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D|REVIEWS: A Trip Through The “Adventures Of Bang Belushi” by Bang Belushi.

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Middle Finger Music, the rising Detroit based hip-hop label is off to a tremendous inaugural year as it infuses its talented roster into the scene release upon release. The previous entree “Line King” was an exceptional delivery from emcee Aztek the Barfly, providing a foundation for more illity to come. Well, the latest lyrical package has arrived garnering shine amongst the hip-hop circuits since it’s inception. I’ve been listening through the adventurous effort since it surfaced, and now after a thorough dive, I’ve arrived to supply my track by track breakdown.

Here is my review of “The Adventures of Bang Belushi” by Bang Belushi.

01. Intro. – Let me remind you in case I forgot to mention, these adventures are entirely produced by producer Foul Mouth. Here we get a quick little introduction that gives us a snippet of Bang Belushi’s recognizable voice & cadence well setting the stage for adventures with some sound bytes to bridge into the first full record.

02. Gotta Go – The Foul Mouth supplied horns & beat switch ups fuel energy behind Belushi’s flow that feels like a pushing momentum. The catchy hook that fits the title of this first full piece to adventure bodes well alongside the overall structure of a song that does a fantastic job of setting the tone for the rest of the album.

03. That Loud – A stoners anthem that has a chorus that gets you ready to chant along. It’s some classic hip-hop vibes with a sprinkle of humor mashed into the bars executed with precision. “We off that flower power, edibles I devour” states sir Big Bang a self-reference from “That Loud’s” chorus that becomes more infectious as it repeats in this record that’ll leave you primed for bong rips.

04. I Love Fast Food –  There’s no hidden meaning behind that title, this is indeed an ode of sorts to the fast food industry. Bang Belushi provides what I must admit is the best fast food-themed hip-hop song I’ve ever taken part in listening to. It had me reminiscent of those viral fast food ordering raps that have spread the interwebs however here we’ve got a full song structure & references to a large number of fast food chains. As soon as I heard “I’ve got an APB out on KFC.” I was laughing out loud at the moment, and that’s just one of the comedic bars in this homage to time convenient eateries.

05. Do The Bang – Dance moves ready? “Do The Bang” will you one foot in, one foot out, grabbing bitches as you tune into this bouncy experience that had me feeling like a cross between The Clipse & Busta Rhymes built around Bang’s themes.

06. DrinkSmokeWeedFuck – A four-step plan to eternal happiness? “DrinkSmokeWeedFuck” might be just that as Bang illustrates via wordplay a breakdown of those four facets. “Shitfaced, shitfaced, I mean that literally.” he states in this record that translates into a recipe for good times.

07. Simple ft. Nolan – Seven records in we arrive at our first feature from fellow Detroit area mainstay Nolan who closes things out with his raspyish voice driving “ether” into the “Simple” record.  “Life’s good I’m doing better than last year..” is the optimism of brighter times from Bang Belushi in this boom bap gem.

08. I Think I’m ODB ft. A Minus – The first record that received the visual treatment you catch the video & my write-up here.

09. For Years – For years I’ve been fresh, for years I’ve been fucking up ears.” Record number nine carries us through the center of Adventures where Bang Belushi goes on to provide a sort of statement on being slept on. It’s a proving ground of audible proportions with a reference to the late great Notorious B.I.G. being mixed with Willie Nelson in explanation of Belushi himself, a description that doesn’t feel too far from the mark between the syrupy flow & content behind Bang’s bars.

10. Rhyder Daddy – A soulful open before the song opens to what was one of my favorite Foul Mouth productions on the project. “Rhyder Daddy” comes together as a heartfelt, more personal, & less shock-value oriented bar rap than the majority of Adventures with a daddy-daughter record that goes on to talk of matching jordans & taking in children’s shows. The end result is a great hip-hop record to symbolize fatherhood.

11. Shooter ft. King Gordy & Guilty Simpson – A classic triple threat with a dash of horrorcore comes in the form of “Shooter” featuring two heavy-hitting Detroit legends. I wrote more about the first single from “Adventures Of Bang Belushi” here.

12. The Zone Out ft. Issac Castor – The only feature I was unfamiliar with on the whole album was Issac Castor. Bang Belushi carries us through the first half of this jazzy infusion that brings a quieter less anthem-like tone to it. The trumpets provide an eclectic atmosphere to this duo effort and Castor finishes off the record with a flow/voice that had me reminded of a young Logic.

13. Blowed Everday – Point blank my favorite beat on “The Adventures of Bang Belushi”, Foul Mouth is a beast with it. “Blowed Everday” is another record about getting high that would make any High Times reader smile as they listen. Bang’s delivery as he builds imagery around his drawn-out bars like the last words in”Rolling up wifi we in the cypher, my Bic ran out who got a lighter…” helps define his signature sound that has proved effective as we come close to ending our travels.

14. Bloodsport ft. Aztek the Barfly –  Labelmate Aztek The Barfly lends his services on “Bloodsport“, a lyrical hunger games of sorts etched on top an eerie voice inside the beat that has the two providing the “lethal weapons“. The weaponry arrives in one of the hardest hitting efforts across the fifteen and as another one of my standout selections from Adventures.

