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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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Hashous Clay: “Fonkin up traffic” New Full Length Project

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Hashous Clay DIED 4/13/2013 12:37am Stockton, CA.
Paradoxically, Burgeoning from the West side of Detroit hailing from Hollywood, CA., Rapper
Hashous Clay was resurrected 4/20/2013 3:07am in Stockton, CA.
Clay endured a massive heart attack Succumbing to cardiac arrest 10 times. While recovering, one
year later to the date the prodigy had a stroke that severely damaged the right side of his brain and
ameliorating his genius forever.
Mind Bogglingly, through riding a bicycle, Hashous Clay taught himself to write and perform again.
Since the beginning of his career, Clay harnessed his skill by performing and battling throughout
the city. His talent gained the attention of the late Big Proof which led to a deal from “Iron Fist
Records” before Big Proof’s Untimely demise.
A couple of months later, the masterful Hashous Clay moved to Arizona where Wu Tang Clan’s
Cappadonna caught wind of Hashous Clay at a studio in Phoenix. This ultimately led to two features
on the Cappadonna’s classic album titled “The Pillage 2”.
His ingenuity has been resurrected through his adept rap skills and he is back in
2022 with his latest album “Fonkin up traffic”.
“Fonkin Up Traffic” as Hash himself delineates “…is Me riding 25 miles exorcising my demons”. It is
the soundtrack to wellness, triumph, and surviving. All you need is a bike and you too can Fonk Up
Traffic.
Take control of your mind, body, and soul, we “Fonkin Up Traffic”.
Click the link below
https://hashousclaymusic.bandcamp.com/album/fonkin-up-traffic
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Ty Farris x Sebb Bash – Fluorescent Mud LP

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It has been an honor and privilege to witness the journey of Detroit’s Ty Farris with my own eyes. Back in the early 2000’s when you had to battle rap to earn the respect of your peers in order to make your way into the Detroit Hip Hop Scene, Ty made a name for himself as a battle rapper renowned in the city alongside his partner-In-rhyme: Famous. After multiple mixtapes together and being mentored by the late great Big Proof, eventually Ty took his hunger, competitive mindstate, and undeniable work ethic and incorporated it into his solo music which led him to crafting a critically acclaimed and highly lauded catalog Including the celebrated “No Cosign Just Cocaine” series.  He also went headfirst into the business side of music, his brand “bars over bs”, which prides itself on high quality music and merchandise. Ty Is back with a new project: “Fluorescent Mud” produced entirely By Sebb Bash. This album is a carefully detailed work of art, One Of One! After 4 years of meticulously crafting this project, it is safe to say that it is a radical departure from the sound of many of his underground contemporaries. Sebb Bash provides some of the most uniquely crafted and sonically diverse production of Ty’s career. It’s no mistake The Alchemist himself reached out to Bash and executive produced his instrumental project “Imports” released under his label ALC Records.  Sebb provides Ty Farris with unconventional and at times challenging beats to push his pen to its limits. Features from the witty air walking flow of Estee Nack & the legend and one of the godfathers of the underground Planet Asia. This project was mixed and mastered by one of the best in the world,the Grammy award winning  Philippe Weiss whose credentials include some of the top performing musicians of the last 4 decades . The artwork was handmade and captured by the masterful Alex Lala. Fluorescent Mud is a break from the endless sea of formulaic and sometimes monotonous underground releases. Over the album’s 13 tracks it showcases 2 masters of their crafts melding their talents into something truly worthy of praise. It is great to see an eastside Kid From 6 Mile And Davidson overcome the odds and become a top-tier Emcee and successful entrepreneur in the underground wave! Support And Cop The Album Here

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Royce Da 5’9 Drops “Heaven Experience” Vol 1

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Royce da 5’9  Dropped “Heaven Experience Vol 1”,  A Greatest Hits Album With A Few New Joints! Album Features Eminem, Big Krit, Black Thought & More! Stream It Above.

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