DONTEE WEAVER so let down hopes that his highly-acclaimed flow would match up with his material. “Your Body” was a quickly recorded piece of sex-talk, acceptable as an introduction.
But “Gorilla Muzik” was a confusing pseudo-commercial. His “Free Jewelry” campaign did not help anyone in deciphering the promising rapper’s vision. The hype surrounding this “project” last year gently dissipated like cigarette smoke blown into a breeze.
The only thing worth mentioning again was AraabMuzik’s credit as producer. Ultimately it didn’t matter. “Gorilla Muzik” was Dontee Thomas’ growing pains. “Free Jewelry” has not yet materialized, But “Slippin” showed signs of hope: it showed real lyricism, without an outerspace cartoon gimmick. The hope so many people put in the name Dontee Weaver might well-be realized.
Dontee recently released the DOUBLE UP PARTY PACK, which contains two tracks, each remixed three times. Eh?
“I.D.K.A.Y.” was some interesting funk, but “She Do It For Dollars” is Dontee Weaver in full-power mode. The remixes won’t do much for any but hardcore Dontee Weaver fans. Althought Dontee’s acapella version of “I.D.K.A.Y. is worth having on its own. He’s a daunting challenger in a freestyle battle (i’ve heard). And Dontee Weaver’s acapella recital is the best we’ve heard from the “comeback kid” — a tentative nickname.
Hip-hop Artist Animikee Thotah is about to take the indie hip-hop/alternative/thraxxhouse scene by storm. “The Godbody Practice” is like x-rated Raury if Raury were to spit a narrative about his favorite dream sequence under-the-influence.
YUNG TZ is a young hip-hop artist, model and actor from the New York city area. Likely you’ll be seeing and hearing from him in big doses within the next year.
His new single “From Da Bak Club” finds the talented, confident Yung TZ sharing his adventures with “hoes and tricks”. He describes the shady side of scandalous hoes: “Ima stand my ground and watch me hit it from da bak.”
The track is a showcase of TZ’s provocative lyricism, but the real treat is his flow. He’s a wildman. Fellas, keep a firm watch on your ladies. Yung TZ is on his way!
It’s one of the most powerful protests “on wax’ you’re likely to hear right now.
As the city of Chicago tries to deflect focus on the infamy its nickname “chiraq” implies about the grand city, artists like singer-songwriter JERELL are demanding that the focus remain exactly where it is — and he’s adjusted the zoom.
The song’s lilting, weeping melody is minimalistic (in a good way). It mirrors the simple, direct plea of Jerell’s poignant lyrics. Hope his city hears him as he shares his generation’s nightmare: “don’t kill my dreams / i wanna see what i was meant to achieve.”
Hip-hop poet and educator LS (Limitless Soundz) brings it home in the last verse, highlighting our apathy and complete abandonment of humanity. He adds just the right amount of cynicism, his voice booming like a sonic blast from above.
LS nods in shame at the nation as he tosses out inconvenient truths like grenades. And there’s one controversial line that the power-at-be probably would pay him to edit out (“i shed so many tears, i might’ve broken a levee”). It’s a devastating suggestion.
We all hear the question. LS provides at least part of the answer: “Lookin for love in these streets — No Eharmony no BlackPeopleMeet, just gats in these seats like an Army vee.”
Whether Chicago or Detroit, or countless places across the nation, guns mix horribly with lazy, laissez-faire capitalism. Especially for the youth. Jerell and LS echo their survivors’ tearful voices.