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Fresh News: “We From Dallas” Shirts now available to buy online

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Written by Leo J

Hello world. It’s been a minute that we have given the world some updates on our film “We From Dallas” that screened at the Dallas International Film Festival late spring of 2014. I am here to let you know that we are just as eager as you all at getting this movie out but things like this take time. You have to remember it took us 3yrs to make the film, so we are going to take our time making sure it gets out on the proper platform. Recently we’ve already seen another Dallas rap movie come and go from big screen to out the trunk in less than 2 months. That is defiantly something we did not want to do. So with that said just know that as soon as we can give you details, we will. Who knows, another screening is definitely in order so you should keep up with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to see when we drop that announcement. But with all this talk comes the online sale and availability to grab your “We From Dallas” shirts. Yeah I know it’s been a minute, but now anyone can order a shirt and have it shipped right to there house. At the moment there are a ton of “small” t-shirts that we have in stock from some prior backorders, so if you are looking for a hip shirt for the kids here’s your chance. We do have a number of shirts ready to go but will be updating our inventory very soon. So if you try to order a shirt and that color/size is not available, please email us at wefromdallas@wefromdallas.com to reserve a size/shirt for you. When the shirt becomes available, we will send you a follow up email letting you know your shirt is ready to go. You can order your shirts, HERE. Peep the trailers below if you haven’t already and give us a follow on social media, cheers!


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Fresh Music: “1985 Party Time Excellent” by Playdough & Sean P

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Written by Callie Dee

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Hey everyone in #UnitedStatesofFresh, it’s the Femme of the Funk bringing you something a little different this time.  PlaydoughDJ Sean P have just announced a new album, “1985 Party Time Excellent”, which is a project they’re putting out to raise $$ in order to drop their NEXT studio album.  WHO DOES THAT?!?!  They’re going out on their own in an effort to reach as many ears as possible, and they need your help.  This is a chance for the FANS to be DIRECTLY involved.  “1985 Party Time Excellent drops 3/1, but they’re launching the #GetDownWithTheGang campaign NOW.

I got the special privilege of listening to “1985 Party Time Excellent”, and just like the title, it was like I hopped on the DeLorean and landed in a 1985 Block Party MC’ed by none other than Playdough. Guest Appearances from Tanya Morgan, DeepSpace5, J57, Koncept, my boys The Bodega Brovas, and samples that SCREAM 80’s excellence with lots of Wayne’s World and Back to the Future references, all of us old school hip hop heads are bound to have an eargasm. Playdough is the master of Party Rock Hip Hop, which is ingrained in this album.

If you want to #GetDownWithTheGang, you have several options. Purchase a package and get everything from t-shirts, snapbacks, cassettes to your own House Party with the Gold Tip Gang in your city. All profits go towards handling major business for Playdough + DJ Sean P’s upcoming studio album titled “We Buy Gold”. They’ve gone independent and have invested everything they can but still need $5,000 to do everything right. Every dime you put in goes to the vision they have for “We Buy Gold”.  If you want to go BIG, purchase the Road Dog House Party Bundle where you get the chance to host a PRIVATE HOUSE PARTY with Playdough and Minister Sean P in your city (restrictions apply).  It’s the party of a lifetime, and you’re officially invited.  Admission at the door comes with a cup, so Party On, and don’t forget to invite your girl, Callie Dee!!!

Buy Music & Packages for “1985 Party Time Excellent” at https://playdough.bandcamp.com/album/1985-party-time-excellent.


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Fresh Music: “PreachaPreacha” by Colby Savage

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Written by Alsace Carcione

There is hip-hop all around for those who still wish to proclaim profoundly “hip-hop is dead”.  While, searching Facebook I came across a familiar face in the definition of emcee and voice of the people.  A brother, a father, a son, a leader, a powerful and passionate voice; I came across Colby Savage.  An easy classic that if not placed in the right hands could be easily overlooked. His song entitled “PreachaPreacha” is produced by Molekular, a multifaceted producer. Both are Texas natives and have many talents amongst them, so when I saw the title and saw the collaboration I knew we would be in for a treat.

The track is a hard-hitting boom bap track, with scratches and emotional piano, with a sincere sample that allows the listener to tap into the story that is being told.  Colby Savage states “We need preachers that can reach the lost souls in the street, so without further or due let me introduce me.”  “PreachaPreacha” is the story of hunger, triumph, testimony, and pain. My only complaint is that this track was available for purchase as of yet, as this is most definitely a banger. Authentic, real and grimy:  plain and simple this is hip-hop.  Ladies and gentlemen it is my pleasure to introduce Colby Savage.


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Fresh Music: “Black America” by Bobby Sessions

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Written by KarmaSerene

In the current state of the world, it’s easy for everyone to retreat into our shallow words of party and bullshit. But when the pushback becomes crushing, someone has to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves.  This is personified in Bobby Sessions’ track ‘Black America’. In minimalist fashion, Bobby Sessions speaks for voices that have been silenced by societal ills and police on citizen violence. While records like this are few and far between, it’s almost the smart thing to do if you want your voice to reach the people in the places you come from. In short, ‘Black America‘ speaks to a very specific aspect of cultural turmoil that many artists are either afraid to or are too far removed from the community to address.  Bobby Sessions’ stop and go flow is effortless and he truly shines on this track. Less is always more.


