Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “A Lyrical Odyssey – Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium”

By: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Yugen Blakrok (Featuring: Historian Himself, Fifi The Raiblaster, Bravestarr, Kool Keith, Zetina Mosia and Jak Tripper)

Album: Anima Mysterium

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

Release Date: February 1, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Yugen Blakrok’s album, “Anima Mysterium“. Yugen is a female emcee from South Africa, Johannesburg to be exact. I first came across her when listening to Von Poe VII aka Poetic Death for those who followed him in his early days like I did. She was featured on the track “Road to Kemet” from Von Poe’s album, “Forever Villainous”. Her lyrical performance stole the show on that track. I was captivated by her raw lyricism. There are only a few female emcees that I can say fit in that lyrical category (Jean Grae, Bahamadia, Rapsody, Lady of Rage). As a female lyricist myself hearing Yugen spit bars inspired me!

In the era where we are once again seeing female rappers in the limelight, Yugen Blakrok is a breath of fresh air. She doesn’t have to show sex appeal to sell records/streams. She is a natural lyrical storyteller. She handles the mic effortlessly. She is one of the few current female rappers that still shows love for the culture. There are other female emcees doing their thing, but I will save their mentions for another time.

I almost forgot to mention she was also featured in one of my favorite soundtracks of 2018 Black Panther soundtrack in the track “Opps” with Vince Staples. She has been in the rap game for over a decade now. I might be late on the wave, but I am glad I discovered her music!

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Where to start, her album”Anima Mysterium” is a lyrical journey. The beats and production have a bit of a boom bap sound, but it’s also a mix of something you would hear in a mystery or horror movie score. The sound throughout the project consists of dark melodies as a horror fan I loved it. It gave the project an eerie and mysterious vibe. For example the track “Monatomic Mushroom” gave me a Deftones’ metal rock vibe.

This album takes you into another realm or maybe its a glimpse into Yugen’s subconscious mind, dreams and nightmares. She creates a dark sort of mythology that coincides with today’s cruel reality of our society. For example the track, “Picture Box” is about media and its impact on us. As I like to say art and music is purely subjective. What I hear can be interpreted differently by another listener. That is what is so beautiful about this project it is a lyrical odyssey!

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Yugen in her “House of Ravens” music video

Yugen Blakrok’s cadence and delivery stands out due to her raspy voice. She has this fierce and militant vibe. It is captivating and reels you in! I enjoyed listening to her horror references, crazy metaphors, descriptive storytelling and poetry. She can really paint a picture or in this case cinematic sceneries. She is a lyrical goddess or sorceress like they describe her in her Spotify bio!

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This album is an artistic expression in verbal form! This album consists of 12 tracks. It is not too long nor too short, it is perfect. The features are dope they are not overdone. This is for true hip hop heads who enjoy pure lyricism. If that’s not your thing then your missing out! This is definitely one of my favorite projects this year. I am going to keep it in heavy rotation. I’m sure I am going to find something new every time I listen to it. Too much lyricism to take in!

I highly recommend checking out this album and for those that are still CD collectors or vinyl junkies cop the physical format. The art is amazing! I already ordered mine! Support lyrical Hip Hop! Keep in mind that this is only Yugen’s sophomore album. I can’t wait to hear what she has in store next!

Favorite Tracks/Verses: (Loved every track, but these stood out)

1. Gorgon Madonna:

“Cause true reality runs deeper than the concept

To the spectrum of your consciousness

And pigment’s only context

This race can only be won if the psyche is steady

Even Frankenstein began as a dream, in the mind of Mary Shelley

So throw caution to the wind, focusing the mental element

Make bars crumble down like dilapidated sediments

All those ridden with hell, I’ll blast for the cell first

Splatter the optics, and damage the nerves

Dust or blood over everything, I swing sabers like Anakin

Ambidextrous androgen, I’m both the empress and the king”

2. Obsidian Night:

 

“Speak to Ares through the pineal gland

My rap style rhymes circles ’round the gods

Seven serpents on the door

Thought becomes word, word becomes bond

Inspire desire in jest, oath with palm over breast

Left hand path, air suspended the last testament”

