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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Meaning Feat. Craig G by DJ Tekwun #PhreshRock

My man Tekwun is unabashed in his love of "golden era" hip hop so it was no real surprise that he would get hip hop heavyweight, Craig G, to drop vocals on his latest bouncy outing.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Russell Peters - Hip Hop Shaped Me, Overcoming Bullying, & Keys To Success (247HH EXCL), #RockVision

To my brown, Canadian fam.

Monday, January 7, 2019

PENPALS Dead Letter Bureau #PhreshRock

Yo!  It's the Penpals fam with the newness!  

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Four Corners (A Beautiful Black Story) by Ice Lord #CrateGreats

At a time when everyone is trying to yell over one another and not necessarily listen, Ice Lord is a remedy.

His music features a dramatic sound as such to help illustrate his very vivid lyrical depth.  It reminds me of watching an episode of #dark on #Netflix where you feel like you've missed something but still, somehow feel content with the experience.  He doesn't necessarily have a unique flow, there isn't a glamorous style to it, he really just makes sure he's clearly getting his point across.  It's less rap and more poetic recital which isn't easy to achieve when you're trying to captivate.

It's short and still dynamic, I just wish for at least three more tracks because I'm kinda greedy even though they would be unnecessary.

9 out of 10 stars.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Home and Away. MC Bravado Talks About His Favorite Sports Teams With The Downrock Records Arena.

It isn't rare for musicians to be fans of multiple sports teams, as they have to tour many countries and cities and connect with the fans in those places.  In MC Bravado's case, being someone with family from various places, having lived in various places has allowed him the luxury of maintaining certain allegiances, which he addresses in this interview, with The Downrock Records Arena.

The Arena: What are you expecting from your favourite teams?

MC Bravado: I’d rather us tank (Chicago Bulls), but I think we’ll actually shock the pundits and sneak into the playoffs this year. WCJ (Wendell Carter Jr.) has a shot at Rookie of the Year if he gets the playing time. Lauri (Markkanen) is a rare talent who will continue to grow when healthy, provided Hoiberg is adamant about his usage. Jabari, LaVine, Portis, and Dunn are all young and talented with shit to prove. I have no clue (aside from Kris Dunn) who the hell is going to defend, but I think we got this. 

 The Arena: Are you a fairweather fan when it comes to any of these teams or a ride or die?

MC Bravado: I’m ride or die; my allegiance hasn’t changed since I pledged it to each team 20+ years ago (Chicago Bulls, NY Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, UNC Basketball).

The Arena: I'm gonna forgive you for being a Cowboys fan.  Why are you a Cowboys fan?

MC Bravado: They were really good in the ‘90s. I constantly ran RB sweeps with Emmitt Smith in Madden '95 on the Super Nintendo. Threw some Aikman to Irvin bombs because I had ALL DAY behind that line. I also appreciated the edge they had IRL. It hasn’t been exactly great since then, but I’m not going anywhere. 

The Arena: Which sports did you participate in and who were your childhood sports idols in each sport?

MC Bravado: I played football as a youth, also basketball but continued to play basketball through most of high school. I quit because our coach was a clown, and because I was much better at rapping than any of my peers were at sports.
NBA Basketball: Jordan (GOAT out of any athlete period, keep your revisionist history and microwave media and don’t @ me because I WILL END YOU), Pippen (greatest sidekick ever, absurd versatility offensively and defensively)
Football: The Triplets (Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin aka The Big 88)...Plus Nate Newton because he’s gotten caught with like 400 pounds of weed.
Baseball: Jeter (Number 2, Derek Jeter, Number 2)
UNC Basketball: Vince Carter (it was like I had TWO JORDANS to watch when he was playing for The Heels), Antawn Jamison (I think a lot of people forget how GREAT he was in College), Brendan Haywood (thought he’d have a better pro career), Ed Cota (Carolina’s general at the time, if only he could shoot)
The Arena: If you could play professionally, which sport would it be?

MC Bravado: Basketball all day. I had the mind and the skillset without the body type or athleticism. 

The Arena: What team would you wanna own if you could afford it?

MC Bravado: I’d buy the Bulls because the Yankees are in good hands and taking the Cowboys from Jerry would be the equivalent of murdering a man. He loves that team more than he loves his kids. Bulls ownership seems content at being mediocre provided the profits are there and that shit isn’t cool. Let those other countries hold the silver medals; this is America and we’re supposed to be hellbent on pissing excellence. 

The Arena:  Did your family have any sports traditions when you were growing up?  What are they now?

MC Bravado: We didn’t really have any family sports traditions besides me killing my brother in innumerable games of one on one until he grew strong and wise enough to finally beat me once. After he beat me once, I never played him again. His only victory over me came after a long layoff, so we both know what’s up. 

The Arena: What's the best sport to spectate live, in your opinion?  What's the best atmosphere?

MC Bravado: I would say baseball because of the chill vibe. You’re outside; it’s usually warm out, plus the pace is slow enough that you can be social and hammered drunk without missing a whole lot. I’ve been thrown out of several stadiums.

The Arena:  What does each one of your favorite teams have to do to get back in champion shape, in your opinion?

MC Bravado: Bulls: Grow more mature and continue to develop 
                     Yankees: See Bulls except the Yankees are wayyyyy closer. 
                     Cowboys: Get our O-Line healthy and back to its former   glory; SIGN A FUCKING NUMBER ONE RECEIVER
                     UNC Basketball: is always in the running or a year away from being in the running. Perpetual contender just like me. 

Yo!  Link up with MC Bravado at the following spots to check out his music and more:

Until the next, Downrock Nation!

Simon Thompson.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Martian XMAS 2018 by Moka Only #CrateGreats

I'm not the Christmas spirit type but one holiday occurrence has become a tradition for me.
The annual release of Moka Only's Christmas albums is a refreshing relief from the standard fare be they still tried and true.
The latest release is the best of the bunch so far, which is saying a lot because he tops his releases every year.
This is collector's level shit yo.  Get the set and impress your un-hip-hop family and friends alike with Moka's drops and they'll become their traditions too.

8 out of 10 stars

Monday, December 17, 2018

PENPALS Goodbye, Blue Monday (prod. by Damn Ricky) #PhreshRock

Just in from the Penpals.  I'm diggin' it cuz it's got the right vibe for this time of year.  Out of the cold at a local coffee shop with the art book and music in my ears.  So nice.

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