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Sammy Warm Hands – “Vacant Eyes (Remix)” video

Oregon-based emcee Sammy Warm Hands dropped a brand new music video, for a song called “Vacant Eyes (Remix)”. The original song was on his Famous Last Words project, but this one has new lyrics, and was remixed bu Graves 33. On the Graves 33-directed video, we hear Sammy battling with the duality of life while he walks through the city and lies in a bed of leaves, with purple color overlays and images of money, upside-down crosses, paint splatters, and random colorful visuals flashing throughout the video.

Stillborn Identity – “Let The Picture Grow” (ft Shaggy Rogers)

Pittsburgh-based rapper Stillborn Identity dropped a new track a couple of days ago, called “Let The Picture Grow”. Over a head-nodding, boom bap beat, produced by Quattro Sicko, it finds Shaggy Rogers and Stillborn releasing some pent-up emotions revolving around relationships and sex, while throwing in some humor about over-using the Tinder app. Give it a listen below and download for free.

Tiffology’s Art: Brown Bag AllStars vector series

As a fan of the individual artists within the Brown Bag AllStars hip hop crew, I wanted to express my love for their music by doing vectors of each of them. Over the course of a few weeks, and after gathering reference photos of the guys, I unveiled each finished piece, via my social sites, as they were completed. I decided that I should post it here, too. I had fun creating these, and I’m really happy with the final pieces. Check them out below, if you haven’t already seen them!

Album Review: Kap Kallous – “DECEMBER”

Since releasing his Grandeur album (which I reviewed), the Orlando-native, Los Angeles-based emcee Kap Kallous has been working hard on the next project. One year later, on June 22nd, he released DECEMBER. While he collected beats from some familiar collaborators (such as David Grants, Optiks, ALXNDRBRWN, Klutch, and others), the lyrical content takes a different path than his previous works. Self-proclaimed as his most personal album to date, this 13-track album (14, if you include the bonus track “Pine Box“) finds him shedding all concepts, to share and expose his history, dark thoughts, and a lot of deeply-rooted feelings. It’s unexpected, yet unexpectedly amazing to sit back and get a glimpse at this other side of Kap Kallous.

There are a handful of vocal features from Dude Tunes (which you’ve heard them together on “Paper Cuts“, from the last album), Martin Salazar, Lia Mack, and Jade Lawhon, as well as Wrekonize and Luckyiam on the bonus cut. As usual, I spent a lot of time listening to this album, both as a fan and a reviewer, to fully digest it and interpret each song in length. Keep reading, if you’re interested. Otherwise, check the rating, click the reader rating bar to leave your own, and then scroll to the bottom to find the Bandcamp player and purchase links.

Zavala – “Purples”

If you follow Chicago-based producer Zavala (@zavalabeats) on social media, particularly his Soundcloud, you’d see that he’s been pushing out new songs. I believe that this is to get us ready for his forthcoming album, which he’s talked about on Instagram, saying “New EP set for Late October on Fake Four. News coming soon.

Since the last one dropped, he put out a brand new beat a couple of days ago, called “Purples”. It’s a fun electronic jam with danceable drum rhythms, warped vocals, slinky synths, and some airy, sci-fi-like percussion sprinkled throughout. It’s a groovy, feel good beat that will make you move around. I like it. Give it a listen, then go download it from Soundcloud.

Vel The Wonder – “Stella Rose” video

From Vel The Wonder‘s (@velthewonder) debut album, titled Laced With Pearls, released early last year, she recently dropped a music video for “Stella Rose”. Produced by Eskupe, we hear Vel rapping about hip hop being the life that runs through one’s veins, over a jazzy boom bap beat. In the music video, we see just that–the Los Angeles-based rapper kicking it with her friends, and they’re all participating in the four original elements. Directed by LeftRightCreations, watch the video below.

Deuce Eclipse & J.Lately – “Caught Up”

At the end of this month, Bay Area emcees Deuce Eclipse and J.Lately will be releasing a collaborative album, called The Setup. Pretty big fan of J.Lately and new to Deuce, and I’m loving this first single from them so much!

Produced by Jamie Way, “Caught Up” fumbles over warm bass chords, slapping boom bap drums, and largely driven by a familiar 90’s RnB vocal sample, and I rock with it big time. The beat is what pulled me in, in the first place. Then came the guys. J.Lately tells a story in the first verse, about how he got caught up between two women and how it all fell apart. Stepping into the second verse, Deuce Eclipse raps about learning from mistakes and getting back up from those bad situations.

Halfmanhalf – “Doses” (ft Cory Kendrix & Brill)

It’s been a long time since Halfmanhalf (@halfmanhalf) graced the pages of CrayonBeats. Today, he dropped a brand new single, called “Doses”. The last time we heard any music from him was in 2011, when he released his debut solo album, titled Glow. Then, throughout the years, he dropped a video, a single, and a couple features here and there. I interviewed him in our first magazine issue in 2013, where he talked about his debut album, and touched a little bit on the album that would follow. He said it’d be, “a little more grimy than Glow, but it won’t disappoint the fans of my first album.” While I’m not sure if this new single is going to be on that same album he spoke of, it does fit in with being grimy.

DJ Low Cut – “2 Chains” (ft Akin Yai)

DJ Low Cut has a song with Akin Yai, called “2 Chains”, that was featured on the 7th Banzai Lab compilation earlier this month. DJ Low Cut created a boom bap, piano-driven beat that has a fun little melody, and it sounds like it could be a hip hop theme song to a children’s game or sing-a-long educational song. The latter suits Akin Yai‘s deep lyrical content of this song, which is juxtaposed with a playful, lighthearted delivery. “Grab your kids, grab your children, here’s a story,” begins Akin Yai, as he raps about two perspectives of chains–the chains that restrained humans in the transatlantic slave ships and the infatuation with chains in hip hop.

Heresy – “Da Call Out” video

I loooove an all-female hip hop group, especially when it consists of dope emcees. Heresy is a 4-person group made up of Monie Love, Dominique Larue, Carolina Dirty, and MyVerse. Although I haven’t heard of the latter two, they certainly made their presence known on this first single, along with Monie and Dominique!

Coming from North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida, these four emcees jump on “Da Call Out” with fiery verses, aggressive flows, and something to say. Over a soulful boom bap beat, produced by Mista Lawnge of Black Sheep, they lace lyrics that promote self-respect, unity, love, and womanhood, while protesting police brutality, violence, and hate. Great talent is represented here. I don’t know about you, but I’m incredible excited about this EP. If you’re not, we might have a problem.