3. Picture Box:

 “They hypnotized by the truth, horrific daily news

Ears ringing from eerie noises, anti-vessels make the loudest

TV hosts invading living rooms like haunted houses

Spewing words without content, spoken out of context

I breathe deep, inhale the sweet perfume of the dead

The ghosts that haunt my spirit hide amidst some petty showers

To purify the self I throw my fears in burning fires

Desperate times call desperate measures, but situations dire

Tower over furnaces unburnt and demons cower”

4. Morbid Abakus:

 “Immune to pressures from religious sects

Stay fighting til our own dominant thoughts find a way to manifest

And insulate the mind against lobotomized societies dribbling

The most traitorous, turn on they siblings

Many milling familiars, while the system’s belittling

I honor family bonds like I’m Sicilian, ape shit like simian

I grind elbows deep in the dirt with root fingers

Spinning optics, cloud the mind like mood swingers

I cast spells like spiderwebsUsed to rest my head on temple steps”

5. Monatomic Mushroom:

“My spirit moves like ley-lines

Connects the chosen nations of the great wolf and the lion

So all may see the sign, though it’s hidden in plain sight

Like the protocols of Zion, there’s division in the orders

Luna’s facing Poseidon, and tug-of-war in celestial worlds between the deities

Turning toward duality, focus the third iris

Visions of Neptune reflecting beneath my eyelids”

6. Carbon Form:

“My jargon’s a headache to decipher

Never idle, the heavy burden’s only light work to bright disciples

And I’m sky-bound, messenger like Malachi

Cardinal offspring of Capricorn and Gemini

Born from a sandstorm, whirlwinds in my burning eyes

Slayed a beast with seven tongues, electrifying

So I vibrate in coded synergy, linguistics my Achilles heel

Wade in stellar waters deep, a mystic whistling in the reeds

That cosmic breath, that air element that finds strength in the mental

Make all doubts of the mind inconsequential”

7. Metallik Crow:

“Thoughts sit heavy, lyrically show you what a tongue weighs

Purple circular spots behind my eyes, like I sun-gaze

Attached to mothership like Norman Bates

Twisted necks like circus tricks for you, but the victims never wake

Common daily routines, like a collective’s retracing of steps

Mentally desperate, we tryin’ to connect

And musical notes hide the most cryptic of codes

Truth is a bitter pill, and I’m medicating”

8. Land of Gray:

“Blue bird in the center of my universe

Sing for me, bittersweet symphonies

The void and I are similes

Phoenix of the ashes and the poor girl’s liver broken

Alone but never lonesome

I sleep with third eye open

And dream dreams of battlefields

Where crows feast on carrion

And carry on fully armed

Blakrok, red-blooded barbarian

Dead leaves swirling round my feet like dervishes

I’m Atlas with the globe, chip on my shoulder where the burden is

Cloudy visions, can’t see where light begins and I desist”

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“Engineered in female form, a silent carrier of the force

I’m a sandstorm and desert user, shadow with a torch

As tombstones whisper my name

I cross graveyards, familiar like spiky words that pierce through heavy hearts”

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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Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Ese Flow Puro – NabyBaby – Tiempo Con H Album Review”

By: GABY MORENO

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Artist: NabyBaby (featuring Vandalic, DreathS4, DJ Lee, Dr. Idea, Dogma Gala, La Bebe’s, Xlek, RDT, Target, Ankor Gc, Yorsh, Lobo AC and Skop)

Album: Tiempo con H

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

Release Date: September 2018

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing NabyBaby’s album, “Tiempo Con H”. This review will be in Spanglish lol. Given NabyBaby es un rapero Mexicano que nacio en la Ciudad de Coahuila que esta ubicada en El Valle de Mexicali, la capital de Baja California!

NabyBaby started break dancing at a young age which developed his love for Hip Hop. He also is an avid skateboarder and used graffiti art to express himself. From what I researched, he started rapping/writing in 2006. His rapping career was on and off. But he dropped a dope album last year that I am going to be reviewing today.

I am a little late to the party on checking this album out, but I am glad I did! A brief background of how I came across this talented artist. I have to shout out mi amigo Jose me recomendo escuchar la musica de un rapero llamado NabyBaby. I went on Youtube and watched his music video, “Tiempo Con H aka 34 Kilates”. Con este video quede impresionada! His lyrics are dope, pure lyricism at its best. El video contiene y menciona los 4 elementos de Hip Hop. He is seen break dancing and of course Emceeing in the video.

