Peta Tosh – Takeoff Part 2

The northwest is a different place when summer rolls around and artists alike try to put their best foot forward with new music. Peta must of heard people talking about his consistency because the wait has been minimal this go around as he releases a follow-up to the project that started it all with “Takeoff Part 2”. Not quite sure Peta ever took off with the first installment in the series but in fair fashion last year’s “Different” made those who listened pay attention. Maybe playing the first release as a farce in comparison to the level of music Peta is doing now is reason enough to show out. It’s never a feature fest when it comes to his projects which allows you to soak the music even when songs are short. Believe it or not Peta is the type of artist who makes ordinary cool in the sense he is a regular guy talking about regular stuff. Not overly crazy in the pop rap sense of living some imaginary life but merely stunting in his own way as well all do and even gracing the lines of struggle when need be to let you see the inner side of himself. If he does anything over the top its probably aimed at the female gender which seems to be a dominant topic of choice at times but still well rounded. Talent is in bundles these days and Peta Tosh is an artist that exemplifies all the solid qualities of a what a good artist can be. You can always get better at your craft by challenging yourself as an artist but continued growth and substance will be a factor in seeing where the future of Peta’s music goes.
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Roderic – More Is Code

We want to be different and recognized as a region for the quality of music we make but it seems that Northwest artists have a hard enough time getting outside their own cities. Issuing blame as to why is a never-ending poll of people who think they have the answer but truth be told there is no exact blueprint for success no matter where your from. Music can be similar but no one artist is the same which is why artists like Roderic rely on just making good quality music. Even as a younger artist going by Hot Rod adversity followed but even then he excelled and just got better. Lack there of is not something we can recount as he has a lot of firsts next to his name. One of the first artists from Tacoma to be on Apollo plus 106and Park, got DJ Ill Will to host his mixtape before it became a trend, making videos before they became the thing to do, as well as countless shows. Accomplishments and praise aside its been awhile since Roderic’s last mixtape. Steady leaks and videos have been leading up to the release of “More Is Code” which finally comes via his Famous Young Rulers imprint. Roderic does not have much competition in the sense that most artists locally shun mainstream sounds but the mix easily is comparable to what is hot right now. What was heard before was raw but this release shows the most complete side of Roderic as a song maker plus writer. No slouch on choosing production as near every song has someone different providing the soundtrack with spots from Superstar O, T-Mic, TMak, Zone Beats, Amadeus, Mellow Boy, Selasse, Team Green, Novastar, Ripley, Cashous Clay, Expired Silence, Trifekta, The Cratez, and iDBeatz.
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Undercaste Studios – The Undercaste Mixtape

Appreciation is full circle and easily enough a lot of Northwest talent would not have their music sounding as crisp as it does without the help of Undercaste Studios. A studio who works with the who’s who of the Northwest has finally brought together a star studded local artists extravaganza of talent for their debut mixtape. Front to back if you have not heard of any Northwest artists this may easily be your overloaded introduction of what the Washingtonregion has to offer. Compiled of expected collaborations its also filled with some unexpected surprises as artists that function outside of normal circles are paired together. Debut mixtape has to be taken into consideration and you get some borrowed production as well as what sounds like a few originals mixed in. It’s a start for now but we need for Undercaste to utilize the talent one more time for the Undercaste album?
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Frankie Hustle – Chasin Paper 2

Playing a role behind the scenes is the start many get before they ever become a household name. Frankie Hustle in fact has eleven plus years playing his part in the northwest entertainment business and like others before him he steps to the forefront as an artist with his Block Mogul Entertainment. His reasoning is due to success paralleled with disappointment but the ability become an artist and  jump behind a mic to make music is priceless. The Tacoma CEO and now artist debuted himself with his first mixtape “Chasing Paper” with the second installment of the series following pace with a “Rise & Grind” theme. Frankie’s visual stature is almost coincidental as he dons a Rick Ross esque look but favors a Freeway type delivery. Intent on just making good music street ambitions and motivations are the key points for the latest installment which gets collaborations from Slo Poke, Neo, Krusal, Willy Green, General Wojack, plus X.P.
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Young Fame – Welcome To The Social Club

Forget the baby steps suppose if you going to change one thing you might as well change everything and the artist formerly running as Taj Mahal now presents his future alter ego  “Young Fame”. While west coast is still the heart of his music Young Fame has his eyes set on expansion and being your typical west coast independent artist is no more. The debut album was a start but Fame has pretty much made a “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” statement by stepping his game up from all angles. For starters signing with DJ Skee, next a hot single with the games hottest artist “2Chainz” with other features from Mitchy Slick plus Nipsey Hussle, and to top it off top notch production from Tryfe/2Fifty3. No qualms about repping for his home city of Tacoma you can expect Fame’s “Welcome To The Social Club” mixtape to be an almost 360 in appeal with songs that bleed west coast but can stretch to any market. Other features include spots from Writers Block Clemm Rishad, Nonada, Skeme, and Strong Arm Steady.
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Young Meez Presents E.O.S. – No Days Off

