itzme Review: Dave B – Punch Drunk

Former soundcloud crate-digging gem, Dave B, releases his first commercial project, Punch Drunk. It shows a progression all of the previously displayed strengths of Dave B’s music, but doesn’t improve much on the weaknesses. This makes a decent showing for new listeners, but familiar ears may be disappointed in the lack of growth. Punch Drunk (apart from its successors) holds its own, though.
The standout feature of the album is consistency of effective, memorable, and melodious choruses throughout it. Where the verses are generally a blended cluster of words in an interesting cadence, the hooks are quotable word-for-word in a singalong quality. The album opens with a very bright, cheery, and upbeat “Outside” (arguably the best track). It has a two-part hook starting out with a punchy chant “Sho’ nuff!”

 

then switching to singing and harmonizing that’s very hard not to recite. A good chunk of the hooks follow a similar format. The only hook (more of a bridge) that could be passed on is in “Navy” which has dull wordplay, and a flimsy metaphor.


In fact, most of the lyrics here are something to glaze over. While it manages to avoid cringeworthy material, “Punch Drunk” gives no real story or insight. It’s hard to take away much, if anything, from the lyrics. Like in “Cheap Sofa”, initially he seems to be talking about drug dealing, but when he reverts to talking about women, then bragging about his rapping it really just turns into word gumbo.

Fortunately, there’s a few interesting and funny moments with Dave’s carefree and lustful personality. A crazy example is in “Rain” where he says, “her intentions so precious, she be like, ‘You wan’ f**?’ I’m like ‘Eh, why you even bother asking? I’m with that!’” Or in Polaroid where he concisely (relative to the rest of the album) praises a woman’s beauty: “The best bread is ready, we netflixin’ heavy, the double D’s is right, that Ed, Edd, and Eddy.”
Sonically, Dave’s delivery, melodies, and rhythms mesh well with the instrumentals. The beats all set a mood and usually have some cute sample and simple drums. Not much else to admire besides that though.
Overall, Punch Drunk is for anyone who wants to sing along to some catchy, moody tracks without really thinking about what they’re listening to. Because Punch Drunk really doesn’t challenge the listener in that way unless he/she is looking for something they won’t find. Musically, it’s incredibly listenable, and Dave’s flow is undeniable.

It’s cool.

Favorites: “Outside” “Rain” “Polaroid”

Could be skipped for eternity, and I’d never look back or regret:  “Navy”

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New Music 10/15/15

Brotherhood members team up and deliver a new smooth catchy single for folks to groove to.

The first single for MJ Withers’ new album “MJW”. An upbeat ominous banger with an aggressive delivery and hype for ages.

A quick freestyle from crazy ol’ Shirt on a head-knockingous beat by Spectacular Diagnosis.

“GAF” is a breakout single, slow club banger by the group Rumour Hasit with rapper and vocalist, Taylor King and Nick Thomas.

Catch more new music on my soundcloud and Cymbal page: itzme

M.J. Withers – Past Times and Hard Liquor

Past times and hard liquor, it gets realer. You ain’t never heard nobody exemplify the dark and deep sound like M.J. Withers. Few artists can summon such passion, and emotion in their stuff. Additional M.J. has an incredible composing talent with putting the right sounds in the right places.

Itzme Review: SHIRT – RAP (Album)

Not too many people have the nuts and the wits to pull off what Shirt pulled lately. In case you’ve been living in a cave, the dude made up a New York Times article (featuring himself) that fooled tons of people and garnered attention, and even praise for his slyness. I’m not about to regurgitate another news article for you, but Shirt just dropped a new album that he obviously wanted attention for, the question to ask is, “was all that effort made to bring attention to trash or treasure?” The answer is, “It leans toward the treasure side.”

RAP is hit with the “album” title, but it comes across as more of a mixtape. Not too sure, if it has any original beats at all, but one doesn’t really get that feeling listening to it. T.Shirt just has an amazing presence on all of his songs. He’s the star. This is about him, and his life, no features, just really emphasizing the man at every detail. Even in his “Tuscan Leather” rap-over, he’ll make a listener forget it was originally drake’s song about halfway through. This track presence is a really unique skill Shirt has as a rapper, which makes him stand out.

The other thing that makes him stand out is just the strong imprudence of a lot of his lyrics. His song “N** On coke” exemplifies that with lines like:

“I f*** love your friends.

