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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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Nolan The Ninja – “Oranges” + “Sportee”

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Nolan The Ninja - "Oranges" + "Sportee"

Word master Nolan The Ninja is back showing once again that he can “really” I mean “really, really” rap.  The Detroit area lyrical devastator packs a brand new collection of his hip-hop imagination sourced into twenty plus ear enticing cuts that have him channeling old school Busta Rhymes in the visually aided “Oranges” above and partnering up with the likes of Chuck Inglish, A-Minus, and T3 of Slum Village for starters. Take in the creative visuals well finding the project in its entirety via the link below.

Purchase/Stream “Sportee” Here: http://smarturl.it/SPORTEE

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Chavis Chandler – “Chop Sound Dojo” + “Lessons”

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Chavis Chandler - "Chop Sound Dojo" + "Lessons"

After building much anticipation since the controversy stirring release of his single slash video “FBHM” comes the album that not only facilitates that record but packs a hard-hitting batch of new music as well. A couple of days prior to “Chop Sound Dojo” we’re served another visual treat with “Lessons” which you can take in above, before soaking in the entirety of “CSD“. Chavis Chandler has been non-stop teasing new music since the release of last years acclaimed “One Winged Angel” and with the new album, there is no shortage of material to take in. On top of taking a rollercoaster ride inside the mind of Chavis himself, the album features a plethora of production from the likes of Orlando Wade, Earl Bates, Royce Da 5’9″, Beware, Young Roc & more.  It’s not all straight bars either as we’ve come to accept from the multi-talented artist as records like “Pihrannas” showcase less rapping & more singing in a cut that had me reminiscent of some Frank Ocean type records. One thing is for sure is that Chavis Chandler continues to cement his legacy as a Detroit area artist and beyond with “Chop Sound Dojo” showing no signs of a slowdown.

Stream/Purchase: https://songwhip.com/album/chavis-chandler/chop-sound-dojo

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Middle Finger Music Presents “Loosies” Vol 1

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Middle Finger Music Presents "Loosies" Vol 1

The wait is over! Middle Finger Music’s first volume of “Loosies” is here packed full of hip-hop’s finest front to back. The nine-song initial serving is sure to get you addicted & craving for the next pack of “Loosies“. After spreading the net with the MFM Cipher video to the recent single “Murdertown” you can revisit those well discovering seven new bangers!

Detroit’s Middle Finger Music Is Back With A New Project “Loosies” Volume 1, This Is a Compilation Series Of New Music From The Middle Finger Music Crew And Family. This Project is produced entirely by Foul Mouth, it features our crew, family and affiliates. Guilty Simpson, Dj Eclipse, Boog Brown, Ketch P, Fatt Father, Jypsy, Bang Belushi, Bub Rock, Jake Knew, A Minus, V Stylez, Isaac Castor, Aztek The Barfly, J Classic, E Fav, Tru Klassick, Blizzard and More. 

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