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Fresh Music: “Cryptic Conundrum” by Alsace Carcione

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Written by Lucy Q

Eclectic. If there is one word for Dallas-based female emcee, Alsace Carcione’s, newest project it is eclectic. She has enriched the Dallas music scene with her distinct style.  Her most recent project, titled Cryptic Conundrum, portrays the versatility of a well-rounded artist. From the lyrical content, to the beats, Cryptic Conundrum tells the story of a conscious trailblazer making her own path through her struggles and successes. The album begins with tracks like “BWTOF” and “Don’t Stop” that very well characterize Alsace’s style; setting the tone of the album as the song says to “be what the ordinary fear.” As the album progresses we get to “Black America” which discusses a very relevant societal issue on police brutality. Then we have songs like “Come Too Far,” “Lunar Blood,” and “Pretendicia” which all relate to romantic or intimate relationships. From forgiveness to sensual love to the break-up song, Alsace explores private aspects of typical relationships allowing listeners to relate. As the album nears the end the rhythm picks back up with “Better Day” and, my absolute favorite, “Funk You Up” (clever title!). With an electric vibe hinting at a Pharrell meets Daft Punk style. Pretty darn groovy if you ask me! A second favorite is “Hazy Thoughts” which takes on a chill, mellow vibe with its jazzy sound. The album concludes with “Introduction”  (interesting juxtaposition) giving it that last and final polish. Production-wise, the album covers a varied range in sound living up to my “eclectic” label. The album picks up slight hints of rock, jazz, electric, and contemporary R&B influences with percussion loops, to meditative strings, and upbeat funk. As the title suggests, this project is indubitably a Cryptic Conundrum.

Off of Cryptic Conundrum, “Ain’t Goin’” is accompanied by a video that is staged in a psychiatric ward. It shows Alsace tied down to a hospital bed throughout the course of the video; perhaps in a metaphorical manner to portray Alsace Carcione’s “madness” as an artist. Pretty neat technique!


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Fresh Video: DC VS STREET HYMNS (DFW BATTLE LEAGUE)

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Written by Leo J

Battle raps are not a joke. It has it’s history in hip hop since the early years of the genres’ conception. Decades have passed, and MC’s still step up to the “battle grounds” when another MC challenges them. It’s the ultimate test of wit, delivery, and showmanship in one verse or verses. Over the years we have seen it change from a sort of new way of approaching the craft, in that written battles have emerged and dominated the landscape of MC Battles. What was an off the cuff, spur of the moment concept, has turned into a more precision and well executed process of attacking your opponent with pre-written raps. For years I have watched this new battle format flourish around the globe, and even around these parts where I’ve always kept an eye out on the Live From the Block series our of Ft.Worth, which celebrates its 4yr anniversary this month. In less than a decade I had not seen or heard of a viable battle league run in Dallas. But things have changed. Enter the DFW Battle League. Now I may be wrong on this timeframe but I remember seeing them pop up about mid to late 2013 with events they were putting together. I was very intrigued because for me it was the first time I saw a determined group of people set up a platform for Dallas artists to properly rock this craft. Nick Hustle and Hero have created a viable, respectable league that are drawing numbers. When I had this video pulled up three days ago it was at 14k views. As of this writing it’s up to 30k. Numbers don’t lie folks. People are watching. Why wouldn’t they? With battles like the one listed below fans of bars and delivery are sure to be entertained. Enter the battle between DC vs Street Hymns.While I would say that this battle was lopsided to Street Hymns in my opinion, I will say that Street did seem to be more of an entertainer of bars than battle itself. All good though, cause he is really, really good at it. This dude Street is one of the best word play delivery MC’s I’ve heard in a minute. Best bars of his to me were at the 10:25 mark – “It’s appealing,if they pop, at club XTC, I said, It’s a pill, and if it pops, club XTC, oh oh ya’ll like gun bars, it’s appealing if it pop, that’s how I X DC”. Killer. For me DC was good, but personally anyone that constantly refers to specific attack mode/violence topics over and over along with crutch cuss words and attack modes, is lacking in versatility. What do I know though? I’m just a fan who loves real raps and word play. So again, congrats to the DFW Battle League. I am a huge fan, and I hope the rest of Dallas will be too. Peep the video below.


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Fresh Music: “Muney X Tree” The MixTape

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It’s the Femme of the Fort back with some #FreshMusic, this time a Dallas native, #PoeticTaboo with NRAWorldWide’s Muney the Messiah’s collaborative mixtape “Muney x Tree“.  I was introduced to Jah sometime during Spring of 2013 at a BBQ gathering at DJ D. Teknics house in Fort Worth (#FreeDTeknics!).  D Tek, and his label Forced Insomnia, really believed in this young artists.  Since then, he’s kind of disappeared from my radar only to pop up out of no where recently.  After checking out “Muney x Tree”, I see what D Tek was talking about!

Here’s a little history on this collab- Jah (#PoeticTaboo) and Muney are long time best friends, or “Brothers from another mother” who grew up doing a number of things together like skateboarding and rap battles.  They are both Puerto Rican with roots from NYC and brought up in Dallas.  When asked about the new album, Jah said, “This tape isn’t your normal new age style of hip hop/rap.  If you listen closely, we have just about every generation of hip hop/rap styles on Muney X Tree which make it a tape that I feel like mom’s and son’s could jam together.”  The beats were hand picked by both artists to fit the concept they were trying to attain.  “I want to thank producers such as CMPLX Music, Blasian Chris and many more for being willing and able to allow us to use these beats in order to put this project together,” said Jah.  The mixtape took about 2 months to make, both artists are parents so they worked hard and took time away from the family in order to complete this very project which they feel was very meaningful.

After taking a couple of listens, this project has meaningful lyrics as well as a diverse beat selection.  My personal favorites were “If You Wanna” and “Our People” but the whole album flows seamlessly.  “Muney X Tree II” is already in the works, and it looks like it will be a very productive year for both of these artists.