Justin Famous – VIII

Tonight, at Oasis2128, Justin Famous held a listening session for his new album VIII.

A true labor of love and creativity, VIII is a nine track album Justin Famous took a year to create. VIII is where lyricism, creativity, and great production meet.

Justin Famous took time after each song to give his audience some insight into the inspiration behind it. His limitless personality took the stage throughout the evening and the album. Strategically planned, riddled with versatile flows, and positivity, VIII is what the current climate of hip hop is missing.

Justin Famous has a lane of his own and the talented he recruited is cut from the same cloth. Reiterating that Chicago is in no short supply of talent at all.

VIII

Dave East x Styles P – Beloved

Overnight one of hip hop’s living legends joined forces with a headliner to put out a project to change the climate of music. Dave East and Styles P debuted Beloved at midnight.

Highly anticipated is an understatement when it comes to Beloved. Dave East has been everything except quiet about the release of the joint effort with his favorite artist and fellow New Yorker Styles P. East’s heavy promotion pails in comparison to what the project deserves.

The 13 track effort opens with the meaning of the name David: beloved or friend. From the point forward Harlem and Queens couldn’t have been better represented musically. A true testament the very essence of hip hop Beloved excels lyrically. Storytelling and punchlines find have their well-deserved day in the sun in an era of colorful clothes and dancing rappers.

Styles P let’s the world known entrepreneurship hasn’t taken anything from from his artistry. The Lox member delivered lyrics likely to raise the bar in hip hop to heights unreachable by the majority of artists. Ironically enough, Styles P’s phenomenal performance took nothing away from that of his counterpart. In fact, it may be argued that Styles P set the bar and Dave East arose to the challenge. The 30 year old Harlem representative delivered Instagram caption worthy lyrics of his own matching Styles P line for line.

Undoubtedly, the project was far more than complete simply by being a product of Dave East and Styles P, but the two took things a step further including a handful of solid features. The Lox appear as a trio on the project’s final track “Load My Gun,” sounding a lot like hip hop in the 90s and elevating East’s platform even more.

Beloved

Sasha Go Hard Makes America Ratchet Again

Sasha Go Hard kicked off the fourth quarter working. Yesterday, the Chicago based rapper debuted her highly anticipated EP Make America Ratchet Again.

Though only a six track effort, Make America Ratchet Again leaves nothing to be desired. Versatile flows, story telling and female empowerment, Sasha Go Hard employs it all with a glorified hood life theme.

Every girl who has ever lived in a less than stellar neighborhood and even those who haven’t can find something to relate to on Make America Ratchet Again. Perhaps this EP is what hip hop needs to be relatable.

Make America Ratchet Again

Flava Gang – Show Out

Hip-hop trio Flava Gang may be new to the music scene, but they certainly know what fans want. Flava Gang recently debuted their latest single “Show Out” and it’s spreading like wildfire.

Well equipped with all the ingredients to be a strip club anthem, “Show Out” May be just what Flava Gang needs to put them on the map. Getting attention from Chicago’s Power 92 and even spawning it’s own internet challenge “Show Out” is definitely taking off.

More than just hype, the song actually puts Flava Gang’s talent on display. Despite being a group, Hugh Early, Eizzy Sahir, and Stunnaman Cooley have their own styles. The culmination of those unique styles is what sets Flava Gang apart from any other hip-hop trio you’ve heard before.

Flava Gang – Show Out

Meet Ceez

When lyricism meets intellect, the possibilities are endless, just ask Ceez. The collegiate athlete turned rapper is sharing his talent with the world and reaping the benefits of it.

Previously know for his skills on the basketball court, after debuting his first two visuals “Smoke” and “Preach,” Ceez is gaining recognition for his skills in the both. The Indianapolis based rapper started sprouting musical roots when he was eleven, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2018 that really began taking his talent seriously.

With a determination to stay true to his lyrics, Ceez delivers a level a positivity that’s often absent form hip hop. Ceez’s music is a breath of fresh air in a hip hop climate inundated with gimmicks and hood tales that the artists have never lived.

Real rap is an accurate description of Ceez’s style. Molded by the gangster rappers of the 90s and inspired by the lyrical artists of this era, Ceez brings a sound that’s original and true.

Ms. Nina has Kid Power

In a day and age where kids are growing up much too quickly, nothing is better than seeing a kid just being a kid. Besides having talent far beyond her years that is exactly what Ms. Nina is doing. Last week the kid rapper released her debut album Kid Power and it could not be more perfect.

Ms. Nina is anything but ordinary. The pint sized performer released a 13 track effort that is not only kid friendly but versatile in flow. Age appropriate and positive, Kid Power is the kind of rap music parents want their children to listen to.

The reception of her singles “Lip Gloss” and “My Slime” should had been evident of what was to come with Kid Power, but it’s doubtful that anyone could have imagined Ms. Nina would come this hard. The rapper, singer and dancer may not be old enough to drive, but she is certainly old enough to command a crowd and rock a mic and Kid Power makes that obvious.

Kid Power

Cecil Blutcher Has What You Need

Cecil Blutcher is on a roll. The multitalented Penn State alum made is HBO debut in August on the runaway hit “Random Acts of Flyness” and on Labor Day while the rest of us enjoyed the unofficial end of summer Cecil Blutcher premiered he latest single “What You Need.”

Though it has been more than a year since he has released any music, Cecil Blutcher did not miss a beat. The actor flexed his vocal and lyrical muscles straight out of the gate. Forcing fans to ask “is there anything that Cecil Blutcher cannot do?”