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D|REVIEWS: E-Man Bates – Be Careful Be Safe

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REVIEW – E-MAN BATES “be careful be safe”

Speaking from first & third person experiences throughout his life emcee E-Man Bates delivers his eight record EP “Be Careful Be Safe” touching on a multitude of personal stories & tribulations. “Green Balloons” provides an entrance with E-Man Bates speaking on the project’s substance before leading into a lyrical foundation that opens the door into his life & gives listeners a peak into who he is. That door swings open as if reaching through the projects cover artwork & has you traveling further into “Flashbacks” that has Avery Norris & Lola Tea provide vocal assistance with a soulful synth-like mix thats melds in between the storytelling abilities of E-Man Bates.

The next track comes in abruptly after flashing back & on “I Don’t Know” he begins touching on a darker side of the mind & hiding behind alcohol. Details of the growth & struggles that come with depression are highlighted as the emcee expresses how he took control & shifted his focus into more meaningful directions. I can appreciate an artist who isn’t afraid to touch on the topic of depression & even more so those who can use that depression to fuel an outlet into a creative path.

Angry Gohan” has the female reporter/interviewer you heard earlier in the EP returning to question E-Man Bates about rumors on social media claiming that he hasn’t been as focused on his music & that beer itself as well as his blogging endeavor Beats & Brews has taken away from his musical shine. Quick to dispute those very rumors & prove theirs no reason he can’t do both “Angry Gohan” brings the most hype & heaviest hitting record midway through the eight record letting him talk his shit well closing out with a little reasoning behind his drinking.

Fitting to bring up liquor as “White Russian Mano” builds off the previous in what feels like an extension of “Angry Gohan” providing a double center in the middle of the project sandwiched between more storytelling oriented derivatives. The albums first single “Holy Water” speaks of a new day well moving forward E-Man Bates explains how his “mental thermostat has no control” yet his “brain is a blessing”.  That blessing shows through his most sing-song verse of the album, the second verse of “Holy Water” touches on performing at a metal fest & starting Beats & Brews & provides one of my favorite verses across the eight song EP. I especially dug the “widow maker” line snuck inside that second verse & the sample-like sounding voice inside the verse dies off before leading into the title track.

Be Careful Be Safe” brings a fast paced live sounding display of E-Man Bates that sounds built for a live band on stage…that is before about mid-way through the record you hear the jazzy sounds of trumpet lace the backdrop for E-Man Bates tribute to his mother, rest in peace. It’s a moving, descriptive, & emotional take on their relationship that he drives over the beat that builds intensity behind the central idea of “Be Careful Be Safe” before drowning out in more trumpet. That drowning trumpet brings us back to that live band sound with the crowd cheering in what proved one of my favorite cuts on an what has played out as as very consistent record. The title track has more to it before the final bonus with what sounds like some throwback early recording / lost tapes type sounds & plays well to the diversity of sounds I’ve found across the whole project.

MSML” is that very bonus bringing in a chopped/screwed voice before one of the harder flows coming from Bates in this strong record that I thoroughly enjoyed as a closing. “MSML” you come to discover is acronym for Music Saved My Life – a fitting slogan to “Be Careful Be Safe” an album that touches on depression, loss, personal struggles, & growth. In what has been a terrific year for hip hop releases E-Man Bates fits inside that pocket of must listen projects & proves that he can focus his music still shines regardless of juggling multiple passions. There’s the perfect amount of music here to allow for consistency in both theme & being able to showcase his abilities without any filler tagging along that might’ve stretched out an album that does a great job of absorbing its substance with production that fits & E-Man’s ability to tell stories of life efficiently & effectively. – COMMi$$ION

OVERALL ALBUM RATING: 8/10

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Dame Black Releases “PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” (Artist Interview)

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Uncle P:  You have a serious buzz around the release of your latest release People under the stairs. With a title like that, what was your thought process around this project?

