NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “WAVY RHYMES! -IAMJYOUNGIN – OCEAN FISH FUTURE GOAT 2 ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: IAMJYOUNGIN

Album: Ocean Fish Future Goat 2

Release Date: November 15, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms/Physical Copies follow his IG

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing IamJYoungin’s project titled, “Ocean Fish Future Goat 2“. I came across his music through his Marketing and PR Rep Patrice who I met at the LA Revolt Summit this past October 2019. She said he is an LBC artist who is gonna blow up soon! She said it with so much confidence I asked her for a copy of a CD or project. She handed me IamJYoungin’s new CD that he was going to drop in the next few weeks. I finally had a chance to put it on rotation and listen to it a few times. IamJYoungin aka Jeremiah is a young entrepreneur who is beyond a rapper. He has a non profit organization and has done TED talks as a young kid. He has a drive and a positive outlook of the world it bleeds into his music. His music gives you that feel good vibe as well!

The project consists of 22 tracks with a running time of 1 hour and 2 minutes. As I mentioned you definitely get a West Coast LBC beach vibe listening to this project. I don’t like comparing artists, but he reminds me of a young Snoop Dogg mixed with Nipsey Hussle, he also brings his own charisma. This is a project you can press play and just cruise in your ride. The beats are wavy and have that bass I love! You get tracks like, “Spazz“, “All Type of Ways“, “Tags” and “Change Yea“, where J is just flexin and having a good time. Then you also get a more introspective track, “Family Letter“and J shows another side to his music. Definitely one of my favorite tracks. I also loved Deneisha Rhyne’s vocals they are amazing! Also “Earned It” is a track where he raps how his hard work is why he deserves success! Then one of the tracks towards the end that surprised me was the track “La Bolsa” it shows J’s versatility as he raps in Spanish. You get a latin trap and tropical vibe! Overall it is a solid project!

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The only constructive feedback I would give is to have a shorter project for the future. In the era of so much music being released it is easier to consume a short album/EP. In my opinion it gives it a higher replay value. I also know in the new era of rap autotune is popular for the youth, but I appreciate the real vocals it gives a more organic feel. Overall it was a solid project. J is a young mogul who cares about his community and doing positive things to make positive changes! His project is on all streaming platforms or follow him on IG @iamjyoungin to get physical copy of this project! Go support this rapper who is doing big things!

Thank you for reading my album review! Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “CONTAGIOUS ILL RHYMES!!! -SICK RICK & SPEAK EZ – SPEAKING SICK ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Sick Rick & Speak EZ

Album: Speaking Sick

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Sick Rick and Speak Ez’s album titled, “Speaking Sick”. My spooky fam has been non stop putting out quality projects all year long! This album is no exception we are blessed with 11 tracks of pure grimey beats and ill bars!!! The album has a running time of 31 minutes filled with deadly rhymes! If you are into pure lyrical slaughter and boombap gritty beats then this is the project for you! Speak Ez and Sick Rick both go in bar for bar!

The outstanding track for me was, “Can’t Stop the Flow“, it has a very catchy chorus. The beat is out of this world too! Also the final track, “Dairy” they both go in and it features Sire Spooky Smalls Uno. They slaughtered all the wack rappers! Then you get tracks like, “Church” the beat give me Phantom of the Opera vibes! Then the track, “My Way“, the beat goes hard very ominous with poisonous raps! Sick Rick and Speak Ez created a diabolical masterpiece! You get horror references to pop culture! If you appreciate rhymes that make you think and complex bars you will definitely love this project! Now all streaming platforms go support! San Diego is killin the rap game right now!

Thank you for reading my album review! Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue” .

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “SHINE BRIGHT!!! -DOCTOR SLEEP MOVIE REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Doctor Sleep

Main Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Zahn McClarnon and Cliff Curtis

IMDB synopsis:
“Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.”

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the film, “Doctor Sleep” which is a sequel to Stephen King’s book The Shining and a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic by the same name. I went to see this film in theaters twice. There are a lot of mixed reviews, but I loved it! Some say The Shining casted a giant shadow on this film, but I disagree. I feel like the Director Mike Flanagan did an amazing job! I am in love with his work from The Haunting of Hill House to Ouija: Origin of Evil. His use of angles and imagery is captivating!

