Xzibit exhibiting maturity on new LP, Full Circle (MTV News)

BEVERLY HILLS, California — After 10 years, nine films, five albums and one “Pimp”-ed out TV show, Xzibit has finally come Full Circle.
The 32-year-old rapper, who first blasted onto the scene with his lyrically charged
“I’ve definitely grown a lot as an individual, as a man, and as a father, and that perspective needs to be shared and put out there.” — Xzibit
Speed of Light in 1996, is about to drop his sixth studio album this summer.
“I’ve been making records [for so long], so to be able to do what I love and do it well, I gotta take it back to what I love to do,” X said recently of his upcoming, aptly titled LP, Full Circle.
“My perspective has definitely changed [over the years],” he added. “The things I used to say when I was 18, 19 or 20 aren’t the things I’m feeling now, you know? I’ve definitely grown a lot as an individual, as a man, and as a father, and that perspective needs to be shared and put out there.
“I think having powerful music that says something is a must for me [now],” explained X, who first tackled political issues on 2004’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (see “Xzibit Joins The Anti-Bush Fray With New LP, Compares Iraq To Detroit”). “So that’s what I plan to do with this record: shed some light on the growth that I’ve had so hopefully someone can relate and feel me.”
X still won’t divulge too many details about the disc — like which producers he’s working with or who he might be teaming with in the recording booth — but he said there’ll be 17 tracks on it when it drops in August (see “Xzibit Far From Done With Music”).
As for his first single — well, let’s just say you probably won’t catch it on iTunes anytime soon. “Watch the mixtape circuit,” X said. “There’s so many ways for music to get out nowadays that the traditional way of just dropping a single before the record is out is obsolete.”
The hardcore-MC-turned-actor was among a handful of performers, including Tyrese, Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill, honored earlier this month at the Tinseltown to Gotham event in Beverly Hills for accomplishing what few of their contemporaries could: successfully crossing over into a mix of entertainment genres, including film, television and music.
“It feels good to be able to go from music to film and have a good transition and be given the opportunities I’ve been given,” Xzibit said backstage, donning a slick black tuxedo for the ceremony. “The roles I’ve had have worked out great for me, and tonight is just another stepping stone in the right direction.”
Of course, X attributes much of his breakout success and crossover appeal to his tricked-out MTV show, “Pimp My Ride,” which has been able to show a different, more personable side of him.
“That show really exposed a side of my personality you don’t get to see on rap videos or read [about] in magazines,” explained X, who helps kids transform their sad, weak wheels into pimped-out masterpieces on the show, now wrapping up its fifth season.
“There were decision-makers that watched that show, and the personality was there for them,” he said. “They gave me different chances and it just worked.”
— Brandee J. Tecson

Dr Dre biography coming soon (United Press International)

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) — A new biography of Dr. Dre, the reclusive and controversial rap star, is coming to stores soon, reported Allhiphop.com.
Author Ronin Ro’s “Dr. Dre: The Biography” examines the rapper’s personal life through interviews, reporting and research. Ronin said the book explains how Dre reacted to recent changes in Hip-Hop. With the book, Ronin also reportedly delve into the viewpoints of those closely associated with Dre and will chronicle the success of some of those he introduced to pop culture, like Eminem and 50 Cent.
Allhiphop.com reported that “The Biography” also explains about what happened between Dr. Dre and The Game, a young rapper who was highly influenced by Dr. Dre, yet dropped Dre from his second record.
Dre has been relatively reclusive in the past few years, Ro explained. In the 1980s and ’90s, when Dre was with NWA, he lived a higher-profile life, enhanced by a number of arrests, feuds and other well-documented incidents.
“Dr. Dre: The Biography” is set to hit stores in early 2007.

