Friday, July 11, 2014

Decision Finally Made


Four years ago, LeBron James made the huge announcement that left the city of Cleveland,OH completely heartbroken and betrayed and I never understood his decision. LeBron arrived in Miami to boast that he joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to win multiple championships. I was excited by the news that Bosh had decided to sign with the Miami Heat, but not at the news of LeBron. I did not want LeBron to play alongside Wade or Bosh, ever.

Since entering the league, Wade was always overshadowed  by the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. In fact, many individuals thought Wade would not last a long time in the NBA. Ironically, Wade ended up winning a championship in just his third year, before Carmelo and LeBron. In addition, a team with a handful of first-class players is just absolutely no fun to watch. It was always exciting to see the Miami Heat face the Cleveland Cavaliers. The competition between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is what made those games worth watching. That is what basketball is about, what sports are about: competition, striving to play against the best to prove that you are better. It's not about becoming friends and deciding to play together, even if it is to win championships. 

Sure, you want to win really bad. But who doesn't like winning? Unison with two, three other all-star caliber players  disturbs the entire league. Once LeBron and  Bosh were in Miami, when the Heat faced Toronto or Cleveland, watching NBA games was definitely not the same anymore. LeBron James has always been, without a doubt, an incredible player. He is amazing but back in 2010 when LeBron decided to play for the Heat the only worry for me was Dwyane Wade's legacy. It meant Wade would not be showing the world his true potential for the rest of his career. Wade did not have to take a back seat for any player. Regardless, he did and it was for non other than LeBron James.

Over time, I realized that having LeBron in Miami was not such a bad idea after all. It actually seemed as if it all happened at a convenient time, especially since Wade was hampered with injuries. The first trip to the NBA finals was a learning experience and without it, the two championships that followed would not have been achieved. This past NBA finals just goes to show how difficult it is to accomplish a three-peat.

Astonishing is to say the least of how well the Spurs executed every single possession. Unbelievable, it seems, that the last year that the Spurs won a championship title was 2007 and their three top players then were still on the roster now. Although the Heat were not able to earn a three-peat this year, the Heat would have been an absolute contender for many years to come and could have definitely won a couple of more championships.

Now, LeBron has decided to return to Cleveland, once more he leaves a team in a complete discomposure. Chris Bosh has decided to stay put in Miami. I hope Wade does the same, if not, it was definitely a nice run and I wish him well wherever he may go. And to LeBron I wish nothing but the best. Despite the loss this year, I was already looking forward for him to win another championship in Miami along with Wade and Bosh, but he had other plans and that's fine with me. Now, I hope to see LeBron compete against so many other star players without the help of players that have already culminated their talents.        
              

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The reason I think the Heat's Legacy is MEH



Lebron James is the best player in the league lemme just start my blurb with that notion. He is a force he is a marvelous player with abilities in all angles of the game. So what do you do when you want to ensure you have some rings on your finger? Well you recruit your friends who are the top two free agents to meet in a city and make it easier on yourself. Is this city somewhere on the west coast you say? No, it's Miami, and it basically makes it a monopoly as the top two free agents joined D.Wade on south beach. This is why I think the Miami Heat making the finals for the fourth straight year is kinda MEH to me. It's not the west where the teams are much more skilled and harder. This Miami Heat team was not built on the draft, it was built on a plot of three individuals. Magic was drafted, James Worthy was drafted, and Kareem came along. Most times when greatness occurs, it's in this fashion. Lebron is the first player I know, that left somewhere to build his own team, and know that it will be cakewalk to become historic, kinda like when the Nets made the finals two years in a row.

