Welcome to the November 2023 edition of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty Collective’s music discovery show! This month we’re talking about international CHH, new November 2023 releases, problems with hustle culture, and more! PLUS we’re joined by Nomis and get to talk to him about his 2018 album Rhodes to Rome. This isn’t one to miss!

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Connect with AlexanderDanielDarius, and Nomis on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.


Background music: The Return by peace586 & DSTL


Hulvey & Aha Gazelle – More of You

Limoblaze & Elle Limebear – Over

Shai Linne – Elder Statesman

William Cata – Bully

Nomis – A Million and One

Ninajirachi – Wayside

AJR – Hole in the Bottom of My Brain

almost monday – sweet feelings

We’re back with another episode of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty Collective’s music listening show! Join us to hear Alexander and Darius talk about hot new releases from August, Derek Minor’s legacy, and what messages hip-hop can bring to the Church that other genres can’t.

Listen on the FiveTwenty Collective Substack now! Plus you can paste api.substack.com/feed/podcast/1246501/s/62118.rss into your favorite podcast app to get new episodes automatically in your podcast feed.

Connect with Alexander and Darius on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.


Background music: Shine On… by Max I Million


KB & Scootie Wop – Who the Son Sets Free

Nomis – West Coast Shottas (feat. Myka 9, Caps the Elusive, & Sojourn)

116 – Authority (feat. Lecrae, Tedashii, KB, & Derek Minor)

Derek Minor – Who You Know

Cian Ducrot – Endless Nights

Essenger & Cryoshell – As Above, so Below

Nomis, "Doomsday Clock"

Nomis pays tribute with the single Doomsday Clock

It is well-documented that hip-hop was birthed in the Empire State. Though neighboring boroughs participated in its origins, The Bronx was the first to place its flag in the soil. In its inception, the totality of hip-hop culture was predominantly represented by the Black & Hispanic youth of New York. But cultural phenomenons never stay localized for too long.

Quickly, the phenomenon spread and consumed young men & women across the country.

Innovation began throughout the culture as a whole. More and more artists arose. New cadences and tones began to spread almost as fast as the culture itself. But what time has shown us, is that there was something particularly groundbreaking about the wielding of the art of rhyme in the Golden State.

To this day, the voices, faces, and sonics of hip-hop music are as unique and vast as the people of the earth itself. All of us must pay homage to the DJs, B-Boys, Graffiti Writers, and Rappers that built this culture from nothing. When it comes to the mastery of styles, it’s time the culture pays homage to the West Coast.

In Doomsday Clock, Nomis honors the California innovators of styles that came before him.

Every couple of bars, Nomis changes his flow and tonal inflections, each as a shout to the rich history of lyricists who’ve mastered the craft. Nomis playfully manipulates his vocal timing, as he speaks to the timeline of the creation, curse, and covenant narrative between God and man.

Nomis & Propaganda "Forest"

SoCal-based emcees Nomis & Propaganda have a new single! Forest is a reminder for us to pause and reflect.

Music is a medium that is constantly growing and evolving. When a new sound starts to emerge, it quickly spreads like a virus to other artists and consumers within the genre. Everyone wants a piece. Almost as fast, it then begins to bleed into other genres. Before you know it, a new standard has been set for every artist to emulate.

“Pop Radio” is now draped in new garments. But by this point, the music has already begun to shift and evolve again. The next thing is already on the horizon.

This is also true for countless sources of self-expression and artistic endeavor. One month on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok will prove this to be true over and over again. In an era where people are trained to always be looking for what’s next, we must pause. We must take a moment to examine and acknowledge what has already been. Every King sits on a throne that was warm when they arrived and is warming for a King still to come.

In Forest, Nomis & Propaganda are reminding us to pause.

They are reminding us that we didn’t build the thrones that we currently occupy.

“Before you found your voice, there was a chorus. Before you take your throne, you must restore it.”

