TxE – Vs PRTLND

Them Portland fellas known as TxE always seem to be able to find that middle ground between solo projects to click back up. “Vs PRTLND” marks the fourth release for them as a group and takes a unique approach. The ten track release pays ode musically by sampling local Portland rock bands on every song. The cross promotion surely does not hurt but this is just one of the many reasons TxE continues to gain recognition. Each song starts with a sample of the orginal and then you have G_Force aka Calvin Valentine on all the production. Even in a different arena he continues to show why he is one of the Northwest’s best kept secrets. The short stint in a rock group may of helped. Tope and Epp always counterbalance one another. Tope with that airy fresh flow and Epp with the stronger controlled classical hip hop flow. Fans of music always say they want something different so here you go.

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Twin-G – I Shouldnt Be Alive

Twin-G is one of the last of his kind when it comes to Seattle Street music. Not saying street music is dead by any means but it is a new day when it comes to how the youngsters are doing it now. How Twin does it and did it was kind of a proclamation over the years. He among others gave the streets some signature music for the northwest whether it was on a solo tip, groups, or collaborations. Never duplicated in voice with a distinct raspy flow it has been quite a while since we have seen any sort of project from Twin-G. With all that coming soon mess we expect with rappers “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” finally arrives with twenty brand new tracks. The assumption with a title like that is the album is probably just full of street stories of how he should not have made it. In just you get that but the album is pretty smooth and laid back. Sounds more mature in the sense of content with songs that get the point across but do a good job of also catching your ear. Lot of familiar names with the production such as D-Sane, Che Blaq, Twin-G, Bean One, John Doe, West Coast Stone, DJ Rocphella, Unbeatable Sounds, Apoulo For Sea-Notes, and Beezie 2000.

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tos x 1800 – Incense x Innocence

Tos is a fairly new name when it comes to northwest artists but his first impressions is what garnered your attention. Without hearing much music he came onto the scene with some really crisp visuals and some different sounding production courtesy of 1800. While 1800 is from Seattle the two met in Oregon where tos resides and the outcome was the debut collaboration “Incense & Innocence”. Tos boasts a unique voice similar to that of maybe an early Camp Lo esque vibe and his music is more everyday rap. What that means is this is not mood music for a particular occasion. Tos is just an artist speaking about his everyday life experiences and trying to make it appealing through the art we call music.  Production is handled in full by 1800 with features coming from vocalists, C-Villain, and Biig Joe.
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Meez – Eat Or Starve 2

The boss of the Seatown is back with the second volume in his newly deemed “Eat Or Starve” series. While stating you’re an underground artist is almost cliché and many prefer to be called indy this is why many embrace Meez’s EOS movement. With his Hungry Records imprint he has stayed consistent over the years. Meez’s ability to bridge the gap between working with some of the best local artists as well as artists on the come up from other regions grows with every release. The project dons features from Gunyplay of Maybach Music Group, Guce, Philithy Rich, J-Stalin, Kia Shine, and one of the more abundant local feature set. One of the last few underground artists doing it from now and then.

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Aaron Obryan Smith – The Aaron Obryan Show

Aaron Obryan Smith’s music is as fun, uplifting, and as strong as his personality! Hearing is unique mixture of Soul, Mid- 90s Rhythm and Blues, and his romantic lyrics from before his time, you would probably say he has and “Old Soul.” These are just a couple of things that the singer, songwriter, producer, Aaron O’Bryan Smith has heard over the years of his journey to becoming a force. After appearing on 106 and Park and complementing artists songs via features he finally drops his debut solo effort “The Aaron OBryan Show”. You can purchase it HERE.
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Steezie Nasa – Moor Militia

The Moor Gang youngen Steezie Nasa drops his second project called “Moor Militia”. After a few leaks and recent videos for Air Em Out, Art Of War, and All Day the nine track project finally arrives. Features include Moor Gang associates like Cam The Mac and Nacho Picasso along with Mack Ned plus the D Valley.
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Leezy Soprano – K.N.O.E

