In the "Make It Happen Vlog" you get behind the scenes look of some details from a recent studio session where Just Derek collaborates with some local artist.
I've wondered what a Bay Area native becomes when they leave home to run the scenes of Los Angeles/The Valley. He first popped up on the radar for a few with the release of Impatient 2 years ago and went quit for a second. Starting early this year he started releasing track after track and hit us with his first EP "Money's Just Money".
The "Money's Just Money" EP was a solid start to the career of Don which featured the smash "Pay For It" produced by KrissiO. He's now followed up with his newest EP "Good Vibes Only" and delivers his thoughts on how he wishes not to be wrong with his choices. If your looking for a new artist to delve into, he is the one. The train is boarding now and this is your chance to get in on the ground floor to see his career grow. At this pace he'll have a few more tracks for us soon, go DOWNLOAD/STREAM "Good Vibes Only" NOW!
Briefly lets jump back to 2014 Forest Hills Drive as we talk about this piece of art. J. Cole emerges from the depths of his hiatus to bring track 6 alive from this project. December 2nd, 2016 he unleashed a Fire Squads barrage of rap lyrics on the public with a song called "Everybody Dies" and then follows that with "False Prophets". If your a rap fan, a lover of word play, or appreciative of those who speak for us, then you felt some type of way when you heard these songs.
Fast forwarding to December 9th, 2016 expectations are now high for this release. If you've been following J. Coles career since 2010 you'd know we've been expecting the world of him for a long time now. The album opens up, you immediately know we're starting on the edge, and choices must be made for right or wrong. Immortal then drives us into Cole speaking from one of his best friends views and lets the world know that the ones who made impacts in his life won't be forgotten.
Surprisingly if you listen to the project closely you get hints of his views and his best friends view but when the album comes to a close you see that this project is completely from the view of his friend with the last track. The final song ties the title of the album in and makes sense of the lyrics used throughout the 10 song project. Overall I enjoyed this body of work that Cole delivers but it's not my favorite. However, don't let this take away from your experience because this project is as the title states "4 Your Eyez Only". What you take from this project is what you yourself can connect with, feel, and see. There are many who are saying this wasn't the one for Cole but I'd argue that they could be far from the truth. Enjoy the project...
Coming off his critical high with "Atlanta", Childish Gambino has returned to deliver his musical talents to the universe. Recently on the Tonight Show to promote his new album, he delivers a soulful performance to take us back. Take a listen...
Oh you haven't heard, Big Sean is back from the depths of his break, and is ready to ascend the throne. He delivers this track at the right time at the end of the year and it looks like he's gearing up to enter the Top Five conversation. Stop sleeping on this man people!