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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Aloha OTDHipHop fam! Apologies for the brief break from content the past 2 weeks. I went on a trip to Portland and Seattle with my family and celebrated my birthday! Anyways, we back again with another #TrackTuesday! Kicking off the new month, we got the homie Astreaux Guillotine and his new song “Turbulence” featuring Myalz Stunna. Check it out below:
First off let me just say that Astreaux Guillotine has been on his grind for a MINUTE, but has been releasing new music like crazy this year. His songs are available on all streaming outlets, and you can check out his latest OTDHipHop EP review here. Yall better stop sleeping! Ever since Astreaux sent me “Turbulence,” about a week ago, I’ve probably played this track a hundred times already. Haha. I honestly think this is my new favorite of his.
I love Astreaux’s nonchalant and even comedic attitude and confidence in his music. I’ve critiqued his deeper songs too, like “Lotus Interlude.” After listening/reviewing some his other projects, I’ve been curious as a listener to hear more about his reflections on spending time in prison and in the streets. “Turbulence” is EXACTLY that. I love its raw and gritty honesty, along with the beat and production. It has an anthem vibe to it that pulls me in as a listener and fan. I think new listeners can appreciate it as well. What really stuck out to me on this track are the short quotes/skits in between, that speak on the real street life in Hawaii. I’ve never really considered Astreaux’s music as specifically “gangster rap” but “Turbulence” is a great fit for that sub-genre, especially considering the artist’s background. Overall, I’m a fan of “Turbulence” and once again, I can’t wait to see Astreaux Guillotine and Mylaz Stunna perform this live soon!
Yo OTDHipHop fam! Welcome back to another week of DOPE content here in our blog, and don’t forget to follow us on ALL of our social media. This week’s #TrackTuesday features an artist we’ve never had officially on OTDHipHop before, and that is hip hop artist/emcee, Pak!
I ran into him at a studio rehearsal this past Friday night and we chopped it up about his new project and fundraising campaign. Check out my review of his new song “Wanna,” from his newly released project,I Will Not Be Chain3d.
Pak has a really unique sound and demeanor as an emcee. Off rip, most might say he’s a “nerd” rapper but if you watch him closely at live shows and get to see his musical and visual content; he’s a lot more than that! “Wanna” is a good introduction to his persona and vibe. This is probably the most explicit from I Will Not Be Chain3d, but nonetheless I think it’s dope. The beat is produced by Syndrome and is a banger in itself, but I really like the sound effects on Pak’s flow and voice. It has a trap and EDM vibe that keeps me intrigued as a listener. Lyrically, Pak talks about the “come up” and all the things he desires; but there’s a maturity in his flow that mentions things like family, relationships, and mental and emotional stability. I’d love to hear this live!
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