Steady – VRN Hayes

What It Sound Like?

I'm a considerate person, I put others before me a lot.  Especially  when  selecting  artists  to  write  about.  This time, the  material speaks my  language. From  album name,  song names,  plus  slick  criteria to support  it. VRN Hayes is  another  throwback to  Cali emcees  I  grew up listening to. 

South Central is a section the seasoning sticks to in the  cultural melting  pot  through  Los Angeles.  Quick  recovery from a major surgery, he  springs  back  with  a locked  and loaded EP.  You know 1 Shot has to dig a  joint with substance like Aim produced by the unique Arcitek. The intro to pain yet to come. 

"If you niggas count me out hen you shouldn't count"   This chorus line sticks out as much as  bars from  a verse. He states the hindrances  in life, and  attacks  them. Interesting name of the key pusher here, Layer  Beats, that's exactly what  he brought out of the artist, layers. Mva snook a banger to the stu, Hayes made the self-titled hit. This one got high motivating energy. Hard and could go radio!

  Things get more transparent with L is for Lessons,  sole  feature from  Duke Rukus. An artist and person from the same cloth of Hayes. Emcees give the listeners something to hold on  to.  The  music  you  could feel.  Ironically, the classic ambience is set by Young Sound. Though, it  as  an EP,  a story is told as if there were 16 tracks. 

I'm  very  impressed  and  was  able  to  peep  so  many  dynamics.  I  hope an  album  is on  the way.  For now, keep Steady. Pick it up at your favorite online store. I'm about to roll up a SPLIFF:30 and  go  back to CMO. "I  done robbed a nigga with no bullets." Shout  to  everybody, for real. The reception  is  all love, Jah bless!

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True Stories – Jamal Gasol

What It Sound Like?

Lady at the register said, "You're in a good mood." As if, I usually show up grumpy. She ain't mean harm, though. I can't deny, the music is  contributing to the relief. Of course, we have more. Our topic needs no intro, Jamal Gasol put Niagara on his back. 

Every right to call it Home, tragic news welcomes you into the Dirty  Waters, scored by Won87. Next on the key pushing list is another  familiar one, Vinyl Villain. A back to back loop event, minimal effects, all music. In the album titled  joint, Jamal applies the bars while introducing us to Jay Nice. The Delaware emcee gets busy!

Following, is a flashback scene to 2016. You know how your favorite series shows new episodes with parts explaining the past? Despite the time frame, Jamal and producer, Marc Dub preserve the freshness. Our homie Wavy Da Ghawd lays the audio ground on Smoke. Some street poetics with a feature from Estee Nack, a requested emcee in the underground!

Gasol keeps the Hip Hop homage with the lines busting out the margins through Snappin on Sadhugold. A funky track laced by Sadhugold. Our audience gets some narration in front row of All Is Fair, dramatic sounds provided by Illah Dutch. Personality pours out from the artist and beat from Not What It Seems. Could tell it  was fun recording over this EyeDee creation.

Hate to isolate, though Reflection happens to be my favorite on the album. It's so transparent, easy to relate, and tangible harmony by OlMan80zz. You remember the post from Give Up The Goods 2K18...  Prodigy forever remembered with a tribute featuring Rome Streetz  with theCamoflauge Monk reproduced classic Mobb Deep hit. 

This chapter is closed with another friend of ours, Onaje Jordan the producing  pride of the Chi. Another tune with a lot of flavor for the people.  Overall, Jamal shows several sides in this project.  Something differing sounds, never repetitive. Grab your copy anywhere, Bandcamp, major  plats, or Mr 31, himself. Thank everyone for the love and support, Jah  bless!

 

Levels – Bless The General x Emaculate Vernaclucar

What It Sound Like?

That's right, doubling back on em!  

This underground is is deeper than meets the eye. Each corner turned  there's uncharted flows and approach to the rhyme. We'll hear  from some artists that are more  technically sound than a Euro-step! Bless The General could be heard all ends of Connecticut with his music and multi-hustle. 

EMACulate Vernacular is the name that ultimately sums up the  character.  Words are  extremely calculated from annunciation to syllable. The Georgia native has a grass roots style. Wit and double entendre loaded bars, a sure student of the game. They kept it as live over the orchestra, structured original beat.