15. Middle Finger Rap – “Ho’s poking my belly, I feel like doughboy..” provided another laugh out loud moment in this powerful closer that has a voice shouting the return of Motown & the presence of Bang Belushi as we fade out in another “Middle Finger Rap” presentation that has occupied my stereo for weeks with welcomed ears.

In closing, “The Adventures of Bang Belushi” proves another exceptional addition to the young catalog of Middle Finger Music. Another poignant demonstration of Foul Mouth’s ability to craft soundscapes around his lyrical counterparts in a way that proves complimentary yet definitive of that artist’s style. My only complaint here is that a few of the records seemed to have a fairly reoccurring theme, I would’ve loved to hear more personal records like “Rhyder Daddy” or even a couple more humorous takes on various things such as “I Love Fast Food“. Outside of that Adventures does a terrific job of painting the type of emcee Bang Belushi is with a slew of standouts along with a certain catchiness that is anything but purebred hip-hop. 8/10

Stream/Purchase: https://bangbelushi313.bandcamp.com/album/adventures-of-bang-belushi

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Eminem – “Music To Be Murdered By” + “Darkness” Video

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Eminem - "Music To Be Murdered By" + "Darkness" Video

This morning the internet woke up in a frenzy to an Alfred Hitchcock inspired album of mass proportions. “Music To Be Murdered By” came out of nowhere when the clock strucketh’ twelve and Eminem was driving social media into a buzz of debate, discussions, praise, & well a large range of emotions. To myself... I don’t understand how anyone can truly process an album in it’s entirety in the span of just one day or less. Especially with 20 songs totaling an hour and five minutes. I’ll tell you this though, DETROIT is on  fire this year in terms of the artistry unleashing at the dawn of this new decade, and it only feels right for Eminem to be a part of that conversation. I mean Royce da 5’9″, Black Thought, Q-Tip and himself on one record, come on. What are you waiting for, press play on your favorite streaming service or purchasing preference & keep safe well you dive into “Music To Be Murdered By“. Take in the music video for “Darkness” above as well!

 

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REVIEW: COMMiSSiON- GROWiNG UP

The editor finally tells his own story.

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Modern independent musicians wear many hats, from guiding the production of the music they love, directing merch and marketing, and working the mechanics necessary to get their music heard. Likewise, content creators have to stay on their toes to contribute consistently; staying in touch with the game and building relationships with everyone in and out of the machine is essential.

Joe Commisso, aka COMMiSSiON, also serves as the editor and webmaster of DetroitRap.com, creating content that supports and reviews Detroit music. He also supports Detroit acts directly at shows and events, and has been actively performing and preparing his own contribution to the discussion about Detroit hip-hop.

As the new decade opened, Commission released “GROWiNG UP” across platforms and chose to weave a narrative about his past as his first full project.With appearances from VStylez, Kid Vishis, Jonnie Morris, Sin Crawford, and Redman, there is an edge to GROWiNG UP that reflects the struggles that COMMiSSiON encountered growing up on Carlisle Street in Detroit. JRGotTheHits, who helmed the majority of the production on the album, provided him with a synth-heavy soundscape that is sparse enough to allow Joe to do his thing while incorporating a good live feel that should translate well in Joe’s performances.

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Standout tracks include “Tell Em,” “Too Much,” and “Flagrant,” where Pontiac’s Sin Crawford drops a notable verse. COMMiSSiON does a great job of maintaining a subtext of growth throughout the tape, and the album climaxes with “Rapper Dad,” where Joe balances music with maintaining his connection with his family.

Overall, GROWiNG UP is a solid project. Making a thematic album for a debut is challenging, as streaming playlists don’t always allow today’s listeners an opportunity to hear records in context. Nevertheless, the songs can stand on their own, and it will be interesting to see how COMMiSSiON and JRGotTheHits continue to build chemistry. As we look forward to future projects (and content) by COMMiSSiON, we can bet that his music will stay true to what those of us who are music multitaskers already know — having balance is the most important thing.

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Ty Farris – “No Cosign Just Cocaine 3”

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Ty Farris - "No Cosign Just Cocaine 3"

The highly anticipated third installment from one of Detroit’s most decorated emcee’s Ty Farris has graced the internet as of midnight. “No Cosign Just Cocaine 3” is here available digitally with pre-orders for CD’s & Cassette’s live as well. Bangers ensue, with a heavy roster of production & some key features. We’re gonna dive in deeper for or more well-rounded review after we spend more time with the album, but for now, take it all in yourself. Trust, if you dig the nostalgic feel of a physical copy in your hands, Ty Farris always delivers with quality, easily evident in the attention to detail in the visuals.

BUY HERE: https://tyfarris.com/?fbclid=IwAR2fPmSDZu37vKuAOxNacgef0pjj38QkS2KpwCjz2Rp8n0cMFb8wPylCf6M

Features:
Eto,
Flee Lord,
M.A.V
Eddie Kaine

Production:
Bozack Morris (2x)
The Standouts
Mr. Authentic
Stu Bangas (3x)
Vinyl Villain
Sebb Bash (2x)
Dirty Diggs
MichaelAngelo
Trox
J Bansky

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