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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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AGiLE SOCiETY – “GOLDEN RATiO”

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AGiLE SOCiETY - "GOLDEN RATiO"

Delivering a musical journey of divine proportions JRGotTheHiTS & AiRiN ARTiSAN take us along on their sonic adventure for seventeen meticulously crafted travels.

GOLDEN RATiO” is a musical experience, years in the making, finally being let free to allow you to find the perfect math for your ears. When a record becomes more than just it’s sounds compiled and can create a “feeling” that lasts on you know it’s not your typical listening session.

Seventeen records of relentless creation with features from the likes of K.O.8.i.E., BiLLY FAMOUS, T-Henn, VA88, amongst other eclectic contributions “GOLDEN RATiO” carries its weight in gold. Not the monetary sort of coarse, but that type of gold that brews inside when creations come to life.

A contribution to hip-hop in which its impacts will spread starting here. The wildfire is coming, and this camp has a powerful beginning with “GOLDEN RATiO”. AGiLE SOCiETY manifests lyricism, live instrumentation, & an ability to traverse vibes that pull you in deeper as you listen on.

GOLDEN RATiO” is available on all major music outlets here: https://songwhip.com/album/agile-society/golden-ratio

TiRED” featuring T-Henn is the song featured above.

Here is the official artwork tracklisting including all features & production credits.

Album record at @ Studio 221B, Royal Oak, MI

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GIFT CERTIFICATE “KETCH P” New Album

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Detroit is winning, you best believe that. It could not be a better time to be a fan of the real Hip Hop, when what you said was just as, if not more so important than the beat. Repping Inkster Mi Ketch P drops a full length after teasing us with songs and verses over the last year. Gift Certificate is just that. A early holiday gift of pure unadulterated HIP HOP! That is what we have come to expect from one of the hottest music camps to rear its head from Michigan in a long time.

Gift Certificate is free, but its so good you would just feel bad about yourself making some kind of donation. With guest features from Aaron Taylor, Finale, V-Stylez, Bubba Rock, Rim, Isaac Castor, Gypsy, Guilty Simpson and Paradime. Production from UHHA producer of the year winner Foul Mouth, Blizzard, Peace of Mind, Chanes, Simple Cuts, Jimbo Slice, Oso Blanco and Black Bethoven with Cuts by DJ Bet this project is air tight from start to finish.

The single Kareem & Shaq produced by Foul Mouth and Middle Finger Trophies produced by Blizzard gives us a idea of what to expect. Hard hitting neck snapping beats and supreme word play with purpose and a delivery smooth enough to understand every word spoken.  Stand out tracks include 313, Back Outside Feat Finale and V-Stylez, Get the Money feat Isaac Castor produced by Peace of mind hits a little different and not something we get from Peace to often. The Emcees most def did that track right! Death Soup brings 2 of Hip Hops most traveled lyricist Guilty Simpson and Paradime. Feels good to hear Dime lacing tracks again. Welcome back homie! None other than Black Bethoven brings his soulful hip hop production style to the project and gives the album that final piece that can put this in the conversation as one of the years best releases. Ketch fills in any pocket masterfully. Pour up feat Aaron Taylor makes you want to peel the top back spark up that black and mild and ride out!

Its been 6 years! Im glad the brother is back! Could we see him and his Street Justice brothers again soon? Never know…. Time will tell.

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A.R.E.S. Releases the “Eye Contact”

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Its been a while since we heard from the guys that make up A.R.E.S.  Emcees Slautah and Alius Pnukkl and DJ Los release “EYE CONTACT” now available on all streaming platforms.  The project has features from Pierre Anthony, The Prezident Chris Walker, Kid Vishis, Guilty Simpson, Konphlict, Lord Jessiah and Kawshus.

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