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Kahsyno (pronounced Casino) has released his second mix tape Memoirs of a Time Traveler with Dj Battlecat behind him does he hit the jackpot or is he left with no chips?

 

The tape starts off with an old school sample and then gradually comes the hard hitting drum for Hollaback, where he gives you memorable lines like “Keep a lot of green like an A’s” fan. The beat is hot and it’s a decent song for an intro. Hollaback is followed up by Dumb, which sounds like his club song. After hearing him perform this live the recorded version sounds like it lacks the energy necessary for me to go dumb. Not a bad song though the beat is straight, absolutely something to play in the car to let the speakers bump. Rated X and How Could You have nice beats (Rated X the better of the two) the lyrics were cool but it comes off like he’s trying too hard to relate and make a ladies track. On Rated X there was a too much talking during the intro, and at the end the conversation went just a little too long and wore out its welcome by its close. Next up is Shoe Game where he uses a Lil Wayne sample to brag on his shoe game. The first time I listened to this song, I hated it, but it grew on me, one of the lines that stuck with me were “when it’s time to party/ decide on a pair of Barkley’s’ when feeling sadity/ throw on a pair penny’s”. So if you’re a shoe head this song will definitely have you checking your shoe collection in comparison. On KO Kahsyno makes it a point to tell you he’s ready to bubble like root beer. He sounds most comfortable on songs like this throughout the cd where he’s allowed to be lyrical. Live Wit It has the same effect as dumb, I’ve seen him perform this live, and the recorded version comes off just a little dry. However, if it’s your first time hearing it, it’s definitely a toe tapper. Lookin For A |Dime and I’ma Get Her have the kind of energy you would expect from club songs; however for me lyrically they don’t showcase his true skills or measure up to the bar he set on other songs. On I’ma Get Her he’s outshined by his comrades and comes off sounding listless. Nonetheless the beats these songs are accompanied with will probably have listeners not paying much attention to the lyrics.

My favorite track on the cd is Can’t Stop Me; he talks about overcoming obstacles and being focused on his goals. With lyrics like “I get ya mind high just like a poppy seed” he keeps your attention throughout the whole song, and with Froggy G on the hook and DJ Battlecat on the boards this song is one of the best on the cd. Had We Met is a track where he speaks about meeting a chick and contemplates had they met somewhere else would the relationship be different. “Way before Kahsyno, back then just Thomas/I’m still the same dude now I promise/ just a lil older, a lil more polished” is how he tries to tell her he’s the same guy he’s always been. This song seems more like him and how he would approach the ladies compared to Rated X. Feel good music is just what it sounds like, upbeat instrumental and lyricism to accompany. Nice follow up to Had We Met, it keeps the feel good vibe going. Stay seems out of sequence, sounds like an emcee venting his frustration, though a good song but breaks up the feel good vibe that rounded out the album. Nevertheless, to end the cd is Toast where he toast and to all those who have helped him along his journey, fitting song to end with. All in all I’d definitely recommend this album to anyone. He’s not your run of the mill rapper talking about drugs and guns just because. He gives you lyrics, some joints to play in your ride and some rock to in the club. On a scale of 1-10 it’s a solid 7.5. It’s without doubt a cd I’d keep in the car to throw in.

Highlights

Can’t Stop Me

Had We Met

Toast

Feel Good Music

Want more Kahsyno, check him on Kahsyno.com, Rawsugarecs.com and follow him and Dj Battlecat on twitter @kahsyno and  @djbattlecat.

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Rapper T.I. Goes Back to Jail

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T.I. was released yesterday from jail in Arkansas and was to report to a halfway house in Atlanta. Only problem is, he never made it to the halfway house, upon his arrival federal agents were waiting there to transport him to back to federal prison in Atlanta. Arkansas officials claim that he misled them on his method of travel, not informing them that he would be traveling by tour bus back to Atlanta, which may be a violation of his probation. Now as petty as this may be, if you were T.I. why would you take any chance running a foul of the law. Why not just ride back quietly and wait till you get at least back home to push the envelope. T.I. reminds of that character Can’t Get Right from the movie Life, he just can’t get right and most times its the smallest of details that get him caught up

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Often times you read stories about rappers and ballers getting into trouble. Rarely are there good deeds publicized. Recently rap artist Mistah Fab and Golden State Warrior Dorell Wright were apart of a backpack giveaway and cookout in Oakland, California where they gave out 1,000 backpacks filled with pens, pencills, paper, folders and other school supplies. The event also included Mt Zion Baptist Church and other community members. When asked about the even in the video below Mistah Fab says that it was the community that was able to make this happen and that he was just happy to be apart of. Things like this go on all the time, but get no attention, but they don’t go unnoticed. The people of that communtiy will forever remember this. One day the national will recognize that not all rappers and hoopers are trouble makers, that some actually care about their community. Check out the video below. For more footage of the event.

