My Top 5 Favorite Producers of 2017/18

Often in the music industry, producers never get the credit they deserve and get very little attention compared to the artists. Producers usually are the ones who made the beat, mixed and mastered the track and oversees/arranges the tracks composition. I thought it would be interesting to make a list of my top 5 favorite producers of 2017/18.

5. Danny Wolf

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Danny Wolf has been on the come up since he started working with Atlanta powerhouse-  HoodRich Entertainment and this year he has received a lot of attention from the tracks he’s produced. He’s worked with HoodRich Pablo Juan, Lil Pump, Tay-K and many more, not to mention the project with Lil Uzi Vert he has been teasing for most of the year. At only 20 years old, Im looking forward to him putting out more work through his career.

4. 16yrold

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16yrold, an Ohio native, has become a go to producer for up and comers in the rap game. He’s produced songs for Famous Dex, Killy, Thouxanbanfauni, Desiigner, Ski Mask The Slump God, Smokepurpp and many more. One of my favorite songs by him is No Romance with Killy. Definitely keep an eye open for him in 2018.

3. Bighead

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Bighead was definitely one of the biggest producers of 2017 and most likely will be for 2018 too. He’s worked a lot with the newer wave rapper such as Uno The Activist, Yung Gleesh, Lil Tracy and the late Lil Peep. Oh and he produced the song Gucci Gang if you ever heard of it and many other Lil Pump tracks. He’s also received a lot of media attention and not doubt will have a big year in 2018.

2. Ronny J

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Ronny J has big one of the biggest pioneers of the new bass-distorted, lo-fi beats that have been insanely successful this year. He’s worked with many of the up and coming Florida Soundcloud artists like Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, xxxtentacion, Bhad Bhabie, Denzel Curry, Ski Mask the Slump God and Rich Brian. You’ve probably heard works of his such as Audi  by Smokepurpp, Ultimate by Denzel Curry (the water bottle flipping song) or Gospel by Rich Brian. 

1. Murda Beatz

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Definitely my favorite producer of 2017 and so far 2018. Murda Beatz or “Chef Murda” has been producing hit after hit for artists like 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Smokepurpp, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Lil Uzi Vert. He has a collaborative tape dropping later this month with Smokepurpp called Bless Yo Trap and I’m sure its going to be insane. Some songs by him include Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott, 4am and Its a vibe by 2 Chainz, Motorsport, Pipe it up, Get right witcha and many others with the Migos, Portland and a ton of other tracks with Drake and countless others. Watch out for him in 2018.

 

Honorable Mentions:

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Top 5 Video Games

Im not really sure what to write about so here are my top 5 favorite video games.

 

5. Modern Warfare 3

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  • Infected at Terminal was the best, especially if you could get on top of the jet before you were infected. Great Maps and multiplayer too.

4. Black Ops 2

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  • Might be a controversial pick but I would say Blops 2 was better than the first, this was the first game I prestiged on and will always have a place in my heart.

3. Modern Warfare 2

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  • Meet me on Rust if you want that smoke. OG game. I heard its getting remastered too but with no multiplayer which sucks.

2. Fortnite

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This was going to be first but I think it comes just short. Im addicted to this game rn. Peep some of my clips here. !!!!!

 

1. GTA V

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  • Best game overall undeniably, many hours wasted on this game with my friends.

 

 

Thanks for reading. Shells and Husks.

 

New Music March

There’s been a lot of new music coming out recently and I’ve been listening to a lot of new artist so I figured I would share them on here.

New Releases:

LIL BOAT 2

  • Last night at midnight, Lil Yachty dropped his lil Boat 2 album. Unlike the Yachty from the first Lil Boat tape that caused him to blow up in 2016, Boat did what no one expected him to do in this new album. Trading his bubble-gum trap melodies for hard hitting lyric focused bars with numerous rap star features such as Quavo, Tee Grizzley, Offset, Trippie Redd, Lil Pump and more. I wasn’t sure how I really felt about this new style he’s been going for but its evident now that he definitely deserves more respect in the game. The album was essentially a statement of him not conforming for the industry and being the artist he wants to be which I think is pretty cool. Knowing that I do hope Yachty drops some more early boat type tunes but until then I’ll enjoy Lil Boat 2. Overall, 7/10.

