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Trakksounds, "The Other Side," and the Show That Almost Wasn't

If you haven’t heard of Trakksounds, you are definitely familiar with his music. Among the list of artists he has worked with are Don Trip, Doeman, Kirko Bangz, BunB, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Nipsey Hussle, Jhene Aiko, Starlito, and Scarface, just to name a few. A compilation of the Houston-based producer’s best work is long overdue, and fans don’t have to wait anymore: April 25, 2017, Trakksounds will be dropping his full album, “The Other Side,” featuring many special guests on all music platforms.
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Why Criticism of Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Visual Hurts Black Feminism

If you’re not hip to the drama, women are lambasting Lamar for the lyrics “I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks/Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks.” Now as a woman who is a feminist, has stretch marks (more like tiger stripes), wears her hair natural sometimes, inherited cellulite as a result of being slim thick (with my cute azz) and almost never feels like wearing makeup, I got hype hearing those lines. But my hypeness was soon deflated by the Interwebs.
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Doeman Takes It Up a Notch With "Level Up"

Let me tell you something, you’re gonna be upset if you sleep on Doeman while his music is still free. And if you rock with him and you’re not purchasing his music off of iTunes, you’re doing him a disservice. Doeman, who I’ve written about multiple times (“Doeman Shows Us That It’s Not Just Black and White;” “Top Ten Indie Artists to Watch This Summer”) is consistent in quality and subject matter, and his newest release, “Level Up,” is no different.
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Wax Meets Paste: DJ IV's "Paper Maché Muscle" Takes It Back for the Sake of the Art

Ever hear people talk about how music sounded better on vinyl or cassette? I think it’s more accurate to say music was just better back then, regardless of the medium. What we’ve been missing as music-lovers is that grit, the rawness of sound that goes along with feeling out the textures of a song. Producers are over-processing songs for the sake of digital reception, and it’s a problem. Enter DJ IV from Houston, TX.
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Shall We Dance? ‘Bayou City Bang-a-Rang’ Rocked Rockefeller’s This Past Weekend [Review]

The Bayou City Bang-a-Rang: A Nick Gaitan’s Tune Parlour Showcase at Rockefeller’s February 25 featured headliners Bandulus out of Portland, OR with their ska reggae soul charm and Los Angeles traditional ska/rocksteady band, Steady 45s. Opening acts included Houston’s Nick Gaitan, members of Houston originals including The Umbrella Man, The Flamin’ Hellcats and the Pistoleros de Texas and DJ Simmer Down from The Tejas Got Soul all-vinyl sound system.
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Welcome to Lee-Lonn’s Room [REVIEW]

It goes without saying that Lee-Lonn can sang – yes, with an “a” – but many of us were not aware that in his room every day, he’s creating the magic that is his music. A listen to Lee-Lonn’s SoundCloud or a visit to a show in which he’s performing will let you hear how talented he is when it comes to songwriting, producing, and singing – but it’s not until you hear it LIVE for a WHOLE show that you even begin to glimpse the magnitude of his greatness.
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