Anyone remember those finals in the east? It all started with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett joining forces in Boston. Then the rest of the league said "well that seems to be the ticket". That Boston team only won 1 chip. So they learned that they needed to do it "younger" Lebron and D.Wade are at the prime of their abilities (give it up, D.Wade is at A+ fuck the bullshit). So when Lebron pulled this move it was his way of copying that Celtic mega monster mash of stars. Shit, they even got Ray Allen to join in making for 4 HOF's on the floor for that Miami Heat Team. If it wasn't for Ray Allen I think Lebron James would have lost 3 NBA Finals with his 1 ring to show for it. This is why I can't put him in the same convo as the GOATS Jordan and Bryant , my no.1 and no.2 respectively. Those guys got help the in the form of a draft pick or a great free agent pick up, with some great role players. The Heat is a great squad, but trust me, this team is one shot away from being 1-2 in the last 3 NBA Finals, one shot away. Only time will tell if this will last long, because I feel no other top tier talents want to play in the east, as it's looked on by the league as a JV side of things.

Anyways, this is why I think the finals trips ain't that historic in Miami, yes they have the best player on the planet. Yet it's the road with the least amount of resistance and obstacles. So, go ahead Miami celebrate you fourth trip to the finals, but do not compare yourself to the Celtics teams, or the Laker teams or the other Lakers teams or Bulls Teams, that really earned it the hard way to those rings on their fingers. Also, the Heat will win the next 3 Eastern Conference titles unless more players come up in the East through the draft or big time free agents build their own thing.

Decadence & Class

-V

Saturday, May 24, 2014

RHCP + The Roots = Funkadelic

After a drum-off for the ages between Chad Smith and Chad Smith impersonator, Will Ferrell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers teamed up with The Roots for this amazingly awesome performance of the Funkadelic's "Standing on the Verge of Getting It On". Too much greatness in one video for me not to post. Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

King Avriel - "Judgement Day/ Valley Idols"

King Avriel is one of my favorite up-and-coming artists because of her individuality, progressiveness, and her aura. It is not often that you find recording artists, especially in today's age, that can enlighten the listener about life, yourself, society, or the inner workings of this world through his/her music. King Avriel does this with ease. If Jhene Aiko and Frank Ocean had a (completely hypothetical) baby.... 

“The idea for the song came to me during a prisoner’s dilemma simulation in one of my classes. It reminded me of how, when I was younger, I tended to look out for others at my own expense in those kinds of situations. On surface level, it's about me taking the blame for an imaginary crime I committed with a partner. However, it is ultimately a metaphor for a more personal lived experience, how I covered up my uncertainty with a false sense of righteousness when making a tough decision, and the faith I drew on to help me find solace.”

Listen to "Judgement Day/ Valley Idols" below and keep checking back for more King Avriel, who's prepping for the release of her latest project, Thesis.

Plunger Pete - Time-Traveling Blimp Pilot (album)


This kid Plunger Pete can rap his ass off. Time-Traveling Blimp Pilot is teeming with lyrically loaded bar after bar. Most of the time its some off the wall clever play on words, but Plunger Pete comes complete with some genuine introspective lines as well, to counterbalance the farfetchedness. Which leaves me feeling reassured that Pete is actually human, because this time-traveling rhyme-writing blimp pilot often times sounds out of this world. Strap in and experience this album, it’s an entertaining trip my friend.

Monday, May 19, 2014

C.i.D x Jareem - "Boom" (Prod. ItzSpaceMan) (video)



 I like the old school feel/ sound of this whole track. From the verses to the production this feels like ’96, and these cats look young so this song is that much cooler to me for that reason. Refreshing — real rap. We hope to hear more from C.i.D and Jareem in the near future, but for now take 3 minutes and watch their video “Boom”.

GRIZZZLY!!! - "Summer Shandy" (video)



"Summertime Shandy" is a fun feel good song for you to summertime vibe to. We can always rely on GRIZZZLY!!! to bring forth some whimsical word play, humorous lyrics, and melodic flows. And per usual his beat selection is on point. Dude can really rap, and he has a lot of fun doing it. Its only a matter of time for GRIZZZLY!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mickey Factz - "Detroit Red"

Potent and thoughtful track from Mickey Factz as he reflects on the life of Malcolm X's coming of age as a young man in Harlem, NY. Mickey drives the narrative home by placing himself in Detroit Red's shoes. First leak off his upcoming tape 740 Park Avenue, definitely looking forward to hearing more.

