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Bay Area Spotlight: Pimp Tobi’s “40 Bars” all but ensures his impending stardom

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When we first heard Pimp Tobi’s “First Day Out,” we were shocked at how good it was. As polished and fluid as it sounded, it seemed as if he was already signed; it usually takes people many years to hone a sound like that. The beat was phenomenal, but Tobi’s mellow flow and punchy delivery were in stark contrast to each other; the product of studying the game and finding new ways to create sounds. We eagerly anticipated his next release.

And it’s finally here. Pimp Tobi released “40 Bars” in November to acclaim from blogs, but it came upon our laps pretty late. Since we discovered it two weeks ago, it has become a regular in our rotation because of how standoffish it sounds; the production invites the listener in while Tobi’s blunt delivery corrals the emotions. With releases like these, it’s no wonder that people are saying he’s the next up from the Berkley area.

Check out the visual for “40 Bars” below.

 

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Bay Area Spotlight: Slimmy B of SOBxROE’s new video “Don’t Lie To Me’ is amazing

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Clad in A$AP Bari’s VLONE shirt, Slimmy B of Bay Area collective SOBxROE destroys “Don’t Lie To Me”, created by SuperProducer MA. His energetic flow, swift movements, and shakiness of the camera as it attempts to keep up with his frenetic pace, show that he’s a rising force to be reckoned with. The track is seriously hot, the visual just as good with such a simple concept. The fact that he’s able to keep the viewer interested for the length of its runtime shows that he can make lemonade out of lemons. The star quality that so eludes many aspiring rappers, SOBxROE has it in abundance.

Credit goes to the videographer, Snipe Films, as well for the cinematography of the visual. The minuscule stylistic touches, like squiggly lines over Slimmy’s face and other items, shows the videographer’s commitment to making some wholly unique out of a simplistic concept.

It all combines for a sonically appealing, visually appetizing, release. Take a look at the visual below and see for yourselves.

 

 

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Review: Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk’s “Bloodas” is a dark, autotune trip into fraternalism in the streets

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When Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk announced that they were working on a joint project, the rap world was understandably confused. Both artists come from different areas and gave no inkling that they were in cahoots with each other, outside of praise on social media being lauded towards each other. Even when listening to the individual rap styles of the two, it’s hard to imagine how they could coexist with each other. Tee Grizzley’s machine-gun delivery contrasts with Durk’s more melodic, lovingly crafted style of rap. How could the two work together on one song – let alone, a whole album?

Henceforth, Bloodas. It’s a ton of things – probably best described as a hurricane of emotions, fast-paced music, and conflicting styles. While much of it may bleed together in terms of beat choices, the project is strong in what it represents for hip-hop and the cities of Chicago and Detroit – peaceful coexistence and a willingness to collaborate and experiment.

Tee Grizzley is the anchor of the project, diligently punching into each beat with a delivery unlike anything else out on the market. “Feed him somethin’, he gon’ turn into a leech, that’s dead weight/Dirty AR pistol, hold up, dirty SK/Let the .40 with the dick bust on ya’ll on camera, that’s a sextape” he mixes together effortlessly on the vapid cut “Dirty Stick,” one of the project’s highlights. While he brings the lyrical assault, Durk acts as the Knuckles to Grizzley’s Sonic; his autotuned vocals give the music the extra push it needs to go from good, to great. His chaotic chorus on “Ratchet Ass” is an indicator of what he brings to the proceedings; controlled anarchy. While it may be overbearing for the course of the album in the long run – see cuts like the awkward “Melody” or “Flyers Up” where his verse can be somewhat grating – he’s a necessary presence to switch things up whenever he jumps in.

The most interesting track, by far, is “Flyers Up’ where both rappers clock in and clock out on the same track for dramatic effect. It’s done elsewhere on the album but here, it’s something special. Maybe it’s the ominous production that enables both to give some emotionally jarring performances, especially Durk who croons over Grizzley’s vocals while also giving his own contributions. It’s an oddly satisfying track with an unconventional setup. that works in the end.

With the exception of some less than stellar production, the album is a solid outing from the two. Here’s to hoping that the comradery between Tee Grizzley and  Lil Durk continues to flourish so we can receive another solid outing from the unlikely duo.

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Video Spotlight: GT’s “Get What You Want” visual matches his suave rap style and punchy delivery

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GT’s been one of Detroit’s best rappers for years, with skills to go bar-for-bar with most of mainstream rap’s Mt. Rushmore. His trademark brand of Pepe Le Pew-esque, silky-smooth delivery has become what defines his rap and separates it from the pack. While he’s preparing for the release of his new project Relentless, GT saw fit to release something to appease hungry fans; the video for “Get What You Want.”

The mellow, melodic production lets GT run wild, yet constrain his cadence to nearly a whisper. It’s a great track that’s elevated by a simplistic, yet elegant, visual. The video features GT inside of what looks like a Supreme store, rapping to the camera in front of white walls adorned with Supreme gear. It’s a smooth showcasing of some fire gear that happens to be the backdrop to GT’s verbal assault. Cool points galore for this one.

Check out the video for GT’s “Get What You Want” below.

 

 

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