Off the Cuff Radio Interview with K-Rino

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Blogtalk link:

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/e-dubble/2016/11/26/off-the-cuff-radio-featuring-k-rino

 

 

 

The legendary Houston Emcee K-Rino came through on the show and chopped it up with us! We covered everything from his musical background, his concept behind dropping 7 albums, the election, his thoughts on the rap game and what keeps him creative after making 30 albums.

Plus he got on the hot seat and dropped a FLAMING freestyle!

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Z-RO Drankin and Drivin Review

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Houston emcee Z-Ro finally released his first album after leaving Rap A Lot and he’s never sounded more better. Perhaps it was the lean addiction, label problems, beefs with his peers that kept Z-Ro distracted over the years. But with Drankin & Drivin, Z-ro seemingly have recharged his batteries and sounds more energetic than he has in years. When you listen to the opening track titled Devil Ass City. Its introducing the world to Z-Ro’s view of what the city of Houston became. He’s gonna represent it until he dies but he’s also aware of the snakes and crabs in the barrel that exists amongst it.

Krayzie Bone is the only guest appearance on Drankin & Drivin and he fits perfectly with the flow of the album. Considering Bone Thugs N Harmony opened up doors for harmonizing in rap, featuring Krayzie is fitting. Z-ro paints the picture perfectly of someone whom is going through  the grieving stage of losing a friend. Krayzie’s verse about being one of the last to survive is also reflective considering that he’s battling his own health issues.

The album sticks perfectly with the title theme. You’re being taking through a journey of the mind of Z-ro’s struggles, pain, and using different vices to get through the rough stages. Whenever it be Baby Mama issues on Baby Mama Blues or haters wishing for his down fall on Women Men(Where he ironically samples Many Men from former rival 50 Cent).  You have the feeling of Z-Ro using the drink to keep his mind from running off the track.

There are some slower cuts such as I Aint Gonna Lie,  Successful, and Hostage that slows the vibe down a bit. But its so soothing and addictive that it sticks to the listener and it ends up being the album’s high points.  You can feel the influences from his inspirations Tupac, Scarface, and K-Rino heavily on these songs.

Overall this was probably the sleeper banger of 2016. Z-Ro sounds more live and free than ever before and it reflected heavily on this album. Fans whom already know how Z-Ro get down should know what they expect, however this one would definitely help him gain more new fans.

Vic Rating 10 outta 10

 

 

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Off the Cuff Radio interview featuring Sylk E Fyne

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This was possibly one of the best shows we did. We were joined by Legendary West Coast female emcee Sylk E Fyne. She talked about everything from working with Eazy, What caused Ruthless’s demise, Female rappers, Being Blackballed, Tupac’s work Ethic and giving new insights of what she’s been really up too.

Download Link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/e-dubble/2016/09/03/off-the-cuff-radiofeaturing-sylk-e-fyne

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OFF THE CUFF RADIO INTERVIEW FEATURING SPICE 1

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For those who missed it. The replay of the legendayr Spice 1 for those who missed it. We talked about everything from
His basketball career before rapping
His upbringing in music
His thoughts on these new school jokers coming at the legends
I asked him about how he created the concept for 187 Proof
His thoughts on the Tupac Movie coming out and how he met him
The concept behind Born II Die from Tales from the Hood
Why he wasn’t in Menace II Society with Tupac
The theme behind Amerikkkas Worst Nightmare
How he linked up with Method Man for Hard 2 Kill
The Independent game vs the Major Labels
His thoughts on the rap game currently
Possible Movie career

We also had Spice engage with alot of his fans as well and I wanted them to feel apart of the show as me. We also played his classic cuts along with his recent stuff and played joints from Vince Staples(Farrakhan), Royal Flush War, and MC Ren(Keep it Real Remix) throughout the music break.

Phone was breaking up a bit and that was due to high demands of callers but nevertheless great show!

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RARE footage: MC Ren and Eazy E dropping knowledge of the Industry

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Dr Dre-Compton Review

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2015 was a pinnacle year for Dr Dre. He started by  becoming Hip Hop’s first ever billionaire when Apple bought his Beats by Dre headphone line for 3 billion dollars. His artist Kendrick Lamar continue to push creative boundaries and setting the bar for the new generation with his spectacular release To Pimp a Butterfly. Then to top it off, The long awaited NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton was finally released in theaters and was critically acclaimed and became a Hollywood smash. Thus introducing NWA to a new generation of listeners.

The elephant of the room within the past 15 years is “When Dr Dre gonna release his followup album Detox?” We been introduced teaser singers such as “I Need a Doctor”, Kush,  and supposed singles featuring T.I. JayZ, and Ludacris. Reference songs have leaked as well but really nothing official. Dre decided to scrap the album all together because of the endless pressure. Following up to two critically acclaimed masterpieces that were The Chronic and Chronic 2001 is no easy task.

Feeling creatively free from the pressure, Dre actually surprised everyone and released an Album/Compilation titled “Compton”. The direction of this album is like that of any Dre album, Sonic-ally crisp next level production, introduction of new emcees and appearances from the veterans he helped establish. But it seems like with Compton Dre is trying to appeal more to the current generation and even started rapping more.

The opening track Talk About it isn’t quite the way people expected or even wanted Dre to open up what was considered a long anticipated album. Dre’s flow is very unorthodox to say the least, but he was laying down the foundation of what made him a legend and boastfully brags about his new financial status: Getting money before the internet and having Eminem checks he didn’t open yet.The song also introduces North Carolina Emcee King Mez and Justus to a new audience.

