After years of delays, missed appointments, lateness warnings, weird smells, stolen items and so much more... Enough is Enough..
If you ever experienced the unexpectencies, trials and tribulations of NYC commute, this shirt is for you. This shirt represents the frustation that many NYC residents deal with on a daily basis. Going to work, going home, going to an interview, going to a party, going anywhere...the F train has always managed to step in and interrupt, disrupt and modify those plans. The madness must stop.
Follow the link to get a shirt and be apart of change, be apart of something positive and stand up to this evilness. F the F'ing F Train...
Pink Room (2017)
In 2017 Metro-Detroit native Freebxll Will dropped his first project, ‘Pink Room’—a wavvy AF 9-track project layered on slowed-down trap-like Youtube instrumentals. With a few features of other artists, members from their creative collective The Lobby, Freebxll Will flexed his experimental R&B wave and established his sound.
When Freebxll Will first started experimenting with sounds in his pink-walled room, he wanted the title of his first project to be a literal representation of his mindstate and what was going on in his life at the time, a theme that would be the basis for naming the title of his upcoming projects. Pink Room is melodic, chill, with a bit more of a psychedelic edge high-energy over PND mixed in with a high influence of 'channel ORANGE' by Frank Ocean.
“…Although it’s not close, I wanted it to be my own version of channel ORANGE.”
After finding his own sound with ‘Pink Room’, 2018 has been nothing but a grind for Freebxll Will, making his second project ‘King Of The Free’ set to drop in a few weeks, plus other bangers with his collective The Lobby, such as ‘Love Lost’ and 'Link Up'. Listen below.
King Of The Free (November 4th, 2018)
While we got a tease of the vibe for ‘King Of The Free’ from his inviting energetically-mellow single released a few months ago, ‘Ride With Me’, Freebxll Will says this upbeat-chill track was an exception to the overall vibe of the project, which was a bit darker. Freebxll Will found his strengths in Pink Room, and through this second project working with Kerwin, Freebxll Will feels like he has now established himself and his sound.
When it comes to music, art, etc., relationships, whether good or bad, usually plays a big role in the amount and type of energy and influence we devote to a creative project. According to Freebxll Will, he was no stranger to that this year, stating a recent heartbreak made him come into his own and realize his full potential. When asked about it and its connection with the making of 'King Of The Free', he said..
"...it [the project] felt more real, I felt more like myself..."
Don't confuse the title 'King Of The Free' with a 'I'm-single-now-bit$@h', cocky and arrogant post-heartbreak mentality, rather, "King" as in a certain comfort, "King" of being free in his own way, without any stereotypes, "King" of self, "King" of the free. With the waves on this project his goal is to transcend that love of self and positivity to all.
We were fortunate enough to hear a sneak peak of another track from the project, and yes...we felt it. The vibe is real, an instant chill you can't deny. Even though there is a presence of autotune, the catchy and addicting melodies disguises the effects making the vibe feel right and positive. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the album!
Ascension (?, 2019)
While Freebxll Will prepares for the second project release, he’s already begun working on his third project ‘Ascension’ expected to drop early 2019.
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When thinking of famous singers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wikipedia will show results for Al Jarreau, Eric Benét, and some more, but give it some time...the soulful and smokey sound from Hannah Mrozak will soon take her there.
Don't believe us? We've already melted... https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-way-single/1363280658?app=itunes
Hannah went from singing the National Anthems for the pro-hockey team, Milwaukee Admirals, and the pro-baseball team Milwaukee Brewers at an early age, to winning numerous awards including being chosen for national broadcast TV shows, American Idol and The Voice.
- won Milwaukee’s Got Talent in 2011,
- a MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) “first chair” award recipient in 2013,
- advanced to the top 48 in American Idol in 2014,
- won the State of Wisconsin's WAMI Rising Star of the year in 2015, which she was nominated twice for,
- made it to the playoff rounds of The Voice in 2017
(From her Bio) In September 2017, Hannah performed the song "Starving" by Hailee Steinfeld for her blind audition for the TV show "The Voice", Season 13. She had 3 chair turns, Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton. Hannah chose team Adam and advanced to the battle round which she won, and then advanced to the Knockout Round, singing "Love on the Brain" by Rhianna. She was stolen by team Jennifer and moved onto the Playoff Rounds and the top 20. She sang "Learn to Let Go" by Keisha and was eliminated from the show just before the live shows.
