Connect with us

HipHop/Rap/R&B

Rap Game Gets Hit With Killer Mixtape From Avery LR

Jesse-Lee Rowe

Published

on

As a massive fan of rap music, there is nothing quite like coming across a rapper that just has it, and Avery LR is one of those rappers in a big way. He’s the full package – insanely smooth rap style, excellent production, catchy beats and breaks, and thought provoking lyrics. He manages to make music that I feel could be accepted into the more mainstream avenues of the genre, while still staying authentic to his style and giving us a real, raw finished product.

As his 6th year in the underground scene, Avery LR is no stranger to rap, but for him, this is not about the ‘game’ or street cred that comes with fame. Having come from humble beginnings dealing with violent surroundings, financial trouble, challenging times within his family, and other issues – he draws a lot of inspiration from knowing exactly what it is that he doesn’t want to become. Avery LR uses his music as a form of expression, story telling and to create hope and solidarity for those facing similar struggles – a telling sign of a remarkable lyricist.

“I grew up in that household with the guns stashed, drugs sold – and yo moms’ will pawn your PlayStation, just so that she could go smoke”

This year, Avery LR has gifted as with a 25 track mixtape, ‘Surviving’, and it is a masterpiece. To try and give you an accurate representation of every single on the mixtape would be impossible, but believe me when I say it is an absolute must listen.

The album gives us a little bit of everything – rough, raw bangers that make you wanna throw up deuces and bags of dollar bills; emotional, heartfelt testaments of his journey so far (a rendition of popular song ‘7 years’ even features his son); and his versions of popular hip-hop hits such as ‘All the way up’ ‘Panda’ and ‘Lose Yourself’.

I have a few favorites from the album, but choosing them definitely wasn’t easy. ‘Never Surrender’ feat 10asee stole my heart completely, with a beat so beautiful it (literally) almost brought me to tears, and authentic, profound lyrics that made me feel all kinds of crazy emotion in under 3:00 minutes.

The song touches on social issues like abuse, poverty, suicide, and others that are often readily ignored, and it is songs like these that started my love affair with underground rap. There is nothing quite like that feeling after it ends, and you are left with that echo ringing deeply through your mind, heart, and soul after hearing such realness, expression and raw emotion.

My favourite banger on the album is ‘What u know bout dat’ feat Inwood Dave, an insanely catchy tune that illustrates the ability to make music that could easily make it in the mainstream from both artists, without succumbing to the ‘money, hoes, power’ lyric style often used. The lyrics are still powerful and significant, merging the underground and commercial hip-hop worlds beautifully.

As far as remixes go, Avery LR absolutely kills ‘All The Way Up’ rapping with finesse that would make Remy Ma proud.

I come from a place where the streets help you grow up, and we ain’t with all that talk and that tweeting, n***a pull up.

-All The Way Up Remix

Put this mixtape on play, and don’t stop until the very last track hits. You can thank me later.

HipHop/Rap/R&B

Stream Dave B’s New LP, ‘Pearl’

Published

on

By

Critically acclaimed Seattle Hip-Hop artist Dave B is thrilled to announce that his luminescent new album ‘Pearl’ is available now. Following his late-night performance alongside Macklemore last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing Makclemore’s new single featuring Dave B, “Corner Store”. Leading with his new single, “Sweetest Thing”, Dave B unveils his best work yet in a breakout 8-track new album.

‘Pearl’ is Inspired by heartwarming summer days down at the beach. While the road to making ‘Pearl’ with producers Elan Wright, Nima Skeemz and Darius Rios was not as smooth as originally planned. To Dave, it became a true labor of love.

He explains in recent interview:

“It’s been a long journey making this album. So Elan, Nimon, Darius and I pretty much created the whole project. Then I lost my laptop with everything and we had to start again from scratch. We locked ourselves in the studio and with no time that summer to hit the beach, we created feel good music that took us there. And after all that, the end product is this luminous Pearl… it started off as a grain of sand and transcended into a beautiful, rare gem.”

