Dead Click Review

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I was introduced to Dead Click through the Murder Master Music show this past summer. I knew if these guys were gonna stamp this album then I knew I was gonna be in for something special. The first thing I want to say is that I want to salute these guys for restoring the feeling. Alot of today’s music is full of mindless dribble and plus alot of the people whom try to rap “dark” don’t even sound right doing it.

Dead Click which consists of members Scratch LP, Jackboy D Payne, and producer D-Tag attempted to recreate the magic that was missing in today’s hip hop music and they masterfully excelled at it. You can hear the influences of the Death Row, Hypnotized Minds, Bone Thugs N Harmony and Cypress Hill sound throughout this LP. Note worthy highlights are A Nightmare a Dead Click Street, The UGS Cypher, and my personal favorite Keep a Secret which is reminisce of that Cypress hill sound.

 
As for guest appearances. The most noteworthy one is Gangsta Nip whom appears on interludes is his usually creepy self. I wish that he was rapping on some of the songs because its clear that he still has it in this day and age, But we’re pretty sure he has something special and lined up for us in the future.
There were also instances where some of the emcees partaking on this album sound alike at times but nevertheless if you’re missing some hardcore.. This is the perfect album to fulfill that void.

 

ALBUM LINK:

Dead Click’s Appearance on Off the Cuff Radio:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/e-dubble/2017/08/05/off-the-cuff-radio-featuring-dead-clickugs

Vic Rating: 10 outta 10

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The 9th Legend-Perseverance Review

 

 

21469821_2104124776286867_2063549967_nIts very rare in hip hop where artists could drop a project that would surpass the greatness of their previous album.  Redman,  Ghostface Killah,  and many others have dropped projects that surpassed the greatness of their classic debuts, There has also been others whom fell short due to the sophomore jinx. Well after listening to The 9th Legend’s new album Perseverance, Its needless to say that he’s surpassed the greatness that was Marvel Ancient.

 

Perseverance means Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. 9th explained the difficulties and struggle of putting the project together and overachieving on his recent interview with Off the Cuff Radio.  You can tell he really was dedicated in delivering on this project.  Upon listening to the album’s first single and video BOB the Builder. This is straight up grown man music here.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJSHVpe0A4M&t=48s

 

The album Preserverence continues where the Marvel Ancient album left off. Feel good soulful beats, more introspective bars, a dope supporting cast of talent ranging from the NO to NC. It all flows like a audio biography of a emcee whom is dedicated to his craft and willing to share his vision to the universe. Tracks like Association,  High Conscitenious, Emotionally, and Put in Work showcased the true awareness.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTaTctWTP9s

 

The title track Perseverance is my personal favorite as it flows through with the sound reminisce of early Pete Rock and 9th Wonder. NC emcees Trell Corleone and Quest floated through the dreamy production with strictly introspective bars and deep sound messages. Whats impressive about 9th’s project is that the flow structure is very fluid and it keeps a certain vibe. His spoken word flow may throw some off guard but its something that works very well in his favor.

 

Overall 9th done knocked another one out the ball park, Theres really no filler tracks or anything bad I could say about Perseverance other than BUY IT!

Vic Rating: 10 outta 10

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Big Mike-O.G. Big Mike Review

 

 

OG MIKE

 

 

The legendary O.G. Big Mike made his return to the game this year and this time he wants to show how much he’s grown.  Despite dealing with the industry issues, fighting through the forever changing and fickle music industry,  Mike has proven to be a true survivor and achieved his O.G. status as he proudly proclaims on this titled project.

The first single No Outages has Mike re introducing himself into a new generation. He talks about how he came up with Rap A Lot, Death Row Records and basically laid down his true resume’ of what he contributed to the game.

 

The album is a true reflection of what grown man rap is all about. No mumbling, no cliché beats, no harsh glorification of ignorance, or struggle bars here. Mike is delivering the goods on here and he’s sounding better than ever. When you listen to songs such as Heaven,  The Life I sing About and Armor. Its Mike sharing his personal battles in life while embracing spirituality for comfort.

He also gives out the game on the flip-side and consequences of the “gangsta life’ throughout the album.  Whats so great about the O.G. Big Mike is that it spreads a deep sound message without sounding too preachy.   I would consider O.G. Big Mike’s his “Deeply Rooted” album because this is possibly his most spiritual and most reflective.

