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Davie Napalm Is Back With Dynamic 4-Track EP “One And Only”

Introducing Davie Napalm‘s latest release, “One and Only,” a dynamic four-track EP dropping today. Crafted entirely by the St. Louis native, who served as producer, writer, recording engineer, mixer, and mastering engineer, this EP offers two captivating tracks alongside their instrumental versions. With a fusion of adrenaline-pumping beats and polished lyrics, “One and Only” ignites the passion of true Hip-Hop enthusiasts.

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“III” Closes Out the “S.O.S.”, “Vinnie Chase” & “The Calling” Trilogies of Jon Connor’s Discography (Album Review)

Jon Connor is a 38 year old MC/producer from Flint, Michigan who’s released a dozen mixtapes & his previous 4 LPs over the course of nearly 2 decades. This includes the first 2 installments of The Calling, Vinnie Chase & S.O.S. respectively which III here serves as a continuation of along with the Best in the World series paying homage to some of Jon’s influences, Salvation, While You Were Sleeping & Unconscious State. He was even signed to Aftermath Entertainment for 6 years before departing after Vehicle City wound up being shelved. However, he’s been growing his All Varsity Music imprint since & is back for his 5th album.

“The Gospel According to Ron” begins by cavernously taking y’all to church in order to balance what the serpents say to you whereas the luxurious “Dreams” encourages one not to cry their dreams away. “Connor for the Win” is this fiery tribute to the late DJ Kay Slay accompanied by this glamorous instrumental just before “Homecoming” gives off symphonic trap vibe talking about wanting to run away & never losing faith.

Stretch Money joins The People’s Rapper on “On God (The Sauce)” takes a more rugged approach confidentially giving the secret to the sauce & staying optimistic until their goals become realistic leading into the emotional trap ballad “Forever” advising to never give up all your secrets due to then taking it as a sign of weakness. “The Addiction” featuring Flawless goes for a somber trap approach acknowledging that addiction itself is a Hell of a drug, but then the cloudy “Paper Soldiers” featuring Caas Swift & Khujo talking about being soldiers when it comes to the money.

“Subtle/Rose (The Gospel According to Chyna)” starts the LP’s next chapter with a 2-parter asking this woman who she’s loyal to & even wanting to spoil her while “Double Standard” has to be a highlight for me from the key-driven Focus… beat to Keke Palmer on the hook & the subject matter admitting that she be all in the crib where he be laying. “I’m Sorry/You Deserve It” is a more vulnerable 2-parter balancing karma has feels every heartbreak that he was ever a part of while the melodic “Bulletproof/Tryna Get There” talks about not being designed for perfection.

My favorite track here “Worst Day Ever” has this crazy sample flip from Middle Finger Music co-founder & in-house producer Foul Mouth describing a day where he woke up feeling like shit & rather be sleeping again when in this particular mood but after the “This Jon Connor Interview” skit, “We Gon See Then (The Gospel According to Nana)” featuring Mr. Nuby shifts back into trap turf talking about not fucking around. “Generation Gap/Heaven Sent Evidence” is the most heartfelt 2-part song throughout the album describing memories that’ll eternally carry on while “The Greatest Show on Earth/Bid You Adieu” eerily calling out those who haven’t been to the circus lately if you don’t think this is spectacular.

“Harvey/2-Face” pushes near the end of III heartbreakingly explaining how villains are made while the song “The Dame Theory/We Won (One)” hops over these strings boasting about putting in work & that you’re either strong or weak. The penultimate track “Celebrate” comes through with this groovily commemorative ode & the appropriately titled “Last Laugh” rounds out the album using the same sample as B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)” by Killah Priest saying that he’s gon’ let it shine.

I know this has been in the works for quite some time & anyone who’s familiar with Jon up to this point should come away from III as a solid conclusion to a few trilogies on his catalog. component of the album individually accumulates the magic that The Calling, Vinnie Chase & S.O.S. individually brought to close out every saga out by displaying his musical roots mixed with how much he’s grown artistically in the last 19 years.

