2 Years of Luke Tailor’s ‘TextBook Money’

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So, this past Saturday night I bought my old domain name back (my old .COM) and figured why not start blogging again? I’m not sure if I still want to blog solely about music or if I want to use this blog to just post random writings of mine. For now, though, I just wanted to acknowledge the two-year anniversary of TextBook Money, one of my favorite debut mixtapes from Sacramento hip-hop/spoken word artist Luke Tailor.

I swear, it feels like just yesterday I was standing at the front of the stage at Young Roddy‘s Red Eye show at Sol Collective when he took to the stage and instantly made me a fan. Out of all of the openers that performed that night, he was the only one whose performance stood out to me, the only opener whose name I remembered once the night was over.

Man, I was so intrigued by what I had heard that I found him on Twitter and Facebook the very next day and hit him up expressing how DOPE I thought he was. I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that we resided in the very same county and I had never heard any of his work until that night.

Everyone that knows me is very well aware of just how picky I am when it comes to music; so, it was rare for me to head home from a show having officially declared myself a fan of someone new. In fact, ever since being introduced to his music three years ago, there’s sadly only been ONE artist (in Sacramento) that has made me a fan on the spot like he did. That’s another story for another day, though.

Anyway, I told myself three years ago that I would go above and beyond to spread the word about his art and that is still my mission. I’m a fan of many artists, but only once in a blue moon do you come across an artist whose music sincerely touches you just simply based off of the passion they exude.

I can tell when an artist makes music just because it’s something they find themselves to be good at and they can bring in a little extra stream of income from it and I can tell when an artist creates because it’s all they know how to do, because it’s the only way they know how to survive, because it’s their identity and their catharsis, because they couldn’t see life without it and because it’s as natural to them as breathing. He is the epitome of an artist who creates for every single one of those reasons.

It ain’t the same; you can tell when they not rapping from they heart… – Luke Tailor, Villains

TextBook Money tells the story of struggles that many college students can relate to. Not even just hardships that come along with being a college student, though. Hardships that naturally come along with being an adult, period. Real life issues that some people are too afraid to speak out about and even just barely scratch the surface on. Either you’ve gone through it or are GOING through it. Whatever the case may be, TextBook Money is worth the listen and deserves to be heard.

Listen below.

Mixtape: Luke Tailor – “TextBook Money”

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After having waited several seemingly endless months for the release of Luke Tailor‘s debut mixtape, TextBook Money, the Sacramento native is finally prepared to present us with what serves as a soundtrack for every college student who knows what it’s like having to share textbooks with a classmate during a lecture because you either couldn’t afford to purchase the book on your own or because your financial aid didn’t come through on time. Or, maybe you had to go hungry throughout the school day because you had to rely on the little chump change you did have to get you home on public transportation.

Whatever the case was or currently may be, please trust that this tape is for you. Even if you’ve never had an experience with college, but you can simply relate to the struggle of life and being broke in general, then this one is for you. If you’re a fan of real, raw, relatable lyricism, give TextBook Money a listen.

Download here.

Mixtape: Big K.R.I.T. – “See Me on Top 4”

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As fans anxiously await the release of Big K.R.I.T.‘s forthcoming album, Cadillactica, the Mississippi-bred emcee surprises us with a brand new mixtape titled See Me on Top 4. The 22-track tape includes his Rico Love-featured single, “Pay Attention,” in addition to features from Big Sant, Slim Thug, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, Juicy J and more! Although K.R.I.T. seemingly came out of nowhere with this tape, in no way do these tracks sound like throwaways.

Download the tape here and indulge in the southernplayalistic vibe of “See Me on Top.”

Dizzy Wright Releases New EP “State of Mind”

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shebreathesmusic.net, shebreathesmusicThere have been many times when I’ve heard people say that new artists of today’s generation create music with no substance. Well, such is not the case for Dizzy Wright. Unlike many artists in today’s industry, Wright doesn’t have and doesn’t need a gimmick. His music, which promotes peace, progression and positivity, pretty much speaks for itself.

