REVIEW: Sundance’s “Midlife Marauders”

 photo SundanceMM_cover_zps39a8d126.jpg When you name your album based on a well known hip-hop album, you’re trying to make a statement. Sundance has done this with Midlife Marauders, a slight look back at A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders but instead waiting until after 12am to find the newness in the music you love, you’re now dealing with the reality of where you’re at now. In this case, midlife can be anything from real life to ones career, taking a look from the outside and trying to understand where you’re at and what to do next.

The vibe of this album feels like something you might hear in a Roots discography, perfectly between How I Got Over and undun, as Sundance tells his story in a very genuine way with little to no metaphors, and it’s somewhat obvious on what he’s talking about. It’s also nice to hear hip-hop that isn’t afraid to sound like it’s older and mature, as if it realized it can’t be 14 forever and wants to celebrate its existence. While the album also features collaborations with Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Theory Hazit, Ozay Moore, Sojourn, Elias, KJ 52, JustMe, Boombox Titans, J Givens, and Khadia Che among many, you can still hear the fact that this is a Sundance project and everyone else also knows it’s his album too.

While the album also has instrumentals to some of the songs, the true album is about eight songs long running at 30, but it’s the perfect length to tell the stories he is successful in taking. Now that we are in the concept of a midlife crisis, Sundance knows that your menstruating heart can’t bleed enough for two, and now he’s trying to find his way into some level of sanity.

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AUDIO: Sundance featuring Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Elias, KJ-52, JGivens & Khadia Che’s “Rain”

A few days ago I shared with you a new song by Sundance called “Choose Your Weapon”. Two days later, another song for you from his forthcoming Midlife Marauders album on Illect Recordings, and this one is jam packed with guests. It’s called “Rain”, and along with Sundance it features Cas Metah, Khadia Che, Propaganda, Elias, Wonder Brown, JGivens, and KJ-52. The album will make itself known next week Tuesday.

AUDIO: Scribbling Idiots’ “Old Heads”

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Invitation Only (Illect) is the forthcoming album from Scribbling Idiots, and if you’ve been keeping track of this collective, it almost seems like it could be anyone and everyone at any given time, but you know that’s true. For “Old Heads”, producer Re:Flex The Architect brings the minds and talents of muzeONE and Wonder Brown together for one hell of a track and to make it even more special, BlackBolt helps out to make the song complete. Pre-orders for the MP3, CD, and cassette versions of Invitation Only are now available from SphereOfHipHopStore.com.

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VIDEO: Cas Metah & Wonder Brown featuring Copywrite & Elias”Drowning Man”


Find some elements, combine them and see what happens. That’s what happened here with Cas Metah & Wonder Brown, who put together “Drowning Man” with producer J. Rawls and got Copywrite and Elias into the mix. For the video, Wes Pendleton directed it and added his visual expertise to compliment the music.

The track is from Cas Metah & Wonder Brown’s collaborative album, The Darke Bros. (Illect), which is available now.

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VIDEO: JustMe featuring Wonder Brown’s “Ceremonial Master”


Are you the master of kung fey? HEH? What did you…

Don’t make me kill you, for I will do it with pleasure?

Pleasure, huh? Heh. Let’s see about this.

Four days ago, JustMe offered a free download of his song called “Ceremonial Master” (which you can still find by clicking here. I really liked the song, and two weeks later, a video has been made available, and here it is.

Now, martial arts fans will notice a few things. While the song itself refers to Liu Chia-Hui and kung fu, the video shows a number of Japanese artifacts, specifically with one guy wearing a kimono with the Japan Air Lines logo in the back. Is there significance to this?

Kung fu elitism aside, it’s a damn good song and while the video isn’t 100% accurate, maybe I shouldn’t be spotting things that carefully. Just watch and enjoy.

FREE DOWNLOAD: JustMe featuring Wonder Brown’s “Ceremonial Master”

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“Ceremonial Master” is the new song by JustMe, and this track features Wonder Brown assisting him. You can check out the song with the Bandcamp or Soundcloud links, with the Bandcamp link making it possible for you to download it in lossless form, a plus.

The song is from JustMe’s forthcoming album on Illect called Full Disclosure, scheduled for released on May 29th.

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