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Restoring Poetry in Music · Catfish Blues

Just a taste of Kingdom of Fireflies for now

I’ve been sittin’ on Restoring Poetry in Music’s Kingdom of Fireflies for too long, so I thought I’d at least share a piece for now. The thing is, it’s not that easy for me to do a write up on a full album, it’s hard enough to do just a song. More importantly though, this is a band that’s so special to us. RPM’s second album, Pyramids in Moscow, was one of the main reasons this blog ever came about — it’s still one of our best finds!

So instead of halfassing a write up on Kingdom of Fireflies, I thought I’d just throw y’all a taste. ‘Catfish Blues’ is definitely the track that takes me back to what I originally loved most in RPM. Raw Poetic’s heavy flow always seems to flow smoothly on top these trip-tronic tracks.

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P.O.S · Fuck Your Stuff

These MN hooligans are still up to Nogood

Cannot believe how outta hip-hop I’ve been for the last year. This blog all started out exclusively with hip-hop and look at us now (for better or worse). But of course I couldn’t deny my Minnesota brethren, at least when I enjoy their “stuff.”

P.O.S & Lazerbeak of Doomtree pair it up with ‘Fuck Your Stuff’ for P.O.S’ new album, We Don’t Even Live Here. The track is of similar vein to their usual MN hooliganary. And as much as I may not appreciate the lyricism compared to many others, P.O.S’ style & finesse over Lazerbeak’s better than ever beat is something we can all appreciate.

Make sure to check out DOOMTREE if you’re into this style of hip-hop and hit up We Don’t Even Live Here on October 22.

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Raw Poetic · Stealin Bread

Changing up his style... and vocals?

Been a long time fan of Raw Poetic – he’s one of the main reasons for this blog – but when I first heard ‘Stealin Bread,’ it sounded like a whole ‘nother man. Raw P’s been changing up his style lately and it may not compete with the nostalgia of his earlier tracks, but I can more than respect a musician trying to change things up, not enough do!

Way back in the days of RPM, I knew Raw P as one smooth ass rapper who glided over his band better than most singers.

More recently though, he’s been experimenting with his sound in a more blues rock styled pace (still gliding well, though).

His latest release, ‘Stealin Bread,’ however, shocked/confused the hell out of me because I could barely tell it was him at all. Maybe with time, age and everything that goes with it, his voice changed to a more raspy, aged rhyme… or maybe he’s just doing some more experimenting. Whatever it is, I don’t see enough change in most musicians that I see in Raw P and that right there is something to take notice to.

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Waka Flocka Flame · Rooster In My Rari (TIP Remix)

Two Inch Punch takes his Lovestep to the Traplanta

This is how much I love & appreciate what Two Inch Punch does. So much that I’ll post shit from the worst of the Waka Flockas, Flame. In his ‘Rooster In My Rari’ remix, TIP brings that lovely-step to the increasingly popular trap world. It’s like the hyphy movement, more for fun than real enjoyment. I may not be listening to this in a month (or a week), but I appreciate talent wherever it may roam, even in the worst of weathers…

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Fullhaus · See It from the Front

Aleon Craft x Gangsta Boo x Schlachthofbronx Mashup

For the next six weeks or so, every friday we’ll be releasing a remix off Fullhaus’ Traplanta in a series we dubbed #TGIFF (see if you can figure it out). Each highlights a rapper from Atlanta remixed with that trap charm.

For our very first week, we’ve get one catchy little shit that’s been spinnin ’round my head all day. ‘See it From the Front’ may be getting a little obnoxious getiin trapped in my head!, but this remix featuring Aleon Craft, Gangsta Boo & Schlachthofbronx is one seriously fun, summertime jam to romp around to. Although, I’m still trying to figure out if trap is catchy in the worst or best of ways… (both)

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Mochipet’s Godzilla Bass Mashups

Too Short vs. Maguera || Wiz Khalifa vs. Gigan

Love when these mashers take on quality MC’s and mash ’em up with much hotter electro tunes. Mochipet is known for producing some next level bass music, but he’s also one to occasionally throw in some mashup freebies. And these freebies come in the tune of Too Short & Wiz Khalifa, which’ll sure as shit get yo heartbeat bouncin. But which one bounces best I gotta go with Too Short.

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Theophilus London · All Around The World

Characterizing the hip-hop scene better than ever

Ya know, when I covered Theophilus London in Minneapolis, I appreciated a few tracks of his, but didn’t follow him regularly. However, since his show I’ve caught too many quality tracks from this dude. I can’t tell you how many rappers send their music to me daily and 99% lack what London excels in, character/personality/whatever you wanna call it.

“All Around The World” sports a burly, bass driven beat with this MC’s character expressed as distinct as ever. But Theophilus London is more than just a healthy character in the hip-hop scene, he packs wordplay & beats that few MC’s can manage to muster UP.

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Snoop Dogg · Breathe It In

Gettin super strange with the good ol' ode to the kush

Snoop Dogg’s Stoner’s EP just got released, and although I haven’t listened to the whole EP, I did listen to 1 track. “Breathe It In” may just be the usual ode to the kush from Snoop, but that beat is sure as hell new to the Doggg.

Lazer Crunk is an odd set of electro sounds gon estranged, but who knows if ‘Breathe It In’ could be classified under it, these subgenres are killing me. Whatever it may be, Snoop rolls around in it so smooooothly.

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Skratch Bastid · Let It Stay Fly (Mashup)

Three Six Mafia, Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG vs Dazz Band

Every time I say Skratch Bastid, it’s in the voice of Kyle’s [very] jewish cousin from South Park. But other than that pointless side note, Skatch Bastid does right to the mashup game ever time by taking samples from early soul music and mashing it up with the more recent soul [hip-hop].

In this romp around, Skratch Bastid takes on Three 6 Mafia vs that soulful blend by Dazz Band. His music always takes a few rounds in to get use to, but once you catch on… you caught ;) ENjoy

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Tasha the Amazon · Let It Go (prod. Bass & Bakery)

"You a bad girl and your friends bad too, oo. We got the swag, so she drippin’ swagoo"

This is one bad bitch from Toronto, but let’s hope her persona doesn’t get the best of her. I’ve seen too many talents care more about how they come off than what they’re pushing out musically and Tasha seems like the stereotypical candidate.

But until that happens, Tasha the Amazon brings us one chill flow that most female MC’s can’t quite pull off. Her latest track, “Let It Go,” sports production from Bass & Bakery, which I believe she is a part of, but either way, she twirls that sassy voice around it like a charm.

Toronto is a clear hotspot for up-n-coming artists and Tasha, supported by the right people, is destined to be a crowd pusher in that community.

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