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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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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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