This film gave me Inception vibes mixed with horror elements. My favorite character was Abra who in my opinion stole the show. I loved her, she was a badass kid with the ultimate shining powers! She also had the balls  that Danny didn’t. She was not afraid to go after the True Knots. The cast was great as well, Cliff Curtis was amazing as Dan’s friend. Rose the Hat was an okay villain, I liked Crow Daddy played by dope actor Zahn McClarnon who is also in one of my favorite shows called Westworld. We also get a more modernized remake of The Shining score. We get the famous ominous horns and the eerie anticipation that something bad is about to happen.

This film definitely pays homage to The Shining, the finale takes us back to the Overlook Hotel where all the horrors started. For those Shining fans you get a trip down scary memory lane. I loved how they weren’t censored when it came to filming a controversial murder of a child. We got a bit of that in the movie It (2017) with Georgie’s arm being torn off by Pennywise the Clown and even then it wasn’t that graphic. I always appreciate when Directors and writers aren’t afraid to show something that normally hasn’t been done before or break the mold. I definitely recommend checking out this film! I was never really fan of The Shining to be honest. In my defense I was a kid when I watched it and maybe I didn’t fully grasp the film’s intention, but this film made me want to go back and rewatch it!

Thank you for reading my movie review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz and Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “GODDESS MUSICIAN!!! – ANGEL FARRAH – LA UNICA EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO
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Artist: Angel Farrah

Album: La Unica

Release Date: Sept. 20, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the EP titled, “La Unica” by my friend Angel Farrah! She is truly a musician she plays the saxaphone, sings and raps in Spanish and English!!! I love her versatility and her change of flow. Each track on this project has a different vibe, style and genre. The EP consists of only 8 tracks and running time of 25 minutes. This album has a little bit of everything for everyone. From dancehall type beats to slowed down r&b ballads. You also get lyrics that are relatable about the ups and down of love and life!

I had a chance to interview Angel and she mentioned the tracklist was placed in a specific order to tell a story. The songs were strategically placed in that order to take us on a journey about Angel’s love life and more! Also her cadence and tone switches up from the beginning to the end of the project. She starts with a mellow soft spoken voice then by the end of the project Angel is more confident and a bit more abrasive! Angel mentioned this is on purpose to reflect where she currently is in her life. She is happy and more confident than she has ever been with herself and her music.

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The first track is “Vybez” which is talking about when you feeling that person and the beginning stages of a relationship. Then the second track, “My Love“, which is my favorite track on this project. It’s a hit and I could hear it being played at a party, club or just cruising in a car. It is a feel good love song. Then you get the the song “La Unica” which is about her convincing a guy that she is the only one for him! The track right after is, “Torn in 2” another favorite track of this project. The track is very personal and deep! Angel shares a personal story about her ex and how she loved him, but he was not supportive of her musical career. Her independence scared him. So she chose music!

I won’t give away all the tracks, you gotta listen to this project! The last track I will mention is, “Facts” this song is a banger. You get a trap like beat and Angel goes in! She spits how she is doin herself and being surrounded by fake people, but she can see thru them with her third eye! This is the anthem for the ladies! I definitely recommending checking out this EP! I am not biased because I personally know Angel, but this is really a dope body of work that deserves to be heard! Angel is doing great things and can’t wait to see what she drops next!

Thank you for reading my EP review! Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue” .

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “OVERCOMING FEAR THRU CREATIVITY – HORRIFIC THOUGHTS INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing an interview I did with Pablo the founder of Horrific Thoughts. I stumbled on their clothing brand when I went to the THOP fest a month ago. They were selling t-shirts, beanies and other clothing items. I thought the tee designs were dope! I even copped me a tee. You can see me rockin’ it below. I loved the dark vibe and the horror inspired designs, from what I observed. As a horror fan/t-shirt addict I thought the art was amazing and I wanted to shout out their brand! They are based out in Ontario, CA where the THOP fest took place. Pablo was kind enough and took time out of his schedule to answer the interview questions via email. Thanks to Ariel who facilitated the interview. Without further a do please read below to get to know more about Horrific Thoughts and what they represent!

