For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

UK artist Kate Tempest drops an irresistibly dark ditty that brims with ambiance. “Bad Place For A Good Time” is reminiscent of Portishead with a spoken word/Hip Hop flair. And, that’s a good thing!

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Mic Stew made the Insomniac Weekly Top Ten List two weeks ago with “Just A Dream.” We thought it would be impossible for the lyricist to outdo himself, but he just took off one of his “All Black Chucks” and smacked us upside the head with it…Is it possible to look stupid and feel good at the same time? Yep…’Cause that’s what’s happening. You MUST check out the special advance of “All Black Chucks.” We’re just gonna sit here for awhile…

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You can’t keep a great emcee down…That’s why, despite his past drama, Charles Hamilton is BACK!!! He put his foot in this new joint…but it’s just a taste of the magic that’s about to happen. Trust.

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We premiered “Up To Date” yesterday to give you an example of how incredible Mike Zombie is…but here’s the “Rebel Without A Cause” LP for further proof. After listening, we KNOW you’ll be a fan…so do what real fans do…BUY the album & show your support!

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The Acorns

Hip Hop has a habit of taking itself too seriously at times. During the 80’s and 90’s there were a wide range of artists(Bizmarkie, Kid ‘N Play, Fresh Prince, etc) who celebrated the fun side of what the music offered. As time went on, diversity within the genre was replaced by a kind of “sameness,” reflected by the glut of cookie-cutter clutter from “make-believe” Hip Hop thugs who soon dominated the industry. Listeners began to believe that those early years of lighthearted entertainment were gone forever. Luckily, fans can depend on The Acorns to go against the grain. The duo of MC Mad Squirrel and DJ BlakeNine created an innovative new project for our listening pleasure. Each track will put a smile on your face and convince the public that joy & amusement have returned to Hip Hop…in the form of The Acorn’s “Oak Follies EP.”

“Uncommon Women” kicks off the proceedings with a simple but effective beat and catchy synth rhythms. MC Mad Squirrel plays along with the melody and delivers a humorous tale of love & romance in his understated sing-song like manner. “So dry your eyes/ Take a break, there’s no mistake/ Here, here comes your sister with those two preppy guys…” “Grapevine Too” continues with the duo’s “less is more” approach. DJ BlakeNine applies his minimalistic style to a track that wouldn’t be out of place as the theme to a TV medical drama, while Mad Squirrel adds lyrical support. “Big Ball Paul” is a slight departure from the previous songs, in the sense that Squirrel incorporates Washington Wizards Basketball player, Paul Pierce, into his creative world of airy & artful rhymes. The rapper spins an amusing yarn about the athlete that includes a silly but memorable chorus(“They call him Big Ball Paul, Big Ball Paul/But who’s got the biggest balls of them all?”) guaranteed to have listeners asking themselves, ‘What was he thinking?’

“Virginia Angler” possesses the funkiest production on the EP. BlakeNine tailor-made the track to fit Mad Squirrel’s flow…and the rapper sounds more energetic & self-assured than he did on earlier cuts. The excitement literally radiates from his vocal cords as the jubilant track bounces along. This is the song that will drive the audience into a frenzy when performed live! “Oak Follies” is an incredibly cool closing track. BlakeNine implements an irresistible groove and drum pattern that will make you beg for more…but just as the listener gets primed for another cut…IT ENDS! The Acorns won me over with the “Oak Follies” EP. When I’m looking for pure entertainment, I know where to turn. This group knows how to bring it!

– Kevin Keith

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