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DJ Kideazy took an unconventional approach to his newest releases.

While the double album became popular in the mid to late 90s, not many artists have attempted to release two separate albums at the same time.

This is what Kideazy has done with Crying Heart and The Golden Era: Elijah Marc.

One album is full of rapping and the other is full of old-school singing.

Crying Heart

Crying Heart is the fourth album from the Detroit-based artist.

DJ Kideazy produced 16 of the 19 tracks on the album himself. Pouring his soul into its creation, Crying Heart is Kideazy’s most personal project. The multi-talented artist showcases his versatility as he raps with a ton of different tones, cadences, styles, and deliveries. There is a cohesive flow that makes for a well-put-together album.

Sharing his life’s testimony, Kideazy talks about being a kid growing up half in the church and half in the streets. He demonstrates that God can change you if you’re willing to surrender and give Him your all.

“I came from the hood of Detroit doing things that could have easily got me either killed or locked up,” explained Kideazy. “But God shined His light on me even when I didn’t know it. I wanted to help someone else that may be going through something I went through, or anyone struggling with fear to just give God their all. I wanted them to hear my stories and testimony so it could let them know that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done. God is still there. He will always be there. You gotta take that step and surrender to Him.”

Stand-out tracks include “Treat Me Right”, “Stay Holy”, “Half & Half (ft. Ray Knowledge)”, and “Stood Tall (ft. Lance Hitch & Andre David)”.

The album is full of features as is usual for DJ Kideazy. His projects often have a compilation-type feel to them. Included on the album are artists Chris Elijah, Illuminate, Marqus Anthony, DreBeeze Da Godson, Plain James, Desciple, Unkle Gmo, Elohin, Choirboy Bell, Miraql3, and more.

Crying Heart is an emotional journey full of vibes, bangers, love, artful imagery, cutting flows, and wavy melodies that are all influenced by the Holy Spirit. The next single from the album is “Treat Me Right”.

The Golden Era: Introducing Elijah Marc

The Golden Era: Introducing Elijah Marc is a groovy, old-school, funky pop album.

Introducing DJ Kideazy’s alter ego, Elijah Marc, the sound praises God like it’s the 70s and 80s. It is meant to get people dancing and moving, all while giving Jesus the glory. It’s easy to hear the passion as Elijah Marc expresses from the depths of his spirit the way he feels about God.

“This album was the little kid in me that always wanted to make a signing album when I was growing up,” shared DJ Kideazy. “The difference now is that I’m able to give God the glory because He changed my life and saved me. It means even more to me. These memories, [of] singing when I was younger, remind me of some of the best feelings of my life. Before I was DJ Kideazy, the Gospel rapper, I was just a little kid singing named Elijah Marc Blaylock. That’s how I came up with the name The Golden Era: Introducing Elijah Marc.”

“I Couldn’t Believe It” and “I Will” are two standout tracks that are sure to get plenty of spins.

“Let’s Dance (Wedding Reception Song)” will have the whole party two-stepping and “Funk (Instrumental)” is a classic groove! DJ Kideazy has created a terrific summer album. So get outside, have some fun, and praise God!

The next single from the album is “I Will (ft. Goodson)”.

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Someday is the latest EP release by hip hop artist Elohin, through his music brand CF Entertainment.

The EP consists of two tracks, “My Pain” and “Someday”, that heavily focus on the topics of depression, anxiety, doubt and faith. Musically, the EP has a darker vibe and feels much different than his previous releases. The darker vibe and feel helps to capture the raw emotion and pain expressed in Elohin’s lyrics.

After the success of his previous album Broken Narrative, Elohin is back with a new project titled Beautiful Rejection.

Beautiful Rejection includes production from Kid Ocean, DopeBoyzMusic, and more. It is crafted to take listeners on a journey. Embracing the rejection of people and resting in the acceptance of God.

Features: Aaron Patterson, Glory Shalom, Amber Ramsey

Stay Humble, produced by Kid Ocean, is Elohin’s latest single release. The record is featured on his upcoming project ‘Beautiful Rejection’. His wordplay and the catchy melodic hook is coupled with a hard-hitting jazzy track. It definitely gives the song a wavy vibe perfect for radio.

