April 24, 2020

Interview: D Tha Don

AirdriftSignals: Hi D Tha Don, what’s good?!

D Tha Don: Just working on the music man. I gotta single coming tomorrow and another video shoot next week.

AirSig: That's awesome to hear! I see you are based out of Pittsburgh. Has the city presented a lot of opportunities artistically?

D Tha Don: Yes, and I would have to say the city did not provide many opportunities early on, however, I live in a city and country where if you work hard to put GOD first, you can create your own opportunities! As time went on support started to come from different sources.

AirSig: And the labels you manage, can you tell us all a little more about that?

D Tha Don: I currently manage 3 labels. I’m the president of Banditfide, manage Queenie Moët, and also a manager for her label QME. I also currently have my own company Phenomenally Dope Ent.

AirSig: In the social media age, what do you think it takes to market and take your team to the next level?

D Tha Don: Consistency and marketing.

AirSig: Is there anything that you’d like to share with us about your recent mixtape from November?

D Tha Don: Yes I dropped a joint project with Ruzee Ru called Banditfide Sh*t, one of the hottest albums to come out the city in a while.

AirSig: I see you’ve also recently released a new music video, America, along with several others. This one honors Black History Month and features socially conscious lyrics. How do you feel about using your voice and your talent as a platform for socially conscious messages and change?

D Tha Don: If GOD gives me the power to reach somebody through music or if He lets my music change life for the better of the people socially or historically then that would be one of my greatest accomplishments in life.

AirSig: And your other videos, Murder That, and In This World, is there anything you'd like to share about the messages you're trying to put forward? 

D Tha Don: Yes, in the Murda That video, I’m simply conveying if you love woman, been in love with before, or currently, you know what I’m saying if you listen to the song, I’m basically saying make love to your woman wholeheartedly in my own way! lol

And In this World I created because of my kids I have a teenager and she is very smart and talented she be teaching me stuff, I tell her and her brother “you can be anything in this world” every day because they can! With GOD anything is possible!

AirSig: Speaking of In This World, your video shows you wearing a face mask, and our interview and your music's timing is now reflecting a new post-COVID-19 world. How do you think it's going to change the business in the months and years to come?

D Tha Don: Yes in the In this World video I wore a mask because of what’s going on with COVID-19 in poor minority communities throughout the world. Like everyone else in the world I’m concerned about the virus I don’t think things will be the same, but rather they will be or not I don't fear about things that kill can the body, I fear who can kill the body and soul! I keep my faith in GOD and try to strive to be a better person I come from a rough past but now I see a brighter future!

AirSig: Could you name some artists who have specifically inspired you growing up?

D Tha Don: Nas, Tupac, Biggie, etc.

AirSig: Have you got anything else from you or your team coming out in the near future that you would like to share with us?

D Tha Don: Yes another album, Banditfide 2. Then I'm dropping an EP this year called Struggles. Be on the lookout for the EP and video coming soon!

AirSig: What would you give for advice to those who are looking to make a rewarding career in the music business?

D Tha Don: Make sure your paperwork is right, only work with people working hard like you, stay consistent, and lastly don’t give up!

D Tha Don can be heard on all music streaming platforms. Check out his latest stream of singles and check out his last LP Banditfide Sh*t with his group Banditfide as well! You can read our full review of his latest LP here.

Banditfide - Banditfide Album Review

Tryna Get It Entertainment presents Banditfide Sh*t, the latest LP from Pittsburgh hip-hop group, Banditfide, which stars D Tha Don, Ruzee Ru Sbz, and Queenie Moët.

The debut album is a promise of greatness and unending drive that doesn't pull any punches, and while each member has their own careers ahead of them, Banditfide Sh*t displays strength and prominence of the Pittsburgh trio as they come together.

