A Group You Should Follow: Brett Gretzky

A Group You Should Follow: Brett Gretzky

I was once again scrolling through Twitter, looking for artists on the CMJ hip hop chart. I came across Brett Gretzky, who’s currently #11 on the charts. After I heard this group, the first thing came to my mind was why the hell do these guys not have more followers on their Twitter??

If you’re REALLY looking for a fresh hip hop sound, you’ve never heard before, you need to look no further. I went to their Bandcamp page, and started off with their warm-up track, “Wayne Hull”. Then came “The Shakedown” which I was geeking out to Metroid, Star Fox, and Will Smith references in their lyrics. “Shakedown” is a head-banger with heavy drum beats in its production.

My favorite track on the album is “Baggage”. It’s a trippy track, with heavy record-scratching at the end and left me in a real good vibe. It seems like these days you don’t hear much record-scratching in hip-hop. I mean come on, isn’t DJ-ing one the 4 elements of hip-hop?

To sum it up: if Atmosphere and El-P had a baby, its name would be Brett Gretzky. Their sound is progressive, the rhymes are witty and sometimes hilarious, and they got a name you can remember.

Check out the album, and let me know what you think. While you do that, give these guys some love, on Twitter, and follow their account!

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Robert Carvalho: “All The Things You Know to Be True?”

Robert Carvalho: “All The Things You Know to Be True?”

I wanna take a break from Hip-Hop to put a little spotlight on some music I discovered. You already know i’m a huge Hip-Hop head, but I like to keep an open mind.

Last weekend, I got a tweet from Robert Carvalho. He’s an R&B/Soul singer from England, and he gave me the link to his Soundcloud account.

If I can sum his music in one word, it would be be eclectic. Carvalho’s music is not just R&B and Soul, but he includes Funk, Rocksteady, and even House Music.

“All The Things You Know to Be True?” is the name of Carvalho’s latest album. Two of my favorite tracks are “Lovesong” and “Sticky”. Carvalho has great vocals in both songs. I really like the hip-hop angle he adds in “Sticky”. My favorite track on the album, though, is “Sin and Shame”. Take a listen below, and let me know what you think.

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Omega X D Proves That Hip Hop is Universal

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Music can break down the boundaries between the countries we live in, and Omega X D proves that.

Earlier this week, I got a tweet from the Nigerian Rapper (I believe he’s from there from looking at his reverb nation page), wanting to share his music with me. First of all, it’s really cool to connect with someone from another country, especially with an artist. Second, it’s always good to new that hip-hop is not just nationwide, but world-wide.

I have to admit though, it was tough to understand some of his songs with the accent. Being as patient as I am, I was able to listen to it a couple of times and really got to appreciate the lyrics and meaning behind each song. Along with his lyrics, the production behind it adds to the quality of each track.

Two songs I enjoyed were “Dis Election No Selection”, which he dedicated it to
“the Leaders and Citizen’s of Nigeria” during their election year. The other song I enjoyed was “Take me home”, which Omega X D describes as “a reality song”. Take a listen below, and let me know what you think.

You can listen to more of Omega X D’s music at his Reverb Nation page.

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Why you should follow Koncept

This week I got a tweet from the promotion twitter of the rapper, Koncept. I am one to keep my mind open whenever I listen to a track. I always tell myself: “Never judge a book by its cover”. When you check out Koncept, you can easily judge his cover by the book.

Usually when i’m sent music, I have a wall of skepticism hovering over my ears. It takes a lot for an artist, i’ve never heard of, to impress me and Koncept made a perfect leap over it. I heard the “Oh Baby (J57 remix)” and was blown away. Koncept has some sick flows that keep your attention to every word. The production perfectly backs up the vocals to create a great balance.

Big ups to morningsidefilm for making a great music video. Very professional. Check it out above, and let me know what you think.

You can also follow Koncept at his website.

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Homeboy Sandman – “Give You the World”

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I’ll say this now: This blog will tilt positively to any artists associated with Stones Throw, Rhymesayers, Definitive Jux, and a couple others. It’s just that I never listened to a track, from these labels, that I didn’t like.

Same thing goes for Homeboy Sandman. After Stones Throw tweeted this track, it struck my curiosity. First, this track is produced by Knx, who i recently heard his instrumentals which I thought were amazing. The only thing needed was a lyricist. Looks like Homeboy Sandman solved that problem.

Check out the track below, and let me know what you think.

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Rza on Making Movies, His Final Solo Album, and the Wu-Tang Reunion Album

Last week, I came across a video of an interview Montreality did with The Rza. It was real deep.

The interview went everywhere: from him making his 1st paycheck as a kid, to plans of releasing his “Bobby Digital” movie this fall. Rza touched up on plans for a Wu-Tang reunion album. Here’s what he said,

“When we all got together for ‘Rock the Bells’, we were able to record a track together, called ‘Family Reunion’…and to me, it’s time for a family reunion. Not only of just us as The Wu-Tang Clan, but all of our fans and everyone around the world. Don’t forget your family, yo.”

Check out the video above, and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to check out Montreality at their website or their Youtube page.

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