Saturday, August 23, 2014

Work the Middle.

When it comes time for the next presidential election, I'm totally writing in Lil Debbie's name for president. People be thinking I'm playing when I say that I love her. And with her latest single, Work the Middle, my love for her couldn't be any more real. Directed by Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson, the video follows suit with other visuals from Debbie as they all show a fun and quirky side to her.

I particularly like this song from her because I can clearly hear that she is becoming a better rapper. Her flow is not insane and her lyrics are not so complex, but I can tell she is understanding how she can work with the production and be herself when making music.

And people will always hate on her because she is this petite white girl from Cali. But unlike other rap artists who don't exactly fit the typical rapper mold-Lil Debbie clearly understands who she is, where she is from, and is not afraid to be herself. She is not out here trying to be something she is not whether it comes to her music or appearance. And because of that, I love and respect her. And I love her take on that bit from Aaliyah's Rock the Boat.

Lil Debbie for President 2016.

For more Lil Debbie, check out:
lildebbie.org
twitter.com/L1LDebbie
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Friday, August 22, 2014

I Hope God Listens to My Rap Songs.

If God has a Soundcloud account, GA artist, SUBMiT hopes that he is following him and rocks with his work. SUBMiT dropped visuals for his song, I Hope God Listens to My Rap Songs, and expresses his own curiosity of God's plans for his music career. With Tristan Ervin Visuals behind the direction of the visuals, SUBMiT is alone on a beach having somewhat of a one on one convo with the Most High.

I instantly get some KanYe vibes from this song and video and usually that's a bad thing for me but I think SUBMiT was really aiming for simplicity and honesty and he did just that. In the song, he is not coming off all "preachy" or questioning God's power and existence, SUBMiT is truly speaking from the heart and how he hopes God is as involved in his career as his manager is. I love this and I wish more rap artists were more honest or even just talked about their own spirituality in their music.

Shout out to the STNDRD... and they clearly don't call themselves the STNDRD for nothing.

For more SUBMiT, check out:
twitter.com/essyoubee
STNDRDMusic.com
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Friday, August 15, 2014

River.

Came across this gem of music from Cuban-French sister duo, Ibeyi, titled River! It's their second official single out and it's amazing-they are amazing! They incorporate their heritage and other cultures so heavily in their music yet their music could appeal to anyone.

Fun facts time! Ibeyi (the group) are daughters of Cuban percussionist, Anga Diaz. After their father's death, they followed their father's footsteps and learned to play Caj√≥n. Their name, Ibeyi, is Yoruba (Ethnic group of Nigeria) meaning "twins". Along with learning their father's signature instrument, they learned Yoruba folk songs and incorporate them into their own music.

A-maz-ing! The visuals for their song River is simple, intriguing, and lowkey haunting. Originality like this is so rare nowadays and I'm so glad I came across Ibeyi. Not only are their songs dope but they have some crazy talent. And I love how they each have their own distinct voice but their voices together blend so well.

I can't for them to drop an album-I bet it will be mind blowing.

For more Ibeyi, check out:
ibeyi.fr
twitter.com/ibeyiofficial
facebook.com/ibeyimusic
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leaving.

I love Spooky Black. I was trying to think of some clever opener to this post but I just had to get that little fact out there. I am in love with his project, Black Silk, and plan on blasting some tracks at my wedding and on my honeymoon-whenever that happens.

Being from St. Paul, MN and his appearence, you would think that he knew nothing about R&B music and how to properly tie a durag-but he does. And he makes some amazing music. He represents another angle to this alternative R&B wave that has been lead by the likes of The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.

Spook Black's latest project, Leaving, is a more stripped down presentation of his talent and style. And his lyrics seem to be more introspective and emotional on this project. But even with this more somber vibe from him, Spooky Black still shines. His voice is just so ill and he has great control of it. This project is perfect rainy day or late night drive music. Whether Spooky blows up in this industry or not, I feel like I will be a fan of his for a long time. But I do wish him much success because I know how this world and industry works.

Get into this durag smoothness, y'all.

For more Spooky Black, check out:
soundcloud.com/spookyblack
facebook.com/spookyblack
twitter.com/spookyblack
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Computers.

Brooklyn, NY is making another comeback to Hip Hop and it is quite interesting. We were first truly introduced to the GS9 movement when a six second clip from Bobby Shmurda's Hot Nigga video turned into one of the most epic Vines and IG videos of the year. The clip showing Shmurda and his boys doing the now infamous, Shmoney Dance became so popular that the song blew up and yes, Bobby Shmurda got a deal. You know how this goes by now.

Well, the movement does not stop at Bobby. Fellow GS9 rep, Rowdy Rebel-I just love their names, got some heat for the online and offline streets titled Computers! And duh, Bobby is on the track. I really like this song. It's interesting that they are really not into hooks, they just keep going and going and some how keep your attention the whole time. Maybe it's the beat... maybe.