Score: 7/10

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Heems’ Wit Compliments Lapgan’s South Asia Samples on Sophomore LP “Lafandar” (Album Review)

Heems is a 38 year old MC from Queens, New York emerging in 2008 as 1/3 of the alternative hip hop group Das Racist. Following their disbandment in 2012, he put out a couple mixtapes Nehru Jackets & Wild Water Kingdom as well as the full-length debut album Eat Pray Thug. However coming back from a 9-year sabbatical, Hima has started up his own Mass Appeal Records imprint Veena Sounds & is joining forces with the new label’s in-house producer Lapgan on the sophomore effort.

To start us off, “Stupid Dumb Illiterate” admits to being a little bit of an idiot over a Middle Eastern instrumental whereas “I’m Pretty Cool” gives off more of a psychedelic flare talking about how everyone loves him. The album’s 2nd & final single “Sri Lanka” featuring Your Old Droog speak on doing well in the titular country over these woodwinds that is until the jazzy “Accent” featuring Saul Williams from a couple weeks prior to that gets on the conscious tip lyrically.

“Going for 6” featuring Abhi the Nomad & SonnyJim finds the trio draws inspiration from Daringer with it’s boom bap beat boasting that they keep the coke at the crib & the 6 people who’re rolling alongside them have sticks just before “Baba Ganoush” featuring Cool Calm Pete & Lee Scott has these eerily plucky sitar tones getting in their battle rap shit. “Obi Toppin’ (Darling)” featuring Kool Keith looks to hijack this soul sample & that’s exactly what both of them get done, but then “Kala Tika” shifts into drill territory talking about being the man in Long Island.

Open Mike Eagle & Sir Michael Rocks join Heems on “Yellow Chakra” over a Bollywood flip with kicks & snares likening their infectious bars to the COVID-19 pandemic while the raw “Porches” featuring Blu & Quelle Chris sees the trio talking about going from jumping off porches to passing torches in Porsches. The sedative penultimate track “Bukayo Saka” details the wild life he lives & “Yo Momma” featuring Fatboi Sharif ties up the LP over strings projecting their fears into their projects.

Nehru Jackets always stood as my favorite Hima tape & the best solo effort in his discography up to this point, but Lafandar is a comeback with some notable improvements over the previous full-length he last gave us almost a decade ago. Lapgan’s production worthily introduces to a wider audience by giving them a look at how much he’s evolved behind the boards over the course of the last 5 years incorporating various cinematic South Asian samples top to bottom that entertainingly compliment Heems’ trademark laugh-out-loud wit & a consistent tight guest list.

Score: 8/10

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”The Thinnest Line III” is the Best Installment of ¡MAYDAY!’s Trilogy Since the Original (EP Review)

Miami trio ¡MAYDAY! preluding their upcoming 9th full-length LP albeit the first under their very own label ¡MAYDAY! Music distributed by It Goes Up Entertainment & Strange Music with their 5th EP & the 3rd installment of The Thinnest Line trilogy. Formed in 2003 by keyboardist/guitarist Plex Luthor & emcee Bernz, the duo released their self-titled debut in the fall of ‘06 before adding 4 more members into the fold: emcee/producer Wrekonize, bassist Gianni Ca$h, percussionist NonMS & drummer L.T. Hopkins in 2009. Together, they would begin to rock the underground off 2 EPs & their sophomore album Stuck on an Island. This would catch the attention of Kansas City veteran Tech N9ne, who signed the group to his independent powerhouse Strange Music in 2011. They would go on to cement themselves as a flagship act on the label’s roster off critically acclaimed projects like Take Me to Your LeaderThrift Store HalosBelievers & Future Vintage. However since 2016, ¡MAYDAY! has maintained it’s current lineup consisting of Wrek, Bernz & NonMS. Their first album as a trio Search Party was a decent sequel to Stuck on an Island & the heavily reggae-influenced South of 5th was slightly better, but Minute to Midnight wound up to easily be ¡MAYDAY!’s best in 6 years. They have since remained tied to Strange by forming ¡MAYDAY! Music & signing a distribution deal with Strange Music co-founder Travis O’Guin’s own subsidiary It Goes Up Entertainment. Now as far of The Thinnest Line series, the independently released first installment is my favorite & the follow-up backed by Strange was just decent. However since Minute to Midnight was a return to form, the latest entry had to be better in my mind.

