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As always, thank you for supporting the platform and all of the artists in our network. We are back to our regular weekly schedule, as shown below. We are also implementing an updated “review sheet” that we send as additional feedback directly to the artist, created by SmartRapper.Com. Feel free to check out their content as well! Today, we have a dope submission from Reggie Rare, an up and coming independent artist in the Los Angeles area. For this week’s #TrackTuesday, we’ve reviewed his new song and visual “Cuttin It Close.”
Off top, the music video is what really stands out. The concept is simple yet eye-catching, with the artist entering a video production studio and onto a green screen. The whole video is shot using the green screen, which allows for full-screen backdrops from hip hop, 90s, and sports cultures. Lots of different colors, scenes, and transitions make the whole song and visual a cool experience. I would say that the visual slightly distracts me from listening to the music and lyrics; but vibing to the written content, Reggie Rare definitely has bars and a lit vibe. I like that he talks about his come-up and different struggles and accomplishments that he’s made in his career. His aesthetic and outfit are fresh as well. The beat is also an interesting choice; it has a boom bap baseline with other trumpets and instruments that enhance the sound.
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Paradise (ft. Makai Langi)
First off, I fucks with the production on Paradise. Produced by New York producer Austin Marc, it has an electronic tropical sounding undertone with dreamy and stoney elements. Like the mixtape’s title, Her Summer, seems to be a mix of chill love songs that can be played at parties, in your car, or in more intimate settings. Mixing and mastering was done by Marc Solomon, in Hollywood, CA.
Lyrically, Eddie tells the story of a summer fling on this track. I'm not a singer but I’m a fan of his voice. He reminds me of a younger and a more neo-soul sounding Andrew Garcia. Big credits to the mixing/mastering too. This song has a feature by Makai Langi, of which his smooth and versatile sound compliments this track well. I like that he rapped and sang on his part.
Production credits go to Sango and mixing/mastering by Marc Solomon. This song is a great compliment to Baby and Paradise. Both tracks had a more electronic sound on production, whereas this one has an acoustic focus, and I feel Eddie’s singing stands out more on this track. It sticks with the theme of summertime and summer love, with Eddie’s poetic and sensual vibe. I also get a 90s and 2000s R&B vibe from this track.
Stay tuned for Eddie Gun’s Her Summer to drop very soon. Collaborations for this project include Shing02, Pilau Diamond, The Lord Chocolate, and more. Eddie stated that he wanted to create a unique vibe on this project, combining Hawaii and LA artists.
Wassup OTDHipHop supporters!
Summer 2017 is flying by...I wish nothin’ but wealth and prosperity to all yall. Thank you for following OTDHipHop, and don’t forget to share this platform with your friends! Today, I’m hella stoked to share this week’s Track Tuesday, featuring Eddie Gun’s newest single “Baby” (feat. Kelsey).
Eddie Gun recently released “Baby” (feat. Kelsey), produced by Ames Ollie, via Eddie’s Soundcloud. To me, this track has a summer love type of feel to it. The cover is simple, using a swimming pool graphic, which I really dig. Sonically, I hear elements of R&B and Rock on the production. While Eddie’s not a hip hop artist per se, his vibe and sound is fluid.
Overall, “Baby” is a slapper in my opinion. It fits the summertime weather, and can be played in social and intimate settings. Eddie Gun’s voice and style reminds of Frank Ocean, Andrew Garcia, the new Tyler the Creator album, Kali Uchis, Mac Demarco and just overall, California indie vibes. but I’m definitely respect his own writing and singing abilities. My only critique for this track is that I wish it was longer! Lol. We shall see I guess.
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