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NabyBaby’s music is a mix of Spanish rap, lyricism, boom bap and banger beats. I can tell he has a true passion and love for the Hip Hop culture! His sound brings me back to that 90s and early 2000s era of Hip Hop.

This album is an ode to Hip Hop and the culture that has influenced him and all of us hip hop heads! Each song he uses his lyrical abilities and literally causing fatalities (como la cancion). His cadence and aggressiveness in how he spits his verses cut you like swords! You can hear his passion in every word. This album perfectly encapsulates Hip Hop’s essence to the core! Even the album cover paints a picture of what Hip Hop is!

NabyBaby is a humble dude. He even says it in his rhymes that he does this for the love of the culture not for the money or the fame. I also had the pleasure of speaking to him briefly on social media. The conversation all started with me being mesmerized by his songs and music videos. I immediately began following him on social media. He messaged me and briefly introduced himself. He was kind enough to share his album with me for free!

When I see lyricists that are dope and on top of that down to earth it is an amazing thing to witness! It proves to me that Hip Hop brings people together! I love musicians/artists that are still grounded it says a lot about their character and longevity in their career. It also demonstrates they care about their core fans and supporters.

I highly recommend this project! The only downside to the project its a bit long with 17 tracks. The only reason I mention that is that in the era of short albums and short attention span that is the only thing that works against this project. I didn’t mind it tho I enjoy long albums as long as they have dope and cohesive content.

To conclude this review go support dope and humble local artists!!! Y pues NabyBaby es de mi raza Mexicana y un talentoso rapero! Recomiendo este proyecto a los que aprecian rap y que tienen amor por la cultura de Hip Hop. Este album es el perfecto ejemplo que la musica y Hip Hop en especifico is a universal language and has no borders!

#HipHop #HipHopMexicano #SpanishRap #NabyBaby #PuroArriba

Favorite Tracks/ Canciones Favoritas: (The whole album is dope only mentioned a few)

1.  Tiempo Con H:

“El sello es 34k, entiende somos los perros que no se venden

 

Moviendo cuellos y con spray pintando Fat Caps, representando la cultura que nunca muere

 

Haciendo diferencia con frecuencia la esencia en letras mi secta no cesa Demuestra resistencia deseando mucha fuerza para que esto crezca y permanezca

 

El Hip Hop Mexicano levanto con puño en alto

 

Orgulloso y lleno de gozo de lo que se ha logrado

 

Gracias al Control, Cypress, Psychon, SPM, MexaKings, Delinquent Habits y otros vatos

 

Que escuchaba cuando empezaba y en la grabeta sonaban mientras tanto en el piso con la cabeza vueltas daba, o patinaba rodaba en mi tabla, a diario en el barrio fumando rama”

2. Fatality:

“Hey bitch, querías un diss, te dejo en rip

 

Rest in peace

 

Directo a la yugular, atresia descomunal, caes en shock, fatality

 

Quality me sobra, con barras que doblan, de regreso haciéndolo más heavy

 

Acabando con su sello y su tropa, no soportan cuando les dejo caer el flow crazy

 

Se consumen con el fuego, su material queda fuera del juego

 

De este lado se escupe puro veneno que acaba con su hándicap y su ego!”

3. Nadie que Pare la C y la H:

 

“Hey, no somos del Rojo ni del Azul.

Solo somos Bboys in the Hood.

A la Old school es como este vato la suelta.

Aveces tinta en la libreta, otras en el piso dando vueltas.

El sacudir las memas y representar la cultura.

Es el objetivo principal que llevaremos hasta la tumba.

Así que no habrá ninguna moda que a esto frene.

Desde los 90´s a sonado fuerte.

Boom chachalaca, ruido para los rapas.

Suena el placa-placa cuando a la pluma le jala.

Don-diri-dondon-diri-dondon, esto es Hip Hop de la ciudad del sol.

Don-diri-dondon-diri-dondon, a lo Cypress vamos representando al Hood.

Don-diri-dondon-diri-dondon, esto es Hip Hop directo de Black Soul.

Vamos dándole macizo al Microphone, 34 Kilates sonando so Good.”

4. Lo Llevamos por Ley:

“De vuelta a los días como en los old the time.

Le sigo siendo fiel al break, skate, consola y Mic.

