HiRISE & Sho Nuff drop What'cha Saying

HiRise & ShoNuff linked up to blessed us with a track that will have your foes asking What'cha saying? This great duo gave the listeners a stellar song which will win you over. It's a fun record that has a catchy hook and memorable verses. At the end of this tune they will send you to the afterworld. What'cha saying will have you vibing the whole time. They showed a grip of chemistry which made this collab special. After hearing this you will need at least another 5 more collabs from them. They managed to deliver a exceptional tune and made the listeners hungry for more. -Royal Cortez

When I saw this song in my timeline I was happy to see 2 artists I'm already familar with work together. I became familiar with HiRise because of The Afterworld podcast which he's a host on. If you're not familiar with it I suggest you check it out. But also check out his music because he is a great artist in his own right. I became acquainted to ShoNuff when I heard him on Cash Lansky's Movin. He kicks off What'cha saying with a memorable verse. ShoNuff wasted no time in going to work which was awesome. He had some cool lines I was digging the shogun line is the first one that caught my attention. His low blow line was dope to hear as a wrestling fan. The slapping like high 5s was a fun line which would be dope to see live. The hook is catchy as hell it really gets you in a good vibe. HiRise had a stellar closing verse. It ended it on a great note which has a cliff hanger effect. The reason it has that effect is because it's that good! It will make you want to hear more of their music. After I heard his verse I had to check out his other songs as well. I checked out the 2 other tracks he had on his Soundcloud which are also great. Make sure you guys check out Trust Nobody & I ain't playing. Which is what every closing verse should do. After hearing What'cha saying we need to hear more music from this formidable duo.

Reppa Ton & BIGeech release Rain Down

Richmond lyricist Reppa Ton has returned to the front lines by linking up with BiGeech for Rain Down. He is one of the most consistent artists you'll come across. Rep has released 2 projects this year Orphanage of dreams and most recently Tatoo. We will actually be releasing a review on Tatoo at the end of the week. His work ethic will win you over and turn you into a fan. Company FTL's head honcho has not slowed down one bit and it's amazing. This was my 1st time listening to BiGeech but it felt like I been bumping his music for years! That's how you know you are meant to be an artist's fan because it feels organic. He has made me want to listen to more of his music. But most importantly they showed me how well they work together. Reppa Ton & BiGeech will also make you want to listen to more collabs between these 2 awesome musicians. -Royal Cortez

Rain Down kicks off slowly with the sample playing multiple times. It ultimately gets you in the vibe by getting stuck in your head. The production on this track is awesome. I was digging this song right from the jump and I have a good feeling so will you. The hook is really catchy and it makes you want to rain down. Reppa Ton takes the first verse and delivers a memorable offering. He gives us a verse that reflects on how his life has been going and what others think. What I appreciate and respect about Rep is that he's not scared to be vulnerable in his music. It was refreshing to hear him talk about what his ex says about him. It shows that her simple words don't phase him. That will probably inspire other males to talk about the foul stuff their exes tell them. Being vulnerable is one of the best things an artist can do for a huge reason. It makes the listener connect on a emotional level. BiGeech shines on Rain Down by laying down well executed verses. He showcased a smoothly delivered flow which pleases ears. His verse has some great punchlines that will win over every hip hop head over. I have my inner hip hop head locked up but BiGeech brought him out. He made me get excited to hear more of his music. It was awesome to be impressed by an artist I haven't heard already! The future is looking very bright for both of these artists. Only one thing for sure we need more collabs between these 2 lyricists. Since this track was posted on Bandcamp it did not allow me to embed it so head over to Reppa Ton's profile to check it out. 

Cordero Eubanks releases Concrete

Cordero Eubanks from Chicago relocated to Tucson during the summer. He has not wasted no time and has went straight to work. The gifted lyricist has released his first song titled Concrete since he has moved down here. He showcases his great ear for production while giving us a refreshing track. His latest tune is a self reflective ballad which will win you over. You will turn into a fan after hearing this gem. It tells us a story about how when things get hard like concrete we have to keep pushing. I actually started listening to his music when It was brought to my attention he had moved to Tucson. Certain artists have the ability to win you over by having you listen to just one of their songs. With his latest offering will have that effect on you. -Royal Cortez


