K-Murdock returns with Hero Muzik Vol. II, an album of video game hip hop

The Hero returns! K-Murdock is back with a crew of the best emcees in nerdcore and underground hip hop. Readers of this blog will be familiar with names like Sammus, Mega Ran, and SkyBlew, and should come to know names like EyeQ, Kadesh Flow, and the rest of the artists on Hero Muzik Vol II.

I hit play and Murdock is already killing it with those stereo CT sounds, changed up just enough to get your head nodding. That beat flows through the entire album. Layered underneath some great verses from incredible emcees like Sammus, Mega Ran, Doug Funnie, and so many more. This is not an album to be slept on. Don't shut down like robo and let hundreds of years pass before you get down to this album.

Hero Muzik 2 is the second installment of K-Murdock’s “Hero Muzik” series which features K remixing music from his favorite role-playing games growing up; Volume 2 focuses on the ever-present SNES classic RPG Chrono Trigger. This album was a labor of love that took K over 2 years to complete and it was initially intended, like its predecessor, to be an instrumental album, BUT at the advice of his business partner/frequent collaborator Mega Ran, Hero Muzik 2 turned into a full-scale production project that prominently features various artists from the Nerdy People Of Color Collective (NPCC), which Ran & K are members of as well. Though this album boasts an assortment of features, much like the diverse cast of characters in the actual game, the underlying goal in Hero Muzik 2 is showcasing the breadth of amazing music from Chrono Trigger, which composers Yasunori Mitsuda & Nobuo Uematsu originally created, via K putting his signature “neo-sonic” touch on!

Feel free to check out/revisit Hero Muzik Vol. 1 at: neosonix.bandcamp.com/album/hero-muzik-vol-1
— K-Murdock

Check out 'Destined: The Rebirth' latest collab album from SkyBlew & SublimeCloud

The long awaited reunion of beat maker SublimeCloud and rapper SkyBlew is now out. Grand, colorful beats flow along with SkyBlew's trademakr, upbeat rhymes. You can grab the album for $5 over on the duo's bandcamp page. You can also hear one of my personal favorite tracks from Destined: The Rebirth on the latest episode, SUBCON podcast 40. Be sure to hear a few more of my thoughts on the album on there as well.

Lets Not Call It A Comeback....... More Like REBIRTH......

©2016 All Songs Written By: Mario Farrow (SkyBlew)
All Songs Produced By: Christian Whitson (SublimeCloud)

-Paint The Sky,Blew!!!
— SkyBlew x SublimeCloud

Race For Your Life, SkyBlew, the latest hip hip album from SkyBlew

No turning back. 

Skyblew is at it again.Whenever this guy isn't popping up on a variety of other folks tracks and albums, he's dropping his own!

The anticipation for this album has been building at a PHENOMENAL rate after SkyBlew’s recent accomplishments such as: receiving a MAJOR Rapzilla article, his powerful music video/short film “Running in Place” won BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival and 3RD BEST VIDEO at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival! He will be performing on Hopscotch Music Festival! Also, he released an exclusive album in South Korea that made it to their TOP 10 CHARTS! This young man has definitely been Painting The Sky,Blew!!!

Race For Your Life, SkyBlew, touches on a few things including: The human race, the race for our lives, the race for time, and also SkyBlew shares some of his personal stories, which he has NEVER spoken on in his music..... Overall, he wants to INSPIRE with his message/story, to spread LOVE and PEACE! Most say, SkyBlew is a breath of fresh air! He uses his sincere, substantive lyrics & soulful sound to breathe life into a genre saturated with lies, darkness and gimmicks. RFYLS will encourage you to LIVE your life, and experience everything life has to offer! He put his ALL into this album and we are sure you will enjoy it!
— RandomBeats Music

Get help with that VG hip hop in 'Tek Support,' the new album by TekForce

Do you see the 'play' button? 

Tekforce hit me up to review his latest album, so here I am. It's that easy people! I'm a starving writer.

Tekforce can't even wait to start his album, as he starts dropping rhymes about 20 seconds into the intro. No slow build in this one, Tek gives a public service announcement to get you gamers and hip hop heads prepped for the next 15-17 tracks (depending on whether you grabbed them bonus rhymes).

The album kicks off for real with TekForce's gaming autobiography, which drops a few def references to the Sega Saturn and even the MTV Music Generator, which I spent way too much time with in my youth. I was sucked into the album thanks to the hard hitting Furnace. A foreboding beat mixed with Tek's pressuring vocals. Like being thrown through a warp tunnel. Listen to the track yourself on the latest SUBCON by the way!