Brown pride homie por la Street.

Distribuyendo real rap como Pac & Biggie.

Esto lo llevo desde hace tiempo, la cultura con sus 4 elementos.

Así yo he plasmado parte de mi vida, derramando tinta en cada texto.

No hay de otra en esto solo ser honesto.

Si no solo suenas hueco y eso no es aceptado en el movimiento”

4. Esos Momentos:

Un día más con el cual me dejo llevar.

Como las olas del mar libres por donde van.

Sin pensar en lo que vendrá.

Solo disfruto cada segundo por que no habrá otro igual.

Respiro hondo y profundo, paso lento llevo sin pensar en el tiempo, capturo momentos.

Como pequeños detalles tan importantes, que le dan sentido a la vida, como son los. sentimientos tan internos, no tienen precio.

No los cambio por nada del mundo para ser honesto.

5. 34 Demonios

“Llámame asesino en serie, en serio cuando en la intemperie, en el cementerio quedaras por jugártela al vergas.

 

Soy ese virus que no se detiene, el daño es serio, metástasis en tu interior, todo se infecta.

Voy con finta discreta, mi sustancia penetra, como el ébola no voy a parar de devorarlos.

Con un objetivo en línea directa, no existe receta que pueda detener la necrosis que infecta y para el miocardio.

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 – “Hip Hop Horroray -Hip Hop and Horror Achieving World Domination!”

By: GABY MORENO

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be discussing my prediction of Horror and Hip Hop coming together to take over the world and achieve world domination!!! I will first list a few movies where Hip Hop and Horror have collided.

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Son of Monsterpalooza 2018: I had the opportunity to meet the creators of Tales from the Hood: Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott

Hip Hop/Horror Movies:

  1. Tales in the Hood
  2. Blade (trilogy)
  3. Bones
  4. The Addiction
  5. The Fear (1995)
  6. Hood of Horrors (just to name a few)

Rappers in Horror movies & Horrorcore MC’s/Rap Groups:

1. LL Cool J

2. Rah Digga

3. Ice Cube

4. Ice T

5. Coolio

6. Snoop Dogg

7. Queen Latifah

8. Flatlinerz

9. GraveDiggaz

10. Necro

11. Geto Boys

12. Big L

13. Hopsin

14. Brotha Lynch Hung

15. X-Raided

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The Crypt Keeper back when he was a rapper!

It is a great time to be a hip hop and horror fan!!! I can definitely see more hip hop/horror soundtracks and even scores being curated in the near future.  As we already know Hip Hop is the most popular culture. Funny that back in the day they thought it was only a phase. We all know that prediction was wrong!

Now rap is the #1 music genre in the United States. Hip Hop culture is thriving. When I hear people say “hip hop is dead” or “there is no new rap music that is good”.  I become upset because people are just going by hearsay or what they hear on the radio. Like I always say there is a vast of music dropping daily and you just got to search and you will find beautiful hidden treasures.

Hip Hop is alive and well and it is definitely not going anywhere. It will continue to evolve as it gets passed on through generations. I for one am excited to continue to watch this culture and music blossom!

I can’t forget about the horror culture. If you haven’t been paying attention streaming service are catching on and embracing the horror genre more than ever! For example there are streaming services that were created to cater to that audience specifically from platforms like Shudder and ScreamBox.

Netflix has also caught onto the bandwagon. I have seen a huge spike in Netflix releasing more horror titles and even their own original series. To list a few: The Haunting of Hill House, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Diablero, Siempre Bruja and just announced Guillermo Del Toro’s Horror Anthology: 10 After Midnight! Hulu is not falling far behind they have an amazing horror anthology series, “Into the Dark” and Castle Rock. I am a happy camper! lol

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Illustration by: Dan Evans

As I have predicted these two genres who have their huge fan bases and cult following will continue to intermingle with each other. I mean this is nothing new. There have been several rappers who have been part of a horror movie cast or have done cameos. We have also seen rappers create the horror-core sub genre where horror elements/themed lyrics are used in rap songs. I have been saying this for awhile now that we will begin to see a trend where it will be more common for horror movies to have rap soundtracks/scores. I can also see rappers/hip hop moguls directing/writing/producing horror movies.

