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Spotlight: “All I Do” by Lil Pete and Philthy Rich is a Bay Area classic in the making

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The Bay Area’s hyphy sound has been around for years and has become one of the area’s defining stylings associated with its culture. Traces of it can be found in many of the location’s biggest artists including E40 and Lil B. These artists are able to build off of the unique sound and put their own twist on it, in the process creating an entirely new product all together. That’s where newcomer Lil Pete comes in, releasing his video for “All I Do” featuring a guest verse from Hip Hop commando Philthy Rich.

One thing’s apparent after only listening to the beginning of the track: this is one of the most soulful cuts to come out this year. The smooth, mellow nature of the production sounds almost depressing if not for the fact that Pete comes in harmonizing on the chorus. When his verse starts, he spits just enough to whet the appetite. It works for the cut which is clearly meant to be something that’s listened to casually on a chill day. Philthy Rich comes in after Pete with his own heavy-hitting verse, letting us know that he runs it around here.

The visual itself is rather simplistic, depicting the two artists living in the Bay Area doing a variety of activities. Various shots of the city and buildings paint a vivid picture of the locale as a place that is a destination to visit, if one hasn’t already been there.

It’s on our Spotlight because it’s one of the hottest, most unique tracks, that we’ve heard out of the Bay Area in a while. Here’s to hoping that artists continue this same amount of creativity in their future releases.

Check out “All I do” below.

 

 

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Review: @LaBritney_ and @kashdoll ‘s “Actin Funny” showcases two of Detroit’s premier artists at their best

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It’s nice to see women from Detroit come together and create good music. La’Britney and Kash Doll have hooked up and created a true slapper called “Actin Funny.” Over the bouncy, Bay-Area inspired production, La’Britney and Kash Doll drop off verses about how people treat them once they start getting money. Both artists breath fresh air into the tried-and-true topic and showcase their talents, also showign off some new ones.

La’Britney starts off the proceedings by singing the chorus, and, if you thought she could only sing, be prepared to be suprised. She spits a hard verse; seriously, harder than many rappers who just spit. She showcases her venomous side – her talk of guns and shootouts sounds very believable by her not forcing any images, just talking regulalry. Afterwards, Kash Doll comes in and does her thing as usual. Is it even a question at this point?

Overall, very solid record from two amazing recording artists.

Checkout “Actin Funny” below.

 

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Review: Young Roc’s “Dreams” Is Unusual, Refreshing, And Daring

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In Detroit, raw lyricism and flow are the main points of interest in the rap scene. Without either, you’re often either overlooked or chastised. But Young Roc has made a case for choosing to circumvent these rap mainstays and focus on aesthetically daring music that channels lyricism and flow through unconventional means. He traverses through songs on the backs of eclectic melodies and daring production. It’s an amazing feat that has made him someone on our “Must Watch” list. His single “Dreams” only confirms his place as one of the most creative rappers in the city.

The track’s borderline pop production is a daring choice for Roc. Knowing that due to his past music that he’ll be categorized with the more lyric-heavy artists in the city, Roc still chooses to go for the outlandish. It works in its own exciting way. Roc’s vocals on the track match the wackiness of the production, blending pop aesthetics with gritty Detroit angst. It’s a beautiful track that shows just how creative Roc can get.

Listen to “Dreams” below.

 

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Review: @SOBxRBE ‘s “Paramedic!” Is Brilliant, One Of Black Panther Soundtrack’s Best

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When Black Panther comes out, people will cause a riot in theaters; partly because the movie has received stellar reviews, but mostly because the soundtrack for the film is of the highest quality. This isn’t an assortment of randomly selected hot songs in pop culture – it’s a carefully curated project by Kendrick Lamar. One of the best songs from the soundtrack comes from the Bay Area’s SOB X RBE collective, the enchanting “Paramedic!”

Kendrick Lamar offers a brief introduction before the tribal beat cuts on, placing listeners in an almost trance-like state. We heard Kilmonger’s name used at the beginning, so it’s reasonable to assume that the song could be related to the movie’s villain. If it is, it makes even more sense – the song has a darkly erotic vibe to it. The chant of “I wish a nigga would,” is long and drawn out, adding to the uniqueness of the track. It’s an enchanting listen that will send the crowd into a frenzy when it comes on during the film.

Listen to the engrossing listen below.

 

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