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It’s been just a few months since Jonnie Morris was storming the Detroit hip-hop scene and beyond with his introductory effort “It’s All Beautiful and All Good” but the hungry emcee isn’t worried about delivering new music too rapidly. In wasting no time we are the recipients of another EP from the rising star & letdowns aren’t something in store with the latest dosage. “Jonnie, Be Good” feels a tad more aggressive in its delivery than the predecessor, rather harder hitting than the slightly more subtle storytelling of before. This is no negative mark as you can hear the strength behind the raspy voice of an emcee truly coming into top-notch form. 

With just six records on “Jonnie, Be Good” a focus on quality over quantity becomes a reoccurring theme as well & by the time it comes to an end you’re already back at the beginning for another cycle on repeat. In my weeks with the new release, I’ve found that to be the case often, as it’s shortness because an easy access replay value that further shows it true worth with each stream. As usual, I dive in & give a breakdown of my audible travels through the new ep from Jonnie Morris

01. Testing Me – Determination becomes a somewhat constant theme in the context of “Jonnie, Be Good” & the aggressive opener solidifies that from the start. “Straight facts try to catch me you either ether, or ripped into pieces getting down the reaper,” states Jonnie in closing on the hype introduction. The repetitive hook gets stuck in your head & “Testing Me’ provides the perfect opening statement. 

02. Cooking – This is the only record on “Jonnie, Be Good” that had to grow on me a little. “Cooking up the fire….” has Jonnie delivering bars a little bit faster & I enjoyed the verses but for me, the chorus/hook was the grower for me. I don’t dislike the record but amongst the ep overall it was my least favorite on the project.

03. You Can’t Stop Me – In where “Cooking” had to grow on me “You Can’t Stop Me” instantly reeled me in. Certainly, my favorite cut on “Jonnie, Be Good” we get a sample of some singing that delivers one of the shining moments on the EP. The lyrical spilling’s of this record carry us through struggles & real life glimpses such as a Teen Titans reference, bill troubles, & the hustle of making it all come together. This one’s one of my favorite records of 2019 to date. 

04. Knock It Off – Aggressive from the get-go the confidence seeps through this heavy hitting banger that’ll have you turning the knob up, up up! Another shining demonstration of Jonnie’s knack for providing pure lyrical substance in a way that effortlessly melts into the production he chooses. It’s obvious, past the halfway point of this EP that if you’re thinking about messing with this lyrical monster your probably best to just “Knock It Off“.

05. Back Down – Paranoid of cop calling neighbors “Back Down” has Jonnie Morris laying down a much deeper message inside the lyrics of this record. “I’ve got the youth” states Jonnie as he breaks down fears & what carries a warning message of sorts to “take cover” in this fucked up world we live in. A powerful record that is narrated via a powerful voice. 

06. TM: Reloaded – At the beginning, & in the end. “Testing Me: Reloaded” closes out “Jonnie, Be Good” with an alternate version that sets out to ensure that with his son by his side, he’s not playing with this hip-hop & the “monster with the flow” continuously proves his point as the sword slicing sounds demonstrate how you could “lose your life“. 

In closing, yet again & in such a short time Jonnie Morris continues to cement his place in this industry. That cement does not look to be breaking apart anytime soon and with “Jonnie, Be Good” we have a further polished effort that really has begun shaping an artist that not only has staying power but is able to provide powerful music for listeners in a relatable way. “Jonnie, Be Good” was a terrific way to kick off the year and with a brand new record featuring Kid Vishis arriving here soon we are from done hearing what the emcee has to say this year. I for one can’t wait to hear what else he has to tell us. The growth here was enough alongside the replay value & shining moments to slightly edge out last years rating of “It’s All Beautiful and All Good“, I give it an impressive 9.2/10.

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Kuniva & Swifty McVay “Betta Git 1” ft. Maestro Williams Music Video

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D12 members, Kuniva and Swifty McVay released their collaborative EP “My Brothers Keeper” in February.  The 7-song EP displays their maturity as artists while also further cementing their place as some of Detroit’s most versatile rappers.
Today, check out the official music video for the song “Betta Git 1” which was produced by Nick Speed.  The music video was directed by FROSTisRAD.

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Nametag Alexander – “Work. Win. Repeat.” The EP

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“Nametag Alexander follows up his most recent effort Hello Victory, with “Work. Win. Repeat.” The EP. The body of work was influenced by the mantra single of the same title from 2019, originally produced by Black Bethoven, featuring Junii. With duration being only 18 minutes, and change, ‘Tag manages to display just enough artistic vulnerability on tracks like “Dusk” and “Soul Speak”, while still maintaining his known lyric bravado on “Grands.” The “just stay focused” mentality is what makes the EP relatable, and there’s a clear intent to inspire based on the Les Brown clips throughout a few of the songs. Overall, Nametag properly delivers with this EP as “Work. Win. Repeat.” defines continuous self improvement, opposed to winning solely to impress others.”

Stream/Download “Work. Win. Repeat.” The EP

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Back From Hiatus, Detroit Emcee Miz Korona Delivers “The Virus” EP

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A Return From Hiatus, Detroit Emcee Miz Korona Delivers "The Virus" EP

It has been said that inspiration can be found in the strangest of places sometimes and for one Detroit emcee that proves no truer than now. COVID-19 aka Coronavirus, has effected billions on a massive scale as humanity faces one of its most daunting tests to date. At first weary of the situation, Miz Korona was hesitant, however the encouragement of her peers has driven a return for the aptly named emcee.

A six song burst of new music titled “The Virus” has the legendary bar slinger back at it like she never left, as she takes us on a journey just shy of sixteen minutes that never peels back. By the end of the her return she is making damn sure we “Respect The Name“, the standout track amongst fierce company before she has us questioning if “45” is going to let us stay alive.

For a spur of the moment comeback, “The Virus” proves Miz Korona can disappear for a few years and still come back with a batch of pure quality like it was nothing. Thankfully, her peers have pushed for the timely return as we all experience this pandemic together and the new EP is a thoroughly enjoyable record perfect for your quarantine playlist.

On top of an outstanding showing from Miz Korona, the production & features here pack a powerful roster including Chanes, Mark Cooper, Marv WonDJ Static, King Gordy, LaShaun Phoenix, Maestro and Neco Redd.

 

Stream/Purchase – Miz Korona “The Virus” here: https://mizkorona.bandcamp.com/

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