On American Idol in 2014, she was declared by the Season XIV judges to be one of the 38 most memorable auditions. She advanced to the top 48 and performed at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA.
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There's a creative collective brewing fire in Detroit, Michigan. King Free on the mic, Demigod Freebxll Rome on the mic, Kerwin Clemens on the mix and fire production, along with Milf Melly who together produced 'Love Lost', plus more production and vocals from Rated R Roah and Joseph who also does the cover art - together teamed up, they go by TheLobby...and oh are they workin'.
Performing shows and a festival in early to mid 2018, their collaboration titled 'Love Lost' set to drop July 20th, may be the buzz they need to get the recognition they deserve.
L.S.C is a boston-based band and film scoring group. Known for having roots in alternative rock, they commonly borrow elements from other genres such as classical and electronic, however have began to fuse in more soul, which has created a beautiful and funky combination of sound and vibes. Radiohead meets Foreign Air meets HRVRD meets Prince.
Combining that east-cost flow with a west-coast vibe, Ms Proper...
....a #go-getter, has been evolving her love for hip hop and perfecting her craft since well before 2005. Her resume is not only impressive, but motivating, setting an example for anyone on the grind:
- in 2005, Ms Proper ("Shantale Person") created So Proper Entertainment which employed a roster of other talented artists in the Virginia area to whom she executive produced albums for.
- Since then Ms Proper has released three projects, numerous singles, performed in many venues along the East Coast and South, and also landed a performance on one of BET's most memorable shows, 106 & Park.
- Interned with her mentor Joy Young at J.Couture Productions, then became promoted to an assistant, and then soon after became the first employee of the company by signing on as Project Manager where she participated in many marketing campaigns for artists such as Trey Songz, Kevin Gates, and more.
- In 2016, Ms Proper toured and performed on the Freedom Tour 2016, Good FXN Vibes Tour sponsored by Winner's Circle Clothing and Official Feature, and was the winner of the "This Is My Year" fan-challenge, in which she was awarded to perform at the A3C Festival & Conference.
- When she isn't behind the mic, Ms Proper not only runs P.E.A.C.E - a community organization based in Los Angeles, CA focused on the importance of the arts in education and childhood development
- but also is the Creative Director of a Branding company called Creative Addix
- And speaks at numerous schools under her own anti-bullying initiative Hip Hop Against Bullying.
Hip Hop Recording artist and songwriter
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"Baby I was hoping you can ride with me..." Lyrics of the chorus to 'Ride with Me' produced by Kerwin Clemens has been on repeat all day! Freebxll Will provides a blend of that new wave hip hop, mixed in with this new age R&B. Don't need to be a fan of the genre to vibe with this, but the man can sing and brings his 90's-like Soul to the table. His catalog is, as already mentioned, repeat-worthy - beats fire as well.
Freebxll Will is a R&B artist from Metro-Detroit Michigan. He is most known for his debut project Pink Room and for his track “Famous”. He puts a lot of time and effort into his craft and you can tell from the work he puts out. He is in the genre-defying creative collective The Lobby. Freebxll Will is currently (as of July 2018) working on a new project named LET LOVE DIE. There will be plenty more songs from Freebxll Will in the future.
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Imagine it's 1987 and you're in the movie theatre watching a blockbuster Philip K. Dick inspired film directed by Ridley Scott. Not Bladerunner, but the soundtracks Cassle Fires creates makes it feel like it. Cassle Fires - Instrumental duo from Saint Paul, Minnesota fuses genres post-punk and dark-wave together to produce instrumentals that carry this 90’s retro Nirvana-feel, vibes perfect for independent film projects or background tracks for other visual projects. They’ve tagged their sound as 'soundtrack, art-rock, dark-wave, industrial, krautrock, lo-fi, new wave, post-punk'.
Stay tuned on where they will perform next by following their Facebook page.
Doug 'The Sleeping Bag' Campbell is a multi-talented young Independent musician from Louisville, Kentucky. Now in 2018 and only 16, Doug has produced 5 albums within the last two years, each covering a new ground of sub-genres in avant-garde, indie rock, and post rock. Packed with acoustic synergy and DEEP lyrics. Very deep.
A popular Music Magazine Never Nervous from Louisville has stated that his solo projects “blends the earnestness of Elliot Smith with the melancholia and sense of exploration and vulnerability of Mount Eerie”.
