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We’re back again with another special feature for this week’s Music Monday segment! Today we got another appearance from L12, a rising artist from Grand Rapids, MI and a longtime friend of mine and artist here on OTDHipHop blog. He just released his newest project entitled ‘Black Sheep, Volume 1’ in early November, which showcases his unique and growing sound as a songwriter, producer, and recording engineer.
Overall, I think L12’s new album is definitely a bop, with a variety of content and vibes. The sound is reminiscent of J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, Tory Lanezm and L12’s own midwest influences. My personal favorite tracks are “Lash!” and “M.I.A.” The intro’s and interludes are super lit too, especially “Love Me Long Time,” which takes the listener back to the vibes of street cyphers and lofi style. The project is a mix of trap hip hop, R&B, and lofi underground tunes, which makes for a dynamic journey as a listener and fan. The standout track for me has got to be “Cash Rue” ft. Codyak, drawing elements from Wu Tang’s classic “C.R.E.A.M” with a twist of R&B and trap.
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I'm so excited to share this new interview with Thrizzy Thrizz, a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) hip hop artist from the island of Maui. He's another long-time homie of mine in the music grind. We first met at a show in Lahaina back in 2016. He's been featured on OTDHipHop a few times. It's always nice to catch up with fellow emcees in the local scene especially during this pandemic. Thrizzy is no stranger to the hustle and motivation it takes to push his music coming outta the HI, from songs about love & relationships to records that speak on real issues affecting his community. Check out our full exclusive interview below:
OTDHipHop: How's the pandemic been for you? Has anything challenged you as an artist?
Thrizzy: "Honestly, I did my best to play it smart with my choices pertaining to business during this pandemic. I took some time to reinvest into new music equipment and putting more into building Thrizzy Thrizz into a brand. I do believe the lack of live shows because of the pandemic did change the game. I see more artists in general doing more live web shows... And in a way, I feel like it always helps with attracting more listeners cause thanks to the internet, it's now global a show. I mean, it's not the same experience but any real artist/ entrepreneur will make that pivot."
OTDHipHop: What's your creative process like?
Thrizzy: "My creative process is 24/7. My wheels are always turning. But as far as actually creating a track. Burn and I will have a whole session of us just coming up with beat, feeding off of each other's energy and ideas. And then I'll come up with some hooks and it just goes from there."
OTDHipHop: What made you taking music seriously?
Thrizzy: "I started taking my music serious at the age of 18. I just got out of high school, I had my first job bussing tables and I told myself that that just wasn't it for me. And it was either gonna be this or that. And then I met Burn Bangatrax the CEO of Foreela Ent. and Carma Reigns. And they took me under their wing."
OTDHipHop: Got any new projects or shows that you'd like to promote? Please let us know!
Thrizzy: "We are currently promoting my latest single "Rock Yo Body" featuring Assault Squad Riderz, and my latest music video for "Sunsets". Both tracks are produced by Burn Bangatrax."
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For this week's Music Monday, today's featured track is called "Trapped In My Head" by Canadian artist X-Plycit. The track definitely speaks on mental health and the dark feelings we might feel or experience during the lows of life. Overall, it's a very personal song with intricate rhyme flows. Sonically, it has a somber boom bap tempo, with a piano on the harmony, which allows the artist to flow differently through her story. I also believe it has some rock vibes. This track features Braeden V on the chorus, and his melody contrasts with the bars on the verses. "Trapped In My Head" is the first single off X-Plycit's upcoming album, Content. I think it's important for artists to be vulnerable like X-Plycit is in her music, in order to spread awareness to those who could learn or empathize from it. Check out her track below! It's also available on streaming along with more music by the artist.
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Welcome to another installment of Music Monday, our weekly project review. Today our featured artist goes by the name “Dizzie Daz." He is a rapper and life-long hip hop head, originally from Baltimore, MD, and reppin' the island of Maui. I met him about 5 years ago on Oahu, at one of his shows, and re-connected again back in 2016 when I performed in Lahaina, Maui. Check out our review of his 3 newest music videos, from the album, Popolo Built Swagger (Vol. 1). It was released in 2018, with 3 of the album's videos dropped in 2019.
The album is available on all digital music streaming platforms, as well as Dizzie Daz’s Youtube channel.
First off, “Piss Test” goes hard yo!! I’ve always been a fan of Dizzie Daz’s hardcore style, but his flow is definitely refreshing to have in our local scene. The track itself gives stoner anthem vibes, from a unique but relatable perspective. The video and song go together well, featuring an opening and closing vlog/skit. The beat has a hard cadence-tempo, paying ode’ to Dizzie Daz’s Baltimore roots and sound.
Next up, we got “Headsplitters ft. C.Y.T.” This is a straight up RAP video, keepin’ it G to the core. I dig C.Y.T. on the track, and it’s cool to see his evolution too. I can see this being played hard in folks’ cars and at live shows. Personally, I don’t come from gang culture, but I respect the “go big or go home” energy. Dizzie Daz’s flow reminds me a lot of Tech Nine, and meshes well together while contrasting C.Y.T’s flow.
Lastly, I fucks wit’ “H.A.M!” I like the trap and uptempo beat to match the song. The themes, like most of his songs, focus on the “hustle” mentality and not letting anyone mess with you or your people. Overall, I’m really impressed with Dizzie Daz’s evolution as an artist, especially with the sound and visual quality. I look forward to more that he has in store for us.
Aloha everybody! Things are getting crazy, but please do your best to stay home and be safe during this pandemic time. On a positive note, hopefully we can all utilize this time to refocus, maybe even spend more time with family, and work on projects, especially for us fellow artists, producers, and entrepreneurs. We will pretty much stick to our regular weekly schedule, along with a PODCAST launching next month! Today, we got to review an album called Krew Entertainment, by AjGod and Toriyama. AjGod (producer) and Toriyama (emcee/artist) are members of Kurse Krew, an independent music collective based in Oakland, CA. Krew Entertainment was released last year on all music streaming platforms, along with 2 music videos from the album,
which were released over the past 5 months.
Krew Entertainment gives me hardcore underground vibes, featuring a variety of beats and raps. All beats were produced by AjGod, and the songs/lyrics were written and performed by Toriyama. I think that the overall sound and audio quality could be improved to be honest. Some of the tracks were skippable because I couldn’t really vibe. However, I did find the “Cattin Off” (interlude) skit entertaining. I also really like the track “Water,” along with its dope video. I’m not really sure what the message or purpose behind the Krew Entertainment album is, but I’m glad that the Kurse Krew came together to create it, and to showcase their skills and sound. I’m sure they will continue to improve as they grow.
As I mentioned, Kurse Krew released 2 music videos from the album, “Water” and “Hunger Speech.” The videos are pretty cool and high definition, highlighting different artists on the crew and their local environment, and largely showcases Toriyama’s talent and flow. I dig the hook and melody on “Hunger Speech,” as well as the message of hustling and staying focused. I would say that the 2 videos are also my 2 favorite songs from the album. I also liked the concept for “Uncle Snoop,” as an ode to California’s influence and OG’s in hip hop. Overall, I think there’s a lot of room for improvement for the project as a whole, but with new videos and music already coming out from Kurse Krew, I’ll be on the lookout for more Krew Entertainment. They are currently based in Oakland, CA and definitely embody the “grind” and “DIY” culture of the Bay Area.
For more on Kurse Krew, subscribe to their Youtube channel or follow any of their members on Instagram (@KREW_TORIYAMA).
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Jehzan Exclusive is a hip hop artist, educator, and entrepreneur from Honolulu, HI. She founded OTDHipHop in 2015. For more, visit her website or social media.