Yo! Welcome back to another brand new week on OTDHipHop. Shouts out to all of our artists and supporters. Please remember to follow us on ALL of our social media handles. This week’s #TrackTuesday features “California (Prod. Ian Hanks)” by Ca$anovaOnTheMic, a female artist from Guam. Check out our song review below:
“California” is definitely a quality track. Personally, I’m not always a big fan of the pulsing techno sound but I dig the EDM vibe of the track. Props to Ian Hanks on production! The guitar intro is really dope. What I like best is Ca$anova’s diversity as an artist; although she sings for most of “California,” she showcases her own flavor as an emcee on the rap verse. Overall, the vocals are smooth and easy to listen to. In my opinion, “California” gives me a Justin-Bieber’s-Beauty-and-a-Beat and Katy-Perry’s-California Girls vibes but with a rap twist. I’ve been following Ca$anova for a few years now and it’s great to hear her sound develop.
Hey guys, welcome to SUMMER 2018! Kicking off the season with some hot new music, and since it's #MixtapeMonday you already know the drill. Today we're featuring LEX the Lexicon Artist, currently based in Oakland, CA. Her new album Raging Ego drops tomorrow.
Make your purchase today! Check out our track-by-track review below:
1. Peep Game (Prod. Mozart von Robot):
I wasn’t expecting the first track to be this fire! Lol. First off, shouts out to Mozort von Robot on production. Before Lex starts her raps on this track, I didn’t really know how to feel about the vibe but the big bass drums and and electric guitar sounds reeled me in. I dig the rockstar vibes on here. Haha. Peep Game’s message is a great intro, where Lex addresses her differences for not “looking like a rapper” and being overlooked. As a fellow emcee and proud female artist, the message resonates heavily with me. She also got bars for days and doesn’t hesitate to show it off! I’m excited what’s next on Raging Ego…
2. Artist Anthem (Prod. Klopfenpop):
Now that I got to hear Lex’s voice on Peep Game, the beat for Artist Anthem is a great choice! Sonically, I was getting hints of the alternative vibe on Peep Game, whereas Artist Anthem is definitely rock-n-roll. It reminds me of the whole “Scotty doesn’t know” era...Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, good times...Lol. She also sounds pretty good on a hook! Message-wise, I fucks with the fact that she’s being honest about her passion and art; something our generation continues to battle with, as society tells us to be “likeable.” What’s crazy is that Artist Anthem’s production is fairly upbeat and Lex’s tone can come off comical, yet when I listen to the lyrics it’s actually a pretty sad story. The hook chants, “I am an artist and I hate myself...” Overall, I dig this track and I’d be excited to see a quality visual put together for this.
3. Sales Freak (Prod. Incooperative):
I like that I can bob my head to the beat and ride with Lex on her flows. So far I still like Peep Game and Artist Anthem, Sales Freak doesn’t really resonate with me sonically but I dig the message. Again, I appreciate Lex’s honesty. In this song, she’s talking about the “grind” that artists and rappers go through to hopefully and ultimately live off our art. I like that she mentions business and psychology lingo. At the end of the day, she’s a sales freak, and she’s gotta be. “Let me see put your wallets in the air…”
4. Luthor (Prod. Ron Graves):
I fucks with the dark vibe on this track, it’s alternative sounding but not punk rock or rock-n-roll like Peep Game and Artist Anthem. The beat keeps a “marching cadence” tempo and Lex’s flow is very different and dark on Luthor. I’m not a big fan of the distorted vocals on the whole track, I would prefer to hear her verses more clearly without the filter; but I really like how it sounds on the hook - “Fuck you with my kryptonite!!”
5. The L Word (Prod. Incooperative & Baron Cuts):
Again, I’m really impressed with Lex’s beat choice. The L Word takes a 360 turn away from Raging Ego’s first 4 tracks, and showcases a softer side sonically and lyrically by Lex. I feel like this was supposed to be a love song and in a sense it is, but not in the way you expect. I’ll leave it at that.
6. Curse of Creativity (Prod. J.W. Friedman):
I dig the vibe of this track. It fits well coming after The L Word, for this album. Lex talks about the struggle of being an artist, especially how we go out to perform our honest and sometimes emotional content, and still be in control of ourselves, while hoping someone loves our art. The hook is pretty catchy and I resonate with the message. I’m still bobbing my head. Lol.
7. Psych Major (Prod. Mikal kHill):
Lex is back on her nerdcore sound and flow on this track, I fucks with it! This song is really funny and I’d like to see a cool visual too.
8. Mistakes (Prod. Incooperative):
This track is definitely darker and gives me Stan vibes. Lex reveals different stories from her life about being angry as a kid, and how her ego took her away from certain friendships and opportunities. I like how she takes the listeners back to her school days all the way through newer situations. This song is probably the most explicit about Lex’s personal life on this album so far. I also like how Lex sounds on the hook.
9. Glasses (Prod. Noah FB):
Shouts out Noah FB on production! The bass drop and snares in the beginning of the track lures me in. Glasses has a more trappy-ish vibe than the 8 previous tracks. I like how Lex is basically flexing about being a rapper with glasses, and it’s the first track that I think she blatantly mentions being a nerd. Again, she goes ham and KILLS IT on these verses and hooks man! I’d like to see a lyric video for Glasses; it’s one of those songs that you want to listen to over and over again to hear every word she says. “I’m a rap star hit em’ with the glasses!” (That’s fire, bro.)
10. Artist Anthem (Mag.Lo Remix):
This is PERFECT! That’s all I have to say. Lol. I soooooo want to hear this live!
11. Glasses (Mozart von Robot’s Dismount Your Donkeys Remix):
This remix is such a treat! Again, I’d really want to see/hear how this looks and sounds in a live show.
Aloha OTDHipHop, it's April 2018 already?! Lol. Let's get back to this music then...
As per usual, thank you to all of the artists and supporters out there. This week, we got a special feature all the way from the Bay Area - my homie Young, Dedicated, & Proper (YDP)!
Her brand new EP "I Am Human" is out now, but this project isn't just another mixtape..
Erika Porter, aka as Young, Dedicated, & Proper (YDP) is an artist, rapper, and storyteller who suffered a horrific loss last year. The “I Am Human” EP releases today, on the one-year anniversary of the murder of YDP’s sister, Rashanda Porter, who was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend while driving her sons to school.
The “I AM Human” EP released 2 days ago on the one year anniversary of
Rashanda Porter’s passing. In light of the tragic memory, YDP showcases a family affair throughout her album. “This project was important because I used beats created by me and our cousins, and also incorporated my son and my sister’s sons on the tracks, which gives the project a real piece of her,” said YDP.
YDP seeks to make a positive outcome from her own grieving process, which is expressed on “I Am Human.” She also seeks to raise awareness about the tragic realities of domestic violence, for the victims and their families.
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