After the “End” intro, the first song “Hate to Love You” is an incredibly catchy pop rap opener to The Thinnest Line III cooked up by NonMS coming to terms how hard it is to admit that they’re in love with these individual partners whereas “Warning Signs” takes the acoustic route thanks to MIKE SUMMERS a.k.a. Seven talking about having fun pretending what they had was permanent. “Pull Up” has a groovy self-produced instrumental as ¡MAYDAY! & Mike SB refuse to stop until they’re in the car with the windows down as Mike delivers the weakest feature of the 2 respectfully although that’s not to say the potential is there, but then the futuristically funky “Last Night” picks things back up asking what you doin’ out here tonight. “At Least We Tried” shifts into summery turf refusing to say goodbye & “Hit My Line” featuring Trizz concludes The Thinnest Line III with an atmospheric trap flare advising to give ‘em a call.

This recent installment of the Miami trio’s trilogy has to be the best since the first one & it’s more than enough to hold fans off until their ¡MAYDAY! Music debut album because much like Minute to Midnight, what we have on The Thinnest Line III is another example of their recent output continuing to improve. The production’s more consistent than The Thinnest Line II’s was primarily due to letting one of their best collaborators handle 4 of the 7 tracks leaving the other 3 being in-house mixed in with versatile performances from ¡MAYDAY! themselves & 50/50 features.

Score: 8/10

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The Royal Blu EP Showcases Great LA Rhymes & Beats

BLU & Roy Royal have dropped their collaborative EP for the world to hear. We gave y’all a taste of what to expect with “The Royal” and “LA Blue” videos. Check out the EP below:

Standout tracks include ‘The Same OG’, ‘LA Blue’, and the Cashus King-assisted ‘The Priceless’. The boom-bap and soul samples are heavily infused into this project. After hearing the EP from beginning to end, I look forward to any Roy Royal-produced tracks.

Here’s a heads-up about the Royal Blu EP Release Party/Show. PayDayLA is hosting a celebration of its 6th Anniversary on Friday, Feb 23rd inside Hello Stranger in LA. Pull up for a good time!

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V Sinizter, Zitro, Tierre Diaz & Clifton Derrell Are B.A.R.S. (EP Review)

B.A.R.S. is an underground quartet consisting of V Sinizter, Zitro, Tierre Diaz & Clifton Derrell. One of whom is a Saginaw native releasing his debut EP Hunting Season in 2003 under Psychopathic Records, Zitro is one of the newest members of the hatchet family coming straight outta Detroit, Tierre hails from Boston coming fresh off signing to DJ Clay’s very own Armed Robbery Entertainment last summer & finally Clifton represents the Windy City of Chicago as an overly smart punk who experienced his first electric moment when Eric B. & Rakim’s rhythm hit him. So considering their histories intertwining with juggalo culture, it only makes sense for all 4 emcees to form a supergroup & introduce themselves as a unit on their debut EP.

The title track is an incredibly rugged opener talking about everyone watching them with all hands on deck whereas the rowdy “On Sight” sets out to start riots in every club they hit up. “The Pinnacle” begins the 2nd leg of the EP by giving off a bit of a futuristic vibe instrumentally boasting that they’re in demand & ready to bring the pain, but then “Top No More” rounds things out by calling out those who’re envious of seeing the 4 on top over these guitar licks & hi-hats.

Anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of any or all 4 of the members of B.A.R.S. has to check out their eponymous debut EP together here & it makes me anticipate hearing what the underground supergroup has coming down the pipe from hereon out. The production gives off a different vibe for everyone & although everyone has stood out in their own ways previously, hearing them together is another level.

