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“Nostalgia”- Rj Tha Guru ft FreeBxll Will (prod. tredyboi1hunna)

Nostalgia has finally arrived!

Rj Tha Guru of NoDom$ highly anticipated track featuring FreeBxll Will just dropped ! Produced by tredyboi1hunna, this song will have you reminiscent on the one that got away, perfect for this Valentine’s Day.

For about 4 months these two have had this gem under wraps waiting to be released with the rest of Rj Tha Guru’s newest project “LoveGame$”, also released on Feb. 14, 2018. FreeBxll Will came through with the hook, setting the melodic tone for the song. This made it easy for Rj to follow up with his lyrics, inspired by personal experience.

With the cover art inspired by Rj’s personal experience also, photographer Divine of Divine Productions creatively took it upon herself to go out and photograph a local park in Detroit, Michigan, to help replicate the sense of “nostalgia” that 4th Ave Park in Rj’s hometown of Bethlehem, PA always seemed to give him.

Stream “Nostalgia” down below and check out the full project “LoveGame$” as well !

“Lost” FURY x Junior (prod. grimdire)

FURY recently blessed us with a new collab with Junior on their song LOST produced by grimdire.

artwork by: FURY

This hard and haunting track consists of a lot of questioning of thyself and is mainly about losing different important parts of yourself as time goes on.

NoDom$ FURY of Las Vegas, and Junior of Michigan are both a part of a group called ENDS, making any of the members collaborations together a part of E[ND$].

Stay alert for FURY’s new project “DESERT PUNK” set to drop next month in March, fully produced by Yatchzen. Also, Junior’s new 3 track ep “The Jester’s Blizzard” fully produced by Ded333 set to release early-mid April.

Go ahead and bump “Lost” down below!

“NO SMOKING ON THE ROOF” EP – DEDD & Donnie Hardaway

Faded Decade’s Dedd and NoDom$ Donnie Hardaway are back with a new ep “NO SMOKING ON THE ROOF”. This ep consists of 3 tracks straight bangers, certain to enhance your playlists. With assistance from producers, Axthentic and DRXW, this is one you don’t want to sleep on!

Plotting on collaborating since 2016 at Faded Decade’s “The Barn”, these two later reunited and Dedd was inspired. He communicated to Donnie his excitement, ” We gotta make some fire, we gotta drop something crazy,”. They decided to let it come naturally and not rush the process.

Donnie stayed at Black Book Studios for 2 weeks and the first song was “All Dawgs Go To Heaven” meaning all their friends go to heaven. Donnie got the hook down and Dedd freestyled his verse.

On “Free Snow”, Donnie wanted a lot of energy on it so he could give Dedd the momentum he needed to freestyle. They took their time with it to really make sure they were getting the right point across. Donnie thought Dedd’s verse was perfect true and catchy. Donnie wanted his verse to have intensity and “ratchetness”, they knew it’d be the opening track.

The last song they recorded was “The Balcony”. They knew this track needed intensity and power as well so Dedd started it off making it swift for Donnie to follow him. By the time his verse was completed they felt a bit stuck until Donnie decided to let Donnie know, “you might as well come in with your part again because it was hard.” and then the song felt just right.

Dedd made sure he got the mixing and mastering for the ep where he desired it to be. They had brief difficulty with the cover art but Rome lent a hand with that. These two had lots of fun making this ep and they feel confident that they made hits that can compete with most of the mainstream talent. Dedd and Donnie feel as though they have quality music on their hands and are content with the response they are getting thus far. Go ahead and check them out below!

Soundcloud:

freebxll will – “way back when” (prod. tredyboi1hunna)

Freebxll Will just dropped a fresh one for your heart. Bringing you a beautiful blend of R&B and pop like styles thanks to the works of tredyboi1hunna, this track will have you vibing out til the night is gone. This is the 3rd time these two came together and created another single for the books.

Available on all streaming platforms, “Way Back When” will have you reminiscing in a haze of bittersweet memories of the one that got away with light melodic harmonies that would be perfect to hear cruising on a summer day.

Freebxll Will stems from the Metro-Detroit Michigan area. He is currently on a brief tour and has many new drops and features up his sleeve.

Next month stay tuned for his feature in RjThaGuru’s anticipated track “Nostalgia”, in April, he plans to release his new ep “Free the Sad”, and he will be featured on hip-hop group, The Lobby’s mixtape sometime this year. He’s definitely an artist to watch, you won’t want to miss out on anything the future holds for this him!

