The Cracc Chronicles: A review on JimmyCracc’s latest album

21149903_10214465117565664_5500971532046430071_n I need to set the mood first. So, do me a favor and take a second to think back to Young Jeezy’s Trap or Die mixtape in 2005. If you’re familiar, I’m sure “B*tch get ya mind right, let me talk to em'” came right to mind. Ok, now think back even further to T.I.’s Trap Musik album of 2003. Thinking about blowing dro on 24’s? Or Rubberband man, wild as the Taliban? Perfect! I have you in the right place to present to you The Cracc Chronicles album from Louisville native, JimmyCracc.

The 17 track album was produced almost entirely by GSharp, who is a producer also based out of Louisville, KY. JimmyCracc takes us on a journey through the life of a trapper and a rapper – the good, the bad, and the ugly. From his music, it’s clear he prides himself on being a hustler and building his net worth by any means necessary. He calls out the fakes, the phonies, and the wannabe’s in both the streets and hip-hop, making it clear that he’s not following the current wave of trap music. He’s on some throwback sh*t. It gives me that 2003-2005 feel. His music has that authentic Louisville Hip-Hop sound, which is rare in Louisville in 2018 as most artist release music that follows the trends in current industry Hip-Hop and trap music.

The Cracc Chronicles is refreshing.

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Official album cover.

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Art of Flight: The Rob Lee Take Off

30550353_2068455243438338_643798121_oI know Rob Lee in real life, so Imma keep it real with y’all. Art of Flight goes. And it goes hard AF. Gimme a minute to explain.

Rob Lee walked in to the Vibe Open Mic, produced by Sasha Renee, Thursday night a mere HOURS before the release of his debut album Art of Flight. He was cool, calm, and collected. The feature artist for the evening, It was clear the moment he walked in that he was ready to fly his new joints.

“There should be more people here.” I agreed. The spot wasn’t dead by any means. But, I felt him. He’d been buzzing for weeks, and I’d had early access to the album for three whole days, so I knew what kinda heat the dude had in store for folks. A nice size crowd was there. But like I said, I felt him. Dude should be at the Yum, The whole city should have been out. See, we knew something they didn’t know: Art of Flight was it.

His shades were on.

Cool af. Swagged out in an over sized hooded jacket, white fitted jeans, with a tan bandana tied around his head. He looked the part. And I wasn’t the only one to peep game.

Peter Wesley, who is featured on the Art of Flight intro along with Tez of 2Deep, agreed.”It’s crazy to see him [out here]. I can see him on Tv. He looks like a pop star. He carries himself like an A-list celebrity. I think Rob could be huge.”

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I think Mr. Wesley is right.

Art of Flight is classically original. It is organic, melodic, and soulful. It’s like the number two track on the album says, “Im different than before”. The approach is fresh. Rob Lee flawlessly marries R&B, neo-soul, and hip hop, while carefully making room for a lil house, jazz, and even some Afro-Caribbean flavor.This project is sharp, energetic, raw, smooth, and dark in all the right places.

It’s a story about taking flight. It’s about chasing your dreams while navigating the ups and downs of love.

Rob put in real work on this project, and that was clear to me from my very first listen. Engineered by Robert “Saint” Calloway, the mixing and sound quality are both worthy of notation. Saint has done it again. Hats off to him because he came all the way through on this project.

As I listened, I got the feeling that Rob is a perfectionist, in the best sense of the word. He has to be. Art of Flight sounds like hours and hours of laser focus and meticulous attention to detail. I listened to it again and again…and again. Ironically the number three track on the album, featuring Rmllw2llz is called “Replay”. And these last few days that is exactly what I’ve done. Replay this project. That’s important for me. I told y’all Imma keep it real. But I’ll get in to why exactly that’s important later. Just know that…

Art of flight is dope.

And I don’t mean that in an, over used, cliché, pop culture typa way. I mean it in a, the shit really f’n rides typa way. The features alone are also worth noting on this project.

If you’re a fan of Louisville hip-hop, you’ll definitely appreciate this roster:

Tez of 2Deep

Peter Wesley

Rmllw2llz

Gio El Futoro

Semi

Kori Black

BRXTN

Jordan Jetson

T@y All D@y

and Tiara P.

Dead ass.

And while the album’s features are well-known locally, as heavy hitters, Rob commands through the totaltiy of the project. On all five of his stand alone songs, (“Different”, “All Yours”, “Isle of You” [pronounced I love you *my personal fav*], “Come Over”, and Monday Morning [Which according to Rob ALMOST didn’t make the project]). Rob proves that he doesn’t really need features to make a great song. But thank Gawd he had them. These local, Louisville artists, knocked it out the park. They all delivered. If Rob is the jet fuel, these folks are the booster pack. Together, they launched this album in to outer space.

