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.