Apple Music:

Way Back When – Single by Freebxll Will on Apple Music

Spotify:

Way Back When

Soundcloud:

Way Back When by Freebxll Will

 

Young Hustle’s team is full of talent, and their debut tape proves it

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Yesterday Young Hustle, the rap collective out of Minneapolis released their first full-length project together, a ten-track album titled Steezotapez. B-Cool, DAVA, IMJUSKEEM, Pookie, Zelly, Starrx2, and Swaggyki offer a variety of sounds, flows and styles, and Steezotapez is filled with high production value and some impressivly catchy records.

Minneapolis rap has historically been led by the sounds of Rhymsayers, the historic independant label that has always focused on creative bars and woke lyrics and never really cared about making commercial radio music. In 2018 the new age of Minneapolis sound is led by the youth making catchy records filled with hustle, pain, and love. Steezotapez touches on each of these in a mature sounding, industry ready product. Production credits on the album go to Mpressive BeatsManiac, Djdub ProductionsQuasar, and Scottie Flames.

This isn’t one of those collective projects where every song has 5 artists on it. The track listing is seamless and each song sticks out on its own. They all jumped in the studio recorded a bunch of songs and picked the best ones, Steezotapez shows off the best of what Young Hustle has to offer. This is their intro to the world, and with solo projects coming from all of them we might be looking at the future of Minneapolis’ sound. Get familiar below.

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https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2ZzC3QC3mvtwvK0E20Givr

Your New Favorite Brand: Faded Decade

There are many new underground brands on the rise all across the country but one you all should especially have your sights on is Faded Decade.

Hailing from Huntsville, Texas, Faded Decade has it all. From apparel to videography, music and photography, Faded Decade sets a platform for themselves as well as other artists to push their work to the public and let their creativity flourish.

Beginning in 2014, childhood friends Dedric Linton (Dedd) and Jerome Trout (Rome), decided to team up immediately after discussing each other’s work. Rome had been working on multiple designs and initial branding for Faded Decade and Dedd had just dropped his first mixtape “3rd Place.” Before they decided to join forces in 2014, they had lost contact with each other for about seven years until reuniting at the parent’s house of high school friend of Dedd, Ciz. 213 was formed and the message Third: God First, Family Second, Yourself Third.

Faded Decade was online only until the grand opening of their store on 1213 University Ave, on January 20, 2017. Prior to the store they boys had what they called “The Barn” in New Waverley, Texas where they resided for a year. This location allowed them to create, host parties, shows, and record music, similar to what the store allows now.

The store itself features a variety a vintage clothing, used vinyl records, and all sorts of accessories, along with their very own Faded Decade apparel created by Rome himself.

The team at Faded Decade are driven and dedicated to encouraging aspiring artists in the area and all across the country. They’re different because they offer a wide variety of services that you commonly won’t find in one single location.

Jebediah, their visual director, is responsible for videography. Rome takes care of graphic design and photography.

Rellim, a producer, runs sessions in the studio above the shop. They use that as a personal studio as well as Dedd’s Black Book Recording Studios that he opened with lifelong friend Crisco in Conroe, Texas in June of 2017.

The brand has had a good first year. Since the store opened they’ve hosted underground shows for various rock/hip hop artists in their venue above the shop, and it’s available for bookings as well. They are striving to create an environment where people want to bring their art, showcase it, and create for the love of it. This past summer they hosted what they called Rap Camp, featuring members from the group No.Dom$ along with other local artists. The program lasted about 2 months and all the artists involved felt like they had a place to call home. They want everyone to be able to come there and find something they will enjoy.

Within the year, Faded Decade hosted a meet and greet with Quentin Miller following Dedd’s collaboration with him on their track Balance, which is featured on Dedd’s project entitled “Black Winter II” released on December 1st, 2017. Also, just this past week the team celebrated their 1st year anniversary of the store with a party and performances, featuring Omen XIII of Los Angeles on January 20th. Last but not least, Dedd and Donnie Hardaway of No.Dom$ just released their 3-track collab ep “NO SMOKING ON THE ROOF” on January 22nd.

1 Year Anniversary Recap:

https://youtu.be/pYG-jtCJDXA

Faded Decade are currently planning their next event expected in February for their friend Paul’s one year anniversary of his clothing line, Bare Like Nude.

With the help of their family and friends in their Kayoo Militia, Faded Decade continuously makes every effort to develop a sense of unity and a judge-free creative zone for themselves and those around them with their services. They want to offer a little bit of something for everybody and are always open to hearing suggestions from the public on how they can be better for the community and the culture.

Stay tuned and up to date on what more Faded Decade has to offer, you won’t regret it !

