Mixtape Review – Pablo Piccasso -“The Wonder Years”

Pablo Piccasso

Pablo – photo and editing by P.T. Davilla

Before I get into the mixtape, Pablo is a fresh breath of air for the rap game. Word play is amazing, delivery is solid, beats are good, and features are incomparable. He’s a down south rapper with a east coast feel. If you haven’t listened to him yet, I would highly recommend it. “The Wonder Years Mixtape” is one of my favorite local mixtapes to date. The intro really shows off Piccasso’s talent in the bars and delivery, just like an intro should. He says ” I would say elite, but the rhymes so unique ” which this sums up the whole mixtape pretty well. The follow up track is my personal favorite through out the whole mixtape. In “Heavy Artillery” Pablo opens the track with some really dope word play, letting the listener know he got some big guns rhyming and street wise. Now the problem when artist go hard on a track like this, is finding the right person to Feature with, but Fade Dogg does well keeping the listeners on the same level of hypeness. An amazing track all in all. Next track is “Snakes” with Chief the Seminole nothing really stands out with the track pretty average DSE music. Track well produce, recorded and delivered. The next songs “All love ” and “Leave Em Like Uggggghhhhhh” I give big props to Pablo Piccasso. Most artists are scared to do something different than there use it, but not Pablo, and he does a damn good job at switching up too. These songs keep you hyped. They are my 2 “go to” tracks when I’m showing people he’s music, next to “one day” and “Heavy Artillery”. “Low Key” is Pablo Picasso all the way. The style of music we are use to for the past decade. Showing the listeners why he’s one of the ones with the best word play in all of west Texas. The bars in the song are straight fire. “What They Want Me To Say” was my least favorite on the Mix. Just felt lazy compared to the other bangers on the tape. Then as the bonus track they added the song I mentioned previously “One Day” which is a song pretty much everyone can relate to. This track is by far one of my favorites from Pablo. You just need to hear it. Me describing it doesn’t justify the goodness of this track. The 8 song mixtape is really well put together over all. You could tell Pablo was trying something different with this project and it worked. I rate this a 4 out of 5 Josh’s cowboy hat.

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Music Review- Riddy K – E.P.’s

I came across Riddy K (Richard King) on Instagram a while back. I got a random like or follow from him on my old acct. Being the person I am, I wanna see what music people are working on. Well I most certainly was not let down. His short vids instantly had my attention. His Rap was fast and his flow was smooth. He very much has a Rittz feel as far first impressions, but as soon as you hear the story he is telling, he stands on his own two feet. It didn’t hurt that he hails from Bakersfield, California. My family on my fathers side is from Fresno. Thats a stones throw away, if ya don’t know. It was like a second home in my younger years. I have been wanting to hear his full e.p.s for some time now. Life sometimes give you what you want. It was on my mind to find his music, when Bam! he releases a facebook post saying he has launched a new website and was giving his music away if you join the mailing list. Go now! www.gutterraised.com So he has ‘The Kronicles of Riddy K’ and ‘The DiRdy’ E.P.

The Kronikles Of Riddy K E.P. Cover

image belongs to Richard King

First up is his 2014 debut e.p. ‘The Kronicles Of Riddy K’. ‘Roll Out’ starts the first track after the intro. He speaks on drug use, his feelings on the culture in his world, and hitting the dollar menu. The beats solid and his flow takes off from the jump. The Hook emphasizes the getting loaded and rolling around in a car life. always on the look out for police, due to distrust and of course the act of breaking the law. The next track is a club banger ‘Outta Control’ where the story is about good times in clubs and liquor, weed, and ladies. The subject is often covered but the shiner in the track is the high intensity and upbeat vocals. ‘Take Off’ is fast, his lyrical enunciation is impressive. I am a big fan of speedy word play. the feature on the track is a guy named Hurricane. He went off as well. Hurricane reminds me of older Royce da 5’9″. ‘Fire’ really reminded me of some early Yelawolf features. He even mentions Eminem on the track. There is a passion to the flow in a song about weed. Anyone who has used an outlet to decompress from life could relate to the track in my opinion. ‘The Darkside’ is like a twist of Twiztid and those dark seedy corners of life. Riddy K is not afraid to speak on the dark in life, from drug use to robbery. Fast flows on this track were killer. ‘Fuck what you say’ is relate able. You haven’t lived my life, felt my pain, or how dare you judge me. The Mortal Kombat Liu Kang reference was entertaining, and Nine Millz featured awesomely on the track. ‘The Kronicles Of Riddy K’ is the titled track finishing off the e.p. He focuses on himself for the first time directly, talking about life experiences and loss. It is a slower more scratchy track but I enjoy when an artist gets personal. That’s where greatness lies.