Cam’ron & A-Trak “Dipsh*ts” (Video)

New Cam video, why not? Newest single from Camron and producer A-Trak's forthcoming collaborative album Federal Reserve

Friday, May 9, 2014

El-P Remixes Warpaint's "Keep It Healthy"


So El-P remixed one of my favorite Warpaint songs, the result is fucking ridiculous. Two of my favorite artists from two separate genres blended together to make something even more beautiful than the original song itself. El-P continues to keep the great music coming, especially with RTJ2 on its way soon. And Warpaint, I'll be seeing you ladies next month at Bonnaroo... yuh.

Kris Henry - 7



I love the way this album feels. Its grimy, menacing, and incomprehensibly uplifting; art. Kris Henry makes music for no one but Kris Henry. His aberrant approach to song writing partners flawlessly with the unique production  to make each track feel brand new and solitary, but blend together with ease to make this project feel and sound complete. Think Travi$ Scott on Clams Casino and Earl Sweatshirt beats, then you’ll have a slight idea. Good shit. Three thumbs up. Easily one of my favorite submissions since being on The Krusader team.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pharrell Speaks On The Importance of Imagination


Just a little reminder brought to you from the magnifiscent mind of Sk8brd P.

Chox-Mak & Dr.G - Audio Murder Vol.2 : Lethal Injection



Chox-Mak’s style is refreshing in the simplicity of it; straight rhyming, zero gimmicks. Chox-Mak comes straight forward with his delivery and flow. In a period where “rappers” need software plugins, voice synthesizers, and cloned beats to appeal, Chox-Mak brings his talent to you as elemental as possible. Accompanied by the UK's own Dr. G, Chox-Mak released Audio Murder Vol. 2: Lethal Injection. This hard-hitting EP is concise and to the point, much like its creator. My fellow North Carolinian’s witty wordplay and heavy delivery stylistically mesh incredibly well with Dr. G production, making “NC to the UK” seem like a trip that needs to be taken more often.

Chantae Vetrice - "Your Lost"


I was recently introduced to these sonically intoxicating vocal cords via our submission email, so thanks for the hookup, dude. Chantae Vetrice. This born and bred New Yorker’s sound stems from that exact environment; with this confidence and charisma thats conspicuous in her singing/ song writing. Already an accomplished model, Chantae is a true artist who’s still molding her sound, still has tons of untapped potential, but already has me hooked. Experience “Your Lost” below.
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

9th Wonder on Why "It Ain't Hard To Tell" Is His Favorite lllmatic Track

It really ain't that hard to tell, let the Nas lovefest continue. 9th Wonder explains his favorite track on Illmatic and the argument is pretty convincing.

Exclusive: Producer 9th Wonder discusses his favorite track off Nas' "Illmatic," which is the incomparable "It Ain't Hard To Tell."

9th Wonder has very vivid memories of Nas' Illmatic. He was in college at the time, which could have also been Nas' trajectory, considering he was of traditional college age. 9th was an age peer of Nas' turned industry peer turned collaborator, but like most of us, he's also a fan. His favorite track off Illmatic is the hyper-classic "It Ain't Hard To Tell," and for him the song (much like the entire album) is remarkable in its replay value. 9th Wonder talks to HipHopDX exclusively about the song, and where he was-slash-what he was doing when Illmatic first hit the streets.

I was in college at the time — I was a Freshman in 1993, so there wasn't a lot of buzz about Nas in the Fall of '93. [Snoop Dogg's] Doggystyle was out, A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, and Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, [Black Moon's] Enta Da Stage, so there wasn't a lot of buzz.

