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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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The Drunken Master EP “Stretch Money” New Music

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Versatility. That’s a trait that is not so easy to find in artist today. Stay in your lane and ride it til the wheels fall off is what you are advised when big business get’s involved in your process.  Then you have your artist that boast “I DO IT ALL” and that may be true, but the end results don’t show them being to successful at it. Which bring us to Detroit Emcee “STRETCH MONEY”

Yes I said EMCEE. Some may no Stretch Money for the game he kicks over music that sounds catered for the streets. Mr “Takes Money to Make Money” will rhyme circles around a majority of your favorite rappers not just locally but PERIOD. Stretch Money’s Hip Hop Hop ties run deep with his second album being produced by the legendary Nick Speed.

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” I’m not expecting everyone to like or admire my work. I do it for me. I don’t expect the streets to take to this project. It’s not for the streets. It’s for headphones. I guarantee it’s a vibe completely opposite of your playlist. The Drunken Master is only part of the plan. I’ve been fighting a battle of what type of sound to feed to my listeners. Instead of deciding to go one way I chose both. I can cut on the MC switch and give you this, but I also can cut the switch off and give you some street shit. I’m still tapped in”

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Scolla – #ThirdEyeWide EP Produced by iRockSays

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The Detroit frontmen of VibeHausScolla and iRocksays are back to end the first quarter of 2021 with the release of an incredibly succinct and soulful body of work entitled “ThirdEyeWide”

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Half-rapper, half-singer, but all talent. Detroit, Michigan native, “Scolla” blends an introspective lyrical style with infectious melody. Scolla’s pen is well-respected amongst his peers, having released multiple projects and collaborating with artists such as Nipsey Hussle, Freeway, Travis Scott and Mac Miller, before taking a hiatus from rap. Scolla now returns with his new EP entitled “ThirdEyeWide” produced in its entirety by multi-platinum producer “iRockSays.”  Scolla is also currently working on multiple projects to be released later this year.

Message from Scolla:

I’ve been living with quite a lot on my spirit. 2020/Quarantine was a powerful period of self-work and realignment for me. I’ve been documenting this journey along the way and I felt at this point that I was ready to begin sharing these discoveries with you. It starts with this offering. #ThirdEyeWide

is a 3-Track ep I recorded in my home studio, produced entirely by my brother iRocksays and it serves as page one of this next chapter. The number 3 is the trinity, the sign of light workers and those involved in spiritual development. Over the past 4 months I’ve continued to see the number series “313” which is not only Detroit’s area code but an angel number which aligns with so many current things in my life. All of this played a large role when it came to creating the project and especially when I partnered with my brother Rich Hustle to create the cover art. This artwork represents the divine feminine, our highest selves. I pray this brief body of work resonates with you. #Tribe

With Love,

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T. Villa – WIN (NEW EP)

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