[David E Beats] nThe White House Band – Renaissance [hosted By Mick Boogie]

[David E Beats]  nThe White House Band – Renaissance [hosted By Mick Boogie]

David E Beats/The White House Band – Renaissance mix tape starts
strong and maintains a big sound with hard hitting lyrics throughout.
A smooth flow, and a unique sound combine to keep attention throughout
– personal preference aside, there are no “skip over” tracks.  There
are screaming guitar solos, bangin basslines, and a smooth groove that
runs uniquely through all the tracks.

This is not a duplicate of those 5 songs your most hated hip hop
station plays over, and over, and over again. This is 13 tracks of
classic hip hop flavor that is *FREE* to download!

This should be what defines mainstream hip hop, forget most of what is
established… if I hear another nursery rhyme rapper that makes the
same damn song over and over again I’m gonna be sick.

In each thing we experience we draw influence, we gain insight into
the world around us.  In Renaissance we gain insight into David E
Beats’ struggle to survive in a tough world.  We can relate to his
truth, relate to his drive, and use what we find to grow our own
experiences into something equally amazing.

This is the sort of inspiration the world needs – there are far too
many people promoting a detrimental lifestyle, and far too many weak
minds buying into what is essentially an illusion that is shaping
reality.

Whether you listen for lyrical content or phat beats, your gonna dig
David E Beats / The White House Band – Renaissance.

Stereo Crowd Self Titled Debut

Stereo Crowd Self Titled Debut

Three’s a crowd, two makes for a Stereo Crowd, and this is one big and powerful sounding album.  Strong rock influence plus Hip Hop and some soulful R&B to smooth it out.  Catchy without being cliche’.  Stereo Crowd’s self titled debut is fun with a side of funk.

Heavy guitar, funky sounds, male/female rap, female/male singing.  Boomin basslines and sweet drumlines keep it groovin start to finish.  The album is definitely designed to be played LOUD.  The type of music that drives a crowd – I hear this album and wish it was being played full tilt live on stage.

The musical variety is excellent, while there is certainly a clear rock undertone the layers seem to stem from any genre at any time.  Very interesting to listen to straight through.  Never gets boring.

In a crowded industry, Stereo Crowd has put out a strong debut, I’m dig-gin it, and you should definitely give em a listen! 

Jerome Holloway – Sunday Morning Night Music

Jerome Holloway – Sunday Morning Night Music

With his album creatively titled “Sunday Morning Night Music” – Jerome Holloway offers a soulful voice with a smooth melodic backdrop.  Never too much, never too little – the arrangements define tasteful choice.  Its Indy/Folk/Rock, with the sweet taste of Jazz and a very unique soul.

Deep, thought provoking lyrical subjects are of no shortage – while somehow suitably back-dropping a make-out session – and still yet a proper choice for that moment in a road trip when its time to chill out after hours of jamming to Lay You Down.  This album has a wide appeal, for sure.

Sunday Morning Night Music plays well front to back – with most songs ending with a reflective lack of resolution.  Although Mr Holloway’s guitar remains fairly central to the 7 tracks, there is horns, Cello, electric guitar, and of course drums… all well arranged and easy to listen to.  There is an artsy cacophony in “My favorite thief” that has to be heard to be appreciated.

Jerome Holloway’s vocals are somewhere between Bob Marley and John Legend, with a clearly unique sound that ultimately reminds me of only Jerome Holloway.

Frankly if you are one who complains the “good ole days” of music are gone, you need to A: Get out more and B: Buy this album.  (His live show is awesome, and your gonna wanna hear more later!)

 

Sunday Morning Night Music - Jerome Holloway

Tyga Careless World: Rise of the Last King

Tyga Careless World: Rise of the Last King

Some music makes us cry, some we want to dance to, some provides innovative sounds we’ve never heard before… but today we’ll take a look at an album from the perspective of someone who loves a boomin’ bassline that drives their high powered sub systems to a sort of subsonic nirvana that must be felt to be appreciated.

Released after a last minute cut of a Martin Luther King Jr sample from the title track after MLK’s estate asked it to be remove… Tyga’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King certainly did not get any of its phat basslines omitted.

Careless World may just as well satisfy the cry/dance/innovative sounds – depends on whats between your ears – but the bass, yea, the BASS is truly the highlight of Tyga’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King.  Phat basslines that will test your subsystem run throughout the album.

Tight punch, long notes, deeeep bass.  Its all there, a total system workout.  Each track has something that will get your subs going.  There are a few tracks like the single “Rack City” that have a deep rumbling bassline that will challenge how low you can go!

This type of album is why people stuff 8 12″ subs and 10,000+ watts into their cars… this album you will hear shaking the windows of your house as previously mentioned 8 12’s pass by full tilt.

From a musical standpoint its a relatively typical combination of Rnb/Rap with some autotuned pop’ish stuff thrown in for good measure.  The sound is solid from the ground up, a very well produced album.

Tyga’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King is listenable without subs – but the true appeal to these tracks is below 80hz.

for bassheadz- 8.5/10                             music lovers- 5.5/10

Download the album Careless World - Rise of the Last King - Tyga

– Anthony Potts
Senior Editor
www.elusivemag.com

Adele- 21

Adele- 21

Grammy album of the year 2011 – whats the hype about?  With 5.82 million copies sold, you might already know.

For those who have not yet been introduced, Adele is a soulful songbird from England.  Her unique voice is powerful, mature, gritty, and deeply emotional.  According to nme.com, Beyonce reported her album “4” was inspired by Adele.

The album “21” is a fine example of her talents.  A Motown era feel on some songs – “Rolling in the Deep” and “Rumor has it” bringing about memories of Diana Ross & The Supremes – mixes with soul/pop/RnB, bringing a unique blend that remains interesting throughout.

The album has a certain vintage sound quality, a warmth reminiscent of vinyl.  “21” plays like a “greatest hits” including songs from the last 60 years.  Although this brings about a wonderful sense of nostalgia, there is also a certain lack of innovation.  There is a thin line between being inspired by and copying, “21” walks this line rather gracefully.

The lyrical content is deep and well thought out – quite autobiographical, but this is one of those albums where not a word could be understood and the album would be no less enjoyable.

I’d like to hear more innovation, rather than pulling from sounds of yesteryear.  “21” is nearly an album of cover songs, following formulas that absolutely do sound great – but offer little in terms of offering the music world something new and exciting.  I’d like to see Adele work with a new group of producers for her next album – lyrics and vocals are what make this album special, I’d like to see them with some musical backdrops that are more current (no I’m not talking LMFAO 21 – ADELE .

Regardless, “21” has received one of music’s highest honors – the 2011 Grammy award for album of the year… and with that in hand, not much else matters!

7/10

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