Loc Saint – Hard 2 Die

As diverse as the sounds of most cities from the northwest are Bellingham, Washington may be one of the bigger melting pots. More of a small town lifestyle and a college city in some sense you never quite hear the same type of music coming from artists repping the area. Loc Saint has been around for a bit already having about six albums under his belt with a few real local projects and his biggest release with 2008’s “Real” mixtape. Starting our with kind of a more west coastish sound Loc Saint always kind of had a uptempo flow but has really stepped it up in the speed department over the last two releases including his latest “Hard 2 Die”. With his last release you got his sense of pain and darkness but times that by a hundred with the latest album which has Loc Saint going into a all new spectrum of obscurity. With a sound that could be closely relatable to that of Tech N9ne tempo wise but what many call horror core music-wise.  Loc Saint considers himself a Christian rapper and really takes a death and back approach through this album. Overall the expected fan base will probably love the music but it will probably be too dark for others to grasp. The album is available for purchase on all digital retailers and in hard copy form on cdbaby.com
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Willie Will – The High Life

Positive is the best way to describe the artist known as Willie Will who in an artists retrospective is as probably more of a veteran in comparison when it comes to work put in with his music. If that’s the case some people might say why have I not heard of this Willie Will? The most stand out reason is probably the genre of hip hop he does which happens to fall into gospel/christian category which is a scary word for some. As many people that praise god in this business not enough take the route of doing positive music. Amidst all that the so called talent in the business you would be humbled by the talent in this genre which Willie Will does justice. Willie Will has quite a few albums out and “The High Life” is just the latest via his End Of Earth Records. While his message surrounds topics of god he is in a sense guiding you throughout his lyrics telling stories past and present while keeping the music identical to that of other popular artists. Indisputably Willie Will could outdo and is more talented than a lot of rappers which should be reason enough to check any of his music out. Beats are handed by Superstaro, Money Money Moss, Ian Knox, Bravestarr, Kenny Mak and appearances by Mark Arthur, Jazz Digga, K-Drama, Sevin, Michelle Lang, Lil Heidi, Illy Wonka, and Eloh.
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Frog & Toad – The Illustration

Eric “Frog” (Fully Reliant On God) Chaffer, form the age of fourteen, led a destructive life with no focus or foreseen hope. Gangs, drugs, alcohol, and sex consumed his life, often times leaving him feeling empty and emotionally detached from other people. At the age of seventeen he was faced with an ultimatum to go to job corps or be disowened by family. He chose the former. It was at his going away party that he met Megan Dudley, who he had no idea would soon become the mother of his child. While Eric was attending a church retreat that he had been invitied to by his three months pregnant girlfied Megan. At this retreat Eric questions of God’s reality was answered. Eric made the biggest decision he had ever been faced with and dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. The next day Eric decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Megan, and a week later they married. Eric soon discovered he was blessed with a gift to spread the gospel through the vehicle of hip hop. Instead of drugs, sex, and money, his raps were now filled with the word of God. After writing and recording his first song, Eric knew that this was what he was called to do. Months later, his wife Megan joined along side him, and the yformed the group Frog & Toad.
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Todd G – Chopper Music

Music is like a rhythmic storybook that has the gift of inspiring people that come in contact with it. As an artist your expression may be your own personal experiences but music has allowed other people enduring similar situations find comfort. Todd G is an artist from Oregon who has seen both sides of the tracks from being an ex-pimp/drug dealer to leaving the lifestyle and finding god. While Todd G dropped several albums while he was living the fast life he has been that much more active promoting the gospel side of his career. With his new movement Gorilla Gospel he has over eight releases with the latest being a completely free download offering to his fans entitled “Chopper Music”. Some people have the misconstrued thought when they hear the world gospel that the music is drastically changed. The fact is Todd G’s music from the beats to the rapping is still on par if you were a fan of his older music. The album was produced entirely by J-Philly and features appearances from JB The Don, Mackdub, The Cave Dwellers, and Pastor Tee.        
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Nehemiah – Public Mind

Though Public Mind is Nehemiah’s first solo release, it is not Nehemiah’s debut on the music scene.  Raised in his father’s church, Nehemiah has been performing music in one form or another for most of his life.  Nehemiah had recorded his first song by the age of 12 and at the age of 15 he headlined his first concert in his hometown of Portland, Oregon with the proceeds going toward teenage victims of domestic violence.  It was after that concert that Nehemiah was convinced that he wanted to pursue music professionally.
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Only1wizer – Songs Of Solomon Extended

On a late winter day in 1984 Solomon Printer-Wilson was born in Seattle Washington. His childhood was different, but the same in many ways of any other child growing up. While many hand to endure a life with only one parent Solomon had to endure a life with two parents who were separated shortly after his birth.  Solomon states ” I was living back and forth between mom and pops. In my early years I stayed with my mother and in my later years I stayed with my father. I traveled to my mothers every weekend because we had such a close connection and I looked at her not only as mother but a best friend.”
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Jazz Digga – Square One

What is Hip-Hop? What is Soul? Those are two questions that can easily be argued by the music consumer today. Is there a right or wrong answer? No, in the same way that the phrase “Keep It Real” can’t be pigeonholed into a right or wrong action. It’s all about what it means to you as a person. Enter in Jazz Digga, an old soul with hip-hop roots. Born Deland Wilson, Digga became infatuated with music at the early age of 2. By closely watching his mother direct church choirs, he learned how to infuse multiple harmonies effortlessly. Keeping his skills quiet, Digga also began to write his own songs at age 10. Unsure of how anyone would react to a young singer who also liked rap, Digga remained contained. Having a father who was already a professional singer put immense pressure on him to show that he indeed had talent. So in 1990, after hip-hop’s first golden era (1988), Digga decided to let that talent be known since rhyming was also an intense passion of his. Joining his younger 4 brothers in what some were calling a “new school Jackson 5”, Digga became a leader in “The Heavenly Boyz”.
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