Exclusive Artist Review: Silence & Tone Da Boss – “Tone Death” Collab LP

Hailing from the cityscapes of the Cedar Rapids, IA scene, rising rappers Silence and Tone Da Boss have been pioneering the Hip Hop realm since their inceptions into the market – both putting out an array of releases over the years that have put them on the map in several arenas of the Rap world and beyond. Now with both artists taking the helm on this latest release, Silence & Tone Da Boss’s collab record Tone Death proves that both standalone artists are also a force to be reckoned with.

Implementing an innovative and modern twist on an old school Hip Hop signature sound, this 10-track juggernaut showcases both rappers in a way that parallels their performance and production value effectively and dynamically. Both artists shine very bright lights on their best musicianship factors and essentially set the bar even higher for today’s more modern Hip Hop collaborations. Opening track and anchor single “Who Wants The Smoke” is a perfect example of this, setting the tone for the rest of the record in a way that reels you in from the very first listen. Tone Da Boss and Silence blast right into the chorus hook right out the gate, exchanging lines, hooks, verses and essentially tag team this number altogether. It’s a song with very high energy and feels like a solid punch in the gut with its in-your-face approach and charismatic sensibility. Tone Da Boss in his known fashion explodes into his verse bars with his knack for prestigious word precision and high energy execution – delivering an intense performance that touches on several elements of his originality and familiarity as an artist. Silence emerges into his bars and measures with a solid flow that diligently showcases his lyrical cleverness and vocal presence. He’s a perfect compliment to Tone Da Boss’s approach and it’s apparent throughout this record that both artists challenge each other as well as the tracks play out. But it’s not a competitive nature, it’s more along the lines of getting each artist to set the bar higher – and they do exactly that, quite well I might add.

Another notable number on this record is “Summertime (feat. EMDUBAI)”, a track that does justice to the title and adds additional layers of versatility when compared to some of the other tracks on this album. Featuring a melodic piano progression and dangerously catchy chorus hook, this more R&B-oriented number brings out refreshing angles for both rappers and implements a more ambient atmosphere. Silence especially showcases his ability to sing his own hooks, reminiscent to other artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and others in the game that do the same with or without the necessity of a feature artist. Regardless, this track’s chorus will relentlessly stick in your head. Tone Da Boss also brings out a different side of himself on this number, touching on a more hypnotic flow and textures with his use of syllables and word placement. You can tell he goes over the fine details very closely, something a lot of today’s modern rappers tend to lack in several areas. But precision is definitely this song’s most notable highlight, and will easily stand out as one of your favorites on this record.

One more highlight on this LP is “Mirror Mirror”, another single accompanied by an official music video with colorful production value. This clubbing track’s hypnotic beat is effectively raw and really leaves room for both rappers to throw down their verses in a way that serves up the heat without any distractions or post production tricks. The verses on this track are especially coherent and cleverly executed with its concept. It’s a club-goer’s anthem in every sense, bringing forth the vibes, aura and atmosphere of your favorite hotspot on a Friday night – but executed much more intelligently when it comes to the lyrical angle. If you’re looking for a track that goes hard with the bumps and grinds, then this is one you’ll never forget.

Tone Death is the perfect gateway record for discovering both rappers if you don’t already know who they are. Tone Da Boss & Silence are stand-alone rappers with their own impressive discographies and versatile vocal approaches that have been grinding in the scene for years. That’s why this collaboration is such a powerful one – it diligently proves that they can put a strong release together that not only brings out their best performances individually, but also spotlights their chemistry as a team effort as well. The rap game is full of modern collabs, but this is one that you honestly have to hear to believe. It delivers that modern feel while also implementing old school flavors that not only make it relevant, but nostalgic as well. This is a must-hear in every regard.


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Exclusive Artist Review: STB The Don – “Project Home” Mixtape

Rising 22-year-old recording artist STB The Don has been hitting the ground running since his inception into the Hip Hop world. His distinctive, hypnotic signature sound is a very visceral listening experience and is made apparent now more than ever in his newest effort ‘Project Home’, an anthemic 10-track mixtape with many crucial defining factors that delve deep into the artist’s artistic merit.

This record is anything but ordinary. Opening tracks “Sobriety Check”and “Hooligan” are very ambient and versatile, capturing a futuristic aura with old school elements accompanied by impressively stylistic bars and a smooth flow. These two tracks in particular really showcase STB’s craft in a way that is effective as well as objective, and really shines a light on his multifaceted approach. The clever lyrical outbursts are diligently put-together, giving each track their own narrative and structure to give a great sense of ability, balance and composure. Another notable track is “Don’t Understand”, which garners a heavy presence of crucial 90s influences emanating from the beat structure, offering up an element of nostalgia not often heard in today’s Hip Hop realm. It’s a refreshing track with a well-written hook, serving up a tasteful melody that parallels brilliantly with the song’s witty bar execution. This one showcases STB at a different angle but supplies the consistency and effectiveness of the previous tracks, giving the listener a taste of versatility as the record plays out. There’s impressive twists and turns on several tracks and you’ll get several doses of many crucial artist elements throughout the mixtape’s duration.

If this is your first time hearing STB The Don, then you’re in for quite a treat. ‘Project Home’ will absolutely cement every listener into fan status, if they aren’t one already that is. The record officially drops on July 9th and will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Interview: Lawless Ben

As an established artist that has been writing music since the age of 9 and recording since the age of 14, Texas-based rising recording artist Lawless Ben (Born Benjamin Chiralaksanakul) has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted musician over the years with his own signature sound and stylization. After releasing nine mixtapes since 2005 along with two albums, an established career on the Datpiff platform, an EP and amassing an insatiably loyal fan base, the independent artist continues to raise the bar and hit the ground running with every release – and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

So we sat down with Lawless Ben for a comprehensive interview regarding his career, his past and present, as well as what the future holds in 2021 and beyond.


•How long have you been active under your current artist name?

Since 2014.

•What music scene/city do you currently represent?

Reppin for my hometown Alice, TX and currently residing in San Antonio, TX.

•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career?

Before the pandemic really came into full effect, I was actively doing shows. Since then, things slowed down of course with everything closing during the lockdowns so I decided to take advantage of the time and spent it recording, writing and composing music. I definitely made the most of the time and was nothing short of productive. Coursed out a new plan and am ready to get back on the road.

•What are some of your music influences?

J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, King Koopa, Run The Jewels, The Cool Kids, Bryson Tiller, William Singe, Ryan Leslie, and many others.

•What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

My musical content can vary. It’s hard to really narrow it down to one particular style or topic but majority of the songs of mine you will find are either a raw hip hop sound or a smooth rnb vibe. Most of which are inspired by true events, feelings, and real emotion. Capturing a unique sound for every session.

•When is your next release coming out?

My new single “O.K” produced by Billboard charting producer Zbeatz will be available March 19th.

•What’s in store for you in 2021? Give us the goods.

I have a handful of singles set to release every other Friday starting March 19th. Me and my team are also currently working on new videos and are booking shows as we speak. Picking up right where we left off, with a vault full of unreleased records ready to be heard.


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