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S.P.E.C.trum- “Airplane Dreaming” (feat./ Alex Suazo)

Posted in (DOPE) music, uncut (DOPE) with tags , , , on April 26, 2010 by Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire)

“Rap is my City Big Tigga Basement/Music is my heartbeat, listen to the cadence.”-S.P.E.C.trum on “Airplane Dreaming”

S.P.E.C.trum feat./ Alex Suazo- Airplane Dreaming <-Download Link

NEW (DOPE)ness. This is the first single off of the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED The Variety EP from the Houston MC, S.P.E.C.trum. This joint goes hard. Follow him on Twitter and check out his new music at S.P.E.C.trum’s myspace page.



The Son of The Frozen Sun (Astonish Article)

Posted in (DOPE) music, Articles/Interviews, uncut (DOPE), Videos with tags , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire)


“I hate boxes. I don’t even smoke squares.”-Astonish in DopeIsAsDopeDoes Interview

Being boxed in categories isn’t really Astonish’s thing. Astonish will never be the next Mos Def. Nor the next Kanye West. Nor the next  Jay-Z. And if you asked him….that’s exactly his plan. Astonish, the unsigned artist from The Land of the Frozen Sun(see: Common’s Chi City) has been perfecting his craft of tantilizing lyricism mixed with street smart machismo since the age of 12 and now is making music for the same reason fellow Chicagoian Common made Finding Forever: to make timeless music. 

I’m just a musician. I’m not focused on making one type of music,” says Astonish in his usual relaxed tone.

Your boy might actually mean what he says because his (DOPE) debut EP, From Now Until Forever ranges from the plush strings-driven reflective track “Broken Dreams” (“Karma is a bitch/that dont fuck/she just gives head and thats a person that sucks/to be with”)   to the witty conceptual joint “The Interview “ (“I’m on the grind cause I gotta be/Until I get a deal that looks like I won the lottery”). This mindset has garnered him some success with the release of the music video for his song, “Can U Hear Me”, which even astonished Astonish(come on, I HAD to do it). “30, 000 views in the 1st week. And I’m not even a YouTube rapper [laughs]” jokes Astonish.

Apart from the gift for words, the punchlines and the ear for (DOPE) beats (listen to “Microphone Check”) Astonish’s most appealing feature is his uninhibited honesty. The Molemen member doesn’t bite his tongue when discussing his hometown of Chicago (“That competitiveness intervenes with the unifying of everybody”), underground music (“The only time you shold want to be underground is when you’re dead“) or female MC, Nicki Minaj (“She got it and she can get it. And you can put that on the record”). His music is infused with the same type of honesty, shedding the detached invincibility attached to rappers to show his imperfections on the Scheme and Decay-assisted cut, “Problems”. He’s the everyman MC that every man can’t be. 

Yes, at times he sounds like Mr. Cool. Yes, he’s REALLY under the radar. But with an upcoming mixtape in the works as we speak(he spit a (DOPE) verse from it on the the record though) and scheduled shows next year already lined up, the world will soon be fucking with Astonish. And according to Astonish, the rest of you MC’s better step ya pen game up:

“Any artist that wants to  fuck with me, no lame shit,” says Astonish

READ MORE to check out who Astonish wants to work with, some of his favorite albums and his hilarious encounter with Mickey Factz.

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Uncut (DOPE)- Wreck 1

Posted in (DOPE) music, uncut (DOPE) with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire)

*”Uncut (DOPE)”- Is a section in DopeIsAsDopeDoes where I bring to you, hip hop, an up-and-coming, raw artist (Think: Source’s Unsigned Hype Circa ’98). For our first Uncut (DOPE) I bring you…

Wreck 1

“Hold the industry hostage with a compact disc.”-Wreck 1 on “Eat A Dick”

Wreck 1 (momma know him as Shane LaBounty Jr.) is a burgeoning new MC with a mix of multisyllabalic lyricism, morbid humor and wit that is reminiscent of a certain mutliple Grammy Award winning, diamond selling rapper. Wreck 1 definitely shows the influence of Eminem in his rhyming style and content to the point where sometimes you have to look at your MP3 to make sure you didn’t accidentally play an Em. But after a few listens to such tracks as the head knod-inducing “Onion Breath” or the Denaun Porter-produced banger “Ain’t A Riddle”, Wreck 1 begins to etch his own identity in your mind. Dont get it twisted, he hasn’t blown up yet but he’s been on his fucken grind, opening up for acts such as Nas, KRS ONE, and members of the Wu Tang(cant name all of them cause it’s like 2 million of them motherfuckers.) Below you can check out and/or download two songs by Mr. Wreck 1, “Eat A Dick” and “Onion Breath.” Be on the look out for his EP SuperVillian Circus coming to an iTunes near you. And check him out at his myspace.


Wreck 1- Eat A Dick

Wreck 1- Eat A Dick (Download Link)

Wreck 1- Onion Breath

Wreck 1- Onion Breath (Download Link)