HEAR IT NOW: 3Stripe Shawty x TNT Shawty- Coke No Cola

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I usually don’t listen to trap rap because I can’t relate to the storylines being told in the music. However, a local artist from my city, Baltimore, gave me his latest mixtape. It struck my interest, because not only was the posters of the mixtape plastered everywhere in East Baltimore, but the artist, TNT was out in the streets promoting his music. It takes effort to do that, whereas some artists expect results to be handed to them. TNT isn’t that artist. He is up on his grind.

Now Coke No Cola was released in mid October of 2015. So why I am just writing a review now? First, I took a short break from writing, but I listened to the mixtape the same night I got it. Second, I missed the old days where journalists would get an album and get a chance to sit with the album and really listen to it from lyrics, production and features standpoint. So I decided to do that. Thirdly, just because it was released in October, it is still new to someone who hasn’t heard it. That’s the beauty of the independent hip hop scene and social media marketing.

So let’s get into Coke No Cola. First, the title is clever and the artwork for the mixtape is super dope. It’s self explanatory; so I knew what to expect from this mixtape. “1st Line of Raw” is a great way to start the mixtape. With the hard hitting beat and strong wordplay, this track grew on me as a first time listener. Things went downhill with the next three songs, “Different,” “In Da Field,” and “Nothing On Me,” which all sounded the same and wasn’t like “1st Line of Raw.” I felt like it was mediocre at best. But, no worries, Coke No Cola picks up with “GottaGetIt,” like a new hustler’s anthem. “Yeaddamean” is a standout track and is a cool turn up song. The track starts out with TNT’s shouting “Cochize, this a banger!” Not only did Cochize laced a dope beat, but he did his rap feature justice. I liked this one.

One of the bigger hip hop names in Baltimore’s local trap music scene is Young Moose and he’s featured twice on this mixtape. The songs are “Step On the Scene” and “F*ck Up a Check;” however, the latter was the better song. “F*ck Up a Check” is a hood-fun song about blowing money on material things. It’s definitely a stunt song, but the collaboration with TNT and Young Moose works best on this song.

Overall, even though I’m not a fan of trap music, it’s safe to said that TNT has potential and is headed in the right direction as far as lyricism is concern. Trap rap grew on me a bit, plus I have to support the local music scene in my city.

Respect the hustle.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD Coke No Cola here:
www.datpiff.com/3StripeShawty-Coke-No-Cola-mixtape.740742.html

Interview: Rohan Da Great, the emcee behind “SMYK”

It’s always a pleasure catching up with Rohan Da Great and seeing what the North Carolina-based hip hop artist has been up to. Since our last interview, RDG was promoting his single, “Say Goodbye,” a touching and heartfelt ode to his late grandmother. It was a single that was vulnerable and personal and we absolutely loved it here at Limerence.

Now let’s fast forward to about four or five months and RDG is back again with another smash single. He has dipped his creative mic into EDM as he is a feature on Dani Deahl’s track, “SMYK,” which has received mega success and even a feature on Billboard.com.

It’s safe to say that RDG had a blissful 2015 and will have great 2016. Check out the interview below:

What was it like to work with Dani Deahl on “SMYK”?

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RDG: It was a really great experience working with Dani. We didn’t get to physically work together on “SMYK” record, but it was still dope. We collaborated over the net, she sent the track while in Chicago and I recorded [my part] in Raleigh, well Durham. Then we sent her the stems and a couple alternate mixes for her to play with. It was fun. She was very humble and welcoming from the beginning. She respected my artistry and valued my input on the record. Once we met on tour, I realized she was even cooler than I thought. We had several good laughs and great conversations.  She’s really a pleasure to be around.

How did the collaboration come into play? How long did it take you to write your verse?