Things slow down and real up with Pleasure & Pain. The track kicks off with a repetitive refrain when Tek jumps on the track, rapping through his personal ups and downs and it ain't hard to relate. Banger alert! Ode to the Retro gots that head bobbing intensity on the beat, and TekForce goes to town with that club rocking hook and too many dope lines for me to keep up with on these initial listens. Of course, the Metroid drop in the hook seriously biases me towards this epic track. If this album has a single, this is it.

If TekForce wants to step things up from there, looks like he's got to call in some reinforcements. Vincent Rockafella, and the damn near everywhere SkyBlew join the party in Put Your Hands Up. Some catchy Sephiroth theme style violins driving the beat. If the previous track is the single, this is definitely the follow up.

Got to mention the Gundam inspired SDF-1. I'm not the most knowledgeable Gundam fan (more of a Robotech guy myself) but the shmup fan in me can never say no to ship flying space rap.

I'm not 100% (or even 10%) sure about what exactly Heaven's Lost Property is about (an anime maybe? or an Xbox game?). No matter, since TekForce, along with Mic Most, Shubzilla, and a catchy chorus courtesy of NuyoRiquena, turn this into one of my favorite tracks on the album. I need a drink after listening to this song too, but in the good way.

As I have slowly become consumed with pushing myself across social media (COUGH COUGH) I have also found myself not interacting as often with the fine folks I once loved heckling in my younger days. With that in mind, Digital Help is a stand out track, taking a look at the shift in humanity as social media has 'helped' us interact with more people than ever. Although I don't think I come down on selfies and Twitter as Tek does on this track, but I definitely feel like the flows in this track are things that need to be considered. 

Speaking of tracks that I can relate to, Workplace Woes drops some of the realest lines on the album. As anyone with ambition can attest, the workplace can be a soul killer, especially for the artistic types struggling to monetize their 'true calling.' Tek and Aramis tag team the track with their woes, even dropping the difficulties of being a minority in the workforce on top of that. Alongside the sorrowful trumpet beat, it's a surprisingly dark track to end on, but maybe that's the purpose. Get Tek off the damn workforce and cop the album already, geez.

Luckily for those that heeded my advice, there are two more tracks included with a full album purchase, and they are as dope as anything I wrote above, unfortunately, I'm not going to review them, since they are bonus content. Pay to play. Deal with it. Man they are such good tracks though...

This is the Grid Edition version of Tek Support from my album: Tek Support! It includes all the same tracks from the album but you also get the EXCLUSIVE tracks: “Devastator”, and “Level Up -(2 Player Version) Ft Alcatraz Electro. In addition to the two new tracks you also get a the full color poster of the album cover! This album cover was conceived by Daniel Hill (of Danji’s Designs) and shows all the things that influenced TekForce growing up. Robotech, Transformers, Ghostbusters....there all there. As always I appreciate all the support as an artist striving for good music, and for only $10 you can receive a little extra “Tek
— TekForce

Listen to SUBCON 17: A Hip Hop Tribute to Fighting Games

The only video game hip hop podcast. 

An hour long mega podcast featuring dozens of fighting game based hip hop and beats. Featuring music from Mega Ran, The Grammar Club, Marcus & Rome, Skyblew, and way more than I can continue listing! Video Game Based Lyrics Corner features Ludacris as Street Fighter II's Guile. I also dive deep into my love of fighting games by listing my favorite fighters of all time, as well as my personal top three fighting games ever. I also look back on the bygone arcade era and the legacy of Street Fighter II.

We kick off our first special episode of season 2 with the longest SUBCON I've ever done. This will be the episode you tell your friends about. Well, go tell 'em!

Please subscribe to us in iTunes or by using the RSS feed below.

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The Subcon Podcast returns for a new season of hip hop and video games!

The only video game based hip hop podcast you need... or that exists.

After a short summer drought, the Subcon Podcast is back with all new video game based hip hop from SkyBlew, DJ Chief Takinawa, Team Teamwork and more. Not to mention my own witty banter about music, lyrics, and video games. Listen below, or head over to the Subcon Podcast page for show notes and to download or subscribe to the show.

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GamerGad drops video for new hip hop single Bananas ft. SkyBlew

GamerGad hit me up with his latest single and I'm definitely feeling this track. SkyBlew pops up again in the low key video for Gad's latest single, Bananas. This track is definitely getting into the Subcon Podcast rotation in the future.

