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Fresh Music: “Travel Guide EP” by Blaze Won

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Written by Callie Dee

Hey everyone, it’s Callie Dee, back with another #Fresh Album. This time we got “Travel Guide” by Dallas by Denton’s own, Blaze Won. Most of you are familiar with Blaze Won’s Battle Record and his No-Hold-Bar comments on Facebook. Guy has a way with words, that’s a definite. I hadn’t really heard anything of his that was non battle, non cypher, so I was interested when I heard he had a couple of new albums coming out. With all the “Baconomics” promo going on, a collaboration with Rob Viktum and Wild Bill, it surprised me he dropped “Travel Guide” first.

He takes a story teller approach to this album, each one a chapter into his life. When asked about this project, Blaze called it “Gritty sample hip hop beats with real life over the top as opposed to punchlines.” The first song out the box is a banger. “Still Around” makes you start bobbing your head and listening. “Even DOC knows nobody does it better in the D. Don’t agree go toe to toe with me and see,” he states right off the bat. That’s a huge claim if you’re in Dallas, but after listening to this album there’s no doubt that Blaze Won has “it”. My favorite line on this track, “I could have been called out names, but I’m respectful. Ya’ll ain’t even special enough for me to check you.” On the first track, he stakes his claim and reminds us why we knew his name to begin with. He build the whole album around the second track, “Travel Guide” which he’s been sitting on for a year and built the sound around. Each track is a classic and his words are the type you listen to over and over and find a new line you like. If I was to sit here and type all the witty, philosophical, and phrases I identified with, I’d have a paragraph per track and this album is 8 tracks long….My favorites are Delilah, which Blaze says is an anti-girl song although I have to disagree. Sounds like a expose’ on a bad relationship and we’ve all had those, and as Blaze Won says in this track, “For every good girls there’s Delilah.” The other one that stuck out at the first few times I listened to it was “B.I.G. Dreams”, obviously a tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. And in Biggie fashion, Blaze Won tells an effortless story of the trials and tribulations of chasing “The Dream”. Then after listening to it a few more times, “Our Names” became a favorite. How can you not like it when Blaze throws “Rap’s George Costanza” out first thing and you’re like…man…he kinda looks like a George Costanza. Thanks, Blaze, now I picture George Costanza rapping on this. On a serious note, the beat is nice and the hook is catchy. THEN I found out it was produced by Juicy the Emissary so I was like, duh, no wonder it’s dope.

All in all this album has a great flow. Blaze Won took time in the arrangement of this project and achieved a great flow throughout. “I was really personal on this record. These are like my footprints.”

I also saw Blaze Won perform a few of these tracks at the “We From Austin Tour” a few weeks ago and the energy of the record really does translate to the performance on stage. You can also get your digital download on Bandcamp, and I’m telling you it’s money well spent.

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Fresh Music: “Everything I Want” by Pawz One feat Awol One

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Written by Callie Dee 
Hey there Fresh Ones! It’s Callie Dee, the Femme of the Fort, here with another #FreshTrack. This time, it’s Pawz One from
California featuring Awol One on a little diddy called “Everything I Want“.  I heard of Pawz One through my homegirl, Teena, who has built some pretty tight LA connections and just completed a tour out west this August. So I’ve been following and listening to Pawz One since about then. He’s been nominated for Top West Coast Underground Hip Hop Artist and has been rising in the ranks working with artists like Ras Kass and performing at festivals like SXSW and Warped Tour. Most recently, he’s dropped a track with Awol One, one of my favorite MCs from Project Blowed and beyond. I took a listen and these Cali artists did not let me down.
This song starts out with Awol Ones laid back, effortless rhymes with him singing the hook “Please Protect me, From everything I want.” Then Pawz One comes in with a precision kick to the eardrum. The cherry of this track are the cuts, any song incorporating a DJ just brings it up a notch. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself.

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Fresh Music: “45” by D. Smiley & CLV

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Written by Callie Dee
Hey my Fresh Ones, it’s Callie Dee, straight out of the Funk, with another album review.  I’ve been working professionally with D. Smiley of MacBroadz Musik, a collective he created for a few months now.  He has brought artists from Houston and ATX to Fort Worth as well as collaborated on a tour from HTX – FWTX – SATX with Roosh Williams (Houston) and Bee Ferrel (Arlington). Dude is making some moves.
On the latest album from MacBroadz, “45“, features D. Smiley and CLV, another one of the artists in MacBroadz collective out of Houton.  This album is not for the faint of heart, the N word is thrown around flippantly along with “MacBroadz Hoe!” on “Tell Me Why“, with some other colorful language. I have to say when listening to “45” at face value, you may hear the language and some of the repeated hooks and think “Another Southern Rap Album.”  Don’t be so quick to judge, there’s little nuggets lyrical goodness throughout. “Kicking these flows like Bruce Lee and whipping your ass like leather belts” states the first musical track, “Radicalz“.  The hook on “Hussle & Flaux” goes “365, 24/7 I, always up on my grind, I know this shit takes some times.  Yeah I know…..let’s go,” is the perfect anthem for any aspiring ANYTHING.  The one that rounds it out for me is the Bonus Track, “Livin'” which goes, “This journey that I’m on, has changed my whole life. This road to success, don’t happen over night. Some people think it will though, I wish it was that simple. But if everyone was meant to do it what would we have to live for?” Considering these guys are still in their early to mid twenties, I think this album paints a picture of where they are on their journey in this Hip Hop life.
All in all, this 9 track album (with only 6 music tracks) makes for a good addition to any Southern Hip Hop Library.  I suggest you donate $1 and download it so you can see for yourself.  You can check it out on Macbroadz.Bandcamp.com.

