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Beats x Bars | Blue, The Misfit

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In the fall of 2012, I interviewed Kendrick Lamar on one of his many Texas stops and he said, “So many of my songs are things kids can relate to because I am this. This music is me. I’m them.” It was an a-ha moment for me primarily because it reminded me that beyond the glitter, the glamour, the accolades, and the hype – most of our favorite musicians are here to tell a story. They allow us into their closets, their dark spaces, their happy moments, and often times, their most vulnerable states in order to act as griots [...]

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Chan-Lo.com Presents: BEATS x BARS – B. Hardy

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Self proclaimed God emcee and titan of writin’, B. Hardy visits the confessional that is Beats x Bars, and divulges his struggles with inner demons, the events leading up to the release of his latest project, PSYCHO (Personal Secrets You Couldn’t Hear Otherwise) and the creative writing process that allows him to the make music worthy of a rap deity. Take a peek below and be sure to check out B. Hardy delivering a sweet 16 in the first installment of our new freestyle series, #BEASTxBars.

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[Video] BEAST x Bars – B. Hardy Drops A BxB Preview Freestyle.

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So, my homie/awesome video guy/awesome photographer/graphic extraordinaire otherwise known as Jason of WMS Media had an idea: Freestyles are awesome. Exclusive content is awesome. Let’s explore. So, we did and came up with BEAST x Bars which acts as an appetizer to our BeatsxBars entree…see what I did there? LOL. This Thursday we’ll be dropping our BxB interview with Dallas rhymesayer, B. Hardy, but first – you must hear him spit. Take a look below at this very beasty freestyle from this BeatsxBars emcee.

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Chan-Lo Presents: Beats x Bars – A.Dd+ [Video]

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You may or may not be familiar with Paris Pershun and Gravy Slim, but chances are that 2013 will change all of that. The Dallas-based duo is starting 2013 off right with the release of their sophomore project, DiveHiFlyLo, as a follow-up to 2011′s smash offering – When Pigs Fly. We sat down with P and Slim as they talked about their creative process, how they come together to create and what exactly makes a song nod-worthy in this special #DiveHiFlyLo edition of Beats x Bars. Plus, you’ll get a first listen to one of the new songs from the [...]

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Chan-Lo.com Presents: Beats & Bars – J. Rhodes [VIDEO]

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  I love when good people meet their potential and I can honestly say I haven’t met a nicer, more humble, person in this industry than J. Rhodes – the head honcho at 80′s Baby Ent, producer for the likes of Talib Kweli, et. al, and an artist in his own right.   In this second installment of the Chan-Lo.com Beats & Bars series, we took a stroll through Good Records and hit the studio with J. Rhodes as he talked evolution out of necessity, creative sampling, and just how those big name artists have [...]

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Chan-Lo Presents: Beats & Bars | Monika Ashley [VIDEO]

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  Here at Chan-Lo.com we love music and the artists who work so diligently to bring it to us. That being said, I thought it would be a good idea to team up with my buddy Jason over at WMS Media to take an up close and personal look at the process behind the beats and bars that we love so much by linking up with our favorite artists for a behind the scenes glimpse at their creative flow and a discussion about what the music means to them.   First up is a singer you’ll want to get familiar [...]

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