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Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Posted on August 19, 2014

The Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Migos, etc. wave of Rap is not my forte, so let me just get that out of the way. Funny enough that two out of the 3 acts I mentioned prior, happen to show up on this mixtape that seemingly came out of nowhere and had/has the internet ablaze amongst a host of other things that are out there (like Jeezy’s new album going on pre-orders). If Travis Scott has dropped anything since Owl Pharaoh, I haven’t been paying attention. Now, that album was pretty dope, and was quite enjoyable, but eventually I just tapered off of it to focus on other things. The thundering trap beats with dark and gloomy autotune ad-libs lurking from the speakers give Travis at…

Seth Dyer – IX [EP]

Posted on August 17, 2014

Honesty – I’ve been told by many artists and people involved in music alike that there isn’t enough of it going around; that there are too many people faking the funk just to get some traffic on their sites and to continually promote mediocrity in the industry – that’s wrong, and that’s not something that I advocate. When you’re honest about your opinion with people, I’ve noticed that when I meet people in person, they have a certain respect for me, and it’s a genuine feeling to be appreciated for your honesty, but it shouldn’t be such a foreign concept, not only in music, but with anything that requires an opinion. Seth Dyer is an example of people who take constructive criticism and apply it…

Billie Essco – AVANT GARDE

Posted on August 14, 2014

In these tumultuous times that are happening in not only Ferguson, Missouri, but across the country in the United States with the unnecessary actions against young black men, the only thing that seems to make sense to me happens to be music – good music, might I add. Life is a piece of art that is a constant opinion of the every day person through a rationale of worldwide perspectives. It’s tragic, it’s beautiful, it’s a constant puzzle, but the stories told out of the experiences of others gives way for people to become innovators, leaders, and game-changers for the near and distant future.             Billie Essco (or Chase Dinero; which ever name you know him by) is a constantly evolving rapper that I’m…

Jay Birch – Lost in Thought

Posted on August 10, 2014

    I’ve been fortunate enough to come across a bunch of talented people over the past few years, and through the music of Brandon Dramatic, I met his good friend, Jay Birch at a studio, while he was recording this album. The vibe of his music reminded me of Dom Kennedy because it’s so laid back (but I don’t like Dom Kennedy at all – just the beats he’s one 90% of the time), and I even had an opportunity to do some background vocals for a track, so that was cool to be apart of, being that I’ve never actually been recorded on someone else’s project before. Enough about me, I’m not the focus, the focus is that I was surprised by the…

The Known Unknown – Nue Live [August 10th]

Posted on August 7, 2014

The Known Unknown is one of the most reliable events to showcase upcoming talent in the GTA (plus elsewhere), and Tika Simone has proven to be a great curator to expose the come ups for future talent in music to thrive. Having been a witness to great acts over the past couple of years that she has put together, it wouldn’t be beyond me to tell you, the people, that you should probably check out the next upcoming show featuring some names that I’ve become a little familiar with, including the likes of: Bosquiat Clique, Just John, Gadda, and Seth Dyer. You won’t be disappointed, so if you have no plans, make one to attend this. Enjoy  

Get On Up – The STiXXclusive Review

Posted on August 5, 2014

The Godfather of Soul, Mr. Please Please Please, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business; there are plenty of names that would describe him, but he goes by one first-off: James Brown. He’s one of the greatest entertainers to have lived, and his legacy has been solidified through the music of those who have carried the embodiment of soul in their music, since he was one of the first, if not thee first, to give it life. Michael Jackson (may he rest in peace) was one artist that often admitted that his style as an entertainer was emulated through watching James Brown, and many people consider MJ to be the greatest of all time to do it, so for homage’s sake, we just can’t…

The Perception of the Transition – Vent LXV

Posted on August 5, 2014

This was an insane weekend in Toronto that just past us, and it was a combination of celebration, cultural appreciation, and for me specifically, reflection. With Drake’s 5th annual OVO Fest being the highlight of the weekend, it wasn’t the only thing that was happening, but it was at his event that a particular shifting point occurred and deemed a pause in my life for a particular instant. Besides the fact that I was going to see Outkast, I didn’t think that I’d see a bunch of people from my near & distant past, to my current present, and possible future. When you have that combination of people that are in your life, there’s something that triggered in me that I was in a…

Kembe X – Caged Bird (Feat. Isaiah Rashad)

Posted on August 5, 2014

For those that don’t know, Kembe & Isaiah Rashad are good friends, and they’ve both made references and/or shout outs to each other through their own songs to pay homage to that, and this is the first time in Isaiah’s TDE era that the two have linked up. Taking the hook from Isaiah’s Hereditary, that fuels this track (produced by TDE’s own, The Antydote) into a melodic yet vibrant feel. It’s August, and Isaiah’s Cilvia Demo is still in the running for one of the best Hip Hop projects of this year, and I strongly compare it to the run Kendrick had with Section.80, and as time goes on, it’ll be that EP that set the standard for future projects he’ll release. Kembe is also on the come…

Majid Jordan – A Place Like This (EP)

Posted on July 30, 2014

There’s a lot to be said about Drake, and whether you like his music or not, his developing roster for OVO Sound is generating a buzz that may be a force to come in 2015. Only time will tell if he’ll put out an album that I’ll actually like for more than 2 weeks, but that’s neither here nor there, it’s about the ones on his team. Having just posted PartyNextDoor’s album recently, I took to listening to Majid Jordan’s EP, and I hadn’t really heard anything from them (it’s a duo if you didn’t know) outside of vocals on Just Hold On, so there was no expectations on my end to be had, but let me tell you; when Forever started playing, it hit in…

PARTYNEXTDOOR – PNDTWO

Posted on July 30, 2014

The city of Toronto and its surrounding regions are going throw a serious identity overhaul, and it’s not just with the music. The massive transit construction plans, the rebranding of our sports teams, and overall having a more ‘global appeal’ is what’s being the focus while the most popular mayoral race in recent memory (possibly ever) is underway before we hit the polls in October. Everything is changing, and it’s for the better – it’s great to see the city flourish and the people in it show a sense of regionalism of ‘putting on for the city’ word to Mr. Jeezy. PND has been dubbed ‘Prince of the 6′ although he resides & reps District 9 (what I call the surrounding 905 area code regions,…

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