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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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Da Ruckus New Album “Da Unreleased Episode”

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Emcee producer HUSH and UNCLE ILL has blessed us all with a blast from the past. Da Unreleased Episode is the last album Da Ruckus was working on before they started working on solo projects. This was the follow up work to Episode 1. They pressed 50 CDs and 50 Cassettes for fans and that was the only light of day the project seen. D.U.E. never got an official release and twenty plus years later hear we are. This album has gems!
The first track “Life Is A Gamble serves as a reminder and pays homage to the prior release Episode 1. Track two called “Eye Confess” features pre record deal D12 member Eiy-Kyu. These three emcees confess some issues from within to a beat that’s perfect for doing so. What ever happened to Eiy-Kyu?
Da Ruckus features their short lived Generation Techs crew on songs “We Are” and “Check It” featuring Da Brigade who are D12 members Kon Artis and Kuniva. GT lasted about as long as both songs combined but left us some solid recordings.
Over all this is a well rounded album.
The production and rhymes are more of what you loved about Episode 1. Out of five mics this a strong four. This album is a must hear for hip hop heads and available on every music streaming platform.
More info can be found at DaRuckus.com

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How to Dress Well in the Dark // mBtheLight New Music

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Photo by James Adams
Mahogani Music is excited to announce the release of How to Dress Well in the Dark (H2DWITD), a new body of work by Detroit-based multidisciplinary artist Monica Blaire under the moniker mBtheLight (mB). With featured tracks by Nick Speed and Andrés, H2DWITD marks mB’s premier as a producer and displays a fusion of jazz, R&B and electronica, creating a sonic landscape all her own.
The product of a triumphant performance artist, composer and singer-songwriter, mB’s debut on Mahogani Music is a shift in artistic direction, a twelve-track collection of songs that epigraph transformation and creative self-awareness. Developed over the course of three years, H2DWITD details a process of liberation from a space of emotional affliction–marked by recurring obstacles and cyclical dissatisfaction–into a period of renewal and expanded understanding of self.

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Dubterraneous One Be Lo-Fi and instrumentals

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One Be Lo “After digging through my ‘90’s tape collection, I found old loops, samples & unreleased beats that I haven’t heard since cd’s became the popular format. The first batch of records (Inherited from my Stepfather…Ok maybe I borrowed them…Maybe I just took the records and never gave them back, but he didn’t have a record player any more so they begged me to spin time with them.) I ever chopped, are on these tapes. In the beginning when I first started making beats, I didn’t own any equipment besides a tape deck. I recorded samples from vinyl onto cassette so I could dissect them in my Walkman or in the car on the way to the studio with Decompoze. We booked sessions with D.L. Jones, and chopped the records in his basement. He had the ultimate set up which included the Akai S950 rack model and the infamous SP1200. We brought the records over, told D. L. where to chop, add drums, sequence, then put on tape so we could go home and write rhymes. Usually the sessions were 4-5 hours and we always left with 2 beats each. That period lasted around 2 years, then we eventually started making beats on the MPC 2000 XL.”

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