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June 4th, 2019

First person that successfully guesses who Tobias is named after gets a follow and a dap — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2wDUJVM

May 20th, 2019

New Tigallo New Tigallo New Tigallo! Marathon Monday returns with part 2 of @phontigallo I talk a little about his two solo rap projects and why you need to be into him. Peep the bio link cause way too many of you said you didn’t know about Little Brother. P.S. shout out to @chrischarles.co NC based Black Photographer who’ve I’ve been following for a few years now. He does a lot of stuff for 9th Wonder and Foreign Exhange, he also directed the “So Help Me God” video! — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2QfrcKN

Marathon Monday 5/20/19 - Phonte Pt 2

May 20th, 2019

Welcome to anyone who is fucking with this ongoing thing of mine I call Marathon Monday. Today we do part 2 of Phonte and talk about his solo rap music. Sadly as a rapper Phonte has only put out two full projects, Charity Starts at Home (2011), and No News is Good News (2018). Any rapper you love respects Phonte’s pen, always spitting grown man rap you will find him to be more relate-able than Jay Z, he’s never flexing his riches but talking about the ups and downs of life, relationships, dealing with family and health. 

It’s like chasin a high, you just wanna get a hit
Just wanna get a taste, just wanna benefit
Everyday we wake up there’s the legitimate
Struggle between doin whats right, and just doin some nigga shit

This line at the beginning of the second verse always hits me, as someone who works a day job to pay the bills, this song is pretty much my life as I pursue a career in photography and/or design but until then the lights gotta stay on my cats need food. 

The Life of Kings however expounds upon how money isn’t of course the end all be all, and how used improperly amounts to nothing and of course I had to drop in that Big K.R.I.T. has a feature

Hit the city to see one of my school mates
Making six figures but she still got a roommate
Just to have a downtown apartment and some outfits
And you asking why I never leave the south, shit…

Now as a fan of music imagine my surprise when I go hit apple music one Friday last year and I see a new album by Phonte, I’m so hype I immediately play it track 1 is bit of a intro with him singing and rapping but track 2 booooooooy

They say they want bars but it’s unfounded
Cuz when they get bars niggas be dumbfounded
My mind is clear and the vision is unclouded
Cap gun rappin’, where the fuck’s the gunpowder?
Chuck D said “My Uzi weighs a ton,” now it’s
Time to go the distance in a ring full of one-rounders
Still pacin’, still gracin’ hard beats ever since y’all car seats was still rear facin’

SIR, you have no idea how many times I ran this back and hit my boy DeRon immediately saying DID YOU HEAR THAT NEW PHONTE?!?!!? I listen to this song often and it’s my go to song for everyone who asks me about BARS!

This leads into Pastor Tigallo and I want to highlight part of the third verse here 

It was a late night and I was set on a drive down 85
Wonderin’ why the best
Ideas only come to me when I’m alone or I’m depressed
Whatever happens to a rhyme deferred?
4 bars at a loss for words, hoping that I find the rest
It’s like a wound that never heals, a void that never fills
And I’m thinkin’, is it by design or by request?
I really oughta take some time to rest this can’t be healthy
Maybe I’m possessed, maybe I’m a mess

Rapping about depression, self doubt, a rhyme (dream) deferred, I may never be Jay Z, but things like this I can relate to when it comes to Phonte. 

I want to close out on “Expensive Genes” where Phonte raps about health which is something we in the black community always know is an issue. I use to make the joke that I was going to die in 20 years at 52 because of bacon. Short but very poignant.

Listening to this made me go do some pull ups because I already have issues driven by my awful diet. Phonte is for the people! With that I’m going to leave you for this week, but there is more next week! YUP THIS ISN’T JUST A 2 PARTER THIS MAN IS TALENTED!

May 13th, 2019

This #MarathonMonday is Part 1 of a 3 parter featuring @phontigallo paet 1 talks about his music as 1/3rd of the group Little Brother. If you don’t know about Phonte to peep the link in the bio NEW TIGGALO NEW TIGGALO NEW TIGGALO — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2WItfJR

Marathon Monday 5/13/19 - Phonte Pt 1

May 13th, 2019

I’ve been thinking about how to properly do this one for a while. If you’re familiar with Phonte and his iterations you know why. Phonte formerly 1/3rd of Little Brother, ½ of Foreign Exchange, is a rapper and singer from North Carolina and sadly low key one of the best rappers period. With that in mind and not wanting to rush this, this will be a multi parter talking about the various groups and talents of Phone NEW TIGGALO! NEW TIGGALO! NEW TIGGALO!

