Many times, readers stumble upon reviews like this one because they're checking out something they missed (regret chasers). Michael M Sinclair did a good job behind the lens when Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on November 5, 2016 (see the photos), but he also dropped off some thoughts on cuts from this Hiphopalooza 4 mixtape curated by Prince Golden and DJ Knox. Press play below, then have a scroll around.
"Palooza" can be defined as “an exaggerated event,“ but how do you exaggerate hip-hop, a genre full of overstatements and hyperbole? Prince Golden’s answer to that is get 16 local acts and three national acts on one stage, for one night at the Crowbar in Ybor. Before the show I listened to the mixtape curated by DJ Knox and Prince Golden.
Blueprint - "Great Eydea's Never Die"
There is production that makes my whole body bob up and down. Lyrics that contemplate the artist’s personal life. Clever use of metaphors. I’m sold.
Rival - "Monster Inside"
Rival’s forceful vocals ride on top of the guitar driven track with ease. Don’t call it ‘rap rock’. This production blends a rock sound with a rap feel, perfectly. It shows music’s evolution past pigeonholing and genres.
Jon Ditty - "Off the Clock f/Stick Martin and BC"
Mr. Ditty wins the award for most words used AND most topics covered in his two-minute slot. His lyrics are too genius to summarize. And yes, he spits that fast live.
Dabron Kain - "Under the Sun f/ Doralissett"
This catchy track would be right at home on any top 40 playlist. Doralissett’s beautiful vocals are a perfect dichotomy to Dabron’s raspy voice. The lyrics are about important current issues; this is conscious music.
TDP Boba Fatsax - "Max Julian"
Boba Fatsax has a flow that shows the best of the southern style I love and grew up with. For fans of nostalgia, Three Six Mafia and No Limit Soldiers.
They Hate Change – "MP"
This duo makes their own beats, which gives the production a feel like I am going through sci-fi journey narrated by They Hate Change. Beat complexity is not a problem for these dudes, it is layered chaotic beauty.
Mason Monroe - "5 Finger Discount"
Monroe does not have five on it, has got his five fingers on it, and plans on taking what you own. The smooth trap beat mixed with Mr. Monroe’s catchy hook makes this joint a Florida classic a la ‘Robbery’ by Nappy Headz.
Cap Luke - "Cap 1"
As I weave in and out of Cap Luke’s lyrics, a familiar bass line guides me to the West Coast sound that never gets old. This is pure hip hop, check check check check him out.
Louis Junior - "Nothing More, Nothing Greater"
Trap style flow is getting more and more popular; it really is hard to find an MC who keeps it interesting. Louis Junior’s flow is chopped to the beat, and follows the drops perfectly to make a song that is entertaining in a genre that can be so boring.
Dynasty - "Be (feat. Eliana)"
This record starts off with Eliana of TRC crooning into the mic “ooohh yeeahhh”. I found myself saying “oh” or “yeah” after each of Dynasty’s verses. This femcee has got bars that puts the dudes to shame, plus you can listen to it with your mom.
Mike the Emcee – "Killsborough"
The young Mike the Emcee hits this track out of Tropicana park, this is pure Tampa Bay rap. With a hook that includes “..bitch I’m from Tampa, Florida..”, how can I not love it.
Charles Burns - "Wish Upon A *"
My boy Charles Burns is at top form on this track. His flow has been described as MF Doom-ish with a guttural delivery that would put metal heads to shame. I also hear he has a pretty good music video out for this song..
Macibision - "Cut Throat"
I do not always want to drop ‘bows in the club, but when I do, it is because I listened to this track. This Tampa crew raps dirty and hard, perfect for that drive to Ybor Friday night.
Rowtch - "Push to Start"
From the slow production and gloomy synths, to the fast-slurred spitting style, "Push to Start" is a dark track from Rowtch. The lyrics must be listened to, Rowtch kills it, from “intro to outro”.
Achilles - "87 Countach"
79 Sorcery’s Achilles the Conqueror has the most original sound out. His flow bounces to the drums while synths drive the beat better than Gosling. Like all his music this track is self-produced and pure talent.
Brilly Asher - "The Showdown"
A female voice behind fast raps and a high hat-heavy beat makes for a great rap song. Add amazing samples and you go from song to cinematic experience. Mr. Asher controls the track with dominance, rising above all that is going on around him.
Joshua Cruz - "You Know It's Complicated"
Ending the mixtape is the soulful Josh Cruz. The record is top not production value, but that is a must when you have a top notch voice like his. Look out for Joshua Cruz. Seriously, go to any show of his you can. Take a date with, you will not regret it.