Local Reviews: Syqnys

Local Reviews: Syqnys
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CandyCap Rap features some of the most immature rhymes I have ever heard. Some things should just not be done, like having a song about loving candy (“Candy Rap”) on the same album as a song about shooting the pope (“Blasphemy”). I don’t mean to offend, but a song about mentally handicapped people just shows you don’t have much to say.  … read more

Local Reviews: Mark Dago

Local Reviews: Mark Dago
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Plain and simple, this is one of the better local CDs I have been lucky enough to come across. SelfHighFive is a testament to the talent in the area—the production is tight, the beats hit your ears crisp and clear, and the dude’s lyrics are sharp.  … read more

Local Reviews: Uni.Verse.All. & Roe

Local Reviews: Uni.Verse.All. & Roe
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As much as I dislike the whole outerspace trend going on in hip hop, Eat & Run is not half bad. Made up of U.n.i.verse.all and Roe, two local SLC cats, my only real issue with the album is how it doesn’t sound the least bit like two 15-year-old white kids. From the sound of the voice to the rhymes, the only thing sounding age appropriate is the space-man beats they rhyme over.  … read more

Local Reviews: Mindstate

Local Reviews: Mindstate
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It’s got some soul to it. The Black Lungs EP has some character to it as well. Normally the self-loathing game can get a little played, but Dusk One does it and sells it with a proper delivery. Opening with a soulful Shawshank-Redemption beat you get a solid idea of what you’re in for, solid beats and meaning. … read more

Local Reviews: J-Real

Local Reviews: J-Real
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This is just bad marketing. So much of this album is a waste of time. Not so much the music parts, more the cee-lo instructions, like your target market doesn’t already know how to roll bones curbside. “Million Dollar Swag” is spit over the  “Nissan, Honda, Chevy” beat, and still doesn’t hold up to the other 350 artist to spit over it.  … read more

Local Reviews: Dusk One

Local Reviews: Dusk One
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Produced by Fisch Loops, this half pack is a testament to the creativity and reach of Dusk One. Made from sounds of the Brady Bunch, these often mellow, feel good beats are teamed up nicely with the lyrical lambasting from Dusk One.  … read more

Local Reviews: Rotten Musicans

Local Reviews: Rotten Musicans
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This joint cracks me up and sets me silly in the streets with smiles and roller skates. This EPee is far from rotten, and the jams are air-tight. This is the polar opposite of the street hustler rap I’ve been tuned into, and this joint is just what the times have ordered.  … read more

Local Reviews: Flea Circus

Local Reviews: Flea Circus
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It’ll make you shimmy, shimmy, ya. Sample-heavy and boogie-friendly, for real, so many samples I won’t bother to get into it. Flea Circus brought the tunesmithism. The lyrics are cookie-cutter and perfect to dance to.  … read more

Del the Funkee Homosapien 12.11.2009 The Urban Lounge

Del the Funkee Homosapien 12.11.2009 The Urban Lounge
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If you were planning on catching Del at the Urban Lounge on Friday the 11th, I hope you pre-rolled your L’s ahead of time. Long lines, brick temperatures and a sold out show made for some unhappy folks on the outside… … read more

How The Grouch Stole Christmas

How The Grouch Stole Christmas
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Some of California’s truest and most dialed hip hop OGs came to SLC in early December as part of the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas” tour. Kicking off the tour right here in Salt Lake, The Grouch came with Mistah Fab, Fashawn and Exile to start off the string of B and E’s and the holiday sprit. … read more