Oct 8, 2019

#ASideBSidePodcast: Episode 024 - Drew The Recluse Interview

Today's episode of A-Side B-Side Podcast features an exclusive interview with Drew The Recluse.

shot by: @madskillzmorgan
Along with RamseySaidWHAT, they talk about his latest release, Suburbia EP and much more. Drew freestyles a gospel rendition of Jodeci, Strip club bops with character, being pro choice, the electoral college and how his take on the Asbury Music Scene draws an analogy with the Civil Rights Movement. He issues a challenge to women in the indie music scene and discusses the pushback he faces creating a platform for hip hop artists in Asbury Park while battling the diaspora of the Black Experience.

Sidebar: Beef is not supposed to be made well done. I'm just saying.

The Music in this episode is Everytime by Drew the Recluse featuring Solo Dolor.

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Album Review: P2 - @Malc_____ (words by Brya Edwards)

Being a Jersey native myself, I know Jersey does not drop the ball when it comes to raw talent. And the 25- year old rapper, Malc proves just that. Originally from Bayonne NJ, Malc is emerging through the hip-hop scene. He is also putting William Paterson on the map, being that he is an alumnus. His aspirations and goals are indeed larger than life, and he is not letting anything get in his way.

So far, Malc has performed at well-known venues such as SOB’s and The Delancey, proving that his talent is nothing to play with. Just recently, Malc dropped a project entitled ​Progression 2. ​The project is composed of seven songs that are all heavily inspired by family, work, and Malc‘s everyday life and struggles. The lyricist spits fire over some classic 90s inspired beats. He also pays homage to the OG’s of rap like Nas and HOV.

Each song takes you on a journey. Starting with the song entitled, ​All In,​ he discusses why he does what he does. Malc explains how his music is way more than clout purposes, it is about touching people and lives. He even touches on the over saturation of rap, and the fact that everyone wants to be a rapper these days. With Malc, the music is not just a phase for him. He said as much a couple tracks ago. Malc wants to be an inspiration for old and young generations. I found it super dope that some of the songs on the project featured samples from classic late 80’s and 90’s music. For example, in the song entitled ​Stressing (feat Twice), ​he samples “Show Me” by Glen Jones. The song also showcases Malc’s resonating cadence and “floetry.”

He ends the project with a song entitled, Break Thru. A song we all can relate to about personal growth and the grind. Here's one of my favorite quotes from the song:

“I’d rather have enemies than friends because the ones that really hurt you be the closest to you.”

Meaning, sometimes your day ones have been hating since day one, and I know most people can relate.

What I enjoyed most about this project is that Malc’s lyrics are soulfully enriched. They really make you think. Even his name in itself has a meaning. It stands for Motivation Always Lives Create. Malc’s wordplay and ability to convey his story through his lyricism is truly inspiring to see. Overall, a great listen and great music. This is an impressive project and doesn't take all day to get through as it's 22 minutes. Seven tracks leaves us wanting for more but for now, check out P2 below after the break and it's available on all streaming platforms.

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Sep 24, 2019

#ASideBSidePodcast: Episode 023 - @Mr5thround Interview

Creator and founder of fifthroundmovement.com, Angelo Gingerelli joins Ramsey on What's The Movement's A-Side B-Side Podcast.
In Episode 23, the duo talk about the local music and art scene, Angelo's experience as a comedian, wedding official, curator, and journalist covering local music at many platforms including his NJ Next column at ThePopBreak.com. He also tells a few awesome stories about being father to a daughter so emerged in Hip-Hop and how the genre changed his life. Before he leaves, it's only right he sounds off his top 5 emcees dead or alive.
The music in this episode is Perrier by OFFTOPKILLS.
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Sep 23, 2019

Watch: Speak Up (Official Video) - @_TheRealKarma

After watching the new video for Speak Up, it's safe to say I want ZERO problems with Kärma. It ain't Easy and it sure ain't cupcakes and bubblegum.

HoMEMADE films shot a thriller of a visual treatment off Kärma's latest project, About Last Night. I've always enjoyed the visuals the two of them put together. The plot, the music, and direction are always on point. I won't be long winded on this because you're going to press play after the break. Just know that there's a wild ending. I need you to feel this.

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Sep 16, 2019

Album Review: Suburbia EP - @DrewTheRecluse

Drew the Recluse is a real life Swiss army knife and chameleon. He sings, he raps, he rages, and he books a lot of local shows. I often find myself asking the same question about artists who struggle identifying themselves and their sound:

The tweet was a complaint but not one about the Black Suburbia artist. We all know singers who rap and rappers who sing, but there's not many do both at the SAME clip. When you see a set from Drew you may see him sing more of his R&B, Pop or Alternative songs but I've also heard Drew bars that have made me make a stink face. Which route does Suburbia EP take? Let's get to it.

I won't be before you long as Drew has made my job easy today. Suburbia is only a ten minute listen. Four tracks and one of them is a 2.7 second intro. That introduction appeals to our senses with ambient natural sound of what I could imagine to be the cul-de-sac that is the album art. Pictures say a thousand words but the audio definite adds a thousand more. I enjoyed the mix because it crossfades into Survive so smoothly. I hate making artist comparisons but Survive sounds like a song Kid Cudi would sing if he were as good a vocalist as Drew. The feel of the music gets a little darker with the next track Everytime. After the trap 808s and hi-hats intro us in, Drew comes in with a more aggressive 16. 

"I've been accustomed to casual lust on a Sunday, I don't got time for no love."

Enter our only feature on the project, Solo Dolor. He really shines on this hook crooning to a former lover whose interests seem unrequited. This was well done. If you haven't yet you got to see this live. I was backstage jamming to this at NJ Live 3. I've been listening to the New Zealots Oath for awhile now since he gave me the early scoop. It still has that replay value after all this time.

Hip-Hop is so interesting. I wrote my senior thesis and soon to be book about its complexities using examples of how regional it is. If you listen to rap all over the country the flavor sounds different which isn't really something you can say for Rock, Country, or any other genre birthed in the United States. Drew dips and dabs in a lot of different hip-hop sounds let alone singing other genres of music. That's what makes him special. I lock in with him on the messaging and identification. Black Suburbia, that is the life for a lot of us and the goal of our parents and the generations before them. Growing up in Ocean then moving to Neptune, my experiences align with Drew's scope and appreciate hearing it in audio form from a person a little less nerdy but just as artistic as Donald Glover (although I love his full discography too).

Word from Drew is there's another EP in the works then a full length album. There was another bonus track titled Sometimes that didn't make the cut in this listen. I'm curious to see if we'll see it later on. Drew the Recluse has been working. You see why we told you to look out for him this year. Do yourself a favor: Check out Suburbia - EP on your favorite streaming platform by CLICKING HERE. I need you to feel this.

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