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  • Running Street Hip-Hop Worldwide: Doughboyz Cashout (Q&A)

    March 18, 2014 • Interviews, Mixtapes, New Artists, New Music, True Hip-Hop, VideosComments (0)

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    The Detroit rap scene was forever changed in 2006 when the group Doughboyz Cashout was officially formed. Two street crews came together to combine their talents and began a takeover that would soon gain them the attention of one the hood’s favorite rap superstars, Young Jeezy. They signed to his CTE World imprint in 2013 and have been quickly making a name for themselves throughout the Mid-West with plans to soon conquer other regions as well. They recently came through the 414 courtesy of the Big Heff Industry tour to do a few interviews and shake up a local venue. Find out what happened when The Illixer got a hold of the fellas after the break. Continue Reading

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  • Watley Yeltaw – “Up”

    April 16, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, New Music, ReviewsComments (0)

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    “Up” (preview)

    Milwaukee’s own Watley Yeltaw is currently pushing a new single titled “Up.” The song will appear on his next upcoming full length mixtape. The production here is fly. It largely incorporates a sample of “On & On” which was a chart topping 90′s hit by Soul/R&B singer Erykah Badu. The rich groovy down to earth instrumental still has a classic essence about it even after all these years. The hook is decent. The delivery is easy to comprehend and the lyrics are customary. The verses are up to standard. Watley Yeltaw issues out a befitting flow, quality wordplay, and gratifying rhymes. He pays his respects to a lady that has caught his attention while at the same time showing love to one of his favorite recreational activities. A couple of lines worth taking notice of are: “Hate messages they sending like they all came with typos. Don’t tell her that I’m different. Cause that would be a lie. Whisper F it, I’m a try. I ain’t trying to kill no vibes. She tells me she’s an artist. I reply so am I.” Those are some non-complex yet breezy bars right there. All in all, this song is deserving of a spin or two.

    **My Two Cents: I thought this was a neat track. Watley’s flow fit the sample extremely well and the content had a nice light feel to it. I liked the way he intertwined expressing his interest in a female with his affinity for smoking. The lyrics could have been slightly stronger though. Especially given the record he chose to utilize. But as a whole, I certainly think readers should give “Up” an ear when they have a chance. -MinM

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  • Taylor Mallory – TaylorMade (EP Review)

    April 14, 2014 • New Album, New Music, Real R&B, ReviewsComments (0)

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    “Olivia Pope” (previous review)

    “Footage” (previous review)

    TaylorMade (listen/download)

    Just a few short days ago, Taylor Mallory (Level Next Music) officially hit his supporters with his debut EP, TaylorMade. It’s an eleven track offering that depicts Taylor’s experiences on his hunt for the woman who was especially crafted just for him. He’s already blown up media sites and airwaves alike with two hit singles off of the project: “Footage” and “Olivia Pope.” Thus the expectations for the remainder of the collective were pretty high. He’s been receiving lots of praise since the release, so the non-leaked material must have made the grade as well amongst his fans. Venture beyond the break to see if The Illixer agrees with the masses. Continue Reading

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  • Music Quickies: Meccah Maloh – :60 Seconds Before Takeoff (Mixtape Review)

    April 14, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, Mixtapes, New Artists, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    For the past  five days I have been listening to one project. No matter what I do, I can not vibe to anything else. Meccah Maloh  sent me this link for a simple listen and review and I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Normally I can listen to a project once, maybe twice, and be able to sit down and write out a 300 word review; not the case for :60 Seconds Before Take Off. I had the project on repeat playing in my ear buds for just about a week and finally I am able to write my review.

    Here it is, my review of his latest release. Fantastic, properly constructed lyrically, and blended to make the instrumentals chosen. This project is a shining example of what Milwaukee Hip-Hip has to live up to. By releasing this project, Meccah Maloh has raised the bar for all other artists across the globe. If you want to add this project to your collection, click here and enjoy. ~Biggz

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  • Strange Tang F/ R.T. Heights & Lady Tee – “Dirty Lenses”

    April 13, 2014 • New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    “Dirty Lenses” F/ R.T. Heights & Lady Tee (preview)

    The guys of Strange Tang teamed up with fellow artists R.T. Heights and Lady Tee to create an one of a kind motivational record entitled “Dirty Lenses.” The meaning behind the effort has been described on Band Camp as: ” … becoming aware of your perception of the world you live in. There is only one world. Your world. How you choose to view it is how it becomes. It’s all about what lens you choose to look through.” That is a profound summary. Continue Reading

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  • gaVen heVy – “…Password” (Song & Video)

    April 11, 2014 • New Music, Reviews, True Hip-Hop, VideosComments (0)

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    “…Password” (preview)

    I don’t think they sleep much over there at INeverRapped2BCool.  Fresh off the heels of his …Dedicated to Her EP, Brooklyn emcee gaVen heVy is treating fans to a new track with visuals to match entitled “…Password,” as a post-release bonus track. Now I would post the video, but there is an exclusive password to actually view it. So in the meantime, check out the review below and then get the password instructions from the link up top. Continue Reading

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  • Lost Boys Collective – “Starbucks & Obama Care”

    April 11, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, Mixtapes, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    “Starbucks & Obama Care” (preview)