Dame Black: Well thanks to all the people who supported the movement and, the Dame Black brand first they’re one of the main reasons for the big buzz surrounding the project. So The People Under The Stairs is actually one of my favorite movies I had to mention that but, I used to be in the streets trapping and, what not an 90% of my content is street so I looked at the people under the stairs as the clientele. I took the movie and, flipped the perspective into a dealers view. I wanted to still reflect the movie as well so I used the actual movie cover as well and, flipped it to once people hear the EP they’ll definitely understand the similarities and, the references.

Uncle P: So when did you realize you wanted to make something out of that film? After watching it a few times or did the tracks inspire it all?

Dame Black:   I guess it came with the creative process of how I put together projects. The movie was definitely in the back of my mind but, I guess it was after the first song I knew how I wanted to sculpt the Ep. I try to give the fans a full meal to break down art, music, visuals, poetry, streets, all that exist with in this project so in short lol yea the tracks inspired me.

Uncle P:  What was your favorite song and what has the public gravitated to so far? What did you learn from having listening sessions?

Dame Black: I dont really have a favorite to tell you the truth and, there’s a reason. I dont have a favorite out of any music I put out yet…. Only because I know I have alot more greatness in me to achieve musically so I guess im still waiting on a favorite. As far as the listening party I learned alot and, s/o to the muzik shop for hosting the party but, wow it was amazing! I learned good music and, humility will definitely bring alot of great minds together. Thats the biggest thing I learned from that I could go on for days but, I would say thats the most important lesson I learned from the listening party.

 

Uncle P:  What was it like working with one producer for a entire Album? Can you share how it went down
Dame Black:  S/O to Aaron Green hes responsible for every beat on the EP hes an amazing producer which made it easy to put this project together check him out on IG @AGmusic1989. If I can recall im pretty sure it was Ub who tagged me in a IG post to a beat snippet on AG’s page. I heard one beat and, was amazed I loved his sound an feel so I checked out more beats on his page and, was convinced on the spot that I wanted some tracks from him. After I bought at least 3 tracks I was in album mode but, I wanted to bring that old feel of hip hop that I remember back one artist working with one producer feel. Im real big on the essence of hip hop even tho my content is street based I feel thats where hip hop came from anyways… I continued to search his catolog and, I asked him to do a couple special samples for me until I felt I had a complete body of work and, thats how the EP came together.
Uncle P:  How would you describe AG sound?
Dame Black:  AG is almost undescribable he’s so universal as a producer its crazy! Leaving the description up to me tho I would have to say he’s so soulful saying that he plays instruments as well its just a taste of soul its like grandmas cooking. I definitely would have to say his strong point to me is soul music he makes beats you can feel in your soul some of his beats I dont even want to rap to I can just ride and, vibe to them.
Uncle P:  The music scene is like the wild wild west right now, whats been your experience trying to gain exposure in the crowded space of music?
Dame Black:  Thats a good question I would say for me its just easy being me my artisty comes from a truthplace so im just focused on being the best dame. Im not into gimicks or jumping on bandwagons or co-signs and, its alot of that going on alot of artist not being who they really are. I really think that changes the game alot and, makes it hard for true artits like me to break through but, all my recent buzz has comes from all organic work, quality music, and, me being the best dame I can be for my fans and, supporters.
Uncle P:  Who you feeling right now musically? If somone was reading this interview and hadn’t heard a record yet, whos vibe would you say is similar.
Dame Black:   AG is almost undescribable he’s so universal as a producer its crazy! Leaving the description up to me tho I would have to say he’s so soulful saying that he plays instruments as well its just a taste of soul its like grandmas cooking. I definitely would have to say his strong point to me is soul music he makes beats you can feel in your soul some of his beats I dont even want to rap to I can just ride and, vibe to them.
Uncle P: What can we expect from Dame Black over the next year?
Dame Black: More and, more music lol I work hard and, I love putting out quality work for my fans so more music first. Im actually in album mode now working on another project with Sapiano Sounds as we speak. More dope artwork s/o to bryan gower on all my artwork hes the genious behind the Ep cover. Dropping more visuals s/o to mino shot dat on my recent drop the Kevin Garnett video on DetroitRap.com now. Ill definitely continue to keep people intrigued in my artisty with creative roll outs dope promotion s/o to my manager Ub hes a big driving force behind all that and, more. But im just gone keep grinding being humble and, putting out good music I think next year is MINE!!! Respect the scorpion.
Uncle P: You plan on getting out and touring any? How you plan on moving around the Midwest? Who do people contact to do some business with Dame Black?
Dame Black: S/O to my manager Ub again he put a dope concept together called “The pull up plays” and, the concept to that is we pulling up wherever rocking the stage. We get the dates in to the shows and, we give our fans acess thru flyer and, social posting then we pulling up and rocking the stage which is a “Pull up play”. Im definitely looking for bigger stages and, a bigger touring situation to reach more fans with the music but, for now we putting in all organic ground work trying to reach as many live bodies as possible which is a foreign art in todays game internet is the big thing. For anyone looking for verses, show booking, touring opportunities, etc… Contact my manager Ubadah McConner at   Beat6teen@gmail.com. Thanks for the interview I truly appreciate yall at DetroitRap.com s/o to Uncle P for all the help as well 6/21/22 I bring yall a true classic The People Under The Stairs Ep produced by Aaron Green (AG). Check my artist page out on FB Dame Black@ Facbook and, check all my latest content out on YouTube, Itunes, Spotify, etc…..

