Monsoon Season


YOOOOOO!!! I’ve been away for awhile workin on myself. I apologize but TRUST I’m back with good news.Milwaukee,WI is experiencing a monsoon by the name of Umbrella Music Group. These young men are taking the local hip-hop scene by storm.

Track 1: Prophetic

Proph’s been gettin it IN! In 2008,this quiet riot rocked the city with his album Mo Profit Mo Progress (available on iTunes). I’ll admit it’s STILL in heavy rotation over here. Then he dropped the Mo Progress Mo Problems webtape. His tales of working his ass of to get what he wants is inspiring as hell to say the least. After local rave reviews, quite a few radio plays,countless shows and features and a co-sign from none other then Pharell Williams, I’d say Proph (1/3 of Royal Fam) is doing “Aye Ok”.

Track 2: Ka$h

Flying under the radar for way too long, Ka$h emerges from the shadows to give us Black Bauer – Season: 1 (click to download). Opening his verbal diary for his listeners, Ka$h shows young fathers that being a ‘hands-on” dad doesn’t make you less of a man…but MORE of one. The self-proclaimed “selfish dad” makes it clear that it’s okay to neglect music in order to take care of more important his family. Sure he’s dedicated to his craft and apologetic for keeping us waiting for so long,but most rappers tend to ignore their financial situations, children, significant others, parents, etc just to “live the dream”. Kudos Ka$h.

Track 3: Yo-Dot

After several appearances on for battling Yo-Dot has FINALLY graced my iPod with his solo presence!”Dot Balistrerri” was released today (for FREE) and I’m hooked already. Yo-Dot is the grittier artist under the Umbrella. He gives us his ghetto fairytale in the form of RIDICULOUS beats and a dirty flow. I don’t know who did most of his production but got damn if they didn’t do a good job. Bar for bar, Yo-Dot goes so hard and if you didn’t know where he was from..then you’d guess wrong. Quotable: “I started small time/a lil broke nigga/but now the tables turned/and now I’m mo richer”. That proves he’s not afraid to work for what he’s got.

Track 4: Misen Lync

Misen Lync, one of UMG’s groups, is comprised of Toine Jay, Maal Himself and TKS. I like to think of them as the loverboys of UMG. But don’t get it twisted. They all have very distinctive flows that are pleasing to the ear. TKS’ obvious accent draws you into the beat so smoothly,Maal brings the straight foward imagery to the listener with his Elzhi-like flow…then strolls in Toine who reminds me of LL Cool J in a sense that his flow (to the ladies) is sexy as hell but you know better then to test him. Their new mixtape, Both Sides of The Mirror, dropped last week and I’m seeing a lot of progression compared to their last webtape, Bars-n-Beatz. There’s NOTHING wrong with improving…and most artists don’t think they need to. Both Sides gets very personal, it’s a must hear!

My Testimony: Sometimes y’all ain’t tryna hear me when I talk about UMG because I never have anything negative to say about them. I’m sorry but I give credit ONLY where it’s due. Every UMG project that comes out is put together so well. The beats are superb, the flow is always tight and consistent,the album art is always the shit (shout out to Whaz). Shit, most local artists don’t even HAVE album art. As I’ve gotten to know each member of UMG individually I’ve had nothing but positive things to say for several reason. First,they’ve gained a little notoriety but haven’t changed as people. They’re the same “cool ass niggas”. None of this has gone to their heads. They still go to work everyday (yes! they have JOBS!), they still fraternize with the extra regular ass niggas and they don’t act like people owe them (unless they actually do…Axtra I STILL owe you dinner lmao). They work EXTREMELY hard to get where they are and where they’ll be. They spend a lot of their free time in the studio, they’re well-read young men, they’re not JUST street smart but they’re book smart as well, they’re respectful and they don’t take what they’ve got for granted.  And most importantly (from my female standpoint) they’re EXCELLENT fathers (for the ones that have kids). Ka$h is a self-proclaimed “selfish dad”, Tay Butler’s entire tone changes when he mentions his children (I wonder if he’s ever noticed it), Maal Himself gets the proudest look on his face when he talks about his son,Adlib spends more time with his daughters then with anyone else,etc. I might sound like a STAN right now..but fuck it, I’ll be that. These niggas got what it takes to make it anywhere: Loyalty,respect,integrity,and resourcefulness (not to mention that their generally DECENT people – kudos to whoever raised them). I don’t know where UMG gets their work ethic but ALL of them work really hard to get where they are.

Umbrella Music Group is: Axtra,Royal Fam (Ka$h,Prophetic,Yo-Dot), Misen Lync (Toine Jay, Maal Himself,TKS),Adlib,D. Ellzey,Meccah Malloh and Tay Butler

Note: I apologize for the length…but I couldn’t contain myself.

Just listen.


~ by Darling Niki on February 27, 2010.

One Response to “Monsoon Season”

  1. I enjoy browsing your blog, always learn something new stuff.
    Emily R. from Husky Training

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