Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's a Clear Soul Revolution(s)

The revolution will not be televised (RIP Gil Scott-Heron), there will be no mention of John Carter, Sara Carter, or Sky...oh wait, just a small mention of Skynet...but it will be bangin your eardrums courtesy of Clear Soul Forces (CSF) and their recently released debut album Detroit Revolution(s)Lemme give y'all some background. CSF is a foursome out of, where else, Detroit and made up of L.A.Z, J-Roc (aka Noveliss), E-Fav, and producer/emcee Ilajide. With one mixtape, an EP, a couple videos, a performance at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival's Show and Prove Super Bowl *cough robbed cough* these dudes barely had time to relish the release of their first full length LP. You see the day before it dropped they were on a plane and set for a trip to SXSW to perform on the Red Bull Soundstage thanks to Dru Ha of Duck Down Music. They have come a long way from when I first saw them at BHF eight months ago.

It would be arduous, and extremely long winded, for me dissect Detroit Revolution(s) track by track so I'm gonna hit the high notes and leave the rest for you to discover on your own.  #REVO, as it's come to be known, is incredible listen. You will be ambushed throughout the 15 track LP by lyrics, on lyrics, on lyrics (no Kanye) and assaulted with slaps mostly courtesy of Ilajide (10 tracks) with the remainder filled in by Nameless, KanKick, and King Midas.                                                                         #REVO opens with "Detroit Revolution(s)", a call to order of sorts, to present the album Detroit Revolution(s) to the people and then followed immediately by "Welcome To The Show". This is just a mere introduction to the lyrical capabilities of all four emcees highlighted by lines like  L.A.Z's "we drop gems like clumsy jewelers" and Ilajide's "blade in my wrist like Assassins Creed". A nice welcome to for those that appreciate lyricism. Attempting to define each emcee is difficult because each bring a different flavor to the table and all are more that capable to carry a track at any time. 
In my very humble opinion, J-Roc is the more refined lyricist. I have yet to hear a J-Roc verse that I didn't like. "Half As Long//Twice As Nice", one of my favorites, opens with a verse from J-Roc. Remember that small mention of Skynet...yep it's right there a long with the line "they tell me 'break a leg'/I get on stage and become a paraplegic". Then later he spits "Only fall asleep to beats/take this instrumental Ambien"...fresh. Ilajide chimes in later in the record that his "shit is velociraptic"...and I couldn't describe him any better. Ilajide, to me, is the wild card of the group. J-Roc, E-Fav, and L.A.Z have a mostly smooth delivery throughout #REVO where Ilajide's voice is raspy and his delivery is choppy and hype like an ADHD kid off his Adderall. Reminds me of an old episode of BET's "Rap City: The Basement" where Pharoahe Monch was in the freestyle booth with Big Tig and caught an asthma attack. This is especially notable early on in #REVO on the track "Keep It Movin", later in "Ass To The Flo" and "Runnin".
"Gets No Better" is the first single from the group, for good reason, and was dropped in a dope little video. This joint may still be my favorite from the album. Maybe it's the beat (brought to you by KanKick) or maybe it's the witty punchlines like E-Fav's "...playin hookie while my paper double triple like LeBron as a rookie". It could be Ilajide's "who colder my shit is cryogenic" but then again it could also be L.A.Z's "It's only right that I get it in/got her mind open like she took the pill from Limitless". The most likely answer is all of the above all wrapped in one little 4:46 package.
E-Fav is that "old reliable" in the crew, in my opinion, always spitin smooth bars with occasional changes in cadence. When he does decide to change it up you get the opening verse to "Stack Yo Paypuh!!!" with a double time of sorts. He's the guys that you might miss but then think "damn, that was nice. Who was that?"...E-Fav.
L.A.Z can do it all, he can get hype, vary his cadence and flow, and then come back on the next track with a laid back easy verse. His verse on "The World Is Yours" is one of my favorites from him on the album when he spits "You probably try angles like an isosceles/We the reason people wakin up, the flow is coffee beans". I love the sample from Ilajide on this track...but it is killing me not to be able to place it. I know the song...but I feel like it's from a movie. Dammit, foiled again.
I can't even begin to describe "Catch Me If You Can". If it's lyrics you want/like then this joint is for you. I dig the part where L.A.Z takes shots..."Tryin to be the Mufasa of the pad penin/lyin if they sayin they lions/they Matt Millen". Anyone notice how the Lions got infinitely better after Millen was shitcanned?
Bottom line is this album is a dope debut and a good look for Clear Soul Forces. The word play is insane the beats are good...and at a "name your own price" on their Bandcamp there is no earthly reason, that I can think of anyway, why each and every one of y'all reading this should not have it bumpin through your speakers. After you pick it up, hit them at their Facebook and let them know how you feelin it.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fly Moon Royalty - Lemonade (Video)

