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Rossi - The Storm (Review)

The artist formerly known as Deaf Steady; now known as Rossi, follows up his locally popular Amen with his second full length project, The Storm. On the 10 track piece the Suav emcee hopes to spread his brand of mellowed out, Mexican infused, San Diego Hip Hop. Ditch the umbrellas though, for this weather you’ll need some shades and a pair of Sk8-His. 

The Storm oozes Southern California, but not the one advertised in “come visit California” commercials. He reps the barrio as much as he does downtown SD. You hear one when he spits lines about waving the Mexican flag, the other when he drops nods to local businesses such as HDQTRS and 5&A Dime. His lyrics ooze the background and culture that made him who he is, whether it’s based in his Mexican upbringing or the more diverse, metropolitan area of SD. 

"I printed bolts on my shirts to rep the city…"

The beats, most of which are handled by Khalil Brandon, are destined to be cruised to. The music evokes imagery of sunsets, palm trees and lowriders - but no matter your vehicle of choice the production begs to be bumped while you’re driving. Khalil’s signature move seems to be laid-back horn samples with simple, yet fun drum hits that will have you nodding your head two beats in. And Rossi fits into them perfectly. He sounds at home over almost every track and knows just the right ways to deliver his smooth flow. The tempos mostly aim for “chilled out” more than “turnt up”, but no matter the speed the emcee can find a pocket and fill it. He can be choppy and spitfire words at you, or he can sit back and let them roll with ease. There’s some times where I feel like one style would’ve been better suited than the other, but he’ll learn to find those moments and styles in time. This is still a young emcee with plenty of room to grow.

The lyrical content, as mentioned above, delves into the spitter’s background while also giving you the heads up on his aim to put him and his crew on. Rossi shouts out his team and the people who support him often, but not in the name-dropping, annoying way Game always did. These aren’t shout outs to get props, they’re shout outs to give them. The content does just as good as the music with conjuring up thoughts of beaches, babes and beats. Though those subjects may seem like typical young rapper fare, Rossi’s authentic feel and skilled delivery make him more fun and more importantly, believable. I don’t question the subject matter ‘cos he delivers it with such ease that it must be true (and I’m by no means saying that it isn’t).

"Sk8-His say Rossi on the other got the posse…"

I don’t have many complaints about this project. In a local scene (shit, in Rap/Hip Hop as a culture) that’s full of pretenders, wannabes and young dudes lost trying to be something they’re not; strong production with a strong flow delivering true to life content is hard to whine about. Actually, it’s almost impossible. Rossi came through with a strong outlet that shows his strengths but still leaves him some room for positive growth. Put your shades on enjoy The Storm.

Download The Storm HERE and visit The Suav website HERE.

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ROSSI - Remind Me

The homie ROSSI (formerly known as Deaf Steady Rock) dropped this video a bit ago and I just realized I never shared it with y’all. Check the visuals for this super chill track and when you’re done head HERE and download ROSSI’s latest project The Storm.

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Big K.R.I.T featuring A$AP Ferg - Lac Lac

A new jam from one of my favorite Southern rappers, “Lac Lac”, is a track that shows off K.R.I.T’s production and his sometimes quick-sometimes smooth delivery. The beat is laid back, but does everything it needs to do to get you to nod your head along. The chorus has a Bone Thugz feel that boasts a catchiness K.R.I.T delivers with his signature Southern slang. A$AP Ferg lends his character to the second verse fitting in with ease.

I can’t wait to hear more from Krizzle and see what happens when his new effort Cadillactica hits retail.

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Linkin Park - Faint

Say what you will about them and their (painfully inaccurate) “Nu-Metal” labeling, but Linkin Park is one of my favorite bands. Meteora is one of my all time favorite albums, and “Faint” is probably my favorite song from it. It was the song that got me excited about the new album, and the video is still one of their more memorable ones for me.

Some of the stuff from their last album, Living Things, wasn’t really my speed - but it’s still a solid album.

LP has grown, progressed, evolved, and shape-shifted over the years but all the changing they’ve done as people has been right alongside the changes I was going through.

I love the band and I love this song.

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Bloc Party - Banquet

One of my all time favorite bands playing the song that introduced me to them. “Banquet” was a single from the album Silent Alarm - one of my all time favorite albums.

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Anthony Hamilton - Comin’ From Where I’m From

The Nappy Roots songs got me thinking of this one. Another NC native, Anthony Hamilton is a beast! This song is so real! I don’t normally listen to R&B stuff, but I’ll make an exception for anyone with a unique voice like this. Without sounding too cliché, it’s like you can hear the pain in his voice. I love this song. North Carolina, represent.

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Petey Pablo - Raise Up

This is still one of my favorite songs ever. If you lived in NC when this came out then you know the hype was real. I was lucky enough to experience the energy at the local skating rink, school dances and backyard barbecues. This song and his first album bring back a lot of memories for me. I still get hella hyped for the chorus. This is also one of my favorite beats Timbaland ever did. There’s a handful of bangers on Petey’s debut, Diary of A Sinner.

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(Side Note : Petey is in jail right now for gun related charges. He’ll be out mid 2014 though.)

Nappy Roots ft. Anthony Hamilton - Po’ Folks

I wish these dudes would’ve got bigger than they did. This song is classic to me. I thought they were going to be the Kentucky fried version of Bone Thugs or Wu-Tang. Anthony Hamilton kills the hook too! The end of the video where they’re all in the house makes me miss meals like that. I’m trying to stop eating pork, but damn… I love it.

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Ludacris - Southern Hospitality

Another one of my favorite songs from a Southern Rap heavyweight. This was the first Ludacris song I heard, and also the first Neptunes production I heard. This still kills it 10+ years later.

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(Side Note : We borrowed the title of Luda’s debut album, Back For The First Time, for the first post on the new 5&A Dime blog. It was my idea.)

Juvenile - Back That Azz Up

Sorry (not sorry) for the Southern Rap videos. There’s more to come. I’m really missing the South lately. This is the Rap I partially grew up on. But I don’t want to get into that. This would turn into a mega long post. For now, appreciate Juve The Great and a very young Lil’ Wayne.

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