A project that perfectly contrasts an artists dialect about internal conflict with crazy lit beats paired with insane animation and intricate storytelling to bring the subject matter to life is always appreciated. Throw some top notch production in the mix by producers such as DEIPSET and Yung Kifo in the mix and you’ve got Rashad Starks newest project “Playing With Fire”
The project does a wonderful job of tackling the artists feelings regarding suicide, depression, anxiety, being a college drop out and feelings of low self worth while at the same time displaying the artists motivation to overcome these feelings and be a “greater man”. The project opens up with “With Fire”, On which the artists gives pretty much a run down on what the whole tape is going to be about. The artist also showcases his singing abilities on the opening track as well. On “No Ls” he features Dell Fargo and speaks on his desire to persevere and keep grinding. On DRIP, another “turn up” song the rapper adds a feature from menacing rapper Hooks Ventura, adding to the eerie, dark effect of the track. In contrast to the “most lit” theme he goes for in the previous tracks, Stark flips the script and discusses very dark thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451” where he speaks on his feelings of depression, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. On “Amen”, a more upbeat song, the rapper speaks on his feelings on religion and closes out the tape with a prayer asking God to help him to be a more appreciative, focused man.
Check out Rashad Starks “Playing With Fire” here!
Quality, artistic visuals are always an appreciated bonus when it comes to songs we love. A dope visual takes songs that are already our favorites and not only adds a “face” to the sound but also gives a deeper look into the personality and aesthetic of the artist. Nicholis’ release of his “Had To” visual does just that.
The video for the bouncy track is shot by OGVISUALS ( @000.og ) and provides viewers with a wavy, unique display to accompany the track. The song itself features producer Chet’ Atlas and combines animated delivery with relatable content and a catchy beat for an overall well put together track perfect for bumping on your spring playlist.
Check out the exclusive release of the “Had To” visual here!
Rapper Fontain has released a new single entitled “Commencement $peech”. The rapper, who is also member of the Flight Ent. collective, is putting a new spin on the classic boom bap sound with this track, a style that many emcees aren’t necessarily able to pull off. The track also displays the artists unique word play as well as his ability to include comedic elements in music as a method of keeping listeners engaged in his story telling.
Check out Fontain “Commencement $peech” here!
To bring in the month of October, the first installment of the heymisschrissy interview series has dropped. This series was designed to bring more attention to some of the lesser known creatives of the 757 such as artists, dancers, designers and of course rappers and singers.
The first episode features Bucksquad member Tay Gutta. Summer 2017 has been quite eventful for the artist. From releasing his single “Lord Can You Hear Me” (which was featured on this website here ) to performing at EDLs Hip Hop Carnival, this summer was a very defining time for Tay Gutta as an artist, which he tells about in the interview.
In this interview Tay Gutta also discusses who exactly is Bucksquad, what local artists he would like to potentially work with as well as what he thinks about the music scene of the 757.
Check out the first installment of the heymisshrissy interview series featuring Tay Gutta here!
Finishing off the summer on a strong note, Va Beach based rapper KKel has released his first mixtape “Kill Kell”. From performing at the “No Options” showcase to releasing his single “Yikes” (featured here) It has been a pretty eventful summer for the young emcee. (Check out his performance of “Yikes” at No Options below.)
On his newest project, “Kill Kell” KKel makes quite the statement by making an introduction to new listeners as well as keeping the same energy that current fans have come to love. The 13 track project includes features by R. Locko, 10 cellphones, Free Deisel, and BoofPakKujo as well as production by up and coming engineers such Ca$hFlow, Sora, and Kreative Kidd to name a few.
With it’s energetic vibes, diversity and array of features and production from up and coming artists as well as producers, “Kill Kell” is an excellent project that ends the summer on an upbeat note.
Check out KKel “Kill Kell” here!