Feb 6, 2020

Watch: Friend Zone (Official Dance Video) - S.A.V.

New to the WTM radar is Paterson, New Jersey's own, S.A.V.

Sierra A. Velez is a talented singer-songwriter as well as quite the musician. Her latest single, Friend Zone dropped towards the end of 2019 and it recently got a video treatment. Her voice is interesting and meshes with house production pretty well. This is the kind of track you can mix in your DJ set with music from Pal Joey, Cece Penniston, or Kenny Bobien. I pray her secret crush not listening to this one because sheesh. Press play after the break.




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Jan 22, 2020

Listen: Hometown Hero - @mostdopemusic_ feat. @lowcollege

MostDope kicked off the year with a brand new album, No Pressure.

Since P.O.M.E through Hood Gospel, MostDope has played with his melodics and tonality creating the signature sound we now know on No Pressure. It's only right that the heavy hitters from Asbury Park and Neptune link up on a track called Hometown Hero, with Most and Joe College respectfully. Along with Rugged But Smooth spitter College, their contrasting styles make for a pretty dope party record. It's chilly now but once the weather breaks this is sure to shake the city live for the summer. Check it out for yourself after the break.


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Jan 16, 2020

Watch: 75000 (Lyric Video) - @SamadSavage feat. Felicia George & The Euphony

Whew! What can I say about the latest from Samad Savage?

75000 dropped towards the end of 2019. Samad really is a beast when it comes to how his flows switch up as much as the beat does. He enlists Felicia George and The Euphony to drop bars of their own on a topic close to their hearts. 75K black women are missing in the United States. Like the songs says some are missing organs if they're even found at all. Who got the answers indeed? Felicia George's verse is especially interesting because the production gets much darker then Euphony finishes up with some prose and spoken word as a message to her sisters. Check it out for yourself below.

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Jan 2, 2020

Listen: Hold Up - @seefrvncis

I know it's 2020 now but See.Francis ended 2019 in a huge way with new music of course. This one is called Hold Up produced by a frequent collaborator of his in Sahara.

"Where I growed up, they don't show love. It's cold, bruh. I need it now. Right now what's the hold up?"

The Newark native paints a dark picture of how he came up, but what I'm impressed with is he did it in such a melodic but still gritty way. It's the kind of song you start the day with or go running to. Whether you're in the gym or just kickin it at the crib, press play and listen to Hold Up after the break.

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Dec 30, 2019

Album Review: For Motivational Use Only - @Malc___

P2 hasn't been out no longer than eight months and we have new listening material. For Motivational Use Only is his latest offering. Not going to waste your time so let's get right to it. It's only a seven track, 23 minute listen. Things begin with Daily Repetitions. As I said before it's a dope way to kick off a tape. I also enjoy he calls in Kärma and SoULFULL for the assist. Nothing but net here. If you were looking for a 16 from SoULFULL you'll have to go back and listen to No Hesitation because he really just comes through on the pre-chorus as a singer.

"F*ck being good cuz that ain't good enough."

Make it Out shares the same sample as Wale's The Success, Psalm 121. Thus Far in his discography Malc really shows his eclectic taste as a music listener and what he raps over. I'm always impressed with his production. Malc raps like a man 30 years older than he is. It's clear he's seen some things in his life as a twenty-something. The themes of his music get pretty dark in the midst of his inspirational quotes.

"death don't usually phase me since my pops died
can't tell you last time i cried
but hearing bout my nigga death
that shit brought tears to my eyes"

I think that bar hits different when you've lost someone. Mirrors with Kärma is pretty dope. The flip of So Into You gives it the nostalgia 90's feel we all enjoy. The song takes us the rollercoaster that is a relationship. He's not too proud to explain where he messed up and apologize. Karma leaves the syrup harmonies at the end. I'm digging this here. Alone isn't as melancholy as I expected it to be musically. The hook takes on an interpolation of the classic Geto Boys, Mind Playin Tricks On Me. Instead of staring at candles contemplating murder, he's listening to samples looping.

Hold On/Gina's Interlude comes next. I'm usually a fan of when producers sample the subtle parts of classic songs. Here it's not so subtle and they put the melody in the front with a similar tempo and percussion to Angie Stone's Holding Back the Years. If you don't recognize it Love & Basketball is on Netflix now. The B-Side of the track is a voicemail from Mom Dukes. It's a nice touch. It really keeps the continuity of the track sequence and feel of the project. The next track is a sequel to Odds from his last project. In fact the track starts with the hook coming through a low pass filter before part II fades in. I must have listened to this 30 times on my way home from work one day. It's a reminder to keep working after that 9-5 grind. If you don't consider that a cosign listen to his manager Russ in the beginning of the last track, the title track. It really reels this whole thing in and doesn't leave you in a bad mood. Let me explain. For Motivational Use Only feels like a weather week in New Jersey. I swear this is the only place you could get 4 seasons in 7 days. For Motivational Use Only gives us rain, snow, hurricanes, and a 82 degree day on Christmas. I need you to feel this. Press play below.

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