Written by Leo J
I’ve had the pleasure to see DJ Craze perform live a number of times at big festivals, the World of Drum and Bass in Miami back in the gap, and numerous times in Dallas. I tune into his Ustream channel from time to time to check out his live sets cause they always have the freshness, skills, or classics being showcased. Why do I keep checking in on what he’s up to? Cause plain flat out, this dude is a beast on the turntables. He’s turned into a label owner back in 2009 with Slow Roast Records and has really made a name for themselves globally. Today it looks like the former 3 time World DMC Champion had enough and released a DJ routine that is sure to make any of you wack ass DJ’s tuck your tail between your legs and head for the hills. Now I’m not one to bash technology because I feel like it has enhanced the performance of the DJ, but it has also hindered the basic fundamentals every DJ should go through in experiencing the craft of DJ’ing by using vinyl and turntables. Every DJ should go through that part of the craft, even for just a bit. This video is something he didn’t have to do but for people in his position who are masters of their craft, it must make them sick to see the culture being raped for profit at a rate we have never experienced before. This one was for them. Salute to Craze for this video. Thank you for doing what you do and continuing to educate people on the skill set that devoted DJ’s to the craft look to achieve. Enjoy.
I am very excited to welcome a new contributor to the site. I ran across her blog on twitter, enjoyed her writing and spoke with her about helping contribute something different here at Too Fresh. We know that there is all kinds of wonderful music out there aside from hip hop, and we want to start expressing that through the music we post on here. So with that said welcome our newest contributor Evelia Chapa, and the first of many posts showcasing music of all genres on the site. #StayFresh
Written by Evelia Chapa
Sudie, a talented 22-year-old, has achieved a lot during the past year. She has been nominated for “Best New Artist” for this year’s Dallas Observer’s Music Awards. She is definitely someone young artists should look up to. Sudie is one of the most talented, optimistic, hard-working artists I know, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to talk with her about her future plans.
For those who don’t know much about Sudie, she’s come a long way; she was one of 20 people chosen in the southern United States to go to the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp at Bonarroo this year. Her current goal is making new music to release, “…release things in me that I can’t get out through normal medium. Eventually it would be awesome if I could make this my ‘career’ and only do this,” Sudie says.
New plans for Sudie include music videos, concerts, and finishing up her first EP. “The EP will be released next year in February along with two music videos and more live shows,” she says. Sudie recently performed at Trees for the Index Fest and opened for Lia Ices at City Tavern. “I have a dear friend of mine, Ted Powell, who is an extremely talented pianist that plans my shows with me. I will be playing at the Dallas Observer Music Awards this year in December and that will be the only show until next year,” Sudie says. These big plans include spending more time in other cities, like Los Angeles, with her manager.
Sudie will be releasing one more single before the year is over. Yet another thing Dallas’ music lovers should anticipate. “…keep an eye out for it! It’s really fantastic and fun,” Sudie says.
Sudie’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sudiemusic
Sudie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sudiemusic
Sudie’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sudiemusic
Written by Alsace Carcione
Blak has been able to remain consistent over the years and “Fearless” is no different. He gets the help of songstress and powerhouse Nina E. and the connection between the two is magic. The soulfulness of the song brings you into the truth of life as we know it. With the world being in chaos from wars, to civil unrest and the economy still obviously still struggling this song is a breath of fresh air. It’s not a club banger, and it’s not supposed to be, it is meant to make the listener stop and think about “What’s Going On”, as Marvin Gaye so genially asked. The same problems are here today and Blak was able to capture that in a brilliant way. My only quarrel with the track, it needed to be mixed much better, to allow the ears to truly receive everything the track, lyrics and everything in between has to offer. The artwork describes a person being “Fearless” and taking on the world. Well done Blak and Nina E.
Written by Lucy Q
William Crawford. Red Crawford. Wild Bill. Sound familiar? Well, Wild Bill, although originally from North Carolina, is no foreigner to the North Texas Hip Hop scene. With familiar influences ranging from Eminem to Kanye West to Asher Roth, Wild Bill has crafted a distinct style for himself. He has collaborated with various local artists who complement his mellowed-out/nerdy style. He incorporates pop culture and historical allusions substantially into his music as we can see with the Tommy Pickles and Rico Dynamite Mixtapes. This style is further seen in the fifth track of the Rico Dynamite Mixtape (Released December 2013) titled, “Bon Iver” which feature’s Denton’s very own, Stu Brootal. Accompanied by a video, the track gives a glimpse to two young dudes’ daily lives in Denton. The track itself kicks off with an audio clip between Rico and Kip from Napoleon Dynamite as it smoothly transitions into Wild Bill’s verse. He proceeds to deliver a melting pot of historical allusions and pop culture references. Unlike the traditional rap song, this one has no chorus as it transitions directly from Wild Bill’s verse into Stu Brootal’s. Pretty nifty I must say. The beat is also a neat mix of mellow-smooth which aids the visual provided in the video. As someone who focuses largely on the overall lyrical content, I feel that the song lacks cohesion in its lyrical sense. Bits and pieces flow smoothly while others take one an overly heavy reliance on outer references. While the lack of cohesion lingers, I can’t debunk the entire song. It’s definitely a chill song to play on a laid-back afternoon with friends grilling, smoking, and drinking, as the video shows. With a little lyrical sharpening I can definitely see, both, Wild Bill and Stu Brootal making pretty neat music. In the meantime, I do encourage everyone to check out Rico Dynamite as well as “Bon Iver” on BL-DUB & FRIENDS’ YouTube channel.