NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “UNION RAP!!! -APOLLO – THE BLUE COLLAR EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Apollo

Album: The Blue Collar EP

Release Date: November 7, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Apollo’s EP titled, “The Blue Collar EP”. The EP consists of 6 tracks with a running time of 22 minutes. Apollo is a member of the Spooky Gang Collective that I am honored to be a part of. I have attended a few events where Apollo rocked the mic. His command of the stage and his gift to rhyme are one of a kind! He is a true wordsmith and I don’t just say that loosely. I can see has a true love for the Art of Rap and takes his time when putting words together. He is a student of the craft and I admire that! Apollo is a natural born spitta! His intellect and rhyme schemes roll off his tongue seamlessly!

This EP is a motivational project for the working class and specifically manual labor workers! He paints a picture and shows us a glimpse of his reality and his day to day. Apollo takes us into his world and on a lyrical journey. His daughter also makes a guest appearance which adds a genuine and transparent side to Apollo. He raps that he just wants to follow his dream. He also raps how he does this for the love of the music not for the money, but also wants be able to provide for his daughter at the same time. The first track, “Training Day” has a soulful instrumental where Apollo pours his soul and spits this for the people working 9 to 5’s who still have the courage to dream and find time! Very deep track! The third track, “Blue Collar Rap (Dead and Gone)” is probably one of my favorite tracks from this EP, The beat is crazy! ID the Poet produced it and did his thing. I love the sample! The fourth track, “Be Cool” ft. Badluck Cortez on the hook is dope! I first heard the track live at the Diamond Jim’s a few months back. The beat was produced by the homie Ray Flaqui it has a grimey sound mixed with boom bap!

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Overall this is an amazing EP! Put it in rotation to motivate yourself or get inspired. Whether you are at the gym, going for a run or getting ready for work. This is a very universal EP that anyone can relate to. Also if you are a fan of pure lyricism and dope rhyme schemes check this out you won’t regret it! Apollo you’re crazy for this one! All the producers and features also did they thing! Go stream it or buy it! Support local talent! Apollo is from Maryland, but a San Diego transplant and we are proud to have him here! Keep doing your thing hermano!

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

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – "IMMORTAL LOVE STORY!!! – QUEEN & SLIM MOVIE REVIEW"

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Queen & Slim

Main Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Indya Moore and more!

IMDB synopsis: “A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I thought I would review the phenomenal film, “Queen & Slim“. It is not a horror film, but it is a film with Hip Hop elements. Melina Matsoukas did a hell of a job directing. Also visionary and great writer Lena Waithe brought this story to life. Credit also goes to the main actors who gave breathtaking performances. They really embodied Queen and Slim and gave these characters life! It was an emotional rollercoaster and a poetic masterpiece! A tragic, but beautiful Black modern love story! In the words of Rhianna “They found love in a hopeless place”. A very social political story that perfectly encapsulates the world we live in today where Black Men and Women still are being gunned down by the those deemed to serve and protect.

This film is a true love story, a love that grew from a tragic event! I love that it uses todays modern form of online dating to bring these characters into each others worlds. I watched an interview where Lena Waithe was promoting the film and she stated she made Queen’s character have more of a Malcolm X personality whereas Slim’s character was written to be more like Martin Luther King and by the end of the film Slim and Queen switch roles. You can see this throughout the film from Queen and Slim’s differences in how they live their lives, religious beliefs, their outlook on life, destiny, love and even their relationships with their families. They couldn’t be more opposites and Queen even jokes throughout the movie that Slim would have not been her type.

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This made me think how many people have we all met in our lives that we met once and wrote them off, but what if we had given them a chance and truly gotten to know them would we have hit it off? There is this myth or belief that when you meet your soulmate you instantly have this connection, but what if that is far from the truth? This film touches on just that, but with a deeper message. Also the conversations between Queen and Slim in between scenes were beautifully done. It gave the film a spoken word type vibe!

I highly recommend this film whether you see it in theaters or stream it online. I will definitely be buying a copy once it releases. The soundtrack to this film was amazingly picked as well! It gave the story even more life! I love that there are more films bringing back original soundtracks created for the film. It brings me back to the era of 90’s soundtrack that were filled with Rap and R&B. Go watch this film you won’t regret it!

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

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “BEAT STREET VIBES!!! – DJ PNUTZ – THE BREAKMAKER VOL. 1 BEAT TAPE REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: DJ Pnutz

Album: The Breakmaker Vol. 1

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

This beat tape took me back to the origins of Hip Hop! It takes you back to the era where the 5 elements of Hip Hop were just beginning! Where the bboys and bgirls were wrecking the cardboard or cement, DJ’s rocking the turntables, Emcees hyping the crowd, Graffiti walls and people just having fun! This beat tape is a collection of break dancing beats with late 70s and 80s nostalgia. You also get some funky and jazzy production! You can put on this tape and either bust some moves or just chill or go about your daily routine and play it in the background.

This is the first time I review a beat tape so it was dope that this tape took me back to the essence of where Hip Hop started. It even had me go back and watch the classic Hip Hop movie, “Beat Street” lol. This beat tape reminded me why I fell in love with Hip Hop in the first place! If you are bboy or bgirl and want something to dance to def check this out or if you are just a Hip Hop fan like myself give it a spin!

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

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

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: IAMJYOUNGIN

Album: Ocean Fish Future Goat 2

Release Date: November 15, 2019

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

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

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

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

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

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

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

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Sick Rick & Speak EZ

Album: Speaking Sick

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

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

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

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

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

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Doctor Sleep

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

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

New Horror Rule: Don’t let your arrogance cloud your judgement, it can be a deadly mistake!

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

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

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

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

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

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

BY: GABY MORENO
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Artist: Angel Farrah

Album: La Unica

Release Date: Sept. 20, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

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

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

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

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

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

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