I first came across Little Brother in 2005 or so with their single “Lovin’ It” from their album The Minstrel Show which is a classic in my opinion including the interludes and songs by Percy Miracles (go listen!)

The group consisting of Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and DJ/Producer 9th Wonder all from North Carolina was dope but Phonte was the stand out rapper of the group, till this day one of my favorite opening lines comes from the song “We Got Now” skip to 1:26 if you don’t want to listen to the whole song

I tried to work wit niggas, don’t wanna jerk them niggas
But everybody runnin around thinking they murderers
Gave birth to niggas, and when I burp them niggas
They spit up old lines that I fed to them earlier
And this is what the state of hip-hop is like
I’m thinkin’, “Damn, this cannot be right”
And I agree that everybody’s a biter
But if you Xerox the style, then that’s infringin’ on my copy, right?

UGH HE CAN SPIT!! I had to go back to the earlier albums and fell in love, lets talking about this jam from their debut album The Listening

He has the stand out verse once again and IT DIDN’T EVEN RHYME!!

Now sadly due to creative differences, label woes, and possibly other issues like lack of commercial success Little Brother did break up but they gave us this last album The Getback though it was without 9th Wonder, it was still well produced as always and gave us my favorite song on the album “Dreams”

I want to leave you all with just one more Little Brother song to close this out and I think it has to be the song that opens up Minstrel Show and got me hooked on Little Brother and Phonte in particular “Beautiful Morning”

Enjoy the songs, dive into the Little Brother discography and come back next week where we talk about solo Phonte.

April 30th, 2019

I didn’t get a chance to promote #MarathonMonday because I was off socials till I saw end game. This week I talked about @bas if you’re unfamiliar with the music check the link in the bio! — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2DEFvDK

April 29th, 2019

Marathon Monday 4/29/19 - Bas

Bas is a sudanese rapper repping Queens by way of Paris, now if that doesn’t already have intrigued maybe I should also mention he’s signed to J.Cole’s Dreamville imprint is 2nd only to Cole himself when it comes to releases with 3 albums to Cole’s 4. Personally all 3 albums are very good, maybe even great with no skips outside of interludes between them so to make this simple I figure a song or 2 from each album would be how I introduce you to Bas and hopefully you go check out his albums. Starting with “Fiji Water in My Iron” from his debut album Last Winter.

I first came across Bas thanks to itsthereal and their podcast A Waste of Time, after hearing his story I was intrigued so I went and checked out the album he was promoting Too High To Riot which features one of my favorite quotables “my best pick up line is young nigga with money” 

Thanks to his latest album Milky Way I got to see Bas live in Denver (check my ig for pics from the show that I’ll be posting to accompany the article @shotbytherobot) I’ve purposely avoided Cole features until now because I want you to get to know Bas but I had to add Tribe so you can see what these two often do together. 

And my favorite song on the album which closes both the write up and this album out

I hope you dig Bas like I do, he’s easily one of my favorite artists out right now, he flawlessly weaves New York lyricism with dope melodies and I can’t think of a Bas song that I don’t like. 

April 22nd, 2019

Today’s #MarathonMonday is about TDE singer @inglewoodsir peep the link in the bio if you’re unfamiliar with his music — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2W1L4TY

Marathon Monday 4/22/19 - SiR

April 22nd, 2019

It was an easy decision to follow up last week’s Big K.R.I.T write up with TDE singer SiR since the first time I heard him was due to a Krit feature on his song “Cadillac Dreams” from his Her Ep. 

If I recall correctly I actually came across this due to more by artist option in Apple Music, this led me to listening to the entire EP which features of my favorite SiR, songs “Tricky” which is no longer available on Apple Music but can be found online still. 

In 2018 he released his TDE debut album November which is easily one of my favorite RnB albums of the year, I still bump it front to back which is easy since it’s about a half hour long but that isn’t take away in my opinion. The first full track “That’s Alright” has one of my favorite lines in the pre-chorus “We prefer hearts at the door/ And I say the same thing about her panties/ All her little friends can’t stand me/ Cause they know, I would trade her love for a Grammy”

TDE definitely has another winner in Sir, and I can’t wait for more music in the future, check out all his music on your favorite streaming platform. I’ll leave you with a couple more of my favorite songs from November

April 21st, 2019

Check the Big Krit #MarathonMonday post in the link before the new one goes live! — view on Instagram http://bit.ly/2UNS22f