Fans of Mike and overall grown man music should definitely check this out. Album is out NOW!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/o-g-big-mike/id1282716032

Vic Rating: 10 outta 10

 

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Kendrick Lamar- DAMN Review

KENDRICK LAMAR DAMN

Ever since 2011, Kung Fu Kenny, K.Dot., Whomever you want to call him has been continued to raise the bar of emceeing. His last album To Pimp a Butterfly was probably Kendrick’s most personal and introspective work to date. Kendrick has always been the type to carefully craft his material.  T.P.A.B. was more politically charged and personal,  This album here titled DAMN was promised to show more aggression than his previous work.

The Heart Prt 4(which was the street song promoting the album) had Kendrick boasting that his up and coming album was gonna shake up the Industry and took shots at a certain emcee(Perhaps Drake or Big Sean?):

My fans can’t wait for me to son ya punk-ass
And crush ya whole lil’ shit
I’ll Big Pun ya punk-ass, you a scared lil’ bitch
Tiptoein’ around my name, nigga, you lame
And when I get at you, homie
Don’t you just tell me you was just playin’
Oh, I was just playin’, K-Dot
C’mon, you know a nigga rock with you, bro
Shut the fuck up, you sound like the last nigga I know
Might end up like the last nigga I know

It’s unknown whom Kendrick was referring too but this was the type of shakeup track that Kendrick wanted and it raised up expectations.  He released his first single weeks later titled “Be Humble” which was aimed at his peers once again to step up and bring bars to the table or humble themselves to him. It plays up to the King Kendrick mantra that he established in 2013.

The first track DNA has Kendrick critiquing and celebrating different forms of his black heritage. This was the aggressive side Kendrick was tapping on and the thump heavy production matched his intensity perfectly.  Yah has Kendrick tackling the taboo subject of religion and sharing his prospective of spirituality. He made a bold claim here by claiming he was a “Israelite and to not call him black no more” which caused quite a debate. He also took the time to address Gerardo Rivera and Fox News for their negative slandering of his grammys performance.

Attacking the establishment and painting pictures with his art of the everyday struggles the young black youth encounter is what makes Kendrick stand out from his peers.  He explores his brushes of death as a young black teen on Fear which is similar imagery of paranoia that the late Tupac Shakur would have painted. GOD has Kendrick showcasing more of a spirituality once again and phrasing the most high for his accomplishments.

The best track on DAMN no question is Duckworth produced by 9th Wonder which is possibly a match made in heaven on paper. This collab definitely lived up to the hype and instead of it being about some rappity rap shit, Kendrick took it on storytelling mode about how Top Dawg was gonna rob his father Ducky at a KFC before having a change of heart. Ironically Top Dawg would be the one whom discovered Kendrick at 15 and sign him.

Aside from the Rihanna track and U2 Track, The rest of the album is on point and possibly one of the best releases of 2017! Its been a solid year for the west coast!

Vic rating: 9.0 outta 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Off the Cuff Radio featuring JoJo Capone

Hip Hop Mediator and Global Gangstas C.E.O. JoJo Capone stopped by and chopped it up with us. We got to know JoJo’s background, his relationship with Cash Money, Remaining Independent, staying true to self, mediating and squashing beefs and other topics. We also had indie artists call up and show love. We had some issues with JoJo’s phone but everything sorted out.


We played music from Jus Lotto, Ila R Da Sandman, Jus Lyon, Fleetwood and the Global Gangsters to keep the underground movement running steady!

 

 

 

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DJ TC and Shady Nate on Off the Cuff Radio

 

First and foremost we want to send our thoughts and prayers to our cohost Mizz Chinchilla and our Texas family during this whole Hurricane Harvey crisis. We’re gonna represent for her the right way by featuring RBL Posse producer DJ TC and Bay Area Emcee Shady Nate on a special double header show!  We’re gonna chop it up with these guys about their current movements out west and of course playing the best music thats circulating through the underground!

 

Blogtalk link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/e-dubble/2017/09/02/off-the-cuff-radio-featuring-dj-tc-and-shady-nate

 

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Off The Cuff Radio featuring Da Lench Mob

This was probably one of the best shows we’ve done. Members of the legendary crew Da Lench Mob chopped it up with the Guilloteam and it gotten to where we even had go a EXTRA 30.. We caught up with the crew about where they stand with Cube, the madness in the world, lack of black economics, old vs new generation, and even got a surprise call from incarcerated member J-DEE!
We’ve also had The 5 Footaz, Domino and Battlecat trying to chime in but due to difficulties couldn’t go through but they will definitely be on future shows!

 

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