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Rob explained that he picked artist he knew and liked. They were all folks that he listened to, and had close relationships with.

I caught up with Tez and Rmllw2llz the night of the Vibe, to get more insight on what it was like to work with Rob. They both agreed: Rob was extremely easy to work with. They used words like: fun, passionate, focused and maniacal, as Tez carefully explained what he meant. “It’s that obsessive enthusiasm towards getting it right.”

When asked where exactly they would like to see Rob Lee go, post releasing Art of Flight, Rmllw2llz kept it open, “I see Rob going where ever he wants to go.”

That means the top. I know. I told yall, I know Rob. Tez echoed the same centements, “I want to see him on top of the charts. I want him to have the typa local success that turns into something big.”

As for Rob, he just wants to maximize the exposure he’s getting. He says his focus, now that the project is out, is on promoting it, and shooting visuals. He has several videos currently in the works. So look out.

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“Who inspires you?” I asked quickly, as we sat on a white leather couch toward the entrance of Nirvana. We were inching closer and closer to his performance. There was a lot going on. But he stayed quite calm. Answering my questions, greeting familiar folks entering the venue, while occasionally stepping away to handle various bits of business. Then coming right back to continue the interview.

“Chris Brown, Brandy, and Lauryn Hill to name a few.”

I started getting anxious. I knew he had to go up soon and I didn’t want to take up too much of his time. Like, this was a big night for him.

“What do you want folks to take away from this album?”

“I want people to feel it. To really listen to it. A lot of people only know me from “Monday Morning”. I wanted to show people that I’m different from just that song. I wanted to give people something raw. Usually I’m so guarded. I just wanted to allow myself to be vulnerable and really show people a side of me that they don’t really get to see.”

*Cue Flash Back*

I met Rob through my old manager, Phillip Baynard, about four years back. Phil had scooped me up, and Rob was in the car. They both worked at the same job were probably just getting off.

Phil introduced us and mentioned that he told Rob I rap and that I had recently put out a project.

I had.

A song was playing. Rob asked me what I thought about it. SoI told him what I thought. I didn’t trash it out, but I payed the f*ck out of it. I didnt know Rob and back then R&B wasnt really my thing. I’ve since grown to appreciate R&B, still, when he revealed that that was in fact his song, I was embarrassed at how quickly I had brushed off his music.

Four years later, as I watched Rob take the Vibe stage to debut his very first studio album, I thought back to that day. The day we first met. The day I payed the shit outta his music. Now I’m literally playing the shit outta his music. I’m proud of the dude. He took flight dispite what anybody had to say. Congrats Rob, because I can’t get enough of this.

The sounds. The words. The vocals. The mood. The emotion. The picture. The art.

It’s fly af yall.

Rob Lee just took off. His debut album titled ‘Art of Flight’ soars. It dropped today, April 20th, the National Smokers Holiday. You may not know me. IDGAF. But I promise you. Take my word for it. Give this dude a listen. It’s worth every second.

-The Edjukated Rebel

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Prints, Patterns & Poetry with Robin G – 5.12.18 Louisville, KY

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Come join Robin G & Vera Bradley for an evening of live poetry!

The 1st 25 women to RSVP will receive a certificate for a free facial provided by Aveda. (Must be present).

All guests will receive 15% off any purchase made during the event.

Please contact Vera Bradley in Mall St. Matthews or Robin G via email at robingpoetry@gmail.com or IG @robingpoetryy

You can also RSVP via Eventbrite here.

Enter to win prizes!

Sweets & goody bags while supplies last!

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[Music] AyeTeeM – Lights Out

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Louisville native and RnB/Pop vocalist AyeTeeM brings us new music today with “Lights Out”. Produced by Na Beats and engineered by Teddy Pain, it has that Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars vibe and it’s so good! Clear your bedroom floor and turn the speakers up to the max. The new single is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Tidal & more! I asked AyeTeeM what inspired him to write the record:

 

I’ve always wanted to make this kind of music. I mean, this sort of music makes you feel good and no matter how you feel when you listen, it’ll make you want to move. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and he had that soul and r&b sort of music. When I heard the beat which I purchased from YouTube it reminded me so much of “Baby Be Mine” by him that I just couldn’t pass it up.

That’s lit!