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HE GOT A GUN The New project from Bizarre produced by Foulmouth

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HE GOT A GUN The New project from Bizarre

Detroit legend Bizarre of the infamous D12 is known for his crazy lyrics, wild sense of humor and trademark flow. Bizarre has teamed up with Detroit Producer Foul Mouth to create a new album “He Got A Gun”. The First time Bizarre went into Foul Mouth’s filthy basement to listen to beats, the surroundings of the studio and the crazy sound banging out of the speakers rejuvenated Bizarre in a way that took him back to his roots when he first started.  After 20 years on top in the industry, Bizarre had lost the love for hip hop. On the new ” He Got A Gun”  Album,  Biz comes heavy with the wit, the crazy, but most importantly the creativity and passion that made him so beloved. With Foul Mouth’s Grimy Detroit sound, You hear Bizarre taking it back to the underground with the vintage Bars and crazy punch lines . Special guest appearances by Kool Keith, Ty Farris,  Guilty Simpson, Dango Forlaine, Seven the general, Nems, Young Zee and more. This is the masterpiece we’ve all wanted from Bizarre, “He Got A Gun” is out now on all platforms.

 

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Da Ruckus New Album “Da Unreleased Episode”

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Emcee producer HUSH and UNCLE ILL has blessed us all with a blast from the past. Da Unreleased Episode is the last album Da Ruckus was working on before they started working on solo projects. This was the follow up work to Episode 1. They pressed 50 CDs and 50 Cassettes for fans and that was the only light of day the project seen. D.U.E. never got an official release and twenty plus years later hear we are. This album has gems!
The first track “Life Is A Gamble serves as a reminder and pays homage to the prior release Episode 1. Track two called “Eye Confess” features pre record deal D12 member Eiy-Kyu. These three emcees confess some issues from within to a beat that’s perfect for doing so. What ever happened to Eiy-Kyu?
Da Ruckus features their short lived Generation Techs crew on songs “We Are” and “Check It” featuring Da Brigade who are D12 members Kon Artis and Kuniva. GT lasted about as long as both songs combined but left us some solid recordings.
Over all this is a well rounded album.
The production and rhymes are more of what you loved about Episode 1. Out of five mics this a strong four. This album is a must hear for hip hop heads and available on every music streaming platform.
More info can be found at DaRuckus.com

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