His latest song kicks off with a spoken word type intro. Some of the words stood out to me more than others. He talks about choosing not to be like other lifeless roses around him who usually drown. I interpreted that as him telling us he doesn't want to be gone when his time comes. He wants to live forever through his musc. Cordero Eubanks wants to bloom into a influence by teaching others to learn through his wrongs and etc. As a fan of poetry it was awesome to hear Cordero Eubanks do this. As many know a grip of artists learn how to write music by learning how to write poetry. Poetry has played a huge role in hip hop even icons like 2Pac have wrote poetry books! I saw Concrete dealing with the fact that things get hard. It's like he is telling the listeners that we just have to reflect on the situation and grow. The crazy thing is no one grows because of happiness. Growth is usually caused by pain and the struggle. This was a beautiful gem which made me get to know Cordero Eubanks on a deeper level. The future is looking very bright for the former Chicago native. He is a gifted musician and I have no doubt in my mind that Tucson hip hop fans will gladly embrace him!

Speakerbox X Mondays:Royal Cortez Song Of The Week #NewDangersEdition

Last Sunday Tucson native Woodro released a new track called New Dangers. His latest offering features Boston artist Michael Christmas. The Syndrome produced record shows us how well the lyricists mesh. He created a stellar beat for these mcs to do their thing. The first ever Woodro & Michael Christmas collab will fulfill every desire you have. But the crazy thing is it will also leave you wanting more! This new joint shows us that even when new dangers rise the pair can not be harmed. Coming off releasing 2000 this summer he has kept his foot on the gas pedal the whole time. For that very same reason I had to choose New Dangers as my song of the week. You might as well give the summer to him because he owned it. -Royal Cortez


Woodro's latest release presented a new danger to hip hop music. He has proved something which has been obvious for a long time. New Dangers showed listeners the ability he has to hold his own with beloved lyricists. Now you have no option but to recognize him as the threat he is. When dro told me about this song I was excited to hear it. It was exciting because I have both of these artist's music in constant rotation. That is one reason why this collab felt special. Syndrome did a excellent job on the production side of things. The beat is truly a work of art which helped make this record feel very special. The production helped add a edge which elevated this joint. Woodro kicks off New Dangers with a enjoyable verse. It's a memorable offering reason being he wasted no time in going to work. I enjoyed how his verse progresses it has a organic pace. It's also a great example of how natural a tune can turn out because of it. He shined by holding his own. The vibe this record gives off was a huge reason why I chose it as my song of the week. The chemistry they displayed on this will make listeners enjoy it a lot. Michael Christmas did a great job as expected. He had multiple lines that will stick out to you. The confidence he showed on New Dangers was awesome. This gifted lyricist has been out for a few years but he still manages to show growth. It's awesome to see him work with a artist like Woodro. Who knows maybe next time the roles will be switched and dro will be featured in his song! One of the main reasons why I chose New Dangers is because of how natural this collab felt. Another reason why I chose it is the production really got me vibing. I saw this track as the perfect song to have played on the radio this week for one major reason. Out of all the tunes I heard last week New Dangers stood out from the rest. The chemistry production & execution all positioned this gem as my song of the week.

Monsoon Season Review

A few weeks ago Marley B released a EP titled Monsoon Season which is produced entirely by DJ Hoppa. The Gldn Artist Group member linked up with the Broken Complex producer/DJ to bless us with an amazing project. This 6 track offering is Marley's first project release since 2016's Grow. The Tucson native rapper spazzed on every song that DJ Hoppa tossed him. They showed us that they are a deadly duo who work really well together. Their first offering together is one that will please you musically but make you want more at the same time. After hearing Monsoon Season only one thing is certain. We need more music from this great duo. Monsoon Season is one of the best projects to come out this year. They are both stellar artists in their own right but together they created a magical feeling. Marley B had a release party for this project at Club Congress which had a bill that included Phat Cat Records,Jaca Zulu,Sho Nuff,Squad Deep. He also had his Gldn Artist Group compadres Jae Tilt and Cash Lansky on the bill. If you have not heard Monsoon Season you should be charged with treason. -Royal Cortez

