Classic Day – Planet Of The Apes

sean_price_monkey_barz_01The echo of the low-tuned, almost villainous sample of “Sean P” that continues to replay even far after his debut record, Monkey Barz falls out of frame becomes almost an inside joke within the listener and the artist. Sean Price is an underground king, never achieving omnipotent success, Price was essential in combining a New York lyricist and the fascination of storytelling through an ill platform.

While he passed in 2015 at the age of 43, Price was able to use Monkey Barz as a leaping pad from his group Heltah Skeltah. With production coming from 9th Wonder, Agallah, and Khrysis, the grouping was still tucked in that deep-seated pocket but still creative enough to influence and grace audiences far beyond the Empire State. Opening with “Peep My Words,” Price is the primary narrator here and surprisingly, doesn’t recruit too many guest MC’s on the record. The majority of words spit here comes from Price who sculpts less of a clean-cut and more of a jungle approach to delivery.

The whimsical flutes and strings on “Peep My Words” comes from Kleph Dollaz who sets a concurrent theme for the record. Monkey Barz is a quick walkthrough New York, but in a jungle setting with skyscrapers replaced by giant trees where danger lurks at every second. The old dystopian ways might be missing today, but the concrete atmosphere is a playground for Price to swing through like Peter Parker. Catching ambition over tracks like “Onion Head” where the sample vocals create a pick-up game of mics and men. Describing, “Watch me punch up your face, dig in your pockets, leave you right where you stand. Got a… dime bitch that live in Japan. Black belt, suck dick, chop bricks with her hand. Arigato, Sean Price slick like El Gato…” He continues on to dragon kick through cinderblock as he illustrates, “Sean P the motherfucking all-time great. New York to NC nigga, the all-rhyme state.”

A chorus that forms in from Tek becomes this anthem stance where he shouts, “From coast to coast, he traveled the land. Left footprints In grains of sand, It’s… SSSean PEEEEE!” Essentially, Price is a superhero from the neighborhood on “Onion Head” and while it is one of the more catchy tracks, Monkey Barz is filled with gold-plated classics. sean_price_monkey_barz_02Later on the record, “I Love You (Bitch)” may seem like a comedic title, but the reality is that he describes his current lover while missing an ex. Orchestrated over simply glorious strings and classy instrumentation from Dub Z, the instrumentation is a shining example on Monkey Barz and continues to beg to be revisited.

Price describes, “Unconditional love, even if I ain’t with ya. Member I fucked up, you kicked me out of the house? Wait a minute, that was yesterday.” It is impossible not to laugh, especially when Price is able to finish the track by saying, “Fight all day, fuck all night. Ruck ain’t shit but Ruck all right. Love my kids but got no dough, and I love you bitch, I’m letting you know.”

While not his first experience with recording, Monkey Barz is the solo debut that seems to slip under the rug of modern rap. As clever as Wu-Tang and as catchy as Dipset, the reinstitution of Sean Price becomes a treasure nearly 15 years later.

Listen To Monkey Barz Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Album) Master P – “No Limit Chronicles: The Lost Tape”

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Featuring: Maine Musik, Krazy, BlaqnMild, Romeo Miller, Moe Roy, Shootie Wild, Gangsta, TEC, Peewee Longway, Kirko Bangz, Magnolia Chop, Master P, Playbeezy, Decarlo

Track List: Intro, Need To Know, Real Ones, Make It Out, Still Remember, Believe, Aint Coming Down, Cursed From The Start, The Plug, Rari, Cook Up, Friends With Benefits, Tank Gang, Where Was You, Werk, Put That On My Life, Limitless, Say Her Name

STREAMING // (Video) Vein – “20 Seconds : 20 Hours”

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Video Edited By: death_fm

Footage Taken From 2018-2020

RIP Jordan Groggs

STREAMING // (Video) Primitive Man – “Entity”

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Featuring Zoei Huntsman + George Trujillo

