Namir Blade & L’Orange – “Imaginary Everything” (Album Review)


Namir Blade is a 28 year old MC/producer from Nashville, Tennessee who first emerged at the beginning of 2018 off the strength of his debut album O.S.T. Worlds & Dreams. However, a lot of people (including myself) weren’t really familiar with the cat until he signed to Mello Music Group & dropped his critically acclaimed sophomore album Aphelion’s Traveling Circus this past fall. 8 months later, L’Orange is being tapped in to produce Namir’s 3rd full-length outing from start to finish.

The titular opener has these grand horn sections & Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar lead that I really like, but Namir’s vocals are totally buried in the mix. The next song “Lyra” continues to go into rock territory with lyrics about possibly becoming the next big thing whereas “Nihilism” is a wailing look into just that. Quelle Chris jumps on the boom bap flavored “Point to Point” to help talk about spending time on the road & despite the brevity of “Out East”, I love the Chappelle’s Show homage at the start & the overall charm of it.

We go back into that rap rock sound on “Corner Store Scandal”, which is literally about a unique purchase he made at a corner store. Fly Anakin jumps on the bass guitar-tinged “Gassed Up” to depict “pulling a shinobi” while “Shotgun” talks about holding it down backed by an instrumental that kinda has a psychedelic-flare to it. The peppy “Somebody’s Anthem” opens up the struggles of being “black on the interstate” before going into a more soulful direction to talk about wanting a lil life.

Meanwhile on “Murphy’s Law”, we get a warping beat as Namir foreshadows a shitty day before going melodic for 2-minutes on the minimally-produced “I Can Change”. The album then finishes off with “Pipe Dream”, where he & Marlowe jump on a spacey instrumental to boast their lyrical skills.

I was curious to hear where Namir Blade was gonna take things after Aphelion’s Traveling Circus, but man he really killed it on Imaginary Everything. Easily his best work to date in my opinion. His writing has improved & L’Orange’s production is otherworldly. If their goal was to make something extravagant out of the mundane, both parties have succeeded.

Score: 8/10

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CZARFACE & MF DOOM – “Super What?” (Album Review)


This is the surprise 2nd collaborative album between East Coast supergroup CZARFACE & one of the most beloved MCs/producers in all of hip hop: MF DOOM. The first time we heard Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with Viktor was on “Ka-Bang!” off the trio’s classic 2015 sophomore album Every Hero Needs a Villain, which was followed up in 2018 with the appropriately titled CZARFACE Meets Metal Face. But after being delayed for the past year due to COVID-19 as well as DOOM’s unfortunate passing, Super What? is finally seeing the light of day.

“The King & Eye” is a solid way to kick the album off as the quartet team up with D.M.C. to declare themselves as royalty on top of a boom bap beat from none other than The Czar-Keys with some chimes being incorporated. The next song “Czarwyn’s Theory of People Getting Loose” goes on about how “there’s no dope in the industry” & even though I personally believe is far from true, all 3 of the verses on here are cutthroat as Hell. As for the production end of it: I like how it starts off grimy, but the switch-up midway through Esoteric’s verse was a bit unnecessary.

“Mando Calrissian” has a Special Herbs feel to it instrumentally as the trio talk about going commando, but then the track “DOOM Unto Others” is an decimating battle rap cut. Del the Funky Homosapien provides the best feature at the end of the threatening “Jason & the Czargonauts” before talking about “continuing where they left off” on the jazzy “Break in the Action”.

After the “A Name to the Face” skit, the song “This is Canon Now” is a 7L & Eso solo cut taking it back to the days of A New Dopeinstrumentally & dropping numerous comic references. The penultimate track “So Strange” incorporates an organ as well as some dusty drums as they pop off about the thoughts in their mind & even though I like the storytelling on “Young World” a lot, it’s a weird way to end the album.

