Pull The Fuckin Trigger – Blood Poems (prod. by DJ Bless) (Video)

Donnie Darko lets you feel his animosity in sixteen bars over some classic darkness produced by DJ Bless. This is the duo at it’s very best. And when Apollo Valdez links up with the two, they become Pull The Fuckin Trigger.

Look out for the album…I hope it’s coming soon.

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Pull The Fuckin’ Trigger – Night Vision (Video)

Man, talk about heat rocks! The NSD camp drops a video single for the new group, Pull The Fuckin’ Trigger. The team is comprised of DJ Bless, Donnie Darko, and Appollo Valdez and they are coming for heads with this new joint. I love it when Bless and Darko do their thing, and Valdez adds a new type of delivery to round out the squad.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear more.

Donnie Darko – One False Move Pt. 2 (Video)

Man it has been a minutes since I have head some new NSD material.   But the camp always has a habit of dropping a gem on us, so I can’t complain all that much.  Donnie Darko drops those high energy verbals all over this DJ Bless track.  That’s been THE combination that has taken NSD so far.  Always a great pairing.  And what can you learn from this track?  Be aware of your surroundings and don’t take the hood lightly or you will get got.

New album, Redemption, drops on June 10th.

Single You Out: Donnie Darko -Train Of Thought Pt. 2 (ft. Mr. Grimm) (Produced By DJ Bless)

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Always good to get some new music from the homie Donnie Darko and the NSD camp.  Darko is really an underrated emcee who spits with a lot of vigor and when he teams up with the production from DJ Bless, heads should just hit the deck.   This track is a single from Darko’s forthcoming album, Redemption so keep a look out for that on 02/04/2013. 

 

Top 50 Songs (2012)

Disclaimer:  It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year.  It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012.  Click the links to listen to the song!  I think it’s a great list.  There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones.  I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!

1. Megatron MindstateSpit Gemz, Shaz Illyork, and DJ Brans brought the banger of the year early on in 2012. For me this track just set a standard that could not be surpassed. The beat was epic and the rhymes intermingled the streets with theology to provide a brief but concentrated delivery of dope.

2. Tragedy TextRP from the Loyalty Digital game me the chills literally with this track about texting and driving and anyone who can provoke that type of response deserves to be acknowledged.  One of the great conceptual songs in the last five years.

3. The Greatest Mother EverRashid Hadee provides one of the great sarcastic songs of our lifetime with this joint.

4. Little Bunny RabbitLocksmith does angst so well.  He raps with a chip on his shoulder and delivers devastation to and and all in his path, in part to his little buddy.

5. Lo Siento AmigoDub Sonata x Double AB brought a lot of flavor and context to this joint.   Dub Sonata conjures a little latin boom bap and Double AB continues to be one of the best story telling emcees in the game, narrating a tale of romance, deception, and karma.

6. Local Artist – I could have honestly used any on the cuts off of The 17ths FREE EP.  It’s a damn great EP and you can listen to it through and through.   But this cut puts the listener in the shoes of your “local artist” and his life.

7. Under Their Radar, Over Their HeadsIllmaculate has always delivered dope bars but the production on this joint combined with the lyricism made this a sure shot for out Top 10.

8. Heaven – While this is not on any particular album, Mike Beatz provides an amazing banger for the fans and the visuals from the video give you that serial killer feel.  I can’t wait to hear more from this man in 2013.

9. How Do I SurviveEmilio Lopez and Falside link up for another banger that just makes the listener get out of the seat and get amped.

10. Dirt In The GroundPremrock’s reworking of Tom Waits music is impressive and this joint is the closing cut.  It’s very innovative and poignant.

11. Rare FlowSerge Severe and Jon Belz bring you that rare Portland air with this ‘rare flow’ over Terminill production.

12. J.O.Y.Copywrite features Torae and Jason Rose for this outstandingly soulful song.

13. My CondolencesSnake Hollywood released this beast of a track towards the end of the year and it instantly bypassed 95% of the other tracks out there.  Really dope rhymes.