Just Because, produced by Tone Jonez, is Elohin’s latest single release. In the midst of the tension that is surrounding the nation, Elohin encourages his listeners to continue fighting against injustice. At the same time, challenging them to look in the mirror and face their own personal stereotypes and biases.

I’m a fan of the articulate.

Life, in general, is easier when you can get your point across to your desired audience using your vocabulary, a presently lost art thanks in large part to the rise of social media.

Even our (mankind’s) music has embraced the currently popular talent of being able to say something without saying anything that can be audibly discerned (hey, mumble rap!). So anytime you can come across a conversation that makes sense through sound, if you enjoy knowing what’s being said and allowing it to meet you where you are and invest, it becomes a refreshing departure from what’s supplanted as today’s norm.

Enter Broken Narrative by Elohin.

The Detroit emcee is back with his upcoming 2020 release (August 28, 2020) that speaks eloquently to the times we’re in without being overly aggressive in attempting to make the listener know “…this song was written about this situation…”; you can tell there was a tapping in that had taken place prior to the world’s current state.

Broken Narrative is vulnerable. Elohin speaks openly about himself in a way that connects with the listener by not talking about relative concerns in the second person. Elohin inserts himself and shares (what you can tell without having to try too hard) personal triumphs and failings and the GOD WHO changes and transforms it all.

You can tell Elohin is a veteran. His flow is unapologetic and direct; he says what needs to be said and doesn’t dress up his take, or the Bible’s, on the subject he’s addressing.

Narrative starts with a punch in the face vocal of Coko Buttafli on the welcoming intro track Misconception, where Elohin addresses things that are generalized and usually spoken out of ignorance about GOD, about people, and about him.

Freedom shows Elohin’s ability to switch his delivery and still be just as effective, using a rapid fire flow to get his point across. It’s clear. It’s poignant. He’s been delivered from some things and has no problem letting his listeners, and even his critics, be overtly aware. DYB (Do You Believe), the first single released from this project, showcases some of tougher punchlines Elohin is capable of over the production of Tone Jonez.

Interestingly, Broken Narrative plays like a two-part miniseries: the first five tracks are brash and confident with production that feels like a modern-day Jazzmataz: rugged production with jazz-influenced sax riffs and keys sprinkled here and there. Once we get into I’m Sorry, you can tell the project has shifted and the content becomes a tell-all in hopes that the heart to heart talk will impact you as what’s Elohin’s addressing has impacted him.

One of the more touching records on this project is Words of Wisdom, an open letter to his children in which Elohin drops nuggets of desire from a parent trying to lead his children through a GOD-less society. The back end of is full of records that can easily reach a non-boom bap audience.

None of it is corny or forced, but it shows Elohin’s versatility. The title track of this project seems to tie both feels together.

Broken Narrative has top notch post production; the mixing and mastering on this project is precise and relevant. No unnecessary stunts or tricks. Instrumentation is tight. The project is well-rounded and an easy listen when content matters.

It’s not a perfect project, but it’s flaws are few and it works pretty well on all points. This is a project you will easily want in rotation. Well done, Elohin.

Available 8/28/2020 across all digital platforms.

Check out the single “DYB” below and make sure to pre-save/order ‘Broken Narrative’!

J. Crum x Jarry Manna

“Lost & Found”

Daniel AMP

“Waves”

Andrew Puckett

“The Days Are Long”

BRM

“Peter Pan” ft. Marqus Anthony

Elohin

“Words of Wisdom”

Artistry Muzik

“Out the Mud”

Dezzy Yates

“City Patrol”

Dezzy Yates

“Another Day’s Work”

 

I recently got the opportunity to listen to and review the latest mixtape from rapper Elohin (pronounced El-o-in), Boom Bap Soul.


The album has everything that a hip-hop album (or mixtape, as the case may be) should have. 

The project has, as you may guess, a very boom bap feel. It’s no secret that boom bap is one of my favorite hip-hop styles, and I found Elohin’s treatment of the art form refreshing. Let’s dive in!
 
Back to the Boom Bap (intro)
The intro track immediately grabs my attention with audio clip samples, turntablism, lyricism, and a very boom-bap-y instrumental. Elohin both tells us and shows us what he intends to do on this project.
 