I wanna f*** you friends,

I’ve been thinking was to tell you ‘I wanna f** your friend’

Basically I just wanna f*** two, three of your girlfriends”

(Talking to his spouse) Oh you bastard, you.

Lines like the ones he has in that song among others (particularly the ones on his project The F* [NSFW]) are audacious even for a rapper. despite the appall, he’s also really inspiring and introspective in his rhymes. In “Life and Art” the rapper vents about how he was losing touch with the actual love of the music, art, and culture of rap to “the life” or being obsessed with the riches, business, and success portion of it all. Powerful stuff.

None of that wall of text above really even matters if the songs don’t sound good though.

They do.

“New B***” could easily be the best rap track of the year. The instrumental is irresistibly groovy from the beginning to the beat switch at the end. Shirt flows so catchily, and the whole record just gives off the feel of a cologne commercial. Any person who listens to this will just feel like that dude. Just walk in the club to this joint, and you’ll be more popular than the dos equis guy. “Stolen Norman Rockwells” is guaranteed to have you doing the Terio dance.

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The song has a flawless pace with the rhythm of his verses and the transitions between them and the chorus. everything is in equilibrium.

RAP feels like another one of Shirt’s one-two punches. He’s definitely building his buzz up with this. Most would be satisfied with an overseas number 1 hit record, not Shirt. He’s saving the haymaker for once he gets on top (no pun intended). As far as hold-overs go, this is very impressive. definitely cold.

Favorites: “New B***” “Understated”

Songs That Blew Me: < I can’t believe I typed that for this project, bruh.

SHIRT Spotlight

Tree – The @MCTREEG EP

Not really rap specifically (though it has rapping), but after Tree conquered rap with his soultrap flair, he’s now moved onto a more bluesy style of music. Tree went in last year with his critically-acclaimed and Frozen 10 award-winning mixtape Sunday School II: When the Church Lets Out, just so you know who you’re dealing wit. You’re going to be singing along to, and humming these jams for months.

Read the review.

Itzme Spotlight: King Rich

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To celebrate his upcoming release, here’s a write-up on the one and only Chief Panda aka King Rich. He’s a DMV artist that I’ve had the pleasure to see perform a couple times. Rich has a unique take on his rapping with subjects favoring, but not limited to, personal life, women, and dat kush. He also has a distinctive flow that’s reminiscent of ditties and stuff.

He released two projects already, Bow Down and Bipolar. You can peep those on his bandcamp page. As a relatively new rapper, Chief Panda has been improving rapidly throughout his career. Kush Thoughts is an epic example of this, this song is the JAM  with a catchy flow and memorable lyrics. Also featuring Cal Rips from the Kool Klux Klan.

Stay tuned for the Purple Theory dropping tomorrow night at 8 p.m. boiiiiiiiii

-itzdadiabolical

Itzme Spotlight: T.Shirt

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Ya’ll meet T.Shirt. Shirt is a artist from out of New York, one of the best new New York hip-hoppers no doubt. This guy’s MO is a lot of personable lyrics, being brash and abrasive, and being cynical. And he mastered those techniques so well that he infects you with his spirit. The subject of this rapper’s songs are also very controversial, something you can tell from the title or immediately within some songs. Shirt has such a sense of being real, that he can rap about encouraging kids to brag about him teaching them to piss people off to talking about learning himself and learning from his grandma in the same verse (“Shuck”). His style and production choices also put you in a different mindstate in like a twilight zone type of way.

A good example of his genius is the song, “Old Man Angst” where, on the surface, it seemed like random and pointless cursing, but then you realize that it’s a vivid stream of conscious of a man who’s just had a jacked up life; a story from this character’s point of view, in his mind. Shirt’s intense cynicism shows the most in his lyrics in the album/mixtape/whatever, “The F*ck” which pretty much every song defines; especially a song like “My B*tch Don’t Even Like Me”, which you can tell by the title is some… mess.

At the same time, the New Yorker has plenty of more compassionate messages in his songs. Like the song, “The Word N*gga” where he talks about racism and his experience with the actual word along with how we should or can be able to overcome racism. “Secret Paris of the 30s” is also another heartfelt message of his. A reoccurring subject in T.Shirt’s music is “him and his friends”, through this he shows a deep relationship with them.

Shirt’s newest single.

Overall, this rapper is a rare poet who specializes in rapping in a way that shows you his emotion and defining cynicism better than anyone alive can. You’re missing out not listening to T.Shirt, trust me. Peep his chart-topping single with Flume tho: