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Late Pass: Proper Etiquette by Rob Viktum

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Yeah yeah yeah. Same old story. Hella busy with tons to do and not a lot of posting. Well have no fear my peoples. I am back and I am here to do my time away some justice. Today I want to share with you all something super special. One of my favorite producers and people in Dallas, Rob Viktum, released a super fresh beat tape at the beginning of July titled, “Proper Etiquette“. How do the kids say? So good it will make you want to slap yo momma? That’s basically what this beat tape is. Something fresh. Rob’s always had a way of taking samples and making them his own. So much so that it’s not just your normal sample flip, but something Rob cooks up special for whatever he’s working on. A man that prides himself on beat culture, you can be sure to hear a ton of slappers and neck breakers on this one. Take a listen below.

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Fresh Video: Bee Feral – Frontin’

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About a month ago I made a remark online in regards to the large number of younger artists establishing a new movement of their own in north Texas, “New Dallas“. Although the whole “New enter your city here” series is running in a number of cities throughout the country, this is a movement that demands to be heard. Since I started this blog a year ago I’ve had the pleasure of posting about some of these new artists, seeing them perform live, as well as interacting with them through a personal and professional relationship. It’s a breathe of fresh air and I’m more than happy to embrace it. This past Monday one of those new artists named Bee Feral released a video titled “Frontin’“, directed by Jeremy Biggers.

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It’s officially his first introduction to Dallas hip hop and let me just say, he knocked it out the park. When I clicked play the first time I knew exactly where we were going, and I couldn’t have been more happier about what I was about to hear. The James Brown sample leads into the soft piano loop sample playing in the background match the energy the visuals were providing. Shout out to the producer on this one, Tae Beast. This video and song were executed properly with a timeless classic sound. For me it brought out the roots of everything I whole heartedly love about hip hop. Soulful sample based production with an MC that can spit. Nothing too complicated, just enough for anyone that loves lyrics and production can vibe to. And thats what we got from Bee Feral on this one. Classic hip hop sounds with a youthful touch. The Dallas emcee’s first project eMCee Squares debuts on June 30th.

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Fresh Music: Grey MatterProject

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Grey Matter is Dope. If there was ever an aptly titled project, this is it. The sound is a nostalgic mixture of cleverly delivered rhymes, hilarious intros, and catchy hooks. Make no mistake about it, I’m no stuck in the 90s hip hop head waiting for a resurgence of boom bap while waiting at the bus stop with my Walkman and Jansport back pack. But I do believe hip hop is lacking in the fun department AND actual effort. Grey Matter’s project is extremely fun. The duo opens the mixtape with a circus themed “The Frontal Lobe” so that lets you know where the project is headed. The play on words is exquisite on this track.

The energy isn’t lost through House of Legos featuring Bum Theary. In fact, it’s my personal favorite. Can we take a moment of silence to honor whomever is responsible for the cuts on this track? Okay. After that sonic high, the mixtape levels out and goes into somewhat of a funk. While the lyrical quality and production does stay intact, the energy isn’t the same. All is redeemed after the Brain Activity interlude. The duo finds their footing again on A Rapper That I Used to Know. While they do rap over Kanye’s Drive Slow, It’s not a rip off at all. They make the track their own. The highlight of the venture is authenticity. Even the dubstep influenced tracks seem clever and masterful. All inclusive, the quality is excellent. The rhymes are on point and the production is immaculate.  If you have an hour or so to spare and you’re tired of listening to rap elevator music, you should definitely check this project out. It’s worth the listen and few MGBs in your iPod. Peace!

KarmaSerene is the personal assistant to Brooklyn based emcee Torae, and Internal Affairs Entertainment. A full time music lover who can be found on Twitter:@KarmaSerene

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Fresh Music: “Incredi​Dope” by Romio No E

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Hey there Fresh Peeps, it’s the Femme of the Funk here with an album straight from my home town, Fort Worth, from none other than Romio No E.  Even though they didn’t get his name cleared, Erotic D had his hands in the mix on this album and its apparent.  I’ve had the opportunity to discuss this album with Romio, and he informed me it’s been 2 years in the making.  They took 45 songs and whittled it down to 15, the best of the best.

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Fresh Music: “$ Stacks & Body Bags” by 7evenThirty (prod. Gensu Dean)

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Hey all my #Fresh Peeps, it’s the Femme of the Funk back with a new track!  Dallas artist, 7evenThirty, has been on my radar lately with good reason.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of the tracks off his sophomore album, The Problem, performed live the past few months.  Backed by the “12 Bit Beat Maestro”, Gensu Dean, 7even has a cutting edge sound while still keeping it true to The Dirty South.  7even brings the energy he projects on stage to his first single, “$ Stacks & Body Bags”.  

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Fresh Music: “King” by Tru Def

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Editors Note – Been playing catch up today as this was submitted quite some time ago. No worries tho. Some serious heat on deck. Peep what one of contributors had to say #StayFresh

It’s that time again..

My email got the audible crack today in the form of a project entitled “Crown” released 4/20/2014 by a local artist I was unfamiliar with – cat by the name of Tru Def. Never met him but he’s been all in my headspace for the past hour.

Pause tho.. Before I go in on this project lemme just say this once:  I am writing this post almost a solid week after hearing the project twice.

Put that into perspective for a minute.

When was the last time you listened to anything twice all the way thru and still had an opinion or lets be real-ANY F*cks to give about it A SOLID WEEK LATER?

Maybe it’s just me.. maybe all the random music slid, submitted, emailed, hustled at carwashes. .left on my desk or “regifted” to me has simply given me a much shorter attention span.  Anytime I can remember a name AND a PROJECT….  A WEEK LATER??!!??!?  This was special for me.

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Fresh Music: “REDPILLwondrland” by Buffalo Black

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It takes courage to create art while remaining true to your vision. I’ve only been a fan of Buffalo Black’s music for a solid five months. For the entirety of those 152 days, he continually made me a believer in that vision. All of the previous work I’ve heard have been a stellar display of excellence. This remains the case for his new LP REDPILLwondrland. With that said, if Let There Be BLK was your pretty, young prom date, REDPILLwondrland is the beautiful, more experienced older sister. This is not a strained, overdone project. All the pieces fall right in place. Black seems to have found his sonic footing while remaining true to his artistry. He evokes much of the same passions of his last outing; yet something seems refreshing and orgasmic about this project.  My only complaint is that the project is too short.  Buffalo Black is such a talented individual that I feel short changed by the fact that there isn’t a healthy balance of all he is capable of giving. I WANT MORE! LOL.  It does leave me wondering if the late pass crowd won’t be able to grasp the level of talent Black possesses.

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