I just find these guys interesting overall. When I first saw the Shmoney clip, I automatically thought that these guys were from Chicago. Chicago doesn't have any real dances coming from there but it reminded me of this jig girls in Chicago be doing (i.e. Katie Got Bands "Pop Out" video). And I knew they weren't from Atlanta because they don't sound like it and we got more than enough dances out right now. When you see dudes dancing, you don't think Brooklyn. Also, their music sounds a lot like music coming out of Chicago. But you know A$AP Mob presented a new flavor from Harlem, and I suppose we can say that GS9 is doing the same for Brooklyn.

All I know is that I like it!

For more Rowdy Rebel, check out:
twitter.com/RowdyShmoney
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Final Comeback. ...Hopefully.

Bruh. BRUHHHHH!!!! It's done. It's over. The girl they call Es is done with college! TURN UP! The one thing that I felt like held me back (yeah, higher education can feel like it's holding you back), I'm finally done with it.

Now it's hustle season till I'm comfortable enough to retire and my name is carved in stone to live on forever. So with that said, I'm back at this blogging gig. I missed it terribly. I tried to comeback before but my brain was fried from all the classes. With more time and more brain power, I'm ready to come back y'all. 

I plan to keep sharing all the dope music and things I come across. Going to restart WeAreDope because there are so many creatives whose brains I want to pick and other bloggers and brands I want to collab with.

I hate that this is like my 100th "comeback" on this blog but I'm praying it's my last because I'm ready to be on my shit for the long run. 

As always, much love to everyone who has supported me all these years (six years to be exact) and those who supported me along the way. And also shout out to everyone who continued to share their work with me even though I wasn't even blogging. That means a lot to me and I automatically fuck with you on basic human to human level for that. 

I'm ready y'all. More than ever. Let's do this. Let's make history.
Es

p.s. this gif perfectly demonstrates how I feel about finishing school and returning to my industry life full time.
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Friday, June 13, 2014

September.

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Most of us are just truly getting into the groove of the summer and not too focused on the next season, but Atlanta based artist, Marian Mereba already has plans for the fall with her latest single, September. A rude awakening to a disrespectful and ungrateful lover is what this song serves as. The confidence of the lyrics is matched so well with the easy going, reggae inspired production, which was handled by ForteBowie. 

I know I have talked my shit about Marian's music before but it was really constructive criticism because I really do want to be a fan of hers. With this new single, I really like the direction she is going in. And I'm liking this kind of energy on her as well. I look forward to her forthcoming album and hopefully it'll be so dope that when I do talk my shit, its me bragging about how ill she is. Until then, let's be well prepared for September.

For more Marian Mereba, check out:
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Friday, June 6, 2014

Chandelier.

As everyone is falling in love with Sia's hit single, Chandelier, and her back-to-audience performances, it is expected that there will be many remixes dropping like rain drops during a storm. But one of my favorite bands, BASECAMP gave some new energy and flare to the fan favorite.

I've heard a few remixes of this song so far but this is the first remix that gave Chandelier a vibe that I wasn't expecting-and I love that! Sia is amazing and BASECAMP turned her up in such a dope way. Enjoy!

For more BASECAMP, check out:
twitter.com/basecampmusique
soundcloud.com/basecampmusique
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Good Morning Midnight.

There's always that time of the day when you want to greet someone and you literally pause to think if it's appropriate to say "Good Evening" or "Good Morning". When I reach that moment, I've learned to say "fuck it, what's good!" 

And it appears that Atlanta resident,  A.Ware has been able to musically personify the before, during, and after feels of that strange moment in the day with his debut solo project, Good Morning Midnight. The 14 track project was done in collaboration with producers, Ronnie P and Proski.

What I really love and appreciate about this project is the diverse selection in the songs sampled throughout the project and how the samples were tailored to A. Ware's flow and the original production. Artists sampled range from Avant to FTSE-can we talk about the fucking Avant sample in Yellow Watermelon though? Fucking amazing! They get all the dope points for that execution.

But overall, this project is filled with feel good vibes which makes it an easy and enjoyable listen. Most of us may know A.Ware from the duo Mach Five (with Corey Davis) but I think he will be making quite a name for himself if he continues to give the people all this smoothness. And he should stick with Ronnie P and Proski. The three of them is like the recipe for greatness.

Whether you're on your way to bed or just waking up, it's time to enjoy Good Morning Midnight.

Rating:
A. Ware's Good Morning Midnight
8.7/10

For more A. Ware, check out:
twitter.com/awaremach5
soundcloud.com/awaremach5
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Love the Machine.

Just now as I finished listening to EDM artist, Madeaux's debut album, I stood up and applauded him and his work. The album is titled Love the Machine and includes artist features from Shelley Harland, Molly Williams, GALLANT, and Fifi Rong.

