Tommy Kruise remixes Ballout, Yung Gleesh, and Capo's “What U Got”, originally produced by Zaytoven.  Check out the original, in all of its geeked hesitance, right here.  Kruise has spent a significant amount of time amplifying the work(s) of others, constructing his  vision of hits that range from Quebecer Rap to soulful reappropriations to saddened reimaginations.  Regardless, it’s hard to genre-type what Kruise does in general.  It’s probably hard to do that in general, and I’m tired of trying to understand rap in terms of genre splicing.  

And to be honest, it’s sounds like this one that make that conversation obsolete.  Here, where Zay left trails of sunctioned hyphy functions, Kruise propels a swollen anxiety.  He forgets genre in the interest of character.  You could hear the different genres//sounds that source Kruise’s work, but their collision(s) is[are] what defy the idea of genre at all. here.  By droplet-maneuvering metallic percussions, exasperating snare knocks, and thumbing a flatlined bass, Kruise creeps his sound into existence.  He validates Ballout, Gleesh, and Capo alongside these daunting sounds, without having to weave a mashup.  

Kruise affixes a new atmosphere for the track, bringing the trio out of a genre conversation, and into one that understands rap as a raw state of being.  



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

T-BRUIN releases visuals by GIL-TA for his song “Bout That Life”, featuring DAMONE, which was produced by KTGOTBEATS.  I got the chance to  go behind the scenes for this hood-driven “arms race”, which spurred material that I’ll share next week.  BRUIN and the BLEU DOPE collective (which includes GIL-TA) linked with DAMONE and his ROSE GOLD crew to depict the precarious nature of connections made and lost.  Under the careful eye of GIL-TA, the story’s carefully-balanced persona takes form.  

KT’s instrumental flitters on the backs of margin-piercing sounds, nodding a sturdy aggregate off of these seemingly frail sounds.  With a hum railing off the edges of the track, KT builds from a deeply threatening place.  He peaks his structure with minimally-amplified acoustics: rolling strings flutter over a stew of shouldering vocal samples and a deep knock that cements these thinned sounds.  By combining a series of [separately] frail sounds under a a broad bass, KT constructs the strength of street wisdom : power in numbers, so stick together.  

Following in line, the BLEU DOPE collective and ROSE GOLD family come together under BRUIN and DAMONE’s vocal directions.  As told by this video, warring factions express their colors to tell a story of deceit and conflict.  BRUIN opens with a short parable to introduce the aggressively-hammered hook and his nonchalantly boisterous verse.  DAMONE’s uncontrollably arid rasps infect the rest of the scene, answering BRUIN’s taunts with an equal degree of thuggery and shruggery.  No fucks given, if you bout that life, then be bout it.  If not, shut the fuck up about your colors and your set.  



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

Noreaga, of CNN (Capone N Noreaga) teams up with Harry Fraud for “Cowboys And Indians”.  Noreaga’s upcoming project, Noreaster is set to drop 4.20.14, and will feature contributions from Styles P, Raekwon, Troy Ave, Cormega, Capone, GoodBelt GangYung ReallieSho Ballotti, and Nature.  Just add a feature from Lake, and this project would’ve assembled [most of] the finest from street-certified music.  And Harry Fraud follows suit, capturing the Queensbridge aesthetic, leaving the snares at home for a dark growl that Noreaga laces with taunting chin-checks.  

Fraud lays urban stripes down with a gritty synth set to hunt down cinematic shimmers and  acoustic sounds that affirm the uncompromising strength of the Militainment camp.  Drums open with heartbeaten rhythm, settling a warzoned environment.  Wavering on the deeper end of tones, the disappointed synth droops hoodies under the vanson leathers that Fraud evokes with his darkened//tech//bop.  Perfect for the confrontational pressin from Noreaga, Fraud clouds his sounds with threatening density.  

HASHTAG FACTS just got a reboot from the CNN representative (Fuck All Cats That Snitch) for anyone considering pointing fingers.  Noreaga is relevant without a trending topic, a branded movement, or a design team. You know, real rap shit.  His material revolves around doing your time, weeding out rats, and how to not get sold out.  And while Noreaga has been experimenting with his sounds for a while, he never strays from the roots of his experience(s), focusing and refreshing his presentation at unpredictable times.  



