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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Faimkills- All My Friends Are Illuminati ft. Pterodactyl Jones (Prod. by OhGoshLeotus) (Audio)

Faimkills teams up with Pterodactyl Jones (Noa James and Curtiss King) to bring us this dope OhGoshLeotus-produced track. I've also been told this is Pterodactyl Jones' FIRST feature so... that's something! Check it out after the break....

Monday, December 15, 2014

Away From The Negative : Review of “Cloud ‘92” EP by Zzay; Produced by Nugget

Zzay and her producer Nugget have teamed up for a chill and funky modern R&B hip-hop
sampler platter of deliciousness called “Cloud ‘92” presumably a reference to Zzay’s birthyear. Zzay has been making some noise with her constant collaborations with local artists (full disclosure, my band the West Coast Avengers have some collabs with Zzay in the works as well) since moving to the Inland Empire from Los Angeles area in recent months so for certain crowds, her debut EP has been highly anticipated. Zzay’s strong singing is well-served by Nugget’s clean, melodic and professional production. “ 1 Up” introduces her thoughtful, tastefully angsty young sounds to us in a laid back way. Her vocal lines are gorgeous and there’s a certain sense of stream of consciousness to even her sung lines that resemble freestyle rap. “Find A Way Out” continues her relatable tales of paying bills and keeping a hold of oneself in today’s fast paced world of high rent and shaky lovers. The interludes provide a nice touch of artistry and electronica; despite their brief nature, they contribute to the relaxed feel of the album. “Transitions” nicely expounds upon what the speaker wants, “roll another because we get so high”. On this and a few other tracks Zzay raps as well as sings; her raps are earnest, loose, and often humorous. Given that it has her rapping over her own sung vocal lines, “Sun Song” is a nice track to end the record on. The Notorious B.I.G. remix outro is a nice nod to the 90s era the album pays homage too. Don’t sleep on Zzay; also catch her in Pasadena performing with Belzar on January 17th. 

Get "Cloud ‘92” EP by Zzay HERE

--Tristan Acker

Tristan “Tanjint the Wiggy Woo” Acker is a San Bernardino based writer, performer and musician; he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from California State University at San Bernardino. 

You can read his poetry at Squalorly, Inlandia, El Portal, Dead Flowers and other print and online magazines. 

Listen to his work and his work with his band the West Coast Avengers at 

Follow him on twitter @Wiggism or e-mail him at

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The New Nerdcore and the Desert Suburbs: a review of King Dice’s Red Mahogany Drive

The album opens with a self-titled intro that paints suburbia: moms and their kids, dads and
their bags for work. The production is tentative, hinting that this begins a journey.  The song progresses into depicting the harsher truths of urban life as well. This rings true to me. The I.E. is part suburbia and part hood, especially after 2008’s recession. Follow this link to read more...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Terminator Genisys (Movie Trailer)

Terminator is back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back! Check out the new trailer for the timeline-changing, paradox inducing, time traveling action thriller. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AJG909- Free Mason (Purple Edition) Announcement

Rialto's AJG909 will be re-releasing his latest project Free Mason (Purple Edition) on December 12, 2014, this time teaming up with Coast2Coast Mixtapes. With Sky B on the beats and AJG909 on the mic, this is one you HAVE to check out. Stay tuned to The Joose Boxx for where you can cop the project....

Word Play- City Living (Music Video)

Meet Daniel Eugene aka Word Play, representing the Inland Empire (by way of Fontana, Ca). One half of Dynamic X Martyrs, Word Play drops off his latest visuals over Devin The Dudes classic What a Job. There are skateboards, a wolf, and tons of word play<<< see what i did there? Check out the viddy after the break....

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fifty50 (Miki Vale & Queen Kandi Cole ) - Get Em Up (Music Video)

Check out this video from artist Miki Vale and Queen'Kandi Cole , better known as Fifty50 . Feel inspired after the break!