Author archive for Xhjyl

  • Clyde Shankle Feat. Iamsu! – Brazen

    By Xhjyl on April 2, 2014
    While the rap world currently fawns over the Chicago and Atlanta scenes for their ability to produce young artists, the Bay is always putting out some of that new. Calimade’s Clyde Shankle has been repping his hometown of Berkeley for a minute, showing consistent improvement over his past few releases. His most recent ode to the grind, ‘Brazen’ is no […]
  • Behind the Boards with Jake One [Interview]

    By Xhjyl on March 10, 2014
    There are two parts to every rap song: the bars/rhymes/lyrics (whatever you want to call them) and the beat/instrumental/production. Fans recognize rappers through the rappers’ voice and story that paints the foreground of any track and, more importantly, through rapper’s name and persona that most tracks are marketed under. The producer, however, is in some ways the more important party […]
  • Scolla – Peace

    By Xhjyl on October 27, 2013
    “Back in the days when I was younger, I ain’t have a worry in the world Can it be like that once more?” Every so often when trawling through expanses of SoundCloud, you find an extremely dope track and immediately have to share it; ‘Peace’, is one of those tracks. Scolla, a Detroit native, blends a plethora of influences, from […]
  • Sono – T.W.S. [Beat Tape Review]

    By Xhjyl on October 21, 2013
    We as Americans have a grave tendency to forget about the world outside of our borders, especially within the realm of hip hop. Sure we may acknowledge a dope European act here and there, but for the most part we are only attuned to the beats and bars from our homeland. With that being the case, I’m here to enlighten […]
  • The Based Bulletin, Your Weekly Wrap: 9/16 – 9/23

    By Xhjyl on September 26, 2013
    •   It’s been a big week for hip-hop favorite Chance The Rapper. He covered Complex Magazine, dropped a flavorful and unexpected featured on James Blakes ‘Life Round Here’, and information for his first North American tour. •   INNANETAPE is days from being released and Vic Mensa teases us with his new signle  ‘YNSP’ produced by DJ Dahi who was the […]