Aloha OTDHipHop fam! Apologies for the brief break from content the past 2 weeks. I went on a trip to Portland and Seattle with my family and celebrated my birthday! Anyways, we back again with another #TrackTuesday! Kicking off the new month, we got the homie Astreaux Guillotine and his new song “Turbulence” featuring Myalz Stunna. Check it out below:
First off let me just say that Astreaux Guillotine has been on his grind for a MINUTE, but has been releasing new music like crazy this year. His songs are available on all streaming outlets, and you can check out his latest OTDHipHop EP review here. Yall better stop sleeping! Ever since Astreaux sent me “Turbulence,” about a week ago, I’ve probably played this track a hundred times already. Haha. I honestly think this is my new favorite of his.
I love Astreaux’s nonchalant and even comedic attitude and confidence in his music. I’ve critiqued his deeper songs too, like “Lotus Interlude.” After listening/reviewing some his other projects, I’ve been curious as a listener to hear more about his reflections on spending time in prison and in the streets. “Turbulence” is EXACTLY that. I love its raw and gritty honesty, along with the beat and production. It has an anthem vibe to it that pulls me in as a listener and fan. I think new listeners can appreciate it as well. What really stuck out to me on this track are the short quotes/skits in between, that speak on the real street life in Hawaii. I’ve never really considered Astreaux’s music as specifically “gangster rap” but “Turbulence” is a great fit for that sub-genre, especially considering the artist’s background. Overall, I’m a fan of “Turbulence” and once again, I can’t wait to see Astreaux Guillotine and Mylaz Stunna perform this live soon!
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.
Aloha & welcome back OTDHipHop fam!
Believe it or not, the inquiries from artists to feature their content have been overwhelming! Shouts out everybody spreading the word about our platform, can you believe we’re 3 years old?! I still remember when I started OTDHipHop in college as a way to showcase some of my artist friends. Now artists are contacting ME for my opinion on their music. We’ve covered artists from Hawaii, around the U.S., Canada, Guam, & more! We also have a Spotify playlists, video interviews, and active social media accounts. Again, THANK YOU!
With that being said, it is my pleasure to introduce a very special artist for this week’s Track Tuesday (song review segment) - Ché (fka Detroit Che). Today I’ll be reviewing her latest single, “LEAF,” from her CHÉNGES EP.
I’ve listened to LEAF and watched the visual multiple times, and I’m a fan of both. Sonically, I like how the instruments build together to make the track; starting with the piano and the caribbean style drumming pattern. It pulls me in as a listener and makes me more receptive to listen when Ché’s verse comes on. I dig her voice on the track, moving in between singing and rapping smoothly; all while following a positive message of “if I change myself I change someone else.” The overall vibe of the song is also positive and real with a spacey, psychedelic undertone.
Visually, I think the song fits the music video very well. Directed by Ché herself, you can feel her genuinity and uniqueness. From the bright yellow to jackets, to the lake, to her locs, and the dancer, speaking to her culture in a subtle way. The drone shots are also hella sick!
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