Aloha OTDHipHop fam!! It’s Tuesday, so yardyknow I got a track review for yall. Before we start, know these blog posts have been sporadic in the past few months. Proud to say though, I am now teaching business at a college and rap at a middle school, and it’s low key changing my life! I will be sharing about that a lot deeper, very soon. Anyway, check out the homie Johari L and his new visuals for his song “Mad House,” off his newest project Probably Seen on TV with a special review here on OTDHipHop.
First off, Mad House is what I call record material. Johari produced, wrote, recorded, performed, mixed, and mastered the ENTIRE track, along with being the royal mind scheme behind the visuals. The beat has a steady deep, grungy vibe with a trap attitude. One thing I like about Johari on this track is how the lyrics, flow, and delivery flow so smoothly together over the instrumental itself. The little details in his adlibs and backing really bring out the dark visuals and honest storytelling.
Shouts out to Director G0RDOTR0N, and cinematographer Nathan Moore! The music video itself is just as high quality as the track. The visuals seem simple and complex at the same time, very similar to how I feel about the track. It’s amazing! It has a conceptual, dark perspective, only showing different angles of the artist at a time. The transitions and effects create a more distorted visual, which keeps me engaged as a listener and viewer. Overall, I’m impressed with this project and I’m excited to check out the rest of Probably Seen on TV.
Aloha #OTDHipHop fam & supporters!
I recently got back from a month long trip to my family’s homeland, the Philippines! There's way too much to say about my experience there but I'm so glad it happened. I will be hopefully dropping a vlog and/or some visuals from the trip, as I get situated back into the everyday grind here at home. But nonetheless, welcome back to one of our most popular segments, “Track Tuesday!"
Today I had the pleasure to catch up again with my homie DannnyRose. He was featured on my latest single “Post 2 Be” (Prod. By Syndrome), which dropped before my trip. Dannny dropped his second official video just a few days ago, to his song “On My Own” (Prod. By Cicco) via his YouTube VEVO channel. I'm honestly a big fan of Dannny outside of being his friend/colleague, and have been hooked to his music, vibe, and aesthetic since we initially linked up back in December. “On My Own” is a dope audio single, but I was really excited when he announced the visuals for it via social media.
The song itself is beautifully written & performed by Dannny. Lyrically, it sounds like he's reciting something from his personal diary or journal. As a young man storyteller, he mentions the struggles of growing up in the hood as a Mexican-American, and the challenges in wanting to provide for his mom and family. Big credits to Ninthandcompany, of which produced and edited the video. The video brings the listener into Dannny’s hometown, featuring different angles and shots of the city, as well as working with different lighting and shadows to elevate the song. Personally, I really like how the video matched Dannny’s aesthetics well. His outfits went well with the different scenes and backgrounds.
At one point of the song, Dannny specifically says the line, “RIP my nigga Feds, why the good gotta die?” And I really dig how the camera zooms in on Dannny in that scene, which highlighted the feeling of losing his friend. Towards the end of the video, Dannny’s voice echoes “Yeah I'm just waiting for my shine. This shit gon happen it's just gon take some time..” and ends with “I'm trynna make it out, I'm trynna make it out…” I found those lines and visuals most profound from this project because of the setting and how Dannny shows pride for his hometown but is ultimately trying to “make it out” due to the many challenges and struggles he talks about throughout the song. Overall, Dannny continues to impress his growing fan base with quality soulful raps mixed with hints of trap and R&B. This is a great start to his visual representation, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.
Dannny Rose is an artist from Garden Grove, CA and has been writing and recording his own music for about 4 years. He has done local shows in So Cal, Hawaii, and is slated for his first headlining show in Omaha, Nebraska on June 3rd. More info can be found via DannnyRose’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account.
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