Logic “Under Pressure”

Gotta admit: this wasn’t quite what I was expecting for the inevitable video to the title track/self-produced single from Logic. He and his VMG crew create a real-life Goldeneye. The entire 6 minute clip is shot in 1st person as we follow the characters through an escalating Call of Duty mission that features some entertaining twists and turns. This one appeals to the fellas since it’s every guy’s dream to be a part of a heist (amirite? A pretend heist, of course.) Without giving away too much more, except for the fact that I think that’s 6ix as the pizza guy (hah!), simply press play and enjoy the adventure. Creative concept that’s overall well-executed and perhaps makes “Under Pressure” more of a pump up song to you today than it used to be. For me, it was already that because I love the beat.

Logic’s debut album drops this month, 10.21.

Jon Bellion ‘The Definition’

VMG’s Jon Bellion has released a few provocative videos leading up to the new free project, The Definition, and I think this is just the beginning as his star continues to rise since his co-writing credit on last year’s “The Monster” (yes, the Eminem/Rihanna hit single if you didn’t know). Alas… download said Definition below.

DL: Jon Bellion ‘The Definition’

Logic debut album ‘Under Pressure’

UPDATE: Logic announces this afternoon that Under Pressure will see release on October 21st. Expect to see the title track single… later tonight…

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09.10.14: The time has come for Logic‘s debut album to impact. Today, the VMG/Def Jam signee released the title and cover art above with the caveat that Under Pressure is “dropping this Fall”. The painting style artwork shows love to his crew with 6ix chillin under a Big Gulp, which, sidebar will forever be associated with this…

That said, you can say the pressure is on Logic to deliver on this debut album, but one thing’s for sure, the Ratt Pack and Bobby Soxers will surely be out to support as they have with his previous projects. Though Logic’s recent work has been solid, I still dig the 2011 Young Sinatra mixtape the most. Here’s hoping that Under Pressure reaches that level for me. Hear the lone preview so far below.

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QuESt ‘Searching Sylvan’

One of my most anticipated projects of September I didn’t have to wait long for. You’ve undoubtedly seen the weekly previews leading up to QuESt’s Searching Sylvan as now the promo comes to a head with the VMG wordsmith’s new project in full. It’s the type to sit down to, close your eyes even, and visualize the story that QuESt conveys from beginning to end. It’s his story, Sylvan‘s story, and I’m going to be right there with you with a close ear. Lookin’ forward to digesting this one below…

DOWNLOAD: QuESt ‘Searching Sylvan’

To also celebrate the release of Searching Sylvan yesterday, look where it ended up… Times Square.

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Jon Bellion “Simple And Sweet”

The “Simple And Sweet” new single from Jon Bellion now gets visual treatment that’s actually not so simple. The VMG singer sings in adoration of a simple and sweet woman, yet the woman in this video is a samurai. Pretty cool really. The variety of locations and scenes make this an engaging viewing all the way through, especially when the song completely changes sound about 2/3 of the way through. I’m not the craziest about the song, but the video is a worthy one to watch and a good preview of the forthcoming project, The Definition.

QuESt “Struggle Rapper” f/ Melat

QuESt continues his weekly releases en route to Searching Sylvan and “Struggle Rapper” also continues with the personal, storytelling theme of the project thus far. After winning a contest hosted by Jermaine Dupri, QuESt dives into his mindset at the lowest point of his career. It’s a never-ending stream of consciousness across a brooding beat by Wish Lade & 6ix. No hooks. Just the story. And I co-sign tracks like this if they’re well-executed like “Struggle Rapper” is. It’s hard not to feel engaged by the story and then rise to inspiration given QuESt’s momentum to break through as a rapper. I tried not to get caught up in the flow because I don’t think it was QuESt’s intention to fluidly ride with the beat the entire time. It’s all about the lyrics so lend a close ear below.

*Tibs Fav.

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Jon Bellion “Munny Right”

The VMG singer Jon Bellion is sure to catch your attention with his new record “Munny Right”. He first croons a tailored version of Kanye’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” to reel ya in and then breaks down the story of feeling depressed as a kid and fast-forwarding through to his break as a writer for Eminem’s “The Monster”. I appreciate the story and the overall realness. It’s a great track to listen to the first time because you may not know the story and then run back for the ever-changing style.