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Fresh Video: RBMA Presents “Diggin in the Carts” – A Documentary Series about Japanese Video Games

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Written by Leo J

I come from the generation that grew up on videos games. It was a huge part of my youth growing up and when time permits I still like to jump on a console and push buttons for hours on end. I can remember the first video game I really got into was at my cousins house. It was the classic “Tank” Atari game. Loved that one. Today the good folks over at the Red Bull Music Academy tapped into my child hood memories when they released a trailer to their new documentary series focusing on Japanese video game music. Super dope and something my generation can relate to. Peep the trailer below and be sure to follow up with them over at www.redbullmusicacademy.com on September 4th for the first episode.

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Fresh Video: “This Thing We Do: Houston DJ Culture Revealed” – Preview Trailer

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Written by Leo J

Our state of Texas will forever be engrained in Hip Hop. Houston,TX in particular. So many well respected hip hop labels and artists have come from there. At one point they took over the scope of hip hop and were the trendsetters for many in the music industry. Knowing that it was a city with such a diverse and rich history, I was excited to hear about this project “Things We Do“, a look into the Houston DJ Culture. I was instantly pulled in as I could relate since I was a co-producer for our documentary project We From Dallas. When I heard it was long time vinyl enthusiast and historian Flash Gordon Parks behind the project, I knew it was in good hands and was probably done thoroughly. Over the weekend a trailer/preview was released on the film and it’s a great introduction of what to expect. I look forward to its release and would love to get it screened up here in Dallas. Peep the trailer below.

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Fresh Video: W.A.R. Media Producer – Da Dreak

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Written by Leo J

Have you ever heard a snare slap so hard that it made you blink? What about that devastating bass groove that drops and makes you perform your “ugghghhhh” face? Any beat fanatic or fan of quality producing knows exactly what I’m talking about. More times than not I’ve found myself in that mode when I got a chance to hear the music of Da Dreak at a  number of beat battles, a producer showcase or two, as well as an artist at different spots around Dallas. It wasn’t until later on that I learned that not only being a quality producer and artist, there was more to him behind the boards that people knew about. Over the last year or so Da Dreak has been traveling to NYC quite often and building impactful industry relationships that have provided an opportunity unlike ever before in his musical career.  A new video today released by W.A.R. Media gives you a quick intro and the happenings behind what Da Dreak is up to at the moment with the company. Peep the video below.

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Fresh Music: “Old Jonesy” by M_Slago

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Written by Callie Dee

Hey everyone, it’s the Femme of the Funk or Femme of the Fort- whichever you prefer.  I’m here with a #Fresh new album from Dallas’ own M_Slago.  You wouldn’t know from his humble demeanor in public, but this guy has got some great things out right now.  Homeboy Sandman just released an album that M_Slago completely produced and has had great buzz.  So when I was given the opportunity to review “Old Jonesy” I was pretty excited. I popped it in the CD player of my car and let M_Slago take me on a journey.  First and foremost, I have to say, my oldest son (who states that he doesn’t like hip hop) has actually listened to this album in the car without turning on the FM Radio. That, my friends, is a first!! This album was intended to be an instrumental, not a “beat tape”, and that’s exactly what it is. The different notes play roles in an orchestra like production where a story is told. When asked which was his favorite track he eloquently stated, “It’s a fluid album, I think, so preferences change and shape shift like water.” He hit the description on the head because each track comes in like the tides and takes you over with waves of different instruments and beats. Then it brings you back to the shore before dissipating into the next track.  I have found myself more relaxed during my drive with this album on, almost like listening to the ocean tides.  “Everything I make is a manifestation of me,” says M_Slago. “I consider my music to be my soul in stereo.”  If that’s the case, M_Slago is full of jazz, laid back, futuristic to a point, and overall timeless at the same time. This project was made in FL studio, coupled with records (of course) and Akai MPK62. If you’re like me that’s like a foreign language but I’m sure some heads out there will appreciate that info. M_Slago changed the name 3 or 4 times in the year he worked on it before receiving a voice mail from “Tonesy” which is the starting track, and thus going with “Old Jonesy”.

This album is not only meant to be heard, it’s meant to be FELT, and I’m definitely feeling it….go check it out.

