Aloha OTDHipHop fam! Thank you for your support and patience. The past couple weeks, I have been very busy promoting my new EP and preparing for my first headlining show (which was last weekend). Anyways, we are BACK again for our Mixtape Monday segment. This week, I finally made time to review, Itz All Love, a brand new album by Bay Area artist, Watzreal. He's been featured on this blog multiple times and we also had a dope interview last week, via Instagram Live.
1. Lucy Liu and Keanu Reeve
I fucks with this track, especially as an intro track to the rest of the project. It’s definitely Watzreal’s chill nostalgic sound, and gives me Atmosphere vibes. The song is a love song, where Watzreal is talking to a girl. But overall, this is definitely a track I can vibe to and add to my “in the office” playlist. Considering the project’s title, I think I’m in for more songs about love, relationships, and more.
2. Better feat. Tone Jonez
“Better” takes a softer R&B tone, with Tone Jonez on the hook and Watzreal raps the verses. The hook tells Watzreal’s love interest (on the song) that she’s used to heartbreak, and that he can show her better. Overall, I think this track could be played in the car with bae or vibing at party.
This track flips opposite from the first 2 songs, with an uptempo trap sound. I also dig the different EDM style bass drops and other elements. Watzreal seems to continue explore ideas of love interests, but this song takes a more “for the moment” type of vibe. His tone is more aggressive but still deep with the storytelling. This track is definitely something I’d like to see performed live.
We’re back with the funky boom bap sound from Watzreal. I’ll let you listen to the track yourself to figure out what the track title’s acronym sounds for. This song is more aggressive and talks about different drama and challenges in relationships. I also like the comedian’s sample in the song. It definitely focuses on the guy’s perspective though. Lol.
5. Why You Insecure?
Yo, I never expected a rap song to have a clip from of Kevin Hart’s stand up specials. Lol. But it adds context and a humorous element to the project and song. This song talks about modern day couples’ challenges, especially when it comes to communication. Watzreal mentions things like social media, immaturity, etc, of which all these things can make a relationship difficult if either person is insecure.
6. Life Iz Love, Love Iz War
I appreciate Watzreal’s different styles that I’ve heard so far on It’z All Love. But I always fucks with Watzreal on funky boom bap beats. So this track is definitely something I dig. Watzreal continues to explore his thoughts and feelings when it comes to relationships, communication, and all the challenges that come with it. I like how he mentions things like “seeing red flags” but still staying in the relationship. Overall, I find this project and its tracks relatable, especially this track.
I love the title already, and the sample on the intro is so dope! This song continues to give me nostalgic vibes, and I’m glad Watzreal kept the same R&B tempo for this track. Like the title says, Watzreal explores a brand new relationship and all the hopes he has for it to work out. He also goes deeper in to how relationships and communication take a lot more time and compromise than people think (or choose to put in).
8. Monogamy vs. Mohogany (Bonus Track)
I really dig the instrumentation for this song’s production. It gives the song an 80s and 90s feel. Staying on theme to the project’s title, Monogamy vs. Mohogany, talks about building a relationship though the good and bad. He’s a lot more sensual on this song, and I appreciate his honesty.
9. Look Your Way feat. Cash Campaign (Bonus Track)
I love the gospel piano sound on the beat. The tempo is boom bap again, but I appreciate it from Watzreal. Cash Campaign KILLS it on the hook with the vocals. I really dig the 80s and 90s sounds and vibes too.
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Good morning OTDHipHop fam! We got another installment of our #TrackTuesday segment. Today we’re reviewing a new song called “Feelin Myself,” by Bay Area-based female rapper Turfergirl aka TG9 Milli.
“Feelin Myself” is the first single to be released off of TG9 Milli’s upcoming EP, A Dose of Me. The whole project was produced, written, & performed by the artist herself. As far as production, “Feelin Myself” definitely has that classic hyphy Bay Area sound. TG9’s attitude and flow is confident and filled with heavy barz. I also like how the beat switches up time to time throughout the track. My main critique is that I think her vocals could’ve been changed up a bit more throughout the track; the hook is catchy and easy to recite but it can get difficult to hear again and again. Her voice seems to be naturally more high-pitched kind of like how Too Short sounds on a track; personally I think she would sound cooler in a more, calm, chill tone with the same heavy hitting barz. However, the overall vibe is that cocky Bay Area finesse and I dig that. I’m excited to check out TG9 Milli’s new EP when it drops! Make sure to stay tuned for her upcoming Instagram livestream interview!
Welcome back to another week on OTDHipHop, fam! As always, thank you so much for your continued support of our platform and shouts out to all our artists. Today, we got a brand new feature all the way from California! I’ll be reviewing a new track called “Robin Hood,” by artist/rapper TJ Marion.
I’m intrigued with the concept of “Robin Hood.” The term Robin Hood is fitting, as he is the legendary historic outlaw who “stole from the rich and gave to the poor.” The song itself is actually written as a conversation between Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, two young black men who were fatally shot by police and whose shooters were never found guilty. Lyrically, TJ talks about the news stories of both incidents and takes the perspective of the situation was reversed, and what would happen to Trayvon and Oscar if they shot the police. The lyric video is very entertaining and educational; I like how the visuals enhance the artist’s message. TJ educates his audience on topics like racial profiling, domestic violence towards women, and more.
Overall, I dig this project from the track to the lyric video, and it would be cool to see a “Robin Hood” official music video. Sonically, TJ flows between heavy hard-hitting bars that stay on topic to a smooth hook singing “Robin Hood from Nottingham…”
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