RDG: I would have to give Rob Sekay the credit for that… He was plug (laughs). Rob sent me the instrumental right before the 4th of July and was like “see what you can write to it, I can send it to Dani.. I’ve been telling her about you.” Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always down to make music. I liked the track, so I decided to do it.  I don’t write so, I immediately began to freestyle to the instrumental in my head (while trying to put my daughter to sleep for a nap… the struggle (laughs).  I’m not sure if it was luck or some type of divine intervention, but I had all the lyrics and the structure of the song down, after the second time freestyling to the track.

Once my daughter fell asleep, I ran in the booth and I laid all the lyrics on the fly. It took like no time at all.I sent the Demo of me freestyling to Rob about an hour after he contacted me. He then sent it to Dani and he said “she loved it”. I didn’t think much more of it. I didn’t have any expectation of anything coming out of it honestly.. other than a “He’s dope” or “Let’s work in the future” and at that point I wasn’t fully aware of Dani’s success or resume. Next thing I knew Rob said they want you to cut the record and Tuesday I was recording on my dream mic, the Telefunken C12.

What has the response been like since the track dropped.

RDG: The response to SMYK has been phenomenal to say the least. The preview of the record dropped a week before the “official” release date and the response was crazy right out the gate.  Everyone loved the snippets and couldn’t wait to hear the full versions. I can’t even flex.. I went crazy when I heard the Reid Speed Remix. I knew it was gonna have the clubs on smash. My fans, family and friends were excited for the opportunity that was going to come as a result of the record. It was dope. Then a week later, we premiered on Billboard.com, which for me was huge and exciting.

Once the track dropped the plays skyrocketed; we were charting on Beatport, Dani, myself and the song was on fire. We were getting great reviews. The general public loved how I balanced the Hip Hop with the EDM, without doing too much or too little. It was dubbed the perfect dance track. The song opened lots of doors for me and things got even crazier when we announced that we were going on the SMYK Tour. To this day the song is still growing. Its dope to know that people all over the world are into your music. Like who would of thought they would be playing an EDM track Rohan Da Great in Russia, Shrilanka, Slovakia and all these place I have trouble pronouncing (laughs). It has opened me up to a whole new genre of music and fan base.

Can we expect any other EDM based track coming from you?

RDG: Yes!! You definitely can.  My next release “Money Maker” is an EDM influenced track with added elements of Dancehall/Reggae and some good twerk music. I tested it out at a few shows and I think, well know we have a hit with this one. It gets the crowd going, but the reggae element ads something dope and different. When it switches on you, it provides a whole new level. It’s hard to explain but…you’ll see (laughs).

What’s next from you?

RDG: Everything! I just want to continue to grow as an artist and showcase my versatility and level of artistry. I have four projects dropping this year and they all sound different. I have an Hip Hop EP entitled The Real, A Reggae project, I&I Innate Ideology,  a turn up Ep,  for lack of better term and a compilation album, entitled the Feature Presentation. So I will definitely be releasing a lot of music and doing lots of touring. I also wanted to showcase my songwriting and production skills. I’ve written about a 12 songs for local acts that are slated to be released this year. I’m hoping to get my publishing company off the ground and write for a few major artists.

Outside of music, I will be putting a lot of time into my non-profit organization, the Be Great: Artistic Leadership Program.

We are going to be doing lot’s of great things through that program. I can speak on it fully yet. Hopefully between my work as a solo artist, songwriter, producer and my humanitarian efforts, I can leave the world with things that will live and extend far beyond myself…A Legacy…That’s what’s next.

Connect with Rohan Da Great:

Website: www.rohandagreatmc.com

Twitter: @rohandagreatmc

Instagram: @rohandagreatmc

VIDEO: James Garlimah’s new video, “From the City”

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James Garlimah is back with his new single, “From the City,” which features K Niggz. The track has a catchy hook, whereas after two listens, you will automatically nod your head, while mouthing the lyrics.

James Garlimah, hailing from Canada, makes great turn up music and “From the City” is a prime example of that sound. Much due to what mainstream radio initiates, “From the City” fits right in to the new wave of music of today.

