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PJ Simas – The SLO Life (Album)

Posted: July 21, 2010 by nosebleed1 in good music
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This summer has been great for upcoming hip-hop artists, as countless carefree beats and party-ridden chorus lines have continued to shatter the blogosphere. Yet while many will fizzle as the sun dies down, expect PJ Simas to continue making a name for himself. Impressively, PJ Simas has launched his hip-hop career while serving as a current Sophomore Civil Engineering student at nationally ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO). July 16th marked the release his first mixtape “The SLO Life,” signifying this 20 year-old’s entrance into the newest generation of emerging hip-hoppers. The SLO Life is an 8-track album all written, performed and produced by PJ Simas and features an array of different styles, highlighting his ability to create meaningful, passionate songs amongst the club-bangers. With that in mind, the three tracks posted below are meant to serve as a comprehensive introduction to PJ Simas: “My Melody” is the upbeat, fun, party song; “Out Loud” is the battle rap track where brings intense lyrics to the forefront; and “Drugs” is the slow, dramatic, heartfelt track. Listen+ Download all below, and be sure to check out the complete album HERE.

PJ Simas – My Melody

PJ Simas – Out Loud

PJ Simas – Drugs (All I Wanted)

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Though it sounds an awful lot like the plot of the typical teenage movie, Loggy’s rap career began as a bet. It all began when Alex Lagemann, a California kid and wide receiver at Cal, noticed the nonsensical lyricism in most popular contemporary songs of today – even stating “I sat down and looked at the lyrics of ‘Tik Tok’ the Kesha song … and it’s literally a third grade poem.” His friends knew he was right, but couldn’t help but urge him to do better, betting him that he couldn’t make a song that was both catchy and meaningful. The result was “Loggy’s” first song: We Run LA, a tune which quickly spread throughout his circle of friends, then through Cal, and finally across the nation from campus to campus. Since then, Loggy’s music has been a common ingredient in the frat party scene, and Loggy himself has been touring the country to further promote his music. “I caught a ball in front of 70,000 people, I shouldn’t be afraid of playing a frat party in front of 150 drunk people.” On July 1, Loggy released his second mixtape entitled “New Kid” which is packed with upbeat/summer/party/chill-out  music, perfect for your visit to the beach or your night on the town. As expected, his sound is very reminiscent of Sam Adams and Asher Roth, with lots of beer references and loads of bass+synthesizers. Down below, check out the singles “Sun Setter” and “Don’t Stop Believin”” and download the whole mixtape HERE. For more on the story of Loggy, check out this article.

Loggy – Sun Setter

Loggy – Don’t Stop Believin’

Though it’s a bold, and possibly even a downright stupid, idea to rap over an iconic rap album like Nas’s Illmatic, Fashawn manages to pull it off. If you don’t know, Fashawn is a 21 year old hip-hop phenom out of a broken home in Fresno, California. After releasing his aptly-named debut album, Boy Meets World,  in 2009 Fashawn broke onto the hip hop scene with much force. Now, as we’re all anticipating his sophomore album, The Ecology, Fashawn throws out his latest mixtape, “Ode To Illmatic.” Now what this kid did well was to not change the beats or remix it, but instead truly paid respect to Nas by giving his best shot to those renowned instrumentals. Check out my personal favorite “CA State of Mind” down below and be sure to check out the rest of the mixtape and more from Fashawn here and here.