Yo had better stop for the next 3 minutes and 32 seconds to check out this diamond of a track. With Knowledge on the track you have to come correct, and that is just what A.E. did! The beat and flow is unique among what you are used to, but these dudes go hard in the chaos. Knowledge mixes up his flow while A.E comes in keeping pace and cashing checks with his mouth. #FredDurst The Rapport between these two artist is outstanding. Keep it coming guys!
When Brazos River Outlaws stormed the stage and melted our faces at Homers Bar and Music Venue, I ended up with a copy of there E.P. ‘Smells Like Death’. These guys put on a hell of a show and I look forward to seeing them live again.
This Graham, Texas based Heavy Metal band kicked it hard on the track ‘Smells Like Death’. The sound is like a thick, tasty thrash song with a touch of hard grunge. The vocals are impressive as well. They sound raw and gutteral, and at the same time have a clean, and audible lyricism. The guitar riff halfway through is just nasty! I loved it. ‘Old Bitchuary’ is a cool track. It starts off real slow and mellow, and hits a very nice groove. It feels old school, but at the same time fresh. Check out the drums on this one. Not to in your face. They just drive the whole experience for me on this one. This song almost makes me think of the band Down. ‘Sun God’ sounds like a very awesome power groove thrash track. Check out the E.P. for yourself. You can find Brazos River Outlaws on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrazosRiverOutlaws/
The Remission just released and I was excited to get the message. This guys been on my radar since he dropped his first feature on Ominous the Monsters last full album. He wasn’t bad coming out the gate, but his skill has just multiplied in the short time. 2 tracks on to his album and he is running paces around his own hooks. Not one to mince words, choices is clear cut about his life and Intentions. He is down for his and takes no guff and needs no explanations. Respect that. If you have followed him, you are already familiar with a few tracks, but there is a ton of beef in this supreme. With the full support and backing of his Monsters Ink Entertainment crew, Bad Choices has a solid first album. Goon Call fts Ominous the Monster, who brought the fire. Pissed and Drink fts Knowledge the Wise. Struggle Addicts fts Tony Dent. Great features and some of my favorite tracks. Bad Choices. Check out this album and let me hear your opinions. The Remission is also available for download on iTunes and google play.
Listen to Intro by Bad Choices #np on #SoundCloud
I am a little late to the show but Ominous the Monster has dropped another crazy grip of tracks. Rhythm Rose, named for that most dear to his heart, is a 5 track EP. The title of each track is a single letter, which adds up to BRIAN. The monster himself said he felt like this was on par or better than his album ‘A Beautiful Sin’. I am here to tell you, it totally is. We are all monsters, most of us just hide it. Ominous wears his pain, insecurities, and fears on his chest like a badge of pride. You feel his struggle, so that means your gonna feel his rise too. If anyone should be rewarded for there hard work and talent, it is the MiE crew. For a taste of each ones talent, prep the last track, featuring Bad Choices, Tony Dent, and Knowledge the Wise. Monster stand up #MiE
Listen to Rhythm Rose EP by Ominous the Monster #np on #SoundCloud
Knowledge the Wise has just dropped his new album Gettin’ Grown. I have been waiting for this drop since it was announced. I first heard of Knowledge when I started getting into Ominous the Monster a few years back. I was downloading Ominous mixtapes and came across the ‘For No Reason’ mixtape featuring both artist. Find it at this link! It was a surprise, the lyrical acrobats these guys were doing. So finally I get to listen to ‘Gettin’ Grown’.
Follow me down this rabbit hole of wonder…..
Track 1. Sam Langford – I have always liked how Knowledge can speed up and slow down his flow and it is does not interfere with the tracks flow. Right out the gate he hits you with heavy issues he has or does deal with, like drugs and becoming a different beast. No facsimiles here, Knowledge is one of a kind.
Track 2. Grow Up – This track has a fast pace and flow I really enjoyed. I like the message here, raise yourself up out of the environment you were placed in. That is my take. Growing up in the gutter.
Track 3. Thief – If you are a fan of Knowledge, then you are already familiar with this banger of a song.
Track 4. Tribes – This track has Tony Dent on it. You can never have to much Dent! The beats on this album are impressive and I really like the piano and sax on the track. As far as hooks go, this song is stand out. It feels dangerous without being threatening.
Track 5. Drown Together – This song slows down the pace of the album. Can’t have the foot on the gas the whole time. I am always a fan of a female singer but I feel like she was a little overpowered by the song itself. I enjoyed the track and knowledge stood above the audio but this one wasn’t my favorite.
Track 6. I Know You – This one brings out the general. Ominous the Monster. The opening audio sounds like chains dropping on the ground or a man chained up in a slow powerful gait. Pretty cool opening. The music started slower and the lyrics were on point at a strong rhythm. I was thinking we were in for another slower track, then bam! Knowledge doubles down his pace. This is the perfect spot on the album for the track.
Track 7. Space – This is a track about relationships and it pretty awesome. It starts out slow and is more spoken word than rap but that isn’t holding it back. Insecurity, dependence, pain, and fear. This one hit me.
Track 8. 925 – I usually do not dig repetitive word play but it is done in such a way that it makes sense. It is like an exclamation point to the situation being described. As a guy who has worked his ass off since he was 17, I felt the hell out of this song. Follow your dreams not the daily grind of work.
Track 9. Machine – As soon as I saw Bad Choices was on the track I could not wait to get to this one. Mr. Bad has come leaps and bounds from his debut feature on Ominous last album. I AM A FUCKING MACHINE! Then Knowledge comes in with the swift lips, cleaning up any swag left on the track. Only thing I did not agree with was the drawing out of a few words on Knowledge part. Solid track all around.
Track 10. Don’t Read My Diary – Just listen to this one! I wanna speak on it but just listen.
Track 11. God Willin’ – This track takes it back to the funky sexy beats, and raises the emotions back to a happier setting. This one kinda reminded me of some old school hip hop, like some Tupac. The feature from Trilla cements that feeling. He had some killer speed burst in his verse as well. I wanna look into this artist.
Track 12. Persist – Another song long time fans will be familiar with. Check this one out for yourself. Will Smith would dig it. James Bond too.
Track 13. Thinkin’ – The song starts out like a classic melancholy rock song with the guitar sound. It is a smooth mellow track that touches on the things swirling around in his head about his family, music and otherwise.
Overall this album is really worth the wait. I feel like I know Knowledge the Wise a little better as a person, having heard each track. It is a hard life to lay it all out and be judged. Keep your head up and remember, everything you do effects someone else. Knowledge the Wise has made my life better with his music. I have shared some great times with my old co-worker listening to Knowledge, and take every chance I get to spread the word. #Ink #MiE P.S. that Hidden Track Though!!
I have had some cool and interesting opportunities in music since I started Basement Jams, but nothing makes me happier than when a band reaches out to me. Shoot Yourself has asked Basement Jams to release there new single ‘Shoes’. We couldn’t be more happy with this request. Shoot Yourself is Justin Smith on Guitar, Hayley Cherie on Bass, and Zac Clinard on Drums and Vocals. All the tracking was done by Justin and will be under the bands indie label Poop Banana. It was an honor to receive this request, and I am proud to present the bands first single. Check out this song, download it, spread it like wildfire! #ShootYourself #Shoes
Download the song Here!