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Review: Roosevelt The Titan – I Hate Being High EP

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Words by Rohit Loomba (@Poombster)

It’s rare that I review a project by an artist that I know very little about. Not having ever heard of Roosevelt the Titan before I decided to listen to his EP 9-track EP, I Hate Being HIGH, based on cover art that caught my attention for whatever reason. It wasn’t after having listened to the EP a few times that I learned who Titan was, and I certainly can say I want to know more. IHBH is the first real body of work that Titan is releasing, with only one of its tracks having been released prior to the remainder of the EP. The title isn’t referring to a physical drug-induced high but rather a perfect state of being in which one is always happy, an interesting notion that demonstrates the depth of Titan’s thought that is apparent in his music as well.

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Review: Rockie Fresh – The Night I Went To…

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Words by Rohit Loomba (@Poombster)

Today’s Hip-Hop is often thrown into one of many categories which have developed over the course of the genre: trill, drill, gangsta, trap, east-coast, west-coast, hyphy, along with numerous others that have developed over the years. But every now and then there comes Hip-Hop which just doesn’t fall into any existing category and that’s exactly what Rockie Fresh delivers with The Night I Went To. The 13-track mixtape was recorded while Fresh was on tour with G-Eazy and comes two years after last mixtape, Fresh Veggies.

TNIWT boasts brilliant production. The production on “The Landing” underscores Fresh’s introspection with simple piano chords which later gives away into a more lush second half. On “Are You With Me” a bass line, reminiscent of that on Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm”, is matched with a simple melody and guitar riffs that complement Fresh seamlessly. Elsewhere, the guitar and tropical drums of “Call Me” are sure to get almost everyone’s feet moving and head bobbing. One of the strongest production efforts samples Maverick Sabre’s “I Need” for a track that pays homage to its original by retaining the same name. Darker production efforts are found on “Down to Roll” and “Tell Me” and utilize clever drum patterns. Each track on the mixtape is meticulously produced with no real lackluster production efforts found.

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FSD Feature: A Journey Through the Mind of C-Sick

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Words by Tiffany Walden (@Waldens_Block)

There’s a Dream Chasers, diamond-studded medallion and chain somewhere in Philly with C-Sick’s name on it. Well, not his name, per se. The chain does, in fact, say Dream Chasers. You’ve seen Meek Mill rock it on the daily. It’s the name of Milly’s – hood classic – mixtape series and record label under Maybach Music Group. But C-Sick’s chain is there, waiting on him to accept it as a gift; similar to J. Cole’s “chaining day” when Jay-Z gave the underground rapper a Roc-A-Fella piece. The chain represents a new addition to the label. Something that C-Sick, at this time, hasn’t accepted.

The chain talk came days after C-Sick blessed Meek Mill with the take-no-prisoners beat for “Pray For ‘Em.” The song hit the internet in a big way, making Meek a trending topic and C-Sick a buzzing new beat maker. Some credited C-Sick with spiking interest in Meek’s music, after his much touted tiff with Drizzy in 2015. But C-sick, a humble French and African American kid from the east side of Chicago, laughs at that idea. “It’s funny to me. It’s a good feeling,” C-Sick says over the phone from his home. “Honestly, I don’t think I brought Meek back. People are saying that just to be nice.”

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Review: Katie Got Bandz – Drillary Clinton 3

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Words by Rohit Loomba (@poombster)

The male influence on drill music is readily apparent, with few female rappers having been able to truly establish themselves in the movement. But don’t tell that to Katie Got Bandz, also known as Drillary Clinton. The female pioneer of the trademark grimy Chicago sound has become part of the standard to which female rappers in Chicago will be compared to for some time. She recently dropped her latest mixtape, Drillary Clinton 3, a 17-track effort which the Drill Queen shares may be her last drill tape.

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