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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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!
Sup OTDHipHop fam! As always, thank you to all the artists and supporters that ride with this platform. Please make sure to also follow us on social media! We drop hip hop content ON THE DAILY, hence our name OTDHipHop. This week’s #TrackTuesday segment features New York artist/rapper Northside Swiss and his new song “Luv U, Hate U.”
Check out our official track review below:
This song is a cool lil’ play/remix on Gnash’s “I Hate You, I Love You.” Northside pretty much spills his heart on the track, sharing intimate and introspective stories about his mother, relationships, and kids. I’ve always been a fan of Northside’s raw honesty on the track. I think the audio and video could be made to “industry quality” but the artist’s truth and emotion trump the sound. I like how the video showed real photos from his life and kept a very original and genuine touch on the project. Overall I dig the song and I’m a fan of Northside’s lyricism and storytelling. Also, I liked the singing on this song and if it was mixed and recorded more professionally it would make an even more DOPE track.
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