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Fresh Music: The Locals Beat Tape Vol 1 by Local Over Everything

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Written by Leo J

When we finished our “We From Dallas” documentary, the one thing I took away from it was the amount of talent our city has producer wise. Without a doubt I feel like there are more industry ready producers ready to make a splash in the market than we have of any other resource in Dallas Hip Hop. Evidence is in the recent international beat battle where hometown sound killer SikWitIt took home the title with over 100ppl competing from all over the world. The versatility and creativity our producers have proven over the years have been in some ways a hinder and blessing at the same time. One could say that Dallas doesn’t have their own sound but I personally enjoy the variety. Don’t label us as one sound, because we are more than that. We can do it all. With that said I’m here to speak on a new local beat tape that was released last week from local internet radio show “Local Over Everything“. The beat tape, titled “Locals“, features new up and coming talent around the DFW metroplex. Plentiful of wavy beats, the beat tape is something you can press play and not have to worry about the “next track”. Easy listening with talented producers throughout the bill. My only feedback is that I wanted to hear a little more diversity from the selections. At times it felt like one long mix and song. As a fan of beats I want to hear all kinds of styles and flavors. None of that takes away what the intention of this project is for, and that’s to provide a platform for producers to have their music heard. I can dig it, and I’m sure you will to. Something chill and relaxing to listen to, this one is definitely for the beat fanatics. Listen below.

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Fresh Video: “Unheard Intro” by t.c. Starski ft. 806 DJO

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Written by Leo J

I say it all the time, I get swarmed with music and sometimes I miss things. I hate it. Especially when it’s stuff that I wish I would have known when it first broke but hey, shit happens. So please give me this late pass as I speak to you all about this music video from t.c. Starski ft 80s DJQ titled “Unheard Intro“. The title, in his words is the opening track to his “UNHEARD thats produced by some of hip hop’s earliest influential producers to further teach the history and art form of hip hop under the FAIR USE ACT for nonprofit educational purposes.” I’ve heard the project and it’s worth the listen for sure. This particular opening song takes a sample from the very popular “Tom’s Diner” track that brings you in instantly alongside the crispy video. Unfortunately the raps don’t meet up with the energy the classic song brings. I understand what they were trying to pull off here but I felt like the bars needed to be a little harder for at times the structure of raps felt forced. There are some shining moments in there but for where the beginning lacks, he clearly makes up with the second track of the video. He seems to catch the beat a lot better and sounds great to it. Better flow and energy throughout that makes you want to hear more. The video and concept are something to applause, and I look forward to having him out next month at Fresh Rhymes. Peep the video below.

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Fresh Video: “Super NES” by Raw Elementz feat. Young Street

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Written by Leo J

I know I’ve said it before many a times, but it seems now more than ever that we are at an all time high of production of music being released daily around town. It’s incredible and the talent steps up every time to impress. Today I am sharing with you the newest visual titled “Super NES” from Raw Elementz feat Young Street. The track is off Raw‘s “It Feels Good Outside” EP that was released earlier this year. I’ve known Raw a number of years now and it’s been great to watch him flourish as an artist. He’s always had the keen ability to rap like a golden era MC yet be innovative with the sounds to stay relevant. Young Street joins Raw on this track and he doesn’t disappoint as usual. I’ve been following Street for a minute now, and I’ve always been a fan of his versatility with his raps. Dude can eat most rappers with street raps or enough bars for the lyrical heads to break they necks at the rhymes being spit. Kind of reminds me of a harder Royce Da 5’9. Stupid talent. The track is filled with bars, double timed raps and a beat that slowly finds you vibing out with the swiftness. Peep it below.

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Fresh Music and Video: “Side Effects” by Pudge & Ritchy Flo

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Written by Callie Dee

Yo, it’s the Femme of the Funk here with some #Fresh New Music out on Denton, TX. If you haven’t met Pudge and Ritchy Flo yet, let me tell you, you are missing out. These are definitely 2 of my favorite dudes in the DFW scene right now and 2 of my favorite MCs as well. They both are the underdog, which is my favorite type. At first look you’d never think these guys could spit, but give them a few minutes and they’ll blow your mind. Ritchy even does magic!! Who doesn’t love a magician? I could literally kick it with these guys for days on end, book them at every show I put on, and never get tired of them. Real Talk.
At the moment, Fab Deuce, Pudge Brewer, Ritchy Flo and a few other MCs out of Denton are releasing projects under the collective, Gitmo Music, LLC which has promised to put out a new album from it’s artists every month. “Side Effects” was the drop for November.  “Side Effects” is a short and sweet album with only 6 tracks going for a reasonable rate of $3 per download full of snarky lines about partying, drugs, alcohol, sex and everything you’d expect from 20 somethings living in a college town.
“Side Effects” was produced by Ritchy Flo, Pudge and Shag who are all out of Denton, TX and the album was complete after only a few months. “We have always been the lead producers and sound engineers in our other projects so it l came together pretty easy since both of us have acquired that skill. It decreased the work load for both of us,” said Pudge. Pudge also filmed and edited both videos released on this project.

