Baltimore rapper Malik Ferraud teams up with another 301 resident Phil Ade to create an appropriate DMV track titled “Traffic Jam.” Produced by Nefarious, the beat emits a cool summertime vibe filled with crisp hi hats and melodious tunes that drift your mind off into space. Production is key to any song but, I can’t emphasize enough how crucial the right beat is for any particular track. As the intro sample mentally prepares you, Malik drives right into the verse and seamlessly merges his vocals with the flow of the instruments. His light but precise voice helps to effectively narrate the scene being depicted; an artist who is keeping pace with others on the same road as him. As Malik tries to maneuver his way around, Phil Ade shows up on verse two and perfectly keeps pace. As a feature is meant to be, Phil Ade does not overtake his verse leaving Malik behind. Instead, both artists work together to create something great that fans can mentally cruise to. This puts both artists ahead of everyone else. Listen and tell me your thoughts.
We had a great response after we posted about the Ben G “Cak-ill-ak Muzik” mixtape release. The young and fairly new artist from Columbia, SC is starting to gain recognition throughout the nation. WE LOVE IT! Everyday we are introduced to aspiring new artists trying to get their name out and it shows how much talent there is in the world. Shot, directed and edited by Trevor Mercer, the music video for “My Vision” tells a story of overcoming struggle. Although Ben G still has a long way to go before becoming a household name, his music and determination alone will get him far. But as he creates more music and videos, he must keep in mind that he needs to stand out in this competitive world. Once he does, “[his] Vision” will come true.
Check out the video posted above and tell us what you think. As always, don’t forget to share.
Till I Die: Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean
video also features Snoop Dogg, Method Man & Redman
I love seeing music videos that make listening to the track feel like an experience. It shows that the artist cares about the way his/her art is displayed. Now, you’re probably thinking that the director is the one that deserves credit for making the artist stand out. I would agree. That’s why it amazes me that Chris Brown directed this video himself. I posted Wale’s “Slight Work’ music video featuring Big Sean which was also directed by Chris. I say it over and over again that we love artists talented on many different levels. Check it out and tell me what you think.