Even though Super What? is more of an EP to me than a full-length, I still enjoyed it as much as CZARFACE Meets Metal Face. The chemistry between the 3 emcees never fails to amuse me & The Czar-Keys stick to their guns in terms of the project’s overall sound.

Score: 9/10

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Gibby Stites – “Time of Day” (Prod. By Charlie Beans)


Fresh off his MNE debut EP The 13th Wonder earlier this year, New Jersey emcee/producer Gibby Stites keeps the ball rolling by dropping the Charlie Beans-produced “Time of Day”.

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J. Cole Returns with New Song ‘interlude’

The wait is over.

After much anticipation, J. Cole returns with the first offering from his upcoming sixth studio album The Off-Season. On “i n t e r l u d e,” the Dreamville boss warms up for the main event with a two-minute teaser, which he produced with T-Minus and Tommy Parker.

“This shit can go one of two ways / This shit can go up, it can go down / Either way, ni**a, I’m prepared,” Cole raps over the soulful instrumental before boasting about his numbers. “Cole World, ni**as knowin’ what it is / Just in case they don’t, I show ’em what it is / In summer, I do real numbers / Couldn’t dare touch it if they sold a double disc.”

He goes on to pay homage to two late rap legends. “Christ went to heaven, age 33 / And so did Pimp C and so did Nipsey,” says Cole before adding, “I done seen the highest heights / I done seen it twice / And I seen the lowest of the lows, and still I rose / Now I’m at your neck, ni**a.”

And he’s just getting started. In one week, Cole will release his highly-anticipated album The Off-Season, the follow-up to 2018’s chart-topping KOD. “Just know this was years in the making,” he told fans.

Last summer, he dropped two singles, “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice,” along with the politically-charged track “Snow on Tha Bluff.” The Off-Season is expected to be followed by two more Cole projects, It’s a Boy and The Fall Off.

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Isaiah Rashad Drops New Single ‘Lay Wit Ya’

Isaiah Rashad is back with a banger.

Nearly five years since his last album, the TDE star returns from his hiatus with his new single “Lay Wit Ya” featuring Duke Deuce. Over a sample of Three 6 Mafia’s “Ridin N the Chevy,” the Chattanooga MC unleashes more menacing rhymes.

“I’m a cold piece of work / Whippin’ up to serve, what was for dessert? / I’ma Gucci Mane, you a Captain Kirk,” he raps on the Stephen King-inspired slapper before Deuce turns up on his verse.

Isaiah’s second full-length album The House Is Burning, the follow-up to 2016’s The Sun’s Tirade, is slated for release next month. “This album was difficult,” he said. “I love music, but I don’t like to say shit. It’s almost like a game for me. It’s like working out. I don’t want to be redundant. Redundancy in general bothers me. Any song that I make, I usually make it in about 30 minutes to an hour, and that’s it. My ideas come to me immediately.”

Earlier today, Isaiah debuted the video for “Lay Wit Ya” and performed at a pop-up for fans on L.A.’s Fairfax Ave.

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Saweetie Unleashes New Single ‘Fast (Motion)’

Saweetie is causing a commotion with her new single “Fast (Motion).”

Inspired by Miami dance culture, the infectious track finds Saweetie celebrating her wins. “I can’t help I was born like this,” she raps. “Ain’t my fault that you want my drip.”

In the larger-than-life video, the Icy athlete swerves into action, rocking sports-themed looks while racing cars, jumping out of a plane, scoring a touchdown, and going one-on-one with WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson. She also shines a spotlight on some of the Black-owned brands she consumes.

“Fast (Motion)” is the latest offering from Saweetie’s long-awaited debut album, Pretty B*tch Music, which is set for release on June 25. The project has already spawned the hit singles “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat and “Back to the Streets” with Jhené Aiko.

“The world is going to be shocked by my new music,” Saweetie told W Magazine. “From now on, I think they’re going to be shocked by everything I do.”

Last month, the Billboard Music Awards nominee dropped the first installment of her Pretty Summer Playlist on which she showcased rising stars including Kendra Jae, Lourdiz, and L.A.’s own Drakeo the Ruler.

