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Doze - Eat Somthin Vol2

“Eat Somethin': Volume Two” – New Album from Doze – Out Now!

“Eat Somethin': Volume Two” is the latest offering from South Dakota beat maker Doze!
Check it out here:

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Enjoy! dhh

Sammy Warm Hands - "Famous Last Words"

“Sammy Warm Hands – Famous Last Words” review by Apocolypse

So check it out… I had the privilege of getting Sam Wartenbee aka Sammy Warm Hands (SWH) new – “Famous Last Words” album ahead of its release to review it, damn I love what I do…

“Famous Last Words” is the final album of a trilogy, with “Bears Repeating” & “Freewriters” being its predecessors. It drops on the 7 April, distributed on CD by Sammy’s the one and only Crushkill Recordings and cassette by Flossless Audio. The album will be released in conjunction with his first book, by the same name, which chronicles his 17 years of recording history.

First off, I checked out his latest music video on Youtube (Anti – Fun), from the get go, the beat caught me and the melodic keys insisted I take note and get involved. The music video is no Paramount Pictures production, but accompanied with the beat and lyrics, the intention is clear, music as it stands is as generic as the cardboard boxes that are used for packaging. In my mind Sammy Warm Hands is making a bold statement, not to criticize other artists work, but to challenge the majorities conventional thinking of what Hip Hop is and the current perception of how “rappers” should portray themselves and their music. He is a prime example of being the change he wants to see by making the music that inspires him, the reason for his passion.

Ok… Time to tuck in. The first track, albeit the title track “Famous Last Words” aka Nobody Gives A Fuck, sets the tone for the album. The rolling double bass accompanied with the classic boom-bap snare kick combination and a soulful brass sample immediately creates an aura of too cool for school (someone pass me my Wayferer’s because he just went blues brothers on this shit). His soulful lyrics and smooth on-point flow take to life with each beat, as he moves through different elements flawlessly. The style of songs range from sing-a-long hype type of tracks to a live recording, conceptual songs, sociopolitical and story-telling, giving the album a nice well-rounded balance. Sammy’s ability pour out his emotions is just another way his music challenges the mainstream way of thinking because as far as traditional emceeing goes, there is this preconceived notion that emotion is weakness and an overall gangsta no…no, but to the contrary, he harnesses his vulnerability and utilizes it as his greatest strength, it allows the listener to relate personally and lets us peak into his mind and soul as well as feel his heart through his art.

The album features the likes of ThatKidCry – “Before doors open”, Rabbi Hanan Sills – “Ferguson Freewrites”, Vazkez – “Midnight” and Man Danno – “Dan Sammo”, if I had to choose my favorite feature, it’ll probably go to Man Danno, he had the most unique sound and style which was very refreshing. Each accompanying artist adds their own unique flavor to this gourmet Hip Hop dish, I can just picture it now, Master Chef Hip Hop edition hosted by Raekwon and he says, “Mayn, these other artists best protect their neck cuz your method man is bringing the CREAM, dolla dolla bill ya’ll, Warm Hands aint nuthin to f@#k wit.”

Ok… Enough random cut away’s, back to the music. All the beats were composed by K.I. Design, where the simplicity is the key to emphasizing the mood and unlocking the Fort Knoxx of thoughts the lyrics provoke. All in all, K.I. Designs beats and SWH rhymes and production amalgamate into a beautiful artwork.

I can’t choose a favorite track, the list of tracks that didn’t take top spot is shorter, but here goes, “Famous Last Words”, “Midnight” ft. Vazkez, “Dan Sammo” ft. Man Danno, “Anti-fun” and “Vacant Eyes”, after listening to the album countless times I couldn’t choose between them, each one has their own unique sound and feel and are gems in their own right. In my opinion, the biggest flaw in the album is the last track which is a live recording of his submission for R.A. the Rugged Man’s Definition Of A Rap flow competition. To me it just comes across as cliche and cheesy. I like the live element but it’s almost as if SWH copped out by putting it on the track-list, the quality he offers is above sleezy competitions, don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing his entry, I just feel like everything prior was ALL him which was dope!dope!!DOPE!!!! And to put it on the album (let alone the last track of the trilogy), I’m left with a feeling that SWH sold himself short for what could be seen as a gimmick (nobodies perfect right?)

That said, it’s still one hell of a dope album that has a lot to offer, whether you the conscious type or just someone who enjoys good music. I give this album a rating of 3/5 punchlines and I highly recommend it to any indie Hip Hop head who has a love for the craft, especially if your flavor is along the lines of Atmosphere, Blueprint and Sage Francis. My “…Last Words” are, Sammy… I give you a Warm round of applause and I got to Hands it to you (see what I did there), this is the type of Hip Hop that I love to listen too and that inspires me as an artist. RESPECT!!!

Looking forward to your next drop.

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Mr. A

For more information check out:

Sammy Warm Hands : Bandcamp Facebook Instagram
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“Natural Order” – New Album from The Four Owls; Thoughts + “Think Twice” Prod. DJ Premier – Music Video – Out Now!