It’s a movement when it comes to Y Lyfe and in an unselfish fashion Leezy pays tribute to another movement in K.N.O.E. Known as a clothing line it’s really more than that with its own message and back story that is continually gaining support. Easily shown Leezy titles his latest effort K.N.O.E. meaning “Knot Now Or Ever?”. It’s a saying that brought the founder of K.N.O.E. Clothing to a crossroads of life and death. Ultimately a decision in choosing to fight and not let Cancer be the winning factor when it came to his life progressing. A Camaraderie that is often talked about but not really seen in the Northwest but with Y Lyfe affiliations it seems like a family thing. Musically Leezy already has the fans believing and K.N.O.E. the album is progressive with its share of bangers. At a point literally where his hunger is teetering capacity with other things needing to start falling into place for future success. Grind, hustle, consistency, are staples of growth in which Leezy has done better each go around. While the production has never been bad things like having a signature sound or production of an echelon quality could be the headway. Features come from local stars like Lil Ripp and Lace Cadence along with west coast legends Kurupt plus Kokane appearing on a track a piece.
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Philthy Rich x J1M C2LE – Broke Hoes

Game recognize game is something artists will always mutually respect from each other which is why for those who have been following Jim Cole understand his steady rise. Semi-quiet since his last mixtape “12th Ave” you figure it was for a reason and it happens to be that he is hooking up with Philthy Rich for a collabo mixtape. Kind of one of the storied successes as far as new west artists Philthy Rich is a workhorse whose buzz is due to his insane work ethic. Usually aligned with some of the west coast’s heavy hitters and major names alike you have to see the respect given factor for Jim as the two get ready to unleash the “Flav’n” mixtape. A slang term all too familiar with Portland music and actually something artists in general are starting to use. The first single is “Broke Hoes” which should need to explanation!
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Starr – Starr Struck 2

Music is almost like a professional sport nowadays with no real change in premise but the talent level sustains at a very high level. So many artists doing similar types of music its really almost a any given song can propel you to the next level type of scene. Consistency and a whole bunch of other things included but the Northwest is slowly getting to that point. Starr once Yung Starr initially might have been known for  running with MoneeKlass at one time but now even better known for murking opposers in the battle game. Nowadays Starr seems to be standing more on his own two as one of the standouts on Nu Empire Music’s label. You never want to classify a artist as a battle rapper turned artist but those that have famished enough to get good gain some great abilities during the process. Historically it has never been a great transition but Starr shows promise on his latest street mix “Starr Stuck 2”. Being frank in that it is a mixtape you should not go in with album-esque expectations. While nothing on here is new or ground breaking you have your share of likeable bangers like “So Froze” and “Charley Sheen”. Aside from the easy standout songs Starr still does well in displaying his braggadocios flow. A confident not overtly cocky style has Starr speaking about some of his experiences thus far and the rest plays the usual banter of usual rap experience. Starr is good, this mix is good provided you go in wanting to like what you expect to hear. Like with so many of the other talents coming out of Tacoma it is all going to come down to what Starr does from release to release. We know at this point we can get a good project out of him but if he continues to grow who knows? Instead of the freebie this one is on I-Tunes or hand to hand in CD form.
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Illmaculate X Lawz Spoken – Chron Legacy

Admittedly or not you have probably heard of at least one member of the Sandpeople in some form. If not locally, maybe nationally or globally? The different members have had their own share of accolades musically over the years. This is a big click of rappers with each his own but even so talent and creativity is not lacking. With all that ability all you need is a producer which makes an ideal position for Lawz Spoken being the talent behind the boards. Working with the collective since the early years his resume is filled with produced tracks as well as several collaborative effors with various members of the Sandpeople. Im sure the easy comparison for the crew is often the mention of maybe a northwest Wu-Tang. Even in mention this is good company but the catalog for these northwest rhymeslayers is undoubtly impressive.  Very frequent collaborators Only One & Illmaculate find themselves paired together and this time for the follow-up to “Chron”. Last go around it was more of a feature presentation of Only One getting his shine with Illmaculate guest spotting. While many of their collaborations are impressive the tables turn for the second volume “Chron Legacy” with Illmaculate highlighting and Only One as guest collaborator. The thing you never have to worry about with artists like these two is they are actually good rappers so the worst case scenario every time is not liking the music. Lawz Spoken at least does not make that part easy with his theme centered production.  He stays catchy playing his production more like a movie score instead of blanket randomness. To help the cause you get a few guest spots from IAME, Goldini Bagwell, Cassow, and Epp.
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