Makeup + Practical FX: Rolando Rodriguez

Director Of Photography: Brandon Blair

Concept + Story By: Ethan McCarthy

Produced By: Relapse Records + Show & Tell Media

Directed By: Neil C. Barrett

STREAMING // (Video) Action Bronson – “Latin Grammys”

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Produced By: Tommy Mas

Directed, Edited + Produced By: VIDEO CONNECTION

Camera: Arina Bleiman

Design: Fons Schiedon

Visual Effects: David Parker @ JANE STUDIOS

Sound Design: Joe Visciano

Executive Assistant: Melvin Honore

STREAMING // (Album) Collision – “Golden Moldies”

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Featuring: Vyta, ELU, Tyler Thompson, Babyteeth, Rice Bowl Launch, OOTM, Reid Magette, Good Sport, Eric Weidenhof, Five Star Hotel, Mallard Theory, Azizzy, Belcher, Machine Daddy, Spednar, Alamoans, Living World, Invader Lars, Thy Stethoscope, TzT, {arsonist}, 1980 Special Twin, Nonsite

Track List: Hyperborean Memory Retrieval, For No Input Mixer Delay & Reverb, Distance,  Bleu Marin, Cluster, Murder Hornet, Houses In Motion, Splint, Visual Disturbances, Duck Of Stone, Improv On WRCT, Dad.E.Core, No Peanuts, C C T V, Spite Controller, Gnarl Tha Clandestine, GroupTheory, Dark Crystal 412, FrgtfulFunctr, St. Gervais Sur Mer, Balm

Misc. Day – Comedic Footprint

enjoy_legacy_01Wyatt Shears is not just 1/2 of The Garden with his twin brother Fletcher Shears but also dives into his own separate full-length project with experimentalism as the basis for creation. Enjoy, while being less refined than their joint venture, has staples of surf-rock but also drum and bass undertones where his 2014 project, Legacy is 10 tracks over 30 minutes of uplifting bounce.

The opening track “Party Bounce” is honestly a goofy refreshment with reduced rigid lines where Shears’ vocals hit the open air over warping strings and tom-runs on percussion. His vocals that switch from angelic to nearly spoken word are ultimately graceful and while sonically stimulating, are more of a visual experience through his storytelling and timbre. Describing “You can chase me down the street but I won’t run. We just pulled up the party this will be fun… We’re here — we’re there – I’m in – she’s In,” with bass lines that command the release.

Legacy is essentially able to float over tracks with focuses on the percussion and on the often low-tuned bass that shines throughout tracks like “Sly” or even the title-cut, “Legacy.” As “Sly” opens up, the punk influence starts to break through the wall with harder rallies of instrumentation against a dash and rush of momentum. Enjoy seems to be at its best when Shears is able to write catchy backing music pieces and worry about progressions rather than vocalization. He uses his stacked vocals on “Sly” like layers to a puzzle, almost as if the voice was an instrument instead of being a leading focus.

Later though, his work on the third piece, “Legacy” forms a bond to the more relaxed and ballad style that can thrive under impact rather than speed. His musical formation is continuously entertaining and moving, grasping at the heart through his use of openness. The atmosphere that Shears can create and craft through just two elements becomes the bread and butter in some sense, but then as additional elements are sprinkled in with both his vocals and backing instrumentation, Enjoy becomes more than just a side project.

enjoy_legacy_02The fully fleshed ideology and true adaptability is proven through the last two tracks, “Our Territory” which is a hard snap on the drums and creates both a mosh pit and two-step in one. Then with the final track, “Smooth (R3mix)” that is strangely funky and addictive to the ears. Just like the Rubik’s Cubes that adorn the cover art, Enjoy is a mind-bending puzzle that continues to impress and has moments of honest confusion that lead to one overarching goal.

From top to bottom, Legacy is exhilarating and one of the best ways to spend 30 minutes. The infiltration of jungle sounds and smooth bass lines are enough to pack gentle surprises in every track that jumps into frame.

