DOWNLOAD: D2G’s “Blood Diamond” mixtape


I don’t care where the hell you are, you should download D2G’s “Blood Diamond” mixtape. This is his first solo project, and I started to rock with this dude on his and Vic Spencer’s “Hard Bars” tape, which was produced and mixed by my Twitter crush, Flyying Dutchman. I’m going to roll a bit of Strawberry Cough, give this a listen, and be back here with my review later tonight.

Check the fly shit and download this one, bitches and bitchettes: “Blood Diamond”

Vic Spencer & D2G give us “Hard Bars”. Chea.

I know. I was just here to give you the link to Vic Spencer and D2G”s Hard Bars project. Now I’m back to give you a quick, review. Don’t worry; I won’t give away too much. (I’m reviewing in the order in which the songs appear in my iTunes library. Keep your shit together.)

This collab starts with “Issues”. FUCK. Admittedly, this is my first real taste of D2G besides some singles here and there, and he certainly impressed on the first track. “No idea’s original/Really? It ain’t a thang, bro/But if I wanna see dick-ridin’, I’ll go to Bangbros”, rapped D2G. “Neck Brace” caused me to tweet this: @CocainaNina So basically, know that I feel that track. A great deal, I do. 

While “Seek and Destroy” ft. YP honestly seemed to come and go, my attention was immediately reclaimed by”24K’, in which Spencer hit us with his unique form of wittiness: “You didn’t know the flow was standin’ next to you” and “Booth Sprung”. This seemed to epitomize a great collaboration. The beat is frantic and almost psychopathic…perfect for Vic Spencer. To top it off, D2G complements Spencer’s gritty flow very well with the smooth path he lays down.

“Clashin” ft. JDP took me back to the blaxploitation era of the ’70s. Yes, I, a half-German/half-White chick who grew up in Lincoln Park am familiar with those movies, kids. JDP doesn’t disappoint and Spencer and D2G manage to ride the beat in typical, hard Chicago fashion. D2G’s “Reggie Miller at ya heart/Now you needin’ a Pacer” is reminiscent of something Kanye would say, in that he would take a word and shorten it or completely change it to fit in his bar, yet you knew exactly what point he was trying to convey. When production and direction of this video begins, I want to be included. No bullshit, fellas.

Of course, the ladies got theirs, in the form of “Hard Love”. Warning though, chicas: This ain’t for the faint of…well…you know. If you’re into rose petals and Keith Sweat, this song isn’t for you. Chicago singer Mathien and MC Sulaiman are the features on this song, and both, with their fresh styles, complete this “urban ode” to the ladies. Not one to stay with the soft shit, Que Billah joins Spencer and D2G on “Harder Than Steel”. Clearly, this is a message that things haven’t really changed, and that all sleepers will be punished as Vic Spencer so eloquently puts it, “I got the Louisville Slugger with me today”. Knock out RBIs, Vic. Knock ’em out. Take a trip down “I-94” with the buttery Pavy and be confronted by the dope duo and “not a rapper or singer” Gemini aka Gemstones on “Mean”, which is…mean. “Return Of That Real” is another goodie with JDP, followed by pimp/pimpstress-like “Return To Spender” with C. Rich and what sounds like a lovely Flow Eazy. Since I am a druggie, I swooned when Spencer rapped “My flow comes with a zip of crystal meth”. I literally swooned upon hearing this. However, and meaning absolutely no offense to the other 3 on this track, but Eazy took my heart when she mouthed off, “You dipped up in my puddle/Remember that shit that had you stutterin’?”. Y-y-yes, Ms. Eazy. I r-r-remember.

Finally, there’s “When The Sun Goes Down”. Just D2G and Vic Spencer. D2G spits, “Consider this a middle finger to ya favorite/Ya best advice, take these bars and savor it”, handing the lyrical baton to Spencer, who runs with, “My week got 8 days in it/I been mashin’ sweet potato ass rappers for a minute”. They trade bars again, as this is definitely worth a 5-star rating by your local iTunes library.

