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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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  • Synik & Rod McCoy – “Rolling Stoned”

    April 20, 2014 • New Album, New Artists, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    The homie Rod McCoy (Audible Hustle Entertainment) wanted the smokers out there to have a little something to celebrate their day with. So he sent over a track from Selah, his collaboration project with fellow artist Synik. The duo have a selection on the collective dubbed “Rolling Stoned” that’s perfectly fitting for those 420 playlists or just any smoking session really. The production here is fluent. The quiet bass, atmospheric background elements, low-pressure tempo, and free-spirited vibe result in a magnetic blend. The hook is on point too. The delivery is entertaining and the lyrics are suitable. The verses are of a four star quality. Synik and Rod McCoy exhibit likeable flows laced with strong Southern accents, adept wordplay, and exceptional rhymes. They guide the listener through a typical day that incorporates them taking part in a little mind elevation. A handful of memorable lines are: “The Coup bucket seated. The leather treated. Tinted windows keep what’s going on inside a secret. Hit the gas and the pipes roar like a Prehistoric beast. Chopping up yo avenue. Eat yo streets with saber teeth. You can’t compete. So save yo gas and slow down lil buddy. This here for grown folks. Go hang ya jacket in ya cubby.” Those are quite the silver-tongued bars right there. Overall, this is a super dope record.
    **My Two Cents: Even though I don’t smoke, I think this track goes hard. I loved the sound and the content was fresh. Synik & Rod McCoy remind me of like an old school Outkast or the YoungBloodZ. They have a really slick style about them. This is the second song that I’ve heard from Selah and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s shaping up to be a seriously hot project and I can’t wait to get the chance to share it with readers. -MinM

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  • Mad Static – Basquiat (Album Review)

    April 19, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, New Album, New Music, Reviews, True Hip-HopComments (0)

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    Haven’t heard from the homie Mad Static since his biting honest Q&A that he granted the site exactly a year ago today. If readers missed it or they just want to visit it again, they can check it out here. Since that time Static has dropped his long awaited Basquiat project. The album came together over the course of six months. It stems from a rough period in the emcee’s life where he was struggling to figure out what exactly his place was in the Hip-Hop scene. He teamed up with fellow Higher Education Records member Filippo Styles and channeled all of his adverse emotions, thoughts, etc; into music. The result is a ten track collective that he describes as: ” … unorthodox, original, and absolutely fucked up in more ways than one. All of the twisted thoughts and pent-up angst that I had bottled in, is all let out here.” And of course there is a little inspiration from multifaceted artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. So what was the end result of all of these elements coming together? Find out after the break. Continue Reading

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  • Introducing New Artist Stevie Luxx

    April 18, 2014 • Milwaukee's Finest, New Artists, New Music, ReviewsComments (0)

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    “DarkSide” (preview)

    “Timmy” F/ Boys Like Britain (listen/download)

    It’s always nice to see new artists pop up on the scene. So without further ado, meet Stevie Luxx. Stevie Luxx is an eclectic rapper fresh to the game from right here in Milwaukee, WI and he’s repping for the 6-60-6 Klan. His music is described as a mixture of genres that includes: Trip Pop, Cloud Rap, Based Rap, and Underground. The song that got him on the site’s radar is called “DarkSide.” The production for the single is hot. It’s got a heavy infrastructure, sinister musical elements, a mid-tempo pace, and a vibe that is all business. The hook is pretty cool too. The delivery is creative and attention grabbing. The lyrics are quality and to the point. The verses are decent. Stevie Luxx exhibits an intriguing flow, cutting wordplay, and aggressive rhymes. With lines like: “Took ‘em out with the scope. (…) Staying trill, getting paid, bad b—h with the braids. Making money all day cause I gotsta get paid. Homies blacked out. We rave in a rover for days;” he makes a hard hitting impression on the listener. As a whole, the song is pretty slick. Rumor has it that there may be a video for the record later on down the line. So that’s something to look forward to. Continue Reading

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  • Maryann – “You And Me” (Song & Video)

    April 17, 2014 • New Album, New Music, Real R&B, Reviews, VideosComments (0)

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    “You And Me” (preview)

    Maryann (The N-Crowd Entertainment) has been dropping tracks left and right these past few weeks. Her latest effort is called “You And Me.” The single will be featured on her upcoming project Futuristic Always and she also released a set of visuals for the track. The song was produced by N8 The Gr8. The production here is serene. The subtle base, expressive secondary components, conservative tempo, and mild vibe work effortlessly together. The hook is concise. The delivery is low profile and the lyrics are lucid. The verses are likeable. Maryann administers soft vocals and candied lyrics. She speaks in great detail on the fondness that she has for her significant other. A couple of lines worth soaking up are: “Take your time. Let it be. Enjoy your essence surrounding me. Back and forth. You and me. Slow love. Let’s (…) love and make it all it could be. High and low. Emotion of the sea. Came to the surface and baby now I can’t breathe. (…) Do everything. Love since I found you I finally feel complete. All the things I never did before got me feeling like I never lived before. So I’m feeling how could you ever ask for more.” Those are some very doting words right there. Overall, this is a fetching selection. 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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