"I'm the kind of man who likes to know who's loopin, these beats, Bambi." This is exactly what listeners want to know. Just who is making these crazy beats? The culprit would be DJ Noname.. Who in only a short time has become one of my favorite producers and has been on a crazy run dropping EPs with the top tier artists in the town. He's become what some would call an album crate archeologists how he is able to dig through samples uncovering masterpieces that are so soulful and so filling .He made 'Snackin With Flavor' that proved his culinary skills to whip up one of the best projects of the year. I say one of the best because his EPs appear multiple times for this category of musical bliss. This time is no different, as he drops an EP with Bambi titled "Your Money's No Good Here".
Starting off with Track 2. Corner Cafe, right out the gate Bambi blacks out. It's bar after bar that hits you, leaving no time for your mind to recover. "B got the juice, niggas barely got the broth." This is just one example of why people call her Bambi Bars. Corner Cafe truly showcases her mastery of lyrical skill and her versatility as she jumps from flow to flow effortlessly. What I like most about this track is how she shows her femininity but on the same track is able to get aggressive. It's a reason why people call her Queen B. The queen spits from her thrown looking down on all the peasants. The queen ends the track so playful, like she this was just the warm up. Damn this was just her warm up. A queen shows her superior again as this track was recorded in just one take, on her her first try.
1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. Some would think this is the count for track 2 called Samba. But for those who have heard it know that this is how Bambi lines up targets as she kills each topic. She shows that she has a well cultured flow that dances around the beat. Speaking of beat, the beat is so somber that it leaves room for Bambi to use her voice as a drum that percusses after each bar. Some would say this is the technical structure of Samba which is "polyrhythmic". I called it Bambi Bars!
Queen B threw me for a curve ball because the title lends me to think that this is going to be ultra braggadocio high tempo Bambi, But surprisingly it's a more layed back and chill. It's as if the royal Italian silk robe hugs her curbs as the crown sits comfortable. She lounge's on the track being fed grapes and being fanned by half-clothed men. But don't get it twisted, she still is spittin', "Journey can be a struggle and no one drew a map for me .X's on the spot of invisible ink."
"Feeling like I hit the lotto and still clocked in".
How do you end an album with a Queen MC? You use a sample from another queen. The last track IJWYTKHIF samples Patti Labelle's "Love, Need And Want You", which is a fitting way for Bambi to express herself on this last track. Of which she doesn't waste any time letting you know. Bar after bar she starts with the word "Feelin". while giving examples how this feels more like a carefree feeling which is accented with the beat. The beat feels so West Coast influenced, it stands out in that way as possibly a single. But still enjoyable none the less.
If I had to give my feeling about this project, it's the drink before you go home. A short escape to your favorite bar that has beautiful women dancing, and the drinks flowing. Would the World's Most Interesting Man be there? Probably not. But if Bambi is on the stage spittin you'll stay for longer than that first drink. Don't be surprised if the bartender tells you, "YOUR MONEY'S GOOD HERE!".
Le Cordon Bleu (translated as "The Blue Ribbon) is one of the best culinary schools in Paris. Chefs from all around the world travel for the chance to be apart of the tutelage and prestige from a school that has been known to produce some of the best chefs in the nation. But do you have to go to such a prestigious institution to be considered a world-renowned chef? Not for Keeng Cut! His recent project "Snackin' with Flavor" showcases his ability to put together some amazing dishes that can only be described a divine experience that few are worthy of. Let's take a seat and order from "Snackin' with Flavor".
Opening the tracklist is like opening the menu of an upscale five-star restaurant where your glass is never empty and there and no need for condiments. Each song of this 10 track project has a title that suggests at an expensive restaurant where the ingredients are always fresh combined with unique combinations that can only be found there. The main ingredients being of course Keeng Cut and producer dj noname. who together have created a fine dining experience complete with decadent dishes and a sound that creates the pace for savoring this tape. That's exactly what you have to do with this tape is savor it. Savor the heavily jazz influenced production. Savor the luxurious bars that are like morsels of savory flavor. Each track is the right portion and well with the cost.