The DiRdy E.P.

Photo belongs to Richard King

The DiRdy E.P. starts out with him setting a fire to something. ‘Let It Burn’ is the follow up the firestarter. This one features Nine Millz as well. I really like the whipping record scratching on the track. Riddy K comes out swinging, talking about the struggle to succeed and haters trying to hold you down. Great beat and flow. He makes a great statement about not being like everyone else, and drops a sweet Wes Craven bit. ‘Cursed’ is a cool song cause he takes a harsher tone in parts, then hits a smooth flow. It feels like he is daring you to judge him and his art and he is standing strong against how hard life can be. I can relate, just making it through work and paying bills can be so hard, before you ad in family and relationships. ‘DiRdy’ growing up in a gutter. This track makes me think of my Slumerican tattoo. Trying to come up from nothing. I really enjoy how he plays with his voice on a few different tracks. ‘Holding On’ The drums in the intro make me think of old final fantasy games, then the guitar kicks in. The female singing on the track really adds a whole new layer, then he sets off again on a seemless flow of smashing pumpkin lyrics and feelings before going right back into the females vocals. This track has a whole different feel from the rest and is more upbeat despite the struggles. Maybe that is a symbolism for hope? ‘R.I.P.’ is the final track on the E.P. and he does not hold back. It takes you on a fast paced trip through metaphors and emotional stress. The underlying beats put me in a very horror movie state of mind.

Keep in mind these are my opinions and how I see these tracks. Go download his music and let me know what you think. Better yet Tell him what you think! http://www.gutterraised.com

-Joshua Wheeler

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New Video Alert! Knowledge The Wise – ‘Stole My Light’

A new Wayne Fau video just dropped, and it is one clean looking beauty. The song is a very emotional and understated drama. It takes my mind back to a period in my life where I had nothing, or at least I felt that way. I had lost a lot of passion for the things that used to mean so much. It’s a subtle video, almost delicate, in the way everything is calm on the surface. The cuts are not loud and active like more upbeat tracks require. No visual distraction here, just clarity and focus on the song at hand. Great job to both the artist and the video producer. I am just more Impressed by these guys daily. #MiE

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Music Review-Chief the Seminole

A little while back, we had an awesome guest in Chief the Seminole. He was a very cool guy, easy going, and very open to the podcast process. He even reshot the Interview when I messed up the original video. I gotta love em for that alone. I always try and check out music before I interview someone. I knew going in to the Interview that I liked his music.

Now here we are a year later and I am jamming his music on a weekly basis. So, I want to review his music and see If I can convince you to give it a listen.

For starters, his releases so far are:

Mi Vida is his first album

Let’s Play is his re-released second album

Self Portrait was his first mixtape

Memory Lane is almost ready to release

Something To Offer is his next project

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Im gonna focus on ‘Let’s Play’ and ‘Self Portrait’. Now the first thing I usually do on a c.d. is check the features. Doesn’t matter if your joe blo from the block or Eminem, that’s just what I do. Immediately I was excited to see artists like Fade Dogg, Poetic Thug,Eternal, and Pablo Piccasso. I have listen to many a track from these guys. Next comes the actual listening. I am quickly sucked in to the track ‘Texas Creed’. It is my go to when I tell people about Chief. It has a great hook and really invokes my pride in the place I grew up. The voice coming out of the speakers is just a complete surprise when you sit in the room with him. He is such a soft spoken guy, but on the track, he is a passion driven, deep vocal having, beast. The next track that got my attention was ‘Shadows’. It features Pablo Piccasso and a Breana Marin singing a beautiful hook. The best way I can explain Chiefs voice is to say that listening to his songs sometimes takes me back to my childhood, when I would listen to R & B artists on the radio and just be chilling. He has the type of music you don’t see much of anymore. That soft spoken smooth flow. Now don’t get me wrong, he can bring it. Check out ‘Cruisin’ for a taste of that driving music.