Saturday afternoon Cleveland rap artist Machine Gun Kelly planned and followed through with a flash mob at Strongsville Mall. The reason…to show his fans he was still down to earth and that he cared about them. Good in theory, bad in execution in my opinion. There’s a million other ways to show your fans your still cool, that the fame hasn’t gotten to your head. Organize a kickball game, setup a charity event, organize a school supplies give away at Richmond Mall. Wouldn’t that show you’re still down to earth more than going all the way out to Strongsville Mall to cause organized chaos just to get arrested and have the media spin it in a negative light? If the purpose was to get attention, done. Outside of that I don’t get it. If this gets back to MGK I’d be happy to have him explain it to me. None the less, congrats to him on signing to Bad Boy.

50 Cent Album Not Dropping?

50 cent just announced on his twitter page that  he is not releasing his album this year, citing his issues with Interscope Records. To me, there seems to be some other issues going on with him and Interscope. 50 says he’s choosing to delay the album because they aren’t giving him the right set up and are essentially setting him up to flop. But how does this happen, this same partnership is responsible for him selling a million records during the first week of his debut album. Hopefully we can get some new 50 music, because the stuff he had been releasing lately has been pretty nice. Guess, I’ll just play Get Rich or Die trying. Here are the tweets 50 cent just sent out via his twitter @50cent.

 

 

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Interview With Dj Battlecat

I had the chance to sit down with legendary hip hop producer Dj Battlecat. During this sit down he talks about family, breaking into the industry, his new artist Kahsyno and more. Dj Battlecat now works with the record label Rawsugarecords out of Los Angeles and is producing Kahsynos’ upcoming album which is now untiled.. If you don’t know his work, he’s Snoop Dogg’s deejay, he’s produced records for Xzibit, Rass Kass, Kenny Latimore, Ice Cube, E-40 and more. To get at Dj Battlecat, you can follow him on twitter at @DjBattlecat and for more info on Raw Suga Records check them out at rawsugarecs.com

Here’s my interview I did with Devin the Dude after his show in Cleveland, Ohio on the Fresh Brew Tour with the Coughee Brothaz

Devin the Dude

Here’s my interviews with Rum, Jugg Mugg and Smit D of the Coughee Brothaz

To check out the new album click the picture below to buy it on I-Tunes.

Coughee Brothaz

Hip Hops’ Slow Death

A few years ago Nas caused a big stir when he said hip hop was dead. Artist big and small dismissed this notation and claimed Nasir to be a hater of the current climate of hip hop music. However, years later, as the music has continued to evolve, I must say, while hip hop isn’t dead, it definitely is dying a slow death. There will always be wack music, stupid dance songs, great underground music that will never be heard, and commercial music that will irritate you after so many listens on the radio, but if you haven’t noticed, slowing but surely hip hop legends are dying faster than they can be born. Let’s not go back to the 80’s where Boogie Down Productions lost their comrade Scott La Rock. We can easily look back at the mid 90’s where we lost 2 certified kings of the genre. And since 1997 we’ve been looking for the next Tupac and Biggie just like the NBA has been looking for the next Jordan. Since Tupac and Biggie, we’ve lost Big L, who was supposed to be the next big thing. Then we lost Big Pun, he had one of the illest flows ever. Souljah Slim and Jam Master Jay were murdered with their cases still unsolved. Left Eye and Dj Am both died during tragic accidents and we can even mention Aaliyah, considering every slender brown skin diva following may not have a niche if not for this Timbaland protegé. Producer J Dilla who has provided many tracks for us to jam to left us too soon. Pimp C and Dj Screw both have left a void in southern hip hop that won’t be filled anytime soon. And let’s not forget Proof and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. And with the recent passing of Nate Dogg the original hook master, hip hop every year is losing legends that can’t and won’t be replaced. Death knows no color, race creed, or genre, but for hip hop seems to have its target perfectly lined up for legends.

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