Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Dark Tower (Official Trailer)

Stephen King's sci-fi/fantasy/western The Dark Tower has finally gifted us a trailer. Idris Elba stars as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the main antagonist; The Man in Black. this will be the first film of the eight part series. Are you familiar with the series? Are you excited to see it brought to life? Check it out below and let us know what you think...

Marvel's The Defenders (Official Trailer)

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. The street-level version of The Avengers is about four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together. We hope to see cameos from Night Nurse, The Punisher, and i'm pretty sure we'll see the comeback of Elektra. The Netflix original series will launch globally on August 18, 2017.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Teaser Trailer)

It's finally here!!! Our first sneak peek at the new Star Wars Epidoe VIII trailer, The Last Jedi. Check out the new trailer starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Royal Gambling Club Presents King Dice - Heavy Crown (Music Video)

Royal Gambling Club recording artist King Dice premieres the first music video from his sophomore album Shalu Avenue entitled Heavy Crown. Produced by King Dice, Heavy Crown is shot, directed, and edited by Hugo Arellano for Arellano Films Productions. Listen to the whole album for free at: 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It Was The World: Review in Brief of MC Lyfe's Efyl EP

                                                        "This music brings you life."

         Anyone that knows me knows Herbalistics was the group that pulled me into fervent study of and participation in the Inland Empire hip-hop scene so I was delighted to see MC Lyfe played to his core audience when crafting his long-awaited debut album. Lyfe weaves his fence-hopping blunt-smoking show-rocking tales over handpicked boom-bap delicacies by local masters like Skuse Beats, Pigeon Do, Kordisepz and more.

          Joined by masterful practitioners like Notiz Yong and Greaseball, Lyfe’s work drips with Riverside directness and earnest vulnerability. More than alot of up-and-coming artists, Lyfe understands that it is the personality he and Greaseball of ‘listics exhibit that addicts his audience after Mando the DJ's prime cuts bring them in. The melodies are on-point and infectious. The album delivers the culmination of the leaked tracks and demos the Herbalistics crew have let slip in the years between the release of Greaseball's Bad Cat EP and now. The lo-fi sound is still very charming, creating a warm blanket for the earworms within.

         Mixing engineer Suplex does a hell of a job making sure the aesthetic doesn’t obscure the clarity of a single lyric while also keeping the snares crisp and bass drums emboldened. I love that Lyfe's fantasy about having children with a girlfriend in “Love this Life” takes the form of painting poets coloring walls, shattering the expectations of the gray-brown palette socio-economically pre-selected for Inland Empire kids. “All This Time I’m Wasting”, a Kordisepz track Lyfe has been previewing for some time now, catchily solidifies his brand as the Bart Simpson of rap, expressing a relatable stony brattiness, further ensnaring the listener in his simple but extremely amusing personal mythos.

       The album delivers an arc in the sense that the stony adventures then veer into girl problems which culminates in “Taken Out My Anger” where Lyfe unleashes some of his hardest bar patterns that I’ve ever heard. After this release, the album sails out smoothly and nostalgically with its sole Herbalistics song, "The Rain" and damn, it delivers. Our young scalawags are sounding jaded; wise but still effervescent and wide-eyed about life as they sing to the audience about controlling the moodiness of the rain in your life and in your city. The song is a beautiful cap to a fun, chill and endlessly listenable debut project from Lyfe.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for JooseBoxx, youth hip-hop writing instructor with CHORDS Enrichment Youth program ( and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hi-C- Lance Baker ft. Jamez London (Audio)

You know Lance Baker, Lance Couper, Lance Cooper, Gym Jones, and maybe a few other aliases. Hard to keep up with right? Nevertheless he's back. Lance Baker has been getting around; producing in Cali's Bay Area, doing work in the City of Angels, and holding it down in the I.E. as well. Lance brings us the juice on his newest rack Hi-C. He brings in Jamez London (straight out of North Carolina) for the assist.