When "It Ain't Hard To Tell" dropped — first of all, it was the use of the Michael Jackson sample, "Human Nature" — and that kind of caught your ear right off. Then, it was released with a remix as well, the "Nah Nah Nah" [Large Professor Remix]. So here was this kid who it wasn't Tribe, it wasn't Wu-Tang, it wasn't Snoop. It was just something different. Very introspective rhymes, reminiscent of Rakim, but not really. It was poetry, forreal. And so, to hear all of that together — and I really love beats — that is what pulled me into that particular song. That was what made me listen to the album, and I like other songs on the album, it's just that song takes you back to the beginning. It always takes me back to the beginning of his career.

It's definitely not his best song I don't think, but it's my favorite because it opened me up to him automatically. Nas was our age, and it was amazing how someone our age sounded like someone who was 20 years our senior, with the way he was talking and the way he was rhyming. It was amazing. That was a crazy day when we went to buy Illmatic. I think we bought that and Shyheim The Rugged Child's AKA The Rugged Child at the same time. We listened to "On And On" the single and that was it. But then we put in Illmatic, and we never took it out. We never took it out.

via HipHopDX

The Making of the Bodega x Reebok Instapump Fury

Boston favorite Bodega just dropped a video providing the "back story" of their most recent collaboration with Reebok. To create the “Full Contact,” Bodega takes an eclectic approach to the much appreciated but bold Instapump Fury silhouette. I probably won't be partaking in this morning madness, the city will already be crazy crowded this weekend with it being Easter weekend as well as the Marathon coming up on Monday. Its a beautiful and edgy creation though, the upper features blue, tan, yellow, black and red panels accented with a dotted pattern on the inflatable cage inspired by vibrant neon candies and trippy ’80s and ’90s graphics. Slated to drop at Bodega tomorrow Saturday, April 19, as well as select Reebok retailers. Hit HB for the video

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Windows" Creepy Pasta Short story by R.Martinez=



It's been 300 years since Ugandor Liles death in the small town of Woodland, North Carolina. He was a child molester for many years as an old grotesque looking man. With eyes blue as the skies and his grey hair surrounding his bald patch of skin on top of his head like a lion mane. Dark spots of aging filled his face, with the most yellow brownish teeth your ever saw. He died alone in his home, yelling for help for anyone who can hear him, which never came. As he laid to his doom from a fatal heart attack, he promised the devil he would do his work, if he let him live longer. Ugandor is a myth told to the woodland kids to stay away from the woods, stay away from their windows at night and stay in bed. For when Ugandor kidnapped children he would come through their windows and take them with him to the woods where he did the unthinkable but he never killed, just told them to be silent.

Little do the children know, 4 kids disappear every year and are found mutilated, heads torn off and their organs ripped out from the hole made by their decapitation. These gruesome murders are never explained, but always investigated with no suspects and no evidence. Only footprints of a human foot that looks mangled. Always a trail leading into the dark woods of the Woodland township. Everyone saids , that Ugandor Liles is still out there, living as this beast growing old and decrepit into a abnormal living thing, that must feed on the blood of the young to survive. The police believe it to be some madman, leading them on a wild goose chase. This story below is about his latest victim, Timmy.

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"Don't ever go to your window at night, just pretend nothing is there and ignore everything you hear"

"Okay dad, I don't believe in scary stories, It's all fake all of it, to creep us out."

"Alright, just remember never stare into the eyes, thats when he gets you, it's like giving him permission"

"Dad just stop, your scaring me"

"Im not playing Timmy, don't ever look outside the Window, ever..."

"Good night Timmy, I love you."

As the door closes, young Timmy closes his eyes and a thunderstorm soon starts to move in the Woodland area. Timmy's last image is that of the thorny bush outside his windows shaking in the wind. As he doses off into a deep sleep just like every other night he plans to wake up the next morning.