Cost or rather "Worth" is something Keeng Cut has always rapped about going back to his Khampa Trillman days. It's lines like "Smellin' like Oil or Bond. I can do both baby. You can get the knife or the fists. I can do both hater" on the track "Tulsa Food Trucks" that seems to remind his listeners that the Khampa Trillman is still very much apart of him. But also on the track are lines about passive income, ownership, and taking care of business that shows just how much he has evolved. And like a world-renowed chef who knows how the acidy and bitterness on a customer's palate, Keeng Cut shows this same balance when rapping about guns and butter. Another example of this is on the track "Tuxedo Sundae" which has a beat that is business yet fun and flavorful. This evolution continues into the next song "Crustacean Cake Eggs Benedict" where he raps:
Keeng Cut a late bloomer,
Let's talk a little more about the other chefs featured on this album. It's the surprise these featured chefs create dishes and enhance the menu as seen with tracks like "Creamy Ramen" and "Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries" that both have become house favorites. These tracks have their unique flavors that you just can't put your finger on but you know it just works. "Creamy Ramen" introduces the chefs Dialtone and Teddy Oso. And although last, Teddy Oso showcases a perfectly plated delivery of bars that complement both Dialtone and Keeng Cut. Who themselves serve up exceptional verses.
But this isn't the only time Dialtone helps Keeng Cut chef in the kitchen. His second feature is on the track "Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries". It's on this track that Diatone proves that it pays dividends to have help, as he is more of a sous-chef that has been called in to help Keeng Cut to complete the orders within a 2 minute and 43 second ticket time. Timing is everything on this track yet the two collaborate so well that there is no mentions of restaurant terms like "Behind", "Fire it", or "Sharp". These terms are intended to let each chef know where the other is. But on this track ,they just know. This can be seen as the two pass the mic which becomes sort of a knife that the two pass after their verses cut through the beat. Lastly the "runner" dj noname delivers some dope commentary who is like a host that gives his recommendation of how this menu item can go from good to flavorous. Take a listen and you'll know what I mean.
One of the best Anthony Bordain's episode's of Parts Unknown was on Season 8, Episode 5 in which he visited Houston. The show showcased the southern hospitality along with the melting pot of cultures who have brought recipes and new foods to this booming oil town which has become a food destination. Keeng Cut first hand has experienced the rich culture and foods of Houston and has done his fair share of trips down I-45. This is most apparent on the track "Fiesta on Jensen Drive Got the Best Pineapple in Houston". This is an ode to H-Town where he reminisces on Houston places like The Screw Shop, The Galleria, Johnny's, and amongst others Fiesta Mart store, which is the name of the track. Throughout the track he raps about the close friends like Roy who helped him navigate and stay connected to H-Town. While also paying homage to Houston legends even going as far as giving Houston producer George Young the title of one of the gods of Houston. It's easy to see why this city is so invigorating. And appropriately that he ends it by singing, "Gotta Love That H-Town".
Showing off his taste for exotic flavors Keeng Cut's track "Neveria LaFuente" is unique. This song is epitome of extravagance and deculance. The type of dinner you have to save up for. Where the champagne is perfectly poured and the waiter after sitting down your plate says "Disfrútate de la comida." It's an experience and the ambiance that you enjoy. Which is initially created by the slow hypnotizing Latin influenced beat. Mix this with Keeng Cut's smooth and eloquent delivery and you'll know why people save their whole checks just for one night out of extravagance. This track truly becomes his international dish.
