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Von Poe VII – “Perris Boulevard” (ft Annette Robles)

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Back in November, California emcee Von Poe VII dropped the second single (the first was “Breeze“) from his forthcoming re-release of The Purity of Love and War. Re-working the original 2014 version, this newer version strips away the melancholy, jazzy vibe to instead find him rapping over a Thovo Beats-produced head-nodding, boom bap joint that has a haunting, whimsical sample humming in the distance. The lyrics are the same, with him reminiscing about growing up in his hometown, but his delivery has more of a punch, while Annette Robles (Poe’s childhood friend) echos some of his vocals and talks shit in the background. Give it a listen below, and look out for the album!

Papi Dollaz – “Hands Up Can’t Breathe” video

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One of the songs that I liked on Joogy Music‘s Out of the Box album, was the song that he produced for Papi Dollaz‘ “Hands Up Can’t Breathe”. The hard-hitting beat is led by a whimsical-sounding xylophone, and it’s met with Papi’s gritty voice and social commentary on racial inequality, police brutality, and making your voice matter, and it is really dope to me. Check out the music video below, and make sure you grab the song for free via Joogy’s latest project.

Joogy Music – “Out of the Box” album

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On November 27th, Colorado-based producer Joogy Music released a 12-track project, called Out of the Box. It’s a compilation that showcases his production credentials through a variety of songs that he produced for numerous rappers, including fellow Organized Threat artists Papa J. Ruiz (see “Pains of Love” video) and Von Poe VII, as well as Papi Dollaz (watch “Hands Up Can’t Breathe” video), Simlah Henry, Ramond, and others. His production styles range from experimental hip hop to trap (if you want to hear more of his beats, check out Samples of Fire). Half of the songs on this album, though, is music that I don’t personally enjoy, but the other half of it is music that I do. Either way, see what you think by listening to the album below, then download for free or name your price, if you’re feelin’ it.

Small Professor – “Mixed Jawns IV” album

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The last time that I shared a Small Professor project was in 2014, and here we are with 2015 coming to an end… and he has since dropped a handful of projects. Oops. Well, today, he dropped a late Christmas gift for his listeners, so I’m gonna share it now. Mixed Jawns IV is the 15th–YEP, FIFTEENTH–“Jawns” project, and the Philly producer compiles 12 beats where, I believe, he flipped other producer’s samples and also attempted to recreate their styles. He does a pretty damn good job, too, especially with the 9th Wonder, Flying Lotus, Knxwledge, Diamond D, Pete Rock, and DJ Shadow jawns. I was smiling and nodding my head when listening to this project, so give it a listen and then download it for free or name your own price.

Album Review: Jean Grae – “iSweatergawd” EP

Being that the year is almost over, I wanted to get in some stuff that I haven’t been able to/haven’t had time to write about… until now! Here we go. Since I wrote about Jean Grae‘s SAIX EP, which came out at the same time as this project (in June!), I gotta write about this one. iSweatergawd is a 6-track album that was produced entirely by Quelle Chris and, after releasing a few cool R&B projects, we hear Jeannie spitting raps on the mic again!

Pentatonix – Carol of the Bells

MERRY MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAAASSSS! I told you that PTX would make another appearance on this Christmas countdown of mine, and here we are wuth Carol Of The Bells. I was...

Bely Basarte – “Acoustic Christmas” EP

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In celebration of her mid-December birthday, and with Christmas on the way, Spanish singer-songwriter Bely Basarte released a compilation album, called Acoustic Christmas. It’s a 5-track project that finds her with an acoustic guitar, covering 5 classic Christmas carols: “White Christmas”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Let It Snow”. I found her by doing a random Christmas-based search on Youtube, and I was captivated by her sweet and tender pop vocals over an acoustic guitar (that she plays), and she charming was to watch. So, get in the Christmas spirit (if that’s your thing), and watch her perform each carol below, and then buy the EP if you’re digging it.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – “What’s This?”

So, Tim Burton’s  The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies of all time. I think I was about 10 years old when the movie originally released and it’s perfect to be honest: a movie that ingeniously combines Halloween & Christmas (!!!) has a timeless soundtrack AND great animation and voice acting?! Pssshhh! TNBC is definitely on my favorite Christmas time song list.

Lauren Desberg – “Merry Melody Medley” (ft Kris Bowers) video

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Lauren Desberg is a 23-year-old jazz vocalist that is originally from Los Angeles, California, but is currently living in New York. I had never heard of her until a few days ago, when I stumbled on this song via Soundcloud while I was searching for Christmas-themed songs. Within a few seconds, I knew that I had to share it with you all. “Merry Melody Medley” is a medley of 7 classic Christmas songs that she covers in under 3 minutes, with the assistance of Los Angeles-based jazz pianist and composer, Kris Bowers. Lauren has such a beautiful voice that’s easy to listen to, and, on this song, it rests between a laid-back, matured jazz tone that occasionally stretches into some dazzling high, yet soft, pop notes. Watch the video below or stream it via the Soundcloud player, and then follow any one of the links listed to get to know her more. Also, check out her debut album, Twenty First Century Problems, that released earlier this year.

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas

Do I really need to explain why this is a favorite? Mariah is staple at Christmastime and I truly don’t think I can ever get sick of this song. Ever. She is the ultimate Christmas Queen and no one will ever change my mind about that. I love this song because it’s uptempo and fun; it’s impossible to be in a bad mood listening to this song!