1 A.M. rolls around, a sharp sound taps off the window. Timmy opens his eyes looks at his window, he see's the thunderstorm is now very hard raining cats and dogs. He hears the clank at his window like someone throwing rocks from the rain. He gets up and walks over the other side of his room trying to see if it's just the throned brush hitting the window. As he watches he hears the clank once again, this time harder. Timmy remembering what his father told him, ignores it and shakes his head telling himself "It's probably hail", Timmy heads back to bed, without a care in the world trying to go to sleep during this thunderstorm.

2 A.M. the storms seemed to weakened, Timmy still half awake is finally dozing off. As his eyes look dreary he notices a shape coming from outside in the moonlight through his room. Terrified, it is man shaped and moving. It's seems to be looking from a distance crouching on a hill top. Timmy thinks his imagination is playing tricks on him, his father must of scared him enough to think theres something out there, it has to be a deer or something. The shape suddenly disappears into the distance and finally young Timmy lets out a sigh of relief. As he tells himself "It must of been some animal, this is not my night"

3 A.M. A knock a the window has not been tapped, Timmy asleep didn't hear it. Another louder knock on the window stuns Timmy awake. Timmy gasping for air, wonders what can be doing this at his window. All he can hear is the wind now, howling outside, the storm has passed. There is no shadow, there is only a knock. He looks at his window as the moonlight gazing into his room shows no signs of anything being outside in the hill plains or near his window. Then a thunderous knock, hits it once again. He saids to himself this is his imagination playing tricks on him. He hears a light sucking of teeth outside of it, like something lurking nearby but not quite being able to see it. Timmy now is getting out of his bed, walking towards the window, knowing that this sound can be just his brush tapping the window. As Timmy creeps toward the window he grabs a baseball bat his father gave him.

He stands around 10 feet from the window, waiting to hear something, if anything comes in he will attack it with the bat and yell for his father for help. He stays there, just looking at his window praying that whatever it is, it needs to just go scatter, and leave. He hears something breathing outside the window and his eyes widened with fear, as the breathing is a deep troublesome sound. There is no shadow all he hears is heavy breathing. He just stares into the unknown, he now is walking towards his door, but then thing that is outside his window scatters, like it was frightened. He listens, and it sounds like its running away towards the forest. Timmy, finally letting a breath into his lungs saids "it was a bear probably"

Nonchalant Timmy heads over to the window no longer scare as he has guessed it was a animal from the woods being a nosey garbage hunter. He tries to sneak a peak into the animal heading into the woods from a distance as it might be running on the plains and he can see what it is. He uncovers the curtains quickly, and there he was. A disgusting evil looking man, naked, his skin looked rotten filled with spots of aged putrid skin. His mouth was filled with sharpened yellow teeth and his nose was that of witches nose. His hands looks deformed with long nails that looked like they were grown over years and bitten off once long enough. His hair was a pulsating white mane around a bald spot where more ugly dark spots covered all over his face, his eyes are blue a beautiful blue. Timmy is in shock, unable to move, unable to scream, his hands clutching his bat, he just stares into the ugly mans eyes.

The man smiling now, raising his hands towards the window, and saids "It's time, to feast"

He breaks the window in one fatal swoop, grabbing Timmy by the waist in one movement. Timmy screams in agony as he is force through the broken window, cutting his hands and legs with deep wounds. He lets out a thunderous scream of horror, trying to grab the wood frame, but its no use, the creature has him and will not let him go.

The room now quiet, as Timmy's father rushes in, he see's the window smashed in. He lingers for a bit in a confused state and makes his way outside the house. He looks around, and the storm has come in again. It starts to rain, as he tries to find out where Timmy has gone to. He see's something through the lighting..... in the far plains on top of a hill where theres a tree. He see's the silhouette of a creature, standing up right. He seems to be waving his hand at Timmy's father, and on the other hand, there seems to be a round shape, he's grabbing it by some hairs. The creature, is showing Timmy's father, his 9 year old sons head in a playful gesture.

