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Bars: New EP “Coolaide” By Choice

Bars covers newly released LPs and EPs

Written by Leo J

I love my city. So from time to time I am going to be pushing more music from Dallas than others because I genuinely believe the talent here is second to none. That is why today I bring you the new EP “Coolaide” by Choice.

I met Choice around 2017 doing shows at Expo Bar in Fair Park. He was booked at one of my Fresh Rhymes events and left and a lasting impression on me. Choice had asked if he could keep coming back to host future events and I didn’t mind one bit. Since then I have seen perform at small dive bars winning freestyle battles, music competitions, and rocking the stage at the legendary Granada Theater in Dallas. It has been quite the journey.

“Coolaide” is absolutely fantastic. At the moment it is the best overall reelase I have heard this year from an artist out of Dallas. Each track has its’ own energy and vibe. There is plenty of storytelling throughout the EP as well as bars for days. That is what I have always liked about Choice. The way he breaks down his tracks for you to follow and be a part of the experience. You can not help but want to hear what he is going to say line for line. As you listen to “Coolaide” you realize how much shit this man is spittin. There is a lot in there which makes Choice one of my favorite MCs right now. When I see that he is on a showcase I am at I tell people pay attention to this man, he is about to really rap your brains out. That is the same result with “Coolaide“. Peep the EP below and even better, go buy it. ~ Stay Fresh

"Coolaide" by Choice

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Late Pass: “Jazz And Reverse” by RC & The Gritz

Late Pass covers past releases we missed that should absolutely get the shine they deserve.

Written by Leo J

For the past three months I have been holding down a livestream DJ set over on my Twitch page every Sunday. Each week I try to not repeat music that I have already played. I am constantly working on digging through my digital crates to play other sounds or find new/old music to download. This brings me to one of my latest finds and hopefully gives me the Late Pass: “Jazz And Reverse” by RC & The Gritz.

Being that I am from Dallas,TX there is no doubt I have heard of RC & The Gritz. Their Wednesday night residency is a legendary night in the Dallas music scene. The band gets a lot of recognition as being Erykah Badu’s live band for her shows but their skillset and talent is equally impressive on its own. When I found “Jazz And Reverse” it made me feel silly for having slept on past releases from RC & The Gritz. That will be fixed moving forward.

“Jazz And Reverse” has a lot of my favorite elements in play. We have samples, scratches, a funky bass synth with light piano stabs and a light drum cut in the back. Upon hearing this track I heard the very recognizable voice of -Topic on the mic. The lyrics and song sound like they were recorded spontaneously as -Topic has what feels like a freestyle flow with his raps. All involved are very skilled in this manner so It would not surprise me one bit if this was the case.

I can’t believe I missed this one. It will be in my rotation for future sets no doubt. Peep the song below and buy the track if you are really digging it.

Jazz and reverse

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Fresh Tune: “Black Radio” by Alsace Carcione

Written by Leo J

There’s nothing like reminiscing. At times a melancholy feeling is attatched to the experience but for the most part it is always fun to mentally relive those times that have shaped who you are to this day. This leads me to introduce to you this Fresh Tune: “Black Radio” by Alsace Carcione.

“Black Radio” is a love letter to some of the influential music from Alsace Carcione‘s past. The song starts with the chorus and the listener quickly realizes the subject matter at hand. The chorus features a soulful sax performed by Vandell Andrews and a passionate vocal featuring KnowShame. Both features can be heard throughout the rest of the track and are a wonderful addition to the single. The majority of the verses are cleverly linked together with wordplay of different song titles and artists names. “Black Radio” was produced by Keshawn Allen. A job well done all the way around.

Like I said earlier this week from my post about new music from 7evenThity, it was an absolute surprise to get new music from Alsace Carcione. I am a big supporter of hers as I always have her music in the mix when I play out. This one will absolutely go in the rotation as well. You should have it in yours. Click the Bandcamp link below and go cop that.

~ Stay Fresh


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Fresh Tune: “Hydrate” (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow) by 7evenThirty

Written by Leo J

When shelter in place from Covid-19 hit it was predicted that new art influenced from the pandemic would emerge. Today we get a piece of that artistic energy with a Fresh Tune: “Hydrate” (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow) by 7evenThirty.

If you tuned into my live stream this past Sunday you would have heard me play one of his songs. I’ve been a fan of his since he popped on the DFW hip hop scene and was always happy to hear new music from him. I try to keep tabs on artists and I think this is the first song 7evenThirty has released in a while so I was super excited to give it a go.

Hydrate” is a soulful hip hop narrative of our current times. 7evenThirty addresses our state of affairs with rhymes that speak to what we really need to be focusing on. Us. We have absolute control on how we take care of ourselves and each other. In “Hydrate” this theme is presented throughout with thought provoking raps that lead into each other from bar to bar. There’s a lot in the one verse he gives us. The addition of Georgia Anne Muldrow was perfect. She shines throughout the track with more of an emphasis on her on the second half of the song. Well done.

The song is up on his Bandcamp and I highly encourage you to support him. ~ Stay Fresh


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Late Pass: “Spinnin'” by Bastards of Soul

Bastards of Soul

Written by Leo J

It’s Friday and I am closing out the week with some more Dallas music. But before I get into that I want to introduce you to this series, Late Pass. Late Pass covers past releases we missed that should absolutely get the shine they deserve. It’s never too late to go and get new music in your life. Being that this blog is new it seems kind of weird to cover stuff I didn’t cover, but it’s important you are informed on quality music, regardless!

So here’s the Late Pass: “Spinnin’ ” by Bastards of Soul. The Dallas,TX soul band released their project back in February. Before the Covid madness Bastards of Soul was garnering all kinds praise with their release coupling it with a series of sold out pop ups/shows and releasing a music video. Recently their music was featured in a sobering video that covered the first shelter in place weekend in Dallas.

Prior to the LP release in February Bastards of Soul released two lead cuts from the album back in November of 2019 on 45: The Way It Should Be“​/”​The Waiting Time .

The group consists of experienced musicians with various backgrounds of genres. This diversity delivers a wide range of feelings and emotions in their music. From the high energy sounds of “Hard Up and Lonely“, to the slow two step of “Back to The City“. There’s something for every fan of soul/r&b music.

Next week they will release a new 45 featuring a previously unreleased track, dropping May 15th. A huge shout out to all of those behind these projects. Josey Records X Eastwood Music Group. Peep their music and video below and more importantly, go cop that! ~Stay Fresh

Late Pass: “Spinnin'” by Bastards of Soul

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