  1. Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?

    Pablo @littlepabloillestever, Horrific Thoughts Founder and Designer.

  2.  When did your clothing business Horrific Thoughts get started and if you can please share what inspired your business and your journey. Also please share where is your business based out of so readers may know.

    Horrific Thoughts was started in 2011 by myself with a strong backing from Inzoe (1988-2012), Ariel @arielistic, and Nestor @nes.g_ . We are based out of the Inland Empire, more specifically, Ontario. This started as another artistic outlet for me utilizing my graffiti and tattoo background, which has evolved to us just trying to find a platform to spread positivity and help uplift each other through our art.

  3. What is the meaning behind the name Horrific Thoughts?

    Horrific Thoughts was something surrounding our crowd whether it was our upbringings or current surroundings which was also reflected in art/visuals around us. We turned this into a platform to acknowledge we may all have “horrific thoughts”, but we don’t need to fall victim to them, instead we use art as a starting point to begin to overcome them.
  4. What would you like your brand to represent or what does it mean to you?

    I want it to represent acceptance and embracing our struggles creating compassion for everyone’s struggles and whatever downfalls they feel they have, but also it’s acknowledging and embracing our own using our various artistic outlets to help us.
  5. I always say Fear is universal it affects everyone. How do you conquer your fears on the daily or any advice you can give to your supporters?

    Just gotta get up, go, and get it done. The worst that can happen is failure and there’s always a lesson in that. It’s not all bad, regret is worse than failing.
  6. I first came across your clothing at the THOP Fest this year 2019. How long have you guys been involved in the Hip Hop scene and how did you guys get involved with Hip Hop music scene?We have been involved in the hip hop scene since before the brand, we got into the scene through a lot of our friends who are local hip hop artists with opportunities to vend at their shows and it grew from there
  7. Do you guys have any plans of being vendors at any other events? If so which ones and how did those opportunities come about? 

    Networking is how we get all of our events nowadays. Other vendors refer us or Event Planners reach out to us having seen us on other events or flyers. We also have a solid street team that tunes us into new events we may not see as well as artists we have grown relationships with that put us on to new crowds. Our next events will be on 11/2 (two events one day) I (Pablo) will be at Hip Hops Most Haunted brought to us by @thestonersystempodcast and Ariel will be at Dia De Los Growing Pains brought to us by @growingpains.ca. This will be our first event with @thestonersystempodcast and our second Growing Pains event. Honestly if you want to be at an event but maybe you aren’t sure of the crowd or a set up fee isn’t in your budget definitely show up to the show for yourself, meet other vendors, meet the coordinators, mingle. The more people we meet the more opportunities we can all share with each other.

  8. What has been your favorite Hip Hop event your clothing line has attended and why? 

    THOP fest, amazing performers, amazing headliners, amazing crowds. We got to hang out with Grieves! Every event is always amazing, I can’t say we have been to any that did not leave a memorable impact for us, but come on, WE GOT TO HANG OUT WITH GRIEVES!

  9. Who does the t-shirt designs? What or who inspires those designs? 

    I (Pablo) do. We have another artist on our team @ter5eone that we have dropped a collaboration collection with in 2018. Life inspires these designs, mostly stress, I tend to do my best work under some kind of pressure.

  10. Any horror movies or shows that has inspired any of your t-shirt designs? 

    We have a stranger things rip, so clearly that inspired us. Other designs have underlying tones of movies like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. We are all pretty into horror movies so it’s fun to bounce ideas around or sneak little horror homages into our designs.

  11. You guys also sell hats, hoodies and socks. Is there any other ideas you have in mind to grow your business if you can share. Maybe having emcees or artists wear your brand to promote your business? 

    Since we started local at Hip Hop and backyard Hardcore shows we have had various local artists wearing our brand since day one. Super cool, when we met Grieves at THOP Fest in 2018 we were able to gift him one of our first Dad Hats and he wore it for the remainder of his tour. We have a pretty solid Street Team and each year we grow a bit more. There’s always new ideas we have in mind, we just like randomly announcing new items or having Pop Up Only sales/gear.

