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Iman Europe x Contraband – Hello, Mellow EP

Posted on July 19, 2014

I get a late pass on this one, because clearly my mind has been preoccupied by other things in my life as I gear up for the big 2-5 tomorrow. As SZA’s earlier mixtapes, See.SZA.Run & S have proved, it’s that trap music wrapped in a soulful vibe can flourish in ways that people may not have anticipated before, and that is the attitude that Iman brings to the table on her collaborative EP with producer Contraband. Her voice carries over the aggressive beats so harmoniously and effortlessly that demands the repeat button to be set and kept for time to come and go. I’ve featured her work on the blog beforehand, so it just makes sense to throw this project on here with no problems.…

Araabmuzik – For Professional Use Only 2

Posted on July 19, 2014

I know that the knock on Araabmuzik is that a lot of his beats sound drastically similar. To that I say, so do 9th Wonder’s, and he’s done pretty well – argument void. Through listening to his beats and also watching his insane videos that have literally given me inspiration to be a great editor (true story), the MPC king is back with another album of a mix of EDM, trap, and grungy hip hop beats that will definitely leave you screw faced early and often through the album. It’s lengthy, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Happy listening folks, enjoy.

Nick Hakim – Where Will We Go (Part 1)

Posted on July 15, 2014

  Ask and you shall receive. I say that because if you missed my On The Lookout piece of Nick Hakim, I went on to say that: he’s great, love his work, need music. And so out of the sheer essence of exploring on Soundcloud, it turns out that he released an EP on July 14th, which is also available for purchase on iTunes. Along with Cold & Pour Another, there’s an additional new song to go along with the smooth instrumentals that are also on it. Nick has stated that he’s written a lot, so hopefully more songs will start to flood this year, as the people have been starved for the soul music (or maybe it’s just me, but whatever). Check it out, and definitely enjoy (and…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – The STiXXclusive Review

Posted on July 12, 2014

In my best Don LaFontaine voice   In a world where every other movie of recent is based on a novel or is a sequel to a sequel to a sequel; in 2014 there have been lackluster Blockbuster, but this summer, one will change the course of direction for time to come – this is the Dawn of the Apes.   Rest In Peace to that man, his presence has been missed for quite some time, but to add on to my point during that impersonation, there haven’t been a lot of great movies to come out this summer so far. X-Men: Days of Future Past and maybe Spiderman 2 (my thoughts on it have swayed back and forth since viewing) have been the…

Love Life Like Literature – Vent LXIV

Posted on July 9, 2014

I recently finished reading a book entitled The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and although the characters in the book were Jewish, were involved in journalism and other prestigious job titles, and living in a newly gentrified Brooklyn, NY; the story of the topsy-turvy love battles that Nathaniel had to deal with (involving 4 women) was at times interesting, annoying, but definitely there were parts that were relatable. And then when you look at your own love life, like I often did with mine while reading, and it reflected the book as such in terms of interest and annoyance. It’s a never-ending journey when it comes to that dreaded L word because there’s a definition the length of a King James Version of the…

Mellowhype – I Need Some Answers

Posted on July 6, 2014

It’s been a minute since Numbers, and Hodgy’s Untitled 2 was satisfactory at best, but when MellowHigh dropped, that was something of promise as Odd Future has had a relatively quiet 2014 (granted, Tyler & Earl dropped albums & Domo a mixtape in 2013). As we wait for Frank Ocean drop new music (no idea when that will happen), Mellowhype is back again with a new album. I heard a couple of songs prior to the album, but I was satisfied to hear the combination of Left Brain’s production and Hodgy’s flow to come together that’s an extension of where they left off from MellowHigh. Nowadays was the initial song I heard, but that’s only just one track that was surrounded by a bunch of dope ones although it’s…

On The Lookout – Nick Hakim

Posted on July 5, 2014

It’s funny how life works out. Today I went on a mini-rant about there not being enough quality R&B artists, or even singers in general, out there to really provide the soul that I’ve come to appreciate growing up. I mean I know there’s a difference between R&B and Soul, but that shouldn’t take away the fact that there aren’t a lot of quality singers that are out there making great music to listen to all the time. There aren’t a lot of singers that I listen to on a regular basis that can have that nostalgic feeling of just listening to feel good music or simply good music no matter what the subject content is. It’s a shame that good quality can’t make its way…

D. Bolt – BLLFIT

Posted on July 4, 2014

It’s amazing what you can find right under your nose when you’re not looking, and what’s equally amazing is that it may come from people that you’ve come into interaction with for an extended period of time. This happens to be the case with a follower of mine, who goes by Demetrius aka D.Bolt. The common thing that happens on Twitter is that people will spam you with music links and whatever, regardless if they think you have a website or know someone who knows someone. It’s a tactical way of promoting, or simply annoying, depending on your patience level. Because we’ve been following each other for some time, I was grateful that I was approached directly by him to get a review, and…

Chuuwee – Friends (Prod. By Foreign Languages)

Posted on July 2, 2014

Friends was one of my favourite shows to watch when I was growing up, which seems to be an oddity when you’re black (especially as a male), because the 90s had The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince, Family Matters, Martin, etc., but I’m sort of well-rounded, so I didn’t discriminate from watching other shows that wouldn’t have been ‘the norm’ to watch back then. The trials and tribulations of Chuuwee during the 90s is the theme of his next EP, The Chuuwee Channel, which is geared to have a heavy influx of TV & Movie examples to tell the tales. As the first single goes (or an ‘episode’ that Chuuwee calls it), with the help of Foreign Languages, the dope beat with the Migos-esque flow work…

Ab-Soul – These Days – The STiXXclusive Review

Posted on June 29, 2014

The main question that has seemed to never have been answered is, ‘who is Ab-Soul?’ Many people seem to have the answer, but there’s been a shroud of mystery to his persona for the past couple of years. He’s like that one act that pops up out of nowhere, drops something hot, leaves, and then tends to flash here and there whenever he feels the need to do so. The last solo project he dropped, it was Control System, and that album still holds a lasting impression to this day – that was about 2 years ago. Since that time, there was a wide speculation that he would have dropped the 3rd installment of his Longterm series and even also a joint EP with…

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