STREAMING // (Video) GodsConnect – “Bsd.u – 12 Car Garage”

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STREAMING // (Album) WESTSIDE GUNN – “Hitler Wears Hermes 6”

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Featuring AA Rashid, Benny, Keisha Plum, Lord Flee, Nick Grant, and Lil Eto

STREAMING // (Album) LJiggy – “Volume 297”

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Misc. Day – The Beauty of Oblivion

jpeg_coverIt is taken from the acid touch and maniacal style that forms over the waves of the Baltimore rapper and producer, JPEGMAFIA. Forming one of the strongest bonds between the visual embodiment and a musical performance, VETERAN is the 2018 release that takes methods of experimentation to a new level. The chemistry set that JPEGMAFIA plays with takes hip-hop and the hardcore basis to a new sudden space that is both off-putting and charming in a similar sense.

The first moments of VETERAN, even when scanning the 19-track illustration comes from the bitter resources of forming an ugly overcoat on the somewhat damaging sounds. It matches well for a Halloween date even after seeing the merciless cold January release. There are moments on VETERAN that hurt physically and then in a sudden instance, the track can change like a butterfly into the final stages of a miraculous metamorphosis. It strings the listener along in this game of both attacker and victim.

From the almost frustrating tracks of “Baby I’m Bleeding” to the comedic “I Cannot Fucking Wait Until Morrissey Dies”, there is something for the hip-hop heads and the electronic noise sets. JPEGMAFIA rises to the challenge of creating something that represents production from the swamps; a highly experimental and volatile combination that somehow people can relate to. It is a mosh pit, it is gasoline torches wrapped in barb wire, VETERAN is as experimental as it gets when coming to terms with the way that music is challenged in a modern sense.

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Truly VETERAN is genius, the workings of a criminal mastermind who can shift and blend the emotional stance with a new tendency. Almost without fail; JPEGMAFIA marches along this war path that feels more as a descent into madness, taking the listener with him on this ride into trauma through sound. It is audible to hear what could only be considered as genre-lacking and directionless noise with tracks “Germs” or “Rainbow Six” which acts more as interludes with these booming instrumentals placed in-between. These types of tracks flood into VETERAN and form the backbone of some of the more highlighted tracks that rely on the production to succeed. JPEGMAFIA’s voice is for the most part a rambling mess that forms well over the similar production.

These styles that take some time to adapt with are progressive in a sense and rely more on the listener than the performer. The open-mindedness that is required from VETERAN takes moments to understand and multiple attempts to comprehend all that JPEGMAFIA throws around. The solid release is actually quite murky at first approach and relies on the faith of hunkering down, keeping open ears, and praying that JPEGMAFIA keeps creating as long as he can.

Listen To VETERAN Here!!! – Youtube/BandCamp/Soundcloud/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

 

STREAMING // (Album) Yung Lean – “Poison Ivy”

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STREAMING // (Video) A$AP Rocky – “Fukk Sleep”

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Featuring: FKA Twigs

Produced By: Object Animal & O Creative Studio

Directed By: Diana Kunst

STREAMING // (Track) Linwood – “Let me Find Out Freestyle”

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Prod. by Linwood
Mixed by Sam Conturo

ARTIST PORTRAITS – JAYY BRAXX

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STREAMING // (Video) Vince Staples – “Fun!”

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Song Produced By: Kenny Beats and Hagler

Video By: Calmatic

Features : E-40

STREAMING // (Video) Comethazine – “Highriser”

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Produced By: Kenny Beats

Directed By: Drevegas

STREAMING // (Album) Andrew Chris – “SPF5: A Retrospective”

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Featuring: Isaiah Small, Amir Miles, Distant Tide, Matt Leonard, and The Hazel Effect

New Music – Missed Flights

sincerely_cover_01From the hip-hop wonderland of Atlanta, MadeinTYO is a promising young artist that had the likes of big name artists reaching out to work with him after his incredibly popular track “Uber Everywhere” burst onto the scene in 2015. Quickly establishing a sound within the current age of pop hip-hop and danceable styles, MadeinTYO finally drops the long awaited record Sincerely, Tokyo.

While the record from the first few listens is nothing fantastic that will outlive the massive success of some of the other artists in a similar lane right now; later listens establishes a love for select tracks while others fall to the wayside. The sound here is unfortunately predictable; there is the Ronny J production credit, the club hit, the single, and the slow, personal track; all while in the course of time, Sincerely, Tokyo feels generic and replaceable.

While MadeinTYO was never an artist that personally made the crowd go wild when his name was mentioned, he still had these hit tracks that would be fun to move with. Sincerely, Tokyo is exactly that, the record is fun to dance to and is very approachable with lots of visual appeal but no real deeper substance. The lyrics present here are not enough to keep the listener coming back for more and the production just feels too similar between tracks.

madeintyo_01The opening track “On The Map” does not light any fireworks to blow the gates off the first impressions. Rather, the 808’s that clap along do not create much of a flair and the vocals from the higher pitched MadeinTYO are somewhat monotonous and dull. That is not to say that Sincerely, Tokyo does not have some redeemable moments. Seeing the track “Jump” which lands on the number 11 spot in the track list shows some life in the record. The features from 24hrs does have some weight behind it but the vocals are fairly similar between the two brothers so quite honestly, the beat is what saves “Lil Bih” from falling apart. Even “Ned Flanders” which was one of the singles from MadeinTYO does not do much to save the record from falling to monotony as the track was never something incredibly substantial to begin with.

There just is not enough to make Sincerely, Tokyo feel like a full meal. It feels more as a collection of tracks rather than something that can be read through as one continuous journey. If the album was split into EP’s rather than one long jump, it could have come out to be slightly more palatable. With the production lacking in most aspects, the lyrics that do not possess any real punch behind them, and with an utterly boundary confined release; MadeinTYO does not hold enough power in his hands to perform on a feature-length album.

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STREAMING // (Video) Buttress – “The Iceman Cometh”

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Produced By: Surgeryhead & DJ Rozwell

STREAMING // (Interview) LJiggy – “Professional DJ”

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STREAMING // (Video) Skepta – “Pure Water”

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Director: Olivia Rose

Production Company: Object & Animal

DoP: Rina Yang

Producer: Morgan Clement

Styling: Mowalola, Kusi Kubi

Hair: Roku

Make-up: Athena Pagington

Movement: Pat Boguslawski

Edit: Charlie Von Rotberg @ Stitch

Grade: Joseph Bicknell @ CHEAT

Post: Nineteen Twenty

 

STREAMING // (Track) Clams Casino – “Healing”

Listen Here – Soundcloud

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