His passion for music is not only evident in his growing catalog of his unique sound and style, but also what he's done with his friends outside his studio - cofounding Lo-Fi Lullaby Records, a music collective with his friends that curates several other independent talents with their own unique vibe.
When asked to describe his latest albums, Doug gave a very detailed and thorough response for each - a good look into the origins of his creativity, his sound and his rembrandt-like journey. We're definitely looking forward to his progression.
The Sleeping Bag: My first album, Sadness Eternal, released October 25th, 2016, chronicles the stories of a man I met named, Anthony, in a rehab center. Though I say “chronicles” (I guess in an attempt to sound sophisticated or something), I more so mean represented. The album contains no vocals up until the second-to-last track, in which I retell the story of how he ended up in the rehabilitation center after a drunk driving incident left him badly injured and took his best friend’s life. It’s a short album, but nonetheless and album dedicated to him and his struggle to overcome alcoholism.
My second album released only 4 months after is my longest release to date, at an easy hour and seven minutes. What If You Stayed This Time (the name of the record), tells the story of a boy questioning whether or not his summer has been worth living or not after finding out the girl he’s been chasing the whole time is generally not interested. Looking back on it now it seems like a bit of a stretch, but it contains some of my best writing (I think). And even under a cheesy narrative, I manage to keep the sounds of the album very reserved, aggressive, and somewhat contemplative.
3rd record, No Frustration. Not much story to be told. It’s an album inspired by divorce and what it’s like to be a kid growing up in a broken home. It’s an album that focuses more on musical growth in my progression as a musician, not so much my lyricism, although I do manage to tell a concise story.
4th record, I’m On Your Side. Easily my most personal album. This album truly chronicles the chaotic end of my longest friendship. I don’t know much know how to describe it in words, other than the words I used to describe it at the time of its release, noted on the back of the CD:
I hadn’t originally intended to release YET another album before the end of 2017, but recent events led to rapid songwriting. This album signifies the death of an abusive friendship and each song represents the nails in its coffin; a coffin filled with memories that are useless to me now; memories I once cherished but now dread to recall...
This is a final resting place...Goodbye old Friend...
This album is my most accessible and most well known album to date. Instead of a lo-fi sound quality with distorted guitars throughout. I opted for a storytelling approach and kept it strictly acoustic (for the most part). Lyrics deal with nightmares, murder of the ego, wearing masks, and ultimately, the motif of “where will your family be when you die?” along with “who is your family?”.
My 5th album was set to release June 1st, but the release will most likely have to be pushed back on account of the fact that I am unemployed and currently lack the funds to have CD’s manufactured."
Bandcamp - https://thesleepingbagky.bandcamp.com/music
Music Magazine: Never-Nervous - http://www.never-nervous.com/2017/11/30/interview-doug-campbell-on-his-musical-aesthetic-embracing-chaos-and-fights/
Music Magazine: Never-Nervous - http://www.never-nervous.com/2018/01/19/review-the-sleeping-bag-im-on-your-side/
The past year and a half has been a quiet one for the normally, visible and outspoken Kanye West. After releasing his 2016 album, "The Life of Pablo", Ye embarked on a nationwide tour to acompany the album release. On one of the tour dates in November, Kanye apparently had a major meltdown, which lead him to spend his thanksgiving 2K16 in a mental hospital. Ever since then, Kanye has been lowkey and private, deactivating all his social media accounts. Well, last week, Ye Began tweeting kanye-esque philosophical type tweets that sent the world into a frenzy.
Along with those philosophical tweets, Kanye has been tweeting what some would deem controversial. For one, his support for right wing analyst Candace Owens was not taken well by many. On top of that, his co-sign for our current president Donald J. Trump, was taken even worse. It's safe to say that many have believed Kanye to be in "The Sunken Place" for quite some time, now.
Well, lets get to the meat of this post; the reason your even reading this. King Yeezus is blessing us with not ONE but TWO new albums this summer! And on top of that, he's also producing new albums for a slab of musicians!
Last week, he made the major announement that he would be releasing his 7 track solo album on June 1st, followed by a Collaboration album with Kid Cudi entitled "Kids See Ghost", the following week on June 8th. For anyone who knows me, they know that Kanye West and Kid Cudi are tied for my number one favorite musicians to walk the planet! So, obviousy, I'm beyond hype about this release.
But on top of his personal releases, Kanye also announced a list of musicians he's producing albums for via this tweet.
