Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Storytelling Through Different Lenses – Soulé – Mental Substitution EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Soulé (Featuring: A.Wood, Jay.T, Itsonlyha, and Deano Miles)

Album: Mental Substitution

Release Date: March 31, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Soulé’s EP, “Mental Substitution”. Soulé is an emcee from Miami, Florida, but she is from Panama. I first came across Soulé’s music through Instagram she popped up in my feed and I clicked on her page. I heard a few clips of her spitting some bars and I was impressed. I always get super hyped when I see a dope female emcee who can rock the mic! In the era where the mainstream “female rappers” use their physical appearance to sale records (with exception of a few) it is a breath of fresh air to see Soulé use her lyricism and storytelling to stand out!

I saw an interview of her on YouTube where she explains a bit about this EP. She is soft spoken and I get a vibe she is a humble person. She explains the title of the project, “Mental Subsitution” was purposely chosen since she tells stories from different perspectives besides her own. I think that is a dope concept. Soulé is a talented lyricist and has a true gift with words. Also her cadence when she raps is completely different from what she conveyed in the interview. She seems shy, but once she is on the mic her confidence can be felt in her flow and lyrics are full of emotion.

The first track on this EP is, “Inequality Pt.1“. This is an amazing track about a black man going in for an interview and speaking on the stereotypes he has to deal with. As well as him facing struggles that the interviewer can’t even imagine or relate to because he is not black. The second track is, “Devine Edges” which use the same beat Joey Badass used for the song “Waves” in his 1999 album by Freddie Joachim. I love this instrumental and Soulé’s storytelling fits perfectly with it. This song is about a girl who is dealing with a guy who still has feelings for his ex. In the second verse it is a guys perspective about a girl who knows he is cheating. It is a really deep song!

The third track is, “You Know It” is a very soulful track. This track features A. Wood and he goes in as well! This track is filled with real wisdom I will just leave it that touches on different subjects. Another one of my favorite tracks off this project. The fourth track is, “Meditate” which has a mainstream type sound, with the bass that knocks! Honestly one of my favorite tracks because it shows off Soulé’s versatility that she can still spit wisdom with a trap soul type beat!

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The fifth track is, “Control” which has the recognizable sample of Embassy Row by Dominic Frontiere. This is an introspective track where we see a bit of Soulé’s mind state. It shows Soulé’s vulnerability about finding herself and purpose. As well as being cautious who she allows to be close given there are snakes who pretend to be friends. I really loved this track I can relate to it! The last track on this project is “Fatherless” which is a song that speaks on the perspective of a girl who grew up without a father and how it affected her life. Another really emotional and deep track!

This EP gave me the old school mixtape vibes where rappers would use their favorite rappers beats and rap over them. I mean it still happens, but it’s been awhile since I listened to a project like this and I enjoyed it! There will definitely be beats on here that you will recognize or internet Producers that you will be familiar with like P. Soul and B Young. Also the features were not overdone and Soulé still shined on the tracks where there were features!

This project will definitely be on rotation. It is dope to see an upcoming female emcee who has a lot to bring to the table. I can also tell she has respect for rap and the Hip Hop culture. The way she interprets a story through lyrics reminded me a bit of J. Cole, Nas and Kendrick Lamar. I do not like comparing artists, but she reminded me of them a bit.

I can see Soulé accomplishing great things! I think it is dope that she speaks on relatable topics that most of us can relate to. She is definitely making music that is timeless and that will bring her longevity in her career! Soulé has my full support! Keep representing for the ladies and the storytelling lyricists! Definitely check out this project you won’t regret it! Go stream it, buy it or share it on social media!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: (It was hard to narrow it down)

1. Devine Edges:
“You know what, when was the last time you seen your ex
Not what it seem to be, but the proof is all in the text
You know the one where you wishing that she was still here
So how you think I feel knowing that you still care
Why you couldn’t just tell me this on the day we met
Why you told me you over her but you never left
Why you tell me you love me when we be havin’ sex
Why you tell me to let it go but you won’t forget
Why you claiming I sneak around all the time but yet
All your messages deleted whenever I check
All this time I was sneaking maybe that shit? was true
Now I guess it hurt me now to see the real you!”

2. You Know It:
“Loyalty is divided between the world and god
So understand when we sinning for feelin’ fall apart
I wonder why we continue promoting living
With unforgiveness, internally broken
Degradin’ women
Rap lyrics get counterfeited
For attention and riches
Ni**as get to switchin’
Burning bridges
Eventually they lose ambition
Too many yearning for the fast life on television
All for the recognition
You spitting lies and they support you with love
I spit the truth and know I will get judged!”

3. Meditate:
“All of the time I would think about would I ever be what I choose
Absolutely what’s the use of me making up an excuse
She don’t understand, he don’t understand well enough like I do
No idea, iso, iso, plotting on the next move
On my own, I rather be alone
Away from all the noise and in my zone
Deep inside the thoughts of my drone?
Way beyond the ordinary dome”

4. Control:
“Writing verses, but a side of me was worthless
Trying to figure out my purpose
And be cautious who I worship
But we only view the surface
And praise who get the furthest
And stick around potential just in case they get some service
A few will be for certain
Even ones who go to churches
Pretend as if they perfect
Like the lord don’t know what dirt is
If you are Black American they clinching on they purses

The ignorance be hittin like the truth in scripture verses
But aside the universe is
Could clearly be concernin’

The ones you thought were closer turn to hate you over earnings
But it all be part of learnin’
And I heard it’s really worth it
One won’t? appreciate the best if you don’t know what the worst is!”

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Keep Moving Forward! – Ocalypse – The Earth Will Provide EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Artist: Ocalypse (One Feature: Lolo)

Album: The Earth Will Provide

Rating: 4.5/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Ocalypse EP titled, “The Earth Will Provide“. I first came across Ocalypse on Superior’s album “1989” where he was featured on a track called “Excellence”. I thought it was a dope song and an overall amazing album! Check out my review I did on that album as well. I  then began following Ocalypse on social media and that is how I found out he was dropping an EP. I had to show love to a San Diego based emcee!

I reached out to him on social media to get my facts right and share with you all a glimpse of who Ocalypse is! He was kind enough to respond to me and provided me a detailed response as to how this EP was inspired. I was amazed by his story and how of a down to earth individual he is!

