Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

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Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

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Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

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OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

SUN RISE ABOVE: “Every Day I Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of Capitalism”

Sun Rise Above, also known as Sun R. A., is a hip-hop artist, notable for his leftist political views and corresponding lyrics. Sun Rise Above calls his form of music hiphopraganda and has been compared to acts like Public Enemy and the Wu-Tang ClanSun Rise Above has been in the underground hip hop scene for some time, but finally debuted in 2003 with the album “Global Warning.” In 2005, Sun Rise Above signed-up with Guerrilla Funk and shortly after, appeared on the song “Throwyahandzup” with Dead prez and T-K.A.S.H., on the Guerrilla Funk release “Paris Presents: Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1.”

Sun Rise Above‘s solo album “Prisoners of War” was originally scheduled for release through Guerrilla Funk, but was released independently in 2009. A single from the album, “Free Your Mind,” was released on vinyl by Finnish record label Traveller Records.

Two years later, the album “Every Day I Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of Capitalism” was released.

There was a time when the name Wu-Tang got the average hip-hop head hyped, just thinking about the amazing lyrics and weight that the group brought to hip-hop. For many, “36 Chambers” was the start of a new beginning in hip hop. Wu followers waited for the next influential album to drop, however the group diversified, millions were made, and Wu Tang rocked the world coast to coast and shore to shore. This team of fiery, ferocious rappers created an original style of hip hop never again to be savored until today.

The album from “Every Day I Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of Capitalism” by Sun Rise Above is a beacon of hope to all ex-Wu fans world-wide. From gritty, raw, uncut samples, to beats with drum machines and synthesizers, you’ll discover shining tracks packed with ill loops, twisted melodies, angry bass lines and deep lyrics.

I’m not gonna pretend like a know a whole lot about the history of Hip-Hop and rap music. All I do know is what I like; tight beats, creative mixes and sharp lyrics, and this album is a classic because it excels in all those areas. I’m not into most newer “Hip-Hop” that is played on the radio or on MTV, as most of it all sounds the same, and its pretty weak.

As a reviewer, I listen to a whole lot of music and am aware of how albums get stale real quick. Some albums, you can only listen to for a few days, and then they sit dormant for months before you go back to them. But “Every Day I Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of Capitalism” stays icy-fresh when you turn up the volume dial. It’s everything hip-hop should be: raw beats, simple hooks and evocative samples intertwined with unique styles, all of which come together to build a 21-track assault on the body and mind.

Sun Rise Above

Wherever there is artistic monotony and social immobility, there will always be the ingenuity and bravery, that breaks away from false images and dead end lyrics. Most rap artists today seem to have forgotten their roots filled with discrimination, random assaults and life’s short end of the stick. Rap was once proudly, the only exhalation in a suffocating environment of urban life. Sun Rise Above proves on this album that he haven’t forgotten his roots, or lost the will to denounce life’s inequities.

The are just too many highlights on this twenty one track album, to try and single out any one track, but standouts certainly include; “The Ashes Of Eagles,” “Stockhold Syndrome,” “Love Hate Relationship,” “Prelude To A Revolution,” “Kamikaze,” “Obomba,” and “Surrender.”

If you have even a passing interest in hardcore East Coast Rap or real social awareness, you owe it to yourself, at the very least, to give “Every Day I Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of Capitalism” a serious listen.

East Coast, Revolutionary Rapper – Sun Rise Above

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