With the summer winding down at rapid speed, artists are taking advantage of the swift time-frame and releasing fresh music that we can still blast while we wait for fall's arrival.
Detroit R&B singer Jeff Dean recently dropped his single T.K.O. which features Detroit R&B superstar La'Britney. The two compliment each other well on the record as they both use the sex to boxing analogy which is clever in itself. With boxing and sex, you burn calories, your heart receiving a workout, and it keeps you in shape, none of which are bad things at all.
The track is definitely radio-friendly so be expecting to hear it on the airways as we close out another hot, humid summer.
It all started with a search on Soundcloud.
Music and inspiration are two things that are always in arm’s reach. You may have to extend your upper body a little bit to grab it, but nonetheless, it’s always nearby and ready to be utilized.
As always, I’m browsing on Soundcloud and I come across a record label called, TreeHouse Vibes, that’s straight out of London, UK. Anybody that’s familiar with their music scene knows that they’re not only students of their own musical, but they know our music even better than we do sometimes. Nonetheless, I knew I was in for some head-nodding, and high pitch ooh’s and ahh’s once I pressed play. I was right.
On “Velocity,” I wasn’t prepared for the musical smorgasbord that echoed out of my speakers. I had so many nouns, verbs, and adjectives flowing through my head, that it was hard to comprehend. Vibes, (ala the title of their record label) is all I could come up with. To be honest, it sounds like an early Ameriie track flipped around and made into something that again, even I can’t wholeheartedly describe. So instead of talking any further, I’ll let you decide. And if you have time, browse the entirety of their Soundcloud page.
P.S. See if you can name the sample that’s being used in the record.
Rebuilding takes time, we all know this. We also know the horrid stories that people outside of the Michigan border say about the greatest city on earth, being Detroit. Bankrupt? Crime-ridden? Poverty-stricken? Yeah, we get it. But along with the negative, you can't negate the positive aspects that have come from and continues to come from our city.
Detroit's own Adam Reveire has released his video for "Passion." We find ourselves watching Adam sprint across various sectors of Detroit and delivering bar after bar at the same time.
"Rap is full of clones or she a whore-ish mama
Grown Men crying bout Desiigner
Cuz they never could quite design a
Plan to get their music popping
Too focused on buying wack designers"
Adam Reverie represents the original essence of Hip-Hop. Pure, uncharted passion gift-wrapped onto a sensitive track.
Today’s version of Hip-Hop is vastly different from the golden age of yesteryear. Artists of young and seasoned age are discovering that there are other ways to make money and create content then they may be accustomed to. Drink Champs Podcast happens to come from this ideology.
If you’ve watched a Drink Champs episode, then you may be familiar with the overzealous “Make some noiiiiiiise,” intro that Hip-Hop legends Noreaga and DJ EFN belt out at least 2,000 times every second. This energy that they exude comes from Noregea’s philosophy of giving the legends in Hip-Hop their flowers while they can still smell them. Drink Champs has interviewed practically every legend in your top 5, 10, or 20 lists (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Ice-T, etc) and they continuously bring on intriguing guests for hip-hop’s fans viewing pleasure.
Production maestro Swizz Beatz recently guest starred on the wildly popular and gave arguably one of the best interviews of his career. You may need to take a few bathroom breaks in between (the interview is over 3 hours long) but per usual, Swizz provided golden nuggets about his personal life, art, and the music business. These are the three things I gathered from his interview with the Drink Champs Podcast.
Swizz Beatz Hates To See DMX Suffer:
“I go home to a very comfortable lifestyle that I worked hard for, slept on studio floors for, everything. And to see my brother that I started with not be where he should be, it f— with me every night.”
Swizz Beatz is the representation of a real friend. Since DMX started out with the Ruff Ryders in the 90’s, he’s seen his big hits come to fruition on the strength of his bars, and Mr. Showtime’s grand production skills. X has had drug issues and run-in’s with law enforcement, but none of this has deterred his relationship with DMX which is highly commendable in today’s fickle world of friendships.
X Has Always Been A Giving Soul:
“X gave his money away, he didn’t blow his money.”
Another running narrative in Dark Man X’s career is the notion that he blew his money on drugs and women. Swizz put this to rest in speaking on how DMX would give his money out to the homeless, give the shoes off of his feet to people, and also help individuals who needed bills paid.
Swizz Beatz (Technically) Retired From Music In 2009:
“I retired from music once I made “On To The Next One,” for Jay-Z.
One of Jay-z’s biggest singles off of 2009’s “The Blueprint 3” was created by way of Swizz bowing out from the music game to pursue other endeavors. He foreshadowed what other artists are now doing in the year 2017.
Check out Swizz Beatz Drink Champs episode right here.
Adam Reverie is like a chameleon in the way he approaches his music. Being from the mighty area of Linwood, in Detroit, he incorporates the aura of street life, but with a twist. Positive vibes are the main ingredient in his cookbook of music which boils out onto each track that he releases. This is what made me take heed to “PASSION.”
PASSION is a self-explanatory song. It’s brazen, it’s braggadocious and straightforward. On the 2:30-minute track, he doesn’t hold his tongue or his opinion on today’s version of rappers.
“I am coming, running, gunning, never fronting
You Gone Love it This I Know
Yo Favorite rapper dissed his favorite rapper
With his favorite rapper’s stolen flow”
Everyone has an answer to the solution, but very rarely do people go back and study the question. Adam Reverie does that, plus more in his “state of the union address” toward Detroit, women, old foes, and those pesky new age rappers.
Check out “PASSION”
(Artwork by Tony Whlgn of The Whlgn)
Sometimes I wish intro's to great albums weren't so short. It's like a vacation that started on Friday but rushes toward Monday leaving you wondering if you even left home. Beggars can't be choosers.
Joey Badass has been on my radar of artists who represents the fertilizer that continues to provide nourishment for the garden of Hip-Hop. Since "1999," Joey has continued to elevate his game as a leading artist out of the holy land of Hip-Hop, being New York. Listening to "All Amerikkkan Badass" makes me understand my own biased viewpoint, which bleeds over onto my appreciation for such an album that captures where we are in America.
Being that it's only 1:38 minutes long, Joey is telling us to WAKE UP and understand our place in America today. Not in a Spike-Lee movie type of way, but more so in a dream-like, smooth type of way. And no, I'm not speaking on the "woke" term that we as millennials love to toy with. I mean that deep awakening that our forefathers such as Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X stood on solid concrete and talked about for hours on in.
"Time to wake up, Won’t you come and smell the hot coffee, Stick your nose in the wrong places, one day you’ll OD"
Please, do yourself a favor a check out this masterpiece that Joey Bada$$ has given the world.