Mixtape Review: Rebel Knights – Fly Von

Fly Rebel Knights

1. Sing – A – Long (Intro) – Prod by Fly Von
2. 6: 30 (Prod by Fly Von) Feat.  Sta$h and Echelon Don
3. 40 Days Feat J Steez
4. No Place Like Home (Prod. Fly Von) Feat. Kyle Monroe
5.  With Me (Prod Fly Von) Feat. Jesus Indigo and Don Echelon
6. Count the Stars (Prod. Fly Von) Feat. Chino
7. Do It (The Twerk Song) (Prod Fly Von) Feat, Sta$h
8. She Not Your Girl (No More) (Prod Fly Von) Feat. Sta$h
9. Finesse (Prod Fly Von) Feat, Sta$h
10. Privacy Remix (Prod Fly Von) Feat. Sta$h, J Steez and Jesus Indigo
11. Heartbreak & Hangovers (prod Fly Von)
12. Down (Prod Fly Von
13. Privacy Screwed Remix (Prod. Fly Von) Feat. Sta$h and J Steez

Last month, super-fly hip-hop and EDM artist/producer FLY VON was here before with track 40 Days (featuring J Steez), coming from  mixtape, Rebel Kinghts. This track was so silky smooth, I thought I have a blast  at the mixtape.  So what to expect from this 13-track production?  Expect even more smoother than chocolate Timbaland- esque numbers , with downtempo, atmospheric melodies complimented with heavy drive.

Rebels Knights starts off with intro Sing – A-Long, which offers just over two minutes of that perfect balance of spaced out beats with hefty bassline which was topped off by super-light, mashed up vocals. The infusion continues in No Place Like Home and With Me, which  features head-jerking, Timbaland-esque freesytling. The mixtape lightened up with Do It and paradisiac  Finesse.

The stand-out tracks are She Not Your Girl (No More), Heartbreakers & Hangovers and the slow-motioned  Privacy (Screwed Remix) – if you’re not familiar with  FLY VON, after listening to these tracks, you’ll come to realise that these ingenious compositions, layered with echoic vocals, (at times) on-point raps and melodic undertone, are his trademark.

To put it simply, Rebel Knights just display that this guy has deliberately positioned myself as a innovative rapper and producer. To check out Rebels Knights, please go here.

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: New Video for track Catch Up – D.O.C

If you’re a NEW LEASE MUSIC regular, you might remember that rapper D.O.C was featured last month with his track, Catch Up (produced by TW$).

Now the New Yorker has recently release the video to this super dope track – check it out!

Star Song: BreakBeat Junkie – Lucy Diamonds

Lucy Diamonds

Now here’s a track that will get you going for the weekend! Today’s song is Breakbeat Junkie by LUCY DIAMONDS.

The Detroit-born producer/artist  -whose real name is Gary Lucy Jr.- makes one half of production team Northz Stars, having credits with acts including REDMAN, ROYCE DA “ 59 and D-12. After producing for other artists, he took the leap and moved to Atlanta in 2010 to pursue the passion of becoming a solo artist.

Last month, he released his debut mixtape, Life Of The Grid, Too. BreakBeat Junkie is the first release from the mixtape…and let me tell you something, this track feature some seriously larger-than-life electronic beats, topped off by this upcomer’s –in-your-face raps  CHECK-IT-OUT!

If BreakBeat Junkie gets you going, head over to her SoundCloud page where you can check out the other tracks on his mixtape…and if you’re liking the mixtape, look out for LUCY DIAMONDS -he will be releasing his first EP in November!