Banditfide On Me Tee is the opening track, and it enters with dreamy nursery-rhyme style chimes that are quickly joined by trap hi-hats, bass, and a snare while the group chants their brand they represent. Their way of life is to rep Banditfide on their chests and trample over anyone who doesn't sport their mark with loyalty and strength. It's a powerful intro to an album that tells their respective stories of life in the city and the struggles they've overcome. Hores, featuring Ray Rocka takes a swerve into a dirty and trap-infused track about "hores", which is as tongue-in-cheek as it is bangin'. The wordplay is amusing, shocking, and humorous, but it nevertheless still pulls the listener in and elicits a curiosity at what they've got in store for this album.

Walk-Ins breaks up the tempo of the previous track and D Tha Don leads with his signature style of dark, tremolo-vocals with a front-facing message of how it's not about the tools you're given, but how you put them to use. The 808s, snare, and trap hats all make an atmosphere and headspace that is addicting as D The Don flows effortlessly with the knowledge he's gained. Camo continues this slow and dangerous drawl that crawls through the urban jungle while the militant gangster rap by Ruzee Ru Sbz forms an aggressive mantra that is chest-thumping and dangerous in vibe and lyrics. D The Don also takes a stab with a murderous verse.

Everything Banditifide creates an eerie whistle of a beat while D Tha Don focuses the track and raps about everything that Banditfide identifies with. It's a statement of life and death and the neverending promise to stay true and stay Banditfide. They Talk About Me is another angle to Banditfide's dynamic aura and while the trio addresses the talkers and naysayers, they set themselves up as the go-getters of the industry. They acknowledge that they've experienced the resistance of some through the years, their goals and passion remain unchanged. Different is the song that pulls the focus back and turns it toward the women. It's one of a couple of tracks that feature love interests, and this one gets an addicting club vibe rolling as it easily applies to their significant others while they make their promise to take care of and treat their women right.

Funeral, featuring Wave Prophet, gives D The Don the mic again with his observations about death being one of the only times people care and show their love, a sad truth for some who are in the crosshairs of those who hate. Its production mixes with Eastern flute melodies, which makes it a slow and unfurling beauty to behold. This beautiful mix of gangsterfied zen that D The Don fluidly builds is one of the many facets of Banditfide. Strap On Me feels like the next logical progression from Funeral, as it is the group's way to avoid a premature obituary. Rock & Roll, featuring Mil, is a play on the words, while D Tha Don repeats, "you know how we rock, you know how we roll." It's another bout of thug-life storytelling that D and Ruzee take turns to lay down hard truths that crush weak minds and break brittle bones. It's dark and a reality check for those who don't live in their city.

Really features Jaii Locc for more hardcore blasting the nonstop sh*t-talking that haters tend to do. Glo is a self-proclamation that these members will continue to shine despite the obstacles, while Wat It Do unveils a beautifully coated beat for Banditfide to roll to that proves both sultry and catchy. Live Life features another day in the life of Banditfide Sh*t. Break You Off strums with a creative and fluttering beat. Taboo Friday and Infrared grind the final moments of Banditfide Sh*t hard and doesn't stop for any weak-minded fools.

Banditfide Sh*t is the new testament this Pittsburgh hip-hop group lives by. Any hip-hop head who's into that deeper, hardcore vibe will dig Banditfide's flood of 808s, addictive synths, and real-world swagger. At the end of the day, it's a promising debut that shows that Banditfide has a lot of passion and stories to share with the world, and it's a chapter that will lead to even greater things in the future. You can read our exclusive interview with member D Tha Don here.

Recommended Tracks: Camo, Funeral, Rock & Roll

April 14, 2020

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together & Ghosts VI: Locusts Album Reviews

Just over 12 years since the debut of the instrumental, ambient, and cinematic soundscape series Ghosts I-IV, seasoned film and television composer duo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, aka Nine Inch Nails, release their surprise twin albums Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts, to help aid an ailing world in the midst of a global pandemic crisis.