Purple Gang/ PG The mixtape review

Global rating of the product: 4.5 stars
PG The Mixtape Volume 1
Detroit underground emcees of Purple Gang, 1st Born, T Flame, Famous and Killa Kaunn associated their talents with DJ Fish. Be ready for 33 explosive tracks brought to you by the IF crew from Purple Gang. PG The Mixtape 2006 will allow the listener to fully enjoy the Detroit know how. The mixtape features many other valuable Detroit artists such as RIP King Gordy, Mu andJ-Hill. Track Nr 7, Purple and Nr 13, Riot are produced by BR Gunna.
Gunshots, keyboards and rhythmic beats introduce Detroit Gun Club. Killa Kaunn shoots offensive words in a merciless style, ready to harm his numerous victims. No need to go to the police, there is no place left for bitches and snitches. Issues are handled by gun talk.
Let T Flame and Famous bring some heat in the game with Chips R Down.
Mic Check is beautifully enhanced with violins, guns alike swinging claps. T Flame blesses the mic and allows the listener to appreciate his lyrical dexterity.
Famous flows with ease on a Proof One Two remix featuring MC Breed.
Purple Gang is a Proof Running Yo Mouth remix that underlines the Purple Gang members’ flow delivery.
Harpshichord sounds, dark drum beats mixed up with piano notes, electric guitar and deep vocals will transport you into a world in which the word hip hop takes its real meaning. The IF crew gets passionate and lyrical.
Dark basslines, hammering drum beats get Killa Kaunn started on an offensive freestyle. I particularly enjoyed the basslines that reinforce the darkness of the track while Killa Kaunn’s words are ready to smash the universe like a nuclear bomb.
Be ready for war with What Should I Do, a well thought combination of RIP Proof, Famous and T Flame’s voices. Violins, synthesizers and drums enhance the struggling atmosphere of the song.
Wudd Up is a well written Detroit hood anthem. Hammering piano sounds, keyboards and vocals fully fit into the raw atmosphere of the track.
Bring It Back is rhythmic and melodic. Violins and catchy beats will make T Flame and Famous’ lyrical talents shine. I fully enjoyed the song that I recommend to the listeners.
Extorsion is convict music and offers a parody of the police’s complaints against gangs and crimes. Proof and Purple Gang will increase the heat during the whole track: definitely a must hear.
Don’t miss track Nr 19 featuring Big Proof, Average Joe. The very rhythmic track is killing average underground rappers with no flow. Enjoy how the IF crew rips average Jo’s off. The rapid piano sounds are spiced up with a good dose of sarcasm.
Globally, PG The Mixtape Volume I has an interesting panel of artists to offer to the listener. The choice of the instrumentals, the raw lyrical bullets and the astute combination of flow and dope beats make part 1 very much enjoyable. The Detroit spirit is there and Purple Gang are rich of a genuine passion for hip hop. Purple Gang are creative, self confident and proudly represent and keep RIP Big Proof’s legacy alive.
PG The Mixtape part 2
I bet I managed to increase your appetite…Ready for PG the mixtape part 2? Let’s go! Be ready for some intense moments of pure Detroit hip hop, brought to you by the greatest Detroit underground emcees.
Song Nr 20 is a dynamic track in which Proof and Mountain Climbaz combine their talents. The scurrilous atmosphere is beautifully enhanced by some good instrumentals and lyrical missiles that spread from the talented emcees’ mouth.
Drums, bass sounds will allow the listener to enjoy a beautiful Proof, King Gordy, Banzi, Young Breed and T Flame chorus. A cold as ice ambiance contrasts with the lyrical heat provided by the word combination. Well done.
Welcome to T Flame’s inferno with 1OO Bars Of Hell. Beef is in the air.
Catch Me With A Gun is based on a 50 Cent In Da Club sample and enhanced with some hot lyrics and gunshots.
6 Mile Road will allow the listener to fully appreciate T Flame’s lyrical creativity on Eminem’s 8 Mile Road song’s instrumentals. Feel the passion, the determination and the faith of a soldier dig style biters and pale imitators’ grave in no time.
I Will Merk You is definitely worth a look. Built on violin, harshichord, organ and rhythmic beats, the song is an offensive grenade sent towards enemies. Feel the speech of 7 Milers who keep it real.