Ocalypse is his artistic name, but his actual name is Nate. Nate was born in Duarte, CA, but grew up in Fontana. He then moved to San Diego in 2008. This project is his first full length project under that moniker. He has been actively involved in the San Diego hip hop scene for a little under two years.

In his own word he says, “This album is where I feel I’ve finally found my footing. The title “The Earth Will Provide” stems from a mantra I had when traveling across the country back in 2014. I walked from Chino, CA to Washington DC in order to raise awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with behavioral health issues (I myself was in the marines from 2007-2012). It took about 8 month to walk 3200 miles and whenever I felt lost or hopeless I would remind myself that as long as I was moving in a positive direction forward with a goal that is beneficial to more than myself, the Earth Will Provide and help me achieve that. The album is a culmination of everything that’s happened to me since then, and how after something as monumental as that you still have to keep moving forward.

He also mentioned that when he was out on the road, he had an IPod filled with 64GB’s of music. He said he spent 8+ hours everyday freestyling and rapping along to beats and other people’s music. He describes this experience as a “rap boot camp” that helped shape his style.

Ocalypse has a unique sound, voice and cadence that I would compare to P.O.D and Rage Against the Machine. He has one of those melodic flows where he can rap and sing. I love it because that makes him stand out from his peers and competition! He definitely has rock influence that bleeds into his music. He did mention Rage is definitely a group that has influenced him. Ocalypse also mentioned that he listened to bands like The Blood Brothers, The Locust, and Daughters. He also has his hip hop influences.

This EP consists of 7 tracks. Seems like 7 is the lucky number! Ocalypse touches on several topics from instant gratification, inspiration to keep going, self medication/drugs to deal with pain, to the search of self and even self doubt! It is a dope album that speaks on many relatable subjects.

The first track on the EP is a catchy song called, “Cut Me Off“. The hook is melodic! This track shows Ocalypse’s versatility. Their is a short singing part around the 2:45 min mark that gave me chills! The second track is, “Instant Gratification”. This song is about instant gratification and how this has  caused him failed relationships in the past. He blames himself and also his ex/exes for each others childish actions. This song also touches on this generations obsession with not wanting to put effort in building real relationships. He raps, “Knowing this is just a part of hook up culture“. Definitely my favorite track on this EP! It is so relatable to me as a single girl in this era lol. This song gave me Linkin Park vibes.

Another track is, “Peace/War” that speaks about self medication and drug use to numb the pain. Very introspective track about drug addiction. Then the song, “Holiday” speaks on his guilt and regret for neglecting his partner in a past relationship. Another standout track is “Wwyd“. The track stands for, “What would you do”. The song is about finding himself and also how far will it take for him to reach happiness or is it unattainable to the point that it consumes him?! That is how I interpreted the song. The spoken word at the end was the icing on the cake, it was amazingly beautiful! Poetic to the core! I was not expecting that track to end on that high note, I was very blown away in a positive way!

The last track is “Another Day” it is a song about self doubt, negative thoughts and the constant battle we have with our own minds. Loved the piano on this track. I really connected with this track since most of us have had at one time or another a mid life crisis aka mental breakdown. You begin to question yourself and ask what the fuck are you doing with your life?! If I had to make an anthem for that feeling it would be this beautifully composed song!

The Production is dope as well. I really enjoyed the mixture of rock and rap melodies. Loved the guitar and snares. This EP stands out from what I have heard lately which is a great thing. I think Ocalypse has created his own sound and lane successfully. I can’t wait to see what he puts out next! I see great things in the horizon for this dude! Even though he is not a San Diego native I welcome him as one of our own! Daygo stand up! Go check out his EP. Buy, stream it, post it on social media. Just show love and support.This a dope EP!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: (Lyrics provided courtesy of Ocalypse himself)

1. Instant Gratification:

“I want instant gratification
Especially in my relationships 
Blame it on commitment
Or lack of effort put in to it
Yeah we can fuck, but what happens after that moment is over and I’m wondering how long I get to hold ya
Knowing this is just a part of hook up culture 
Anything more you berate my ass on social 
Media got ya thinking you a bad bitch 
Your heads held high up you a savage
Run around town thinking that you slang dick
Tell the truth I just see it as pathetic 
Catch 22 cause I do the same shit
Probably why I drink enough to stay complacent
Ona budget but I went and spent a couple hundred just to see if I still had a taste for it

I swear this generations sick”

2. Peace/War:

A moment of silence for everything that we gave up
For our dreams 
And this fake love
It’s time to wake up
Handled my anxiety
Through isolation 
While society required
Daily medication
Raised on
The illusion
I could fix myself
With nobodies help
Well at least that’s how I think right now
So I’m stuck in this hell 
Fighting just to keep my head strong
And my nose clean
Watching people I held close
Disappear Around me. 
From dope fiend 
To coasting around the states invoking
Passion in the form of a product you find revolting
I am just a servant of man
Trying to find a woke queen

3. Wwyd:

“Endlessly provided for
Green maternal wasteland
Purveyor of a constant flood
Hounded through darkness and scarred for your atrium 
We abide by no rules 
Furthering our grief stricken resistance 
We break free from our self imposed exile all while retaining what we’ve learned 
In hopes of showing off how far we’ve gone to attain our freedom
But yet we still need you
To facilitate our growth 
You push us forward towards our goals
In hopes of a positive exchange of values
The potential for greatness is there
But when is enough enough. 
Will the omnipotent surface and remind us of our fragility
Or allow us to consume until we are all that is left. 
A fate worse than death. “

4. Another Day:

“Another day passes
We’re still getting older
How are things with you and your dreams
Further or closer
I’ve been Mulling over how it should be
How it’s supposed to end up for me
Will I finally ever feel free
Will I ever give my mind the satisfaction it desires
Or return to the earth
Unfulfilled when I expire
Will I burn in Hell Fire
Undeserving of mercy or
Did my efforts shed a light on ways to keep on improving”

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “We All Have A Shadow – Us Movie Review” SPOILERS

BY: GABY MORENO

Movie: Us

Review By: Gaby Moreno

Release date: March 22, 2019

Main Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop

Brief synopsis from online:

A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them.

