Editorial, Main

Siimba Liives Long – Cocaine Bimbie

“I’m not fist pumping; I’m raising my fist.” – Siimba Liives Long The “it” factor is undeniable, unavoidable and can’t…

“I’m not fist pumping; I’m raising my fist.”

– Siimba Liives Long

The “it” factor is undeniable, unavoidable and can’t be fabricated. No matter how much money you dump into an artist, if they aren’t unique enough to truly stand out, then they’ll have a rough time building a loyal fanbase. A relative newcomer on the scene, Siimba Liives Long, is one such with an undeniable “it” factor. An Ethiopian-American artist who was born in NY resided in Brooklyn and grew up in Addis (Ethiopia’s capital) is about to take off – and for so many reasons. Here’s three.

First off, he’s talented as hell. He has bars, and judging what I’ve heard from him this far, he seems to be along the vein of golden era inspired reality rap that artists like Joey Bada$$ inhabit; however, he has a unique sound. Second, he has a dope sense of style. Draped in traditional garb, and with a demeanour that almost puts me in the mind of late 90’s Afu-Ra, he stands out.

Lastly, his first single/video Cocaine Bimbie off his upcoming sonic-series Zemenay’s Gemiinii is flames. Even the fact that he calls it a sonic series is cool!

The video itself deserves all the attention I already know it’s going to get. It premiered yesterday on Noisy and is a must-watch. I mean homie is walking around with lions and eating fire – it’s hypnotizing. This isn’t a “rent lions and ball out in a Lear jet” kind of video either. He’s in straight up Africa, with lions! He shot the video in Ethiopia, South Africa and Brooklyn because they all play(ed) such a big role in his life and his journey. Also, again, keep in mind that he’s an unsigned artist – so no fancy label budgets here. He still managed to make one of the dopest visuals we’ve seen all year. Just saying, though.

Siimba Liives Long is an artist to keep on your radar. Just remember where you heard it first.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
Related Articles
Main

Akhil Sesh – “Amazing”

Akhil Sesh is back to debut a brand-new visual in the form of “Amazing.” It’s a slick record on which…

Akhil Sesh is back to debut a brand-new visual in the form of “Amazing.” It’s a slick record on which Akhil glides across the uptempo, percussion-driven production, displaying his knack for melodies and songwriting, as his lyrics come to life across the rooftops of the city, all adding up to one “Amazing” song and video.

Continue Reading
Main

Jazz Regal – “Lifetime”

Jazz Regal is likely a new name to your radar, but he’ll surely catch your attention with his newest effort…

Jazz Regal - "Lifetime"

Jazz Regal is likely a new name to your radar, but he’ll surely catch your attention with his newest effort Lifetime. It’s a short but sweet project on which Jazz’s gritty tone and vocals lead the way for his hard-hitting, reflective rhymes, adding up for a well-crafted listen from start to finish. Give it a spin here, and look out for more from him soon!

Continue Reading
Main, Reviews

D-Brown & 30 Boy Will Ooze Chemistry On “Full Court Pressure”

D-Brown and 30 Boy Will — two artists on my radar — have absolutely found a way to make an…

D-Brown and 30 Boy Will — two artists on my radar — have absolutely found a way to make an overcrowded lane feel like an empty highway. Their latest collaborative effort Full Court Pressure landed across my desk this week, and I’ve been cranking it ever since.

The vibe is very familiar sonically. Hard beats that remain extremely cohesive, keeping the project fairly levelled — making for a skip-free top to bottom experience, without having to readjust yourself. The sub category the duo fall into often have a tendency to keep the thematic elements of their projects quite predictable. While these two do pick the low hanging fruit at a few points (for lack of a better analogy) there is this undeniable rawness in their bars … an almost explosion of authenticity that trumps much of the fabricated storytelling new jacks have made trendy.

It’s an aura reminiscent of Jeezy in his heyday.

At a solid seven songs (with very little fat to trim) the project is an easy listen — but offers a hearty meal for those craving some substance to go along with their playlist-ready bassy beats.

There are plenty of gems here. The aptly titled “Official” was one that I immediately found myself running back a few times — as I did with the look-at-me-now vibe of “Bag Today.” The obligatory but tastefully flipped song about the females, “Preferences,” sees the two professing their taste for women with money and things of their own (among other assets).

One of the shiniest moments on the project is the infectious “Memphis,” which sports a chorus from the LP’s sole feature — the older brother of Juicy J and the co-founder of Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat — helping segue the two incredible verses by D and 30.

The track has been my most played this week (it wasn’t even close).

Their chemistry is undeniable and their ear for the perfect production to complement their tales of perseverance, street life and subdued (but still prominent) themes of opulence are on full display. While the two can really rap, it doesn’t feel like past tense, but rather present tense play by plays.

“Money doesn’t make you real,” D laments in the intro of “Official.” It’s this mantra of keeping it 100 and letting it speak for itself that drives Full Court Pressure. Cue it up, press play and enjoy.

Continue Reading
Main, New Music

Pat Savii – ‘Idle Time’ [ALBUM STREAM]

Bred in Lacey, Washington but currently residing in Southern California, artist Pat Savii has always been focused on business, first…

Bred in Lacey, Washington but currently residing in Southern California, artist Pat Savii has always been focused on business, first starting to build his brand in 2014 fresh out of high school . Now with a his foot firmly in the Los Angeles area, Pat Savii has rebranded under a new imprint called Ghostowne Mobb, where his new project Idle Time will be released. With past experience working with record labels like Sony Music, Pat remains in contact with a several record labels as he continues to push his music and develop his sound. “Idle Time is a reflection of my perception and knowledge of life through hip-hop.” Pat Savii explained. “I’ve been careful articulating and I’ve been patient leading up to the release of this project because I’ve wanted this project to be perfect.” Executively produced 24seven, Pat Savii says this album, “compares and contrasts how your reality can change based off of the way you utilize your time. Essentially the album is based off of the concept ‘you will reap what you sow.’ We are hitting all experiences and walks of life, the album touches all emotions while delivering a purposeful message.”

Continue Reading
More in Editorial, Main
Eric The Tutor: Class Is In Session

Let's face it, the term DJ is very subjective – and that's probably the Internet's fault. But let's be clear...

Close