Follow them:

Website: https://fadeddecade.com/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/fadeddecade?lang=en

https://mobile.twitter.com/dedd213

https://mobile.twitter.com/xrome213

https://mobile.twitter.com/ciz213

Facebook- https://m.facebook.com/fadeddecade/

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/fadeddecade

SoundCloud- https://m.soundcloud.com/fadeddecade

https://m.soundcloud.com/dedd-tho

YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnZ9zodMzw0c-o-clTMxxDw

Stream the Music Below:

Balance – Dedd ft Quentin Miller

https://soundcloud.com/dedd-tho/balance-ft-quentin-miller

“Black Winter II” – Dedd

https://m.soundcloud.com/dedd-tho/sets/bw-ll

“NO SMOKING ON THE ROOF” ep Dedd x Donnie Hardaway

https://m.soundcloud.com/dedd-tho/sets/no-smoking-on-the-roof

Tony Tone – Two Face EP (Review)

When I found out about the inception of PNTHN, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As time progressed and they pushed out more and more content, it became apparent that the best way to describe them is a gang of dope people creating dope shit, and each individual brought something special to the table. Tony Tone was always one of the standouts, his classic flow and voice reminiscent of mid 90s New York, with a lyrical style to match. His latest solo work, the Two Face EP, is full of Golden Era influence, with sample filled boombap production and authentic emotion riddling every verse.

The feel and vibe of the project is purely immaculate, reminding me of projects like Westside Gunns Flygod, or the legendary Madvillainy, classic hip hop with a modernized sound. Soul samples are my favorite thing ever used in hip-hop, and this thing is full of them, perfectly used. Each track is soulful and vibrant, production from lofi heavyweights Knxwledge and Por Vida full of life and nicely orchestrated, and really so beautiful that I honestly need an instrumental version that I can study to, and Tony really glides over each one with his lyrics. Every line is unapologetically his, every verse has you really feeling like you’re learning about who is a person and really understanding his mindset, and there’s a lot of straight up dope lines, like “Make these fuckers eat they words like some cold breakfast”, and “Our diction gonna piss off a couple false christians”. Start to finish it’s like you’re on his journey through life, next to him every step of the way, not knowing you’re destination but experiencing every moment path he takes.

This is a very good project, and you should listen to it.

Key! – ICE SCREAM HELLO! Prod. Kenny Beats

If you never heard of Key, you’ve seriously been lacking.  He’s an Atlanta heavyweight, dropping quality music for majority of the 10’s, and is an originator of a lot of the flows and styles dominating the scene right now. He may not have gained the mainstream clout he deserves yet, but any new music from him is a big deal for the underground. Ice Scream Hello just might be his best song yet, full of quotable lines and dreamy yet slapping production from Kenny Beats. What has always made Key impressive is his ability to go right catchy trap lines, “My bitch look like Hillary Banks” is a quote for the ages, and how he can switch through multiple flows with ease, both skills that are on full display here. The new year just started, and I already found my favorite song. Listen to Ice Scream Hello below.

“Red Bottom Heels” by Taylor is about to be your girlfriends favorite song

Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 10.29.36 AMA good friend recently put me onto a relatively unknown artist who goes by Taylor. When I clicked on the Texas crooner’s soundcloud I was surprised by how low-key this guy was. The music blew me away. “Red Bottom Heels” or “RBH” is a certified hit. While it could be mixed/mastered better, Taylor oozes the confidence and voice of somebody who belongs on a much bigger stage. Mixing singing with a melodic rap verse, the track blends perfectly and never misses a step.

I took a minute and checked out the rest of his project, released this past summer, and it’s full of good music. This man is playing with a lot of potential and under the right guidance can really do big things. Goes to show you, doesn’t matter the followers or the plays or the stats… there is a lot of good music out there made by talented artists waiting to be heard. Open your ears.

Confucius Jones and Fresh Knight from The Breaks Interviews with Austin Underground

After almost a year of being live on Austin’s KUTX 98.9, The Breaks have consistently used their platform to put local Austin artists like Al The Rippa, The Teeta, Deezie Brown, The Bishops, Jake Lloyd, and D. Brooks on the radio. Keeping their promise to the city and uplifting the urban culture has brought many new opportunities and created a bar that artists should strive to achieve. Playmakers and curators like Confucius and Fresh deserve tons of recognition for their dedication. They recently sat down with Austin Underground to discuss their show, their start, and some of their favorite artists.

If you would like to submit your music for a chance to be on the radio, submit your single to their Dropbox at 989thebreaks@gmail.com WAV FILES ONLY! Catch The Breaks on 98.9FM on Saturday nights from 11pm-1am.