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03 2015 Jul
By Zach
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Premiere: Zhero – Paradise [prod. Austin McGrady]

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Last month, Zhero introduced himself to the world with an eerie confessional followed up by the premiere of “Won’t Die“. Next, we saw some quick visuals accompanied by a voicemail recording – the recording revealing that Zhero had a desire to leave everything behind in hopes of finding a better place for himself.

Today’s premiere works as a follow up to the recent voicemail, offering listeners a deeper glimpse into the mind of Zhero as his inner thoughts play tug-of-war with themselves. Faced with what is best described as cognitive dissonance, the young artist out of South Windsor desires a better place – physically and mentally – but does not want to leave his loved ones. We saw pieces of this in the original confessional, as Zhero expressed his desire to not hurt those he cares about despite wanting to leave everything about the physical world behind him.

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“Paradise”, the first release off Zhero’s upcoming Growing Pains project, is interesting in that it has a very upbeat feel to it. The Austin McGrady-produced instrumental meshes well with Zhero’s delivery, but both are juxtaposed strongly in regards to the content of the record. This works perfectly in showcasing the intended meaning behind the track – Zhero longs for his paradise, hence the good vibed nature of the sound, but he’s stuck in a dark place in part because he cares too much to leave his loved ones behind.

As has been the case with all the content released by Zhero thus far, “Paradise” leaves the listener satisfied but wanting more: more answers to the questions still left unanswered and more music, because Zhero is clearly a talented artist. As we wait for future releases from Zhero leading up to his Growing Pains project, we’re left without the answers we desire. In time, I’m certain Zhero and his team will provide those answers but until then, the listener finds themselves stuck in a place somewhat similar to Zhero – confused and desiring more.

In addition to the single, Zhero’s team – perhaps better described as his “handlers” – have launched a new website that allows Zhero’s concerned followers access to his girlfriend’s iPhone. Those who visit the website are able to view pics, videos and more.

Although much of Zhero is still masked in mystery, his team has started to slowly strip away some of the layers of ambiguity.

“Paradise”, which has a very Kevin Abstract/mtv1987 feel to it, includes additional vocals by John-Paul. Artwork comes courtesy of David Keaveny.

Listen below.

  

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03 2015 Jul
By Zach
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Straight Fresh Interviews: Kiki Rowe

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I had the pleasure of linking up with Kiki Rowe last week in Brooklyn for our second #SFDotNet Interview. The Canadian songstress discusses what’s changed for her since our last interview, while also opening up about the inspiration for her latest single “Broken“, the reception to her debut EP, her plans for future releases, and more.

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Watch the interview below. 

  

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03 2015 Jul
By Peter
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Allan Kingdom & Kevin Abstract – Refresh [prod. Romil & Kiko Merley]

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The friendship between Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract and Allan Kingdom has already culminated into SXSW performances and on-wax collaborations, the newest of which is the very mellow “Refresh” single. Produced by Romil & Kiko Merley with art by HK.

Abstract’s upcoming solo project Death of a Super Model will be released later this year. For more information on the individual members of the Brockhampton collective, be sure to check out their personal video introductions.

Listen to the track below.

  

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03 2015 Jul
By Peter
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Cris Streetz – Whip Stay Pack’d (feat. Bankroll Fresh) [prod. NocFly]

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US NVR THEM’s Bronx signee Cris Streetz is joined by the buzzing Bankroll Fresh on this new cut from the upcoming EP 24K, which will be released on 8/24. With J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League handling the executive producer duties, you can be sure the project’s instrumentals will be excellent.

Listen to the track below.

  

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02 2015 Jul
By Peter
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The Alchemist – Voodoo (feat. Action Bronson)

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When Action Bronson raps you listen. When he raps over an Alchemist beat you listen twice as hard.

This new track “Voodoo” is the first offering from the legendary producer’s upcoming LP Retarded Alligator Beats, which will be released via Fat Beats on 7/10. Preorders are available now in both digital and physical forms.

Listen to the track below.

  

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02 2015 Jul
By Peter
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Raz Fresco – Pablo Frescobar (Mixtape)

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We got a small glimpse of Toronto emcee Raz Fresco’s new project with the Chuck Inglish-featured cut “Cortez Nikes” and now the full LP is available for our consumption. The 17 track offering also features The 6th Letter, Raekwon, Bishop Nehru, Tre Mission plus more, with Fresco handling the entirety of the production (except “Equinox). Feel free to support via iTunes.

Listen & download below.

  

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