All in all, I loved Hard Bars. Since listening to Strong Arm Bars, a Hard Bars sampler, in early August, I’ve been anticipating this release. Every feature seemed to have been well-placed, and D2G was in no way upstaged by Spencer, and vice versa. I wouldn’t mind this duo working on more joint projects in the near future. With extremely dope production and artwork from DC, both Spencer and D2G should be firmly planted in the Chicago hip-hop scene at the present moment. Now I’m going to finish smoking and get into Hard Bars even more. Until next time, motherfuckers.

A somewhat late review of “All Day Deshay: AM”

All Day

I figure we’ll do more of these music reviews…

The last review you read here was of Chicago’s own Vic Spencer and his latest release, “Vic Greenthumbs”. Tonight, I’ll attempt to give you the rundown on Chicago rapper/producer brandUn DeShay’s debut album, “All Day DeShay: AM”.

No hypebeast, but Mr. DeShay is that dude. A witty lyricist and excellent producer, I’ve been rocking with this kid since I first downloaded “Volume: Two! For The Show”. His sound is truly unique and anyone who raps, “I’m done with the Cleveland Steamers/Had to get that shit up off my chest” will get two thumbs up from me. He has sampled Bloc Party, Mark Ronson and Bird And The Bee, and has killed each track.

“All Day DeShay: AM” was released on September 30, 2011, to much fanfare. DeShay has a fairly sizable Twitter following, and I’m sure it has only grown since his latest release. DeShay stated some time ago that he was done rapping, but I’m glad he had a change of heart.

The album’s first track, “Shay Loves To Ball” is reminiscent of a feel-good summer song, with what I think are Marvin Gaye vocals in the background. Or some old-school crooner. The sax in the background makes the song, along with said vocals. “World Famous” sounds like more of his older music, including the Pokemon reference. Alas, this is DeShay’s style; the “weirdness”, I suppose. Chicago MC Rockie Fresh and DeShay stunt on “They Notice” and two tracks later, DeShay spits to a womanfriend on “Ur Fresh”. Allen Ritter’s vocals on “VirGo Away For Awhile” perfectly complement DeShay’s flow, while DeShay once again spits to his dream girl.

“Canopy” is by far my favorite and in my opinion, best track on the entire album. I’m an unabashed atheist and the first line, “I had to ask God, why do he be testin’ me daily…” punched me in the mouth. Squarely. “Ain’t nobody made me feel the way this beat did”, DeShay rapped in the first verse. Trust this young MC; the beat will do something to you, too. I won’t lie; I’ve played this song over 50 times since downloading the album. DeShay wonderfully articulates his love for his music, and again, a woman: “We’re so far from Ken and Barbie, but you know that we’re perfect”. I’ve talked to seven of my friends who happen to be brandUn DeShay fans and the consensus is that this song is absolute greatness.

Young Toronto raptor Raz Fresco introduces his first-time listeners to his flow on “Why Bother”, while the saxophone and DeShay’s passionate flow make yet another return. Kids These Days member Vic Mensa, fresh off a summer performance at Lollapalooza, lends his bars to “FTW!” and arguably the best punchline on the entire album: “And baby tell me that I don’t be speakin’, so it seem/That I be thinking that I don’t know her like Joakim”. This is definitely a track that would’ve gotten some shindig love during the summer. The same goes for “1Up”. I wasn’t fond of the direction the album took on “Letter to God”, but you can’t dispute the sincerity of the lyrics. DeShay goes back to ironing shit out with a lover, this time a digital one, on “Take It Back”. We get a short instrumental on “LATER! *OVA*” and the finale, “Canopy Pt. II”, which is actually a bonus track. It’s not quite the first version, but DeShay doesn’t deviate from his formula; expressing his love for his music. And girl. Well, both, really.

I was extremely excited to find out about this release and even more excited to actually have it in my possession. It wasn’t Vol. 1 or Vol. 2. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t “Beats from brandUn DeShay”…which was just a mixtape full of 1:34 instrumentals. However, this debut was most definitely a solid one. I could’ve done without the pining for his dream girl, but again, this is DeShay’s style. I hear the desire for greatness in each and every bar. Maybe this wasn’t an A+ performance, but it was certainly an A+ effort, and I can’t wait to hear what the rapper/producer extraordinaire comes up with for his next project.