Listen To Legacy Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/iTunes

STREAMING // (Video) Da$H X K.EYE.D – “No Chance”

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Directed By: Alice BNKS

Produced By: Mulatto Beats

STREAMING // (Album) C. Scott – “More Drums (Sample Pack)”

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Track List: Cylinder, No, You Don’t, Walk By Me

STREAMING // (Track) Princess Nokia – “Cynthia”

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Produced By: A Lau + Tony Seltzer

STREAMING // (Album) Zelooperz – “Moszel Offline”

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Track List: Truth Be Told, 10 A Piece, Babylon, Tomb, Stay Longer, T-Boz, Only Fan, 2, Sensitive

STREAMING // (Video) Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) – “Evil Nigger (Live On The Black Power Live Broadcast)

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Original Composition By: Julius Eastman, 1979

STREAMING // (Video) Fedd The God – “King James”

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Produced By: Sledgren + Chris Dreamer

STREAMING // (Album) Vein – “Old Data In A New Machine Vol. 1”

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Track List: 20 Seconds : 20 Hours, Ripple+, Heretic+,  TR+,  Broken Glass, PainCanBeTrusted, Virus://Vibrance, Doomtech, Old Data In A Dead Machine, Quitting Infinity, Untitled

New Music – Drown In Blood

gulch_impenetrable_cerebral_fortress_01As the iron-based substance pours over your head, Gulch is ritualistic in their ability to submerge the listener in torture from start to finish. With their newest eight-track LP, Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress is just as deadly as a lethal injection but saves the audience from anticipation.

Opening with the self-titled track, “Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress” immediately thrusts into the listener with pinging snare hits and rampaging howls directly from the gut. Almost as if it was recorded to destroy, Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress takes what makes Gulch such an impressive hardcore force and displays it in full flash. Every track amounting to the 15-minute runtime has purpose and malicious intent. Where bands can embody full chaos, Gulch is here to promote it and prominently worship it.

The following track “Self-Inflicted Mental Terror,” while sounding like a badass horror show, is tense from start to finish and etches emotional scarring. With lyrics that describe, “Slither down the rabbit hole, a birthing canal of mental terror. Temptations, seduction, reflections in the blood. Showing the face of true corruption, swallowed secretion, spreading the infection.” The snapping breaks of organized walls of noise, then sudden stops is a jerking motion that snaps the neck quickly, then is able to reposition it back for more misery. While Gulch is an aggressive powerhouse that is meant to be as off-putting as possible, the experience of Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress is more enjoyable because of this willingness to adapt new techniques of punishment.

Through persecution and ridicule, Gulch heads straight into a cinderblock barrier with “All Fall Down The Well” where belligerence lives inside the mind of the band. The instrumentalist are ripping here and then the vocals are able to glide over a war-torn battlefield. Nothing seems approachable here, but for fans of short-winded grips of power, Gulch is the poster child for excessive force. The swirls that occur on the strings that bounce back in retaliation against the percussive aspect continue to inspire not just feelings of hate, but more importantly, paints vivid hell.

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Final moments spent with Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress creates a more sluggish build that ditches the obliterating assaults on the ears and instead draws out the performance to be a swan song with “Sin In My Heart.” Honestly, one of the strongest tracks here from Gulch, the desire to draw last breath in this sense is more for the aftermath of reflection rather than illustrating any more introductory flames. Even the last seconds which adapt to some quicker percussive beats feature a sudden short breath before the head is completely removed for autopsy.

Through emotional dissonance and a desire to kill, Gulch is the fast riser in hardcore that earns a spot not just on the Santa Cruz circuit, but as some of the more promising acts to feature lately. While still stuck on the inside looking out, not even global pandemic can slow the 15 minute funeral from Gulch.

Listen To Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/iTunes

STREAMING // (Video) JPEGMAFIA – “Living Single”

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Directed By: Peggy

Shot By: Carlo

STREAMING // (Album) Sha Hef – “NUMB”

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Featuring: Benny The Butcher, Jim Jones, 38 Spesh, Jay Worthy

Track List: Price Of Love, Numb, Klass Act, 1008 Ways, Let It Bubble, Time Zones, Degenerate, Quarter Mill, Spinnin, The Billy & The Butcher, F Rappers

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