For an artist, longevity is rarely achieved without an ability to adapt and deliver different sounds. New directions, twists, and turns sonically are often witnessed in those who stick around in the music world. Well today, we aren’t just speaking on the musical world but instead the whole world. Detroit’s Lazarus pairs up with Lady Legha in a powerful new record that delivers a song that might not sound like more recent Lazarus records like “Decapitation Chamber” feat. Ghostface Killah or “Leatherface” feat. Bizarre, Hopsin, & King Gordy, however the new song packs a strong message. In a world will leaders and governments want to build walls Lazarus is here to break them down, the positivity here resonates with those of us who believe we are all in this together versus those who try to divide us. “Break The Walls” is a powerful public service announcement with an infectious upbeat and positive feeling production and Lady Legha pairs for a great assist on the chorus. It truly goes to further show the versatility of Lazarus an artist and emcee on a quest for the unity of all people.
Take in “Break The Walls” above and if your in the Detroit area on March, 21st, 2020 see Lazarus perform alongside Wu Tang Clan & The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Info here: https://www.dso.org/events-and-tickets/events/wu-tang-clan-x-dso/fe
Courtney Bell – Poverty Stricken
It’s been less than 48 hours since the release, yet its impact feels impending. I’m gonna need to let the music soak in over the next few weeks, but first impressions – “Poverty Stricken” is an artist defining album. Courtney Bell has been verbally supplying his message for some time now, and it all comes together for this fantastic journey into his mind & thoughts. Articulate in the way Courtney Bell is able to paint pictures well driving you forward into deep listening to decipher what he is truly saying here. It’s deep, backed with powerful production including a track I was glad to see make it on as a bonus. “PSA” featuring production from Grammy award-winning producer !llmind finishes the fifteen song album off perfectly.
Long before you reach track fifteen though you travel a riveting path amongst the Detroit native’s metaphors & vivid verses. From the album artwork style lyric video above for the opening “GB4“, the structured storytelling of “1994/Dealer“, to other standouts such as “Garment” feat. Reason & “25 Hours” where we hear him speak on the risks and struggles of pursuing dreams. Off first impressions, I feel this will be in heavy rotation for some time to come indeed & that this album will unravel exciting new chapters for the artist.
Take in the entire album for yourself and enjoy the newest music from Courtney Bell.
Featuring Reason, Janae Lynn, & DCMBR
Stream/Purchase via you favorite service here: https://songwhip.com/courtneybell/poverty-stricken
AGiLE SOCiETY – NOT TODAY
The moment I heard “Not Today” for the first time I was immediately drawn in. It soaks up the feeling of needing to be alone in your own space at times, a perfect analogy disguised behind wearing AirPods to avoid contact as you walk onward in your day. I swear somehow, someway Apple needs to see this! You know! This beautifully crafted video directed by BiLLY FAMOUS, and HEAR what not only garnered “GOLDEN RATiO“, a top album I featured on my top 50 list in 2019, but also happened to be one of my favorite cuts from that very album! Now with a brand new video to provide such an impactful song justice as you enter a sonic zone of appearing away, that we might all relate to at some level upon a tumultuous 2020. “Not Today” by AGiLE SOCiETY is one of those songs that you can go back to over and over and over.
Mark Cooper, Fatt Father, Hatch Freestyle Over Blizzard Live From Detroit at Mix Studio One
Three beasts with bars put on for World Emcee with a freestyle filmed live from Mix Studio One in Detroit, MI. Detroit’s nerdcore rap aficionado Mark Cooper kicks things off in a bout of three stellar verses from three versatile emcees who delivering their own unique take. Fatt Father brandishes the second offering amongst the three and finishes with a powerful statement that sums his verse up well, “my thoughts weigh a couple hundred pounds“. Hatch hit’s the fly on Mike Pence’s head as he twists and bends the ends to this outstanding Blizzard production that all three of these talented artists help do justice in a powerful way.
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