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SURRENDER YOUR SOUL

A few days ago one of my favorite Toronto artists, KILLY, Dropped his first project, Surrender Your Soul. Before I talk anything about the music I think I should mention thats Killy is an independent artist, no co-sign, no record deal, no distribution deal, he doing this all on his own. That being said the day after it dropped it achieved number one album on Apple Music which is impressive. I loved the tape, his lyrics, I would say, are unmatched in the game right now and all the songs were bangers. It’s a 10/10 project, here are some of my favorite songs from it.

No Sad No Bad 

Fireflies 

Doomsday

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THE WORLD IS YOURS

  • This hasn’t dropped yet but I figured I would throw in that Rich The Kid is dropping his debut album, The World Is Yours, on March 30th.rich-the-kid-the-world-is-yours-album

 

New Songs I’ve Been Listening To

HoodRich Pablo Juan- Faygo Cream (Feat. Lil Duke)

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Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz – 123

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Juice Wrld – On My Mind and All Girls Are The Same

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Lil Skies & Yung Bans – Lonely 

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Thats it, thanks for reading!

 

Culture II Album Review

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The long awaited Migos album, Culture II, dropped on January 26 and many mixed reviews have been given. Let me preface this post by saying, Im a big Migos fan but upon first listen I thought the album was trash. Since then my opinion has changed and I’ll explain why.

First off, Takeoff made the album. Every single one of his verses were we’ll written and SLAPPED. In Too Much Jewelry, possibly the best song on the 24 song album, Takeoff really hit his stride on the insane beat produced by Zaytoven. I would definitely recommend taking a listen. Offset and Quavo also were fire but I think Takeoff really stood out compared to them.

Some of the other songs off the album I really enjoyed were:

White Sand feat. Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and Big Sean

Gang Gang

Walk It Talk It

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and of course the big hits like Stir Fry and Motorsport.

I actually didn’t go too deep into the other songs in the album because a lot of new music is being released right now but I think a lot of people were to quick to dismiss Culture II as a flop, I would recommend checking out some of the songs above if you did think it was trash.

Another thing I thought I would add is the fact that, reportedly, the Migos didn’t spend more than 45 minutes on any single song on the album which is pretty impressive. I wish they made it a bit shorter as some off the songs really didn’t stand out and were generic Migos sounds, an 11 or 12 track album would’ve been fantastic and probably would’ve of done more sales. Regardless, still a decent album and overall I would give it a 6.5/10.

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P.S. – LIL BOAT 2 DROPS MARCH 9

MY 2018 XXL FRESHMAN PREDICTIONS

For those that don’t know, the XXL Freshman class is a group of 10 new, up and coming rappers that comes out each year. Created by the rap and hip-hop media company XXL, being chosen for this practically guarantees at least some commercial success and a lot of exposure. As the months countdown to the 2018 list release, a lot of buzz has been generated about who will be in this year’s freshman group. Here are my predictions!

1. YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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Favorite songs:

  • Red Rum
  • Outside Today

2. Rich The Kid

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* He just dropped his new song Plug Walk, go listen!!!

Favorite Songs:

  • New Freezer
  • Soak It Up
  • Early Morning Trappin feat. Trippie Redd

3. YBN Nahmir

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Favorite Songs:

  • Rubbin Off The Paint
  • Bounce Out With that

4. Smokepurpp

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Favorite Songs:

  • Fingers Blue – He just posted the visual to youtube go check it out
  • Ski Mask

5.  03 Greedo

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Favorite Songs:

  • Never Bend

6. Yung Pinch

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Favorite Songs:

  • Rock With Us
  • When I was Yung

7. Ski Mask The Slump God

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Favorite Songs;

  • Catch Me Outside

8. Tekashi 6ix9ine

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Favorite Songs:

  • Gummo
  • KEKE

9. HoodRich Pablo Juan

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Favorite Songs:

  • Ruthless
  • We Don’t Luv Em

10. Trippie Redd

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Favorite Songs:

  • TR666
  • Early Morning Trappin’

Yung Pinch: Beach Boy

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Yung Pinch is a newer artist coming out of Huntington Beach, California, who recently he has been amassing millions of plays on his songs and videos. Pinch has been working with big names in the industry such as Zaytoven and more. He also opened for Young Thug, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla $ign, Nate Dogg, Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti.  He also did a No Jumper interview that was very successful in bringing him more attention. His signature sound really brings a new perspective to  common trap beats with his mix of melodic vocals and rapping and his many beach references.

