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Joshua Virtue and Malci

Joshua Virtue and Malci have teamed up to release a new album called "JV + MALCI EP". This comes via Why Records from two of it's founding members and is filled essential basement rap over creative beats.

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Kydd Jones Drops New Single “Goblin”

 Austin’s own song-writer, producer and MC, Randell “Kydd” Jones, is making history with new hip-hop, neo-protest song “Goblin”. While most musicians are scratching their heads in response to the screeching halt of live music, Jones pushes forward and refuses to let anything slow the progression of Black music in Austin.

Jones starts “Goblin” off by asking, "Yall want to be civil or want civil war?" Written and recorded as a form of therapy after attending a civil rights protest, the track directly addresses the unjust killing of George Floyd in the first verse. The self-produced beat carried by it's soothing vocal pads and throw-back shuffle groove, is a perfect landscape for the MC’s stark rhymes.

 

Kydd Jones started rapping with his brother (Tank Washington) as a teen, going on to perform at clubs like Victory Grill, a historical Black Music Bar/Venue in East Austin, while still attending high school. “Sometimes when I was younger, it felt like a struggle just to make people outside the hiphop community […] care about what we were doing,” remembers Jones. More recently, the MC performed as part of the first all-Black artist line-up of Austin’s Blues On The Green, aptly renamed to “Blues On The Screen” due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

 

In the current dystopian state of Austin, “Goblin” is the introspective, fever dream anthem we didn’t know we needed in 2020. “It was just an organic experience of recording the track and releasing it immediately the next morning without any kind of real rollout,” says Jones, concerning the streamlined production of “Goblin”. Regarding goals for the rest of the year, Jones states “My plan is honestly just to take care of my family and make music that inspires me.”


 

- Chris Lopez

 

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Myquale "Passport Package"

Rapper/Producer Myquale has released his debut EP, "Passport Package". The EP speaks to his childhood growing up in on Northside of Milwaukee and how that experience built him into what he is today. Regardless of where he finds himself, Chicago, Paris, Kenya, the Northside shines through in who Myquale in every way worldwide.

This EP features contributions from STNFXCE, Aaliyah Allah, Wil Akogu, and more.

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Safehold "Loose Ends"

Emo Rapper Safehold has released the latest single, "Loose Ends", from his new album, Boyish, which is out today via Mutant League Records.

The single is accompanied by an Alex Zarek directed video and when asked about the track here is what Safehold had to say; "Loose Ends lyrically was supposed to represent partying and young lust. I think this story represents my years in high school, when I would desperately try to cling on to cool people who did not care about me in the slightest."

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Black Artist Spotlight: Theo Love’s “Rescue Me” Out Now

 

In the climate of masks, protests and the eternal quarantine, Theo’s new single “Rescue Me” is the cure. He reminds us to stay strong and to remember that we are not alone. Local Austin artist Thelonious “Theo” Love released his latest single on April 3, 2020 in collaboration with Kate Priestley. This heartfelt song is laced with beats to guide a rough day back to tranquility.

Theo is never afraid to take risks in both his lyrics and his musical style. A combination of modern hip-hop and live instruments truly makes his music unique to the Austin scene. The vibe of the music along with Theo’s soothing voice work together in a harmony that could make a N95 mask melt.

The live experience is unlike anything else. Remember live music? Theo and his group have such synergy on stage you almost want to look away; as if you are watching a private moment between a small group of close friends. His recorded music is reflective of this energy and “Rescue Me” feels like you are inside the heart and mind of the artist.

Theo is more than an artist; he is an activist, a songwriter and, above all, an advocate for love. Now, more than ever the lyrics “still tryna get free, what do I do? What they say feels like chains to me” is an honest reminder of the struggle a black/queer person experiences in daily life. Theo’s response to this adversity: “I chose to be the example. Of life and love and love and love and love”.

There is something eerie about how a song can capture an emotion so specifically. Almost as if this song was created for a time of strife… to keep us humble and keep us together.

-        Magz Baillio

Photo Credit: Theo Love’s Facebook Page

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