Lance Baker Social Media
Twitter: @EatOnLANCE
Instagram: @eatonlance

Jamez London Social Media
Twitter: @TheJamezLondon
Instagram: @JamezLondon

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

RIBS for the week of 2/22/2017 featuring Besatree, Araless, Avant-Garde and Notiz Yong

For this first installment of R.I.B.S. (Reviews In Brief) of 2017 I thought I'd catch up on some noteworthy releases from 2015 and 2016.

1. WildLife by Besatree of CLDMKRS

Only Besatree would come up with such a musically rebellious way of reminding the world that he is a f**king professional. These electronic punk rock raps tell a story of self affirmation of worth, a statement of purpose and a warning to haters. Besatree creates minimalist metric soundscapes for him to let loose his humanity on. His humanity usually manifests itself in the form of razor-sharp raps observing the tendency of society to take shortcuts and try to get one over on him and his. He eloquently spits and earnestly croons over his own productions as well as those of fellow CLDMKRS Noearth and Rokem, who contribute melodic gems that don’t feel out of place alongside subtle indie rock beauties like “Everything You Wanted”, “Stuck With Me”, and “All Gonna Die”. Rather, these tracks stretch the aural playground the album weaves. Songs like “Nobody Knows” and “Paranoid” go to dark places but never drag with despair. Contrasted with the sunny Rokem bangers, the record reflects the range of someone grown and secure with themselves. The record feels tight; a set of songs lesser songwriter performers would have tried to stretch into an LP. Besatree does a solid balancing of including his talented colleagues the CLDMKRS on the record while revealing another chunk of his own psyche with this strikingly deft record of eclectic and forward looking indie hip-hop.


                                Hear No. See No. Speak No by Avant-Garde and Notiz Yong

Notiz Yong sets up a series of seven beatbreaks that he and his compatriots AwestOne and Atlas, I.E. staples Avant-Garde, proceed to rock with a youthful energy that makes the record float a little more with each listen. The MCs display a mastery and love of rhythm that manifests itself into a constant forward momentum that keeps the EP light on its feet. With rhymes about stony So Cal life, AG and Yong keep it cracking with strong tracks that would go well with a workout, a drive or a blunt. The rhythms are so solid but don’t miss the bars these dudes are exhibiting. Yong’s production palette is a balance of hittin' drums, occasional samples and effective melodic synth flares helping the record steer from faster boom-bap anthems like the single “By All Means” to more modern sounding chill tracks like “Left Coastin’” and the closer “Til I’m Gone”. The collaborative choruses are nice to hear and I personally always want to hear more of that from rap groups. Hear No. See No. Speak No stands as another clear reminder that the Inland Empire hip-hop community will continue to cook up some gold both as individual artists and together. 

3. Proletariat Rock by Araless of BMN

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the essay that is Seattle-area standout Araless’ Proletariat Rock EP is how musical of an essay it is. Araless’ sung choruses give a window into a deeply rooted funk that he is keeping in control, in service of the rhythm: “Money makes the man a roooobot!” he stretches on the record’s opening track. This is a man who knows his tools. His mastery of rhyme and his own voice is captivating, the sound of one of the most incisive poets I’ve yet to hear. The catchy deceptive simplicity of choruses of songs like “Status Quid Pro Quo” and “PR Campaign” are so effective and intuitive in the way the phrases and music connect it makes one wonder how these phrases were never put together quite like this before. Araless is brimming with such stanzas and he makes it seem utterly natural. In the last song he weaves his modern spare protest-march rhythms into an appropriately climactic reggae-tinged poet ode to peace and consciousness, hinting at the traditions his subtle but textured and modern productions are part of. The liner notes on his website's album page say each track is a perspective but just as an audience member and reader of the text, the songs felt like 7 facets of one perspective; an important articulation of the century’s burgeoning progressive consciousness among today’s young artists in the west and beyond.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for JooseBoxx, youth hip-hop writing instructor with CHORDS Enrichment Youth program ( and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at