On ‘Pearl’, Dave B combines Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B and Funk elements with vocal versatility, lyrical dexterity and boundless creativity in his latest effort resulting in a multifaceted lustrous album.

Breakout songs on the new album include, “Sweetest Thing”, “Scrolling”, and his Mom-featured, “Dreamboy”.

Dave will also be closing out the year on a very special note when he performs with Macklemore for his hometown show in Seattle on December 23rd.

Continue Reading

HipHop/Rap/R&B

Stream T-Pain’s New LP, ‘OBLIVION’

Published

on

By

T-Pain releases his forthcoming 5th studio album, OBLiViON. The multi-platinum artist has been teasing the release of his new album for the last few months, releasing a steady stream of singles including “Textin’ My Ex” ft. Tiffany Evans, “Goal Line” ft. Blac Youngsta, and “F.B.G.M.” ft. Young M.a. Following his darker and melancholic 2011 album, rEVOLVEr, T-Pain’s first album in 6 years feels more like a celebration for the icon. The album features Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Wale, and more. OBLiViON was mostly produced by Dre Moon and includes some production from T-Pain himself as well.

Hands-down one of the most influential figures in modern music, T-Pain continues to explore and experiment with new sounds on OBLiViON. His innovative use of vocal effects, his singular voice, and unparalleled songwriting abilities changed the way artists have approached making music for more than a decade.

The two-time GRAMMY Award winner is fresh off a special acoustic tour in which he played new versions of his hits like “Buy U a Drank,” “Bartender,” and “5 O’Clock.” On the tour, T-Pain showed that his songwriting and vocal talents don’t need to hide behind Auto-tune or any effects and reaffirmed for any doubters that his hits are timeless and classic songs.

Stream OBLiViON above and find full album details below.

Continue Reading

HipHop/Rap/R&B

Premiere: Tim Maiden Takes Us To “The Other Side” Of His Soul In New Video

Published

on

By

The single landed on the Spotify’s Fresh Finds Playlists and was picked up by well respected music outlets. Now it’s time for rising singer/songwriter Tim Maiden to unveil the visual presentation to his soon-to-be dark R&B hit single, “The Other Side” .

In the Derek Anthony Welte-directed video, Tim Maiden shows us the cruel, twisted, dark, tortured side of love. Filled with dark elements and moody sounds that has become a popular trend in today’s dark R&B genre. The director illustrates the singer’s heart and soul to the world for the first time ever for an amazing first impression.

After years of searching for his sound, Tim realized being 100% honest in his music was the only thing that lead to clarity. Holding back his emotions not only stifled him creatively, it also led to a music career that was unfulfilling. He now finds himself exposing his truth by blending R&B melodies with lush soundscape’s. Maiden’s soulful vocals will captivate listeners instantly as evident.

Tim Maiden on the making of “The Other Side”:

“The Other Side was found by mistake really. Originally I had put so much time and resources into another idea that was supposed to be the last song of the album. In the last session for it I realized I hated it. Everything was contrived and I hit a massive wall. I was thinking to myself, this is my last idea, I’ve spent way to much time on it and it sounds like shit. Cool.

So it was kind of a make or break moment for me. I was exhausted after a few years of working on this album and didn’t want it to end like this. I took a red-eye from NY to LA and only had 1 day left on this record. So I told my producer I wanted to write and record a new idea from scratch with the 2 hours we had left. I didn’t have my Prophet, which I made my entire record on, and we were at a friends home studio in east LA that was much more suited for production work not recording vocals and tracking from scratch. Little did I know I was totally wrong and had a lot to learn.

So much of this process is less about gear and money and more about guts. When you have nothing to hide behind is when your ready to make something special and worthwhile.

30 minutes to an hour later we had a song that I couldn’t be more proud of. This song taught me what it’s all about and even though I couldn’t hear myself as I was tracking and we had little to no gear, it’s probably my most personal and proud work because it has guts.”

Enter the mind of Tim Maiden below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Like This Sh*t

Trending