REVIEW: 7evenThirty’s “The Problem”

 photo 7even7hirty_cover_zpsd6bd815a.jpg If you have never heard 7evenThirty yet and you consider yourself a hip-hop fan, what’s slowing you down? The man has the kind of laid back flow that shows a sense of confidence that makes you feel good about listening, but also isn’t afraid to show occasional flashes of humor to reveal his human side, that he’s not an automaton. The Problem (Mello Music Group/Fatbeats) is a primarily serious album that covers on the state of not so much the world, but the community, the city, and the personal mind. Some of us feel that it may be good to think globally but in order to do that, we have to think locally and the local spot to spruce up is ourselves, and how we’re able to interact with everyone else. Gensu Dean’s production is very synth and keyboard savvy, so it has the feel of what the south has specialized on in the last 20+ years, and the beats are clean and crisp, you don’t want to interrupt any of the songs. When there are times 7evenThirty comes off like a strong man of spirit, you can hear hints of Snoop Dogg in every way he twists his words, sentences, and verses, he understands what to do and more importantly, he understands himself, his capabilities, and how to build on it. Hearing Sean Price in “Hook Heavy” is indeed heavy and I would not mind hearing a full EP or album from these guys. In the end, there is no absolute solution to the problem in question but The Problem will help you to see yourself a little better and aim towards a better locality and world around you.

VIDEO: 7evenThirty’s “The Problem”

If someone comes up to you and tells you they want to talk about a problem, you’d like to think they may be there to offer a solution. 7evenThirty is here to talk about “The Problem”, which is not about any one specific thing but a collective amount of problems that has lead to a psychotic mess. Considering what has been happening in the United States this summer, this is a very timely song that needs to be heard now. As for the sample, it’s taken from the David Axelrod-produced “House Of Mirrors” by David McCallum, known as one of the core samples in DJ Shadow’s “Dark Days”.

FREE DL: 7evenThirty featuring Sean Price’s “Hook Heavy”
7evenThirty has a new track for 2014 that will continue to be part of the reason to listen and pay attention to him. A better reason to listen? Sean Price fits himself within the track and… you need another reason? See the song title “Hook Heavy”? Now formulate that concept within the mind. Yes, now press play and… no, better yet, download it and then press play. A lot.

Wait, you want another reason to seal the deal? Production from Gensu Dean. BOOM, cue Jamaican horns.

REVIEW: L’Orange & Stik Figa’s “The City Under The City”

L'Orange & Stik Figa photo LOrangeStikFiga_cover_zps30057654.jpg Hip-hop albums these days are almost a dime a dozen, or if anything, you have to dig much deeper to find the music that you know you’ll love, and not love it just because the masses are into it. L’Orange & Stik Figa represents the type of hip-hop that is harder, crisper, and for all intents and purposes, what people would call “the dope shit”. Here, that dope shit is called The City Under The City (Mello Music Group) and it comes from writing and saying lyrics and words that sound like they’re life experiences, not something that is meant to be hashtag rap or nothing but a massive list of keywords. They are diary entries from the pages of one Stik Figa, showing how he is more than just a figure in the shadows and a human with emotions and concerns that will touch those who enjoy tight flows, puzzle schemes, and the transformations of concerns to dreams. Producer L’Orange sketches out his path while creating diagrams for Stik Figa’s lyrics and together they create something that sounds like something they worked together, and not just something that was thrown or dropped into a studio and “just add water”. One of the best moments on The City Under The City is when Rapsody stops in to share advice in “Before Midnight”, but cameos from Open Mike Eagle, 7evenThirty, and Has-Lo are great listens too. This is about hard times understanding there is much better around the corner, even if that corner seems like an endless circle. Even underneath the concrete, there is life when it is sought.

VIDEO: 7evenThirty’s “Where It’s At”

This video is from 7evenThirty, offering up “Where It’s At” in visual form, black & white style. It’s a nice track with a nice looking video, so have a look and listen.

FREE DOWNLOAD: 7evenThirty’s “Nightmare (Oddisee Remix)”

Oddisee is at it again with a new remix, this time for 7evenThirty. The original is great, but this remix of “Nightmare”? Oh yes, this is a great one.

REVIEW: 7evenThirty’s “Twenty Twelve (Apollo Brown Remix)”

The good place that is Mello Music Group are offering a new track for free, and this one is an Apollo Brown remix of 7evenThirty’s “Twenty Twelve”. You may have heard it here before and if you liked it, listen to what Apollo Brown did to reconstruct it. What is your preference: the original recipe or the remix? Write your answer down.

VIDEO: 7evenThirty’s “GetUp!!!

7evenThirty’s new album, Heaven’s Computer (Mello Music Group) is out right now. Right now! You’ve heard the tracks and if you’ve wanted to see how he’d transfer one of them into a visual setting, here it is. “GetUp!!!” right now. RIGHT NOW!!!