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New Music: Marcus Machado “I Can’t Lose” ft. Jermaine Holmes

 

Flashback

Two moments come to mind, when I think about Marcus Machado.

The first is when he did a live performance at socially acclaimed NYC Friday night spot Soul In The Horn for a release or something, can’t quite remember.

The way he made the guitar sing that evening was one of those things where if you love music, you couldn’t help but to be mesmerized by the lifelike cry of each stringed note.

It was very Hendrix like.

From that point on, I regarded him as Hendrix Jr. Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 4.07.20 PM.png

The second time, was during a music session with Soul In The Horn’s curator D. Prosper.  I’d play tracks thinking it’s straight fire lol and then he’d ‘G check‘ me, like, listen to this… then this dope as fuck track would come on that would have me salivating.  We are lover of sound, so this is natural.

Prosper was a tastemaker before taste-making was ever a thing, his ear is perfect for spotting future sounds that would go on to become influential.  He warned me that Machado was gonna be a problem and went on to play some incredible shit that blew my mind.

Present

So I see a post from Marcus Machado, excited cause I’ve been waiting to review his dope soul.  He’s everywhere playing with Jamie Lidell, Pete Rock and many others so time is of essence with his busy schedule.

I hit em up like “yo i gotta review that track”, boom and he’s like “word thx” boom boom and I get a link for the track “I CAN’T LOSE“.

Everything about the track is right.

It’s a patient, soul stirring song thats bound to make one internalize there priorities.  The bluesy vibes is gorgeous and grimy.

The vocalist Jermaine Holmes carefully lyrics balances, pain with determination as Marcus Machado sets the ambience.  The solo’s are magically pleasant and not over the top.  The drummer, that tight snare just knocks.

It sounds like it should have started off season 5 of Power, a yo 50

Definitely check this joint out and let this be your next workout/driving/chilling track.

Here are a few more clips of Marcus Machado.

and that’s #thebrooklynword.

Repping at the Garden.  I was waiting for him to light that shxt on fire and smash it, but that might have caught fans off guard.

Throwback Machado going Apeshit.

Machado being blessed with playing at the Hendrix Flat Sessions.

and lastly had to throw the GangStarr joint up with him and Daru.  His drumming partner in crime and shine.  Love the energy between them, Daru is another Master of The Craft.

Their vibes works every sound.  Catch em at the Blue Note w/ Pete Rock.

Digga digga..

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And then there are these personal practice session.

The minds of those that create sonics like this for the culture, must be embraced for our future depends on it.

…and that #thebrooklynword.

Review of “Nasir” | NAS

This review was written the day after the album dropped, but held back till the smoke cleared from all the opinionated culture enthusiasts.  Bloggers, writers, tastemakers all that.

Those muthafucker’s are everywhere, yet, they really don’t say nothing.  It’s funny and sad.  They really don’t understand this culture when they write these dissertations for their own to understand.

I haven’t read a single review from any blogger or music site and don’t care to, this is strictly my opinion based off my love and understanding of the culture.  They don’t know any more than person on the street and definitely don’t know about the foundation of rap from experience, only word of mouth and delving into the world claiming ownership.

I was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Raised on Video Music Box and all the Hip Hop radio stations.  I saw the emergence of Nas and Queensbridge, watching while holding the antenna on channel U31 so that the reception was clear and shit.

We debated Hip Hop and dope lyricist on the train and in the the lunchroom of Murry Bergtraum H.S. (later Bethel H.S. in Hampton, VA.).  Our debates would build the culture to what it is today, a multi-trillion dollar industry that’s still growing.

Please don’t put my opinions in the same category as the “gentrified taste” of Hip Hop hobbyist writing on their laptops in coffee shops or plush lil offices in Red Hook or Williamsburg.  I am rap and hip hop bitches.

With that, let’s begin.

This is the tracklist for the Nasir album:

“Everything,” “Bonjour,” “Not For Radio,” “Adam & Eve,” “Simple Things,” “Cops” and “I Can Explain”

Not For Radio:  comes on with importance.  The intro features Puffy and as the track goes on, it’s clear… Puffy ad libs are back!