As opposed to their earlier 4-LP project, which was released as a singular 36-track drop, these two LPs feel more fully developed and focused, while I-IV consisted of a 36-day project that was a reactive experience to various environmental and urban visuals (which are a part of any purchase of the release). It is important to note that Ghosts I-IV preceded a lengthy string of soundtracks composed by Reznor and Ross for various films and television shows, most notably The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, Patriot's Day, Bird Box, and Watchmen.

It is then easy to see, along with the cinematic aesthetic of some of the tracks on their Bad Witch EP, how much Reznor and Ross's musical landscape from soundtracks to Nine Inch Nails blend into an ominous, sonic, purgatory or no man's land, where hope and danger lurk around every corner. In 2020, however, Nine Inch Nails surprised a world sheltering-in-place with a pair of companion albums that both offer hope of togetherness and also shadows of doubt.

Ghosts V: Together

Together, as the name suggests, is the more ambient and hopeful release. Beautiful piano melodies, swelling voices, and cautious synths encapsulate a mood that Reznor and Ross have been known to highlight in the quiet spaces of previous Nine Inch Nails albums. Letting Go While Holding On is a perfect example of a meditative, transportive track that is meant to be experienced rather than listened to; its length borders on the 10-minute mark. Other tracks follow the same trajectory, such as Together, With Faith, Apart, and Still Right Here, which all meet or exceed this runtime.

While some of these songs could have easily been purposed for a film or television score, the message of togetherness over loneliness is instead conveyed through their popular industrial, electronic, ambient, rock moniker, a vehicle which by default will get more attention from a suffering world. Hope We Can Again serves up this message just right, as an expectancy of normalcy after the fallout is performed by a slow and innocent piano as droning echoes slowly fill the space and eventually overpower the track with an ear-splitting hiss. It all breaks away though and relieves the tension with a sweet and melancholy piano coda.

Your Touch opens with an almost religious-like atmosphere as if being performed on an organ in a cathedral, with angelic choirs and a free-floating synth that is playful and contrasts with the somber walking piano. Still Right Here, the album's closing track, is easily the most Nine Inch Nails-y of the eight. After a few minutes of quiet introspection, a repeated and distant guitar riff starts to enter from the haze, and it builds into a crescendo and flurry of electronic syncopation and drum beats, reminiscent of their Add Violence EP released a couple of years prior. Its presence is short-lived though as it quickly dissipates into radio static and unsettling atmospheres, a fitting transition into the darker and more dangerous backdrop of Locusts. 

Ghosts VI: Locusts

If Together could put aside all the concern and despair, then Locusts fully leans into it, with more chilling textures and foreboding atmospheres to match. Its opening track, The Cursed Clock, turns the piano melody over and over, as if hoping that things will change, all the while doom slowly rolls in. The dissonance from extra sounds and tones that enter the space work to disorient and almost sicken with its engineered physiological aura. Obviously, Reznor and Ross have become masters at capturing and encapsulating a mood into music, and the remainder of Locusts drives this point even further.

Around Every Corner is a stylistic departure from the signature NIN sound in the sense that it pulls from a dusty and deserted alleyway with its muted trumpet that wails through the darkness. It still has the piano walk and armada of drones at the ready, but the inclusion of a trumpet gives Locusts a slightly dusty and jazzy vibe, which is a welcome addition to the pair's overall sound. Run Like Hell, like the rest of the tracks, puts forward a feeling and sound that perfectly matches up with its title, as acoustic percussion beats to the rhythm of running before taking off into a manic race for survival, complete with several woodwinds, unnerving static, and instrumentation that puts the horror right in front of the listener. It eventually crashes right into its following track, When It Happens (Don't Mind Me), which is a dizzying house of cymbals and chimes that sounds as if an alarm is going off.

The feeling of this album as a soundtrack to the movie of our lives is a hard notion to shake, as several more tracks continue this suite of overwhelming despair and anxiety. Another Crashed Car comes off minimal and effectively eerie, which ushers in the horrorscapes of Temp Fix, and eventually the more straight-forward, piano-driven, but nevertheless reinvigorating Trust Fades. Your New Normal is a track that almost introduces a hint of hope amid all the chaos and downward spirals present in Locusts. Overall, the album is a triumph for the instrumental Ghosts album series. 

