F.S.F (FEARS, SMILES AND FREESTYLES) VOL. 1
Heavily loaded with the preconceptions of what it takes to make a true Texas artist in this EP Gin Oakain Freestyles with hopes to bring the listener closer to himself. His unexplainable ability to give his heart with no corrections or coercion to give anything other than truth plays throughout this EP. – Sweargin
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So I was checking my submissions today and came across this artist Tommy Swisher who hails from East St. Louis but resides in Atlanta. He just released his new album entitled ‘Runaway To The Moon’ which is 11 tracks of soulful hip hop. Tommy’s eclectic style of singing and rapping are a perfect mixture of vulnerability & strength, while keeping the listeners vibed out on each song. This project is entangled with experiences of a love that has had significant meaning in his life that maybe still is prevalent but seems to be or already has fleeted. Tommy’s ability to bring a sound of authenticity in his songwriting and performances give me a feel of tenure which leads me to believe that we will be hearing about him consistently for years to come in the music business. I was thoroughly impressed with ‘Runway To The Moon’, some stand out tracks are: “Alone”, Fall For Me”, “Tell Somebody” and my personal favorite which I think is a smash “Spirit”. Take some time to check out this album it’s well worth the listen.
– Zech Wilson
Runway To The Moon
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Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0Z1XlGAEdCNZra5dGWjiiz
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In part 1, Tai Saint Louis from thecoolpeopleIknow.com interviewed D.Focis about his start in the music business, which was in Tokyo, Japan over a decade ago. For the first time, D.Focis discusses why, even after producing on over 50 albums, he eventually left Japan to return to the US. Follow @coolpeopleiknow , and @saintboogie on Twitter.
$wish is a newcomer in the Atlanta rap scene and has a solid single on his hands “Designer” produced by Memphis native Higgy Beats who in her own right has been creating quite a resume for herself in the Atlanta music scene as a producer on the rise. $wish has a fun and vibrant energy to him on this song, confidently cool, he sings on the hook “…Just know that I won’t be draped in no Designer, don’t need to pull your chick…” with the endless amount of materialism that we hear so often on hooks in songs, this one caught my attention due to that fact that it was totally opposite and it just had a really cool vibe to the song. I’m looking forward to more material and good vibe songs from $wish, his flows are sharp, he has his own style and he obviously has the ability to make organic and commercially viable music. Be on the look out also too for the show he is on “The Making of An Artist”
One Time for the Early Birds!!!
Steelo I.B. is back with his new mixtape called ‘Practice’. The project features notable industry instrumentals in which he displays an upward trajectory of subject matter, culture influencing, lyricism, flows and intricate rhyme patterns with overall pride in being a superior MC that is displayed on any verse he touches. ‘Practice’ is strengthen by Steelo’s ability to showcase in-depth growth as an artist as well as the ability to paint a canvas of society and the music industry in it’s current terms; which has happened on each project from the Virgin Islands’ native, an example of that is on the “Made You Look Exhibition” Steelo raps “…niggas unarmed/cops let the glock sing a love song/to a black man/cuz they love dat/hate to see a nigga getting success/now that’s real hate, not jealousy/this a system that look at us as the enemy…” Lines like these are compelling and shows that Steelo is well aware of the injustices that predicate our society and also not allowing the stresses of life to stop your focus on your purpose and to always forge on because in the next line he says “…so I could give a fuck if a nigga throwing shade/ with sunshine, children never know how to behave/ it’s crunch time, something like MJ with the fade/a Sensei with the blade, get the fuck up out my way, it’s Lo…” Powerful lyrics that reasonate and had that on repeat for me!!! The only feature is from his brother and stand out MC in his own right, Jaunee Be as they go back and forth in an exchange of shrewd and witty lines from both MCs on the ‘Love Me Exhibtion’ track, Jaunee raps “… this ain’t Cairo, Rome filthy, Babylon fall til then collect gold for when the dollar withdraws, drop jewels pick up gems, no illusion involved, stay truu what???…” and Steelo professing “…I know I said I was the best, but my bro’s better, I used to love Clipse but I think our flows better…” I absolutely appreciate the confident humility in artists, so when I hear lines like those, it gravitates to the kid in me that grew up loving Hip Hop MCs who were able to showcase the human factor we all possess with memorable bars. Other stand out tracks include “Humble Exhibition”, “Keep Ya Head Up Exhibition” & “Life Exhibiton”. Steelo does a great job grabbing some clever interludes and samples mixed in with picking some classic beats, while delivering stand out culture defining verses across the board. ‘Practice’ has the potential to cast his name into the industry spotlight of conversations of dope MCs that we should be taking note of and to me, he has certainly established himself as top tier MC in the industry. Steelo’s verses are so pristine and effortless that one can tell that one of his past times is ‘Practice’ … yes we’re talking about ‘Practice’!!! Definitely check out this project for the new wave of what’s to come in Hip Hop!!! #StayTruu