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Artist unknown (Art is NOT mine)

Just a few weeks ago my theory was spot on. Ghostface Killah and RZA announced they are directing and writing a horror movie, “Angel of Dust”. I believe if and when this movie is released it will open new opportunities for both the hip hop and horror communities to collaborate on more projects. If this movie doesn’t do just that, I’m sure another movie will come along that will push the boundaries and cause for these two amazing genres to unite!

Even the trailer for Jordan Peele’s upcoming horror movie “Us” had me wylin when I heard ” I Got 5 on It” in a slowed up creepy tempo! I loved that Jordan did that. He might have encouraged for more classic rap songs to be used in horror movies and possibly be slowed down to create a scary atmosphere! I am confident Jordan will release another masterpiece!

I can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer both of my favorite genres! I am looking forward to watching these two cultures to continue to blend together. Which to me is a beautiful thing and an added bonus to be able to witness this takeover! Maybe in the near future we will get a Horrorcore rap documentary or even a Hip Hop and Horror documentary! I’m just sayin!🤷🏽‍♀️

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Made in ’89 – Superior Productionz – 1989 Album Review”

By: Gaby Moreno

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Artist: Superior Productionz (Featuring: Fade Green , Jokwin, B.O.L.O, Mac Dirrty, Two Time Losers, Riston Diggs, DreCat, Poser, T. Ka$h, Ocalypse)

Album: 1989

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

Release Date: January 1, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Superior Productionz’s Album titled “1989”. Robert Watkins is a San Diego based producer and mix engineer.  Robert is the  founder of a production company that goes by the name “Superior Productionz”. I just got put onto his music through instagram and I’m glad I did! A dope Producer who is making San Diego proud!

He curated this project and produced it as well. He collaborated with dope San Diego Emcee’s to bring this project to life. This is a very solid album from start to finish. The production and beats are sonically pleasing! The featured artists show off their lyrical abilities . That is what makes this project so remarkable!

This project starts with an intro that uses a news clip speaking on the social climate of 1989, mixed in with a jazz type sample! I might be a bit bias, given I myself am a 1989 baby, but I loved that short intro sets the tone for what’s about to come next!

The first track on the project is “Throne”, which is one of my favorite tracks from this project. The beat has a bit of a dark melody and dope sample scratching. Both Fade Green and Jokwin go in!

Second track “Sicario” is definitely a banger with a catchy hook! You will listen to it once and it will be playing in your head for the rest of the day. I loved this track and the bilingual lyricism by B.O.L.O and Mac Dirrty. I also enjoyed the guitar instrumental. It makes the track stand out.

Some of the themes you will find  through out this album are the struggle one has to face to be the best in the rap game, starting from the bottom and making to the top, braggadocio rap and pure lyricism and dope word play!

The track “Me” with Riston Diggs speaks about loyalty, self love, one’s ego and self-esteem! “Extraordinary” is another track that features Riston Diggs and the beat is straight fire, the bass knocks! This beat sounds like a mainstream trap instrumental and I am here for it! The hook and lyrics go hard!

The second to last track on the album is “Excellence. For some reason the chorus reminded me of Kanye’s The New Workout Plan, maybe it was the rapper’s cadence. The last track “I Just (Outro)” has a smooth funk type vibe. It’s a funny track about just getting high, not getting into distractions and just plotting to get to the top!

Overall this album flowed perfectly. The tracks were placed in perfect order! It started off with hard hitting beats and lyricism and ended with a mellow vibe. The production, content and lyrics complimented each other. It was a cohesive and superior album (pun intended lol) that was curated by a creative individual that happens to be from my beautiful city of San Diego! Highly recommending checking out this album if you haven’t done so already!

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Throne ft. Fade Green and Jokwin

    “Still up in my zone
    Cupping my throne
    But sometimes that’s just not enough that I own
    So ima keep doin this music shit
    Till I break out of this bitch
    Cuz i’m stuck in my home
    But sometimes that just not enough that I know
    That’s why I keep filling this stuff in my dome
    No media can judges ,nothing but poems
    And TED lectures the subject I’m on”

    “My empire, bitch will not expire
    This is phoenix fire
    If it comes to a close
    We will be reborn
    After we fuckin implode
    With a mean force and with something to show
    There’s nothing to prove when there so much to gross
    Nothing to lose when there’s so much to grow
    And that’s why I keep poking and plotting your dome
    Saying focus even if I gotta focus alone, I know!”

