Exclusive Review: Mad Man Smooth – “Autonomous: Chapter V” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Mad Man Smooth’s Album

Mad Man Smooth is no stranger to our platform. He has been sustaining a heavy presence in our review section and since then has built up an insatiable buzz both on our website and his career collectively. So we were stoked to receive an advance copy of his newest 16-track juggernaut ‘Autonomous V’, which is his fifth chapter in his highly acclaimed ‘Autonomous’ series. And this one, much like the others, has a plethora of talented feature artists, innovative tracks, versatile components, key production elements and everything in between to solidify this as another gem in MMS‘s growing discography.

‘Autonomous V’ is another record that further cements MMS as an important and vital voice in the Hip Hop community for all the right reasons. His skill set is multifaceted and limitless, his lyrical techniques are dynamically unwavering, and his passion for the mic goes far beyond today’s contemporary artist; making him one of the more realer artists of the modern musical realm with his knack for crafting bars that have more power and substance than most mainstream rappers. His anchor single “To The Left” is the track that catapults this record into full throttle due to its popularity, versatility and notable reggae-influenced sound that sets a dynamic tone for the rest of the album. According to MMS himself, this album has a formula comprised of three distinctive elements. The first is the songs themselves being accessible to the every day listener. The next being mashups, where no vocals are one of the key factors and instead puts the sole focus onto the musical vibes enticing a signature sound that encourages a party atmosphere – similar to a DJ setting. And lastly, the beats themselves. The effective use of instruments, plugins and clever studio tricks that essentially carries the backbone of each song. This formula is one of the centerpieces that puts the concept of the ‘Autonomous’ series right out to the forefront and really showcases the genius and cleverness of MMS‘s mindset as an artist and creator of his craft; giving us a glimpse into his ability to conceptualize and successfully bring his vision to life.

This album also has an ongoing theme that centers around authentic vibes and moods, which breathes life into every track with something unique, diverse and effective in its execution. “Cherry Moonlight” has beautiful textures in the beat structure that really compliments the cleverly executed lyrical bars and hooks, and combines post production additives that bring extra layers to the table without going into unnecessary territory. “This War” is another effectively versatile track with a more old school feel that also has an impressive artist feature from Yoki Gold. It’s a political song that touches on the subject matter of unity, giving the audience a feeling of perspective and self awareness that encourages not to take sides. A standout on this record is definitely “From The Roots” (feat. Loso Westcrook), a track that tells a crucial story and focuses on the realm of realism in regards to where you come from; your roots. It’s a self awareness song that will definitely grab your attention and resonate with anyone with a similar past.

Overall, it’s very hard to pick a favorite off an album with tracks that could easily be standouts on their own. ‘Autonomous V’ is a rare gem where you don’t feel the need to skip over one track, sorta like Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ albums. Mad Man Smooth is on an upward journey to much bigger things with the music industry and this album is continued proof of that. He’s a vital voice in the Hip Hop community that keeps it real and consistent; two things that just about guarantee a bigger place in the musical world for MMS, and most of all, deservingly. ‘Autonomous V’ officially drops on June 29th and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital music streaming platforms. This will be one of the more important records of 2020 and is a must-listen in every regard. Mark your calendars.


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Writer’s Choice: Mad Man Smooth – “Despotism (feat. Loso Westcrook)” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Dave Welsh

Cover Art for Mad Man Smooth’s newest single “Despotism”

We’re bringing to you this month’s Writer’s Choice, where we as journalists pick one artist to showcase of our choosing based on the quality of the content, and the direction of the musician. And for June, we are stoked to welcome back Mad Man Smooth (aka Doc Madnezz) with his newest politically charged banger “Despotism” (feat. Loso Westcrook), a powerful song about the realization of who we are as a society, the conflicts that bind us, and the message of unity to combat hate with love.

This song delves deep into the political spectrum and today’s more convoluted problems within the system, and what we as people can do to become self aware and be part of the solution. The lyrical outbursts of this track are anthemic, wholesome, and speaks out to realism on a whole new level that gets us to think a little harder, and dive into ourselves deeper when it comes to unity. The beat in this song has an intense sense of anticipation and really kicks into overdrive in the intro, leading into high energy verses that are attention-grabbing and eyebrow-raising. The immersive bars and hooks are cleverly executed, telling a story that is all too real and asks questions that are all too relevant. MMS‘s passion in his vocal approach is unwavering and you can feel his message in your mind, body and soul.

A great standout in this track is feature artist Loso Westcrook, who really grabs hold of his verse and puts the listener in a chokehold with his low-end vocal tone and dynamic rhyming schemes. It’s the perfect added ingredient to this track, which parallels with the energy and message this song serves up from the moment the verses start, to the second the chorus ends. The emergency broadcast samples on this track are cleverly implemented by MMS, who also produced this track as well, and really immerses his craft into this single with a loud message and raw passion; making “Despotism” a masterpiece of its class, and an instant-hit status in its own right.

This track is one for the books when it comes to MMS‘s 2020 releases. And could very well be the song that skyrockets him to the top, and changes the game altogether. The song is available right now for free on MMS‘s official website, which is linked down below.


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Exclusive Review: Mad Man Smooth – “To The Left” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Mad Man Smooth’s new single

Pomona, California’s Mad Man Smooth has been a pioneer in the Rap and Producer game and began hitting the ground running in the 90s. Known as a vital voice in the Hip Hop community, the Doc Madnezz Recording Artist has released an impressive extensive catalogue of albums and singles that have garnered him an insatiable buzz and fan base. Now, with the release of his newest single “To The Left”, MMS has raised the bar both for himself and his respective scene. And for good reasons.

With a fun salsa-like beat at the forefront with melodic melody choices, this track is a fire hot sensation from beginning to end with a style that balances both originality and familiarity. MMS‘s low-to-mid range voice is instantly noticeable and flows with a crisp clear approach that gets you to easily understand him. His old school lyrical vibe parallels perfectly with his modernized spin on a distinctive Hip Hop signature sound. It’s a flavorful delivery of skilled rhyming techniques that delves deep into both content and character all wrapped up into one big versatile musical package.

Another thing this track has going for it is the staying power, where the song stays with you even long after it’s over, and gets better each time you re-listen to it. MMS is extremely multifaceted and his artistic merit really shines on this song in a way that demonstrates several angles of his lyrical ability. This song is also a lead single to his upcoming 8th studio album, ‘Autonomous: Chapter V’, which drops on June 29th. We can’t recommend it highly enough. If you didn’t know Mad Man Smooth before, you do now.


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