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Fresh Music: “NuDallas” by Terrance Spectacle

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Written By: KarmaSerene

With a name like Terrance Spectacle, I dove into Nu Dallas looking for a fresh mix of sounds and that’s exactly what I was met with when I heard the project. Coming to us from Dallas by way of Detroit, I was interested what Terrance Spectacle would bring to table and how he would mix the two equally distinctive, yet vast musically histories. He doesn’t. What he does do is bring forth a fresh, independent sound.  It’s hard to compare this project to anything and that’s GREAT. It’s refreshing to see artists step outside the box (or stay outside of it in some cases). Terrance Spectacle offers a suitably mix of ingenuity and fun with his music. Mix that with wit and raw talent and you have this project. There’s no trace of pretense or airs with this project and you’ll find yourself grooving throughout its 28 minute duration.

One of the project’s many high points is “Say My Name.” It’s a melding of escapism, melodic grooves, and cool. It also doesn’t hurt that he flipped the popular chorus of Destiny’s Child’s gold selling single of the same name. The familiarity draws the listener in without discounting what Terrance brings to the table. Not an easy task to do. After all, girls love Beyoncé.

Blu Summer is assisted by Brandon Fxrd, KissedKilled, Jarvis Hodges, Crit Morris and gives listeners what they have come to expect from a southern rap release if that’s what they are looking for. That being said, this track is not filler. Each artists holds their own on the track and none of the rhymes are rudimentary or run of the mill.

Futon is the highlight of the outing for me. Vocalist Nicole Fenner lends a hand with her sultry, rich vocals delivering a witty chorus. What I thought was going to be laid back jam about struggle sex turned into snare driven, uptempo EDM inspired groove with glimmers of trap and Afrobeat, if you will. Well played Mr. Spectacle.

Terrance Spectacle covers a lot of ground in Nu Dallas. His approach to his art is light and enjoyable. He entertains listeners with a hypnotic persistence. The ultimate irony about art is that limits can be freeing when boundaries are pushed. Keep pushing Spectacle!


KarmaSerene is the personal assistant to Brooklyn based emcee Torae and Internal Affairs Entertainment as well as a full time music lover. Find her on twitter: @Karmaserene

 

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Fresh Music: “A​.​I​.​M. RELOADED” by Mozez Tha Great

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Written by Callie Dee
It’s Callie Dee, the Femme of the Funk back with another album review.  Trying to pump a few of these out while I have a chance to breathe….Mozez tha Great released A.I.M. (Anit Industry Music) Reloaded a few weeks ago.  I’ve had some technical issues so my apologies on the lateness.  Better late than never, right?
The Album starts with a poetry reading over what sounds like thousands of screaming fans, almost a mission statement on track one, Anti Industry Music.  “I’m making that revolution music, something you want to be in tuned with,” says the first music track, “Turn Me Up”.  With 14 tracks, this album comes out with a diverse array of music.  You have the High Energy tracks like “Turn Me Up,” the head bobber like “Go Hard,” the lyrically dense like “Let It Go,” and it can’t be complete without one for the ladies, “Addiction.”  Yes, A.I.M. Relaoded sprayed a buckshot of 14 tracks to hit 14 different targets.  Mozez matched the energy he disperses on stage to the tracks of this album.  I’ve said it before, Mozez the Great has a great mainstream appeal and I see his tracks easily getting radio airplay.  A.I.M. Reloaded paints the picture of this artist’s struggle while giving vision to his dreams.
You can download “A.I.M. Reloaded” for free on bandcamp, but do a solid give the homie a $1 or something.  He’s put a lot of heart and soul into this one, not to mention TIME!
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Fresh Music: “Our Names” Feat. Vast Aire by Blaze Won

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Written by Alsace Carcione

With a familiar sample coming on as if from a scene of a blaxploitation film, this is anthem music. Blaze Won has been one of the undiscovered jewels when it comes to bars and wordplay. This song gets the mind wondering to see where he will go next. With lines such as, “I was raised on content too grown for me. That was back before critics had stones for me. And also, “Pros becoming cons and hos becoming moms”. A history, religious and street lesson all in one song. The song features Vast Aire who is currently working with the likes of MF Doom and has opened the doors to other artists and musicians looking to collaborate. It is most definitely a song to give a few listens to. “I just want to see the sky before I see my fall” is something we all wish for.

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