Detroit Angel has a soul/ blues dimension and brings some nostalgic accents into the song along with T Flame’s hot lyrics.
Purple Gang can be proud of their work on their PG The Mixtape 2OO6. Not only do the talented artist possess some good lyrical skills, a good low delivery, a confident attitude, they also manage to bring the passion, the Detroit spirit and share a real relationship with the listener who gets caught in the middle of their lyrical heat.
I fully enjoyed 1 hour and 18 minutes of good hip hop. Purple Gang perfectly know their Detroit hood mathematics and will introduce you into their lyrical -arithmetic combination in a very subtle way. Weak emcees will get gunned down lyrically in no time.
Should you cop this mixtape? Definitely yes.
Not convinced already?
Download part 1 and part 2 and judge by yourself!
Copyright2006 by Isabelle Esling
All Rights Reserved

Because justice needs to be done and the truth to shine…

a new witness, Mudd of 5ELA, speaks out about Proof’s death…credit to XXL mag for the following content

…you will be able to fully check it out in the “features” section of XXL’s website.
Mudd, whose government name is Reginald Moorer, was one of three people that accompanied Deshaun “Proof” Holton to the CCC the night of his death. On the condition of anonymity, Mudd spoke to XXL in the July 2006 issue about what happened that tragic night at the CCC club. . .
The investigation is still ongoing. After several months, Mudd has decided to come forward to tell the entire story about the night that went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of two men, his gun, and the testimony he gave in court this week.
Mudd’s friendship with Proof dates back 15 years to an Osborn High School lunch table. He was a freshman at Osborn when he met Proof, who was a senior at the time. A few years later, Mudd joined a group with Proof and another rapper, Thyme, called 5-Elementz (5ElA). The group gained notoriety around Detroit in the mid ’90s. They all worked at Maurice Malone’s Hip Hop Shop and— with the support of Malone—moved to New York in search of a record deal. Proof ultimately left the group to join Eminem on the road. After a falling out, Proof and Mudd smoothed out their differences in 2004, and the two frequently hung out when Proof was in Detroit. Mudd raps on Proof’s Searching for Jerry Garcia. Here is his story.
What was your relationship with Proof like most recently?
It was like five years of catching up on all the experiences he had been through. It was still the big brother/little brother type relationship. We had a routine: Wild Woody’s on Wednesday, Tuesday was Northern Lites, Mondays we would hang at a titty bar call Jon-Jon’s, Saturday was the State Theater. If I wanted to see him or find him, I knew where to go. We would play pool at Bookies.
In the last few months before his death, was there anything different about Proof?
It was different. He was starting to get more focused. He had stopped all the pills and weed smoking. Before, we were deep into metaphysics. Anything that he was doing, he was fully aware of the concepts. Proof [was] not only a very intelligent person, he was very spiritual as well.
Tell us about that night. How did it start off?
Once we started hanging, we started hanging until the sun came up. After hours was nothing out of the norm for us, we had been doing that since ’95. It was a Monday night. I text him. He says, “I’m at the Coliseum. Me, Horny Mack and Chop.” The Coliseum is a strip tease establishment. We at the titty bar chillin’. Got the booth, drank a little, hollered at the DJ. Then we go to the Rolex, another strip tease establishment, and then we go to the CCC. I had been there numerous times before that. It was kind of a shady spot. Cats always had they pistols. We hip-hop and from Detroit, but you still got to keep strapped, because Detroit is a gangsta-ass city, and there’s a lot of cats that want to play gangsta here. Certain cats get down and the East Side has the reputation for being the grimier side of town.
What happened when you went inside Triple C?
For some reason they searched everybody, but they didn’t search me. I had my pistol on me, of course. We had some drinks, everybody buzzed up. It was a private establishment and it wasn’t really that crowded that night. The guy that I [now] know as Keith Bender was playing pool with Proof. Horny Mack [another person in Proof’s entourage] was watching the game. I was kinda pissed there wasn’t no ladies in the house. I just chilled, watched the game for a minute and went to the other side of the bar. We were getting ready to leave. We walked out the door. We saw two girls from the Rolex, one I was hollering at previously.
