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Oklahoma City’s Ashliann brings all kinds of vibes with “Dimension”

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Dimension Ashliann Halo Hitz

Written by Leo J

We are about a full week and a half in to 2016, and fresh music keeps pumping out into the universe. In the past we have centrally focused on DFW hip hop sprinkled in with other parts of the globe when we get it in, but this year I have a new motto for the site. “If it’s dope, it’s dope.”. More genres and more dope sounds. That’s it. So get ready for all kinds of vibes coming through your speakers, but lets get to the music. In a world flooded with sounds, I give artists I am unfamiliar with my time to listen to their music when I see they are associated with someone I am familiar with or have worked with before. Today’s musical share is one of those recommendations. It’s a  song titled “Dimension“, from Oklahoma City singer-songwrtier, Ashliann.

I ran across Ashliann‘s music from a tweet posted by Halo Hitz who produced the track and linked it to an OKP premiere. Seeing those two names together I had to give this song a go, and I’m glad I did. At 18yrs old, Ashliann provides a melodic voice against a trap-soul type beat that carries well with the cinematic intro that builds anticipation for the drop. It takes some time to get there, but when it does it delivers the unequivocal vibes you were waiting for. I’m not sure if this is her first music recorded and put out, but it’s an absolute banger. Her first EP Aesthetic is set to drop this quarter and I can’t wait. She’s got a new fan over here at Too Fresh. Take a listen below, follow her on twitter, and let us know what you think!


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DJ Menace of Boom 94.5fm mix of Classic Hip Hop Samples from “Sunday Sessions”

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DJ Menace Boom 94.5fm

Written by Leo J

Last year around this time DFW was blessed as one of the few markets to get a classic hip hop format on the radio. In that year Boom 94.5fm has claimed a big market share of the listeners around these parts and is continuously growing as the go to station for all things hip hop. Part of that success is due to the talented skill set of DJs the station has. In particular, DJ Menace. He was the DJ for the very popular morning show The McCrazy experience and has quickly earned himself as a favorite for many DFW listeners. So much so that he is now on everyday Monday-Friday from 2pm-7pm with an hour long uninterrupted mix during the illustrious traffic jam. Within the last 6 months or so DJ Menace started his Sunday Night Sessions that go from 8pm-10pm, every Sunday. Each session is themed and/or focused around a particular artist/group/time period. Needless to say, you should all be tuned in. But it was last night that DJ Menace busted out his mix of classic hip hop samples. Basically its a blueprint mix of music that many hip hop producers have sampled over the years. It caused quite the stir last night on social media and a ton of people requested it to be put up. He didn’t happen to catch the entire 2hr session but he got good solid hour of it and blessed us with the mix today. But enough of the talking, peep the sounds below and enjoy.


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Paris Pershun raps about A.Dd+ situation on Rikki Blu’s “Flow River” Remix

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Paris Pershun A.Dd+

Written by Leo J

Man. It hasn’t been a full 72hrs since the announcement on the break up of popular rap group A.Dd+ and former rap member Paris Pershun has already put something on a track to speak on it. It’s a remix to Rikki Blu‘s “Flow River” that was just put out a couple of weeks ago on his “Pleasant Grove” EP and something we covered over the weekend. The track was already deep about dishonesty and disloyal friendships on Rikki Blu‘s experiences, but Paris Pershun has added his own experience with Slim Gravy and his time with A.Dd+ on this remix. It’s interesting because on the original track, this second half of the song was empty and the beat was riding out. Foresight on Rikki Blu‘s part for other remixes? The timing couldn’t be anymore more fitting considering all of the news that broke out this weekend. There’s a lot in there from Paris P. He naturally eats on the tracks because he is a gifted MC but there are some really heavy thoughts, words, and jabs in here. What a whirlwind of emotions for the guys and Dallas hip hop fans as this stuff is playing out right now and I’m really feeling for these guys as this all goes down. Lets hope this isn’t the beginning of something that gets out of hand and nasty real quick and keep it just on tracks.


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Dallas’ Justus featured on Dr.Dre’s unreleased track “Back to Business” with T.I., Victoria Monét & Sly Piper

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Dr.Dre The Pharmacy Justus

Written by Leo J

It’s always good to hear some new music to kick off the year. Especially if it’s unreleased music from one of your favorite artists ever. Mix that in with Dallas native Justus on the track and it’s over the top excitement for fans of Dallas Hip Hop. It’s surely something fans around the world will be talking about in the coming weeks. Just to recap, in case you somehow missed out on the biggest news story of Dallas hip hop in 2015, Justus was featured all over Dr.Dre‘s highly anticipated return album “Compton“. It’s nominated for a grammy and we can all hope that they take it this year. With that said, lets get to the music. Last nigh Dr.Dre kicked off 2016 with his return to Beats 1 and his show, The Pharmacy, which featured an unreleased track of his titled “Back to Business” featuring Justus, T.I.,Victoria Monet & Sly Piper. Someone had their finger on the record button of this live streaming show and was a tad bit late pressing the button because the clip that’s floating around the internet jumps right into Justus doing his thing. Man, what a track. Justus has the melodic feels down to a tee when it comes to singing and rapping. He proves his writing skills again mixed in with his ad libs over Dre’s rhymes. It’s clear this guy is an influence on Dre and his music. Super special times going down for Justus and his continuing introduction to the world. What a banger of a track. Peep below.