    Emmitt James is not only expanding his talents by stepping into the fashion world but he is also expanding his music as well. He has teamed up with fellow creative spirit to form the Lost Boys Collective. The collective released their first official single “Starbucks & Obama Care” (awesome title), and it will be featured on an upcoming mixtape dubbed Neverland. This particular track includes a poetic style contribution from an individual by the name of Kyler. Continue Reading

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  • Takticz – Yung Brehh’s Party (Album Review)

    April 10, 2014 • New Album, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-Hop, VideosComments (0)

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    “Hella High” (previous review by MinM)

    “What You Got On This (D-BO)” (previous review by MinM)

    Yung Brehh’s Party (listen/download)

    After releasing singles like “Hella High” and “Blake Griffin,” The N-Crowd Entertainment emcee/singer Takticz finally dropped his album Yung Brehh’s Party in March. N8 The Gr8 takes care of the production on the project while we get a glimpse of Takticz’ (a.k.a Yung Brehh) rapping and singing skills. Let’s take a look at some of the tracks that shine on the album. Continue Reading

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  • Genesis Renji – “Move Round”

    April 8, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    “Move Round” (listen/download)

    Multifaceted artist Genesis Renji (The House Of Renji) recently hit the site with a new submission. It’s called “Move Round” and it is produced by Taz Taylor of Jacksonville, FL. The single serves as the first leak to the pair’s upcoming collaboration effort, 2 In The Chamber. The production here is good. The hefty foundation, tense background components, middling tempo, and zealous vibe make for a relishable combination. The hook is choice. The delivery is spirited and the lyrics are catchy. The solitary verse is proficient. Genesis Renji exhibits an eccentric flow, inventive wordplay, and sobering rhymes. He does a stand up job of proving why he is worthy of being referred to as the young king of this rap game. A handful of notable lines are: “I walk in and give no f–ks about a turn up. I barely turned up. You lucky that I showed up. My presence is a present. I been wrapped up in my image. Y’all call me young king. Keep addressing my vision. Handshake with the fakes. I’m the king of the masquerade. I throw a mask on and I raid. Watch me take over the place. I walk in and I own this mothaf–ka. How the f–k you claiming king? I’m just dethroning mothaf–kas.” Those are some boss opening bars right there. Overall, this is a first-class offering.

    **My Two Cents: This was a dope song. I really dug the production and the content was pretty on point as well. My only complaint is that it was a little short. I would have liked to hear Renji wreck at least one more additional verse. Otherwise, it’s all good. I think readers will agree but the only way to know for sure is to click that link and push play. So get to it. Then be sure to visit Genesis Renji and Taz Taylor on Twitter (see above) and let them know your thoughts. -MinM

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  • Cezar – “Questions”

    April 8, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, Mixtapes, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (1)

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    “Questions” (listen/download)

    414 elite talent Cezar is cruising right along at a very commendable pace as it pertains to his musical endeavors. His buzz and fan-base are noticeably on the rise and the timing of all his new found success couldn’t be any better. He is set to drop a fresh full length mixtape on the 18th entitled No Refunds. It will be hosted by DJ Trill Will and is slated to be distributed via numerous online media outlets as well as pressed up in physical copies. In honor of the big day and as a treat to all of his supporters both old & new, Cezar decided to release a single off of the tape a few days early. It’s colorfully titled “Questions” and sees him joining forces once more with AO Beats. Continue Reading

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  • RayClev F/ Earl Boogie – “Don’t Flatter Yourself”

    April 4, 2014 • New Artists, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    “Don’t Flatter Yourself” F/ Earl Boogie (preview)

    RayClev is another talented soul from the Divine Atoms collective. He is putting on for Los Angeles, California. Not too long ago, he set forth a track that he put together with his cousin Earl Boogie. It’s coined “Don’t Flatter Yourself” and Portugal producer D’Elements is responsible for the beat. The production turned out kosher. The light foundation, old school background elements, mid-tempo pace, and informal vibe make for an agreeable blend. The hook is magnetic. The delivery is easy going and the lyrics are quality. The verses are A-1. RayClev embodies a clean cut flow, real wordplay, and high-minded rhymes. He does an error free job of bringing to light the poor attitudes and priorities of some females in today’s society when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex. A handful of lines worth absorbing are: “I’m trying to get ya number but I see you ain’t impressed though. You got ya iPhone. I’m cool with my Metro. So what it’s on to the next? And if he ain’t getting paid then you on to ya ex. Yeah, brutally honest cause the truth hurts. Better than lying and hoping an excuse works. Holding up this shield cause your heart has been tampered over and over. That’s why you hold standards. Ain’t too many queens just bad bitches. Not looking for love on the road to fast riches. Think you got what I want. How you in control? When beauty isn’t in the looks. It’s found in the soul.” RayClev dropped some serious knowledge in those opening bars right there. Overall, this selection is a gem.

    **My Two Cents: This was an amazing single. I absolutely treasured the content and the message behind it. RayClev really came with some purposeful words on this one. The production was on point too. D’Elements captured the classic West Coast vibe as if he were a life long native of Cali himself. This song certainly shouldn’t be slept on. So go ahead and press play. Be sure to visit RayClev on Facebook (see above) afterwards or hit him up on Twitter and share your thoughts. -MinM

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