"I'm hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah... Nas June 15th"
The fact that Kanye is aware that people think he's in "The Sunken Place" lets me know that he's also aware that people think he's fallen off ever since he's become Kanye Kardshian. Knowing the type of person and EGO that Kanye has, I'm sure he's out to prove to people that he hasnt fallen off of anything. Kanye recently tweeted that producing beats for Nas makes him feel 18 again. Teyanna Taylor has even went on record to say that the "Polo Ye" has returned.
All this being said, I must say that I am HYPED for June. Yeezy season is upon us and I cannot wait to see what the legend has cooked up for us. Stay tuned for more updates !
J Cole returns after a 2 year long hiatus, with KOD. Announcing the release in the same week that it dropped, it was yet another surprise album from Cole. Cole has proven his star power to be big enough to where he can announce a album with little to no promo and still do numbers. The album has already broken spotify and Apple music records.
This certainly has established his legend status, making him one of the biggest rappers to come from the Millenial generation. Even superstar rappers like LOGIC have given Cole his props.
Now, let's get into the actual music. Much like Jay-Z's "4:44" of last year, this "KOD" album feels like it will be at the forefront of "Grown Folks" Hip-hop for 2018. The album makes a statement on the current state of Hip-hop and the effects of drug use and it's promotion on society. KOD stands for three different titles:
1) Kidz On Drugs
2) King OverDose
3) Kill Our Demons
The albums ultimate themes tackle topics ranging from depression and anxiety to addiction and consumerism. The album begins with a jazzy intro infused with a poem about pain and how to deal with it. The opening musical track, "KOD", sets the tone for what the majority of the album will sound like: modern trap beats and flows fused with lyrical raps. For me personally, its the best thing ever! I love mumble rap just as much as conscious rap. That being said, its dope to hear the trap sound with CRAZY Lyrical bars. The "KOD" song establishes his "King" status with braggodocio raps about not needing features, talking about stacking "Ms", and going "Hard as Sh!t".
The following song, "Photograph", is an interesting love ballad about falling for a instagram model. I never thought that someone could make a song about that and it be deep and introspective, yet thats what Cole does. In the song he raps, "Love today's gone digital and Its Fu%#k!ing with my health". The song is a analyzation on the culture surrounding social media and dating in 2018.
The songs "The Cut Off", "Kevin's Heart", "Once an Addict", and "FRIENDS" all tackle the subjects of addiction and drug culture and its effects on people and society. While, songs such as "BRACKETS" and "ATM" talk about consumerism and the negative effect that money and the need to "Stunt" is having on the youth.
Cole ends the album with "1985", which is arguably the most popular song from the album, given the way it has shaken up the industry for its offense to many in the younger generation of rappers. Cole doesn't name drop directly, but many think that he was specifically speaking to teen rap sensation, Lil Pump. Throughout the song, Cole directly addresses the current youth of rappers who are more concerned with getting money ,tattoos, and slaying broads, rather than being a postive influence for their peers. He speaks to them from the place of not only a grown man, but a grown man who has been in the industry for 10+ years, now. He litterally said nothing disrespectful, in my opinion. And as a matter of fact, he genuinely was just trying to help them!
All in all, I have to say that this is probably my favorite Cole album. Its between "KOD" and "Forest Hills Drive . That being said, theres no denying that this is Cole's most IMPORTANT project to date. It comes out in a time where I feel like even though its not a message that WANTS to be heard by the youth, its a message that NEEDS to be heard. And though, there are many who are offended, hopefully they can listen to this project 5 years from now and see that Cole was coming from a place of worry and not disrespect.
Thanks again for your time as always, thanks!
Listen to KOD now: http://smarturl.it/KODJCole
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Popular New York rapper, Cardi B, is having one of the best weekends in Hip-hop in recent memory. The star, who broke into the industry last year with her Hit Single "Bodak Yellow" ,is proving to all of the naysayers that she's here for the long haul. Even after dropping hit after hit (Billboard source), there were people who doubted she could deliver a solid album. Cardi, throughout her come up, has been highly aware of the pressure to make a strong debut. If you peruse on through her social media, you can see that creating the album and making a good product was really stressing her out. Luckily, she had friends in the industry, such as J cole, to help encourage her (VladTV Source).
Well, I know that a weight has been lifted off the raptresses chest after all of the long hours and hard work, because this past friday, she dropped her album, and thus broke the internet!