I go back in and I didn’t get searched again. Proof started hollering at one of the girls. I started hollering at the other girl. We kickin’ it. I’m macking, I’m doing the Mudd thing. Meanwhile, to my left I see Bender and Proof having some words. They started to get a little loud. I told old girl, “Hold on for a second. Let’s try to calm shit down.” It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for Proof to get drunk and fight. [He had] that personality, the Derrty Harry, the scrap-happy type of individual.
How was Keith Bender acting at this point?
“I don’t care who the fuck you are,” that’s what Bender was saying to Proof. Even with [Proof] being on the cover of Rolling Stone, he still would go around to different spots and show love in the city. Of course Bender knows who he is. He went to Osborn with him—on that side of town, that’s the main high school. They know each other and I’m sure they’ve had dialogue before this. Everybody knows somebody from somebody. At the time, I didn’t notice, [but] this was pretty much the Osborn crowd, just grown.
They in the argument, so we separate them. I remember my last words to Bender were “Calm down, it ain’t that serious.” He had his arms folded, leaning up against the back of the bar. Proof was talking to L.A., the owner of the club, trying to smooth the shit out. That’s when Keith Bender walked around me. Nobody’s really watching him because we thinking the shit is cool.
Bender walks around me, and walks up behind Proof and punches him in the face with his right hand. Everybody starts backing up like, “Get out the way, let them fight.” There were people up there with Bender. We were all going to fight, but this discrepancy was between these two gentlemen. All of a sudden I hear some shots coming from my right side, behind me. I look up and see it’s Mario Etheridge shooting in the air, I guess to break up the fight.
How did you react when you heard the first shots?
Reflex-wise, I put my hand on my gun. It’s already escalating and now muthafuckas shooting. I’m going for my pistol. Proof knew I had my pistol. Proof tackles me across the room onto the pool table. As he’s pushing me back. I’m looking at Etheridge. He’s shooting in the air. At the same time Proof’s pushing me. I’m telling him, “He’s shooting in the air, don’t sweat it.” He’s like, “Mudd, give me the gun.” I tell him, “He ain’t trying to kill us.” Proof slams me into the back of the pool table. I fall back, he pulls my pistol from my waistband. He walks across to where he was fighting with Bender and he shoots in the air, I guess answering the shots that Mario put in the air. And so with that, Bender attacks him. They’re struggling. I’m getting off the pool table because my back is fucking killing me, so I’m kind of slow reacting, getting over to the side of the room. Before I could get over there, Mario had came through and started shooting in the direction of Proof and his cousin, Keith Bender. I see them both drop. There’s smoke everywhere. Mario Etheridge leaves. I’m moving people out of the way. I see Proof lying there hit, blood everywhere. Keith Bender is lying there bleeding, blood slowly running out of his head.
What happened next?
I’m reaching for my phone. It’s in the car. Horny Mack has the keys. I’m like, “Unlock the door, let me get my phone so I can call 911.” I go get my phone, I come back in. I look and Bender’s body is gone. I’m looking around and the back door is open. I see Proof, I’m checking for the vitals. Ain’t none. There was this look in his eye, he wasn’t there anymore. I still couldn’t call 911. It was more so shock than anything. I’m normally cool under pressure-type situations, but it was one of those things. We couldn’t do nothing, say anything. Chop [the third man in Proof’s entourage] was there. He was crying. Chop’s looking at me like, Where are those keys? I’m still looking at Proof. Chop’s screaming. I’m like, “Who got the keys? Horny Mack?” And he’s like, “I don’t got the keys.” We were going to get his body out and get him to the hospital.
How were the other people in the club acting at this point?
