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Never-mind your car, or drinks at the bar, or how many chains you wear; to settle it once and for all, that’s the only reason we’re here. It’s a …CHALLENGE!” The album “Long Live Jit” is still in a league of its own as it continues to shine light on Detroit’s vast dance history, and its progression. “Challenge” is the joint from JunesFlow, produced by Mark Cooper, and new visual shot by Desmond Travis. Check for the video and witness what happens when the battle is “on sight”!  “To me, ‘Challenge’ is a song that’s strictly here to provoke

Jim Wyly Performs “Wildman of the Thicket” From The Album “The Artisan”

Jim Wyly at J P Hops House, Houston, Texas singing ‘Wildman Of The Thicket’. A Bigfoot Legend from Deep East Texas.  For years as a member of several bands including Movin Target and The Lunar Rollers, Jim Wyly has been widely regarded by his peers as a master of the songwriting craft. At the young age of 71, Wyly stepped away from the sound and life of being in a band and released his solo debut, “The Artisan”. A roots Americana and blues flavored recording, the album includes the track “Wildman of the Thicket”, a song about the Bigfoot

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Self-awareness is key, and Haze Daze getting in touch with that allows him to separate himself from the pack, reaching territory where only a handful others reside. But of course his latest track, “Shadows” is also the embodiment of the current culture. The song is the unification of the SoundCloud elite sound and the figures who came directly before, it’s an embracement of that short but rich history. Knowing your strengths or limitations is a skill that few have. Haze Daze on “Shadows”, is not only able to avoid any potential limits, but also accentuate his strengths. The track is

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The music is booming and hard-edged “10-4”until it’s suddenly dulcet and sweeping, matching the fury and then tenderness with which Change performs throughout. The shift in tone doesn’t feel jarring, but instead like it was building up to that the entire time, a testament to how dynamic and complex the production is. It creates an anthemic, banging experience that is just as important as the words rapped. Hip-hop music, with its lack of filter and abrasive nature, has always been a vehicle by which men who uphold a veneer of toughness and masculine bravado can share their feelings. Part of

Blue Flamez: “Rez Life” wins ‘BEST VIDEO’ at the NAMMY Awards!

A small group of young Native American musicians met for a songwriting retreat led by legendary recording engineer Uncle Rick Clifford (former chief engineer at Death Row Records) in Seattle, where they wrote and recorded what would become the first single on the new project by Blue Flamez“Rez Life,” out on Portland-based Ibori Records.

The track “Rez Life” which had been nominated for “Best Video” and “Best Single” at the NAMMY Awards – reaching the final positions in both categories – eventually picked up the “BEST VIDEO” award at the culminating  ceremony which took place in New York on September 17.

Blue Flamez aka Scott Kalama pictured here with Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas

Blue Flamez aka Scott Kalama pictured here with Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas

Scott Kalama AKA Blue Flamez, who has been a mentor in training with the music empowerment program Beats Lyrics Leaders, is joined on this track, by youth from the program, to tell the world about life on the Indian Reservation, strictly from their perspective.  “The most significant thing about this project to me,” says Scott, “is the message in the lyrics, which tell the truth of reservation life and the situations we as a people are living.  I love how the video shows us in a fun, positive atmosphere.”

Creative oversight on the video was left to Eat Cho , which also features acting by rising Portland star, Talia Reasoner.  Music production was led by Yamio263, and includes session work by Tony Ozier, Portland’s King of Funk.  The project was recorded at Orbit Audio in Seattle, also used by Macklemore.

If you have not yet listened to Blue Flamez, you are missing out. If you have any interest in contemporary urban music with a Native American flavor you must get your hands on some. If you have any interest in powerful, truthful, lyrics set to well written and performed music you need to get your hands on this. It’s hard to pick a favorite song on this 7 track collection.

Although it’s obvious that the single and title track “Rez Life”, grabbed me immediately, it was very hard not to fall in love with the slow-burn anthem “Warrior”, or the funky bass line of “King Without A Crown”. Just as much as I couldn’t resist the strings on “Stayin’ On My Mind” or the drum-driven head-nodder, “We Come Correct”. This stuff goes beyond its birth as Native American rap music, to become ear-catching truths that touch us all.

blue-flamez-crew“Rez Life,” is a superlative compilation of music, lyrics, and song – highly intelligent and deeply profound; a delight to the senses; an emotional roller-coaster hitting all the feelings – happiness, inspiration, sadness, anger, and despair. The album production is excellent and Blue Flamez voice and flow soars over the beats.

This is the type of album most artists are trying and hoping to make for their whole of their career. Every facet of hip hop music is well represented here – lyrics, beats and substance. I would like to conclude this review by expressing my gratitude and appreciation to Scott Kalama AKA Blue Flamez and the complete crew who wrote, performed and produced this exceptionally fine and highly enjoyable project.

You still have a few days left to vote for Blue Flamez at the NAMMY Awards so go HERE to register and vote.

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