No matter how well we’ve done, or how far we have taken our individual kingdoms, there was royalty that came before us.

The soil of that kingdom was already rich. All twelve notes of the western hemisphere existed long before we learned to sing. That throne was constructed well before our conception. In harmony we sing, “Before they chopped them down, there was a Forest”. There is much to glean from the Kings & Queens of our past. Even the ones the world has forgotten. “Man lives, man dies, man has perfected, but man lacks perspective”.


In this special end of 2022 episode, Alexander, Darius, and Daniel each bring two of their favorite CHH albums from 2022 alongside one non-CHH favorite. We’ve got Not Klyde! Nomis! Stranger Things! Bodega! Experimental EDM! We’ve got it all on the DINO NUGGETS music listening show! Check it out and let us know what you think.

Connect with Alexander, Daniel, and Darius on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.


On January 26, 2021, Nomis’ father died. It was the first in a series of dominos leading to the worst year of his life.

Loss At Sea is Nomis processing the year his family has had in real-time. “For those of you who have suffered significant loss,” states Nomis “I hope this resonates with you and you feel understood.”

Production: Tactik, Newselph, Chrys Jones












“Royalty” ft. Sareem Poems

Ryley Michael

“2 Free 2 Fail” ft. Bartholomew Jones

Ryley Michael

“First Love” ft. Saint Marcel

Andrew Puckett

“Over It”


“Do It”


“Letter to Q”

Austin Joyce



“3X” Maxi Single


If you’ve been hunting for those bars, well, we have good news for you… it’s Open Season

Nomis teamed up with a slew of CHH heavyweights including Joe Ayinde, J. Crum, CZAR Josh, Thomas Iannucci, and Shiwan to show everyone that the essence of hip hop is not dead.

Ayinde and Iannucci joined forces for the song “Illyinde” late in 2018 and “Open Season” feels much like a sequel. Of course, every good sequel needs some more friends along for the ride. Iannucci gave FiveTwenty some insight on how this new song came to be.

“Some months ago I had been listening to a lot of indie CHH and, because I like those sorta things, I tried to come up with a list of the best up and coming lyricists out there. I feel like the music industry often doesn’t give shine to lyrical skill nor is it supportive of up and comers until they have quite a buzz. I’m always trying to support the underdogs.”

“In any case, I tweeted out that, in my opinion, no up and comer could hang bar for bar with Joe Ayinde, J. Crum, Kay Sade, CZAR Josh, or Shiwan…except possibly myself. The six of us are all friendly and the thread was pretty cordial; several of us had been kicking around the idea of a supergroup at one point, which is where that idea came from in the first place.”

“Nomis, who is a friend of Joe’s, saw the tweet and respectfully disagreed.”

“He said that he felt he could easily go bar for bar with everyone mentioned, and anyone else who cared to get it. He was happy to prove it if needed. I hadn’t heard his music before, but after he said that I quickly streamed ‘Rhodes to Rome’ and was not disappointed. It was then that I suggested the best way to prove this would be for all of us to get on wax. Everyone agreed but it was Nomis who took initiative to actually make the song happen.”

“He reached out to us all privately, came up with a beat and concept, and brought “Open Season” together. Unfortunately, Kay wasn’t on the song – yet it came out amazing. We might have to do a second with her on it!”

[For the record I am 100% here for this. So Kay, I bet you won’t do it (but I’ll be happy to have you prove me wrong). We will see though.]

As Iannucci described “Open Season”, it is an “aggressive, battle-style approach that challenged the six emcees to bring their best or get overlooked. Let’s dive in and see what they were able to do.

Joe Ayinde

The kick hits and the keys get tickled as an introduction to madness…and then comes Joe. “Peeling off in the whip like the skin of a slave, I’m timid cause/ I remember when in my venomous days my sinning was/ centered on a seemingly infinite phase/ but I find God in the now and give Him the praise, Glory” Listen, maybe Joe is CHH – maybe he is not, but the same way he declares that he is not worried about figuring out Kanye’s beliefs on this track, I’m not trying to figure it out. All I know is that I’m 20 seconds into the song and it feels like the mic has been dropped. Ayinde has the bravado and the skill to back it up. He is quick to challenge anyone in the rap game that wants to go, and the sauce he’s cooking with sure smells good bro!