We heard doors lock and I heard a girl’s voice say, “This what we gonna say y’all. We gonna say Proof got shot at Coney Island [an all-night diner].” Me hearing that, I’m looking at my pistol on the ground next to Proof’s left hand. I grabbed my pistol. I’m thinking, Y’all can say what you want to say. You already killed the man. But y’all gonna leave this nigga and dump him somewhere? I’m not going to live with that. I know I’m gonna live and tell the story the correct way. I leave [and] take my gun with me out the back door. I’m watching to see if anybody [is] trying to stop me. As I head up the street, Horny Mack comes walking between the side of these two houses. I’m hurt and I’m not walking too fast. I see Horny holding his hand. He said he was hit, he got shot in the hand. I’m like, “Damn, Horny, what we gonna do?” Horny bent the corner and went back around toward the club. I went straight. I knew I wasn’t going to cooperate with the story. I ain’t never been that cat. They want me to cooperate so ain’t nobody going to jail. I was like, Fuck that.
I’ve never been shocked before or terrified beyond the capacity of rational thought. I couldn’t remember where the fuck I had parked my car. I’m in a state of shock. I called my cousin who is a lawyer, told her, “This is what happened. It was my gun. Am I in any kind of trouble?” I ain’t trying to go jail. I don’t want nobody to come looking for me in retaliation. I know they trying to corroborate a story. I don’t know what to do.
How did you carry on after that?
The next day I didn’t go to work. My cousin called in. She basically gave me the best legal advice: “There’s two things you do. You can either go in and tell a story, or you can say nothing at all. Homicide detectives are going to come looking for you.” I waited it out for a day. My phone is blowing up. 6 o’clock in the morning. It’s the first thing on the news, “Rapper Proof was killed along with another man and police are looking for Bizarre.” I don’t know how they got Bizarre’s name. Maybe the name Mudd sounded bizarre. Bizarre was in Atlanta. [He] ain’t even hangin’ in spots like that. That was kind of a signal, somebody’s talking to police and to media. I’m like, Damn, it’s [only] a matter of time.
I just chilled out with my cousin for a minute and I didn’t go home the first night. The second night I did come home, but I didn’t know if anybody was looking for me, so I parked around the corner and walked to my place and went in through the back door. I went to work the next day. I was just kind of waiting to see what’s going to happen.
I got a phone call from Salaam Wreck. I met Salaam through Proof, but I don’t know him like that. I know he’s the DJ for D12. He’s like, “I heard you was there.” I kind of blew him off. Then Swift calls me like, “Mudd, what happened? We talked to Horny Mack and we heard you was there. Come talk to us. We all at the studio. Em’s here and we want to talk.” After 11, I called back to the studio. I think Swift was there and Salaam Wreck. Swift’s been my man since back in the day and he’s always been a standup guy. I end up telling the story all over again.
So how did the detectives actually get in touch with you?
That next morning Proof’s cousin, Dwayne, called me and he told me about this lawyer, David Gorash, and [said] if I’m in any kind of trouble, they had my back. All of a sudden [there’s] a wrongful death suit, and muthafuckas talking about suing. I went down to the studio to talk to some of the artists from D12 and David Gorash. The rumor was Proof shot Bender in the face and Mario came over and shot and killed Proof. That ain’t the fuck what happened, but that’s what everybody’s saying. I even heard Horny Mack tell that story, from another party. And I’m like, “He was standing right there. He saw what I saw.” Everyone was asking me, “What happened to Proof’s jewelry?” He always had his jewelry when we were hanging out. His Rolex, P-chain and pinky ring. We talking a lot of jewelry that’s worth a lot of money. I was like, “I don’t know. Whoever stayed, you might want to ask them.”
Word is out, Mudd was there. People would see us together like all the time. It’s out in the street now. It wasn’t out in the news or papers yet. David Gorash asked me to talk to someone in homicide. At the time, we didn’t know ballistic-wise who shot who. We still don’t know to this day.