To fully experience "Snackin' with Flavor" you have to go to his YouTube page "Keeng Cut TV". On there you can find a volume of episodes called "Snackin' with Flavor" where Keeng Cut himself walks you through how to make the very dishes he raps about. Keeng Cut again shines as he showcases his mastery of the culinary arts and commanding stage presence. It's here that he shows that Snackin' with Flavor isn't about heating up frozen dinners or late night cooking TV Informals. Come on we talking about flavor! And Keeng Cut's meals involve curated ingredients that are prepped in a way that enhances the flavor of each ingredient. What's also impressive is his ability to get steer from the beaten path of recipes and see him work with only the ingredients he has available. This is what makes him flavor king. It's no doubt that if the legendary chef Anthony Bourdain was still alive he would want to visit with no reservations the experience that is Snackin' with Flavor.
Compliments to the chefs. And to reiterate this s not about cheddar biscuits. Snackin' with Flavor is like being in a 5-star luxury dining experience where the ambiance is set by cultivating jazz sounds offset by the notes of flavorful wine and of course flavorful lyrics. And if you listen close enough you'll get some of the key recipes that make this project have so much flavor. So next time you're in the kitchen preparing a meal, throw on "Snackin' with Flavor". It's guaranteed to be the key ingredient you didn't know you were missing.
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How do you define a time? Music. It’s the power of music that transports you to a time of memories experienced. And if not experienced you still don't have to go to far to see just how unique these experiences are. DJ Noname is an artist who is taking his unique experiences and blending them with fellow producer DJ $ir Mike to transport listeners to what can only be called “Sir Noname.”.
The World's Most Interesting Man. Some would say they miss the old guy that was always dressed in suits and told tall tales. But to those that know Keeng Cut know that he we wasn't even close. Keeng Cut, artist, entrepreneur, and also most would say trend-setter. But even that would be an understatement to his influence and cultural impact. Nearly a year ago he introduced the world to Flavio Cûtore, a smooth, fly, and debonair who is polar opposite to the rapping Keeng Cut. But now with the release of Keeng Cut's latest release "Stay Flavored My Friend", Keeng Cut learned that both could co-exist on the same project and if anything else it would be fully flavor!
2018 was a crazy year! So much music was dropped. I bet you don't remember that Drake's "God's Plan" was released this year. Or that J. Cole dropped KOD. Nas even dropped an album this year using Kanye's 7-song album format. Newcomers like Lil Baby dropped their first album. While artists like Lil Yachty set out to prove that there's no such think as a Sophore slump. Migos setout to prove that they can still make hits. We remembered Mac Miller and XXXtentacion who both dropped projects that are helping to keep their memories alive. What a year for music!
You wanna hear a scary story? The 1st of the month is Thursday and you don't get paid til next Friday. Scary enough? The truth is, it's Halloween! The scary movies, haunted houses, and trick or treaters have waited for this one day to celebrate the things that go bump in the night. But who am I to spoil the story when You.th can tell a much better story. His his latest EP "Ghost in Blood" is a tale from the Town that will quench your Halloween thirst.
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Production: Papa_74126, George Young, 2Peece, Deaneaux, John Mooreland, TK Nasa, Charity E. Vaughn
LOOK UP in the sky! Issa a bird! Issa plane! Issa album by David Puffin'. With a 4.20 release date "Issa", (a 10-track EP by David Puffin') isn't about flashy click bait album titles but rather letting the music RUN IT UP. Known for his high energy and weed inspired lyrics David Puffin looking to make his music reach as many people as the plant he celebrates. So here it is 'Issa', the review;
"Me found Bravery in my Bravado" this bar is taken from Kanye West's track "Dark Fantasy" which appears on his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". But this bar also perfectly describes "TheGRAE" an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma who with the release of his recent project "Live From Trytan" is looking to leave the same if not greater mark than his icon Kanye. Comparing the the two it's easy to see why Kanye West is one of TheGRAE's biggest influences, Especially after realizing that both are producers turned rappers/artists, and both come from a city where the odds of making it out of those city limits are greatly against them.
The shores of Tulsa are often calm. Quiet. Unbothered. Except for one surfer named St. Domonick, who with his recent release #SSS has been making some major waves. Short for "Santos Swimming School", #SSS is an inside look into a more braggadocios St. Domonick whose love for 90s nostalgia and culture can be felt throughout the project.