Following the success of the gamer’s last single, GamerGad, drops a SkyBlew assisted, free to download, promo track for fans to enjoy. This one portrays a gamer’s struggle and comparison between life and Donkey Kong, one of the most beloved video game characters of all time. Song downloadable at www.gamergad.com.

For Promo Use Only.
Artist: GamerGad
Song: Bananas ft. SkyBlew
Year: 2015
Production: Produced by Monk. Guitar: Daniel Savage. Bass: Derrek Spronk. Drums: CuzinQ.

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Nerdcore Emulation Station chapter 1 & chapter 2: Gamecube from 1-UP mini album review

Nerdcore Emulation Station is correct, featuring a who's who of nerdcore over two albums. A few name drops are the likes of Mega Ran, Ill Gill, Sammus, SkyBlew, and perhaps a dozen or more artists from every corner of the nerdcore kingdom. 

Te initial N.E.S. album drops beats from a variety of classic games throughout gaming history. Parappa the Rapper, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic, and Mario are all represented on the album. These are accompanied by flows from 1-UP and the aforementioned litany of amazing emcees.

One of the greatest things about this series, is the overarching storyline nature of the album layout. I think 1-UP explains it best, 

"In the distant future, Emcees live happily across different galaxies providing entertainment and joy through their story telling to their people. 

An evil force plans to put an end to all of that. The imagidrains and their evil leader devise a plan to feed on everyone's imaginations simultaneously through an all out assault on every galaxy at once with stolen abilities. 

The Emcees fight but cannot withstand this onslaught of newly found foes and their powers. A voice appears in their head and transports them all to a new world where they must venture through uncharted territories, learn new skills, and fight new enemies in order to level up. 

Follow 1-UP and many other Emcees as they fight through the worlds of Playstation, Sega Saturn and N64 defeating bosses and freeing them from the Imagidrains mind control, finding new items and leveling up so they can return to their worlds and defeat the imagidrains."

This album is a ridiculous 25 tracks in length, with two or more emcees on every track, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger collection of new and old nerdcore and hip hop talent.

Despite the eclectic list of artists, the beats help hold the mixtape feel together over the immense amount of tracks. Remixes bring out the catchiest and most memorable parts of the video games they lift from, and keep the adventurous theme in mind as you hear the noble music of Zelda or the get moving beats from Super Mario.

Think that I post the album stream and we are over here? We got a whole second album to discuss.

A few months after the initial launch of the Nerdcore Emulation Station, 1-UP has gathered the emcees of nerdcore for another adventure. He even includes an update about where this adventure stands, 

"Join 1-UP In the second chapter of NES as he and his comrades venture to the Gamecube world in order to free the inhabitants from the Imagidrain army. 

They are currently pumping the planet's resources dry causing the planet to lose it's form and if nothing is done it will implode."

That's right, it looks like the N.E.S. is chilling on the GCN planet for a full album, with remixes of music from Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime and Pikmin, among many others. Sammus even reprises her role alongside Shammers (another one of my personal nerdcore favorites) as her namesake Samus in "Metroid Prime - Stage 7 (Ft Sammus, Shammers and W!SE)." The fusion of styles definitely makes this the stand out track for me.

You can grab both albums for free via the N.E.S. and N.E.S. 2 bandcamp pages.

The Digi Destined release "SkyBlew x SublimeCloud - Episode 1: Clouded Dreams & Beautiful Memories"

The Digi Destined strike with their debut album of videogame and anime inspired hip hop, SkyBlew x SublimeCloud - Episode 1: Clouded Dreams & Beautiful Memories. I've been rocking the gamer anthem "The Lame Gamers" all through the summer heat. Pokemon represent in the digiworld with "HM02" a track that got me through some late night egg hatching sessions in Pokemon Y.

The full album is a great blend of enthusiastic game remixes, anime remixes, and original sounds that are the perfect accompaniment to SkyBlew's variety of rhymes. So far this is a top album this year, especially if the judge is amount of time's I've rewound and replayed tracks.

SkyBlew - Your Dreams Is BLEW Reality mixtape

I can jam to this album in any situation. Walking to the bus, riding the bus, writing about video games, and the all important, during a play session of Mario Kart Black. SkyBlew drops a hot mixtape of life, music, and video games. Get prepped for his debut album by catching on with the Your Dreams Is Blew Reality mixtape from last fall.