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The tracks I mentioned were all from his ‘Self-Portrait’ mixtape. As I sat down to write this, I was hearing ‘Let’s Play’ for the first time, since it was recently re-released.

Right off the bat ‘wait a minute’ hits you with a sick hook and flow. This is a killer track where he comes out swinging. A lot of swagger and self esteem dripping off this one. Then I hear the title track ‘Let’s Play’. I’m hearing some xzibit style in his lyrics mixed in with a spanish hook. While I don’t speak spanish, I do enjoy a good song regardless. ‘In My Mode’ feat. Poetic Thug, and Pablo Piccasso is my favorite of the album for sure. Awesome hook, tight flow, and the beat is just bangin. This track needs to be in your playlist. There you have it. I have nothing but love for this artist and want his music out there. check out his music on youtube, spotify, and facebook.  Chief the Seminole on Facebook

Rear Naked Choke Debut Album Review

Rear Naked Choke has a special place in my heart. I have seen them perform live on stage (and everywhere else), more times than I can count. So when they announced they were putting out a whole album, I was super pumped. It was a long journey, from creation, to member changes, songs being reworked, to the slow process of recording an album in a different city. Even with many obstacles thrown there way, the boys in RNC refused to give up or slow down.

“Cause everything I have, and everything I know, I give to you.” – Betterman

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Now from the very first track, I was thrown a little. I knew some changes had been made, but when you’ve been standing front and center in front of a stage singing a song one way, it can be a bit jarring to hear it changed. Now the changes are not a bad thing. It mostly boils down to being a creature of habit, then habit changes on you. Make me Shine became I will Rise. The song still captures the Intensity, and grungy thrash vocals.

Wardrum on the other hand, was a song I had been looking forward to for a very long time. The drumming has always stood out on that track. From the very first listen, It has been one of my favorites. If you know Rear Naked Choke, you know Suicide Betsy. I have 3 different listings of it on my computer right now. It is the go to if you wanna introduce someone to Rear Naked Choke (Please Do!). It has been my experience that the Collective Soul Cover ‘Shine’ has really garnered some attention from the unaware. If you want an excellent cover, look no further.

As a proud texan, I instantly feel in love with Red, White, & Texas. It is great live. What really sets it apart on the album, is that it includes C.J. Pierce on the track. Yeah, the guy from Drowning Pool. He is also the guy who produced the album. His first time producing, by the way. For more on the story of how that all came to be, check out the podcast with Mick Taylor and Chris Summers.

Chris Summers and Joshua Finch hold down the guitars. Chris jas some killer rhythm, and Finch just seems to go to another world when he plays the lead. Don Bruton on bass is a heavy hard hitting tower of hair. Mick Taylor on vocals really has a lot of power amd presence. Current drummer Paul Kidd is a little more subdued than the rest but his drums are fast and heavy. Do not take my word though. Go find out.

All in all, a damn good time to be had with this album, and these guys. Go catch a show and tell Joshua sent you.

Ominous The Monster: Beautiful Sin Album Review

          Starting something new. We are now reviewing Live Music and Albums.  First up is Local Abilene Artist Ominous the Monster and his recently released and emotionally charged Album ‘Beautiful Sin’. From the start, he comes out swinging with the track ‘Set On Fire’. It has a killer hook that really gets you pumped up, and the verses show he isn’t afraid to look like the bad guy. Having been a fan for two and a half years now, I can say with absolute certainly, this is his best work to date. Never one to shy from any subject, Mr. Monster takes the listener through a roller coaster ride of Personal and Emotional experiences, from drug addiction, withdrawal, loss of friends, and the day to day struggle of just being.

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       Ominous has very few features on the release, but Label mates (Monsters Ink Entertainment) and frequent collaborators, Knowledge the Wise and Tony Dent bring out the big guns with solid features. Bad Choices is the only artist on the album I was unfamiliar with. While his delivery was good, I felt like the spoken audio leading up to it, hurt the pace of the verse. I would be very interested in seeing some of his solo work.              While the Album as a whole is full of something for everyone, my personal favorite was ‘The Comedown’. It chronicles the personal experiences of dealing with drug addiction and withdrawal, being cut off from the world, and how that effects your life. The lyrical content is on point, but the steady flow and Hook really set off the track. Basement Jams would highly recommend this album if you like rap or hip hop music.

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You can find Beautiful Sin  at online retailers and at this Link.