Song of the Day: Effortless – JSkillz

Today’s song comes from Davenport soothing spitter by the name of JSKILLZ.

Whilst in high school, JSKILLZ pursued his music career in 2005 by starting a rap and R&B group called Midtown Underground. The group became well-known in the local rap scene and were signed to Ensemble Records that same year. They enjoyed some success with single, “This Is Midtown”, before parting ways in 2006. This when JSKILLZ embarked on a solo career.

By 2011, he launched his own independent label, M.T.U. REC. (Must Think Unique Records) and released debut LP, ‘Nothing to Lose’ and music video for the single ‘A Million Ways To Love You’, in which both received recognition in the U.S. and internationally. The hype continued when he received a bronze award by Datpiff  for downloads of EP, ‘Great Minds Think Alike’, a collaborative project with fellow Davenport rapper JC. His latest EP ‘Positive Vibes’ cranked up nearly 1.3 million video views and streams since its release in late 2015.

‘Effortless’ was chosen as today’s dish as from the start, the three-and-a-half minute slammer hooks you right in with this young hip-hopper’s flow grooving into the infectious, lazy-in-the-sunshine R&B beat.

Go ahead and check this bad boy tune out!

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Music Video: To You – Kastilano

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Very glad to have one of NEW LEASE MUSIC’s  all-time spitter KASTILANO back with single, ‘To You’.

This on-point offering is the first release from his latest mixtape, ‘D.L.B (Dope Lyrics & Beats)’, available now FREE via DatPiff.

New Track: New Drug – Chaser Tre’Lb

Tre'Lb New Drug

It’s been a loooong time since Tre’shawn Antonio Belfield – AKA CHASER TRE’LB  showed his face on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his super smooth banger Teach Me.

Almost three years later, the Virginia-based RnB/Hip-Hop singer/rapper, brings a completely different uptempo soundscape through his single, New Drug, the second release from his mixtape, Fireworks available free on DatPiff.

Check it out!

Mixtape Review: I Just Wanna Be Heard Vol.2 – Kwame Katana

Kwane Katana

Now I’m going to be real honest here…when I first clapped my eyes on the album cover, I did a massive internal eye roll, thinking it’s just another rapper wanting some sweet booty and all the cars and gold in the world. But it was my duty, as an independent music writer, to give it a trial…

…So I pressed play and I had to shut my month. As I listen to the mixtape, I quickly realise KWAME KATANA is just a young guy who is going through some personal struggles as well as finding his way to be a successful rapper.

The lyrics of hurt, love and sheer determination, is perfectly complemented by out-of-this world bassline that make you sit up and take note (I mean REALLY take note). The 20-track production gets better with on-point samples from mainly 90s R&B class acts such as SWV, JOHNNY GILL, LAURYN HILL and JADE.

Well after listening to I Just Wanna Be Heard, I (re)learned a valuable lesson…never judge a book (or in this case a mixtape) by its cover.

Listen to I Just Wanna Be Hard Vol.2 mixtape right here.

#TheMustListens: 5th Gear, from track 7 (The World is Waiting for You)

 

 

EP Review: Nobody Listens – Chris Patrick

Chris Patrick Nobody Listens

At beginning of this year CHRI DOLLASIGN released mixtape, S**t Real. Now almost eight months later, he extended the six-track production to a full-length EP, Nobody Listens under the new name, CHRIS PATRICK.

The added tracks (Live from The Living Room, Do Me Wrong and HighLife) boasts a more uptempo bassline where the South Carolina’s artist tighter-than-tight raps pours out pure emotion and passion – he has come a very long way in eight months!

To check out Nobody Listens EP, head right here.

The #MustListens: Live from The Living Room, Do Me Wrong, Forgive Me, I Don’t Mind (S**t Real)

Review: Lingo Crazy – TwanDoe

Twandoe Lingo Crazy

1. Powermove ft. Slim Kushy
2. No Need To Brag ft. Roro
3. Michael Jordan ft. Slim Kushy
4. The Truth ft. King Pimpin
5. Waffle House ft.  Juice, Kushy Slim
6.  Pop That Pussy 4 Me ft. Dneak, Slimy Kushy
7. Bands Just To Blow ft. Roro, Slimy Kushy
8. Sucka Free ft. Slim Kushy
9.  I Neva Fuk Wit Lamez ft. Yung West, Slim Kushy
10. 100 Bandz ft. King Pimpin
11. My City ft. Roro
12. Back To The Basics
13. My Choppa Speaks ft. Slim Kushy
14. Trust No Nigga Trust No Hoes ft. Block
15. Today Is A Good Day ft. Slim Kushy
16. Outro

TWANDOE is the next best thing with his label Serve Camp Entertainment. Taking  underground hip hop by storm, he uses heavenly laid back, car hopping beats with (at times) electric-effect raps. Electronic-effects raps? Well have a listen to his 16-track mixtape, Lingo Crazy, released this month.

Such electronic raps, are featured in Back  To The Basics, Trust No Nigga Trust No Hoes and Today Is A Good Day. These tracks feature angelic/heavenly melodies and with the full-bodied and rough raps, somehow they all make good listening.

I Neva Fuk Wit Lamez is definitely the one to listen, as this smooth spaced out production features layers upon layers of awkward, slightly-out-of-time raps in the chorus. This track just shows why he’s such a big hit in the underground hip hop scene.

To check out Lingo Crazy, head right here

Review: The Artist – Brad

BRAD

1.Pray
2. U.O.E.N.O Freestyle
3. Under Control
4. Get Your Freak On Freestyle
5. Practice
6. Blessed
7. Too Alive
8. BRAD City
9. No Church  In the Wild
10. R.I.P Freestyle
11. Train Freestyle

Timmal Bradford aka BRAD is more than determined to break the mould of traditional hip-hop influences though his mixtape The Artist, released last month.

If you’re unfamiliar with this Mississippi-bred rapper expect original and witty wordplay with rollercoaster raps that dip and grooves into an assortment of sit-up-and-take-note beats.

This 11 track mixtape features some seriously  easy cursing productions:  Pray, Under Control and Practice. With these tracks, this guy confidently raps that he’s a cut above the rest. The Artist heats up with Get Your Freak On Freestyle and BRAD City, where his rollercoaster freestyling is really evident. But the hot tracks of the mixtape have got to be the super smooth Too Alive, Train Freestyle and the funky R.I.P Freestyle.  

I have to be honestly here: time after time I’ve heard rappers go on about how they’re the next best thing– but in reality they don’t cut the mustard. BRAD is different, as The Artist mixtape just proves that this guy is the ‘Mozart of hip-hop’ and is definitely staying in the hip hop game for a long while – CHECK IT OUT here (highly recommended)