The timing of a new pair of Ghosts albums from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross couldn't have been more perfect, with the world staying inside and the growing concerns over a spreading virus. While Together seems just right for the quiet moments that we are all living in, Locusts feels like a more active, interesting, and signature Nine Inch Nails approach. The ghostly visitations through these melodies of cautious hope and existential dread reveal that these two artists are just as human as the rest of us, and remind us that we are not alone. 

Ghosts V: Together - 8/10
Ghosts VI: Locusts - 8.5/10
Ghosts V-VI Average: 8.25/10

Recommended Tracks: With Faith, Your Touch, Still Right Here, Around Every Corner, Run Like Hell, Trust Fades

March 4, 2020

Tricknotic Debuts Make A Move EP During The Beast To Blessed Tour

Rhode Island-based producer/emcee, Tricknotic releases his highly anticipated debut project titled Make A Move. The 8-track EP is now available for streaming, with a selection of tracks to be performed during The Beast To Blessed Tour (which kicked off in Brooklyn, NY last night and hits Valley Stream, NY tonight).

Tricknotic comes from the school of self-teachings and mastering, which is evident throughout this project. He displays a polished niche for putting words together over distinct arrangements of cadences brimming with knocking bass, piano keys, clapping drums, and kaleidoscopes of pulsating tones. He also entices listeners by delivering diverse hip-hop tracks that exude a classic vibe mixed with modern twists that will take head-nodding to another level.

Spaceship sets the EP off and paints a vivid picture of Tricknotic’s takeoff from the basement to the spaceship. He shares about his progress as an artist and his mental debate of not knowing if fans will press play or side snare with raised noses. However, that debate slowly comes to rest as Tricknotic is determined to take off without putting a price on his soul.

Tricknotic switches up the rhythm in My Time. Over suspenseful sounds of piano keys and thumping bass, he declares his confidence to make it in the industry. The slightly hypnotic catchy hook, suggests Tricknotic will be one of the top ten’s illest!  Game Changer intensifies the vibe with blends of eerie, trappy beats that heighten Tricknotic’s intricate wordplay. His intangible and animalistic being spews bars that will either have crowds applauding or pushing Tricknotic off the stage. Either way, he’s an undeniable force. 

The intense bass in Feeling It is the heart of the track that Tricknotic uses to drop fierce bars about his confidence as an artist and living out his fantasies in a survival of the fittest industry.  Make A Move piggybacks on that theme with Tricknotic claiming his stance and reign with no turning back. He’s pushing through sideline rappers and naysayers making it known that you can either be part of his breakthrough or become thoroughly broken.

Now It’s Over takes listeners into a period of Tricknotic’s life when he lost his brother. His captivating storytelling is reminiscent of childhood vacations, playful army jousts, and grown-up nightmares and wishes to converse just one last time. Once again, Tricknotic speeds up the tempo in One Day and flows about re-writing history. Honest about his hesitation but firm in the climb and path to becoming a musical boss.

Tricknotic concludes his debut project with Dream and depicts the true definitions of motivation, achievements, and the drive to face the man in the mirror to believe. Like the other tracks, Tricknotic provides production that embodies gripping bass and drums, chilling tones, and trippy vibrations that is sure to have hip-hop heads across the globe listening on repeat.  Stream Make A Move and connect with @Tricknotic on Instagram. 

March 3, 2020

BeanieDon - Not The Usual Album Review and Upcoming Tour

Our other headlining act for the Beast To Blessed Tour (which kicks off TONIGHT in Brooklyn, NY!) is the multi-faceted and soulful hip-hop artist, BeanieDon!