  12. This is a hip hop blog so who is or are your favorite emcees/rappers of all time? Can be more than one. 

    It changes daily. At this moment in time heavy on rotation is Grieves, Murs, Jelly Roll and Tech N9ne and we always add some new artists to our playlists before/during/after events. It is so cool to do events with so many amazing local artists and over time we develop relationships with them so not only do we get to work alongside them we get great views of them on stage.

  13. This is also a horror blog, what would you say is your favorite scary movie if any and why?

    I love all the Halloween movies but I really love Rob Zombies Halloween remakes.

  14. If you could be any horror villain who would you be and why?

    Michael Myers because he’s tall but… probably Freddy Kruger because it’s cool to invade peoples dreams.

  15. Do you believe in the supernatural if so have you had any supernatural experiences you can share? Believe in it, yes, nothing significant that I can say I’ve experienced.
  16. What has been your companies greatest accomplishment so far and why is that? 

    Growing support, it’s crazy, it’s awesome!

  17. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of starting a clothing business? 

    Be patient, do your research, be patient.

  18. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level? 

    I don’t really think about that.. I guess I want to create art that has a great impact on people.

  19. Where do you see your clothing line in the next five years and what is your ultimate dream or goal? 

    Right now we are taking it day by day so I can’t say I have a set five year goal at this moment, just in the past year a lot has changed for us and will continue to, I’m just excited for whatever is next.

  20. Any platforms or people you would like to shout out?

    There’s so many people who helped us get to this point. Everyone who rocks our gear, everyone who invites us to events, YOU! Thank you for being our first (official) interview. The list is endless. Shouts out to the New?Love Network, all of us local homies who have been through it all the past decade or so. Catch us all doing various things at local events! @zzay92 for always putting us on to new events and keeping us in mind. @60east and the entire THOP Fest team for amazing events where we met @theguttedcigar and @bricktoyaface who both constantly keep us in mind and are great people to run into anywhere. Lastly our HT Fam, thanks to everyone who is constantly supporting, re-posting, sharing posts, liking posts, providing feedback, offering time out to model gear for us, sewing, folding, cutting stickers, packaging orders, driving to the post office. I am one man, but I have a great team!

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    Me Rockin’ Horrific Thoughts Tee

LINKS:
Website: horrificthoughts.com
Instagram: @horrificthoughts
Facebook: Horrific Thoughts Clothing Co.
Twitter: @HTillestever

Thank you for your time Pablo and Ariel! I always love supporting dope local independent clothing brands and just creatives! I live in the San Diego area, but Ontario is only hours away. You guys have something unique and amazing! Keep it going! Thank you to those reading this interview. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz and Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “LIMITLESS BEING!!! -VERSOUL – SOULRISE ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Versoul

Album: Soulrise

Release Date: December 31, 2018

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Versoul’s album titled, “Soulrise“. Versoul is from the Bay area. She is an energetic, positive and dope emcee! I honestly had not heard of Versoul or her music. I actually had the opportunity to meet Versoul in person when I saw her open for Gavlyn and Reverie’s ‘Heart N Hustle’ Tour. The last stop of the tour took place in my hometown of San Diego at the AC Lounge. It was definitely memorable show! The energy in that room was crazy! Versoul made me a supporter that night. She slayed her performance. Her lyrics are very relatable and have a real message which grabbed by attention.

I introduced myself to Versoul after her performance. She is very humble! I told her I ran this blog/podcast and that I would like to interview her in the near future. She said she would be down! I also told her I would review any music she had out. She mentioned she had an album that released last year. I copped me a physical copy of Soulrise. I finally had a chance to listen to it in its entirety. The album consists of 10 tracks with 37 minutes running time. Versoul can shape shift in her music

Versoul is from the Bay area and you can tell from the production. You get that popular Bay area sound. I love that Versoul incorporates her multi ethnic culture in her music. The whole album is very inspirational! The intro track, “Soulrise” sets the tone. The track is about being happy where she is today and even if she died her soul would rise! She also raps about people who have been fake, but she also met dope people who were supportive. Then the second track “Limitless” has a darker beat which I love! The song is about fighting and not giving up! In this album you get a mixture of lyrical tracks to turn up music! The track “Bang” is an uptempo beat with a hard bass! It is a dope song about loving your hair and self care. Then a storytelling track and one of my favorites from the project, “Remember to Feel“. This track is empowering for women! The new anthem for the ladies!