  2. Sicario ft. B.O.L.O and Mac Dirrty

    “Que confianza puede haber en un oportunista
    Cuantos tienen que callar, soplones, periodistas!
    Desde pistolero a morir listo
    Pero antes vamos a dejar aqui, cagadero
    Me perdonan pero asi me despido
    Bajenme tocando el nuevo corrido
    Echense una pura sin sal y dos bien armadas
    Vivi por el mal que no pasa nada
    Hasta sigan descontando mis triunfos
    Todos los cabrones que quedaron difuntos
    Haganme de cuenta que no hay sufrimiento
    Sin vida eterna me fui con el viento
    Cenizas a cenizas, cemento a cemento
    Y de pronto sentir el perpetuo tormento!”

  3. Extraordinary ft. Riston Diggs

    “My life is like livin an obstacle course
    Gave her a drink and she went to her knees
    I pull her back up, i’m like shorty believe
    You gotta dream
    You can achieve
    She rollin her eyes n***a please”

  4. Light It Up ft. DreCat and Jokwin

    “Light it up
    When I get the mic
    Instrumentals getting victimized
    Kick so much heat as I spit the rhyme
    That when I kill a beat it ain’t recognized
    Straight melting shit I can’t help it
    It’s that molten hand I got dealt with
    See I’m full of magma like a volcano
    When my dome explode
    The pyroclastic flows
    Melt the silicon of you plastic hoes
    If you can’t get the heat don’t stand so close
    Playing with fire that’s how you get burned
    Fucking with me when the fuck you gon’ learn”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror – Documentary Review”

By: Gaby Moreno

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Documentary: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Directed By: Xavier Burgin

Interviews/Cast: Jordan Peele, Tony Todd, Keith David, Rusty Cundieff, Rachel True, Loretta Devine and more!

Rating: 4.5/5 

Release Date: February 7, 2019

Stream: Shudder Original

Stand out quotes: “We’ve always loved horror, it’s just that horror unfortunately hasn’t always loved us” and “Black history is Black Horror”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be discussing and reviewing shudder’s original Documentary: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. I had a chance to watch it and definitely learned more about black horror. Being a horror fan, I love nerding out over the history of horror! Especially learning about black horror and its influence to the horror culture! Maybe Guillermo Del Toro will watch this and be inspired to create a documentary for Mexican horror! I would be so excited, one can only wish!

This documentary couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We are currently in a new era where we are seeing black actors being casted as lead characters/heroes in horror movies. As well as being portrayed in a positive light. This has not been the case in the past.

This documentary discusses the history of blacks in horror movies. It goes into each decade beginning in the 1920s how black characters evolved in horror films. Also how the social climate played a big role in how blacks were portrayed in film. Also non-horror films are mentioned because these films were horrifying to the black community. These non horror films portrayed blacks in a negative and inhumane way.

This was a very informative documentary wish it had been longer. Felt like it just touched the surface of black horror and could have gone more in depth. This could have had a part two with more actors, directors, and scholars that could have spoken about their contribution to black horror. I also hoped it would have had a segment on future predictions as to where black horror cinema is going.

Specially with director/producer/writer like Jordan Peele (Oscar Winner) who has become the go to horror director after his amazing film “Get Out”. It had been awhile since I had enjoyed a psychological horror movie. That movie was amazing on so many levels. From the black actors being protagonist and heroes to the foreshadowing and poetic revenge! What made this film truly terrifying was how you can tell it was influenced by the current state of society. From police murdering blacks to 45’s presidency that had caused more racial tension to rise. It was a beautifully crafted movie. Every time I watch it I always find something new I hadn’t noticed before.

I enjoyed hearing the accounts from actors, directors and scholars. You got a glimpse of how it was to be part of a horror movie in those decades. You got to hear about the prejudice and racism these actors or directors had to face to be part of these films or to just give their input and be taken into account. This documentary also put me onto black horror films I had not seen. I will definitely be adding them to my watchlist!

