ray J’s studio recording his first freestyle to currently collaborating with the likes of Mars from 1500 or nothin’ and Southside of 808 Mafia fame, Seouless has always been able to cultivate two distinct cultures into his music. With an eclectic sound of fusing west coast rap, trap,boom-bap, and Korean music, Seouless is currently on the forefront of pioneering his own genre, K-trap.

His newest single “Money Right” featuring Brodee (of Nipsey Hussle affiliation) and produced by Cypress Moreno has been steadily gaining stream and how he returns with the official music video. The video was shot and directed by Truly (King Lil G), taken place at Studio 519 LA and YSI diamonds in Downtown Los Angeles. The story behind it is to showcase the amount of hustle and ambition it takes to “get your money right”. The idea for the song came through Seouless and Brodee’s real life experience of hustling in the streets and finding a balance between streets smarts and book smarts.

“Money Right” is out now and available on all streaming platforms.

Follow Seouless on Twitter: @SeoulessMusic

Meet Gromo: The Next Big Thing in NYC 

Brae Gromek is a New York college student by day and by night, the youngest DJ/producer to play the iconic Ultra Music Festival in Miami as the recording artist Gromo. Labelled a phenomenon due to his massive success so early in his career, the fast-rising sensation is undeniable notified as one of music’s biggest breakout stars of the year.

Sparking a buzz with the debut of his remix “Faded” by Zhu back in 2015. Gromo buzz is swiftly growing with more and more releases of original music. Rooting his popularity with tracks, “Prince”, “Season”, and “Selfish”. A triple-threat as DJ/producer/songwriter, Gromo has crafted a signature sound that embodies ingredients of Hip-Hop, Electronics, and Pop elements, orchestrated into a catchy sing-a-long hit factor.

Building a legacy on creativity, dedication, and style. Gromo’s popularity has taken him around the world in a short-period of time. Aside from Miami, Gromo has performed in Countries like Japan, Bali, and Europe due to request upon popular demand. Astonishing accomplishment that many veterans in music have yet to accomplish throughout their entire career.

While it is only just the beginning, Gromo is currently promoting his new single, “Roll”. As well as promised more great new music to add to his growing catalog as 2018 continues on. Exciting, energetic, and intriguing, Gromo will instantly become a favorite new discovered artist the second you press play, mark my words.

No word at press time of a possible upcoming project, but stayed to everything Gromo via social media.

Checkout Gromo entire catalog below, courtesy of SoundCloud.

Follow Gromo on Twitter: @gromomusic