There were a lot of factors that lead up to Cardi breaking the internet, factors such as : The fake beef with Nicki Minaji, The infidelity of her fiance, or the pregnancy rumors that turned out to be true having the big reveal on Saturday Night Live. It's been always something that consistently kept Cardi in the headlines. That being said, the ultimate reason that Cardi has been so popular is because of her charismatic, down to earth, personality. That and most importantly, the fact that her music is actually good!
You couldn't log into any social media with out seeing her face, this weekend! The whole industry is in support of and talking about her album (You can check out her instagram to see the full list of cosigns). People you would expect, such as her collaborators, Chance the Rapper & YG. But also, people you would not expect such as Oprah! I was suprised about the Oprah cosign because Oprah has a history of not being in support of rap and Hip-Hop artist.
The album starts out with the track "Get Up 10" which really sets the tone for the album. No catchy hooks or bubble gum lyrics. Cardi starts the album with straight up bars! The track is reminiscent to the popular early 2000s New York Hip-Hop Era where rappers like 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks would just hit us with the bars about living the street life and grinding to get what's yours. Following the opener, you get three Club bangers back to back. Drip featuring the MIGOS, BODAK YELLOW, and BickenHead. These type of tracks are stylistically more what she's known for and are strong assets to the energy of the LP. Following these tracks is when it gets interesting. Cardi's latest single "Be Careful" is a huge switch in tone as Cardi delivers a mellow R&B infused track about dealing with the infidelity of a lover. Following that, the Chance The Rapper assisted, "Best Life", sonically gives us a new sound from Cardi that we had not heard prior to the album. Chance The Rapper's signature Soul Hop sound is all over this track, as Cardi raps about overcoming all of the adversity she faced to now be living her best life. In another switch in tone and Energy, track number 7, "I Like It" Ft Bad Bunny & J Balvin, is a reggaeton jam that will most likely have us dancing all summer long! Check out this hilarious video of DIDDY dancing to the song: Diddy Bop. This song, in my opinion, is so dope because the majority of it is in spanish, with some english thrown in the mix. Normally, its the other way around with songs being in mostly English, with some spanish words thrown in. I didn't know what they were saying but I felt it,though!
Track 8, Ring featuring Kehlani, is a relatable song about lovers who are growing apart. This being a song for the ladies, lyrics such as, "You dont hit my line no more, oh, you don't make it ring" are sure to be written in many tumblr post and tweets from women across the world. It's dope to see two popular woman artist coming together to make a anthem for their millions of fans world-wide. With all the beefs going on in Hip-Hop these days, its great to see the unity.
The following three tracks get back to the hype, turnt up Cardi that the world has come to know and love. Money Bag, She Bad, and Bartier Cardi are all bangers that are sure to be getting lots of radio play and club spins in the coming summer months. Cardi closes her album with two more songs for the ladies in "Through your phone" and "I Do" Ft SZA. The SZA feature was unexpected for me personally, but it ended up being one of my favorite songs on the record!
All in All, Cardi's debut is a strong record with dope features, a concrete concept, and greatly executed vision. I throughly enjoy this album and have many of the songs in my everyday playlist , now. I know the record hits even harder for the women out there.
I'm going to end on this note. Whenever I make a song and I say something kind of "sexist", I always hope that my female audience will translate it to relate to them, personally. For example, I have a line that goes: "Not trusting a B!t$h if She's Bad, But she's acting so basic" . I would hope that my women audience can relate to in the manner of, "Not trusting a N!gg@ if he's bad, but he's acting so basic". Another example would be, "And If you act like a Douche, might take your girl up in the booth". I would hope that my female audience can translate that to something along the lines of : " and if she acts like a douche, might take her N!gg@ up in the booth" . I hope I'm making sense here, lol.
Basically, the point of me saying all that is because Cardi B has given women the opportunity to first hand have this same rapper mentality, but from a actual woman viewpoint. Lyrics such as, " I left that N!gga on read cause I felt like it!" and "Pu$$y so good, I say my own name during sex" give ladies acrcoss the world the confidence and boss chick mentality that Cardi has, thus having her audience live vicariously through her music.
I imagine this album is going to carry Cardi through the remainder of the year but I am definitely looking forward to when she starts making new music! All in all Id give this album a 5/5. From a statistical standpoint, Every song mattered and was entertaining and worth it on this record. There were no filler songs, or songs that you might want to skip, so that is my reasoning for rating it so high. However, thats just my opinion, though! Let me know what you guys think in the comments!
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy