VIDEO: Tyquan Sounds’ “FWYTB”

“FWYTB” is the new track by Tyquan Sounds, the MC who some of you may have known previously as Tyquan Jones. He made a video for his release FUCKWHOYOUTRINABE (95Labs), so he and his friends got on their skateboards, hit the streets and made “FWYTB”, nicely directed by Shottie and TeV95 and featuring model Angel Holifield. You may stream the album below.

AUDIO: Shottie featuring Itagui’s “Hollywood”

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Shottie: you have him doing what he loves doing, and the end result are songs that are top notch.
TeV95: you have him doing what he loves doing, and the end result are production that are damn good.

Now, if you’re a fan of Locos Por Juana, you might inquire about asking Itagui to be in your track. The request is received, and Itagui agrees to take part in the song. It may sound like a bunch of Steely Dan-esque “Show Biz Kids”-type behaviour, but it’s all about “Hollywood”, both the myth and the reality of the light that shines on the TMZ originally known as Hollywoodland.

The song is from his debut Delorean album (my review of which can be read by clicking here, which I’ve been telling you about since December 2011. If you didn’t get it then, you should consider doing so now.

VIDEO: Shottie featuring Ras Kass’ “Skyrider”

Don’t know what it is: the approach of the percussion in the track, the laid back vibe of the song, the fact that Shottie and Ras Kass are hanging around planes, I don’t know but this works for me. They both show why they are some of the best rappers out there, and they unite for “Skyriver”, taken from Shottie’s Delorean album (my review of which can be read by clicking here.)

VIDEO: Shottie’s “Akhenaten”

When a snowstorm happens, you’re usually told to stay warm by staying indoors. Some will brave the outdoors, and fortunately most of those people who brave the elements are doing something safe. Shottie went for the safe route when he did the video for the song “Akhenaten”, walking out in Brooklyn and seeing what had fallen onto the ground. The end result is a nice means of promotion for Shottie’s album coming out this summer on 95Labs called The Blackest Rose.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Que Cee featuring Shottie’s “Zombies In My Basement”

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In the words of one Russell Jones, “when it rains, it pours, ’cause my rhyme’s hardcore, that’s why I give you more of the raw/talent that I got will rizzock the spot”. This is very much about the “more of the raw” goods, coming from Que Cee, who brings on Shottie and instead of that salt that falls out of the sky onto an umbrella held by a girl, we’re talking about bath salts. What am I talking about? Listen to “Zombie In My Basement” and find out why you will definitely be rizzocking the spot, wherever you are.

VIDEO: Shottie’s “Joe Dumars”

So you make a video from your great album (my review of Delorean was posted two weeks ago), you set up shop somewhere, you do the things that you need to do in order to make sure the video looks good, and then you don’t mind telling your fans “hey, I’m hungry, and I’m going to eat my dinner while I lip-sync”? I joke because it’s funny, but it’s real. I always hate when hip-hop videos in general tend to come off like super-fantastic fantasies, but hey, a man gotta eat. That’s what Shottie does in “Joe Dumars” as he explains what he’s not, so it all ties in. He’s not Kid Cudi, but he’s going to enjoy a meal on his own time.

REVIEW: Shottie’s “Delorean”

Photobucket Hip-hop from all areas has never hesitated to talk about wanting better to find and live the good life, all while talking about struggling in this existence and at the same time, finding things to do to make time passing by much easier. It may not luxurious in the truest sense, and yet Miami’s Shottie has created an album that sounds like, with time, effort and determination, perhaps the jaunt in this existence can be as motivational as this music sounds.

Delorean is an album where Shottie has teamed up with producer Tev95, and if you’re familiar with his work, then you know what he’s capable of doing. He brings his techniques, talents, and keen ear to offer his support in a rapper who understands the good and bad of various elements of hip-hop, and makes it a point to show how to select the preferred elements to make something good. He could easily be a party rapper but keeps that under control. He could easily be hardcore or an extreme gangsta, but saves the gangsta-isms and prefers to shoot off some intelligence. It’s a true collaboration too, for while any producer can just squeeze out productions for the sake of effortless royalties, TeV95 truly listened to what Shottie was saying and what you’re hearing at times are musical interpretations of the stories.

Shottie has no problem in rhyming over a reggae vibe, something that might border on dubstep or IDM, a song that could easily open itself to be mainstream (“Aquaman” is an example of this) but when he does it, to my ears it does not lack what a lot of superstars try to do but fail. “Part Time Lover” is a slow jam, and while there are thousands of those in the genre, especially with a bit of Auto-Tune in the chorus, it’s a song that would make Timbaland go “oh, what is this? My name is not on this. Whoa!”

There’s a little bit of everything for everyone, so if you want a sliver of a Kanye West-vibe, Shottie shows his own level of coolness and it sounds like Shottie. There are enough smoothed out soulful moments that might make Phonte Coleman go “oh, I can dig this”. All this variety doesn’t hurt the pace of the album at all, it’s programmed quite well and I hope both he and TeV95 will continue to do more projects in the future. I also feel Shottie would be able to work with anyone and, without the producer knowing, teach them a few things. There’s a level of confidence I like, and while that may simply be knowing how to write and rap, it works to his benefit. Now get into that Delorean and let it ride.

VIDEO: Shottie’s “Legendary Shit”

There’s a part in this video where you’ll see a little kid rhyme a few “adult” lyrics like “ho’s put a seed in ’em” and while I shouldn’t object to that, I wish I didn’t have to see it. That’s not right. But what IS right is this song on its own, and I want to salute it on its own merits. The video is good too but I don’t want to see a young kid talk about ho’s, guns, and the rough side of life.

Otherwise, Shottie does take “Legendary Shit” back to 1995 and it’s bangin’.