I do not want to give spoilers. All I can say it is definitely worth watching. This documentary is geared towards those who are horror fans, history buffs and for the black community!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Music for the Soul – St. Cyr – S.O.U.L. Album Review

By: Gaby Moreno

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Artist: St. Cyr

Album: S.O.U.L

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

Release Date: January 7, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing St. Cyr’s Album titled “S.O.U.L”. Jamal St. Cyr is an LA born, San Diego raised lyricist/rapper. He is also part of the rap group Boon League. I first heard of Boon League when I saw them open up at The Observatory SD for Dilated Peoples back in April 2016. They knew how to hype up the crowd, performed dope music and had great stage presence. There on after I saw them perform a few more times as openers at the same venue. Each time they rocked the show!

I have been wanting to give more limelight to San Diego artists since that is my hometown that I love! So what better way to do that than starting with St. Cyr’s soulful album!

The Intro right of the bat gets your attention and displays St. Cyr’s silliness. The intro and the outro contain a clip from Coming to America’s Soul Glo commercial. Then it moves on to the song Mood, which is one of my favorite tracks of this project. This song literally sets the mood for the rest of the album. St. Cyr shows off his lyrical abilities, soulful cadence and his rapper bravado.

In between tracks there are soul quotes, that are in form of spoken word. I loved this touch, it adds more depth to the project. Each quote touches on a topic. For example soul quote 2 says, “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walks alone”. Then it goes into the next track about Love, titled under the same name. Which I will cover more below since it made it on my list of favorite tracks.

Then we also have St. Cyr’s single off the project “Cadillac”, which is a love/ode song dedicated to Cadillac’s. Here St. Cyr reminisces how he always wanted a Cadillac as a kid. He admired the old skool caddy’s that the gangster drove. The song is about what he would do if he had owned a Cadillac from bumping his favorite rappers in the ride to cruising through his hood. The music video is dope as well the visuals are animated in cartoon style.

There is also a silly track titled: “Didn’t I” ft. The Ebonics (lol), it’s a cover of The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow your Mind this Time), but he switches it up with his own lyrics. The song is about sharing his Crown Royal with a girl. I took it as a metaphor for love, but that’s just my interpretation lol. This song also reminded me a bit of Biz Markie’s singing in Just a Friend. It’s just a funny feel good song!

Overall, this was a very solid and cohesive project. The whole album flowed and kept that soulful rap sound from start to finish. The lyricism on this project had witty word play and great content. The singers featured in the project also had amazing vocals. Will definitely be bumping this album through out 2019!

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Mood – This is a short interlude, but St. Cyr doesn’t waste no time in showing off his lyrical skills and proves he is not one to be messed with lyrically.“Just a little interlude to get you in the moodSt. Cyr do it good, for the grade

    How are you?

    Don’t sleep on me, but a few hit the snooze

    And I know you heard of Boon

    Yeah we the power crew!

    This rap shit is easy work like a power tool”

  2. I Know ft. On Key – This is my favorite song of the whole project. It was also the second single of the album. The lyricism is on point! On Key on the vocals brings back that 90s r&B vibe. Overall a dope soulful track!“This that late night cruise shitTank on full shit

    No time for no bullshit

    N***a I do’s this

    Know to keep them hoes in pocket like pool sticks

    Or string a bad bitch along like an acoustic

    Now you know me St. Cyr , Boon League, boss spitter

    Mr. have your girl coming home smelling like hard liquor

    Can’t get a feature cuz I be shittin on y’all n***as

    Y’all n***as, y’all n***as too

    Don’t compare me to this little n***as

    Nah go head

    It’s like a Harley being compared to a moped 

    I love Hip Hop like Diddy love Jenny Lopez

    So when I write I cater more to my old heads”

  3. Love ft. Latanya Lockett – It’s a love song about always finding love in the wrong places, but now he has found someone who he is falling for.“It’s what I need everydayThe only four letter word I was scared to say

    Im talking Love, never would I let it go a stray

    Never would I let it walk away, okay

    I mean love got me writing songs and shit

    Love poetry…”

  4. Give it to Me ft. On Key & Bella ADonna – The song is self explanatory lol. Loved the live instrumentation on this track and mellow vibe. On Key brings his soulful vocals once again

     

    “Surprise, surprise

    I told y’all i was coming, ya’ll thought I lied

    They really need that soul shit that I provide

    I really come from the heart, yo others just rhyme

     

    Hey hold up, y’all be acting so tough

    That chick that’s on your shoulda

    I could pull her, if I want her, I want her”

  5. Chitlins Ain’t Cheap ft. On Key & Latanya Lockett – The song is about being honest and loyal with your significant other. I loved the singers: On Key & Latanya Lockett on this track. Their vocals added a soulful vibe!“You ain’t gotta lie to kick it wit meTruth be told I just want you to kick it wit me

    We all got demons, what’s your angle?

