J. Cole KOD

This Album is AMAZING AF!! 

Nick Hud Rating of 5 out of 5

J. Cole  is one of my favorite artists (Probably number 2 to HOV in hip hop music). He always speaks perfectly to the life I seem to be living. From paying back loans in sideline story to dealing with relationship issues while simultaneously growing a brand in kevins heart. I seem to always relate to the real he spits. 

When your first press play on the album you're immediately drawn in to an idea that a lot of people are suffereing and using things (whether it be money, herbs, attention, women, drugs, Religion, alcohol,.. or any other vice) to get through life but we must choose wisely. The rhetoric used speaks from someone teetering on the edge of falling into the trap or already being in the trap of life. Using misguided teachings from parents, pastors, and people to make your decisions in life, and after listening, I feel enlightened to make the right choices in life on a different level. A lot of us pick the easy choice over the uncomfortable growing, disciplined choices in life.

Hearing Cole tap dance lyrics of conscious wokeness across trap patterned elegance creates a vibe of let me party and feel something when I listen to these rhymes. Showing his ability to be in any trap pocket you can think of (whether its migos or 21 savage) while delivering stories of real life struggles no matter your tax bracket truly shows how aware and connected Cole is. 

Overall this album is a must listen, and deserves, at the very least, a nomination for a grammy (but we know that's not happening since the academy hasn't let go of Kendrick's nuts Lmao). Just kidding but seriously its an amazing project worth a couple hundred streams per person. 

More Love, More Vibes, More Life,

Nick

New Mix Alert

I made a KILLER MIX to start the summer off right!! In this mix I made sure to balance a vibe with the culture of who I am as Nick the culturally diverse Caribbean kid from Little Rock, Arkansas. This mix balances Hip hop, Reggae, Dancehall, R&B, Jersey Club, and Trap. With sprinklings of my own remixes to pop songs like Slide, Shape of you, Oh Na Na, and many more. Creative intros and pure vibery. (Yeah I made that word up but it fits)  Do yourself a favor and get your escape from regular with a mix that travels.

Many people have no idea about the process behind a mix of mine but when I do nickstapes (catchy right) I end up telling a story with my song choices and word play. This particular mix is a story of a group of people on vacation in the Caribbean with some friends who aren't trying to kick it. There's a beach party going on and you tell your friends lets go. Get there the vibes are nice and you see someone there who intrigues you. You muster up the courage to slide up on them and get a dance in after feeling the party out. Once you two connect, things heat up and it feels as if its just the two of you at this party. Then reality hits and you realize it is a party around you two. Your friends and their friends come and party with you two,  and everyone ends up having the dopest night of their lives.  That's really just a very brief summary of what the story is so you can fill in the blanks and imagine your own detailed experiences to the mix.

Big shouts to Dj E-Feezy, Dj Khaled, Dj Puffy, Scratch Bastid, Craze, and all the other dj's that inspire me to be crative and dope!! Beat Junkies, Dj City, Mp3Waxx and the random emails I receive with music, Thank You!!

Hope you guys enjoy TF out of the mix!!

Disaster Avoided!!

Ever been in a situation where you're ready to set up and kill it at a show, plug everything up, balance your needles, set it on the record, and get no SOUND!!!! Well, luckily I never went through that problem at an event because it happened at home during a podcast set. (so it was almost as bad but no one could see the frustration on my face lol).

I own a pair of technics 1210 mk2s that are probably as old as I am, or a few years younger lol. A couple days before I noticed my right side rca plug was a little loose griping the terminal. I would have to plug it in just right in order to have a balanced clean signal, but I knew I would need to replace the cables soon. I just never thought It would be today.

I went to guitar center and purchased the best cables they had with (the most important part) screw down connectors. They were significantly thicker than the originals but I needed something that would be less likely to short or break.

After the operation, It works like a charm!!

Big shout out to my dad for teaching me when I was younger, how to solder by having me hand him the tools. THANKS DAD!!!

Pictures on Instagram!!

 

Drakes More Life

"One Of The Best Albums I've Heard This Year!!" is pretty much how I would rate the album. From the intro with a melodic gospel sounding duet to Drake letting them know "More Chuune For your Head Top so what how you speak on my Name" I knew this album would be something special!. Free smoke sets the mood with straight BARS narrating the path he walked to get where he is in a cocky "HOV" manner which I myself can appreciate! (Being I'm a BIG Jay-Z fan)

The way Drake features rappers and singers from across the map really shows how diversified his mind and hopes for hip hop has gone. House music is what Ebro said drake brought back and when he said that it made me think to myself... House Music: like a Sunday afternoon, widows up for a cool breeze and fresh air as you clean up the house. THIS is that type of house music

With Reggae Vibes and African undertones he hits the target square on with Get it Together Madiba Riddim and Blem. Really showcasing the diversity of culture that he has especially in Canada (With its second largest Jamaican population).

Let's not forget the club bangers he has on the album as well. Songs featuring 2 chainz, Young Thug, Quavo, and Travis Scott are perfectly placed on the album giving you that much needed groove and bounce you come to love when your in a party. I will definitely be playing these this weekend in the Clubs and day parties.

All in all its refreshing to have a quality album with more than 12 songs on it! Giving you multiple vibes blended perfectly together. Its an Album for those who enjoy culture and vibes! Start to finish its a must have in any collection.  I give this album a 9/10

In all honesty I'd give it a 10 out of 10 but I left one point off for you all who will say its "not that good" that point is for yall lol. enjoy it.

Bold claim: More Life will be nominated for a grammy!! (Because it is that good)

THAT NEW WAVE

Ever since I started djing all I ever wanted to do was be dope.  I always got excited when the dj would play a new track that was just released. It made the party that much hotter. Had you thinking "man this dj has to be elite getting exclusives like that," but sadly nowadays djs play whats already hot. I wonder if they are scared to play a new record... or maybe its because they aren't well connected these days and download their music from youtube urls..... #noBeef . All I know is I feel like I'm one of the few djs left who still cares about breaking a new record on an unsuspecting crowd and helping give people that new wave!!