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Fresh Music: “2ndFirstImpression” by ThatKidCam

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Written by KarmaSerene

Given the fact that I’m not up on ThatKidCam’s music, 2ndFirstImpression is actually my first impression of his music. I have to say that he hit the gate running with ”Talk About It” and kept a steady pace throughout. The track’s haunting keys set the perfect mood for a poetic slaughter and that’s essentially what ThatKidCam does here.

Never Have I Ever” is an excellent display of what ThatKidCam is capable of lyrically. He rides this beat perfectly and is witty as always whilst declaring his lyrical supremacy over his peers. On “Bad Impressions” he employs the aide of his Dallas cohort, Topic. The duo use the hi-hat laden track as an opportunity to lyrically call out the collection of cookie cutter acts that have cropped up recently. It’s a much needed refrain and, quite frankly, someone had to say it!

The overall trajectory of the project stays consistent from beginning to end; it’s uptempo and full of charisma. I could have lived without the interludes as they really didn’t add much to the project and put a damper on the feel of the record. They do, however, give you an insight to the inner workings of Cam’s life and thought process.  I would love to see him step out of his comfort zone and add more to his rhyme scheme. He uses his platform to tell his actual life story. That’s not something you hear every day in the rap game. 2ndFirstImpression cements ThatKidCam’s standing as a capable musical wanderer willing to take risks and stray from the beaten path.

 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 Video: “My Attitude” by Cyren feat. Big Dawg

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Written by: Alsace Carcione

If the word “FUCK” offends you, neither this video nor this song is for you. However, if you can appreciate a hard hitting hip hop beat, with the ill sounds of the trap that makes a statement, this song and video is DEFINITELY for you. Let me introduce and reintroduce Cyren and you should most definitely witness the “Cyren Experience”. The female emcee from Dallas dropped the video a month ago, entitled “My Attitude” featuring Big Dawg and it is not one to be ignored. The emcee proclaims, “Stay independent, ain’t looking for a deal, cause signing contracts can ruin careers”. Cyren gives you a club anthem and an educational piece at the same time, all while saying “Fuck Em”. The track is produced by Ric & Thadeus and video was shot by SIK Media. So trust this will quickly become an anthem for the masses. Take a listen and watch the video over and over again, as the infectious hook will captive your ears and memory.

 

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Fresh Videos: “SEEN IT ALL” & “SVCCESS” by The HighRollaz (WordLife & Accomplice)

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Written by Callie Dee

Editors Note: This write up is broken up in two parts. It seems as though we can hardly keep up the pace from the music these guys put out so I decided to make two posts in one. The first half is written by our contributor Callie Dee, and the second will be by myself and the latest video the HighRollaz have recently released. Peep the videos and enjoy!

It’s your girl and local hip hop enthusiast, Callie Dee, here with a #FreshVideo.  This time from the two hardest working artists out there, Word Life and Accomplice, aka The HighRollaz.  These guys took the phrase “Don’t Sleep” LITERALLY.  I mean, between jet setting across the southern part of this continent-Florida, Gorgia, NYC, all over Texas and Cancun- they seem to find time to drop video after video.  This one, directed by KPac of EarlyRetireMint, shows a familiar combination that seems to be #winning for these two- shots of them on the streets, a pretty lady handling business, lots of money, weed, and THIS time, some purple drank.  A local video producer once told me that Word Life doesn’t need a big budget video. He’s go that look and feel that even a low budget video looks hella #Fresh.  All I want to know is, where do they get all that money they show in these videos?  Looks like maybe they actually live the life they talk about. On the real though, these guys are easily two of my favorite artists in the DFW scene. They always show me hella love and I am super excited to see the rise of their success!!!  Shouts out to The King of All Fresh, Word Life, and Accomplice.  If you don’t know who they are now you might want to get familiar with them real quick at KingOfAllFresh.com  .

 

FRESH VIDEO: SVCCSS – ACCOMPLICE X WORD LIFE X SMAKK

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Written by Leo J

I’ll keep this real short for everyone so we can keep it moving and get to the music. This 2nd video was shot while the High Rollaz were in NY recently, like two weeks ago. Man these guys know how to keep content going and keep hustling. It’s been stated before by many but these guys WORK. The track itself is hella dope. A lot of what I’ve seen from these guys is Accomplice starting out the track followed by Word Life and then a combo of the two to close it out. The formula is the same this go around but they are joined by an artist by named Smakk. I enjoyed his presence on the track. It’s something different and gave a great balance to the styles all up in this video. But enough of my talking, peep the video below and enjoy.

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Fresh Video: “Make Up Sex” by Alsace Carcione

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Written by VBistheIllest

Editors note: Peace to everyone. Just wanted to officially welcome a new contributor to the website, VBisTheIllest. I’ve had a number of conversations with her out and about at shows and this girl knows her music. She’s a die hard fan and we are really lucky to have her on the team. Look out for more stories and welcome her to the site!

Alsace Carcione just dropped a new video, ” Make up Sex.” If you haven’t already heard of this femcee, give her a listen. She’s an original Femcee hailing from VA now residing in TX, so she has a nice balance to her raps.  She spits with her ALL and let’s you know she MEANS what she SAYS! This video has the Hip Hop feel and look to it for sure! One lyricist, two tight dancers (bboy/bgirl), and dope graffiti. Going back to the basics. Giving the artist, the audience’s full attention.  Catchy track. Check out Alsace at Oaktopia in Denton, TX  Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. You can thank me later!

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