Album Review | Futuristic Definitely Knows How to ‘Dream Big’

Do you have a morning anthem? You know, that song you listen to every single morning in order to have the strength to conquer the day. Or perhaps you’re like me and have a few songs in rotation. Whether it be one song or a few, I think every one (especially music junkies) needs to have an anthem they listen to every morning (or at least some point in the day.)

Currently my morning playlist consist of some of my favorite house tracks, but upon hearing Futuristic’s new album Dream Big, I think I might have stumbled upon my new morning anthem; Futuristic’s album entitled song “Dream Big.” Like seriously dude, dream big! How much better of a morning anthem can you find? It’s surely a track that will appease the hip-hop lovers, but then it’s also a nice inspirational track that even the non-hip-hop fans can enjoy.

And for those of you worried that it might be another rapper attempting to sing his own chorus in order to impress the ladies (which is usually a fail when rappers who can’t sing try to,) don’t be worried. Futuristic is not only extremely talented, but he is musically wise. Instead of attempting to sing a chorus and parading around a with big ego saying “I do everything by myself” like most rappers do, he actually worked with vocalist Jerrin Jaramillo (present on other tracks as well) to make “Dream Big” a nice fusion of hip-hop with an R&B vibe.

“Dream Big” is a pretty awesome track, but it’s just the start of an even more collection of awesomesauce. Every track on Futuristic’s album Dream Big brings something unique to the entire project. The production by AKT Aktion is pure perfection! You’ve got a mixture of tracks with a chill hip-hop vibe, to tracks such as “Fuck You Mean” which can totally be a banger.  Futuristic even goes hip-hop/rock with his track “Can’t Handle Me,” another great track on his album that has Futuristic dropping his usual witty & swag driven rhymes.

After listening to each track on the album, I can honestly say that I think Futuristic could easily make it big. I mean he’s already dreaming big, so now all he needs to do is make it big. He’s got quite a knack for being versatile in his delivery as well as his subject matter, and you know that’s definitely a good thing. I can’t stand when rappers just always release an ignorant conglomerate of tracks, but Futuristic switches it up. He can be outlandishly raw to the point where you have to rewind his lyrics & laugh at his epic absurdities (check out his track “Reviews”), but then he can still be fresh & clean with some lyrics that don’t ensue laughs (always good laughter when listening to Futuristic,) but tracks that inspire provocative thought.

So at the end of the day, I have to say that I’m totally in love with Futuristic’s new album Dream Big. And coming from someone that barely bothers to listen to hip-hop nowadays due to the lack of creativity and the brain freeze lyrics on the radio, it’s impressive that his album actually caught my attention longer than a few minutes. It’s good music. No complaints from me. So what are you guys waiting for? Go listen to his album & download it! Seriously, are you still waiting? Go….now!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25.

New Mixtape | Hello Rello & Verse – ‘Double Trouble’

I’ve moved around so much, but at the end of the day the DMV will always be my home. So whenever someone from DC or Baltimore hits me up with their music, I do my best to show some love for both cities (even though I grew up closer to Bmore.) So when Baltimore MC Hello Rello hit me up on Twitter in regards to his new mixtape with Baltimore MC, Verse, I knew I had to show some love & check it out.

I’ve written an article on Hello Rello in the past, but it’s nice to see that he’s released a new mixtape. Except this time, it’s a solid collaboration with Verse. The two teamed up to release a new project called Double Trouble, and the tracks are exactly what the title promises, double trouble. It’s one thing to have one rapper going in on a track, but the combination of two decent rappers attacking some solid beats makes for a classic mixtape that at least deserves a listen.

The mixtape has a variety of tracks, but then ones that I really enjoyed were: “This Is Why I Started Rapping,” “Blue Sky,” and “Work of Art.” You can check out the mixtape by clicking here. If you like what you hear, then be sure to follow Hello Rello on Twitter @_HelloRello_

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25.

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Drops Visuals for “N****s in Poorest” Freestyle

I’ve heard quite a few rappers & even a few amateurs on YouTube attempting to freestyle over Kanye & Jay-Z’s “Niggas in Paris” track, but Yasiin Bey( formerly known as Mos Def) is the only rapper I’ve seen to attack the beat with some socioeconomically conscious rhymes.

Whenever there is call for a dosage of truth, hand Yasiin Bey a mic, let him drop some raw socially conscious rhymes, and then call it a day. Dropping some hardcore knowledge and using a Malcolm X sample is exactly what Yasiin does on his “Niggas In Poorest” freestyle.

Now some of you might have already hard Yasiin’s freestyle, but the video was just released yesterday. It’s nice to have some visuals to accompany some hard hitting rhymes that will inspire you begin thinking even more socioeconomically-minded.

Check out the video below. It’s a mixture of Yasiin Bey in the studio spitting bars, and edited footage of Saddam Hussein’s trial, a speech from the Malcolm X, the arrest of Bernie Madoff and a scene from Pootie Tang. Very interesting….

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25.