Hear Thraxx King's Psychedelia on Project 72 by Maxwell Young

Open your third eye through the journey of Thraxx King's latest album, Project 72.

 Streaming on all platforms.  Cover art designed by  Maps Glover.

Streaming on all platforms.  Cover art designed by Maps Glover.

Psychedelic drugs such as LSD, mushrooms, MDMA, Peyote, and more have long been associated with music.  A$AP Rocky and Skepta--tweaking out in a London studio--concocted their hit single "Praise the Lord" while Flacko's psychedelic professor friend was on-hand to monitor the pair's progression through the trip.  And then there was Ken Kessey's famed Acid Tests in the 1960s, basically full-blown parties bumping music and strobe lights, challenging people not to freak out.  Pushing your mind to such depths or heights becomes all the more impactful when its done to an equally as skewed soundtrack. 

One night last November, Thraxx King experienced a "very powerful trip" that he says manifested important realizations.  The cover art of Project 72, designed by frequent collaborator Maps Glover, alludes to the magnitude of Thraxx's psychedelic awakening.  Pictured in the foreground with a drooping dreadlock, the Maryland-based rapper is being pulled through, in, and out of these different portals and dimensions.  The time travel and reality warping seem to have driven him mad as he stares at the listener googly-eyed.  There's no telling what this figure is hallucinating.

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 Cover art for  singles  "Anarchy" and "Talking About Nuclear War" by Glover.

Cover art for singles "Anarchy" and "Talking About Nuclear War" by Glover.

If Glover drew Thraxx mid-trip, then the songs of Project 72 are grounded in the consciousness he attained post-trip.  "I learned a lot from it and had to create something," he said over DM

While tracks two and three ("Distortion" and "Moon") were already composed before the Maryland rapper's mind-altering trip, much of the project was conceived during the aftermath.  He places himself in this contagious pocket of songs such as "Motion," "Won't Lose," and "Lesson Learned," where bass-heavy 808s drive the listener into a head-banging trance as he raps, "Timing is of the essence.  Follow that frequency.  Boost up that energy.  It starts with self, nobody else," in the latter track. 

Thraxx King is far from the kid who's introduction to music was drumming in church, as he recalled on Late Bloom Radio several months ago.  Although his music still maintains crisp, percussive elements like rudiments on a snare.  Thraxx hopes to soon produce accompanying visuals to continue the strong engagement with his album.  Available on Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and any other streaming platform, Project 72 is firm ground on which Thraxx King can elevate his music career. 

"Pixburgh" Mixed by RB by Alex Young

 "Pixburgh" tracklist via  farESHBrand.com

"Pixburgh" tracklist via farESHBrand.com

Ryan Brown, RB for short, plays his role in the "Pixburgh" sound. His music festival, The City, presented by Brown's streetwear company called farESH Brand, gave over 40 local artists a personal audience. His brand keys on blending the scenes in Pittsburgh focused on culture, music and nightlife. Now, he uses his DJ talent to produce his first mix "Pixburgh" that champions the hip-hop artists in the city even more. 

RB hits a note when his mix starts as female MC Nay Hundo throws a pretty alley hoop to rapper Pk Delay as their respective songs "The Plan" and "Big Finessa" slam. The entire "Pixburgh" project is worth listening to below. Research the tracklist above, especially that Bill Waves "Firefly" song that RB placed in the project. 

I see that Antwon Rose growing through gardens. Flowers in the pavement. Tears that give them showers with the power and the Satan. Media lies and headlines that they routed in the pages, kill ‘em by the thousands if they doubted what we're saying. And Jimmy Wopo's got a viewing soon. The cops wanted him dead too. - Bill Waves in "Firefly"

Listen to Deluxe Songs from Travis Scott's "Astroworld" by Alex Young

 via Travis Scott's Instagram  account

via Travis Scott's Instagram account

How'd you like the-long awaited "Astroworld" album from Travis Scott La Flame? If you want more of a ride from "Astroworld," check out the rapper's radio show on Apple Music, .wav radio with DJ Chase B here. The latest episode that celebrates "Astroworld" features songs from the album's deluxe edition. 

Travis Scott - Part Time

Travis Scott ft. Gunna - Zoom

Travis Scott ft. Playboi Carti - Houdini

[songs removed from SoundCloud]

"Nickelodeon" by Alex Young

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Maybe it's my ride on Astroworld remedied by the luster from A$AP Mob's AWGE DVDs, but we're putting rap in Pittsburgh on camera, just like all the greats do. Think how legendary Wiz Khalifa's "DayToday" episodes are. Let alone his YouTube channel period. The video for "Reefer Party" still gives comedic relief. Know the power of MTV music videos too. Although the day-to-day, the fun on camera shows everyone you're real. When you throw rap into the mix, it just becomes cool. Soon, see how lit the hip-hop scene is here if you have yet to put the pieces together. Already filming freestyles and shenanigans, shine your bars. This is for us.

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A snippet of some freestyles may hit the ITR Instagram account.

Get Ready for "TRAPPNLYNNON" by Alex Young

After watching the AWGE DVD volumes by vaunted A$AP MOB rap crew, let’s hype more cool hip-hop.

"Count Up" recorded by Choo Jackson, Christo, Hardo and FTR Drama is every bit of stardom and the music scene as you would expect from the next heavy hitting rappers. You can see how the rappers' styles have changed while noticing they're trajectory remains on point. The Choo, Christo and Hardo camp has a nice cache of music. Remember all three on "Chance It" from Choo's "Anime" project. More so, Christo production gives Choo's music that bounce. The last five songs that Choo has released Christo has production credits on three of them. Just slight work as the native Pittsburgh DJ and producer jaunts around the world part of Dreamville rapper J.I.D.'s tour act and music production. Hardo is going on tour himself featured in the Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Tour from Wiz Khalifa. Choo Jackson got concert dates through LiveNation too, and he was just in New York City recording music with ClockworkDJ. Career rapper FTR Drama elevates this song thanks to big-time features with rappers like Chief Keef. Drama mixes well with this group as a Pittsburgh flavor drips through the song. Each rapper, native or not, used city resources to push their music. Stay tuned to new music by all the parties here, like the Choo Jackson and Hardo "TRAPPNLYNNON" EP.