The visuals for the song is straightforward; however, watching James Garlimah and K Niggz jump around going from  verse to verse, makes the video fun to watch. It’s a fun song with a trap-like beat. You could possible do the latest dances to this track. K Niggz shows out on this song, giving us a crazy flow on the laid-back beat. It’s a great combination to James Garlimah’s cool flow.

Nonetheless, “From the City” is a crowd-pleaser with much potential as James Garlimah, 21-year-old Canadian hip hop artist, adapts to the sounds of US rap.

Watch the video below:


 

CONNECT:
Website: www.JamesGarlimah.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JamesGarlimah
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JamesGarlimah
Previous Single “Bout It”: http://youtu.be/m2U3-MAjbKQ

Diddy is Back With “MMM”

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The man of many names, Diddy, has recently released a new mixtape titled MMM. The title is an acronym that references the character Money Makin’ Mitch in Dame Dash film “Paid in Full,” which starred Cam’Ron and Mekhi Phifer, about three legendary gangsters from Harlem that came to power in the height of the War on Drugs. The Bad Boy Exec has been teasing this project since this past summer and now it is finally upon us.

This 13-track, which is actually 10 songs and 3 interludes/skits, mixtape feature some of the hottest rappers in the game right now such as Big Sean, French Montana, Future, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa. But he also brings back some of the greatest rappers of the late-1990s and early-2000s with guest features from Jadakiss and Lil Kim. In this mixtape Diddy personifies a mixture of the 90s swagger of Puff Daddy and the character of Money Makin Mitch to bring back the Harlem bravado that has not been seen since Cam’Ron and the rest of Dipset pulled off sometime ago.

Even though this sound is a bit old for some, Diddy manages to keep the mixtape exciting with young rappers gracing almost all of the biggest bangers on this project. Throughout the mixtape you get a taste of the “bling-bling” era of Hip-Hop with a “trap” beat that has now become so popular with radio play. While maintaining the character of Money Makin’ Mitch, Diddy refers to himself as a drug kingpin turned businessman.

One song in particular “You Can Be My Lover” is the Hip-Hop ballad that comes right after the interlude of “Happily Ever After”.  Then it quickly switches back to the gangster mentality on “Money Ain’t A Problem”, which features Bad Boy label mate French Montana. The stand out track and the first single off the mixtape is “Workin” featuring Big Sean and Travis $cott. This song shows off Diddy’s ability to get some of the hardest rappers onto his tracks with lyrics to back it up. The song has a boppin’ beat with a catchy hook. Although Diddy has not released any solo rap project in a while he manages to hold his own in this track with 2 of the biggest artists.

The entirety of the mixtape is proof that Diddy will never fall off from the public eye. Even though he is more known for being a label head and mogul, he is able to use his connects to make music for everyone to enjoy.

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Lil Durk Has Found His “Beyonce” With Dej Loaf

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Lil Durk and Dej Loaf are the most talked about artists coming out of the Midwest as of late. The two recently collaborated on the track “My Beyoncé”. The song gives you what we have come to expect from Dej, soft voice that carries big rhymes with a beat that matches that of an R&B song. Even though this is typical for Dej, it is not what has been the norm of what has been put out by Lil Durk. The tough guy persona of Lil Durk is set aside to show appreciation of his new love interest Dej. It should be noted that the two have recently been reported to be a couple. And if that is the truth, this song is about how they are the next power couple just like the very definition of that term: Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Lil Durk has found his “Beyoncé” in Dej; this is not new to the world of Hip-Hop. Since Beyoncé first came onto the scene, she has become the ultimate woman. This concept was reinforced when she began her relationship with one of the game’s biggest names, Jay-Z, creating the 21st century Bonnie & Clyde. Lil Durk’s comparing Dej to her is coming as the greatest compliment. In the song Lil Durk and Dej Loaf reference the power couple in their lyrics to past Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s songs, such as “Part II (On the Run),” throughout this track. I do not know if Lil Durk and Dej Loaf’s romance will reach the same level as the omnipotent power couple, but the song sure is fun listen.

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