Wassup OTDHipHop fam,
I’m trynna switch things up on here so stay tuned in for more!
Today we got a special Track Tuesday Double Feature; I’ll be reviewing two songs by Philly-based artist RAMADXN. It’s been about a year since I chopped it up with him, fka RaSTATiiic and it was hella cool to check out his new material. (Click here for RAMADXN’s last article)
RAMADXN’s submitted his visuals for his song “Whole Thing” (Prod. by Lil Xane). The beat, lyrics, and video have a dark, underground type of vibe but his flow and voice got a more playful, clever tone. The video has a simple concept with smooth and clever cutaways that match his lyrics (cartoons, scenes, etc). I’m impressed by this DIY artist, having made his own song and directed his own music video for it. RAMADXN’s brand continues to elevate with high quality logos and graphics.
Track 1: Buy Me
Off top, beat and flow is fire! This is a really nice track, sonic quality is clear and matches Pedro’s lyrical content and style. Production is great; it starts off with a down south type of vibe but has different kicks and extra sounds throughout the track that hints trap and hype vibes. Ima have to bump this in my car again, which is ironic because the EP is called Car Tunes. I dig Pedro’s lyrics and flow on this beat; it’s clear and easy to understand but there are different mixing elements (voice filters, echos, etc) on the track that keep me engaged as a listener. The song itself seems to be an inspirational “grind” type of track, Pedro is definitely a talented emcee. He has a solid hook, with different storytelling elements on his verses and switches up his flow from time to time. The only critique I have is that I don’t really know how the song fits its title “Buy Me,” but I’ll leave that to Pedro to explain since it’s his work of art.
Track 2: Fulfill
This track has a more melodic tone, starting off with the piano and then drums. Pedro basically sings the hook, and follows it with his verses. This song seems to dig deeper into Pedro’s life and persona, mentioning about his time in the army and aspirational dreams to become a known artist. I really like how he incorporates the word fulfill, ending each of his verses with “go and get your fulfill,” and then followed by the hook. The hook is deep and melodic, ending with the statement “We all gotta pay a price to get what we want in life.” Another great production, and props on the mixing elements again.
Track 3: You
This is the final track on the Car Tunes EP. Production and mixing are great; I dig the R&B and Pop vibe on this song, especially on the hook. Pedro’s verses are on point, like the rest of this project. He picks up the pace of his flow on this song and I appreciate that as an emcee. I felt that the verse content didn’t really match the hook’s lyrics, but I do get that the vibes go well together regardless. The vibe of the song basically talks about keeping your business and grind on the low, ‘cause you never know who might be lurking, and also to stay focused on yourself and less on others.
Overall, I give this project a solid 4 out of 5 rating. I really liked the production and mixing elements sonically, on each of the tracks. I am also impressed with Pedro Ramon’s flow and lyrical ability. I look forward to hearing more projects from him as he continues to pursue his music career and lifestyle.
Pedro Ramon is an emcee/songwriter from Jersey City, NJ, currently residing in Hawaii. He served 8 years in the U.S. Army and is a proud veteran. His music is truthful, heartfelt, and original.
For more info on Pedro Ramon and his music, visit his website.
Welcome to another #TrackTuesday here on OTDHipHop blog!
I truly appreciate all the support, big mahalos to the ARTISTS and the SUPPORTERS.
This week I got a different type of track tuesday review, because today’s piece is a spoken word poem by Jeronimo Speaks. This is the FIRST spoken word submission on OTDHipHop! So I’m hella excited to share this with yall.
Jeronimo Speaks, a poet from the south side of Chicago, submitted a video of his poem “Jitters,” in front of a live audience. After viewing and listening to “Jitters,” I am 100% impressed by this poet’s delivery and crowd control, especially with “word trains” that could go on and on. You’ll see what I’m saying in the video when he’s on his “P’s & Q’s.” The poem itself is a strong body of work, with boldness and power from beginning to end. Spoken Word is different from rap performances, because the setting is usually quieter and more intimate. You get to really feel the poet’s tone, voice, etc.
In my opinion, “Jitters” is a poem of liberation geared towards the youth of this generation. Jeronimo commands the crowd with his bold voice starting off with “This is the intro to the outro.” He goes off into topics and clever word play, using similes and hyperboles but keeps a constant message of “rising above circumstances.” My favorite line is “I aint trynna be a centaur, Im trynna be a centurion,” because that’s just plain clever. Who knows? I might do a reaction video to this, SHEESH! …Lol.
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