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Jordan Peele’s film, “Us“, that he directed, produced and wrote! I went to see this movie the Friday night that it came out! I left the theater with so many different interpretations, and I was left to process. Watching the film in theaters was definitely an adventure. What I love about Peele’s films is they grab the viewer and make us willing participants. I felt fully immersed in the film. He knows how to develop the characters to the point you care what happens to each of them. This was the case with the Wilson family. There are scenes where I wanted to laugh, cry, be frightened, wanted to yell and cheer for them.

This film is a horror masterpiece! Jordan Peele did it again! He once again created an original concept and story. I loved that he created a new doppelgänger mythology and added to the lore. As well as continued his trend with giving black actors the protagonist and lead roles. It is amazing the representation Peele has continued to bring to the forefront of the horror genre. It is refreshing to see a black family as the main characters in a horror movie! Peele also did a hell of a job in blending horror with comedy.  As always he inserts satire and social commentary.

The film’s main premise is about the Wilson family who goes on a family vacation to Santa Cruz, CA. I do not want to give out too much, but in the opening scene the main character and mom of the family Adelaide has suffered a traumatic experience that still seems to haunt her on this trip with her family. She finally opens up to her husband that when she was a kid she saw her doppelgänger and she thinks that her double is still out to get her! Her doppleganger, “Red” indeed comes back for a vengeance, but it is much deeper than the surface I leave it at that.

What I took from the movie is that Adelaide and Red both came from two different worlds (above ground) and (underground). Yet each one chose their own fate. One led to success another to self-pity, but became angry that it finally drove her to form the “tethered” rebellion.

This film comes at the time of the Post Trump era. Where we are continuously being fed ignorance from the news to spread fear that “the outsiders” aka “immigrants” are coming in waves to cross the border illegally. When in reality we should be looking at ourselves! We are privileged here as Americans and sometimes we fail to see this when we are making ourselves out to be the victims. We all have our demons and sins we carry and some of us pass it onto our children. For instance the twist ending that the true doppelgänger was Adelaide all along and the only one who now knows this is her son “Jason” who witnesses “Adelaide” murder “Red” in the underground. Now Jason carries this secret or burden.

The film can also be said to connect with the following topics: immigration (migration), homelessness, and classism. Also the fact that the United States keeps repeating history and not owning up to the violence and damage they have caused in the past. They write out certain oppressed groups out of the history books. They tend to forget the fact this country was built on Native American genocide, slavery, and now mass incarceration geared to oppress minorities. Which brings me back to the film the way Adelaide repressed the memory of being the true doppelganger and now her actions have a direct connection as to why the “tethered” decided to rise up!

The U.S. also has its duality, we have better living situations than other countries, technology, and we are a melting pot. This film was created to spark conversation, start a dialogue of how each of us can change within in a positive way and work with each other. As corny as it sounds together we can achieve more than divided. This means all social status, creed, gender, sexual preference, race, etc. It does not come easy, but we gotta start with ourselves.

I know it might not be the time with Michael Jackson’s past being brought back, but his song “Man in the Mirror” fits perfectly with the theme of this movie. The line I am referring to is: “If you want to make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself, and then make a change!” You can see Michael Jackson’s influence in this film. More specifically the “Thriller” music video that has certain homages throughout the film. Even in an interview Peele said Michael is the patron saint of duality. I believe his duality is due to his music and philanthropist side, but also the allegations. I always wanted a sequel to the Thriller music video since at the end we see Michael Jackson’s evil smile and his iconic yellow eyes showing the viewer he was the “werewolf/monster” the whole time. But his girl is made to believe it was all a nightmare! The final scene where Adelaide smirks at her son Jason is a direct homage to Thriller. She is confirming our suspicion that she was the doppelgänger the whole time!

Lupita’s performance as both Adelaide and Red was phenomenal she deserves another Oscar!!! Playing two totally opposing characters or are they? Don’t we all have a darker and lighter side and it forms only one of Us! Regardless Lupita showed off her versatility as an actress. Can’t wait to see what role she plays next!

The music or should I say score was once again composed by Michael Abels! The score was amazingly haunting! I love that Jordan Peele is all about originality and decided to have Abels compose a brand new score. The opening shot of the bunnies was made creepier with the score that is a mix of opera and eeriness. I loved the choice of songs chosen to be in the movie, I Got 5 On It, Janelle Monae’s I like That, Fuck the Police and Why You Treat Me So Bad. I am really glad Peele has opened up the lane for rap and r&b songs to be in horror movies!

As a twin this movie hit me even deeper. It reminded me of the stereotype that there is an evil and good twin. That is one of the most common questions people always ask my twin or I. I have always disliked that question. The truth is we all have this obsession with good vs. evil. The reality is we all have a good and bad side that lives within us! We are our worst enemy and all have a shadow self!

Peele has created his own lane and sub genre for horror and given us new heroes and heroines, as well as villains! He has started a new universe of monsters that can even lead to potential sequels. I love how he drops easter eggs, foreshadows and horror references. He has easily become a master of horror. He knows that our primal fear is about our day to day reality. That is what makes a film scary when they get in touch with things we deal with on a daily basis.

This review can go on for hours, but I will cut it short (pun intended). I will most likely continue having new interpretations as I continue to process this horror masterpiece! I have heard so many interpretations of this film and it goes to show how of a genius Peele is. I love that this film has sparked conversation. This film forces you to self reflect and ask yourself who are we to judge others when we ourselves are not perfect! He has created films that make you think and search within yourself and I think that is beautiful!

In the meantime if you have not seen the film go see it! It is worth every single penny and the experience is like no other! Haven’t felt this thrill from a horror movie since “Get Out” lol! Jordan Peele has proved himself to be a high contender in the horror genre! I can’t wait what his complex mind comes up with next!

Horror Influences/Homages/Easter Eggs:

C.H.U.D.: Tunnels & homeless

Jaws t-shirt: suspense and takes place at the beach

Goonies: Adventure / underground

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The primal scream/moan the tethered use to communicate with each other

Hands Across America: 1986 benefit campaign to do a human chain to raise money for homelessness, hunger and people in poverty. This is what Red used to inspire her rebellion.

