Heavy Crown – King Merlino

What It Sound Like?

This rap game can be used for many purposes. When executed properly, it brings a good feeling. This community is full of that feeling. I’m happy to hear from the bro again. He brought us a new project compact with audio nutrition.

An ideal arrangement of bars, hardship, plus the balance of relativity. King Merlino remains on the chess board. I wanted to quote a favorite line, then I started to lose count. I was only one track in, Twofifteeenfreestyle. The suspenseful dramatization hosts J. Ford from the 215UFO camp. A warning of the pain you’re in for with Only The Real.

Hip Hop gives us a platform to free the mind. Sometimes you just gotta let it air out. Just Venting reveals the wolves in sheep’s clothing, I’m glad he chose the references he mentioned. The double standard against black America, and he covers his personal issues. We get some blue-collar rap in Making a Man. It’s a deep tear jerker about a difficult upbringing. This will give you the transparency you’re looking for.

Been Solid reminds me of a song from his debut album. He even plugs the title in one of his verses. It’s a more laid back flow, light instruments to emphasize the lyrics. Merlino always aims to inspire in rhyme. We Gotta Do Better is encouragement with tough love. The artist executes human’s achilles heels. So many things we do to contradict self. The narrative is closed with an alerting speech from B.F. Nkrumah.

This is an assortment of moods, touching all kinds of vibes. Merlino is in the pocket with lyrics and giving the crowd something tangible. Not an easy task to complete. The Power cadence is a favorite of mine from the first tune. Through the project, you will hear a lot more. Get your copy, press play, and enjoy.

The King updated me with the new vid. I told ya’ll about that TwoFifteenFreestyle! Now, you get to see the visuals. Load this up on YouTube, and watch through the end.

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MVP – Bless The General

 

What It Sound Like?

 

This feels good. You hear that keyboard? That's the type of music we like, something for all senses. We got another smoker from Bless The General. Somehow, between recording tunes with Snow The Product and Wu artists, he made time for RAN. With his song awareness, he'll continue to work with greats.

Tonight's tune is for the motivators. Not for those clinging to a nuisance of the past. It takes those set backs to propel forward, occasionally. Producer Ride out on da Beat gave the track plenty energy with this mini score from scratch. It's highly professional with that independent producer stamp. Reminds me of my Sound Click days!

Bless kept the independent vibe with a selfie - themed video. Intentionally his arm is in view holding the phone. This gives the viewer space to vision an ex on the other side of that video call. Not bothered by the loss, he moves forward knocking doors down instead of closing them.

He does lock in the lab, as you'll peep in the vid. It shows, his music is doing well on the platforms. This joint is for any time or place. Personally, I dig the closing of it when Bless sparks up. A blunt man, yet he also enjoys a fresh SPLIFF:30 haha. Thanks for the shout out bro! All Nighters log on to YouTube and run it up. Most High blessings to all readers!

 

No Mercy – Mr Cooper

What It Sound Like?

Tonight, we slow it down, you're gonna like it. Could say that about all posts, I think you will appreciate the R&B switch up. In which, this artist refers to as, Trap & B.

Mr Cooper is multi talented. From acting, singing, as well as podcast hosting. It was alongside Coop, when I originally heard tonight's title. We worked with a mutual friend and DJ, who aired the single on a previous web radio station.

Displaying his vocal gift on No Mercy is timeless, as Mr Cooper releases the hit on all major platforms. Yes, the lyrics are highly adulterated. However, this tune was written for a particular woman of interest. Pretty sure she was eager to show appreciation.

You know i must salute Drum'n Skillz for this car crashing tracking. Got the right energy to get you lit, yet smooth enough to keep your cool.

Ladies, this one is for you. This will make you feel sexy.  We already know you are, just a reminder. 

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Pain – Criss Jrumz

What It Sound Like?

Here appreciating this breeze on a summer day. No matter what you're going through, there is always something to be thankful for. We all could relate to our artist of tonight.

Criss Jrumz is a true throwback to Hip Hop. Beats of soul, flows of syllables and metaphors. Through our series of exclusive emcees, he finds a home with the Rhyme All Night camp.

Salute to a dope producer, Yondo Music.  Who I happen to listen to, as well. The beat matches the video perfectly. Watch the visuals by Brandon Guidice and journey with the artist.

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By KeepsMeAlive: Miles Davis – 8 Classic Albums

JUL 24

Pride Of Taranna Series Pt. 19: Sonic Boom #5-8: Miles Davis – Eight Classic Albums 4CD  

I got this 4CD set of 8 Miles Davis albums for $12.99!!! And I’ve been walking around the neighbourhood, and playing this stuff in the house and car, for days now, just listening to nothing but Miles and I have to tell you, it makes the world a beautiful place… 

Alright this post is a whopper, so I’ll try to keep it short enough. Just know there’s a ton more information out there on the interwubs about all of these albums. Also, the short version of my opinion of all four discs is WAHOO!, but I know you wanna know a bit more, so, here’s what’s on this set:

CD1

First we have Blue Period (1951, released 1953), all of it stellar. And then Kind Of Blue (1959). I know, right? Like, how many times have I played that album? Does it matter? PLAY IT AGAIN!

CD2

First up is Young Man With A Horn (1952), which was Miles’ second studio album. Wiki says at this time he was struggling with his heroin addiction so this was his only output that year. All I can say is the tracks here are stunning and show no sign of trouble. This is followed by the Workin’ album (1956). Let me list the players here and, in this way, you’ll know what I thought of it: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Exactly.

CD3

We start with Miles Davis Volume 2 (1953), which is more tracks from the session at Blue Note which also yielded Young Man With A Horn (see CD2). The session included players like Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, J.J. Johnson, and Horace Silver (among many), so it’s just frickin’ gorgeous. All of this is followed by the Steamin’ album (recorded 1956, released 1961), and uses the same brilliant quintet as Workin’ (see CD2). Again, just gorgeous, especially their run through of Monk’s Well, You Needn’t. Oh my. 

CD4

This disc opens with Miles Davis Volume 3 (1954), which was the last session for Blue Note, a quartet with Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Percy Heath, and Art Blakey. Right? I mean COME ON. They did Well, You Needn’t here, too. Those six tracks on Vol.3 are followed by Collectors Items (1956), the result of two sessions that year which used different musicians. Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker appear on tracks here, as well as other names like Tommy Flannagan, Walter Bishop, and Art Taylor that jazz fans will know.  By reports I read, Parker was drinking A LOT of alcohol at this point, and the sessions were difficult. It ended up being a posthumous release for Parker, as it dropped a year after his death. The tunes, though, are glorious, including a bunch of Davis compositions, as well as Monk’s ‘Round Midnight, and Dave Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way.

In Sum:

Wow. Just… wow.

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