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This album has a little bit of everything. For Hip Hop fans who enjoy versatility check out Versoul! She is a dope lyricist, storyteller, positive messages in her music and we learn a bit about her and her struggles and how she pulled through! Very motivational project! Definitely recommend putting this album in rotation! Versoul is very talented she also produced some of the beats on this project. Can’t wait to hear what she brings next! Gotta pay the Bay area a visit soon!

Thank you for reading my album review! Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue” .

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “DAY OF THE DEAD – OCTOBER 29, 2019 EVENT – PURE ART ENTERTAINMENT”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Event : Day of the Dead

Organizer: Pure Art Entertainment

Date/Location: Tuesday October 29, 2019 at The Go Lounge

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing a write up about the event I had the opportunity to be a part of thanks to Fade Green and Fino who run Pure Art Entertainment. When they told me they were throwing a Halloween Event and if I wanted to be a part of it, I was honored and hyped! The event took place on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019 at The Go Lounge. The event consisted of beat sets, live performances from dope local emcees, food vendors and even art/clothing vendors. I helped a bit to set up the spooky decorations to give it the Halloween atmosphere. From the beginning of the night to the end I felt the positive energy!

IMG_0178There was an open mic at the beginning the night where any emcee could get on the mic and rap over the producers beat sets. Poser the homie and local emcee rocked the mic a few times. Some of the Producers rocking the beat sets were Rari Komai, Admiral Atlas (played his bass too!), Dayfade, Kendall Carter and Raaw.Xney! For performances we got the no fucks given and energetic emcee who is also the homie Legion X! If you really want to get the crowd riled up and moving he is the dude for that! His stage presence is like no other! He is in full costume from the face paint to his man made strobe light stage box. It is one of those performances that you have to see live and it cannot be explained only felt!

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My spooky sis Yazi also performed and killed it with her metaphysical rhymes and rapid flow! Her and Legion X also performed a song together and rocked their individual glow in the dark masks! The man of the hour Fade Green also performed a few songs as well! He is one of my favorite performers he has so much versatility! Not only can he rap, but he also has a dope singing voice! Fade is a true performer it is mesmerizing see him perform he also got moves! He is the embodiment of a true artist!
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We were not only celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead that night, but also Fino’s birthday! Fino’s homie Nomadic (Darian) made him a cookies and cream cannabis infuse ice cream cake! It was dope night with amazing people who happen to be talented artists and creatives! San Diego is full of talent and events like these are needed to showcase their skills. Events like these allow people to escape their daily routines, enjoy a night filled with positivity and just vibe out to dope music! I am glad I was a part of this! I hope more events like this will continue to happen!IMG_0113
This is dope for the community as well since artists get to chill with their supporters that are not necessarily their peers, but just people who love music and can become potential lifetime fans! Thank you Pure Art Entertainment for what you are doing for the Hip Hop scene and for the music scene overall!

Testimonials about the event:

“Pure Art Entertainment is synonymous with a religious experience, where Hip Hop is the medium. – Lalo Keyz

“I was really feeling the vibe, and the energy was super dope! Loved being around such talented people, and the turn out was great!”🖤
– Lynna Batista

“I thought the overall night was really dope! The energy and unity that was shown that night was great for the culture and we need more of that!” – Carinoe

“All the performances had a vibrant vibe where it allowed you to escape from reality and just let your soul sink into the music. It was a great event with a lot of talented artists.”🔥🔥🔥 – Melly Moreno

“It was lit!” – Mariachi G

The show was so dope! I loved the energy that all the artists brought. Legion and Yazi were my fav performers! Always bringing that get up off your ass music” 😆😆👏👏👏🔥🔥🔥- Kristina Sprinkles

 Thank you for reading my event review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz and Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.

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