J. Crum

Next up is the villain from Omaha, Nebraska – and as we saw on his “battle” with North Carolina emcee Mitch Darrell, Crum knows how to craft a verse. “I don’t believe your twisted face and all your fake bravado/ I’m from the place that shake ya voice up like an old vibrato/ Who really wanna start a war vs. me and mi hermonos/ they former felons all they smiles look like El Dorado” I can’t verify that Crum is speaking about his fellow “Open Season” emcees, but with some of those smiles…maybe. I really am loving Crum’s vocal inflection and the way he rides the hits at the end of his verse is a perfect segway to the hitter on deck.


We now have the man that we should all thank for this track, at least according to Iannucci. I’m going to be honest, while I’ve seen Nomis across social media, much like Thomas I hadn’t dove into his music up to this point. Allow me to be the first to apologize and promise to work on correcting that moving forward. Within a few bars, it is easy to see why Nomis believed he could hang with some of CHH’s most gifted lyricists. “(An East African sun) That solidified my decade as a Dread Knight/ We celebrate the living while we recognize the dead might/ see life a little different if you bled  might seem like/ the mission’s actually possible, Red Light, Green Light (Toast)” From Tower of Babel references to Bron and the travels of Dame Dollar, it feels like Nomis seized this opportunity and ran with it.


“Open Season” gets blessed with its second Villain, and you can believe that this royal wordsmith is CULTUREd indeed. Listen, Josh already dropped one of my favorite tracks of the year with “IDWCMH” so I know what he brings to the table. But dang bro, did you have to do it like this? “They ask, Benz or Beamer?/ I be like, “neither, I’m a dreamer”/ Coolin’ in Louisiana, drippin’ like Katrina/ Word to my shawty, she creole and got that flava/ Righteous in her heart, but prone to ratchet behavior” What we take away from this kids, (I’m a teacher, deal with it) is that we will pray for Josh’s girl and anyone who tries to out rap the CZAR. At this point in the song “Open Season” has gone from a problem to not even fair and there are still two more verses left.

Thomas Iannucci

My Hawaiian brother has chops, but after hearing the first four verses I knew Thomas had to get real ill on this one. “I do not have friends, only admirers/ if you want this smoke, you need fire first/ I bring the fireworks, you more Fyre Fest/ and now you’re screwed like Ja Rule with the IRS/ But I digress, think it’s time for you to call it/ man you took so many shots you look like an alcoholic” With that first line I feel like I need to confirm the status of the relationship Thomas and I have. I mean regardless, it is true none the same. I’m a big fan and I love the continued growth I see out of Iannucci on each and every track. Since winning that random award that he rarely talks about, Thomas has truly leveled up his approach and put in the work to be squarely in the discussion of the culture’s top emcees.


When you’re the closer you cannot buckle under pressure. According to Shiwan, he was really the only choice to wrap this instant-classic up. “Only God gave me lyrics, I’m letting the flow swirl/ I’m like Jay mixed with K-Dot and Drake in a cool world/ and I ain’t talking about climbing to stay up to parkour/ I’m like turning on the grill, get the fire and charcoal” I guess if you can’t take this heat you should probably listen to something else. Shiwan definitely fulfilled his role and cemented “Open Season” as one of 2019’s best.

There really is not much else that I can write that would do this song justice. All I can say is, for those of us (yes, myself included) who clamor for hip hop at its roots, here we are. If we can’t run the numbers up on this and show not only CHH, but hip hop at large, that we have lyricists – then we have no room for complaints or social media posts about “back in the day”.

If you haven’t heard it, listen now: