Byrdie – N Flight

While preparing for takeoff of N Flight the album, leave all notions of typical hip hop behind. The norm for hip hop albums has been to touch on only a few subjects, mostly revolving around money, cars, crime and girls. N Flight takes off into a whole new realm of music with an array of songs and topics that hit the listener from every angle. Hailing from the great Northwest, Byrdie has soared into the game on the wings of creativity and innovation, embracing the musical art form and his love of songwriting in his new project, N Flight. Byrdie, an emcee in every sense of the word, is known for his flare and smooth energy. On each song he brings out a different aspect of his personality and unmatched charisma. With incredible harmonizing skills, he makes a point of spending just as much time on writing catchy hooks as he does with his verses – and it most definitely shows. Having been a hip hop fan since a young age, Byrdie incorporates the original battle rhyme aspect of hip hop in his repertoire, with metaphors that can stun the listener and delivery that is always on point. He has the mark of a true lyricist. From romantic love songs to songs that make you laugh, cry, or reminisce about the past, Byrdie creates an album that ignites your thoughts and emotions. N Flight is not only about hip hop – it’s about taking off with a new, refreshing, timeless blend of music. Featured guest artists are Darrius Willrich, Reggie Watts (Maktub), Onry Ozzborn (Oldominion), Vitamin D, Candidt, Choklate, Sekken Thautz, Silent Knight, Charlie Bernardo, and Citizen Caine.

Brydie recently passed away after a battle with cancer but his music will always live on through his fans.
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Steezie Nasa – Lucky 7

Moor Gang is that click right now and since they are so deep you never have to wait too long for a new release. Steezie Nasa drops his latest project “Lucky 7” with seven brand new tracks with only one feature coming from UDF’s Caz Green. Steezie was one of the initial gunners for the Moor’s which has now grown heavy in support and has many saying they are up next. Steezie always offered a cocky brashness to himself musically which is what a lot of young artists have. Exemplifying a newer Seattle and being able to back it up skillfully. Instead of a crew sounding the same they have a movement with everyone just doing them but being unified at the end of the day.

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Ms Chevy – Triple Threat

It has not been too many female artists who have stuck around for longevity in the Northwest. Might be for obvious reasons but some have been able to make successful strides. Ms Chevy is a new artist trying to make a name for herself and she brings her debut EP “Triple Threat”. Not quite sure where the triple part comes in but Ms Chevy can rap and sing which x’s out two of the three. She showcases both throughout eight tracks with some songs simple showcasing vocals and others featuring a mix of the two. Her advantage is the project is produced solely by Mike Wingo who has produced a lot of classic northwest albums as well as many nationally known artists. He recently started his own production company called Heater Hands Productions with this being one of the first releases.

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Dough – Suicide City

You can say money so many ways but to name yourself after it as a rap alias is already brow raising. Some may hold the artist known as “Dough” to a sigma but essentially it is about the music. Dough’s been around for a while and his Royal Family Records has put out a few projects. As part of a group called Royal Family and also part of the I-5 Connect he has done the group and solo thing many times over. The latest release is “Suicide City” which is the follow-up to his last solo “Who’s Dough”.  This release picks up where he left off in the sense that he follows the formula that has worked for him since day one. Dough’s flow is west coast standard but has that Seattle zing to it as well, definitely grimy with energy. Few big features but over half the album is Dough on a solo tip which makes it less of a feature fest.

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iLL Chris – iLL Chris Project

Over the years you start to grow as an artist so with time comes change. We have all come to know the artist that runs by Logics and then the more google friendly AyeLogics due to his relentless music hustle. He stays busy with projects, shows, promotions, clothing, and just about anything in hand that involves the business of making his brand stronger. Recently stating that Logics is no more and now in comes iLL Chris which is the new moniker in which he feels better represents who he is as an artist today. No longer wanting to be held in the box and paying ode to when ILL was in he brings his latest album the “iLL Chris Project”. In truth as a rapper iLL Chris is not an artist who would correlate to what Jordan was to the NBA. In reality not many are because that means you would be once in a lifetime. Not something we see often but what we do see is a lot of artists working hard to legitimatize themselves at that next level. Any artist can be one song away and iLL Chris is no different. This latest effort continues to show how he stays with the times and has the ability to make some good songs no matter the trend. Production wise this is his best effort in that the beats really fit his style versus just being good beats to rap on. No matter what anyone actually thinks in the end iLL Chris will be further ahead than most simply due to his work ethic. You can get the project as a freebie or support it on I-Tunes. Production is courtesy of Bravo Domo, The Awesome Sound, Mike Weed, Stewart Villian, DJ El Grande, Romelle Green, Carl D, Dupree, Like Of Pac Div, and J. Purganans.