14. Yesterday’s GoneSwerve and Co$$ define soul in hip hop with this track.  Just something to put you at ease.

15. 3AMJournalist 103 is prone to drop a gem on em’ and this is one of my favorite tracks from his most recent album.

16. Burn It DownGotham Green and Quickiemart bring you a track to tear the club up.  A 1940s club that is because this joint bumps with a nostalgic vibe.  Very unique.

17. Waiting In VeinMayhem drops one of the best storytelling joints this year.   You will just have to listen to this one and follow along.

18. Problem SolverVinnie Paz brings in the legend, Scarface for this song off of his most recent album.

19.  Futuristic – When is ‘The Wolves’ project going to drop because this collaborative deal between Shabaam Sahdeeq, Eddie B., and Harry Fraud is type ill.

20. Check My ResumeSubstantial rocking over some Oddisee beats is the sure shot.

21. Don’t HateOf Mice and Musicians are trying to convince the listener they are doing it for their benefit…so don’t hate.  Also, this is off of a great album so make sure you cop that!

22. Big BroFatal Lucciauno dropped a real raw ass album and this song is the crem de la crem.

23. Sorry Alias & Fakts One apologize for the vicious cycle on this joint but not their dope music.

24. Mr. Governor – The duo of Soul Khan and Akie Bermiss again deliver a dope song with this conscious cut.

25. Drowning ManCas Metah and Wonder Brown  offer a Christian message in the form of dope hip hop rhythm accompanied by Copywrite and Elias.

26. Digi Box – C-Rayz Walz pays homage to the hip hop internet scene.

27. Rock To The RhythmRuste Juxx and The Arcitype drop thisself explanatory joint but in the illest, and most high energy way possible.

28. Price & Shining Armor – When Sean Price and Ruste Juxx combine, it’s nothing but a win for everybody.

29. UnfukwitableRed Eye and company rock over a DJ Bless beat making this the best posse cut of the year.  Hands down.

30. SushiRas Kass is my all-time favorite emcee and he shows and proves his place in history once again with this track.

31. Monte CarloKing Mez and producer Commissioner Gordon once again combine for this audio masterpiece.

32. Jansport StringsSkyzoo and the horns are a formidable combination.

33.  Above The SkyApollo The Great is one of the best surprises this year to me.  His album is immaculate and this track is one of my favorites.

34. Terminate On Site – CF drops another tough joint.  Last year he brought ‘that fire’, and this year he ‘terminates on site’.

35.  Humid NightsJR&PH7 link up with The Kid Daytona for a soulful joint off their most recent project.

36.  SuccessThe Audible Doctor  and Chaundon showcase their verbals over the former’s tightest productions.

37. Walk With The Lions – When Swedish producer Pause Beats comes out with his album in 2013 you will recognize.  A lot of talent on this track.

38. Knob CreekJustMe, Marcus Wilkerson, and Sheisty Khrist give you a spiritual, soulful and bluesy vibe that this liste needed.

39.  Rabbit Season – Craig G is an OG.  He deosn’t care about end of the year accolades but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve them.  He once again shows these youngsters how it is done…proper.  Kids….go get your shine box!

40.  the Last Great – This is the title track off of MaLLy & The Sundance Kid’s album from this year.  It’s such a different sound and the two work great together.

41. Blame The LabelThe Narcicyst asks you to take a leap of faith with him which is easy when he drops an infectious track like this!

42.  UnlearnReks and Numonics kill the game with this track.  These are two of my favorites in their selected fields.  You can’t listen to this without stopping what you are doing and paying attention to the music,.

43.  Appreciation – Speaking of ill combinations, Donnie Darko  and DJ Bless continue their run with one of the best track this year.  Darko has a lot of power in his voice and Bless in his beats.

44. Sandstorms – This list needed another ill posse cut and who better to deliver than Blacastan, Emilio Lopez, Outerspace, and V-Zilla?  No One.

45. Holy Smokes – You don’t remember Mr. Complex do you?  Well, I personally think he is one of the most interesting emcees in the game.  A great talent with a great sense of humor.

46. People  – Falside ain’t right for this as he asserts his force on this Juan Deuce track featuring Romen Rok.  Real ill!

