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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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Must Watch: Trailer for a new Big L documentary “Foul Child”

Big L

Written by Leo J

A trailer for a new Big L documentary “Foul Child” released to the masses yesterday. The film will be in company with the twenty-fifth anniversary of his classic debut album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous. 

In a press release, Mass Appeal CEO Peter Bittenbender had this to say:

“We hope that this short documentary inspires the creation of a larger, full-length piece to tell more of his incredible story,” he explains. “Although just a small piece of the puzzle, we’re proud to unleash something for L’s fans to give a unique glimpse into his legacy surrounding the 25th anniversary of Big L’s landmark debut album, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous!”

The trailer shows interviews with Dave East, Bobbito, RZA, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy, Buckwild, Peter Rosenberg and Stretch Armstrong. I am hoping to see unreleased footage and interviews from the man himself. Maybe some new music?

Big L is highly regarded as one of the finest MC’s to ever grab the mic among the heads. On a grander scale he is still slept on. But those that know, know. His rhymes are still some of the rawest bars ever. Don’t believe me? “Ask beavis, i get nothing but head”.

Peep the full trailer below. The film will be released May 29th ~ Stay Fresh

Big L

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Bars: New LP “The Beauty Of It” by Eto

Written by Leo J

Straight out of Rochester,NY comes some fresh new bars: New LP “The Beauty Of It” by Eto. No fronting here. This is my first listen of Eto. I was not aware of him before his release today and I’ve been sleeping on a bonafide rap lyricist.  Griselda fans will definitely enjoy. After giving his new LP a listen I went back to listen to his critically acclaimed DJ Muggs produced debut album Hell’s Roof . After you give this album a listen be sure you go back and review that one as well. Bangers on deck for sure. 

The Beauty Of It” features a gang of producers and artists. Some I have never heard of and others I need to absolutely research after listening to this project. Artists like Grafh, Rome Streetz, Flee Lord, Nyticka Hemingway, Vinnie Paz, Sha Hef, Willie the Kid, Watts,  Ill Bill, Jai Black and Goretex. Producers include Statik Selektah, The Alchemist, DJ Green Lantern, Large Professor, V-Don, Marco Polo and Daringer.

Even with a wide range of producers and artists the album feels cohesive. A bunch of lyrical bangers for the fans of boom bap heavy beats and lyrics. My personal favorites are “No” and “Beloved”. 

Peep the album below. ~ Stay Fresh

Eto The Beauty Of It album

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Listen Up: Run The Jewels Announces ‘RTJ4’ Release Date + More

Late Pass: "Ooh LA LA" feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier by Run The Jewels

Written by Leo J

Listen up covers all things future releases.

Run The Jewels new album “RTJ4” is set to digitally release June 5th. The announced includes the official album artwork, tracklist, and tour dates with Rage Against the Machine in 2021.

Back in March the duo released two singles from the new album. “Yankee And The Brave (ep.4)” and “Ooh LA LA” feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier. More recently a visual to the latter was released giving us the stimulating visuals we are so accustomed from the guys. Instant classic. We even get a Zack De La Rocha cameo at the 1:41. 1:47. and 1:51 mark.

In addition to the announcement we also get the option to digitally and physically pre-order the album. The merchandise comes with a number of options that even includes the test pressing of the vinyl, shirts, hoodies, a tape and special edition cuts of the album. You even save a few bucks on the pre-order which cuts the shipping in half.

So go ahead and peep the songs below and go pre-order those quality rap sounds.

Late Pass: "Ooh LA LA" feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier by Run The Jewels

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Fresh Tune: “Level Up” by Bobby Sessions

Written by Leo J

Fresh Tune is a series covering new or deep singles I think you should know!

The majority of content I used to push on this site was mainly North Texas hip hop. Now that I have brought the blog back I am taking it back to my roots and focusing on the young legend from Dallas,TX – Bobby Sessions.

I have been super lucky to watch his growth as an artist. Back during his Brain Gang days he stood out to me. I have seen him go from local showcases to one of the new emerging artists out of Def Jam. Recently, Sessions earned a big accomplishment in his career being a co-writer for the platinum record “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion. And he’s just getting started. His debut album for Def Jam is still to come.

Today I share with you what may be a single from said debut album, or a loosie to keep your anticipation up, “Level Up” by Bobby Sessions. Listening to his music is more than something to vibe to. There’s a deeper level of thought and dialogue he expresses within his rhymes. It’s a breathe of fresh air for those looking for more than bending 808 and hi-hats. Don’t get me wrong I love a solid beat but personally, I always want more in the music I listen and play. Bobby Sessions does this for me and I promise he will do the same for you. Peep the audio below but more importantly go and cop that new track. ~ Stay Fresh

Fresh Tune: “Level Up” by Bobby Sessions


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Fresh Tune: “Now That We Found Love” (Nick Bike Remix) by Heavy D & The Boyz

Written by Leo J

I have more remixes and edits from Nick Bike than any other DJ/Producer out at the moment. He just knows how to flip tunes into groovy greatness. Whether it’s a collaborative effort or solo project, he always delivers. I always find myself returning to his tracks to help liven my sets. Today he released a new fresh tune of “Now That We Found Love” (Nick Bike Remix) by Heavy D & The Boyz. I enjoy the 4/4 approach that is great for open format sets. The intro is DJ friendly as it gives you time to bring it in just before the synths and beat hit. Banging tune. It’s free on his Bandcamp but throw the man a Canadian dollar and go get that. All creatives could use the help right about now ~ Stay Fresh