Competition and egos usually makes unity turn into hindsight but at least some artists know the mutual benefits that can be achieved. Young Meez was one of the first artists out here doing the label thing with heavy artist rosters to back with his Hungry Records label. All these years later Meez has taken a formula the south has made successful and tried to apply it in the northwest region. While the label has endured it’s up and downs like anyone else in the industry the new E.O.S. (Eat Or Starve) movement is rallying on gathering up some of the best artists from the region in support. While the list of artists affiliated with the movement is extensive it makes for a good project with the debut street mix “No Days Off”. The release hosts a mix of radio friendly songs along with your mix of swag and street which follows suite with just making good music to get that buzz going. With a movement you share each others fanbase and you can expect features from A.P., Jesse James, Young B Cole, Amber Red, G Khan, Prano Tha Don, Nex, Yo Gotti, Yung Vett, Gangsta Nutt, plus many more.
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Cassow – Mixtape Off To Mars

Every artist has his preferred medium. Cassow paints his pictures with words, flavoring his vivid tales with clever euphemisms and exceptional timing. Much like the great painter from which his name was derived, Cassow has demonstrated extraordinary talent at a young age. Fellow Northwest rap artist Luck-One went as far as to call Cassow “the future of Portland rap”… and rightly so.Far from flashy, yet remarkably confident, Cassow is not your average rap guy. Not one to focus on his hardships, he often spends his free time pushing and pulling breaths through the reeds of his beloved harmonica. Again, not your typical rap guy… but a relationship may in fact exist between his remarkably effortless rap style and his atypical harmonica playing. Pulmonary specialists have long recognized the use of the harmonica as one of the best possible respiratory exercises as the action of inhaling and exhaling forcefully against resistance increases both diaphragm strength and lung volume. Imagine that.
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Thaddeus David – Maven

Rap is that genre where most likely even though you are considered a quote solo artist you still came from a group, crew, click, or whatever you like to call it. While the game is competitive by itself being in a group takes the un-needed stresses of being a solo artist away and allows competition to be agree-able within your own circle. The comfort does subside at some point and while he has been Young TH of SOTA or Thadwick Tristen Of Helluvastate we now have the matured solo artist Thaddeus David. From what we have seen we know Thad is a good rapper though its been respectably non-chalant at times with aim at catchy music or playing alter-ego in other instances he seems a bit more personified on his debut mixtape “Maven”. Going solo is always the best interpretation when gauging an artist and Thad seems to find semblance in trying to make music with a lasting effect verses just now. Smooth with swagger but intelligent with some thought is how Thad structures his rhymes and while buried to most in a hip hop form you do hear some hidden west coast habitry in style. As clever as points on “Maven” can be it is more like a oasis in the distance as songs are few and tidbits are many. Feature heavy not so much as Onry Ozzborn and Parker Joe are the only features while the original cuts are supplied by Tele Fresco, Kuddie Fresh, Jester, Ski Team, plus Tacoma’s DJ Semaj.
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Mac Vicious – The Hotbox

From the OG’s of yesterday to the goons of today Tacoma is still seen in that grimy light when it comes to its music scene. Though more credible artists are noted from the city today the young talent seems to have found a common balance of swag and the favored hood sound which really is indicative of what Tacoma is about. 2 Thumz Up Entertainment is one of the young camps coming from the city and there associated with a few other movements from the city. Together they have been pretty active as of the past year highlighting artists from the crew with the latest being Mac Vicious and his “Hotbox” mixtape. Your going to hear a few swagged-out tracks, maybe even the occasional make it clap jam but the meat of Mac Vicious is dominant with smoke filled lung appetites’ along with that street natured Tac-Town euphemism’s. While its some jacked beats on here a lot of the originals were done by Gotham beats with features by Shoulderz, Ian G, Batman, Lil D@ze, Crew Necc Carter, L.H., Quicc Savo, and many more.
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Terminill Presents – Flatline Studios Volume 1

As a engineer or producer your that cog in an artists music but being behind those boards is like seeing history being made. Unless you’re a credits fiend most of these guys go un-noticed but surely being there for the moment of classic records being made is worth more than a little reassurance. What started out as home based studio for Terminill has now become a full fledged business with “Flatline Studios” and a go to spot for Portland and surrounding based artists. Having his hand in so many artists projects Term has decided to put together a compilation of songs that have been released or are coming from future releases with what is sure to be the first of many in Flatline Studios compilations. No shortage on talent here as artists like Cassow, LMC, Serge Severe, Jon Belz, Quiz Zilla, Mac Smiff, Phattwater, Kenny Mack, Local Star, Vamp, Luck One, Krispy Hendrixx, and many many more make appearances.
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