The beat drops, it’s an ethereal downtempo track with a big presence.  There’s a choir, a full orchestra sample chop or live and then sampled (not sure).

This set’s a strong tone as the first track, Nas doesn’t dissappoint with God Body lyrics for the peoples.  The hook is dope and the rhythm grows on me.  My mind is switching from listening to the beat, to trying to break down what Nas is saying in real time.  I kinda don’t want to, I just want to hear Nas get it in cause it’s been awhile.

Kanye did a dope job in regards to switching the energies between the albums.

While Kanye’s album was more of a look into his personal journey, it wasn’t a fun album that you’d want to listen to and party or cruising through the city blasting in the Summer.

It was a good album, that’s a great album, if you are going through similar pain and such.  Nas’s album, is a different direction and so far it’s feeling real happier.

Cops Shot The Kid:  oh yea, this is what i’m talking about.  The Slick Rick sample loop is perfect.  That track already has a party energy attached, partygoers will immediately relate to this joint.  I already see all the hands in the air and dancing.

Dope shit, this is a gonna be a classic track right here.  Nas is in a powerful zone when you break down the lyrics.  Ye‘ joins in further drilling in the empowering message thats being delivered to all races, creed and religions.

That hook is dope… i’m starting to get a feeling of it sounding a dope movie.  Like it needs to be a soundtrack.  Hmmm, this is a soundtrack of the times.  I dig it.

White Label:  the production is what heads have been waiting for from Yeezy.  It was the perfect alleyoop, wit Nas slam dunking it for the culture.

The messages continue through the melodicaly minimal vocal driven hook.  Nas has a lot on his mind as well.  It’s quite reflective and show his growth since the QB days.

Bonjour:  just beautiful!  I’m loving the production direction.  Dope tracks tell a story on it’s own, with the Emcee adding or creating a new world at whim.  Here the tracks is so good, it almost overshadows Nas.

I want more Bars on this joint, but nahhh, we are getting teased here.

Oh yea, the message switches up… it’s for the ladies.

Everything:  Ye is singing again, i’m not mad at that as long as the build up involves dopeness at the end.  Another beautiful track.

I didn’t even research it to see who’s on it, i’m just raw doggin it and as stated earlier, writing in real time as it plays out.

This is track is more messaged based, a jewel for young minds to mine later in their lives as they mature.  Nas is more descript creating a visually stunning imagery in my mind.

Fist and lighters up from everyone once this is played on tour.  It’s the superman track of the album.  A Superman track is that joint that makes you feel invincible when you listen to it.

ps… the other voice is The Dream, yea he sounds good, i wanna hear more from the brother.

Adam and Eve:  aight, Nas got that vintage flow on this 90’s type production.  It reminds me of “Verbal Intercourse” off of Raekwons Cuban Links album,

but different.

Nas’s flow is much looser as he bar up with words on top of words.

Simple Things:  is another downtempo head nodder.  The rhythm draws me in here, particularly the rhythm hits the minor chords… oooh, sounding delicious.  It sounds like a carnival song being played through bad speakers but in a dope way.

I wanna see this video shot in Coney Island and along the board walk.  I wanna see mad slo mo and the matured QB King and crew posting up on some throwback hype williams ish.  Oh yea, sexy shorties eating cotton candy, candy apples and those twirly lollipops.

Final Review:  It’s an album thats very mature minded and powerfully delivered.  The majority of the tracks is classic Nas speaking wisdom with his smooth QueensBridge flow.

The energy in my opinion is in a different space than his past albums, here’s why:

  • The production made limited use of harder kicks and snares, opting for softer almost electronic kick instead.  That makes sense given Kanye’s extensive time in that musical space.  Plus it’s what today’s music consist mostly of.  Nothing wrong with that production decision, his personal choice.  My point is merely that adding that natural sound creates a different and more potent energy.  The Bonjour track energy is more memorable innately, as vintage kick/snares were used.  Classic rap essentials and purist typically deem this a must have, though not necessary.  A slipper slope, when that production choice is made either way.  Here are a few classics Nas and you’ll understand my point more…

  • The bmp is slower than on tracks that are considered classic:  the vibe of the album is mad chill and subdued except for a joints like “Cops Shot The Kid”.  It felt like, if you give Nas a faster track, he’ll be more energetic and pay more attention to the delivery than a slower lazier type flow.

