Yo OTDHipHop fam! Welcome back to another week of DOPE content here in our blog, and don’t forget to follow us on ALL of our social media. This week’s #TrackTuesday features an artist we’ve never had officially on OTDHipHop before, and that is hip hop artist/emcee, Pak!
I ran into him at a studio rehearsal this past Friday night and we chopped it up about his new project and fundraising campaign. Check out my review of his new song “Wanna,” from his newly released project,I Will Not Be Chain3d.
Pak has a really unique sound and demeanor as an emcee. Off rip, most might say he’s a “nerd” rapper but if you watch him closely at live shows and get to see his musical and visual content; he’s a lot more than that! “Wanna” is a good introduction to his persona and vibe. This is probably the most explicit from I Will Not Be Chain3d, but nonetheless I think it’s dope. The beat is produced by Syndrome and is a banger in itself, but I really like the sound effects on Pak’s flow and voice. It has a trap and EDM vibe that keeps me intrigued as a listener. Lyrically, Pak talks about the “come up” and all the things he desires; but there’s a maturity in his flow that mentions things like family, relationships, and mental and emotional stability. I’d love to hear this live!
Aloha OTDHipHop fam! We're back with another special Mixtape Monday segment, featuring my homie and hip hop artist/rapper, Astreaux Guillotine. His new project, Flame Tsunami, is out now and available on streaming. Check out my review of his album below:
Nova is a hella cool intro track to Flame Tsunami. The beat is trap but has some island and upbeat elements, so credits on production! As I was listening carefully to Astreaux’s lyrics, this song is actually autobiographical. He talks about moving from Germany to Hawaii and even talks about his experience growing up in Pearl City. I like his swaggy metaphors and specials mentions. The hook is also very catchy and has a positive “hustle” vibe.” This is a fun track I’d love to see performed live.
2. Glacier ft. Mark Martian:
This song is HYPE! The production reminds me of Russ, steady intro followed by a bass drop and barz. As I listen to Astreaux more, I’m a fan of his voice. I can hear everything he’s saying. The hook is cool too. His flow reminds me old Lil Wayne but Astreaux definitely holds his own. I like how he changes his pace throughout his verses. Another song I’d love to get crazy to live! Lol. I also dig his Honolulu shouts out. I LOVE Mark Martian’s feature verse! His energy and voice adds a grimy element, which works well with Astreaux’s nonchalant and somewhat comedic attitude. “I got a billion goals, one for each dollar I grow!” Chee!
This is actually a favorite track of mine by Astreaux and I’ve reviewed it before. I’ve also seen him perform this live, which is LIT! So far, the tracks on Flame Tsunami have had a similar theme - aspirations and grinding. I think this track would do good with its own solo push too. “Tsunami I am the WAVE!”
4. Twerk Alert:
I’m realizing that the tracks are fairly short, which makes it easy to listen to as a listener. But this project is really cohesive as far as the content and beat selection! “Twerk Alert” is definitely one for the clubs and the ratchets. This is the most explicit track on the project so far, but I fucks with it though! Props on production too! I’d love to hear a remix and possibly a music video as well.
I’ve actually seen Astreaux perform “Tangelo” live too, and it goes live! My only critique would be that the tempo and flow seem to be kinda similar to the other tracks so far. But I still fucks with it and it’s a dope track! This is the type of song I could listen to as a pre-game or getting ready for the club or to go out with friends. Haha.
6. Pot of Gold ft. Deucedashit:
I love the deep bass on production! The vibe is similar to “Twerk Alert” and “Tangelo,” another one for the clubs and ratchets. Deucedashit comes in hella smooth on the hook, I love the R&B element. I like the softer vibe on “Pot of Gold,” along with Astreaux’s cocky barz; they work well together! This is another one I need to add to my pre-game playlist. Haha.
7. 1241 am in Pearl City:
I dig the different production and vibe on this track. It has more EDM elements and a trippy vibe to it. I like how Astreaux goes IN about some of his personal life. He talks about life in “prison in paradise” and mentions about “eating cereal with serial killers.” Crazy story on this! This is definitely a banger, the type of track you can play in the whip with the squad. “Let me find out you aint GANG!”
Okay we’re back on the trappy vibes but Astreaux takes a smoother approach with his flow. The beat is on another level as well; it keeps the bass and trap elements, along with different effects that help Astreaux’s punchlines hit heavy.
Aye this is fire! This has a hyphy, Bay Area tempo which is totally different from the other songs on Flame Tsunami. I don’t think I’ve heard Astreaux on a beat like this before so it’s refreshing! Another one to add to your club playlist!
10. Lotus Interlude:
I’m so glad THIS track, Lotus Interlude, is the outro for Flame Tsunami. The beat samples the classic Gene Wilder song, “Pure Imagination.” Astreaux gets personal on this song, and seems to be talking about the different challenges in relationships and even friendships. I don’t want to give too much about this track; it’s one of those songs that you HAVE to listen to it.
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