While there’s nothing wrong with party music, Wright understands that using his talent to promote things of higher importance is what gain him the respect and recognition he rightfully deserves. On his track “State of Mind” from his new EP of the same name, Wright tells his listeners that:

It’s hard to advise these n*ggas that’s tryna rhyme. ‘Cause money ain’t everything, but yo’ state of mind become them dollar signs. Poison the planet, y’all feeding off all kinda lies and these new slaves is mentally traumatized.

Keep spreading that positivity, Dizzy!

Click here to purchase State of Mind on iTunes.

 

Download Jon Connor’s New Tape, “A Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.”

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shebreathesmusic.net, shebreathesmusicOkay, I was a bit thrown off earlier today when I kept on seeing all kinds of links on my Twitter timeline in regards to a Notorious B.I.G. tribute by Jon Connor. Was anyone aware of this? *looks around* Okay, I didn’t think so.

It hasn’t even been a MONTH since Connor released his 20-track Kanye West-inspired tape The Late Registration of a College Dropout Who Had a Dark Twisted Fantasy of 808s and Heartbreak.

This time around, Connor gives us a 12-track tape of him spitting over Biggie’s most prominent instrumentals such as “Who Shot Ya,” “Juicy,” Sky’s the Limit,” and more.

If you’re a fan of both Biggie and Connor, go ahead and download the tribute tape below.

Jon Connor – A Tribute To The Notorious B.I.G. Vol. 1

Download Jon Connor’s New Mixtape “Best in the World”

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SheBreathesMusic.net, She Breathes MusicA couple of months have elapsed since Jon Connor released his last mixtape, Unconscious State, but Connor Season has officially made its way back around and Connor is back with something new for the fans. It’s no secret that he likes to go in over classic material from artists such as Jay Z and Eminem, and make them into his own (IE: The Blue Album and The People’s Rapper LP).

Well, the latest artist to receive some Connor treatment is none other than Hov’s partner-in-crime himself, Kanye West. On his new tape Best in the World, Connor takes a couple of West tracks which include “Power,” “New Slaves,” “Workout Plan,” “Flashing Lights” and “Black Skinhead,” just to name a few.

On “Flashing Lights” Connor touches on an array of topics such as being in a stressful relationship, dealing with money-hungry family members, adjusting to his life as an artist, staying true to yourself as opposed to giving others the impression that he’s changed now that he’s signed to a major label, etc.

Stream and download Best in the World here!

Dreamville Releases "Revenge of the Dreamers" Mixtape

In celebration of J. Cole‘s 29th birthday (yesterday) and Dreamville Records’ partnership deal with Interscope Records, the Dreamvillains decided to surprise us all with the release of a brand new mixtape.
The 11-track mixtape, Revenge of the Dreamers, includes tracks from Cole himself, Omen, Bas, and K-Quick
Stream and download the tape below.
Enjoy.

Download SkyBlew’s "Window Seat on That Midnight Train" Mixtape

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted some SkyBlew up on here, but he’s been hard at work to present us with his debut album “Window Seat on That Midnight Train.” The 16-track album includes some alleviating production from multiple producers such as U’Nique Music, Backdraft, DNA Productions, as well as many thought-provoking bars from SkyBlew himself.
Stream and download the album below.

MIXTAPE: Nipsey Hu$$le – "Crenshaw"

It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten a new tape from Neighborhood Nip, but the long-awaited “Crenshaw” has officially dropped. The 21-track tape includes features from DOM Kennedy, Rick Ross, Skeme and James Fauntleroy, among many others. It also includes production from Mike Free, The Futuristics, 9th Wonder, etc. While the mixtape is available for free download and streaming, you can also purchase a limited edition of the hard copy for $100 HERE.

Download Curren$y and Young Roddy’s New Mixtape "Bales"

Jet Lifers Spitta Andretti and Young Roddy team up for a new mixtape titled Bales, even though it was only a month ago that the two teamed up with the rest of the JET Life crew to present us with the Red Eye Mixtape.
Like much of their work, the 11-track mixtape features mellow production that you can’t help but to bob your head to. 
Production credits go to Harry Fraud, Sledgren, AJ Beats, Monstabeatz, King Thelonious and Mike Will Made It. 
Stream and download the tape below.