47. The First 48Apollo Brown and OC brought you one of the illest albums this year and this song typifies that release.  Dope beats and rhymes.

48.  You Know Who You AreOddisee is a unique talent with an old soul.  A producer extraordinaire with great lyrical ability.

49.  Balcony – Are you down with the Mission? The Black Opera.  You are either with us or against us.

50.  Time 2 Roll – The Red Giants are not only smooth but also extremely dope and don’t tell me Jermiside can’t flow.  This is ill lyricism and ability!

Single You Out: Donnie Darko – Today (prod. by DJ Bless)

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New music from the combination of Donnie Darko and DJ Bless is always a welcome thing.  A really great combo and have been for years.  This particular track combines soul and angst as Darko once again must contend with the doubters and those who think he’s not good enough.  He does all of this over a track that DJ Bless makes cry…dope…

Single You Out: Ancient Alienz – Angels Of Death (ft. Donnie Darko x Sutter Kain)

 

DJ Bless (Sutter Kain) has been talking about this project for a while and now we get our first sampling of what it’s going to be about.  And if we get a whole album of this type of music, then consider me all in.  This track starts out soulful and then the darkness sets in.   The piano and the vocal sample that Sutter Kain provides is just the right mood for these bars.  And speaking of bars,  Ancient Alienz can spit some!  Be on the lookout for their new project in the coming months.

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Donnie Darko – Life Vol. 1

Artist: Donnie Darko

Album: Life Vol. 1

Source: Never So Deep

Tracklisting:

1. The Day After
2. Won’t Stop (ft. Ancient Alienz)
3. D.m.t. (ft. Sutter Kain)
4. Life
5. Appreciation
6. Brutality (ft. Ancient Alienz)
7. Altered Beast

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Emotion and energy epitomize what Never So Deep is all about and there is not better ambassador for NSD then Donnie Darko.  He rhymes with such raw emotion and intensity that you can not help but feel those words he is spitting.  He channels his angst and creates fire over Sutter Kain production.

What can you expect from a Donnie Darko release?   The man is relentless, driven, and brash.  He throws caution to the wind several times throughout Life Vol.1.  He could care less about his detractors.  He’s talented, he knows that, and he’s going to let you know that, time and time again.  You know this from the jump with the track, The Day After.

…they ain’t believe, I’m coming back with a vengeance / New flow, yeah,  I really dare to be different / Shot after shot, no time to be sippin’ / Rap need life, and I’m the heart it’s been missin’ / Listen, it’s a whole new lane, new ball game / Real recognize real and you all lame / You can have the Roset, it ain’t strong enough / I need 1800, I’m going to pour it up

He spits bars of this variety with well paced fury over the hard hitting drums of Sutter Kain’s production throughout the track.

Won’t Stop is another banger in which Darko tandems with his label mates, Ancient Alienz.  This beat feels like vintage Sutter Kain.  The sample is well chosen and polished to perfection and when paired with the horns, it provides the perfect atmosphere for the emcees to shine.  But it’s Darko who sines brightest:

Never said I’m a boss, I’m my own man / Team NSD, I rep my own brand / Ancient Alienz, Jugganot and Osirus / The livest are the weakest, strong moving in silence / So I never talk unless spoken to / Man, I killed the mic and murdered the booth

Probably the most innovative production I have heard in a while comes from the Sutter Kain produced Altered Beast.  It features a sample from the popular video game from the 90s that goes by the same name.  Now, this is something I wouldn’t encourage other producers to do.  You have to be maticulous and on point to pull off something like this or else it could border on corny.  Luckily, Sutter Kain is both of those things.  He refines the sound until all you can here is dopeness.  Darko takes complete advantage of this by taking on all comers with a ‘put your money where your mouth is’ mentality.

Donnie Darko’s Life Vol 1, is not for sensitive ears, nor for the faint of heart.  But neither is any of NSD’s material.  Darko rocks mics with the heart of a champion and complete disregard for those who doubt him. He could care less about the commentary of critics and whatever else is going on in the industry.  He is making music for himself and his peers, intent on breaking down the barriers to success.  Life Vol. 1 is the musical embodiment of that idea.  Middle fingers in the air if you disagree…