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[Video] tGod – King Talk

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I’ve been a fan of tGod since I heard his “Manifest” record at The Vibe Open Mic back in March. Not only were his lyrics legit, but his stage presence, his energy, and genuine confidence stood out. After a series of “King Talk” videos where tGod talks to his peers about manifesting your destiny,  finding yourself, facing your fears, and properly embracing your ego, he releases a new record and music video to go along with it called “King Talk”. The video was created in house by tGod’s 8TwelveCulture.com team.

We keep a shooter everywhere we go so what you see is organic. We started shooting down the street from my studio back home and everyone started pulling up to support! And that’s what 8TwelveCulture is all about forreal!

My favorite things about the video are tGod’s son and his red Louisville pullover. tGod also continues to represent his 8twelveculture brand in the visual and I was curious about his brand so I reached out to ask him a few questions about it. He breaks it all down for us below, be sure to check out the official music video first and leave your thoughts in the comments. Peace.

KING TALK is actually more of a mindset. It’s a ‘believe in yourself’, ‘take control of your life and spread the good news that it’s possible’ type of thing.  We are Kings and Queens. Controllers of our own lives.  Understand that mindset and you can make anything happen.

8Twelve Culture is something we’ve been building our whole lives.  It’s where we come from, it’s where we are, and where we are going.  A platform for free thinkers to unite and support one another, so collectively we can create the new reality free from illusions society has tried to force on us.

Keep Up With tGod:

Youtube & Instagram.

[Music] Sultra – Rose Gold

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My rose gold highlighter is lit and I’m not sharing it.

Sultra dropped us off her new single as she ramps up to release her Mimosa Mami EP this Saturday night. “Rose Gold” is a day in the life of Black girl magic. If I could describe it in two words; well, funky and gangsta. From her man having breakfast ready without her needing to ask, to her lathering up with rose water body wash. Sultra definitely swagged this one out with a cool and colorful delivery. When I asked her about why she wrote the record, she told me,

I wrote Rose Gold to celebrate some of my favorite things and my flyness. I love makeup (sometimes), food, having fun, looking pretty and also being strong. I want all women, femmes, etc. to celebrate what makes their aura shine brighter.

We hear you loud and clear honey. Ya’ll check out Sultra aka Sltr Dvn of Cphr Dvn’s new single “Rose Gold” below and be sure to grab your copy of the Mimosa Mami EP this Saturday night at Mag Bar 10pm if you’re in Louisville or purchase it digitally here.

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Melodic Elements – Mother’s Day Gift Sets

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Click photo to purchase your gift set today.

Melodic Elements is a black owned company based out of Louisville, KY specializing in all natural deodorants, body washes, and more for both men and women. For the upcoming holiday, Melodic Elements has put together gift sets for their customers ranging from $20-$40!

 

 

 

 

Don’t buy yo mama no bath and body works this year.

Get you some Melodic Elements!

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Mimosa Mami EP Release – 4.28.18 Louisville, KY

Sultra aka Sltr Dvn of Cphr Dvn celebrates the release of her solo project “Mimosa Mami!” Joining her in the celebration is an all female line-up featuring some of the areas dopest hip hop artists, DJ’s and poets!

Tiara P

Kara / Parallel Universe 97.1FM WXOX

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La Espada

Bridget Case / Poet Grrl

Live Art by Ryan Case!!!

There will also be some really cool vendors in the building:

Melodic Elements, Sink or Swim Art, and Stahhvin!

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Lover’s Nightcap w/ Junior J & Robin G “The Masqurade Edition” – 4.27.18 Louisville, KY

Robin G Poetry & Junior J invite you to experience the exquisite collaboration of R&B and Poetry.

”The Masquerade Edition” welcomes you to join in for a night of elegance adorned in your best evening wear & masquerade masks. Sexy, exclusive & entertaining, what better way to end the week than with a one of a kind Nightcap of seductive R&B & poetry.

You don’t want to miss this!

Hosted by Bella Rae w/ special guest DJ

21+

No Cover

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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[Music] Lul Keith – Who Run It (Remix)

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After G Herbo dropped his freestyle to the Three Six Mafia original “Who Run It” back in March on K104fm live, many hip-hop artists both major and indie followed to put their spin on the classic. Check out Louisville native Lul Keith’s version “Who Want It” below:

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[Music] Cardi B ft. SZA – I Do (Remix)

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Louisville, KY femcee Sasha Renee puts her spin on the Cardi B and SZA original “I Do” from Cardi’s new “Invasion of Privacy” album.

Keep Up With Sasha Renee:

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