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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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Killz Korner with “Pariis Noel”

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Pariis Noel Beautifully Flawed

New artist are the pulse of the music scene and some artist aren’t new but the music is. I Love to hear new music and will post and rate new artist and their projects or singles and rate them with an unbiased ear. If you now me, you know I indulge in the fine arts of Marijuana culture and will rate the music according to tokes of a spliff with 5 tokes being the highest accolade that an artist can receive from the Killz Korner.

Today we will review Pariis Noel and Maya Jones.

Ima start with Pariis Noel today and his project Beautifully Flawed. Let me start by saying dawg can flatout rap. his rhyme skillz are easily displayed with a monotone voice attached to gritty lyrics. There are 3 singles available right now as well as the full length project with “Too Busy Living” being my favorite of the 3 songs I was sent to listen to.When it comes to lyrics this guy does not have a problem at all, but what I find is when the artist is talented lyrically, they do the Nas effect. They choose some of the most basic beats. When Pariis meets with a producer who wants to take music to the next level, he will be on his way as one of the best to do it from the Mitten.

Overall the project is a nice project and gives the listener a deep venture into the life and mind of Parris Noel.

Killz Korner rating. 3 1/2 tokes.

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Valid – “Mihajlo” + Release Party on May 11th at Underground @ DIME

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Valid - "Mihajlo" + Release Party on May 11th at Underground @ DIME

This Saturday at Underground @ DIME join Valid for the release party behind what I can honestly say is one of my favorite full-lengths to drop in 2019. I’ve had a bit of time to soak in all that is “Mihajlo” and although I want to spend a little more time before dropping my formal review I can definitely say off early impressions that it’s quite a fantastic project.  The eleven songs that grace “Mihajlo” take you on a personal journey in getting to know Valid on a deeper level in a powerful and cohesive way.  The minimal features fit in perfectly such as Elzhi, Mahogany Jones, DJ Los, & Aaron Taylor among others providing their talents in an effective way. I’ll have my full review of the project here in the next couple weeks but besides that this Saturday, you can take in “Mihajlo” live as you celebrate alongside Valid himself plus star-studded performances via Clear Soul Forces, Supa Emcee, & A Minus. Preview the album above & come out this Saturday, May 11th at 9 PM for “The Mihajlo Album Release Party” at 1265 Griswold, Detroit, MI. $10 ENTRY.

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WateRR x Ty Farris – Bulls Vs. Pistons

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What’s better than a good old rivalry between two NBA teams in the prime era? Imagine Jordan VS Thomas in rap form, the Bad Boys against the ’90s dynasty that was the BULLS. Well, imagine no longer as the tale of two cities tells itself via two lyrical monsters going back and forth over ten banging records. Make that twelve if you’re copping the physicals – a purchase well spent if you ask me. Yes, Detroit’s own top-notch lyricist TY FARRIS represents the home team, our very own Detroit Pistons as he goes head to head with Chicago emcee WATERR representing the Chicago Bulls. Preview the fire below & take in an old fashioned rivalry with a modern twist for we may not be seeing these two teams in the playoffs with the current state of the NBA but we surely can enjoy these two emcees in champions form on “Bulls VS Pistons“.

PURCHASE HERE: https://bullsvspistons.bandcamp.com/

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