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Here are some of my favorite works by him:

When I was Yung:

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Rock With Us:

https://youtu.be/3IXP_h1WnFc

Mr. Miyagi:

https://youtu.be/2ESht1n764o

Heat ft. Zaytoven

https://youtu.be/vnjNL9M7kAs

Here’s his No Jumper Interview:

https://youtu.be/3Qmhhw8AhWk

I would definitely recommend to look out for him in the future and I hoped you enjoyed the article. Thanks.

Cool Cars

Here are some of the coolest cars that I want.

  1. Rolls Royce Wraith

One of my favorite cars, a Rolls Royce Wraith, on top of looking dope af, the interior is incredibly luxurious. Can’t wait to get one of these when I’m older lol.

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2. Forgiato Stingray Corvette

A bit of a step down from the Rolls Royce, the Forgiato Corvette is crazy. It also can rip up a track at insane speeds.

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3. Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing (1954)

This classic Mercedes is amazing.

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4. Tesla Semi Truck

Imagine driving this around Mariemont. Insane!!

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Lastly, Idk what car this is but its incredible…

 

What Im watching-11/19

Here are the top 4 shows I’ve been watching as of 11/19/17.

  1. Nathan For You – Hosted by Nathan Fielder on Comedy Central, Nathan For You might just be the greatest show in existence. It has been and will most likely always be one of my favorites. The basic premise is to help small struggling business generate business through ridiculous yet genius marketing tactics using legal loopholes and more. But it is a whole lot more than that, Fielders dry humor, awkwardness and wit really make the show great and probably one of the funniest most underrated shows around. You can watch some of it on youtube also. Would definitely recommend checking it out.
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    2. Portlandia- Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, is another great show I would recommend checking out. The show mostly pokes fun at hipster culture and more centered around Portland, Oregon but the unique, entertaining comedic angle gives the show a lot of flair and pulls the viewer in. There’s also a lot of cool guest stars like Jack White, Tim Hiedecker and a ton of SNL actors. Would recommend watching this too. (It’s on Netflix btw).

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3. Neo Yokio – Neo Yokio is newer show created by Jaden Smith and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. The show is called an anime but it is really more of a cartoon. I really enjoyed watching the first season and I finished it pretty fast too but although it is a decent show it sort of fell through and didn’t capitalize on what they had going for themselves and was a bit of a disappointment. Overall though, it is still a decent show that I would recommend watching if bored.

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4. The Office – Honestly no one should even bother reading this one since pretty much everyone has seen the office and for good reason too, it’s a great show. I haven’t been watching that much recently but it is still a great fall back show even if you have seen the whole thing 7 times over. Very entertaining, very funny, must watch if you haven’t!!

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Thanks for reading!!

 

 

Abandoned Cincinnati

I have a penchant for exploring abandoned buildings and living in Cincinnati, a once extremely iconic industrial city, there is a lot of buildings to explore.  For example, even in Mariemont, the old steam plant down by Mariemont Landing that has since been torn down was a hotspot for bored kids and explorers. Here is a photo I took there of my friend Jon. (No filter lol)20161107_151652

Theres many places that I’ve heard about that I haven’t got the chance to visit. Here are my top three I want to see.

 

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This is actually in Indiana but it’s close to Cincinnati. I had the chance to go but unfortunately I had work the day my Friends went. It was an old hospital that eventually shut down like 20 years ago but still sits in the middle of the town its in in derelict.

2.  Cincinnati Subway System

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Some people have heard of this but most don’t know that there is miles of derelict tunnels that run under Cincinnati and the Greater Area.  When Cincinnati was at the height of industry these tunnels were much needed but due to many cloudy and unspecified reasons and that the funding for it was never fully given, these have sat unused away from the public eye.

3.  The Crosley Building

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Located right of of Colombia Parkway in the outer rim of downtown is The Crosley Building. Once filled with bustling and busy offices it now sits abandoned with many different ideas of what to do with the iconic building such as building apartments. Rumors also say that their is hidden rooms in the top offices but who knows. I would love to explore this building sometime but unfortunately it is difficult because it is closed to the public and patrolled by security.

Many other abandoned places cover Cincinnati and the nation with untold history and mysteries to be explored. Hope you enjoyed this post and learned something.

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