Sportn' Life Records own Fly Moon Royalty dropped a video this week for "Lemonade" of their debut self titled Fly Moon Royalty. The duo of Action Jackson and Adra Boo did this one up nice. I have always like the keys in this track.

Grynch - Perspective (Video)

Check out the dope new video for the title track "Perspective" (produced by Jake One) from Grynch's new album of the same name...thus the term "title track" dummies. This was shot at his album release party a few weeks ago at Neumos in Seattle. I was there and it was glorious. Head on over to iTunes and pick up Perspective. Peep game.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saved By the Bells…

What upper?  It’s hump day, but that ain’t how my day started.  However, the second best way to start the day is a dope-ass song/video.  Thanks to Tanya Morgan’s new joint, I forgot about my lack of lovin’ this morning…well, for 2:42, anyway.  Peep:

Tanya Morgan's 'You & What Army' available here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

SOTA - Unfazed

After the release of Thaddeus Davids solo LP and Parker Joe's project with Lace Cadence the SOTA dudes are back in the lab mixin up some new shit. "Unfazed" was produced by Seattle beat maker Aaron the King and will lead the group into their next show on April 14th at Showbox At The Market with Dom Kennedy.

Attention, Attention, read all about it...

DJ Phinisey has released the second single from his upcoming production album. This particular track, "Attention!", features John Crown. The beat is nice and John Crown sounds like he's comfortable on it as well.

He's the Bread Winner...

A new joint from MIKE CLASSIC featuring French Montana..."Whole Different Lane". Nice to hear some new shit from Mike. Rumor on the streets is that a new mixtape is in the near future. I certainly hope so.

Some cereal...It's posed to be good for you.

It my not be this Mikey but Mic Phenom thought he would remind you with his newest song and video, "I'm Mikey". No doubt Mic P is nice on the mic and the song shows that...the video however leaves a little to be desired. Maybe I'm just mad cause they're in my favorite sneaker shop in the Town. Bastards. Check out the video, and then hit the link below for the download.

This song describes my life

...or what I hope it to be one day. Notion sent through his new track, "Champagne & Caviar", featuring Grynch and Luck-One and is produced by MTK.

It's my party...

Well it's not really my party but it IS the homey Brainstorm's (of Dyme Def) birfday. Dude thought he would set it off with another free verse for the masses. This time he goes in over a Swiff D beat. Check it out.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kendall Elijah - The Wild (video)

Catch introduced me to Kendall Elijah almost a year ago when dude dropped his EP, Eli Dynamite. Since then it has been in rotation on the ipod impatiently waiting for him to drop some new shit. Well, when he hit me up on Twitter asking if I had seen the video, which I hadn't, I thought it was for some of that new new. Come to find out it was for the track "The Wild" of the aforementioned EP. The song is dope, the video is dope, the kid is dope. Check them all out. You can hit him up on Twitter and then head over to his bandcamp and pick up the EP. Check out the video below.