Jeremiah 11:11 Bible Verse: Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

Werewolf Mask: Jason (son) wears this throughout the film. The werewolf is still a human who transforms into a monster. Duality!

Thriller: mentioned above in my blog

Night of the Living Dead: The “tethered” takeover just like the zombies.

Nightmare on Elm Street: Jason’s doppleganger is burned and the gloves the tethered wear.

The Lost Boys: in film takes place at the Santa Cruz Pier and beach where the film was filmed. As well as in the opening scene Adelaide’s mom mentions they are filming a movie at the boardwalk.

The Invitation: I might be far off, but when Gabe and his doppelgänger are fighting on the boat and his doppelgänger screams and seems to be communicating with other doppelgängers reminded me at the end of this film where the main character realizes the cult is taking over Los Angeles and his friends aren’t the only casualties.

Bunnies: Peele mentions he finds bunnies creepy since they look cuddly but have a scary smirk on their faces and seem to look past you.

Scissors: I took this as a weapon that normally scared me as a kid. I remember in elementary school when the teacher teaches you how to properly pass scissors so you do not accidentally cut your classmate. Peele states that scissors are created by two parts to them which they have a duality to them.

Trauma: Repressing memory after a traumatic experience

Fuck the Police: Police never save the day for black people or minorities get there too late! Peele NEVER makes them out to be the heroes and they never arrive!

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Oucchhyy! Spooky Season is Among Us! – Nemy – It’s Nemy EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Artist: Nemy

Album: It’s Nemy EP

Rating: 5/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: March 14, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Nemy’s EP, “It’s Nemy”. He is a San Diego based rapper. I first heard Nemy on Smalls Uno’s project Beastmode that I reviewed earlier this month. It’s a dope project that you should also check out! Also if I’m not mistaken I came across Nemy on HipHopWeds IG story where he was performing at the AC Lounge. Even though the clip was short I noticed how he engaged and hypnotized his audience with his performance. I heard he was dropping an EP via social media and I had to show support!

I purchased his EP on Amazon and pressed play. I was very impressed by his lyricism and mesmerized by his storytelling. The EP consists of 7 tracks. I actually am a fan of EP’s since you get a taste of who the artist is and most of the time all the tracks are cohesive with great content and no fillers. This project was one of those examples! From start to finish Nemy takes you on a lyrical rollercoaster ride. This EP will make you laugh, cry, get angry and feel inspired! The production and beats fit perfectly with Nemy’s gritty voice.  You can hear and feel Nemy’s emotion in every verse!

Each track tells a story that captivates the listener. The EP begins with the track ” I O U“. Right of the bat the beat is amazing with a dope sample. He shows of his lyrical abilities and proves he is nothing to fuck with! I mean he says, ” I’m out of this world I got my own spaceship!”. This track sets the tone for the rest of the EP.

His second track is called, “Georgy Porgy“, it is one of the standout tracks in my opinion. It is an emotional and socio-political track. Mainly touches on Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman.  In the song Nemy touches on various topics from Trayvon’s tragic murder to the corrupt system that has and continues to work against minorities to keep us down! Nemy sums it up perfectly when he raps, “You think it’s gon’ change you get your President impeached, sheesh?!”.

Nemy also has his hit, “Mr. T” which is a track with a catchy hook and dark humor! Definitely a banger to bump in your car! He also has a track called “Mami Luchi” that consists of a voice message from his grandma. I loved that given I too had a strong bond with my grandma. It’s dope he reflects his respect and love for her in his music. He has a lyric in one of his songs where he spits, “My grandma is like a saint to me!”. I could relate to that 100%! In the message she describes Nemy and how he has always remained the same and loves him for that. This adds a personal touch to the project. As well as displays his vulnerable side and shows Nemy is as genuine as they come!

The EP also has a track called, “Spooky Kinda Luv“, which is a funny, morbid, weird love song! The second to last track “Sometimes/Sit Down” touches on his struggles and pain he has dealt with. He also shows how he still pulled through! The final track, “It’s Nemy“, is another standout track for me. It has a chipmunk vocal sample. The song is an anthem for those who have been through the ringer and overcame their struggle. In this track Nemy gets a little introspective and talks about just that! He proves to his haters that he made it and he will continue to thrive!

I just had the opportunity to meet Nemy briefly at one of his shows. He is a humble dude and I see longevity in his career! Listening to this project I got to see a glimpse of who he is and how his mind works! Glad I bought this album! It is an amazing project to just bump on your way to work, at the gym, getting ready to go out or while your doing your daily routine! San Diego Hip Hop scene is thriving and Nemy is proof of that! Oucchhyy!!! Spooky season is in full effect!!! Go show support and cop Nemy’s EP!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: 

1.Georgy Porgy:


“Don’t prey on the weak
Don’t shit where you sleep
Keep your eyes off the sneaks I bought my son last week
Practice what you preach
The cocaine whiter than the god that they teach
Brown skin, hair ?? that some shit that they don’t preach
You think it’s gon’ change you get your President impeached, sheesh?!”

2.Sometimes/Sit Down:


“Cuz shit gets fuckin’ real sometimes
What you do? For the $100 dollar bill sometimes
What, it makes you want to kill sometimes
But wait, I’m just tryna kill some time
Ya’ll tryna destroy, I’m tryna build sometimes
It takes a lot of pain to help you heal sometimes 
I never fuck her when I’m juggling rhymes
And these streets are like a motherfuckin’ jungle sometimes, It’s Nemy!”

3. It’s Nemy:

“I give you these no pen involved
It’s hard to be a GOAT without a set of horns! Oucchhyy!
And fuck a piece of the pie
Nemy just want the recipe
I think that you livin’ a lie
I don’t believe what you tellin’ me
And no I do not wanna buy, nope
The bullshit that you sellin’ me
You wanna live in the skies
I’ll do you a favor you live in the skies
I looked at the Devil, I stared in his eyes
I weathered the storm I fuckin’ survived
All of my losses I took them with pride
I walk with a purpose just look at my stride!”

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Fails to Captivate – Captive State Movie Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Movie: Captive State

Review By: Gaby Moreno

Release date: March 15, 2019

Main Cast: John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ben Daniels, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, James Ransone, Machine Gun Kelly etc.