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Mentes Diferentes – “Different State of Mind” (Album Review)

Coming off their latest collaboration project “Buenas Tardes” with The Desperados, and their 2020 release “Ocho“, Mentes Diferentes drop their newest full length album for 2021, “Different State of Mind” featuring a bunch of well known names such as Mr. Lil One, Mr. Shadow, Rico 2 Smooth, Lonely Souljah, and Castro Escobar. M.D. is a Chicano Collaborative of recording and visual artists from Sacramento CA which we first got introduced to at our Conejo and The Untouchables headlining event a few years back in Los Angeles. San Diego legend Mr. Lil One featued on 3 songs vouched for them and we had to put them on! We recently covered their lead single and video, “Strongest Survive” which got a positive response by our followers. In the song they emphasize that there is only 24 hours in a day and in Hip Hop you only have so much to time to create, and when you do, it should represent what you are all about. In M.D.’s case, they are about the craft of lyricism in English and Spanish.

Diving more into the project, “Phenom” is a underground banger featuring Mr. Lil One giving them one of the best intro verses to a song off the album.  “G to My Bone” featuring Rico 2 Smooth and Lonely Souljah, they bring that West Coast G-Funk sound that G’s can bump in any ride loud. “Status Quo” encompasses the overall feel of the album with each emcee letting you know their current state of mind. Getting to “Sinister Mind”, it’s dope to hear The Untouchables feel to the track with Misfit Soto on the beat and Mr. Shadow starting the track with a powerful verse and Mr. Lil One laying down a signature verse. “M.D.” featuring one of our personal favorite rising lyricists, Castro Escober, is a refreshing song with the oldies vibe that takes us back to the days when good music was constantly in rotation in your tape deck.

Skipping to the outro, D.S.O.M. out of all the songs has that grimy underground head bangin’ feel with the hard hitting production alongside the wordplay Mr. Shadow and the M.D. crew bring to the mic. With 3 songs without features Mentes Diferentes give the listener a bit of everything from Hardcore Hip Hop, Boom Bap, to G-Funk, and Chinano Rap, “Different State of Mind” is their best work to date and truly represent how latinos in the game are suppose to do it. For us to pick a favorite song is hard, but if we would to choose one, it would have to be “Sinister Cypher”, probably one of the best collab tracks we’ve heard in a while in 2021. Not to mention, anything with Lil One and Shadow, you should prepare by wearing a neck brace before putting on the headphones.

From the diverse styles of lyricism on “Different State of Mind” to the epic features with the beat selection to compliment, we rate this project a well deserved 8/10. Best believe, this won’t be the last you hear from Mentes Diferentes! M.D. are a much needed collective for not just Chicano rap, but for Hip Hop in general. Stream “Different State of Mind” on all platforms.

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Lil Pump + Kodak Black Are Low-Key Up To Something

Florida rappers Lil Pump and Kodak Black look like they’re putting on for their city. The hip-hop pair have linked up and teased the world about possibly having something brewing. Lil Pump + Kodak Black Are Up To Something Pumper went to his Instagram page to share some must-like shots. The post is a slideshow […]

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Nas’ Still Living Out His ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ Lyrics

New York rapper Nas knows he did much more than just drop a hot song with his “Sorry Not Sorry” anthem. God’s Son has lit up social media with a shot of himself looking bossed up alongside the song’s producer DJ Khaled. Nas’ Still Living Out ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ Lyrics Nasir Jones hit up Instagram […]

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Meek Mill’s Baby Boy Defines Burberry Drip In B-Day Pic

Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill is showing big love to his mini-me. The hip-hop superstar has stepped up to show off some serious love for his son Czar on his first birthday. Meek Mill’s Baby Boy Defines Drip Goals Meek hit up Instagram with a must-see shot. The pic features Czar rocking matching Burberry attire […]

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