Score: 8/10

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joMi Details Internal Growth and Turmoil on Soulspazm Records Debut “Too Close” (EP Review)

This is the debut EP from Oakland emcee joMi. Someone who’s been making his presence in the northern California known by working with the likes of Dizzy Wright, Demrick, 80 Empire & ¡MAYDAY! for over 5 years at this point. He even has a full-length debut under his belt called Samo from 2018 on top of a collaborative album with G. Cardona & Gran Elyan from a year & a half ago. However in light of signing to Soulspazm Records, it’s only right for joMi to properly introduce himself on Too Close.

“Cardona” is an emotional trap opener talking about pulling himself out of this familiar place frequently & after the “My Brother’s Keeper”, skit, Sunny” gives off a chilled out, psychedelic vibe talking about doing right & even apologizing for not being that excited previously. The song “Debo’s Watch, Pt. 2” delves into this whimsically produced trap sequel to the Samo closer & after the “Fallin’ Through the Sky” interlude, “Eye Sell” ends the EP on a groovy note asking who you got time for likening it to fiends on a tightrope trying to get free despite the fact that the time’s slow.

Too Close would be a good place to start in joMi’s discography considering how much it tells new listeners is that this is a guy who’s been dealing with internal growth & internal turmoil all this time. The production is a level up from Samo as he teaches that if you ever get too close to something; you may damage that relationship/object or you may damage yourself instead.

Score: 8/10

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E Murda Drops Official BSF Release “OMERTA II”

Since stopping by our HQ for a legendary Mic Session last year, Connecticut rapper E Murda has been on a winning streak with new music releases. Today, in collaboration with Black Sopranos Family and Born Baked, E Murda drops new 8-track album, “OMERTA II”, featuring notable emcees Fuego Base, Rick Hyde, and many more. Be sure to visit EMurda.com.

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Rising Detroit Based Rapper Only Okay Drops New Album “25”, Showcases Lead Single “I Am Building”

Born in Albany, NY., but now residing in Detroit, MI., Only Okay, also known as Griffin Shiminski, releases his new album titled “25” available exclusively on his website. The album has a mix of 8 songs from his monthly EPs and 17 brand new songs as he recaps his 25th year of life. Make sure to check out “I Am Building“, the lead single from this album, produced by Super Producer and Engineer, Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden, Tantric).

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MR DOZ Effortlessly Glides On His Debut Album “Sweet Dozier” (Album Review)

Hip-Hop, R&B/Soul, and Spoken Word artist MR DOZ has made an indelible mark with his debut 8-track album, “Sweet Dozier,”. With a blend of smooth beats, introspective lyrics, and captivating collaborations, MR DOZ showcases his versatility and artistry throughout this project.

The album kicks off with the title track, “DAWN,” setting the tone with its laid-back groove and catchy melody. MR DOZ’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production, drawing listeners into his world from the get-go. The production is crisp, with layers of instrumentation and soft vocals that create a rich sonic landscape.

One of the highlights of the album is the track and video premiere, “So Good,” featuring Quon J and Deka Tremayne, produced by MyGuyMars (1500 or Nothin, Victory Lap) and King Vay. This collaboration brings a dynamic energy to the album, with each artist delivering standout performances. The chemistry between MR DOZ, Quon J, and Deka Tremayne is palpable, making “So Good” an instant standout.

“TRNSPRNT,” featuring Illien Rosewell, takes a more introspective turn with raw Hip-Hop, with MR DOZ delving into deeper themes over atmospheric production. The track showcases MR DOZ’s lyrical prowess and his ability to convey emotion through his music. Illien Rosewell’s feature adds another layer of depth, elevating the song to new heights.

Another standout track and outro to the project is “Knew Sun,” featuring Deka Tremayne. This track is a perfect blend of a soulful beat and introspective lyricism, with MR DOZ and Deka Tremayne delivering poignant verses and vocals over a mesmerizing beat. The song’s infectious hook stays with the listener long after the track ends, making it a standout moment on the album.

Throughout “Sweet Dozier,” MR DOZ demonstrates his ability to craft cohesive, sonically pleasing tracks that resonate with listeners on a deeper level. Whether he’s exploring themes of love, self-discovery, or personal growth, MR DOZ’s authenticity shines through in every song. Even though I feel his debut project could of had more songs, the album still earns a 8/10. In conclusion.

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