Brief synopsis from online:

Residents of a Chicago neighborhood deal with life under extraterrestrial rule.

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the movie Captive State. I had seen the previews/trailer and it gave me a Cloverfield with a mix of The Purge: Anarchy vibe. I hoped it would be entertaining. This film even made it to my list of most anticipated horror films to watch in 2019. Even though it is more of a Sci-Fi movie.

In the midst of the current political climate involving immigration it makes sense a movie like this came out this year. As we horror fans know alien movies touch on our fear of invasion. That fear can cause paranoia that might not even be valid. I will just leave it that!

The opening scene starts with good momentum, but as soon as it fast forwards to the current state of the Earth being occupied by the aliens it got confusing. They began the movie like if the viewer had background knowledge as to what was going on. I was a bit lost trying to piece everything together. At times it became boring and I caught myself just not caring what was going to happen next.

The movie failed to deliver. They had a solid premise, they just didn’t fully develop it. It lacked action and when the little to no action scenes occurred they failed to captivate the viewer. They also failed to develop the characters to the point I did not care for them. The only thing going for the film was the relationship between the main characters Gabriela and Rafe who were brothers trying to survive.  I felt the writers and directors focused most of their time on developing the plot twist rather than the actual story. They had a great cast from John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Ben Daniels to Vera Farmiga . They failed to use Vera to her full acting capabilities. They tried to build mystery and suspense and subtle hints about the “Trojan horse” in order to infiltrate and spark a war between the humans and the aliens, but I could have cared less.

They also never showed who the alien leader was. They did not even show how the aliens reached an agreement with the humans to occupy Earth. There was a scene where a politician was going to meet with “them”, but the anarchist group planned a hit and the meeting didn’t occur. The story left a lot of loop holes. Now it makes sense why Vera didn’t promote it on her social media lol. I would suggest skipping this movie. You are not missing out on much!

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue –”Lyrical Masterpiece with Jazz Vibes! – Vel the Wonder – La Sena Ave Album Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Artist: Vel the Wonder

Album: La Sena Ave.

Rating: 5/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Vel the Wonder’s third album “La Sena Ave”. Vel the Wonder is a lyricist/emcee who is holding it down for the ladies in Hip Hop! As I like to say she is a rapper who just happens to be a female. Her gender should not define her, she is a lyrical beast! Some may consider her underground, but I wouldn’t box her into that category, she is well known. I just recently began listening to her music and she is an amazing lyricist/poet. Her songwriting consists of poetic rhymes that are relatable and tell a story.

For those who do not know who Vel the Wonder is, she started off as a graff writer and her love for the Hip Hop culture led her to become an emcee. She hails from Baldwin Park, CA. She has dropped two previous albums (Laced with Pearls & Joyride) and also some mixtapes. She has remained consistent in delivering albums with substance, dope lyricism and great production!

This album, La Sena Ave. has a mellow jazzy boombap vibe and I love it! It’s an album you can play from start to finish without skipping any tracks. The way the tracks were placed flow beautifully! The album consists of 15 tracks, running time 50 minutes. The production on the beats are by 4thbeats. She raps in English and Spanish. She sings a bit on some tracks like Frutas, Luck and Deep End to name a few. It is mesmerizing and just a relaxing vibe!

The track “Deep End” is one of my favorite tracks on this project, it has a dope sample. 4thbeats did a great job on the Production! The whole album is cohesive each track blends together perfectly. It’s like a movie in sonic form! The album is a mixture of street rap, love of the hip hop culture and Vel’s antidotes about her personal life. From the passing of her dog to her growth and family bond.

I highly recommend you buy or stream this album! I already bought my copy! It is one of my favorite projects from 2019! I will definitely have it in rotation. This album is an introspective lyrical masterpiece with jazz vibes. You have to listen to it over and over. Every listen I catch something new. This album is like a soundtrack of pure lyricism and poetry. It tells Vel’s story about living in California, the streets, women fighting stereotypes and family values! You can just cruise to this album, press play and enjoy the ride! Vel is the true embodiment of what an Artist is!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: (I love all the songs, but these stood out)

1.Transit Kid:

“As I grow
All I think about are children
And I ain’t even tryna be a mother
If I ain’t building a better foundation
For my kids to hold on
I’m talking a whole generation of seeds we need to grown on
Be proud of who you are and be proud your brother
Even if she looks nothing like you we need each other
Help the ones that you can and pray for those that you can’t
And understand no man is more great than all the land
I wanna tell you to hold on
You’ve been struggling awhile i see you painted the gold on”

2. Vinyl Frontier:

“I’m a real innovative type of bitch
Never follow the course
My people needed water I bottled the source
Yea, speak my future into existence
Manifest my destination
While maintainin’ knowledge and resistance
And I am a women of color with light skin 
Ill never forget what my privilege gets me or what I might win
But I promise to use my pens to keep writing
I wont throw in the towel til I get my fight in
I’ll push past all of the tragedies, devastations..”

3. Lisa Simpson:

“Society is inclined of holding you back from finding you’re spine
They don’t want you feeling sturdy 
They don’t want you recognized
They don’t want to see your value, they only wanna sexualize
But what they don’t seem to understand is that the center lies
The seed of life the birth of all things, paradise, yo its life!”

4. Mija:

“Dream big mija
You can see the world
Everything the sun touches is yours
Don’t focus on this place, na
dream bigger than anything then
focus on that race
you were meant for big
Yea I’m talking real loud
Got me feeling like your dad real proud
Listen anything boys can do you can do better and no man will love you more than me ever, your mom too
Rooting for you always focusing on your future always
Take care of your brothers and sisters you only have each other on this earth
I promise you this word you gon’ learn from all of my mistakes
ill prepare for you to settle in for all of life’s embrace
And if I ever yelled a little too much is cuz I love you
My first daughter no one comes above you”

5. Mr Green: ( The hip hop references! Loved it!)

“Oh Mr. Evidence what’s the weather
Leave me underneath this umbrella
Ain’t no motherfuckin fella out or on top?
Better keep your sunshine and pretty days
I’m a threat with rough plays and gritty ways
Step to me pretty ricky or get it a taste of the body bag?
Been blazing since Vinnie Paz, Ill call him the verbal hologram
Smoking on a 100 fucking grams listening to Jedi Mind steadily shinnin 99 
Like it ain’t nothin man Protect ya Neck and start a ruckus clan!…”

6. Deep End:

“What’s a life to live if you can’t love it
Why invest all of your time in something, you can’t hug it
No talking about what you gon’ do if you can’t run it
And don’t be playing these big boy games if you can’t fuck it
I always knew that I was suppose to win
But I didn’t know I have to give up love so I could focus in..”