You all know I am all about the evolution of an artist and their work and Madeaux is the best example of that right now. Hot damn, his evolution is amazing! This album is a long way from some of his earlier remixes and mixes. It's vibrant, moving, and just fucking awesome.

EDM is not for everyone, which is understandable, but I think everyone should at least check out Madeaux's work. He really makes music that anyone and everyone can rock with. And trust, he only gets better with every release.

I'm still freaking out at how amazing this is and I am over-the-moon happy for Madeaux. Get into this!!!

Rating:
Madeaux's Love the Machine LP
9.5/10

For more Madeaux, check out:
twitter.com/MadeauxOfficial
soundcloud.com/madeaux
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ID.

When I graduated high school, I was full of ambition and wanted to be as successful as possible. My theme song for my whole collegiate career was KanYe's Can't Tell Me Nothing and it was so perfect for my attitude towards my career and life in general. Now that my college years are coming to a close and I have accomplished a few impressive things, I felt like I needed a new song to represent my revised attitude. And a few days ago, I found it.

Was listening to a mix and this song by Canadian emcee, SoulerXX titled ID came on- I had a moment. The hook is perfect for me and anyone who is out here working their ass off and people think you have reached your success limit. But the fact of the matter is, you haven't really even started yet and there is so much you are capable of. This is our anthem. So I had to dig a little into Soundcloud to find this artist and song and once I did, I had it on repeat for hours.

SoulerXX is an interesting artist. Definitely doesn't give off the typical Canadian Hip Hop vibe, maybe cause he's not from Toronto. I will definitely check out more of his work and will be on the lookout for future releases of his but I will forever love him for ID. I got a new anthem... this is important. Enjoy!

For more SoulerXX, check out:
twitter.com/soulerxx
soundcloud.com/soulerxx
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wild.

You know when you listen to certain songs and as soon as you press play, you don't just hear the song but you see it? That happened to me when I first listened to Criss Lyric's latest single, Wild! Jaynez' dark production paired with Criss' drowsy yet rapid flow creates a vibe that when visualized is a late night pool party.

Neon lights glowing in the water and marijuana clouds over the heads and bodies only dressed in swimsuits, and the clinking of empty beer bottles being kicked to the side-someone let me write the treatment for this video! If Criss wants to do a video for this of course. But if you are plan on having a pool party after dark or will be attending one, be sure to have this song with you. Trust me, it's the perfect setting for this song. It's so summer ready bruh, damn!

For more Criss Lyric, check out:
twitter.com/CrissLyric
crslyrc.tumblr.com
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Spend It.

Anyone up for a game of Monopoly? Ok as we play though, we gotta bump this new joint from Northside of Atlanta's own, SUBMiT titled Spend It! Song features another member of The STNDRD, Pharoh and Chicago emcee, Taylor Bennett!

Yes, SUBMiT is back at it again and he seems hungry for some success more than ever. And this makes me as a fan very, very turnt. All summer, SUBMiT will be sure to stay on our radars with multiple song releases all up until the release of his next project, Apt. 139, this fall.

But until then, choose a playing piece cause I'm about to cop all these properties on yo' bitch ass-I totally suck at this game. Enjoy!

ALSO Atlanta, The STNDRD will be having a headlining show tomorrow called BAR ONE! It's a concert series they will be doing and seems really dope! I will be there, and I think you should be there too! See flyer for details!

For more SUBMiT, check out:
twitter.com/essyoubee
soundcloud.com/essyoubee
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Her.

This is honestly one of those moments were I just feel like having something I am truly fucking with on my blog. One of those "fuck structure/tradition of how I usually do this" moments. This gem by a producer/engineer duo, The Code titled Her is beyond amazing.

When I listen to this song, I can't help but to groove to it. And I can listen to it over and over and over again for hours. I'm not saying it's the greatest shit I ever heard but damn it's incredibly dope. If you haven't caught wind of this song right here, press play and thank Based God for this opportunity brought to you now.

Damn I love this shit!

For more The Code, check out:
twitter.com/thecxde
soundcloud.com/thecxde
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Monday, May 19, 2014

Double Bubble Trouble.

Grab your ski masks and 3D print out some guns because it's time to hang out with M.I.A. in her new video, Double Bubble Trouble, with The Partysquad! Song is off her latest album, Matangi, which if you haven't indulged in by now, I suggest you do so this very moment!

I live for M.I.A. visuals! She always aims to evoke some kind of emotion out of the viewer. Whether it's an urge to revolt against system or a visually induced acid trip, her videos will make you feel some type of way. And amongst all those feelings, you still want to jump up and dance your ass off.

I mean, it's M.I.A. Expect nothing but dopeness. Enjoy!

For more M.I.A., check out:
miauk.com
soundcloud.com/miauk
twitter.com/MIAuniverse
instagram.com/miamatangi
'Always More, Never Less'-Es