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Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt, Gangsta Gibbs is Back with Another One

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is back to gift us another album. Gibbs' new release, Shadow of a Doubt, Freddie Gibbs "Shadow of a Doubt"was dropped with his label ESGN, but it might not be what you’d expect if you’ve only heard his last project.

Gibbs' last album, Pinata, was released in 2014 and made just about every music reviewer’s albums of the year list. Produced by Stones Throw super-producer Madlib, Pinata has a more traditional hip-hop sound with brilliant and soulful sampling. Pinata received unanimously positive reviews, but Gibbs is not softening up in the slightest for his most recent release.

Shadow of a Doubt comes across as a more contemporary hip-hop album with its fairly ‘trap’ style production. Shadow of a Doubt features beats from Boi-1da, Tarentino of 808 Mafia, and KAYTRANADA, all of whom are considered popular and reputable producers this year. Gibbs is one of the few rappers out with the prowess to excel in many different styles. This album exemplifies Gibbs’ capability to do what all of mainstream hip-hop is doing, but simply do it better.

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In the Midst of the Digital Age, Goth Money's Latest Physical Release Refreshes Rap Game

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2015 07:31pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

TrillionairesGoth Money Records is one of the hottest underground hip-hop collectives to have a physical album in stores in 2015. In a digital era where a majority of up-and-coming hip-hop music is over-saturated with internet releases, Goth Money wanted to switch it up. Goth Money's new album, Trillionaires, was released with Break World Records on Halloween.

Trillonaires features members Sick Boy Rari (formerly known as Black Kray), MFK Marcy Mane, Hunned Mill, Karmah, Kane Grocerys, and Luckaleannn. With a deep roster, the album is full of unique flows and styles that come together for a dark, heavy, cohesive sound. Goth Money members have all been gaining buzz while working or touring with the likes of Yung Lean and Raider Klan affiliates Space Ghost Purrp and Ruben Slikk (FREESLIKK).

I got the chance to speak with Goth Money member Break World RecordsMFK Marcy Mane about Trillionaires, their involvement with Break World Records, and where they want to go with their music after this release. I asked Marcy Mane what made them decide to release a physical album when so much of hip-hop music in this day and age is internet based. He explained it has always been a dream and goal for Goth Money Records to release a physical project since the group came together.

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Albums to Get Hyped For: Grimes' "Art Angels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2015 06:04pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

Grimes, Art AngelsArtist, musician, producer, singer, and songwriter Claire Boucher, or better known as Grimes, is readying to release her new album. Grimes has been captivating the music community since 2010 and her fourth album, Art Angels, is a project to get excited about. It's been three years since her last album (Visions) and it's sounding like it has been well worth the wait.

Grimes performed two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween weekend and played a solid amount of her new album. Not only was her performance stunning, but her unreleased material sounded awesome. She played a banging new song with former collaborator Blood Diamonds and, to the say the least about what I heard from her new songs, her songwriting and instrumentation are a force to be reckoned with.

The development of Art Angels has had a few set backs in the making. In late 2014, Grimes released the track "Go" (featuring Blood Diamonds) and the song caused quite a stir throughout her fan base. The song is hard hitting and impressive, but many were put off by the more poppy sound of the song. To put it in perspective, Grimes even said the song was originally written to be sung by pop queen Rihanna. In an interview with the New York Times, Grimes explained that after releasing "Go" she scrapped an entire album before creating Art Angels due to how she was feeling about the sound. 

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October 17th: 1017 Day #FreeGucci

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 18, 2015 07:49pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

October 17th brought trap music fans together to celebrate Gucci Mane's career on this year's 1017 day.Gucci Mane, The Spot With rappers and producers along the likes of Metro Boomin, 808 Mafia, Sonny Digital, Yung Gleesh, Ilovemakonnen, and many more all paying homage by dropping music or excessively posting #freegucci, this 10/17 day was quite a jubilant affair.

In 2007, Gucci Mane and rapper OJ Da Juiceman founded the record label 1017 Brick Squad. Trap God, Gucci Mane, has had the streets of Atlanta locked down for over a decade and brought trap music to the mainstream of the hip hop industry. With Gucci currently behind bars and still popping like he never left the streets, celebrating Guwop's legacy never felt more necessary.

Gucci has been serving his prison sentence for over a year and is expected to serve yet another. He is known for his unending work ethic, which has allowed him to stockpile tons on solid material ready to release from the joint. He has managed to keep a steady stream of releases with multiple mix tapes and albums. The Purple Album, The Green Album, The White Album, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Trapology, King Gucci, Trap House 5, Views from Zone 6, and more have all been released from the slammer and all riddled with hits.

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