7. Anonymous:

“The premonitions of a psycho 
Yo everybody wants me to fail everybody wants me to win
Everybody wants me to be skinny and curvy and still hit the gym
Everybody wants me to stay worthless and give in to the bigger man
Everybody knows Vel, nobody knows who I really am! 2x
Nobody know who I really am”

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue –”This Shit is Real! – Fivespace – Interview with Sir Froderick”

BY: GABY MORENO

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I had the opportunity to interview the owner of Fivespace. Fivespace is a hip hop record store, but you can also find an eclectic mix of other genres in his discounted vinyl crates. There is also a rack of vintage 80’s and 90’s clothing, Kung Fu DVD’s, VHS’s, CD’s, cassettes, hip hop memorabilia from books, rings, pins to mugs. He also has a small comic book selection and more rarities! If you haven’t been here definitely check it out it’s in the heart of North Park, San Diego!


This record shop is the place to be for any hip hop head or a lover of the culture! It is not only for hip hop fans, but also for anyone who has a love for music period! As soon as you enter the shop you get a sense of nostalgia. As you enter the shop you immediately see hip hop records along the walls on shelves, as well as cassettes. If you are lucky enough you might also bump into local artists or other well known artists. For instance, today when I conducted this interview local artist Aki Kharmicel was there working on a project with Erick. As soon as you enter Fivespace you are greeted by Erick who welcomes you in and offers his knowledge and expertise if needed. If you’re looking for a particular item or want to custom order Erick is very flexible with that, just ask him!

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Erick was humble enough to sit down with me for this interview. The first time I went to Fivespace was when there was a beat/producer event. This was when he was at his old location near Arizona St., just a few blocks away from where he is located now. That show was amazing! Ever since then I began going there and became a regular customer!

Erick is not only a business owner he is also a Hip Hop Producer. His origins as a Producer are a bit mysterious. If you want to check out his music find him on your favorite streaming platform by his moniker Sir Froderick! Without further a do continue to read below and learn about Erick as a business owner, Hip Hop connoisseur and Producer!

Q: What’s your favorite scary movie? 

Sir Froderick: The Shining, I got a chance to score it and it holds sentimental value.

Q: When did you fall in love with the hip hop and the culture?

SF: Since I was a little kid, since I bought my first album. I think it was Slick Rick – The Great Adventures of Slick Rick or maybe Big Daddy Kane – Long Live the Kane.

Q: What are your favorite Hip Hop records of all time? Why?

SF: ATCQ – Midnight Marauders, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – The Main Ingredient, EPMD – Business as Usual and Gang Starr – Daily Operation. Favorite because beats and rhymes are well put together and they are well thought out projects.

Q: Who are some of your favorite Producers or Producers who have influenced you?

SF: DJ Premier, DJ Shadow, Biz Markie, Prince Paul

Q: Who are some of your favorite rappers/emcees ? 

SF: Guru, Q-Tip and PMD

Q: Tells us about yourself and your brand as a Producer and business owner?

SF: Sir Froderick as a brand is just all about collage. A cut and pasting of all types of sounds and or images. My art also explains my music, which is cutting sound effects and pasting them into a whole new piece and a whole new medium to the beholder.

As for Fivespace it’s a place or a piece of me, a piece of my type of lifestyle that I can try to expose to everybody else. A shop where people can come in and feel nostalgia when they come into Fivespace.

Q: What is your motto or mission statement that motivates you or you go by?

SF: I got this piece of like a birthday card, I think from my mom, you know it’s from an unknown source. I think the quote was, “Do what you can do in life that you know you can’t fail at”

Q: What do you want your followers to know about you and what you represent?

SF: In the words of Fat Joe: “Shit is real!”

Q: Where did the name brand Fivespace come from? Any special meaning behind it?

SF: My wife Rachel, she got the idea. She is into numerology, so the address of our old storefront broke down to being Fivespace. At the end of it, it was 5 and we were in a space, so called it Fivespace.

Q: What made you want to open up a record store here in San Diego?

SF: Originally trying to do it in Seattle, but it was too expensive. We found a reasonably priced place that is blossoming and still feel its blossoming!

Q: What do you believe makes a business thrive?

SF: You have to have heart!

Q: How do you juggle business and life? I know keeping a business running is tough its having to work 24/7. How do you mentally prepare or what keeps you going?

SF: I love what I do! You gotta love what you do. I think that is really the main key. When you got any type of job or whatever work that is bringing or paying your bills you gotta make sure you love it. So you go into it with all heart! Like I was saying before it’s fun to do, it’s passion. Labor of love!

Q: Where do you see the future of Fivespace going? I know you gotta keep future plans under wraps, but it would be dope to know your vision or a brief glimpse of where you see your business going. Any more shops?

SF: I’m not thinking in those lengths yet. I am just hoping to be able to get more people into the know of this place. I want people to know that we exist! I would just love to spread the name, grow the brand and then see where it goes. I’m just riding the wave, I’m on a boogie board right now!

Q: What do you believe you have to offer that is different from your peers or competition?

SF: History! I am in the game, as well as studied the game. I feel like I’m more in touch with what is going on when it comes to Hip Hop music. I feel like when people come here I’m giving pretty good guidance or insight to what I feel is good music or suggestions.

Q: San Diego Hip Hop scene is alive and well, what are some of the people you have worked with in the past or plan on working with in the near future?

SF: I am curated who I worked with. But in the past I worked with Dre Trav and Ralph Quasar when he was 18sense. And now currently working with Mr. Kharmicel.

Q: What is “For the Cult” event, how did it get started? Please explain to those who don’t know or aren’t familiar with it.

That is me and my homie Benji. We just love movies, I love movies! We are all about just crazy type of shit that is out there. Doesn’t matter what genre, we just like good movies! We just got the idea of trying to expose the movies that we like and just share it with other people. Hopefully they want to come out and hang out, eat popcorn and watch some good shit. We kept going with it, I think we are on our 3rd or 4th event now.

Q: What advice would you give an up and coming business owner or entrepreneur?

SF: Don’t do it so I can get all this money!

Q: What advice do you have for the younger generation who might be thinking of possibly getting into the business of a record store or a business involving hip hop?

SF: Jokingly says: Don’t do it! Come into this store and give me your money! And maybe you can work for me or some shit and you can learn that way! But other than that yeah don’t do it yo!

Q: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind or blueprint?

SF: As far as what kinda mark I wanna leave? This shit is real, nah, I don’t know, shit, I never really gave it any type of thought. I just hope that people appreciate and are enjoying what I am trying to provide for SD. Hopefully the community and the culture can thrive and we can do it all together!!!

Thank you for reading my first interview. Hope you all enjoyed it! Go shop at Fivespace!!! Erick posts daily new arrivals and sold items on his IG @fivespaceshop. His online website is http://www.fivespaceshop.com. Location: 2305 University Ave #101, San Diego, CA 92104. Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “The Villains Return – Czarface and Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface “

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Artist:
 Czarface and Ghostface Killah

Album: Czarface Meets Ghostface

Rating: 3/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: February 15, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewed supergroup Czarface (7L, Esoteric & Inspectah Deck) and Ghostface Killah album titled, “Czarface Meets Ghostface“. This is Czarface’s sixth project. In this project they continue the saga as the villain. This time around Ghostface Killah is the hero aka Iron Man! The production and music is all composed by The Czar-Keys (7L and Spada4). The intro track starts off as a boxing match of sorts. Introducing the heavyweight champion villain Czarface who will be facing off with Ghostface aka Tony Stark!

In the first track “Face Off” Ghostface starts off and spits that lyrical flow with ease that we recognize! But I gotta admit Esoteric went in on his verse! We then move on to the second track, which was their official single, “Iron Claw”. The production and beat goes hard! The next track “Czarrcade ’87” features only Inspectah and Esoteric. They vibe off each other and go back and forth. Using their braggadocio rhymes to say they are powerful and no one can defeat them musically nor physically.

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The sound of this project has that action superhero movie vibe. Even though all 3 emcees are top tier lyricists the project was lacking something. There were only a few tracks that stood out to me and that I will come back to. I still enjoyed that they continued this project with the hip hop and comic book theme. The beats just seemed to sound the same after awhile, with the exception of the track “Iron Claw”. This made the production seem repetitive and bland. The lyricism was on point, maybe 2 or so tracks lacked in that arena, “Powers and Stuff” and “Listen to the Color”.

It is a decent project for those who love the Czarface album series. You will not be disappointed since it is consistent to their previous albums. I would just suggest more variety in the production next time around. Also more lyrics that display the villains (Inspectah and Esoteric) verbally fighting the superhero (who ever is the next featured artist). To end on a positive note the album art is dope as always!

Favorite Verses:

  1. Face Off:


    “CZARFACE, that’s a brand that you can trust
    Fans rush, we’re your favorite rapper’s man crush
    Flow customized, got that Dapper Dan touch
    CZAR-lam’s own, steppin’ out my zone, bone collector
    Eso’, Tony Starks, the Inspectah
    Welcome to my ‘liseum, prep for the lecture” – Esoteric

  2. Iron Claw:


    “Got garlic for vampires and fake ni**as who came to gossip
    You can’t ‘dress me with that bullshit, you ain’t even my stylist
    (You acting all big now), but you ain’t Christopher Wallace
    See your girl on her knees, she just doing a solid” – Ghostface

  3. The King Heard Voices:

    “Ay yo, my glass rhymes bulletproof, my bullets got glass tips
    My guns are so big that they dislocate hips
    Slipped disc leave ’em mangled like gorillas in the mist
    And your rib cage get caved like you was punched with an iron fist
    Twisted, mind state’s evil genius
    And my wordplay sauté right up with the meanest, slang
    I drop lingo, bingo, I hit bullseye
    Got your chick wetter than the hands of the pool guy
    Who am I? I’m Mister GFK
    First to set it off, last to run away
    I don’t play, I’m a menace, fear like the dentist
    Real street ni**a, you hear it in every sentence
    Whether Ghost or Dennis, I’m a legend in the hood
    The Wallabee Champ’s still up to no good” – Ghostface

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “New York Throwback – Sav Killz – Bangers and B​-​Sides 2 Album Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

Artist: Sav Killz (Featuring: Planet Asia, Killer Ben, Johnny Flatbush, Skanks, Frank Knight)

Album: Bangers and B-Sides 2 Album Version

Rating: 4/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)

Release Date: March 21, 2018

Purchase album: Bandcamp

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

In honor of Throwback Thursday today I will be reviewing Sav Killz’s album, “Bangers and B-Sides 2”! Sav Killz aka Jamel Hampton is an emcee that hails from New York, Brooklyn (Bedstuy) to be exact. He was born and raised in Flatbush! He started off as a graffiti writer and started rapping at an early age. His monicker used to be Savage Killa then he shortened it to Sav Killz. He released his first project “Determination Through Time” in 2006. He is well known in the New York Underground Hip Hop scene. He was part of the Wu-Tang Clan cypher and connected to Popa Wu.

I just got introduced to his music recently. He was actually humble enough to message me on social media and share his music. He found me through UGHH and saw that I had a real love for Hip Hop. I gave his music a listen and viewed an interview on YouTube. He was interviewed by Peter Rosenberg from Hot 97 back in 2015! Glad he reached out if not I would still be sleeping on his dope music!

The album version of his mixtape I will be reviewing today consists of 13 tracks. The first track “Super Superb” has a soulful boom bap melody. In this track he is making it known he is a lyrical emcee who is better than the other rappers who are just repetitive and have no substance. He spits that he is making music that is timeless and that people can quote! Definitely a great way to start the album.

There are various themes he touches on throughout the project from the drug game, being a dope emcee to being fearless and following your dreams. For instance in the track called “Falling Victim” he is telling a story about a hustla in the drug game who was making money and became addicted to his own product. It is an anti drug anthem! Sav ends the song with saying he has seen people who have become addicted to controlled substances and tells us to stay away from the drug life.