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

Boogie teams up with A$ton Matthews over a Caleb Stone instrumental, for an all-Left Coa$t cast on “West Side”.  Boogie’s project Thirst 48, is still set for an unknown release date, but all of his contributions so far have retained an unwaveringly distinct street monologue.  Using Matthews’ signature ferocity over an inflating instrumental by Stone, Boogie develops an even tone for his coarse subject matter.   
Caleb Stone has an enormous bag of tricks that bulges with unconventional song-structures, boisterous remixes, and floated atmospheres.  Here, he floats a snare-stirred instrumental atop a crumpling//kneaded swell.  Occasionally removing the penetrable elements of his instrumental, Stone flushes poignant sounds to dagger in an increasingly-loose environment.  The dilating consistency in his instrumental gives Boogie and Matthews the ebb and flow they need to balance the textures on this track.  
And let’s just praise the fact  that there’s still a few rappers out rep colors.  Boogie sticks to his red bandana, all the while acknowledging that most of his people twist C’s into their fingers.  People forgot that the streets govern; and that the hood decides who really got the grammy, and whose mixtape actually flopped.  Boogie and Matthews remain undaunted in their distinct presences here.  Boogie opens with not actin’ sweet, harmonizing about whoopin’ asses, and playing on words to accuse cops of miranda rights-illiteracy.  Matthews follows up with his scream-adjacent flow to speak on comin’ at the neck, never missin’, and puttin’ in work.  One part calm threats, and one part aggressive enunciations, “West Side” captures the facets of street authenticity.  
WHERE YOU FROM [?] : 

Boogie - Westside (Prod. By Caleb Stone)

-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

Boogie teams up with A$ton Matthews over a Caleb Stone instrumental, for an all-Left Coa$t cast on “West Side”.  Boogie’s project Thirst 48, is still set for an unknown release date, but all of his contributions so far have retained an unwaveringly distinct street monologue.  Using Matthews’ signature ferocity over an inflating instrumental by Stone, Boogie develops an even tone for his coarse subject matter.   

Caleb Stone has an enormous bag of tricks that bulges with unconventional song-structures, boisterous remixes, and floated atmospheres.  Here, he floats a snare-stirred instrumental atop a crumpling//kneaded swell.  Occasionally removing the penetrable elements of his instrumental, Stone flushes poignant sounds to dagger in an increasingly-loose environment.  The dilating consistency in his instrumental gives Boogie and Matthews the ebb and flow they need to balance the textures on this track.  

And let’s just praise the fact  that there’s still a few rappers out rep colors.  Boogie sticks to his red bandana, all the while acknowledging that most of his people twist C’s into their fingers.  People forgot that the streets govern; and that the hood decides who really got the grammy, and whose mixtape actually flopped.  Boogie and Matthews remain undaunted in their distinct presences here.  Boogie opens with not actin’ sweet, harmonizing about whoopin’ asses, and playing on words to accuse cops of miranda rights-illiteracy.  Matthews follows up with his scream-adjacent flow to speak on comin’ at the neck, never missin’, and puttin’ in work.  One part calm threats, and one part aggressive enunciations, “West Side” captures the facets of street authenticity.  

WHERE YOU FROM [?] : 

Boogie - Westside (Prod. By Caleb Stone)



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

T-BRUIN at Lit Lounge, NYC, winter 2014.

Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

Fred Pharaoh and  SYNEAD out in the BRONX, NY, winter 2014.  

Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

GVVAAN NÜRAS in the BRONX, NYC, winter 2014 (2/2).  

Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

T-BRUIN in the BRONX, NYC, winter 2014.
Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]


-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

T-BRUIN in the BRONX, NYC, winter 2014.

Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

Fred Pharaoh in the BRONX, NY, winter 2014.  
Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]

-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

Fred Pharaoh in the BRONX, NY, winter 2014.  

Shot with a disposable camera.  [unedited]



-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)

FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE

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