His latestMonsoon Season kicks off with Drugs which once you press play will make you think you're off the drugs drugs drugs drugs. This is a perfect track to kick off this anticipated project reason being it's a fun tune which will make you get in that feel good vibe. Great music makes you feel something when you listen to it and the 1st song does exactly that. Since both of these artists are known for their love of drugs this song was one that we were hoping for. Some of the best songs are usually created when the people who work on it are focusing on something they both love or are passionate about. It is obvious they both love drugs and music. So what is the best way to show that? The answer is right in your face. It's obvious man if you don't see it you're blind. The answer is by making a record about the drugs drugs drugs! This is one of the catchiest joints to come out this summer hands down. If you have not seen Marley B perform Drugs live you're missing out like a kid with no friends. The 2nd song on this tape is Gods watch which has a more darker vibe on it. I enjoyed this track I haven't heard this side of Marley B before so he caught me off guard. It's very refreshing to see him talk about more serious subjects. DJ Hoppa did a great job on this beat it matches Marley B very well. I enjoyed how when he was rapping on the first verse he was rapping from a Syrian kid's perspective. This is probably one of the most creative songs to come out of 2017. Many artists would not do a track like this because they would be scared of the backlash. Music like this is need reason being it's deeper then rap. He Is painting perspectives which are not being told and It's amazing. Marley B should be praised for this record. on God's Watch he is giving many kids who are dealing with unfortunate circumstances. I was not expecting him to switch perspectives which is a good thing. Hearing him rap from the soldiers perspective was really cool. Every now and then I think about joining the military so I can pay for college and etc. But one thing always makes me ignore that option. I always think about the same things that he said. I can never see myself in the position to choose between my life or a kid's life that has been programmed into hating me because of where I'm from. That is why even if we don't agree why they are fighting certain wars these individuals are a brave group. His unpredictability made this joint very enjoyable.  Monsoon Season starts pouring and flooding your ears with fun songs and Let it go is no different. It's a dope record which makes you want to let go of your ego,hate, and insecurities. But most importantly it makes you want to let go of everything that is stressing you out. I don't advertise "drug" use but sometimes we just all need to roll it up and toke.  This is one of my favorite stand outs from this ep reason being it's a feel good record. The production on Let It go stood out to me heavy. It is funky enjoyable and unique which are traits you can expect from DJ Hoppa. He has displayed a huge amount of diversity which makes his music very interesting. It's dope to see him being able to add variety to this offering. He is able of creating joints that will get you hype while others are more serious. He switches it up once again with Inner Struggle. On this track he is self reflecting by telling us what he's struggling with internally. Marley B spoke on how he mostly focuses on being positive which is a great thing. That's what made this tune stick out to me reason being he decided to tell us what is fighting with. It will remind listeners that he is also human who fights against doubt just like they do. The beat has a darker vibe which helped give it a edge.  Summer had many projects released during the summer but Monsoon Season was one of the highlights. The Tucson Native shined on the DJ Hoppa produced EP.  He covered a lot of subjects which helped add range to his latest release. This project was truly a journey that the listener got to experience with him. He told us about his struggles,problems,tribulations, and even his love for the drugs drugs drugs drugs. If you have not heard Monsoon Season I recommend you do you can buy it on Itunes or stream it on Spotify.

 Favorite Song? Run

My favorite song off Monsoon Season has to be Run hands down. I gravitated towards this joint more than the others because of the vibe. I'm a fan of darker records so when I heard this track I put it on repeat at least 58 times. Marley B showed me a different side of him which made me enjoy this jewel more. The production on Run played a huge part in me choosing it as my favorite. DJ Hoppa did a excellent job in creating a beat that can help the listener question what they're running from. I enjoyed the lyrics reason being I'm able to connect on a personal level to it so It made me vibe more. All those reasons are why I chose Run as my favorite. 

Rating? 4 Crowns

Monsoon Season has earned a 4 Crowns rating for the growth and variety that Marley B displayed. The production on this ep was stellar. The content showed us that the Tucson native is a diverse artist who can talk on multiple subjects. His latest release is a prime example of why you should be following this musician. This project is complete from top to bottom. The production is stellar. DJ hoppa did a magnificent job on every single track. His production was one of the biggest highlights on this joint. Marley B's maturity as a artist was one of the biggest things that made his latest offering so enjoyable. His ability to touch on different things made this a fun listening experience. He packed so much into this ep it's breath taking. After hearing Monsoon Season you will know him a bit more as a person and as a artist.