UK hiphop outfit, The Four Owls have a new album out called “Natural Order”!
Get your copy here:

My thoughts: “If you’re looking for some really refreshing, down to earth good hiphop I cannot recommend this album enough! This one if just filled to the brim with beats and flows to keep your head nodding for day’s on end.. well for me anyway. Not to mention features from Smellington Piff, Jam Baxter, Sammy B-side and Dirty Dike making for a really incredible album… and then there’s the track “Think Twice” produced by the one an only DJ Premier!! What a track! everything just works perfectly on this one and throughout the album really… Go get your self a copy”!!

To get you into the swing of things, this is the video for “Think Twice”!!
check it out:

If you prefer physical copies or other means of getting your hands on the album, this is where to look:
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON CD: http://bit.ly/1vZs8zZ
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1Am2M6L
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1J20klF

For more information and to stay in touch with The Four Owls, check out:
The Four Owls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFourOwls
The Four Owls on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/TheFourOwls
The Four Owls on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheFourOwls


High Focus Website: http://www.high-focus.com

Enjoy! ~dhh

Philly Moves - Veijo Amigo

“Viejo Amigo” – New Acoustic EP from Philly Moves – Out Now!

Toronto based duo, Philly Moves recently dropped their all new EP called “Viejo Amigo”!
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“Viejo Amigo is filled with melodious and guitar rich tracks — hip hop lullabies for the proletariat and all half-broken-hearts”.

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
twitter.com/phillymoves
facebook.com/phillymoves
instagram.com/phillymoves613
youtube.com/channel/UC9Wp6thYFbrpZ0RY7cHF9nA
urbnet.com/phillymoves

Enjoy! ~dhh

Byrd - Catholic School Dropout

“Catholic School Dropout” – New Album from Byrd – Out Now!

New album from Poetic Intelligence member Byrd called “Catholic School Dropout”!
Check it out here:

“A story of a kid trying to find his way through, substances, god, and sex, while attempting to keep his head”.

For more information and to stay in touch, this is where to look:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byrd/517861208315936
http://www.PoeticIntelligence.com/

Enjoy! ~dhh

Wormwood - Badworm

“BADWORM” – New Album from Wormwood & Formal Bad – Out Now!

Montana based emcee Wormwood recently dropped his latest offering titled “BADWORM” over beats from Estonian beat magician Formal Bad!!
Get your copy here:

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
Twitter
Beige Note
The Orators
RezErected Records
Facebook


Formal Bad soundcloud.com/formalbad

Enjoy! ~dhh

 

Lee Scott & Black Josh - Bmoviebillionairs ep

“B Movie Millionaires” New EP from Lee Scott & Black Josh – Out Now!

Blah Records’ duo Lee Scott & Black Josh have a new EP out called “B Movie Millionaires” produced by Baileys Brown!! Get your copy here:

For more information etc. you can check out:
blahrecords.com

Peace! ~dhh

“No Pain No Gain” – New Music Video from Life MC & Badhabitz + “Deep in the Trenches” – New Album – Out Now!

New Music video from Life MC and Split Prophets beatsmiith Badhabitz!!
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Lifted from their new album ‘Deep in the Trenches’ out now on Split Prophets Records
CD/Digital/Limited Edition Vinyl! Includes features from Fliptrix & Upfront!
Get your copy here:

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
https://www.facebook.com/Lifemc100
https://www.facebook.com/Badhabitzkratekrusader
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SplitProphets/140325702710471

Enjoy! ~dhh

Shutins Collony - Underwrought Reworks

“Underwrought (Re​)​Works” New Album from Shut-ins and the Colony + Music Video – Out Now!

Lucas Dix of Jellyfish Brigade presents a fresh new album for Shut-ins and the Colony –
“Underwrought (Re)Works” produced by Ed “Shut-ins” Curtiss!
Get your copy here:

Also out is their music video for the track “Left My Bed Today (Blood in Your Toothbrush)”
Featuring Jay Cobb Anderson of Fruition!!
Check it out here:

For further information and to stay in touch you can check out the following spaces:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
JFBxPDM.com

Peace! ~dhh

“Alaska – Alkast” Review by Apocolypse

Listening to this EP was my first time ever listening to Alaska, and as far as introductions go this is one smooth joint.

Well at least I thought it was my first time until I heard his voice, it sounded so familiar and after a bit of thinking and trying to not think, it clicked he was one of the members from Atoms Family (Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh).

From start to finish the beats take you on melodic trip that is accompanied  with thought provoking flows and I can’t help but bop my head up and down the whole way through. It feels to me that as I listen I’m almost transported through different facets or departments of indie hip hop styles. Musically the beats are upbeat while a serious undertone is carried through by Alaska and all the feature’s lyrics.

This album features the likes of Zilla Rocca on “Return Of The Angst”, Curly Castro on ” Taking a Day”, Elsphinx on “Killers” and Randon Bowerman on “The End”. All in all, these artists have made one dope EP. I give this EP a rating of 3.5/5 Punchlines (Punchlines being my rating scale).

My favourite track is the last track, “The End”, this was the perfect way to round off a solid EP, and left my mouth watering for just a lil but more… But alas, Alaska, I look forward to your next release! I encourage all indie heads to download this and give it a listen.

For more information, check out:
Alaska – Twitter

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