VIDEO: Kosha Dillz featuring MURS’ “We Are Different”

We’re not even at the end of the second month of 2016 but we got a video that will definitely be talked about by the end of the year, this one done by the main man Kosha Dillz. For “We Are Different”, it’s a collaboration with MURS so you know it has to be good. Nah, it is good so please have a look and listen at this clip directed by Diwon. It is taken from Kosha’s album Awkward In A Good Way (my review of which can be read by clicking here.)

SOME STUFFS: Pharrell Williams to head line this year’s Camp Flog Gnaw

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The 3rd Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival has been announced, with tickets to be made available to the public tomorrow (Friday, August 8th) and what you see is not a joke: Pharrell Williams will be headlining this year, hat and all. Also scheduled to attend include people like Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, MURS, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, and such Odd Future folks like Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, The Internet, Domo Genesis, and many more. Early bird tickets can be purchased directly from Camp Flog Gnaw.

Oh yeah: as for where it will be, it’ll be held again at The Park at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 8th.

FREE DL: MURS & Apollo Brown’s “The Pain Is Gone”

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If you thought MURS had an exhausting 2013 and he was going to take a few months off to rest, bolshoi. He is here with Apollo Brown handiling “The Pain Is Gone”, which will appear on the Mello Music Group compilation Mandala Vol. 2, Today’s Mathematics, due out on the 28th of January. This collection looks like it’s going to be hard to beat but don’t beat it, join it. Or them.

REVIEW: Kosha Dillz’s “Awkward In A Good Way”

 photo KoshaDlzA_cover_zps1f2468a9.jpg This guy has had one hell of a year, dropping a lot of music, doing shows left and right, making cameos when he can and meeting old fans and new ears. I’m not sure what Kosha Dillz means when he called his album Awkward In A Good Way, does he think he feels awkward in the hip-hop field? Does he feel his writing style and flow are awkward? Or are his songs a bit strange? I’m a fan of his and I like his approach so as always, I’m open to whatever he throws out and I try to figure things out.

I’ll say this first and foremost: the two opening tracks on this album were not to my liking and I started to wonder if Kosha was changing his style a bit for this project. “Let Go” and “Tupac Gone Fishing” could be considered catchy and what he is saying is not what I had problems with, it’s the instrumentals. They sounded a bit lackluster to me and Kosha is not something I would considered lacking in anything in terms of his music. Fortunately, things turned around in a major way with cut 3, “What’s Goin’ On Upstairs”, which perhaps was at the right time too because I didn’t want to go through this release being disappointed. That allowed me to reevaluate the opening songs, which I would do afterwards.

What makes Kosha Dillz work for me is how he writes in a way that isn’t demeaning or where he is constantly “tooting his own horn” too much. He sounds like an everyday guy talking about every day things, not afraid to use a bit of humor but also not fearful of establishing points and morals to his stories. He is a storyteller in the Rakim and Slick Rick sense, but very much in his own way. By the time I got to the halfway point, I didn’t hear anything awkward at all. I thought “this is the Kosha Dillz that I like listening to.”

With the album being released through MURS’ label, it makes sense that he shows up here, not in just one, but two different songs, each one very different from one another. “Where My Homies Be” also brings in Gangsta Boo to help out, although I’m going to be perfectly honest, I felt her verse was a bit on the pointless. I understand creating something in the costume of the song, but had another female rapper been a part of the song, or if Gangsta Boo’s lyrics was done by someone else (female or otherwise), I might have liked it more. MURS rocks it though, as he also does in “We Are Different”.

As far as my favorite song, the honor goes to “Wavy”, which is done over a Timbaland/Missy Elliott-type beat complete with different percussion and double speed drum breaks heard sporadically, and it fits in nicely with Kosha and his style, or it can also be said that Kosha manipulates his style to fit in with the song, it fits both ways. A song I thought I wouldn’t like by title alone ended up being a personal favorite too, the album closer called “In Da Club”. I had assumed that it would be Kosha’s attempt at doing a club joint, and it wouldn’t particularly be a bad thing. In this case, he speaks of what happens in the way towards the club and what generally happens when one comes back home. In truth, it’s a song that shows the club as not a place of seduction and passion but just a building, and Kosha’s approach in parts of the song comes off as if he’s saying “yeah, here I am, big deal”. It’s a low key approach to what people would expect in a song with a title like that, but it ends the album perfectly.

Maybe this album is awkward in a good way because it doesn’t go in a direction one might expect in hip-hop. This is Kosha Dillz, and he doesn’t necessarily go in a specific direction either, any expectations will lead to finding something else. Even if you’ve known of his music, you’ll find something new about his compositions here.

VIDEO: Kyle Rapps featuring MURS’ “Architecture”

Kyle Rapps created a video from an album that I felt was one of the best of 2013 (my review of SUB can be read by clicking here), and it’s for the song featuring the one and only MURS. “Architecture” is a track with structure and precision, and now it has your attention.

VIDEO: MURS featuring Kosha Dillz, Jabee, Cash Lansky, Marley B, Optimal & Reverie’s “S.O.S.”

New MURS is always good. New MURS content: fantastic. New MURS music: awesome. New MURS video: WOWSERS. New MURS video featuring special guest: HOLD YOUR FRICKEN JETS, BUSTA, WHAT IS THIS?

THIS, my friends, is something that may have too much posse, on your hands or otherwise. Dig in, feasters, for you are watching a Kosha Dillz, Jabee, Cash Lansky, Marley B, Optimal, and Reverie revolution.

VIDEO: Kosha Dillz featuring Gangsta Boo and Murs’ “Where My Homies Be”

The business can be hectic but when you meet up with the right people, it can lead to pure chewing satisfaction. Or so said the gum commercial so for a bit more long lasting refreshment, Kosha Dillz was able to bring in Gangsta Boo and MURS into his song because he wanted to know “Where My Homies Be” and discovered they be right there. Nice how that works, isn’t it?

BTW: I posted the song as a free download almost a month ago so if you missed out on that, fear not, the post is still here.

FREE MP3 DL: Kosha Dillz featuring Gangsta Boo & MURS’ “Where My Homies Be”

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They are a team, at least in this song they call “Where My Homies Be” where they talk about their closest friends and perhaps one another. I speak of brother Kosha Dillz, along with brother Murs, and brother Gangsta Boo. The song will appear on Kosha’s new album due out next week Tuesday, Awkward In A Good Way.

REVIEW: Kyle Rapps’ “SUB”

 photo KyleRapps13_cover_zps8637b77f.jpg There are very people in hip-hop today that I would say offer a challenging or daring listen, but Kyle Rapps is someone who offers both not as a means to be different, but simply because it feels real to do so. SUB carries its way because of the musical diversity found in each song’s world, whether it may be a deep disco groove, a traditional boom bap track, or something that may be as trippy as a Madlib or Outkast track, where you don’t know if you’re going to fall out of your seat but you’re going to listen because it sounds and feels good. The album carries it way due to how Kyle Rapps raps, where it’s not the same style going through its own variations in each passing song. He’ll get into chopping his vocal style up in a fast fashion, then carry himself like a stoner monarch, but then present himself as a dope lyricist with precise rhymes. Even with a new audio picture in each song, you get a nice full picture of what Kyle Rapps wants to do, and that is simply to flip things without standing in one corner to collect dust or moss. He is as good as the perceived pros, but still has the integrity of that guy down the way who has some studio equipment, a microphone, and knowledge of how to make things good with what he has.