Another standout track is “Fearless”, he starts of telling a story about a dude who was an epic rhymer and invested in honing his craft, but who also had the fear of fading into obscurity.  In the second verse Sav talks about his dedication to his craft. Also that it upsets him that some of his peers are making wack music that affects his favorite genre “Hip Hop”. He spits that he has nothing to lose, but something to prove! The overall message is to just be fearless, make music you love, respect real lyricism and make music that has meaning!

Sav’s rhymes flow effortlessly like he was born to do this!  I enjoyed the lyricism, word play and storytelling.  Also the features were dope it wasn’t overdone, he still shined on his own project! If you do not know who he is do yourself a favor and check out his music! Show support by streaming or purchasing his music! Anything to support a true lyricist like him! You can feel and see he has a true love for rap and the Hip Hop culture!

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Feel Good RnB – Kehlani – While We Wait EP Review”

By: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Kehlani (Featuring: Musiq Soulchild, Dom Kennedy, Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack)

Album: While We Wait EP (Mixtape)

Rating: 4/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, vocals, production, and cadence)

Release Date: February 21, 2019

Streaming/Purchase album: All streaming platforms and iTunes, Amazon, Google play etc.

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Kehlani’s EP, “While We Wait”. This mixtape was released to hold us off while we wait for Kehlani to drop her anticipated sophomore album! She is one of my favorite R&B acts of this generation.

For those who are not familiar with Kehlani she is an R&B singer from Oakland. She has an angelic soft spoken voice. Since the first time I heard her she gave me this 90s R&B vibe. She is a mix of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Aaliyah and Janet Jackson. You can tell they highly influence her music as well. When she is sporting her tomboyish style it reminds me of that TLC and Aaliyah R&B era.

I have been following Kehlani’s journey since her “Cloud 19” and “You Should Be Here” mixtape days. I still remember being hype when she announced she was working on a track for the movie, “Suicide Squad” that was an anticipated film due to Jared Leto taking on the role as the Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (my favorite female comic book villain). This song as we know was one of Kehlani’s major hits, “Gangsta”. Then she dropped her debut album “SweetSexySavage” which was one of my favorite R&B albums of 2017!

I have seen her evolve as a singer and artist and attract a larger fan base, which is amazing to witness! I had the opportunity to see her perform at the BET Experience in 2016 when she opened for Usher. She is a great performer who can dance and sing!

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Kehlani BET Experience 2016 – LA Staples Center

In this short EP we are blessed with 9 tracks. Kehlani must have a love for alliteration. I noticed her debut album started with all S’s and this EP starts with all W’s not sure why, but I’m diggin it! I wonder what she is going to title her 2nd album? Moving back to the topic of this mixtape one of the tracks off of this project is the single I have been vibin to called, “Nights Like This” featuring the talented Ty Dolla Sign. She also has a track with Musiq Soulchild called, “Footsteps” that references a lyric from Omarion’s Ice Box verbatim. The production on that song gave me a Timbaland/Aaliyah vibe. Another song that stood out to me is “Morning Glory”, she has a verse where she sort of raps and it sounds like she is paying homage to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. Definitely one of my favorite tracks off this project.

Kehlani is very open about her personal life, her journey and her past struggles with depression. Kehlani has now entered a new chapter of her life where she is expecting her first child. I know this is going to inspire her writing process! In this project she shares with us her past experiences with being heartbroken, relationship issues and love! I am a fan of Kehlani’s songwriting abilities. Her lyrics are heartfelt and emotional.

Kehlani is known for making you feel a type of way with her lyrics. This project demonstrates she still has her creativity to share with the world. Her lyrics about heartbreak and love are so relatable. Her hooks are so catchy too! This EP is short and sweet and definitely gives us something to hold onto while we wait for her actual album. I am excited to see what she will bring to the table this time around. I have confidence she will release another great R&B project! R&B is alive and well and honestly the ladies are dominating that genre right now!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: 

1. Too Deep:

“Too many steps, too many levels

Too many laps, too many hurdles

You don’t wanna get hurt by me

I don’t wanna be a crutch for ya

Too insane, too irritated

Too insufficient, too inconsistent

You just wanna talk, I don’t wanna listen

Now I wanna talk, you don’t wanna listen

I don’t ever wanna lose you again

You don’t ever wanna see me again

Say that I’m done, leave you alone”

2. Nunya ft. Dom Kennedy:

“Why you askin’ ’bout X, Y, Z?

Why you worried ’bout who was fuckin’ me?

Who’s to the right in my SUV?

It’s none of your, none of your, none of your bees

Callin’ my girls to check where I been

If you needed to know, I’d drop a pin

Keepin’ to yourself really ain’t a sin

But you can’t, you can’t let me live”

3. Morning Glory:

“Tell me, why should I be trippin’ on you

While I could be payin’ dues?

I’m a fountain of youth, raised on Arie and Badu

I know I’m fine, don’t need a outer confirmation from a man

Who uses 2-in-1 and thinks he’s a sensation

Don’t need acrylics on the clock to hit the nail on the head

Don’t need my inches down my back to throw it back in the bed

So, when you speak on me and say that “She ain’t put together”

Don’t forget to mention that I got my shit together”

4. Nights Like This:

“On some nights like this, shawty, I can’t help but think of us

I’ve been reminiscin’, sippin’, missin’ ya

Can you tell me what’s with all this distant love?

If I called, would you pick it up?

On some nights like this, I just wanna text you, but for what?

You gon’ say you want me, then go switch it up

Just gon’ play with my emotions just because, no (Oh)

All them times I played the fool for you

Thinkin’ we could put it back together, thought we had forever

You never see my point of view

Our connection is so severed, you don’t show no effort”

5. Butterfly:

“You speak in dictionaries while fearing less than all will understand

Virgo moon, I’m so used to your dance

Tongue too swole to comprehend

I see you duck and dodge at every bend

Afraid to play your card, be forced to show your hand

I hope you take from this that it’ll make you no less of a man

To break your walls and simply grab my hand

Love shouldn’t be contraband

It shouldn’t trample on your confidence

Shouldn’t be seen as less than compliments”

Thank you for reading my 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 and Facebook!

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