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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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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