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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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“NOTE TO SELF” New album from MR CLFFNOTE: NEW MUSIC

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“Note to self”, the new project from Mr Cliffnote comes to us with the top notch graphic we come to expect from the multi talented artist.

The neatly-packaged eight-track album quickly touches on his affinity for
battle-style lyrics, but also his personal love for music, memories of family, and
nearly every emcee’s favorite topic: women.
Setting the early tone are back-to-back soul tinged tracks, produced by Crate
Digga. Both joints (“Godspeed” and “The Dirty Bomb”) introduce you to Mr.
Cliffnote’s ability to pen in your face lyrics with precise delivery. On the latter track,
he opens the second verse with, “This is your last chance/Save The Last Dance for
the last man standin’ in the avalanche, who never broke his battle stance”. Even in
album mode, he clearly doesn’t forget his roots in the battle circuit, which can be a
challenge for many emcees in general… but he makes the transition seamlessly.
The middle of the album moves on to some of the comedic but realistic side of
love with, “Hello Nurse”, thoughts of yesteryears on “The Melody”, clever
metaphoric phrasing of “Visit The D”, and an absolute radio ready DJ Dez produced
track entitled “When We’re Together”, putting Cliff’s vocal stylings on display.
However, the standouts of the album come at the end with the introspective “Live
On”, featuring Pierre Anthony (closing your eyes while listening to this song is
recommended) and the politically charged “Gunz”. A video for this track is
mandatory and it’s easily one of the most important songs in hip hop this entire year.
Most familiar with Mr. Cliffnote remember him giving verbal beatdowns to
opponents at open mics for years. But “Note To Self” isn’t just a play on this
Detroit-based emcee’s name. It’s also a reminder for the listener to take “notes” on
the mark he’s continuing to make on the genre and his motivation to push it forward.

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Leaf Erikson new music “Rescue Mission Pt. 2”

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This album is the follow up to the 2019 release, “A Canvas Of Hope”. The album is pt. 2 in a three-part series of projects dedicated to Detroit, as this project represents a transition of a pending move to the West Coast. Produced by bvtman. Album Drops 9-17-21

Check out the lead single Rescue Mission prt 2

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KK Produxions Presents “EPITOME MUSIC” Peep the Visual for “BE ME” featuring Creole

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Depending on what era of Detroit Hip Hop you follow, you may know him as “Killa Kaun” or maybe just “Kaun” hence the KK PRODUXIONS. But today in 2021 we know him as KILLZ. Legendary Freestyler, Battle Rapper (before battles were pre-written) Promoter, Photographer recently added music producer to the list and one hell of a writer.

Killz music has always come from the streets, the hood to be exact. But not the simple grammar that you mostly find in street music today. Now we dont say this to paint the picture that he is Hippidy Hoppidy lyrical miracle that can fly over the common listeners head… No he just has a way with words that every great writer displays.

Killz has always been a giver, a man that enjoys giving opportunities. For the only purpose of wanting to see those around him shine too. There is no question that Killz can carry a entire project solo but this time around he decided to share the spotlight and big up the next artist to carry the KK Produxions flag.

We are not sure that any songs captures the REAL KILLZ on this compilation as “BE ME” does featuring Creole. The visual from “BE ME” takes us on a historical journey via the life of KILLZ. A flash back on his life now as he delivers the verse in the desert sun.

American Gangsta feat Killz, Creole, and Black Laz, is the perfect song for a movie soundtrack. The struggle for the black man trying to come up is real, either you ride all day for yours or fall off to the wasteside.

“Some of yall just gotta look in the mirror to see a fake nigga” Killz first words on the song “FAKE LOVE” says it all. Now a days it seems as if everyone is fake, has a hidden agenda or just secretly out to destroy you. We cant get ahead with those type in your circle. you may find yourself all alone at times. But these moments only make a real one stronger.

The youngest on the squad Syncere features on the track “City Bars”, while Creole Baby brings some RnB flavor on the song “Just a Minute” and it wouldnt be a Killz produced project without a little shake sumn music like you’ll find on “Twerk It Out”. Killz is a emcees emcee so one of the tracks that will resonate with any artist that lived thru the struggle is “Breathing Treatment” feat King Crooked and Black Laz.

We strongly recommend giving Epitome Music a listen

https://kkproduxions.bandcamp.com/releases

Head over to @iamkillz

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