Joining forces with the impactful & innovative Anderson Paak, the valley bred Gavlyn and Oxnard original team up & beat up a new joint off #MUB4BU with a title that speaks for itself, “Friend Zone”. Discussing the delicately thin and consistently crossed line between relationships and friends, the two come together on the fourth single off her upcoming project (3 days) Make Up For Ya Break Up, and show a musically understanding & appreciation for one another’s differences on the record. First premiered on New York imprint and outlet, it was good friend Blimes Brixton who bridged the gap, leading to the unlikely yet unique collaboration from the city’s happening sad girl & in demand talent AP over the Byzantine beat production. Tune in & listen.
Fresh off his nationwide tour with N.Y.’s Heir Dash (son of Dame Dash) and Texan Maxo Kream, A$ton Matthews releases a new joint featuring Rizzo Rizzo called “DOE” off his up & coming release Chapovelli slated to drop early 2016, remerging on the rap scene as one of the west coast’s dopest dope dealing MCs. With a hardcore hood sound hyping the crowds into mosh pits and pure mayhem, the man of many monikers like Brick Flair, Tan Moses and Latino Heat sets the tempo with the first heavy hitter off his highly anticipated work to come, keeping his focus on the doe & nothing else.
Hailing from the central coast of California by way of Santa Maria, the artist and musically abnormality known as Monstar Musix releases the first official cut off his up & coming project Frankenstein entitled “Bout Sh!t”. The record features some of the areas most notable rhyme sayers with guest verses from Ziplock Music’s Prolix Moran & We Be Digi, as well as Chris Rose. Standing clear from the frauds and fakes, and only associating with the authentic, Monstar and his legion of doom wreak havoc on the track with heavy statements for all the hometown haters listening and taking note. In addition, the hip-hop horror show known as Monstar includes an official video titled “Safety Off”, projecting the looming creation still on the operating table, waiting to be unleashed on society & haunt the streets with a monstrous sound fitting for his dark moniker.
Discovering his insatiable interest for music at the age of sixteen, the self taught jack of all trades known as Curley the 5th began tampering with his step father’s computer & music programs, developing both his skills and passion for hip-hop and music as a whole. After arranging an entrance song for his Pop Warner football team, Curley found himself in full pursuit of making music his focus and livelihood as he grew into a fully independent artist, producer, videographer, editor and engineer. A Dorsey High alum, the well rounded talent drew influence from west coast legend & innovator Nate Dogg (RIP), 50 Cent, Cassidy and Kanye West, just to name a few; leading him to his introductory tape Modern Day Slave, whose cover alone resonates a strong feeling of rise and retribution.
Receiving production from Grammy award winners 1500 or Nothin’, The Makers, as well as himself, the February release remains as strong as it felt on its debut. Aiming to carry a positive message in a language familiar to the streets without losing the let loose energy, the artist living only two blocks from me (literally), hopes to show others in his community that anything is possible with the right approach and attitude. With his gripping video “Black America” spear heading his for now localized movement, look for Curley the 5th to further his name & become familiar with those finding him new on the block, showing he’s only a slave to his craft but more a master of his own world above all.
Delivering his official video “Arcade” featuring both Corrin Cruz and M!, a stand out record off his recently released & self titled album Zee Will, the Fresno native provides a stellar and vibrant visual to capture his rhythmic style, as he skates on the track with a genuine guile and grace. With his eyes on the prize, the gentleman slash gamer fittingly shows his token of appreciation to the lucky lady he hopes to win over, letting her know he’s not about the games even with all the coin slots around. Recently spotted working with west coast renown producer Scoop Deville, only creates the promise of more music to come, following up his highly praised project, and continuing the consistency of quality work he is now recognized for.
Dropping the first, of what will hopefully be a string of singles off his up & coming project Al B Cool, the heavily bearded beatmaker calls on usual suspects and Westside spitters Warm Brew to lace his new blazing joint “Can I Get A Light”, setting the tone with another record for smokers looking to light up and exhale their stress. With his producer prowess growing by the beat, Al B Smoov’s name has gradually grown producing alongside/for Hugh Augustine, Villain Park, Polyester the Saint, and of course Warm Brew, and looks to expand his reach with his forthcoming project, creating an undeniable excitement in anyone who has followed the now sought out sound stylist for the last two to three years. Only right that the first released joint features his WB brethren, as they have collectively made a name together, and just the other night, scorched The Belasco stage at Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA event with Pro Era’s patriarch Joey Bada$$ and Chicago’s Lil Herb, keeping them amongst esteemed company & talent, while emphasizing the high caliber of artistry they embody. Peace Al B.
Coming together in another collaborative effort, Oxnard’s own critically acclaimed producer Madlib, teams with master rhymer Blu and fellow west coast wordsmith MED, formally known as Medaphor, on their first full length LP entitled Bad Neighbor. Letting two years pass since their first run at it with The Burgundy EP, this triangle offense of beats and rhymes started off this 4th quarter with the project’s leading single “Knock Knock”, featuring the coveted and rarely seen phantom of Hip-Hop, MF Doom. Adding on an accredited line up of lyricists with the likes of Oh No (Gangrene), Phonte (Foreign Exchange) and even recruiting one of the west’s newest high risers, Anderson Paak. Thorough in content and sound, this project builds beautifully off their last endeavor together, highlighting the growth of their creative chemistry & stylistic symmetry. Purchase and download your copy of their latest work here & check out the animated visual above featuring a cartooned version of Doom making himself more than comfortable in a quick time of need.
In her feelings to say the least, Gavlyn releases her third single and official video “Sad Grl” off her soon to be released album #MU4YBU, and expresses her more volatile side, vibing out to her sadness deeply seeded in relationship issues and her own complexities. All under her independent imprint Peace House, the video was shot by partner Blimes Brixton (formally known as Oh Blimey), and highlights her emotional lows & understandings with a storied visual to better present her down and depressive mood, and creating the feeling of being seen or treated as damaged goods. With three singles and a pair of videos already unleashed in these past few months, Gavlyn’s forthcoming album is setting itself up to be her best, yet most musically dynamic body of work to date. Embracing all her imperfections, insecurities, and insight, the sadly galvanized artist provides an up tempo record opposite the self conflicting content, only boosting her bittersweet sentiments & search for solace felt in this latest release.