I went down to 1300 Beaubien [Detroit Police headquarters]. I made a statement. The detectives said they would keep it under wraps and I didn’t have to worry about my statement getting involved in the media. At the same time, they’re cops. I don’t trust them. I feel fucked up for going to cops in the first place. But here it is, I’m in a catch-22 situation. I’m worrying about people seeing me and knowing me from that spot, because the East Side of Detroit is a very small place. I am already thinking of what the consequences may be, because I’m the only one telling my story. Later, I heard there’s another person telling the story exactly how I did. They still didn’t tell me who it was. I don’t even think I met this person. I’m feeling out here by myself. I know Chop knows them and Chop ain’t going to say nothing. I heard at the time Horny Mack’s story changed so many different times so he wasn’t credible. Regardless, I was going to tell the truth. I go down there to talk to homicide and they said they wasn’t going to say shit. I go to work and people [are] still calling me. I’m blowing off cats left and right. I asked the guys from D12 and the lawyer had suggested that none of them repeat what I told them.
Tell me about the funeral.
Time goes by, the wake comes up, funeral comes up. Thyme and I spoke at the funeral. Even in the obituary it mentions us. Mama, Proof’s mother, included us in there. You don’t think about that type of shit everyday—it was an honor. The funeral was touching. I hadn’t cried like that since I was a kid. It was more so mental with me, because I was there. Horny Mack was at the funeral and we were the only people who witnessed it. It was one of those things that was just tragic and fucked up all because of nothing.
Backing up for a minute, you said you recognized Mario Etheridge from high school?
I didn’t know that I knew Mario. You know, you see people later in life and they’re grown up and they gain weight? I remember him young. I look different from high school too. I had a nose ring, dreadlocks, big hoop earrings, baggy pants. I looked in the yearbook, and low and behold, there he was. I remember him from high school. He was chubby then.
Then I found out that Proof and Keith Bender were at Osborn together. Everybody in the place knows each other from somewhere or are familiar with each other. It almost seemed like this was some high school grudge shit, as petty as it is. You start investigating more and it’s like, Damn, this shit should have never happened. Detroit’s [the] hater capitol of the world and muthafuckas wanna take shit to the next level. It escalated for nothing.
Why did you decide to tell part of the story anonymously to XXL several months ago?
I decided to do it once everything started going wrong. There’s two men tragically lost, and Bender’s family is thinking about how much money he’s going to get. Bender started the whole thing. And then Bender’s cousin started shooting. And here it is, we outnumbered. I know these muthafuckas are going to say whatever they can to keep Mario from going to jail.
Sooner or later, it was going to come out that I was there, so I might as well for Proof’s sake, for his family’s sake and for his kids’ sake. He’s got five kids. You want to take money from his children? You want to take money from his loved ones, from his mother? That’s fucked up. I felt obligated, morally. [For] someone I’ve known that long and saw him killed, I got to say something.
As far as testifying, when did they contact you?
I didn’t hear about the case until the day they subpoenaed me. Three homicide detectives came up to my job on Monday (September 18). One detective, Charles Zwicker, I recognized from the first time. He wrote the statement down. I’m calm now that I see a familiar face. He’s like, “You’re being subpoenaed. You got to appear in court tomorrow morning at 8:45.” They’re like, “You’re the last witness.”
I really couldn’t sleep that night. I got down there and walked in and the detective who subpoenaed me told me to step outside. “Look over your statement, and make sure you don’t talk to nobody.”
I step up to the stand. The prosecutor examined me and his defense cross-examined me. After I gave the testimony, Proof’s mother came in on the second half. They brought the gun out and asked me if I recognized the pistol. I knew everything about my gun, even my serial number. I told them, “Glock 32, semi-automatic, mid-size .357 caliber.”
A guy came up to me who was on the stand when I first walked in. I knew he looked familiar. He introduced himself as L.A. “I’m the club owner,” he [said]. “Ain’t no love lost, you did the right thing.” The defense had asked me, Did I know how Proof had got to the hospital? Turns out L.A. took him to the hospital, at least that’s what he told me. He told me ain’t no love lost. He loved Proof, that was his boy and he still has the chess set Proof gave him. Proof lost a game of chess, and he had to buy him a crystal chess set. He’s like, I still got the blood-stained shirt with his blood all over it. That was my man, I loved him. You ain’t got to worry.

