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D|REVIEWS – JONNIE MORRIS “It’s All Beautiful and All Good”

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D|REVIEWS – JONNIE MORRIS “It’s All Beautiful and All Good”

I’ll cut straight to the point – this has been my favorite year for hip hop since the late 90’s/early 00’s. No matter what your preference we’ve had an abnormal amount of quality releases from legends & rookies alike deep within every corner of hip hop stylistically. Almost every release Friday this year has given me something worth listening to on repeat. October 5th has proved no different & this very record I’m about to discuss with you is yet another fine example of the brilliance that is 2018 not only nationally but especially in our very own city. Detroit is a melting pot of talented lyricists & I’ve known it to be that way since my early adolescence tuning into Almighty Dreadnaughtz, Raw Collection, Early Eminem, & J Dilla. Now I know I’m setting the ante high but with this short yet poignant offering via Detroit’s own Jonnie Morris dropping today I’ve been given yet another reminder of why I live for this Detroit rap ish! Here’s a breakdown of the six record EP “It’s All Beautiful and All Good“.

01. Living In Hell: I’ve done worked all my life, you just work hard to die…” sings Jonnie Morris as we’re introduced to his raspy voice that articulates lifes struggles all well sprinkling in optimism so effortlessly. “Living In Hell” is a song that touches on darkness but through effective storytelling is also able to paint a picture of hope amongst the hellish happenings of life. The hook/chorus gets trapped in your head & the replay value of this entire record wastes no time giving you it’s opening track, a song that already feels metaphorically tied to the albums title.

02. The Road: In a way this six song effort comes across as quite the battle with life’s demons. “The Road” begs the question of where you’ll go once you’ve left the streets. A coming of age tale where maturity & growth isn’t a walk in the park but a long road with much journey ahead & Jonnie Morris gives an introspective approach of that journey with his knack for providing vivid imagery well delivering it as if it were tied to the instrumental.

03. Progression: Here on “Progression” we get a more abrasive delivery in a more braggadocios package of statements that has Morris claiming he is the best around & that he got approval from Detroit legends without asking. It becomes apparent why approval wouldn’t need asking with this hard hitting lyrical serving that comes off as an intelligent banger only solidify the facts Jonnie Morris lays out for listeners.

04. A Billion: Morris starts off with a somewhat choppy flow over the infectious beat before speeding things up pre-hook on “A Billion“. “Watch the money start to add up“…. he whispers before carrying on into his second verse that speaks on everything from words via his uncle to the political climate we’re stuck inside. One of the things I admire most about this entire project & the talent that Jonnie Morris provides himself is his ability to mash substance & lyricism into a package that still proves catchy. I feel like I’m listening to an early version of Kendrick Lamar who is just prepping our ears for a massive career ahead.

05. Made It Out The Trap: JUMP JUMP JUMP…..We Made It Out The Trap” echoes my previous statements & details the results of hard work paid off. “Losing way too much to quit” yet displaying the throws of hard work & all it leads to all well providing lyrical commentary on the “system”. It plays a celebratory record still packed with substance inside.

06. Honor Roll:  In closing, & with closing this record we shift back to a more somber sound that has the signature storytelling that Jonnie Morris establishes for himself throughout IABAAG. The “believe in me” bit that adorns the hook/chorus of the record gives me some “College Dropout” vibes from a production standpoint. In “Honor Roll” we get a political stance & commentary that I can only agree with as he eloquently states his reasoning. He does a great job of getting his point off in a lyrical & relatable way. The EP closes out on this serious note, but in closing I was immediately back to track one for a full replay.

It’s All Beautiful and All Good” is a short, effective, & replay worthy introduction into Detroit’s Jonnie Morris. I truly enjoyed all six records, & had a hard time finding any shortcomings other that wanting more music to listen to after finishing. I haven’t cemented out my top ten list for this jam packed year of releases yet but this EP is definitely a contender for one of those spots in my eyes. It’s snatched a permanent spot on my playlist for the remainder of the year & I strongly encourage giving it listen if you haven’t already. – COMMI$$ION

ALBUM RATING: 9/10

 

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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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