    My name St. Cyr, but I’m no Angel

    They say that the truth hurts, so what should I do?

    Could I be lying if I said I never lied to you?

     

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Let Me Rap! Boogie – Everything’s For Sale Album Review”

By: Gaby Moreno

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Artist: Boogie

Album: Everything’s For Sale

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

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Boogie’s debut album titled: “Everything’s for Sale”. I got put onto Boogie last year and I am glad I did. I quickly listened to all his mixtapes and was infatuated with his music. He always has dope visuals as well. He definitely has the best music rap videos I have seen in while.

Boogie aka Westside Boogie via social media never disappoints. His debut album through Shady Records met my expectations! He once again shows off his skillful and soulful voice at times (having been part of a church choir at a young age). His raspy voice and melodic flow sets him apart from any other “street/lyrical” rapper. He definitely set the bar high for rap albums that will drop in 2019. The background live instrumentation added a beautiful touch to this solid project. The features were not overdone. I enjoyed 6lack and JID features.

I liked every track on the album. There were just two tracks that I don’t think really fit into this albums concept, but I see why they were added. One of the them was “Rainy Days”, which I like Boogie’s verse and the chorus, but Eminem didn’t add much to the track as far as lyrical content wise. He was typical Eminem with his silly word play and bars. Second track was, “Self Destruction”, which was one of Boogie’s first single. I admit I like the track. It has a catchy hook and a banger, but feel like it was used just to catch listeners attention. But at the same time the track did a great job at displaying Boogie’s versatility and sarcastic/funny side.

Overall it was a very cohesive project with dope lyricism and very introspective. He touched on his love life and his insecurities. Which are themes we can all relate to! I will def have this album in rotation in 2019!

Tracks that stood out for me:

1. Tired/Reflection – This a dope introspective track where Boogie is fighting with himself and the emotions he has had to deal with now that he has fame, being in the rap game (the burden that comes with it/pressure of not selling out) and his daily life. This song reminded me how he mentioned in one of his interviews that he knows he can make “turn up” music, but doesn’t want to do that because he wants his music to have impact and last for years to come.

“Ain’t no point in using weapons

I am at war with my reflection

I want fame, well, I can’t take L’s

I can’t stay still, but I can’t pay bills

It hard to feel shit when you livin’ off pain pills

Hard to put on war boots when you walkin’ on eggshells

Don’t let no nigga tell you that you slept on

You better take the blame that you progressed wrong and then got stepped on, uh”

2. Silent Ride – Officially the first promotional single off his album. I love the beat to this song and the catchy hook. This song is about his girl going into his phone and seeing he is not being faithful and the ride home being silent. It’s a funny record, but also very honest and transparent of what goes on in his relationship.

“She read my text, I read her mind

Pressing time and dead my high

Connect to lies, express your mind

I wish you’d talk more, know that that’s a lost war

She gon’ take the aux cord, and let her play her thoughts for her

She gon’ play them throwbacks and hold back, pretend to be lit

No cap, I need a energy shift”

3. Skydive – This song is about letting his significant other know he is broken and not perfect (has insecurities) and letting her know. Pretty much giving her the heads up before she commits to a relationship with him.

“I heard your commitment can turn to a sickness that I never seen, mmh

And for sure ain’t no cure, shit, I hope ain’t no cure, uh

If I told you my symptoms was trippin’, don’t fault my conviction

From tension I felt on my core

If I told you these feelings I’m missing became my addiction

At this point I hope that you pure”

4. Swap Meet – This song is more R&Bish and soulful. I liked the guitar instrumental, as well as Boogie’s vocals. He is one of the fewest rappers that can pull that singing rap without any autotune. In this track he dedicates this song to his girl. He compares finding a swap meet bargain to having been fortunate to find her and winning the best bargain which is her love.

“Know that you tarnish when you sit there with that blank stare, yeah

I clean you up myself

Won’t have you on the shelf

And treat you like an antique

I hope you understand me”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

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