It has been a very interesting journey for Sonny Shots and Alexander Mendoza, the rapper/producer combo that was once The Dean’s List. They had a few really good mixtapes, only to release their first studio album Generation X that really underperformed. They said they were going to release a video for every song on that album, and just quit half way through. They decided to get away from their college ‘frat rap’ persona and want to hit heavier subjects. And they used this new mixtape to try to make a statement and change their group.
One major change is changing their name from The Dean’s List to The King’s Dead, which is always a very very risky move for any group, especially after they already released a studio album and are starting to build a brand name. However, it shows how committed they are to their new image. Another is their content. They really have heavier content than the did previously, as told by the fact that their album is named Jerusalem and the fact that they talk about religion pretty heavily.
After listening through the album, I was relieved to see that although the content is different, Sonny’s flow is the same, and Mendoza’s production of songs has only gotten better. They even play off of some of their old songs and remix them to go with the feel of the entire album, which is really interesting. They are really going in on this new persona will everything they have, and it seems so far that it is paying off.
I strongly suggest listening to this album, and seeing the evolution this group has gone through.
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The opening track of Generation X gets the video treatment with some help from the guys over at FTS Creative. The video doesnt do much in the way of enhancing the song, but it does utilize some cool camera tricks and gives the song some well deserved visuals to go along with sonny’s lyrics and Mik and Mendoza’s production.
Today Catch My Bass’ Associated Artist Brad Beasley released his new 7 track mixtape today called “High Hopes” through hotnewhiphop.com (Click the link to see our previous post on Brad). Once again to reiterate this kid is a High School FRESHMAN. And as far as pure rhymes this kid is definitely legit.
He is starting to make some ripples in the industry. He was supposed to open for The Dean’s List, but unfortunately he got a tough break and the show was cancelled (the venue where the show was supposed to be had shootings the week of the show and his show was cancelled. Check out the story here). However, having the opportunity in the first place is definitely something worth mentioning.
As far as the mixtape, there are some really good tracks. Straight from the opening and title track “High Hopes” he is talking about working really hard and having it hopefully pay off, which we can all relate to. He wants to be heard, be on top. In tracks like “Backup Plan” he talks about how he knows it might get lonely, but he’ll do what it takes to get where he wants to go. He’s doing what a lot of other high school kids are doing out there. Making a mixtape, trying to get heard, blah blah blah.
The difference is that this kid is good and might be able to get somewhere with this.
Staying true to their goal of making a video for every track on the album, The Dean’s List gives us the video for Take Shape. If you haven’t already, go pick up Generation X on itunes. The guys are doing a lot of work now and really making a name for themselves, so give them your support.
Ahhhh dopeness. Its still not April 3rd, the release date for Generation X, the debut album from The Dean’s List, but until then I guess I’ll have to survive on the singles they have released already. Hollywood is the second single, following the Sid Siriam assited track Youth and features vocals from Dani Ummel. If you think the name sounds familiar, it is, Dani lent the guys some vocals on Light Up the Sky and No Sleep on The Drive In. This track leaves me so hyped for the new album to drop. Generation X will feature 16 tracks and 2 bonus songs, and the two already released tracks feature the only guest vocals on the album. Everything else will be coming from just Sonny, Mendoza and Mik. So take a listen to the track below, and support the guys by buying thier new music on iTunes.
Finally, some new music from The Dean’s List. These guys are one of my favorite groups out there right now, and I’ve listened to their mixtape The Drive-In way too many times to count. This track is a taste of what we can expect from their soon to be released mixtape Generation X. So while we wait for that April 3rd release date to arrive, let Sonny’s flow over this mendoza and mic produced track tide you over. The song also features some guest vocals from Sid Sriram.
Side Note – it may just be me, but Sonny’s flow on this track has some elements that a rhythmically similar to Iggy Azalea’s track Pu$$y
So i just stumbled upon this one earlier this morning. Eliminate takes the classic banger “Dear Professor” and mixes it with some sexy synth and dirty dub sounds. Goes in pretty hard if you ask me. Download this shit asap and rage on my friends.