But people don’t check out Dre’s albums because he’s top 5 dead or alive, They check him mainly for what level he’s gonna take production wise and whom the new emcees he recruited to be apart of the projects.

Compton features the legends he put on from Ice Cube, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Game, and Xzibit. But the main MVP’s of this Compton Project was Kendrick Lamar and Anderson Pakkk. These two scorched every track they are featured in from Genocide, All in a Days Work, and Deep Water.Kendrick really skyrocketed his net worth throughout but its Anderson Pakk whom will possibly be the next to blow due to his performances on half of this album. King Mez is also featured heavily on the project and did tons of writing so he’s gonna possibly receive great looks as well.

Its great hearing the legends represent throughout this album and this is where the album becomes more enjoyable. One of my favorites features the legendary OGs Cold 187, Xzibit, and new comer Sly Piper on Loose Cannons . Ice Cube shows that even though he’s in his 50s and now a family man that he can still go with the best of them on Issues. Snoop Dogg even joins in for the fun on Satisfaction and One Shot One Kill respectively . Snoop sounds right at home under Dre production and we can only hope we get a Snoop album produced in its entirety by Dre at least one more time in the future. Jon Connor also proved that he’s hungry and ready to be the next one on One Shot Kill as well.

My personal favorite on here is actually Just Another Day because it’s that trademark West Coast sound that we know from Dre. Anyone familiar with Straight Outta Compton have already heard this as a backdrop for one of the scenes. Game has shown so much vast improvement over the years and brought a more aggressive flow here on this track. Another noteworthy highlight is Medicine Man featuring Eminem which is one of his best performance in years.

People expecting a sequel to Chronic 2001 will be heavily disappointed with the direction. Dre clearly took the direction away from the gangsta rap grassroots and into a more dreamy melodic type of vibe within his production. The sounds are next level hollywood soundtrack shit and those sounds are also heard on Straight Outta Compton. I wish DOC would have had more involvement along with Quik to give it a more west coast flavor able sound.

Considering the hype, I’m sure many people would probably be disappointed. But if you’re not comparing this to any of Dre’s previous work, It remains as one of the best releases of 2015 and a top off the biggest year Dre ever had as a business man. Be on look out for Jon Connor, Anderson Pakk and King Mez in the future as well.

Vic Rating: 9.0 outta 10

 

 

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Gucci Mane Everybody Looking Review

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Gucci Mane being released earlier from prison than expected was a major surprise within the hip hop community. Despite him being away for a long period, his presence in the rap game is still heavily felt. Gucci has birthed and put on many of the hottest acts in the Industry and for certain Atlanta. You can hear a lot of his flows, his adlibs, his beat selection, and trap style being encoded in many of these up and coming rappers. He also kept the streets happy by having mixtapes being released while being on lockdown.

Gucci was released from prison and looks like a whole brand new person. He lost tons of weight, he grew his hair out, his speech is more coherent and his delivery is more crisp.  This led to many rumors of Gucci possibly being “cloned” and conspiracy theorist claiming that the real Gucci was killed in prison(which was absurd).

The album’s first street single titled “First Day out of the Feds” is the perfect introduction to the new Gucci. His flow is more clearer than before, He really improved on the technical aspect of his flowing and reveals that paranoia of being locked down and dealing with folks whom wanted him dead.

Going on to the album, Gucci completed this within a month in a half after being released and its clear that he’s more focused than ever. The album’s first introduction titled No Sleep is a perfect example direction of where Gucci is taking with his project and career as he compliments his work ethic:

 

Whats good about this Gucci album in comparison of his last two major retail ones was that he catered less to the radio and more so to his base here. Yeah he may had Industry heavyweights Drake and Kanye West rushing to jump aboard the bandwagon on respective tracks Back on the Road and Pussy Print. But fans shouldn’t worry,  He sticks to the recipe of what made him who he is.

Gucci allows Zaytoven and Mike Will Made it to handle the bulk of the production. Gucci and Zay go back to the days where Gucci was at war with Jeezy and being blackballed by the industry at the time. Even when Gucci could have allowed all hot of the moment producers to ride his new-found wave, He still gives Zay his position and name dropped him on the next potential hit Waybach: “I rather rock a Zay track than a Dre track”.

Guwop Home is a celebration of Gucci’s welcoming back on the turf, Even though Young Thug is just as horrible as usual, It doesn’t take too much away from Gucci’ performance on here. There’s tracks such as “Richest Nigga in the Room”, A least a M,  that celebrate his new-found notoriety and success.

Anybody that follows Gucci’s career knows he’s never no stranger to controversy. The track “My Children” which would be looked as a shot at the new generation of Atlanta rappers whom are clearly influenced by Gucci’s style(Migos, Future, Young Thug, ) Its catchy enough to be another hit and the cover itself is hilarious:

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Overall this album was a enjoyable ride.  People expecting lyrical acrobats and punchlines are gonna be heavily dissapointed because thats not Gucci’s lane. Gucci’s lifestyle change has eventually paralleled into his musical direction as well. He didn’t go too far into the Trap talk like he did on Trap God 1 and 2.  Its clear that he’s free, he has money,  respect, and now with Guwop Enterprise, He’s aiming for power moves.

Vic Rating: 8.5 outta 10

 

 

 

 

 

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