Look: Art & Soul Recap

We know it’s cold,

You know it’s cold,

Which made last night the perfect time to bust out that fur that’s been sitting in your closet and stunt.

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Floridians aren’t known having a strong poker face when going up against 30-degree weather. But there we were, perilously seeking heat in furs, Dusse, and the welcoming environment of a Left Lane Ent event.

Shaking off the fright, the performers on the bill kept the audience riled up. Between side splitting humor, awe inspiring fancy footwork, and outstanding vocal performances, the vibe at last night’s Art & Soul felt especially warm.

However, what made this past Art & Soul so special was the man on the 1’s and 2’s, DJ Sandman, from 95.7 The Beat. The night left nothing to be desired and now we’ll be waiting till next week to really heat things up with Haze Ala, Jinx, and more at WLCM2KNXVLL.

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Check out our photo recap of Art & Soul below.

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Listen: YOURHOMIEPONDER BAPHOMET EP

Is it weird that all the songs you should be bumping this week come from the same EP?

Earlier this week the suicide messiah, YOURHOMIEPONDER, released BAPHOMET, an EP cultivated base on principle of polarity and the convection that blasphemy is a good thing.

Get to know YOURHOMIEPONDER with us.

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He is a rapper and producer from Tampa, Florida. He has been honing his skills as both for nearly a decade, reinventing himself as an artist multiple times along the way. At this point it appears as though he has found himself exactly where he belongs.

SCB: How did you come up with the name?

YOURHOMIEPONDER: The name YOURHOMIEPONDER doesn’t really have any super deep meaning to it, my friends at the time I created it just called me Ponder because it’s my last name and I started using that, then it just became YOURHOMIEPONDER at some point because it sounded better to me and I didn’t want to have some generic “lil” or “young” name.

SCB: What inspires your music?

YHP: My music comes from a very dark place, and expresses the world I see around me and some of my own experiences and struggles through content containing extremely graphic depictions of violence, sex, drug use, mental illness, and suicide. I’m influenced by artist such as Nine Inch Nails, Father, Marilyn Manson, and of course my contemporaries in Florida lyrically. The music I make is a mix of horrorcore, trap, and industrial music.BAPHOMET COVER copy 1.jpg

SCB: Future plans for creative endeavors?

YHP: I plan on just continuing down this path of artistry I’ve started on always looking for growth. I just love art, I always wanted to just become art myself, like everything I do.

Breaking Down the EP.

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Rip Young Ghoul

PONDER seems to take pleasure in being exactly what you hate, maybe that why the lyrics seems so playful on this track. Sensitive off-to-the side melodies, mixed with hip hop drums and conventional trap flows to offset the moving atmosphere are all the elements the making “Rip Young Ghoul” such an interesting track.

Check out “Rip Young Ghoul” below

 

Blaspheme

Regardless of what level of the holy trinity you are currently ranked at, “Blaspheme” raises the listener to a god like level. Ironically enough, the rigid and aggressive tone of the track moves with a presences similar to Kayne West’s slow and skin crawling Yeezy album. The rapper claims “Blaspheme” speaks to his belief that everyone is their own individual god and yet the lowest form of life to everyone else.

Check out “Blaspheme” now

 

Antichrist Messiah

Stressing the notion that evil and good is ultimately subjective, is the slow and rewinding track entitled “Antichrist Messiah”.

The song, structurally, is a bit offsetting. PONDER’s verses sway from descriptively violent thoughts that swerve on the path less travel just to return to a buoyant chorus in the nick of time.  “It’s all about this idea that ‘evil exist,’ what’s evil to you isn’t to me and what is to me isn’t to someone else,” said Ponder.

Check out Antichrist Messiah below

 

Cult of Maggots

Compared to the rest of the EP, “Cult of Maggots” stands out as the climax of decay, pain, violence, and the benevolent actions we take to rectify those feelings. Right down to the duality of the vocals, and upbeat drum pattern clapping against the waning synths, PONDER directs the listener towards embracing that diminishing guilt and feeling the emptiness that is replaced by pleasures.   “Cult of Maggots” is hands down our favorite track with Blaspheme trailing closely behind.

Check out Cult of Maggots now

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Watch: Indomitable From Arsenio Soundz X Achilles The Conqueror

We did it on our own last year. Issa new year,  so we’re going to do it bigger.

