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On the daily I speak with several artist and musicians who say they are ready to elevate their career and be heard. There is no blueprint to the music business today but consistency is key. Creating a powerful network of individuals who are actually WERKING in the music industry can change everything. Every 1st Thursday of the month Patchwerk Recording Studios host an network and showcase event to assist the talent who understand this philosophy. We focus on four direct elements at all our events. LEARN|PROMOTE|NETWORK|PERFORM 

The DC representative always has a few records on his albums that get constant rotation in my playlist. This time around he set it off again with the track titled Scarface Rozay Gotti. A tribute to three artist he highly respects and didn't disappoint for sure.

I want to be very clear when I say the playlist submitted for your listening pleasure is what our current staff has on replay during the past month. It isn't necessary the tracks coming out of the studio but what we like to rock out to when we are relaxing. The beauty in the list is you never know what you'll hear. This month we have records ranging from Stevie Wonder to The Pussycat Dolls. I hope you enjoy.

This month That Tight Thirty Two On Thurzdayz Emcee and Producer contest was held in Patchwerk Studio Room 995 instead of the normal Studio 1019 making the vibe crazy for all the emcees to deliver their 32 bars. Artist from Miami, Florida to Akron, Ohio entered for their chance to take the title from our current winner Sammy Surf! Who will be the victor for the month of April?

The Internet recently paid a visit to Center Stage in Atlanta on March 2nd and 3rd, so we at IdOMUSIC want to tell you a little about the Grammy-nominated R&B band in case you aren’t familiar. They are definitely ones to watch, so here is a list of what we believe to be the Top 6 songs from their discography, along with a little background on the young artists.

  1. Girl feat. Kaytranada - Ego Death
  2. Dontcha - Feel Good
  3. Cocaine - Purple Naked Ladies
  4. Get Away - Ego Death
  5. Gabby feat. Janelle Monae - Ego Death
  6. The Garden - Purple Naked Ladies

Originating in LA, the band was formed by Odd Future members Syd (vocals) and Matt Martians (keyboards/vocals) in 2011. Since then, they have released three studio albums and three EPs. Ego Death, their most notable work to date, was nominated for a Grammy in 2016. Their music follows an alternative route to R&B music, combining hip-hop and electronic sounds.

In a 2016 interview with Hot 97, the group credits Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) and fellow artist Tyler the Creator for opening doors and normalizing a different sound.  This allows audiences to be more receptive to their style of music. They group themselves with artists like Anderson .Paak or Thundercat, who both have a contemporary R&B sound with heavy jazz influences.

Syd spoke on the band’s first two albums saying their debut work, Purple Naked Ladies, had it’s own sound and their second release, Feel Good, was “too chill.” A testament to trial and error, Ego Death perfects their sound, finding the perfect mix of classic soul and the new-age rhythm and blues that borders on experimental. 

The band definitely has a following, with a decent number of fans who have been with them from the beginning, but also a large number of people who, upon hearing “Girl,” started to pay more attention. They are set to release their next album in Spring. Three of the group’s members, Syd, Matt Martians, and Steve Lacy, have released solo projects leading up to their next collaborative work.

Matt Martians, the groups keyboardist and vocalist releasedThe Drum Chord Theory on January 27th.  The album features 12 tracks of experimental hip-hop heavy in live instrumentation. His work caters more to an unconventional group, “Alotta Women/ Useless (feat. Kari Faux)” is my favorite track.

Martian’s solo work was followed by Syd’s Fin on February 3rd. Her work features 12 tracks of classic R&B vocals, reminiscent of Aaliyah, and her lyrics exude sensuality and maturity. “Body” and “All About Me” are my personal favorites.

Steve Lacy’s Demo is the solo release from the band’s guitarist Steve Lacy. His project, released on February 24th, features 6 songs with only a 15 minute duration. Be sure to listen to the whole demo, but “Ryd” is a personal favorite.   

In an interview for Pharrell’s OTHERtone Podcast, the group noted that their solo projects will only help them as a whole, rather than dividing them. The albums allow you to get to know 3 out of 5 of the band’s members as individuals. It allows you to understand what they each contribute in order to find their sound as a whole. They are strong alone which only makes their collaborative efforts that much stronger. Be on the look out for their next release Spring of this year and take a listen to some of their earlier works to see just how far they’ve come.

The final Tight 32 contest of 2016 ended with Preme Cordice besting several other emcees for the title. Do yourself a favor and check out his winning verse if you need to understand.  Production provided by PWR Beatz representative Kangaroo809, listen to Preme discuss the origins of his name and some of his influences growing up. We touch on his existing projects and The Employee Of The Month concept to describe his sound. Find out exactly what this means and why after entering previous contest he took a chance on entering That Tight Thirty Two On Thurdayz competition.

Thankful for all the great music being released as 2016 comes to an end and the streak continues with Yasiin Bey's 'December 99th' album. After going through much drama with South Africa where he has been detained since top of the year for attempting to leave country with a world passport. He has now been deemed an "undesirable person" by the country's home affairs department and will not be allowed to return.

The unfortunate events have led to new music solely produced with Ferrari Sheppard. The entire project was recorded in South Africa. Long time fans of Yasiin will rejoice to hear new music. The project is streaming on Tidal and tonight you can watch the exclusive concert.  With such a story behind the music would it make you want to listen to the album more or does it matter? Give the album and listen and share comments . 

Where is a great place to catch some great hip hop in the city of Atlanta tonight? Maybe you should check out The Bar Exam taking place at Apache Cafe. The Bar Exam is a multi-genre, open mic style showcase held at the legendary Apache Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia where the audience chooses who passes the bar, or passes the mic!

Known for his righteous messages in the music, Common delivers another socially conscious track named 'Black America Again' Remix along with Gucci Mane, Pusha T, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Common recently released his 11th LP and couldn't have came at a better time. The message is strong and to the point with his recent single. Is it far fetched to demand more records in this tone for the people? The truth twisted into rhyme but can be digested by numerous walks of life? This is an opportunity I'm anxious to see and hear but how will the people respond?

The winner of the producer portion for That Tight Thirty Two On Thurzdayz for the month of August goes to Chase The Money hailing from St.Louis, Missouri. Similar to the emcee registration, Chase entered the contest going against some heavy hitters. Every month the judges look for production that make it fairly easy for true emcees to feel comfortable unleashing 32 bars inside the Sonically Superior establishment known as Patchwerk Recording Studios. Check out our interview with Chase The Money and connect with him for your next project!

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