Mixtape Review: Peru – Brandon Smith

Bradon Smith Peru

1. Music For the Slaves (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
2. Emily Brandon feat. Anette Sandberg (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
3. Fly Away (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
4. The Ocean (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
5. It’s Not Easy (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
6. Niggers/Black Men (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
7. The Peer Pressure (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
8. Krillin/Twerk feat. Mac Tutmose (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
9. 411 (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
10. 2 Weeks feat. Anette Sandberg (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
11. Numa (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
12. May 26th (Prod. by Brandon Smith)

Hip hop artist and producer BRANDON SMITH released his mixtape Peru last month. Featuring realist, straight-up-reality bites lyrics with incomparable beats (and at times, cleverly sampled tracks), this 12-track production have all traits of a well-seasoned rapper/producer whose clocked up quite a few life experiences. In fact this upriser is only sixteen years old.

Peru kicks off with the track, Song for the Slaves – and if you don’t know this rapper, the track is the perfect introduction to his slightly husky a raps over a downtrodden but somewhat pleasant beats. Fly Away keeps this mixtape on a high, as it could easily become a favourite for most die-hard hip hop heads. In Fly Away, the multi-talented artist  from Dallas really stepped up and sped up his freestyling over a jazz-infused, relaxing-on-a-beach drive. BRANDON SMITH  shows that he’s a teenager beyond his years, in Niggers/Black Men, where he candidly raps how the black society (more to the point black men) are portrayed by media. 411 features on-point, out-of-this-world sample of MARY J BLIGE classic of the same name -check-it-out!

Overall, Peru definitely deserves your ears –  this guy has A LOT to say on issues that many are afraid to bring up. So If you’re fed up with rappers going on about the high life and can handle the hard-hitting truth, have a listen to the mixtape…better still download it for FREE.

News: TC-UNO releases Official video to track Love on the Corner

TC UNO

There’s no rest for the beat-master TC UNO. Just months after releasing his much-anticipated mixtape The Fly Life Vol. 1 (The Musical Papa), the hip hop upriser  has dropped his first official video to the first release of the mixtape, Love on the Corner – CHECK-IT-OUT! To check out the rest of the mixtape click right here.

Star Song: Just Lose – Zeno The Ruler

Zeno the ruler

Today’s song is Just Lose by Brooklyn-born rapper ZENO THE RULER. Track is coming from her mixtape #FuckDatDoe released in August.

Hailing TUPAC, LAUREN HILL and OUTKAST as her biggest influence, ZENO THE RULER – formerly known as Xplo-sev- started her music career at 15. Her laid-back flow and clever, thought-provoking and (at times) I-don’t-give-a-f*** wordplay earned her record deals with indie labels Ironfist Ent. & Money Hunters LLC in Queens NY. She went on to feature on a number of mixtapes, including American Idol hosted by DJ Snakeeyes, Sin City by Big City Productions hosted by DJ Kay Slay and 5 Deadly Venoms hosted by DJ Pimpsun. In the height of summer, she released her single  Don’t Do It, which received raving reviews across the net –no doubt her mixtape #FuckDatDoe will continue to fuel the success.

Just have a listen to Just Lose – as you get to witness this hip-hopper’s laid back raps that effortlessly cruise across the silky smooth and well-produced production – CHECK IT!

If you’re feeling Just Lose, it’s worth checking out the mixtape here – because this is one HOT rapper!

Review: The Life Vol. 1 – King Dice O

King Dice O The Life Vol.1

1.Intro Feat. King Dice O
2. Art Of Life Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
3. Roll The Dice (The Come Up) Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
4. My Soul Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
5. Dark Knights  Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon, Swey Cannon
6. Move Forward Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
7.  My Story (Prod TW$) Feat. Dice Cannon Ft. Frass As Hell, King Dice O
8. Drive (Prod TW$) Feat. Jason Black Ft. Dice Cannon, King Dice O
9. Story of Sam Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
10. Realest Shit Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
11.Something To Tell. Feat Dice Cannon Ft. King Dice O
12. Lounge Music  (Prod Juice Cannon) King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
13. Sex Music King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
14. Swagg vs Class Feat. Dice Cannon Ft King Dice O
15. Retrospect Feat. King Dice O
16. Suicide Feat. Jason Black Ft. Dice Cannon, King Dice O
17. Structures Of Struggle Feat. Jason Black Ft. Dice Cannon, King Dice O
18. Poetry In Motion (Outro) Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon

It’s good to have KING DICE O and his long-time collaborator DICE CANNON back here on NEW LEASE MUSIC. These guys were featured with tracks Drive (produced by TW$) and the loved up Something to Tell and the announcement of the long-awaited mixtape The Life Vol.1 back in August.

Now it’s finally here and I have the pleasure of reviewing this mixtape –these guys are not afraid to mix (at times) atmospheric, spaced out hip hop with a little old time soul, acid jazz and reggae– and they definitely not afraid of delivering their innovative raps with straight up, truth-need-to-be-told lyrics.

Tracks The Art of Life, My Soul, Move Forward and My Story feature that spaced out hip hop where these rappers deliver first class spoken word freestyling of obstacles that life presents. The Life Vol. 1 is just like a chocolate sundae – as you dig deeper it gets sweeter. Still featuring the hard-hitting lyrics, track Story of Sam, nicely switches the tone of the mixtape with its easy gliding grooves. The lyrics lighten up in the SLUM VILLAGE-esque Lounge Music and old school funk/spaced with reggae infused Swagg vs. Class.

The Life Vol.1 ends on a high with Struggle of Structure. Sampled from INCOGNITO’s track Deep Waters, these guys raps just oozes into the acid jazz infused production – this one is a must listen

Now I’m not just saying this for the sake of it, but this mixtape definitely deserves the hype, as these guys definitely worked hard to perfect their on-point fusion of hip hop, acid jazz, and soul with a touch of reggae. The fact the they mix hip hop with all these genres is at least a little intriguing  – so quench your curiosity  and head right here to check out the mixtape.

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)