“Nobody Cares” starts off the Album with Ritchy spitting, “Flo’s no good, shockingly bad. Nah I’m full of sh*t like a colostomy bag,” in true Ritchy fashion. And it doesn’t stop. When asked what their favorite tracks are on the record, Pudge chose “Takin a Test” and “Don’t make Sense” while Ritchy Flo likes “Grocery Sax” and “Let Me Rap To You.” “‘Let Me Rap to You’ is cool cause I never rap about rapping or the fact I’m a rapper so that was my one song to get that out,” explains Ritchy. With only 6 songs on this EP its hard to choose just one and really, you don’t have to!
 They released the video to “Takin a Test” that was shot on Halloween night in Denton and yours truly, Callie Dee, makes a cameo!!! Check it out. I know Pookie said Dallas was bound to rise, but I’d watch out for the Big D’s little brother, Denton. With artists coming out of the little d like Fab Deuce, Ritchy Flo, Pudge, Wild Bill and Gitmo Music, LLC, Dallas has some stiff competition.

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Fresh Music: Real Rad Records Fall Collection: Volume 1

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Written by Raul Lara

The well rounded go getter label of Denton, Real Rad Records, have done amazing work with their music & brand growth leading up to this point. Their 3rd & latest project from the label, The Fall Collection: Vol. 1 is definitely something I can vibe to while I’m high on life or getting ready for the night. With a mix of flavor from the key people it’s safe to say that they are getting better with time. That’s not to say that there aren’t potential DFW classics in the other volumes, but it’s exciting to hear these Denton artists because they have been conjuring their own sound for the past several years. Real Rad does a great job at capturing that sound in it’s collections with the likes of TLiT, X-Callibur, & Ghetto[box] which contain Digo from the early Fab Duece. Personal favorite being Ghetto[box] because of their different contributions to a project that give it it’s unique style, or maybe it was “Gin & Tonic” on repeat on a Saturday night! Real Rad has its ties to the community and proved that, showcasing its roster on stage dubbed the “REAL RAD” stage, for the Oaktopia Festival a couple months back. Oaktopia seems to be making it’s way as Denton’s biggest cultural event that showcases the latest music, arts, and culture . Real Rad isn’t confined simply to simply hip-hop music (if there were any), but with known rock entertainer Richard Haskins, and creative designer WOOKI3 they stand out from anything typical. With a cast like Real Rad has maintaining that focus, the outlook on the future is bigger and brighter.

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Fresh Music: “Songs For Champagne” by Jay Luse Ft. Rei

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Written by Callie Dee
Hey DFW!! This is the Femme of the Funk back at you with some #FreshMusic. This time its from Zibabwe born and Dallas raised artist, Jay Luse.  Formerly part of the Denton based Hip Hop Collective Channel X (Ten), he is currently working on his debut project “Soulful Attraction” which features this single, “Songs for Champagne (Produced by Drugs the Model Citizen).”
The production is fairly simple using mostly keys and high hats on this beat. This instrumental could be played at a high end hotel bar while patrons drink expensive champagne and cocktails, very classy with a chill melody. The lyrics match the simplicity of the production, which proves that sometimes less IS more. With the cold winter coming at us at full force, this is a great song to snuggle with that someone special by a warm and cozy fire. And don’t forget the Champagne.

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Fresh Video – “Alive” by Blue, The Misfit ft. X The Misift

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Written by Leo J

Every now and then you get a local music video that changes the game around these parts. This time around it’s Blue, The Misfit’s new video “Alive” featuring X The Misfit from his “Child in the Wind ” project.The video is directed by Jeremy Biggers who has taken his place as one of if not the dopest videographer in the city. The difference between Jeremy and other directors I see around town is his versatility in the styles of music videos.  What I love most is that he creates a visual spectrum that compliments the tracks he’s shooting for. That’s what music videos are supposed to do. I always want them to bring a different level of stimulation and fondness to a song I already know. Trust that there is plenty of that on this one.  A big salute to Mr. Biggers. I can’t imagine the hours of post work done on this film. Yikes! If you had heard “Alive” prior to this viewing experience, you know that the energy is high on this track. Heavy baselines, xylophone bells and tearing samples dominate the beat. There’s a natural bounce that comes with this track that when performed live always get the crowd jumping. Side note. I was hoping to see a a group of “flackas” flying with Blue’s face. Next time, my friends. Peep the video and enjoy.

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