The father just starts crying, as the creature scatters and goes into the woods with the head. Woodland County, has now got confirmation that something unnatural is hunting down their children. Something not of this world, something Timmy's father will be hunting down the rest of his life for. Never go near your window, never let him see you, Never look into his eyes, for that means he can finally grab you as you lay motionless in fear.

-Robert Martinez

Monday, March 17, 2014

Clipping. - "Work, Work" (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree) [Lyric Video]


Hello, class.  
Hope you all had a productive weekend. I'm sure you all worked hard--at least some of you. My name is Professor Hyper Beam and today will be speaking about "The Yellow Wallpaper".         

Now, The Yellow Wallpaper is a very important work of literature on Feminism. It is also very old.  Written in 1892, before feminism was anywhere as important of a subject as it is now. The Yellow Wallpaper tells a story about a woman suffering from mental and physical abuse. These problems with her health are due to her husband. Her husband is a very bad man who makes her a prisoner by confining her to the bedroom of a rented summer home. The husband has barred the windows so that she cannot smash open them and escape from the torment that the husband takes pleasure in. This 6,000 word short story is very interesting and gives a good picture of the way men have treated women over the course of history. 

You see, the entire story is told to the reader in the voice of the tormented female narrator. In her voice we learn about the husband John. It is John who recommends that his wife take a rest in the summer mansion so that she can be calm after having just given birth to their child. But after reading the entire story, it is clear now that the husband has used the mansion as a secluded torture chamber for his wife.

We are told of the look of the room through the description expressed to us by the wife. The female tells us that the room is yellow and has missing patches, and it leaves yellow marks on her skin. This gives the room a deep sense of the ugliness which surrounds the female as she is about to be tormented by her husband. There is also another woman which the main female sees inside the pattern of the yellow wallpaper, hence the name of the story. Behind the wall paper, this mysterious woman is trapped and the main woman feels a need to free her. 

This could be symbolic to the female narrator feeling she needs to free herself. It can also mean that this story is a picture of all the women who suffer not just her. This may not be a specific story about a specific woman’s torture. But, there may be a universal message in The Yellow Wallpaper about all the women who get tormented by terrible men. This main woman can actually be all women in the world. This strengthens the feminist message in the story.     

Class dismissed.   

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sacred Shrines - "Apollo" (video)

Australian psych-rock band Sacred Shrines released the groups first video a few days back. The visuals accompany their latest song “Apollo”. I’m really excited about this group, especially with their debut project rounding in to shape. Expect more music to come. Rock out.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Vulkan the Krusader - "VX-13 : Do You Remember Love" (Mixtape)

Over the past year I have been creating my new album. When i first started making music no one expected much out of me. No one believe, no one cared, no one really thought I could make a difference. The only reason I make music is literally because I love making it and I love to do something original and new, something no one is doing. My first tapes, were training sessions, I made this red V logo as a call sign to those who wish Hip Hop had more progression to go towards the future of sound, to hear actual barriers being broken. I just turned 32 recently, and I would not be making this type of music if lets say I was 21. I think if i was making music at 21 it would be probably Odd Future sounding for todays standards. 

I gave this album to friends of mine and they are really impressed with it, it's aura, its sonic landscape, its lyricism and it's melodies and highs and lows. I know myself this is my best work. Therefore this is the first entry into the "Master Years" , 3 albums/mixtapes that are being made in the prime of my life as a music maker. Tho, I'm not the biggest hip hop musician by a long shot, my music has been heard 200,000 times by some people in this universe so I think there's people who really get what Im trying to do. 

Lately some pretty cool writers have reached out to me, and Im one step closer to being with Grimes ( I wish). If I achieve Influence I hope the kids who listen to this stuff are rest assured that there's someone out here who doesn't care whats popping or what they tell you whats popping. This is Hip Hop in it's purest form whether you like it or not. I drop albums on February 14th because it's my love letter to Hip Hop, I drop albums on November 5th because of my V for Vendetta like persona in the hip hop arena. I am one man, one movement, never stopping, forever terrorizing the underground.