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Desta – Have Some EP

The Northwest music scene is flourishing these days and the amount of artists with potential is growing. You have a platinum artist once again from the state of Washington, artists are signing record deals, and to top it off the amount of artists with a buzz is higher than ever. Locally things are still hard in many ways but those willing to grind a name out for themselves are welcomed additions. The R&B scene in the northwest is still a niche market as in it is small so the opportunity is large. Desta is a new artist who has Cali roots but now calls the Northwest her home. Tacoma based the singer/model is debuting herself to the world with her first EP “Have Some”. It spawns only five tracks with two features from Tacoma veterans in Leezy Soprano and Awall2Piece. Part of the Go Getta Music family the project is produced entirely by Jay Bellamy.  Some may know him as a pioneer in the Tacoma music scene as he was one of the first rappers/producers from Tacoma to put product out. Jay released a few rap projects and some gospel albums more recently. Now more focused on producing, writing, and developing the talent Desta gets his aided experience for her first release. Desta the singer parlays a strong but subtle voice that is very reminiscent of older R&B. Points awarded already as most would agree that was the best age for R&B. Desta’s voice which is most important being a singer is soothing and alluring when needed. If content defines the singer Desta stays mature covering topics females can relate to. Nitpicking you will hear some flaws but that is expected for a debut release. Perfection does not happen overnight and Desta sounds more ahead than behind.

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Raz Simone – Solomon Samuel Simone

Raz Simone is a hip-hop artist from Seattle, Washington. His inspiration stems from his diverse life, as opposed to any musical predecessors. Growing up Raz did not listen to any music. It wasn’t until he started writing poetry, then speaking his powerful words over movie scores that he realized he was rapping. Mixing creative foresight with entrepreneurial spirit, Raz produces, raps, sings, designs graphics and directs videos all under his independent label, Black Umbrella. In 2012 Raz partnered with Sam Lachow to create a five track EP called ‘5 Good Reasons’. The positive reception of the project landed both artists on tour at the start of 2013. Raz then followed up in March, with his debut solo EP, Solomon Samuel Simone. The momentum gained from those 2 projects was abruptly halted when Raz caught a gun charge while performing in New York City for possession of a firearm that he legally owned. After dealing with the effects of the situation through out all of 2013, all charges were recently dropped and Raz has prepared his return to music. In early 2014 he will release his next project, Cognitive Dissonance: Part One. Embodying the passion and frustration that comes with the cognitive response of two conflicting ideas, this project takes listeners deep inside the mind of Raz at some of his most introspective, inspiring, and darkest points.
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Stoned Ape Theory – The Stone Tape EP

Stoned Ape Theory is the duo of emcee HD Thuro and producer Ill Pill (Rockwell Powers, Sol, Grynch). The two aim to interpret the consciousness of both the separate and collective human experience in music. Tackling both human and theoretical problems, Stoned Ape Theory uses humble bars to describe relationships and acknowledge influences, referencing contemporaries and citing inspiration. As a rap collective whose sound ranges from chill, downtempo soundscape to thump-ready, bass heavy urbanite beats, and their objective is to please the ears of the populace and challenge their mode of thought. The past three years have given Stoned Ape Theory the opportunity to travel through Europe and Asia, giving them the time and space to hone their crafts and lay the foundation for their debut EP.
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Cashier – Low Key

Young Tacoma is working these days. Cashier been steady busy after being part of Soldiers Of Fortune and turned up heavy with his solo foray in the last few years. Already prepping for the release of his second album Cashier is releasing his first single “Low Key” from his upcoming sophomore album “All In”. You can still grab his debut album “Business B4 Pleasure” online for digital and in physical form from Cashier himself.
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Second Family – The Leaks Volume 1

Second Family or as they call themselves Tacoma’s own homegrown superhero’s recently released some new music in “The Leaks Volume 1”. Said to be served up as appetizer while new projects enter the finishing stage of release. If you didn’t know now you do the group is composed of Cally Reed formerly known as Element and Noquezt. The leaks features several songs that have been released since the group’s last album “Gateway Drug”. It also includes a bunch of new tracks that were said not to fit the formula of upcoming projects the group is currently working on. Features include AyeLogics and the groups own in house group Tha Committee. Production is provided by DJ Phinisey, Nonstop, The Perfectionists, Paul Cabbin, Seanotes, and Mo Bucks.

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