Take You Home/ Ron Patterson/ song review

Rating: 4 stars
If you’re not that keen on R’n’B (which is basically my case), Ron Patterson will make you like this musical genre through his immense talent.
Take You Home introduces you into a dramatic dimension. Ron Patterson’s story is something that could happen to any of us.
Soft melodic guitar notes combined with some good rhythmic beats will make the listener feel the emotional context of the story.
Sometimes a boy catches a girl’s eye. However, the reciprocity of the intense feelings on the boy’s side is not always granted. Ron Patterson talks about a person called Dee Dee he’d certainly considers as a wonderful friend, but he’s not attracted to her, despite the big crush the girl has on him.
During a party Ron’s eye was caught by Dee Dee’s friend. He lives an inside drama that is intensified by the artist vocal performances.
« How am I going to tell her the whole truth without being rude? How will I manage not to hurt her feelings? « 
Double dating might be a solution but as for now he won’t take her home.
The melodic guitar sounds will make the listener enjoy the story and the soft love ballad.
I really enjoyed the way Ron Patterson managed to share feelings and emotions from his profound heart. Vocals and instrumentals drop down and will refresh the listener like a soft Summer rain.
Discover Ron Patterson here if you haven’t done it yet.
The R’n’B/ soul artist is definitely worth a look!
Copyright2006 by Isabelle Esling
All Rights Reserved

Ca$his/ The Bogish Boy Volume I mixtape review

Artist Name: Ca$his
Location: Chicago/ California
Genre: Rap/ Hip Hop
Link: http://www.myspace.com/cashisoc
Average rating: 3.75 stars
Distorted vocals and keyboard sounds, rhythmic beats introduce See Them Running is a diss track aimed at the numerous groupies that are running after the artist whose intentions are to show no love to the « gold diggaz ».
Cant Stop Me is a dynamic track in which Ca$his’ investment and love for the music comes to shine. You can’t stop the unstoppable.
Violins and drums will intensify the intensity of the song.
Everyday I’m Grinding is built on synthesizers and organ sounds. It will teach you about the constant hustle. The only way to achieve your goals in the music industry is always to stay on the grind and never to let your dreams go. Ca$his keeps the same fighting spirit with him.
Should I Do It will draw a dark gutter atmosphere that is underlined by sharp instrumentals. Keyboards, violins, piano sounds hammer while Ca$his describes his ride through the hood.
No Problem For Us combines claps and accordion sounds. Welcome to the world of a battle rapper who is ready to rip his rivals off.
The Bogish Boy is a swinging track in which Ca$his shows some real good skills, a great dose of offensiveness and a nice flow delivery. The musical background creates an euphoric atmosphere. Ca$his is ready to take it.
Real OG is a somber hood track which is constructed on a very dark musical background. Ca$his comes up aggressively towards his enemy. Globally the song brightens Ca$his’ flow. I give him lots of credit for the choice of the instrumentals that increase the feeling of anxiety and insecurity. Enjoy the confession from man who « graduated from the streets ».
Supreme Race Shady is built on incisive violin sounds that cut like a knife. It is time to get political and surgical. Are you ready for war? The song sends bullets towards the White House. The killa tracks enlightens Ca$his’ talent to the fullest.
Globally speaking, the Bogish Boy Volume I is an interesting piece of work that is well lead instrumentally and lyrically. I’d like to point out several weaknesses, though:
-on some tracks, Ca$his’ voice sounds too much similar to 5O Cent’s
-the introduction tracks are boring, as far as I am concerned
– the diss track aimed at the groupies sounds a little bit overdone, when you perfectly know that most artists are keen on letting enter groupies more than industry insiders when it comes to backstage after parties…I don’t think that it is really fair from Ca$his’ side to play the victim in See Them Running.
Besides the weaknesses mentioned above, the mixtape is definitely worth a look. Download it from Ca$his’ my space account.
Copyright2006 by Isabelle Esling
All Rights Reserved