  • The album being limited to 7 tracks:  so Illmatic had 5 joints, all the rest had over 10.  And while that’s not an industry standard any longer, it allowed him to get out different sides.  The party side, the street side, the God Body side and you get the point.  I’m thinking there is a part 2 to this Album like there is way more that will be released in the future, who knows.
  • Lastly, even though Nas has always had that smooth flow, he feels tired.  If you really feel music, you can hear it when compared to earlier works.

All that was from the first listen.  I’ll sit down and understand it differently as time goes on as well as analyze Nas’s bars for self.

It’s message, well I’ll leave it for you to interpret.  Not everything should be told…

and that’s The Brooklyn Word.

 

 

 

 

Review of Kanye’s “Ye” Release & It’s Worse Than We Thought

The Brooklyn Word’s opinions are just that and based off the art of Rap. We are unbiased, unfiltered and unapologetic. While we love the culture, we do not feed into the bullshit or culture vultures that plague Hip Hop today! – Crown Heights, Brooklyn

So with that, let’s get it poppin!

I Thought About Killing You: aight, I have to be open minded but listening to the intro is a bit morbid. This is beginning to sound like the new energy of Hip Hop that’s emotional.

The beat is interesting and then comes in tougher later. It’s a hard trap’ish vibe with lyrics that match. After listening to Black Thought’s solo project, adjusting back to musical reality is crucial to sharing an unbiased opinion. This isn’t what I was expecting.

Yikes: the energy is maintained, matching the earlier tracks vibe. The track feels angry and all over the place as far as the lyrics go.

All Mine: aight, this minimal beat is hypnotic and infectious. Millennial’s will get it immediately, older 90’s heads will feel a way cause it’s not like College Dropout.

Wouldn’t Leave: Ok, now we talking. This is the first musical track that is starting to resonate, the anger is passing and becoming reflective. The hook and singer gives it soulful chills. It’s not a club track, but if you can relate to Kanye’s wild out sessions, than I guess you got yaself a new anthem.

No Mistakes: my energy is draining and i’m feeling sad even though I’m watching game 2 of the finals. Cleavland has 64 and Golden State 72 dammit. I need more drive in a track, i dont want to feel so down while listening. The beat is fire tho…

Ghost Town: sounds like old Kanye coming in, uh oh. Ok Yeezy is singing, it’s getting real. He’s a Gemini, I’m a Gemini, I’m remaining optimistic and open minded. Even though I feel like driving off a cliff. This is the perfect album to OD on or commit suicide. Hey, I know that sounds kinda bad but I’m just interpreting the energy. Time to go to the next track…

Violent Crimes: oh man, it’s the same thing. I swear if you listen to this drunk and depressed, you might do some foul shit. Aight I’m done, can’t listen to anymore. I’m sure the complete project is artistic and creative but honestly I’m not feeling it.

The album was touted as a future masterpiece but it doesn’t have much that real Rap sustenance that fans can relate to. Hip Hop culture vulures and sad people that rock smokey eyes, will have a field day tho. I honestly wouldn’t trust any music blog or individual that is like this joint is a classic and award winning.

It’s nowhere near any of the following:

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Sure every new work has it’s own identity and no we don’t expect one’s artistic projects to all sound the same. This one is simply depressing and not the type of album I’d want my child listening to. This doesn’t change our opinion about Mr West as we’re real Rap heads and his early contribution to the culture was significant.

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Things took a change and so did the quality of his music. He was no longer the happy Polo Bear that we remembered.

What I do appreciate is him separating his energy to create something different for Pusha T. If Nas’s album completely different from both Pusha T and his, then yes he is a true musical creative.

Time will tell, in the mean time peep our version of what we were expecting from Kanye new project. Using pretty bad audio from an interview we remixed him doing “Gorgeous” acapella…

All eyes are gonna be on Nas at the middle of this month and then the rest of the Good Music team. We’ll be there as well to keep you posted, keeping it straight 100, and that’s The Brooklyn Word.

ps. The Cavs lost, Ye is not a Clevland omen.