On My Knees
“On my knees, my heart is achin’”
Soulful croonings punctuate this track almost as much as the soul that permeates the lyrics. Elohin begins by relating some of his own internal struggles and follows up by urging the listener to contemplate the reality of their eventual death. The song has obvious blues influences and makes for a fantastic first track.
 
No Way (Freestyle)
Elohin tells us some of the story of his life, emphasizing that there’s “no way” he’d be where he is now without God. The emcee contemplates the realities of life, the nature of wisdom, and more, giving the listener opportunity to reflect during several turntablism breaks.
“If life is a marathon why’s it movin’ so fast?”
 
It’s OK
“I make it real hard to ignore ‘cause you never heard this before / now your earbuds ‘bout to blow, giving you that boom bap soul”
“It’s OK” ushers in some more mellow (yet still just as boom bap) vibes. Elohin continues with the wordplay while talking about the music business. Although the song is a solid one, nothing about it really stands out as exceptional.
 
Snakes
Elohin adamantly rebukes the “snakes” that he sees in the world over a head-nodding drum loop on this track. The emcee spits bars on this song, but the hook is a little awkward-sounding and the mix could be better in a few spots.
 
Road Blocks
“Road Blocks” presents a long-form, no-hook storytelling track in true hip-hop fashion. I really dig it, and Elohin masterfully makes a somewhat mundane experience attention-holding and engaging, eventually leading up to a very meaningful encounter with an old acquaintance of his.
 
Mad at Me
“I told them I was different, but then I had to prove it.”
The last line of “Road Blocks” leads right in to “Mad at Me.” The track begins with a sung hook that I can really get into and continues into a steady hip-hop vibe. With a catchy chorus, groovy lyricism, and a feel-good beat, this song has everything needed to be a hit. 100% a song I would drive to.
 
New Era (Freestyle)
Comin’ in hot with the metaphors over a simplistic yet engaging beat that’s full of well-chosen samples, Elohin spits some stream of consciousness bars on a track that makes me want to sit back, relax, and just enjoy myself.
 
Rap 2 You
“I rap hard, you hardly rap”
On “Rap 2 You,” Elohin breaks down his philosophy of music, both in style and content. The rapper provides a manifesto of his work, giving examples of topics he’s passionate about and covers in his music, telling listeners, “I rap to you like you’re ridin’ to some trap music. But it’s that boom bap, let your soul clap music. That raw and that uncut kinda rap music.”  And Elohin doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk as well – in this song as well as in the mixtape as a whole.
 
Good Times (It’s Alright 2)
A lot of the songs on this album make me feel good, probably because of Elohin’s upbeat tone and my personal affinity for the style he embraces. But if you’re looking for an honest-to-goodness feel-good song, look no further than “Good Times (It’s Alright 2).” The artist encourages listeners to “have a good time” and reflects on the way he interacts with those that mean a lot to him.
 
I Am Hip Hop
Elohin pays tribute to some of the greatest artists and moments in hip-hop with shoutouts ranging from Jackie Hill Perry and Lecrae to Kanye and The Roots. The rapper hits on many persons and projects that have undoubtedly had important effects on the culture. Elohin continues to show us what he believes hip-hop is and should be.
“I am hip-hop till I’m laying in my casket.”
 
Boom Bap Cypher (feat. Jess Aleakatino, Speez, Izayah Fisher, Corey Breeze, & Sean Preston)
Two of the most hip-hop-y elements of hip-hop come together, boom bap and cyphers, as Elohin recruits five fellow artists for a “Boom Bap Cypher” and the perfect end to Boom Bap Soul. Each emcee kills their verse and the track really gets the best of both worlds with the quality of a recorded track while still having the laid-back feel of an almost spontaneous moment.
 
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Boom Bap Soul was a very enjoyable project to listen to, not just as a collection of songs but as a cohesive project. 

The unifying theme throughout was a big plus. As sustained concepts in albums are seemingly becoming fewer and farther between, Elohin works a lot of fantastic metaphors into his verses, although every once in a while there was one that didn’t quite land. 

One of the biggest positive attributes of the project was that the artist’s heart for what he says really came through in an almost tangible way. If I had one critique, it would be that I think Elohin could probably tighten up some of his flows on a few spots. Definitely would recommend this album to any listener who enjoys good boom bap!
 

My favorite tracks:

    1. Rap 2 You
    2. Boom Bap Cypher
    3. Road Blocks