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Rikki Blu ends 2015 proper with his “Pleasant Grove” EP

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Rikki Blu Pleasant Grove EP Written by Leo J

A quick listen on Rikki Blu‘s Soundcloud page you hear a number of tracks that give you a bit of everything. Some smooth vibe out feels, along with heavy 808 turn type tracks. It’s a good mix. I landed on his page after seeing numerous tweets on my TL about his new Pleasant Grove EP that released the middle of last month.

Something else I noticed while scouring his Soundcloud page was that Rikki Blu has been putting out music for 3yrs, if not longer. Jumping into the Pleasant Grove EP we get the title track to the EP, “Pleasant Grove“. A mysterious mumble of sounds fills our ears as the intro along with Rikki repeating the name of the song numerous times. It’s clear his neighborhood has influenced him and he’s gained a wealth of knowledge from his surroundings. A gatling of raps come through with the drop of the beat preparing you for a solid EP.

The next track is “Round Here“, which is an absolute banger. My favorite of the EP I think this song is done really well. Rikki Blu gives a lot of himself on the two opening tracks. Some really great stuff. While the first two songs hold strong, “Stepping Down” seems to fall off a bit on the quality aspect. Playing it right after Round Here it’s clear something just doesn’t sound as well as the others. It’s a bit unfortunate because the other two songs are hella strong and it just sounds muddy compared to everything else on this quality EP. “Flow River” feels a bit different but holds its’ own. I especially like the change up and breakdown on the latter half of that track. “Same Hood Story” is a little more turn up vibes with the ever familiar bending 808’s and snares that’s the trend of sounds right now. I’m all about it.

Overall the project is hella solid and Rikki Blu has gained a new fan. I look forward to what else he’s got in store for us. Give the Pleasant Grove EP a listen below and let me know what you think.


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Fresh Music: Devy Stonez – “Stepping Stonez” EP

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Written by Leo J

Hello world. It’s the start to a new year and Dallas hip hop was super clutch again in 2015. I slowed down a bit on the blogging to end 2015 so for the next couple of weeks you are going to see some posts reflecting some music I missed. With that said, today I’m here to share with you the “Stepping Stonez” EP by IRAS artist Devy Stonez.

Now this young artist had already been on my radar for quite some time back when he released a couple of loosie tracks titled “Polarity” and “Lights On“, so I was really stoked to hear when this project when it was announced. The production for “Stepping Stonez” is done very well and follows a trending sound of mixing R&B,raps, and a soulful vibe mixed in with heavy 808s and snares. It’s hella fresh and Devy Stonez knocks this one out the park. “Last Summer” sets the tone to kick off the EP, followed by the 4/4 tempo and blend of bending 808s in “Fall in Love“. Following these tracks is my favorite song of the EP, “You Like“. I think it shows how much of a writer and story teller Devy Stonez is. He’s able to guide the listener with his raps through his storytelling raps. This young man is hella talented. Things round off with “1AM” which I think is a great summary of the elements Devy Stonez incorporates throughout this EP. Some singing, heavy bass lines, raps and quality production. There’s a little bit of everything in there. Probably my second favorite song of the EP. The IRAS camp has been solid since their introduction to the North Texas music scene and this one from Devy Stonez is another success under their belt. If he isn’t already, he needs to be on a number of publications as a breakthrough artist on the “ones to watch” list in 2016. Peep the project below. 


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LOU CHARLE$ TEAMS UP W/ FUNK VOLUME’S DIZZY WRIGHT

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Fresh Music: “Facts Only” by Lou Charle$ feat Dizzy Wright

This may or may not be my first time hearing Lou Charle$ on a track. If this isn’t my first time, one thing is clear, this isn’t the most memorable thing I’ve ever heard. On paper, “Facts Only” feat Dizzy Wright could potentially be leaps and bounds ahead of what it actually is but what we’re left with are unimaginative rhymes and a lackadaisical flow.  The Texas native supplies us with a variety of cliché, “look at me now” phrases while completely missing the mark.

The Dizzy Wright feature is equally, if not more, disappointing than expected. If you’re looking for the skill and delivery displayed on The Golden Age or even his most recent release, you won’t find it here.  Dizzy matches Lou Charle$ in his lack of enthusiasm

The biggest tragedy here is that this stellar production was coupled with such average bars. The lack of depth and creativity in the lyrics are so grave that even the beat can’t even save this song. The poor delivery was quite a let down. If this is your first time hearing Lou Charle$, I urge you to delve deeper into his work. Don’t let the one average song completely turn you off from a promising emcee has to offer.