Bless has a style to go in almost any lane, EMAC has that raw desire to  spit bars. Shows that the depth of  this keeps expanding. By the streams they've been getting, things are on another Level for them.  This smoker is available on all digital platforms. Check the YouTube link provided. Share with your people. Thanks for passing  through, blessings from the Most High!

If Cocaine Could Talk 4 – RJ Payne

What It Sound Like?

Gotta talk in the NORE loud whisper voice tonight. Tonight's hustler made another flip. Dealing with something  that could get you serious studio time. RJ Payne drops off his follow up to ICCT 3. After excelling in creativity, believe it or not he gets more creative.

 Songs named after favorites from New Jack City. The grind attracts  other hustlers. Special mentions by rising Rochester star, 38 Spesh.  Returning Desert Storm sergeant, Paul Cain. Safe to say he knows a thing or two  about the talk. Of course, had too get a plug from legendary DJ Doo Wop. The soft-tone, melodic background set by Neff Beats. 

Cool vibe carried into the first tune which bring back the Empress by  the name of Lioness Jade. She helps the situation settle after the storm by RJ with her blended spoken word and flow. Other tracks that have a type-slow pace is Don Armeteo produced by Brian Blaze. Plus, Dutta Man by Stan Da Man. Still, these beats are hard as Loc Dog in Menace. Energy increases with Frankie Needles, keys handled by Myth. One of my favorite lines from Payne is "Buck 50 if you  turn  the other cheek." 

Notice the Philadelphia jazz culture in G Money On The Court. RJ two steps without stepping on the work from Fonkstarr. Things get slicker on Keisha's Gunn. The bars are consistent and loaded. Salute to Neff Beats for the keys. Fat Smitty reminds  me of the direction Hip Hop was going in 2005-2010. That triumphant sound, production by Firzt Donz.

CMB slows things down, for a little. I like the momentum of this project. Reese Tanaka leads with electric instrumental elements. A major jewel we can't ignore, DITC icon OC lands a verse with our boy. How's that for Big L comparisons? They destroyed the beautiful creation by Chukk James. The Harlem emcee would be honored by Appleton & Peretti. We get one more from Fonkstarr to bring it to an end. Something you gotta drive a 1960's Continental to.

 RJ started with a quarter, now the audio drug dealer reaches the destiny of a Ki. He represents the essentials well in this form of music. His rap co-sign list is steady growing with some of the most impacting lyricists. Well organized album with new and familiar faces. Exclusive purchases directly through IAMRJPAYNE.com  I will provide the YouTube link for our readers. Your attendance is appreciated, blessings from Yahweh! 


Got visuals from the plug, himself! This is heat, I won't hold you. Catch your new favorite video with RJ Payne and OC... Oh yea you see that DITC stu!

INSIGHT ON-SITE / Deuce Hennessy x Chuck Chan x Kil

What It Sound Like? 

Getting ready for a new week. Always looking forward to opportunity. Before we advance, let's get into one more #HomeTeam chapter. Deuce  Hennessy merge with double headed producer, Chuck Chan and Kil. An interesting approach.

 All vocals by way of Deuce, so we get a cycle of his personality. Let alone, a few vocal samples. The combined production of Kil and Chan is quite instrumental. Collectively, the entirety of each track is strong. Instead of one overwhelming plug in. They are laid back, mirroring the West New York artist.

 A great portion of this piece is revealing. He patterns his style with  compound rhymes, rarely relying on single ended bars. Many witty  cadences pierce through the rough mold of past hardships. Fear or  Respect gives you an idea of why he mentioned depression in Overthinking. One of my favorite emcees, used rap as his cure and landed a record  deal with the biggest label in our culture. Joe Budden battled similar issues and became very successful with Def Jam. Flows are different, but not a bad example of aspiration. Opposition is embraced on joints like I Know They Hate Me and Dish To Pass. The tone shifts, sound of victory is more noticeable. The liveliest beat was saved for last. Deuce goes back in with the bars on Elder Statesman. Standing his ground as a true lyricist.

 I like when projects close with lyrics and heavy percussion. It's like a  cliffhanger leading to a new movie. This album is play list material,  already in mine. Add it to yours. Thank the readers and other talents that support the support. Most High blessings to you and yours! 

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