Anyways, I made a great album in my mind, and if you love it, share it, blog it, listen to it. Im making hard copies to be sold on the band camp and will drop them in about 2-3 Weeks. Also doing a thing with Vice /Noisey. Decadence & Class, shall prevail.

-Vulkan the Krusader 






Friday, February 14, 2014

Keep the Love Spinning: De La Soul Makes Their Entire Catalog Available for Free

In honor of the upcoming 25th Anniversary of their classic, 3 Feet High & Rising, De La Soul is making their entire music catalog free for download. For just a 25-hour window, which starts today around 11 a.m., you can download every album this legendary group has ever released.

Keep the Love Spinning Click Here

Monday, February 3, 2014

Orrin - "Water" (video)

Orrin blends his lackadaisical delivery perfectly with this production on “Water” to create a smooth, affluent soundscape. Consider this cut somewhat of a synopsis for Orrin’s debut LP, Nocturnal. Emotional but not overwhelming. An inclusive view into the world of Orrin brought to you in a concise fashion. So ingest this real quick and drift along with the current.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Charles Ramsey - "Chill Factor: Phase 1" (album)

I met this kid Charles his freshman year when we were both studying at little ole' Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and we connected right away. He was one of the flyest dressers on campus,from the proudest sector of North Carolina (252), and he LOVED music. Being that we shared the same home,the same enthusiasm for music, and both found our young black selves trying to navigate in the foreign space that was Wake Forest University, I always felt like Charles possessed a spirit a bit kindred to mine. I would always keep my eye out for him, because I knew that he was very creative and his aura was a bit more nuanced than your typical Wake Forester. Often time, when kids were raging and stumbling back home after a few too many, you could find Charles hanging out in intimate settings with just a few friends or in a tree playing his guitar and rhyming to himself.

Like a lot of our peers feel, I believe this project is long overdue. Now that he has graduated college and matured into a young adult, I'm glad that he was able to finally put together an album that our friends and the rest of the world can enjoy. As he tells it:

Chill Factor was my "Finally" project. I just wanted to make a complete project where I was the one putting the pieces together, finally. I'd always wanted to flow on some 90's instrumentals about a few brief stories in my life. Nothing too major cause of the chill/relaxed vibe I wanted to incorporate. I chose all of the instrumentals, learned how to mix my vocals, and had a lot of fun making the project.
Chill Factor has a perfect combination of lyrical whit, narrative voice, and a healthy introspective balance of seriousness and humor. The album definitely shows promise, great work, congratulations homie.

Vulkan the Krusader - "Echo Chamber"

Last night, Earmilk premiered the Vizzer's latest, "Echo Chamber". The blurb was so on point that I'm just going to quote it here
Chillwave never gets the support it deserves. In a time when everyone wants to turn in a general upward direction, it's fantastic to hear a track devoid of heavy hi-hats and nonsensical rhymes. Fortunately for us, Brooklyn's very own Vulkan the Krusader has come through with that good stuff on his latest track "Echo Chamber". Described as the struggle between a devoted man and his newly discovered promiscuous girlfriend, the light etherial Yakamoto Kotzuga produced song relies heavily on sound storytelling and elements to get the message across. "Echo Chamber" is the third title from Vulkan's upcoming project, VX-13: Do You Remember Love, and will be released for your listening pleasure on Valentine's Day.
I've witnessed Vulkan progress as an artist since before the Lucy Naive mixtape dropped and he beheld a vision back then for his music that I believe is now becoming actualized. The VX-13: Do you Remember Love is shaping up to be a great release. Get ready for V-Day.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dom O Briggs - "Reset EP"

Dom O Briggs is still young, he's a former slam poetry guy. He's still branching out to find his sound and his voice. Still a great emcee with a laid back flow, off kiltered production and punchline abilities are rooted in his rhymes like unheard of gems. I've been supporting him for a while, this is his new EP that brings you more installments from the young upstart, listen to it below.