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Fresh Music: “Scarface The Rapper” by TUNK | Prod. BTBM

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Written by Leo J

What’s good my fresh peoples? I’m here to share with you some new music from Dallas/Fort Worth artist TUNK. On Friday he released the first single off his highly anticipated album “No Defeat II“, set to drop Dec 1st. It was just about a month ago when I had seen TUNK live at Elements of Hip Hop in which it reminded me all over again why I think he is one of my favorite artists in North Texas. He has the balance of street raps mixed with lyrical content that adds up to him being a dynamic artist. His new track, “Scarface The Rapper” starts off with a broken piano melody that leads into the song being kicked in full force when TUNK starts rapping. Everything falls into place and the listener rides out the track the entire way. The production is super on point and well put together. Great job from both TUNK and BTBM making a dope track. I am hella stoked for this project. Get familiar with TUNK‘s back catalog here but be sure to listen to “Scarface The Rapper” below.


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Fresh Video: Alsace Carcione – “Been Grindin”

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Written by Lucy Q

The Dallas-based femcee, Alsace Carcione, is at it again! She recently released a music video to her song “Been Grindin.” The song and the video both synchronize very well; from the visual aesthetics to the overall quality of the production. The video entices one’s attention from the beginning, especially when the “Book of Rhymes” (as I have called it) is opened, taking the viewers back three months. She delivers the song with an energetic and aggressive vibe staged in a home that seems to be foreclosed. Rather than making it a complex concept video, it is a simple and direct portrayal of a rising artist in an industry that comes with heavy pressure and criticism. Straying from luxuries observed in many music videos, Alsace’s suggests the journey from humble beginnings. One of my favorite lines is, “studying for experience, while all you talk about is cars, clothes and hoes.” It explicitly exemplifies what the visuals implicitly deliver. All in all, the consistency and pace at which Alsace Carcione is working at is ingenious.


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Fresh Music – E-Mannie – “Return of the Trill”

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Written by Brit Engram

When it comes to the South, especially Dallas, there are some certainties–hospitality, head-nods, heavily seasoned fries from Oak Cliff’s Rudy’s Chicken, and swagger filled deep harmonious sounds from it’s artists. Dallas is a definitely a hidden gem of Southern music, from its Blues, Country, Punk scene, and new kid on the block Hip Hop. With an ever changing sound over a generation, Texas’ Hip Hop sound is traditionally described in one word–TRILL.
On a chilly Saturday night in Deep Ellum, the streets are lively and inside the Liquid Lounge it’s only about to get a bit more live. As we entered, we noticed the man of the hour,  E-Mannie was posted back at a merch table near the bar with two young ladies. He’s purposely early for his album release to give those the opportunity who wants to kick it with him to do so. He was more than willing to chop it up with us for a little bit.

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A native of Oak Cliff, E-Mannie grew up listening to a variety of music, transcending genres but remaining true to his first love hip hop. With a sure look of determination and passion in his eyes, he began talking to us about his label Tight Right, which he doesn’t refer to as label rather as his family. There was a sure anticipation to the subsequent months and years proceeding this album release. With a early start to rapping he then began to do production for tracks. All of this artistic work reached it’s climax when he decided to leave his nine to five in the furniture industry to pursue his music wholeheartedly.
For an idea this audacious, E-Mannie enlisted the help of the only people that would treat his dream with the respect he knew it deserved–his family. Armed with his cousin, Nelson Ramirez, he began knucking down and laying out a body of work that would become, “Return of the Trill”. As both the producer and rapper, E-Mannie takes you inside his worlds of club bangers and instant classics–bottling spiritual and familial beliefs and truths. Without spoiling the album the emotional rollercoaster is similar to the yesteryear performers UGK with the same rawness and realness of a young Pimp C. 

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The highlight of the conversation with E-Mannie being his grateful for the opportunity to come out “Rain and all, to perform at Too Fresh’s ‘Fresh Rhymes'” in October. He also stated, “I’m always on the scene. I try go to everything to support everyone. I’m not selfish. I like seeing everybody coming up.”
With the night still young after our conversation, DJ Fatboy got the party jumping with hits. The live performances included openings by Neto Gonzales and Barz Sace. It is undeniable that E-Mannie has a way with words but can also rock the crowd.   IMG_46891In addition, the night was topped by a guitar solo by E-Mannie performing “Return of the Trill” finale song.

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The only question at this point is where E-Mannie and his family will go next with the heart of true skills and unity to back it up.
Like the sky, The South is the limit.

Photo Credits: Jessica Martinez and Donnie Williams