Saturday, October 30, 2010

John Lass - Out The Box - Mixtape Review

First off let me say that I am becoming a fan of this brother here: John Lass

This mixtape belongs on everyone iPods, CD players, cars etc. Each and every song on here is worthy of your ears. Bump worthy, Repeat worthy etc. Its been a while since I have really liked a mixtape. And if I am doing a review on it, YOU KNOW ITS GOOD. I strongly recommend John Lass' "Out of The Box" especially if you are losing hope in today's generation of rappers. Might I add, he raps and produces most of his work. DON'T SLEEP ON JOHN LASS!

Out of The Box Intro

Hello - Definitely a song to bump! Also a great song to start the mixtape other than the intro.

Cruise Control* - Great production, nice mellow mood. Def something to bump to.

Power - Lyrics are really showcased nicely on this song.

Bright Eyes- Absolutely loving the production on this song very mellow and jazzy, and of course Incredible lyrics.

While I wait* - One of my favorite songs on the mixtape. Production-Message-Lyrically wise. Also very mellow and witty.

Dear Hip Hop* - One of the best productions on the mixtape. Mellow. And smooth. Repeat worthy!

Good Evening - Nice acoustic music with addition of great lyrics. Mellow-chill out-Sip on some Hot Cocoa music

Dream On- Simplistic mellow beat with very powerful lyrics. I'm sure we could all some how relate to this song.

There's A Way - Production is incredible. Reminds me of something Premo(DJ Premier) would do. Has that "underground" feel to it (Perfect for DJ's to add to a mix).

Last Action Here - Production is also very good..very "out of the box". Has a Akufen vs Kanye vibe to it.

Hooray For Lass - Production also just incredible very "Neptunes" but also Very John Lass.

Losers Can Be A Winner - BUMP WORTHY! Can definitely be an underground song merging to mainstream.

World is Yours - Dope lyrics over the "The world is yours" by Nas

Cloud 1165* - Production is very good. Lyrics are on point. BUMP WORTHY!

Hi Thymes ft. Kay La Forge - BUMP WORTHY! POINT BLANK!

Thunderbird Theme Music - Nice mellow song over The Late Issac Hayes' "The Look Of Love" with some added production.

Up Outta That - Radio quality. BUMP WORTHY!

Moment For Her - Such a sweet song with no lyrics from Lass but from whats playing you get where he is coming from.

Love Set You Free* - One of my favorites on here. Pure mellow vibes. Also a sweet song.

I Still Love You - Simple beat that gradually becomes complex (A very good thing). The flow one this one is crazy.

Catch The Rhyme ft. - All rappers on here did a very good job. Has a old school vibe but still manages to be 2010.

Home School - A song that would most likely be put in the southern category. Also something for the clubs.

The message - Production is great. Ridiculous flow. Radio quality also.

Out of The Intro- So rare that artists even have outros anymore..But this is by far one of the dopest outros I have heard since "The Score" by the Fugees.

So There You have it! Now go Download And experience John Lass.

DJ Tati Approved

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Be On The Look-Out: Artist of the Week- Josh Hurt

Josh Hurt, a 21-year-old performer born and raised in a suburban area of Arlington, Texas, discovered his talent for singing at the age of 5. “My love for music was sparked by singing in the church choir, where my uncle was the pianist.” As his passion for music strengthened, so did his desire to create rhythmic verse and short stories following in the footsteps of his poetic mother. He began to write when he was 9 years old, and the words seemed to naturally lead into lyrical melodies that began a musical voyage for him that would ignite his heart and soul to create music with a

message. “Although I was young when I started to write, the content of these songs was something that people of any age could identify with.”

Using his early R&B inspirations like Dru Hill, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, and Michael Jackson as his personal muse, he developed a taste for the sounds of R&B, soul, pop, acoustic, and techno music that he expounded upon, creating a truly unique sound that can best be described as urban electronic with a message. “The main message

about my music is to not take life too seriously. Sometimes we have relationship issues or we deal with our own insecurities, but we must be reminded that we only have one life to live. I don't promote anyone living recklessly, but neither do I uphold any boundaries.”

In July, 2009 the debut single “Open the Door” was recorded at The Kitchen in Dallas, Texas; which has produced multiple albums for several top-industry names such as Erykah Badu and Common. “The line 'Once you let me in, I'm gonna win’ sums it up perfectly; I'm confident that although I make mistakes like everyone else, I know how to redeem myself and learn from those mistakes.” He began shooting the video for “Open the Door” in March, 2010, soldiering his way along tracking down the best choreographer, dancers, sound, lighting and audio he could locate. “You have to gather up a team of people to see and follow your vision.” Josh Hurt has just recently released the music video for his second single, “Midnight Racer”, and is still in the studio wrapping up his first project, “The Exhibition” EP to be released later this year.

In addition to his undeniable gift of musical talent, Hurt also has an aptitude for learning, and is currently a student at the University of North Texas studying Economics and Financial Planning. To follow Josh Hurt’s advancement in the music world, visit and for more information on shows coming to your area soon. The hit singles “Open the Door” and “Midnight Racer”, currently available on iTunes. He is a truly a force to be reckoned with, and plans to take the music world by storm.



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