Hailing from Stratford, Connecticut, BeanieDon is currently on tour in support of his few upcoming singles as well as his last LP, Not The Usual, which was released in May of 2019. For any listeners who are just getting to know him, it's important to understand just how deep, spiritual, and forward-thinking Beanie is. Available on all streaming platforms, Not The Usual is an example of passion and art coalesced and manifested into one singular vision.

Opening with an inspirational song that uses an elevator music mood and a robotic female guide who advises listeners to turn their devices to the highest volume, BeanieDon's Dream Reality rises to an awakening of fluttering flutes and clarity, as he opens his album. "It took sleepless nights, trying to make this right, people wonder how I came up, I was right beside em," he raps, and later "those sleepless nights turned my dreams to real life." His humble beginnings are documented here and serve as an inspiration to all those who have dreams they want to turn into reality. "Nobody gonna do this for me, gotta do it for me!" Beanie repeats with bravado and sets the stage for a hip-hop LP that truly lives up to its name.

Ain't Got Much, the second track off the album, swerves into familiar and darker hip-hop and trap undertones, and his strength and conviction are on display when he raps about how he "ain't got much to lose" and how he will "forever go so hard" for his family who is deserving of it. It's a tough reality that is relatable to most and goes to show why BeanieDon won't ever give up. Blessingz, the follow-up track, takes the reality of life and looks at it from a different perspective, as Beanie pulls out the praise for his blessings. It's another strategic swerve within its own style and with its spiritual message, it carries an addicting, almost Kendrick Lamar-like flow and sound to it. BeanieDon is humbled by where his journey has taken him thus far and takes this moment to give his thanks.

Max-Beanie is a short detour where Beanie reminisces over a girl who wronged him. It's a track that pulls from his pain, and with his saxophone, its heart and soul is on his sleeve. Kanye, an obvious Kanye reference, is Beanie's tribute to a man who no doubt has made a huge impact on the genre and the lifestyle of hip-hop. Get A Check! is the energizing anthem that Beanie gets in the album, as he raps about the neverending grind to make money and get paid. It's a song where while he raps that he goes super hard to get a check, he acknowledges that his energy is endless and he knows his worth.

Brown Boy Bluez is a super chill, laid-back and semi-philosophical mediation as Beanie reflects on his life and the notion of freedom in this country. Reality 2 Dreamz opens with a chilling telling of a police shooting of an innocent citizen, while Beanie raps over smooth piano melodies about how his life is worth living despite the hard reality that can sometimes be discouraging for him. It closes with another disturbing tale of a police officer's abuse of power using a chokehold on a citizen who was suffocated to death. E Z Fienin' gets a little darker once again while Beanie shows his strength and powers up his wordplay.

Shake! begins the final trio of songs on Not The Usual, which speeds up the verses for a quick minute and a half runtime, while On The Move softens the blow as it illuminates Beanie's passion for making art and music. Finally, Love Talk-Soul Talk focuses on the only thing that matters to all people at the end of the day, and BeanieDon's message reaches for that soul connection in the listener with an electrifying set of loops and carefully regarded lyrics that show his true purpose and unfaltering greatness.

Not The Usual possesses a bit of something for everyone. Its harder and nitty-gritty songs, such as Ain't Got Much and E Z Fienin', showcase Beanie's tough realness, while songs like Blessingz and On The Move contain a bright and burning flame that burns in Beanie's soul. The manifestation of his many blessings in Not The Usual makes it a widely appealing tour of expression and a necessary lesson in beats, lyrics, and heart.

Not The Usual is also available in a special deluxe edition, which comes with a fully conceptualized digital album booklet that dives deeper into each song, an exclusive t-shirt, and four additional bonus tracks.

Not The Usual can be heard on all major streaming platforms! If you like what you hear, please consider supporting with a purchase of his Not The Usual Deluxe Edition! Check out BeanieDon on the Beast To Blessed Tour with Full Blast Booking kicking off TONIGHT in Brooklyn, NY and proceeding with the specific East and West coast dates on the official tour poster.

Not The Usual

Recommended Tracks: Ain't Got Much, E Z Fienin', On The Move