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L*Roneous & 2bers – “Competition” video

Oakland-based emcee L*Roneous (@LRoneous) will be releasing another collaborative album with Albuquerque-based emcee/producer duo 2bers (BlesInfinite and Eph), titled Kill To Sing The Blues, on August, 14th. This isn’t their first rodeo together, though, as they linked up early last year for Utopian Blues. Then, back in June, they released a little 3-song EP prelude to this forthcoming album, called Wizdom Blues. While you wait for this new project, you should give a listen to those other albums.

Taelor Gray – “Sing About It” (ft Yaves) video

A couple of weeks ago, Ohio-based emcee Taelor Gray (@taelor_gray) released a song called “Sing About It”, and dropped a video around the same time. Produced by Akeem Towns, Taelor Gray raps about how people’s life stories don’t become important and of value unless it can be made into worldwide entertainment (“I keep it timid, so you can’t see inside // I keep it timid, ’cause what’s it matter if I’m quiet // It’s systemic // They don’t want it ‘less it raps, ‘less it sings, ‘less it cries on cue // ‘Less it’s king on that holiday // Unless you make that silver screen, then it’s comedy“).

Atmosphere – “Sunshine” video

As a long-time fan of Atmosphere (@atmosphere), which began in 2000, I’m happy to see that an older song, like “Sunshine”, was given some extra light today with a music video. From the 2007-released Sad Clown Bad Summer 9 EP, the music video was created using 100% solar-power, courtesy of SunPort. Directed by Victor Rukavina, it follows a girl throughout her day; from waking up with a hangover to enjoying the beautiful day and what life has to offer.

Tone Liv & DJ Priority – “Clockwork” album

New Jersey-based emcee Tone Liv and producer DJ Priority recently linked up to release a full-length album, on June 16th, called Clockwork. The album is 17 tracks deep, riding heavy on head-nodding boom bap beats, complete with sharp cuts, while Tone Liv grips the mic with one hand and keeps a tall can of beer in the other. With a straight-forward delivery, he raps about liquor, having a strong work ethic, not being one to contend with on a lyrical front, women and sex, and more. The album includes guest features from Pacewon, Godilla, B Stilt, Sosh B, Skrewtape, Burke The Jurke, and others. Stream the album in its entirety, then follow the link at the bottom to buy the album for $10.

Miya Folick – “Oceans”

Miya Folick (@miyafolick) is a Los Angeles-based singer that describes her music as being “grunge folk”. “Oceans” is her latest song, and it finds her channeling a delicate sound, as she begins the song by gracefully singing over the gentle plucks of a guitar, while evoking feelings of loneliness and defeat (“I am a loser, already lost“). It wasn’t until the 2-minute mark that my head turned, feeling wholly captivated, when drums and an extra guitar rushed in, and there was vengeful emotion and strength breaking through her passionate vocals. It’s kind of a conversation with herself, reminding her that it’s OK to feel sad and/or afraid.

REIGNBEAU – “Ghost”

After pressing play on REIGNBEAU‘s (@REIGNBEAU) song “Ghost” today, and being mesmerized by the music, I knew I had to share it immediately. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, REIGNBEAU (pronounced “rainbow”) is made up of Bryce Hample, along with Hannah Daney, Colleen Johnson, Madeline Johnston, and James Sturgis. REIGNBEAU has released several projects over the years, that you can hear and download over on Bandcamp (if you like what you hear here, I encourage you to browse through the discography).

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.

Geneva : Yours to Keep

I’ve been listening to this track non-stop for the last few days and I’m finally able to let you guys know my thought about it. In short, I’m in love with Geneva being in love.

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.