Just incase you missed our Four Horsemen project check out “Indomitable” by Arsenio Soundz & Achilles The Conqueror. 

This track might just be the 2018 Four Horsemen Tour anthem.

 

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Look : The Basement Recap

Here’s a trick question: How did you spend the first Friday of the New Year?

Whether you already broke your new years resolutions or you feel like that new gym membership is gradually paying off there’s only one answer that really counts, “I was at Left Lane Ent Presents The Basement, Duh!”

Between the music, the dancing, the heavy handed bartenders, and the food, we don’t see new season of Black Mirror couldn’t wait until pon de river pon de bank the right way for 2018.

Well just incase you weren’t face first in curry goat or getting low when DJ Mellohype said so, we’ve got a dope recap straight the basement of Iberian Rooster.

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Listen : 3 Songs You Should Be Bumping Presented By Hagan Lee

During conversations here and there we slowly began to grasp how much local artists listen to other local artists. In effort to uncover how deep that rabbit hole goes we started asking artists to recommend their personal “you have to bump this” playlist. The first person we asked of course was the bag boss, Hagan Lee.

His choice of songs we should be bumping come straight from St. Pete’s finest. Some you might be familiar with; some you might be discovering only for the first time. Hagan went into his bag for this one though, so let’s peep it together.

First off, we’re starting off with “Suave House” from Mighty Jai. Produced by SKMGinc and illustrated by “Sabrina and Joe’s son”, Suave House is a smooth mixed of detailed reality folded between sultry drum claps and hi hats.

The track offers an introspective view that allows you to peep Mighty Jai’s vision. The smooth, boss talk definitely makes the song worth the replay for those trying to get in tune with themselves.

Check out “Suave House” from Mighty Jai now.

Second, we have “Got A Lotta Love” from Jack Fletcher

Another Smooth banger that inspires the inner hustler within us all.

Capturing sights from Central Ave to the blocks where you might find Hagen Lee roaming, we love that the love can be felt within the visual for the track. Fletcher verses paints the strife from the slums but also the good that presents itself from the city.

Check out Jack Fletcher’s “Got A lotta Love”.

Last but definitely not least “Morning Rain” from Acoupstix.

First of all, this video is dope. The visuals for “Morning Rain” starts with interesting twist, a rain cloud hanging over Acoupstix, literally hanging over the man.

“Morning Rain” might just be the pause in grey skies you were looking for as Acoupstix verses on the track present a perplexed perspective any soul dealing with personal relationship troubles can related to. The track produced by Ty Stokes, slaps with a boom bap snare and lightly saturated with a piano sample. Director, Moji Wilson did an amazing Job capturing the vibe of this track.

Check out “Morning Rain” from Acoupstix now.

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Read : Artists take on Bruno Mars Finesse Remix

After a long day of teasing fans via social media, Bruno Mars and Cardi B released a very In Living Color inspired video for their song “Finesse (remix)“.

 

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After all that teasing the video is currently trending at number one on youtube and has accumulated over five million views with maybe a view thousands coming from us here at Savage City Blog and you guys out all around Tampa Bay.

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The 90s inspired video and sound has peaked interest across the board, so we decided to ask a few Bay Area artists what they thought about Finesse (remix).

Here’s what they had to say…

26167641_10212798544231773_4145736965264531918_n.jpg Pusha Preme said,

“I sawwwwww!

I’m happy she switched it up. It’s kinda salt n pepperish but it not a stripper it’s a rapper and that’s all I wanted from her (to escape that trap of selling sex over content).”

20525714_10106820934160111_4224791911502902818_n Senyo Fugar, Lead Vocalist of Bangarang said,

On first watch, it’s cool… def old school vibe, the “bridge” is dope, I NEED to listen again.

Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 6.24.33 PM.png Your girl and ours Heart_Eyes_Emoji_2_large.png, Dynasty said,

It’s pretty dope. I like it!

As the day progresses we’re see more conversations about the video, Cardi B and the way Bruno Mars pays an homage In Living Color.

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We just like knowing Tampa is paying attention and communicating with one another.

If you haven’t already check out Finesse (remix) from Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B below and let us know what you think.

(Communication Is Bae)

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