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Let me begin by saying there is a lot of garbage being passed as “music” today, more often than ever, and honestly it makes me angry. As much as I want to point out those so called “music artists”, I’m not going to because my goal is to have you purchase YEAR ZERO once you’re done reading this.

YEAR ZERO is now my second favorite rap album of all time, right behind Mike Shinoda’s, THE RISING TIED. There are very few albums I can listen to entirely, without skips, and escape for a little bit. I look for albums that give a 3D feel and sound, which YEAR ZERO definitely provides.

YEAR ZERO starts off with a 3 and a half minute skit, setting up for the journey that’s about to be brought.

On the first track, MACB is driving to work at the last minute and it’s raining, so he decides to turn on the radio. Every station is playing mainstream garbage, but when he finally finds a station that plays real music, it changes back to the garbage music on its own. Out of frustration, he begins to fidget with the radio and then suddenly gets into an accident. He eventually wakes up in the hospital, with no recollection of what happened. “Welcome to Year Zero” echoes off into the second track, but hold on tight, because it’s one hell of a journey. And he doesn’t dumb down anything, so you either catch up, or fall behind.

The best track on this album is THOUGHTS OF PAIN, which I must add has been played on my iPad more than 3500 times the last year and a half. It’s also on my top 5 favorite rap songs of all time.

I don’t think the people (my friends) who rapped, sang, produced and mixed THOUGHTS OF PAIN will ever know how important that track is to me. It literally SAVED MY LIFE when I was going through the most depressing time in my life last year. Perfect and flawless are the best words I can choose to describe the track. Definitely check it out.

YEAR ZERO is a very entertaining album, with very little flaws, and delivers stronger than most albums today. Still not convinced? You soon will be.

Now, the track that makes this album is definitely, PICTURE WILL NEVER CHANGE. 5 rappers, a great beat, a great hook and LOTS of energy. What’s not to like?

The concept of PICTURE WILL NEVER CHANGE is the artists (MACB, Krysis, Vocabulous, DCypher, and TRI) will never change who they are, even for “million dollar checks”. Many artists sellout for money and fame, and forget who they truly are. We can’t be lured in by those types of materials. If you can change ONE life with your music/video/writing, that’s more valuable than money and fame.

I also must add that I’m going to be the first person to memorize every single word for PICTURE WILL NEVER CHANGE, and probably perform it for my friends that appeared on the track. I love music that inspires me to rap along with it.

This album is so diverse, from comical skits to emotional tracks, to punch you in the face type of tracks. This will please anyone who loves music. I don’t think I will be able to date a girl who doesn’t like this album. I would literally walk away and pretend I never met her. That’s how much I love this album.

YEAR ZERO brings a new approach to Hiphop music with its fantastic storytelling abilities. The voice acting for the skits is comical like I said before and the messages within them definitely “get straight to the point”.

YEAR ZERO is physical proof to why Michael MACB Bender is my second favorite rapper of all time, right behind Mike Shinoda, who stands in first place.

Purchase YEAR ZERO right here, and give 56 minutes of your time, because good music deserves all the attention it can get.

Favorite tracks: THOUGHTS OF PAIN, SHELTER, NOTHING TO LOSE, STRAIGHT TO THE POINT, AHEAD OF MY TIME, & PICTURE WILL NEVER CHANGE.

Every track on this album is bad ass. JUST BUY IT.

9/10 Stars

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A Thousand Suns really didn’t get the positive acclaim that it should have received, which by the way is one of my favorite albums OF ALL TIME. With that said, LIVING THINGS deserves “Album of the Year”. The band did a phenomenal job mixing their sound from Hybrid Theory to A Thousand Suns. A great example is LOST IN THE ECHO, which includes the greatest rap performance in Mike Shinoda’s career. Like it or not, LOST IN THE ECHO is the new Papercut, and I cannot wait to hear it performed live.

What I love most about the album is trying to figure out what each track means and what story is being told. And yes, I did download the album leak and fail to complete the “Living Things Release Day Challenge”. However, it was worth it, because I spent the next 8 days deciphering the music. I also purchased the album on iTunes.

The track I find most interesting and probably the best on the album is CASTLE OF GLASS, only because it may be their most personal track ever produced. “I’m only a crack in this castle of glass” is basically saying they are being unnoticed when they really want to be. It’s definitely a problem we all face everyday. Brilliantly written and produced.

I am also having a great time learning the lyrics and performing the tracks with Mike’s rapping. I haven’t had this much fun listening to a Linkin Park album…ever.

At first I did have my doubts about the album because topping A Thousand Suns was going to be challenging for them, but they succeeded and surpassed my expectations.

Linkin Park are easily the greatest band working in the music industry today, and their music gives me the drive to pursue my dreams as a filmmaker and music producer. The day they stop making music is the day I stop producing.

With my friend’s album, “Year Zero: A Moment In Time” by M.A.C.B. dropping in a couple of weeks, LIVING THINGS and his album are definitely going to be blasting in my car for the rest of 2012.

Linkin Park (or Mike Shinoda), if you are reading this….THANK YOU for creating LIVING THINGS. This is exactly what I need in my life right now.

I will always support and respect the decisions you make as band. Keep making kick ass music.

Favorite tracks: LOST IN THE ECHO, CASTLE OF GLASS, ROADS UNTRAVELED, UNTIL IT BREAKS, & POWERLESS.

9/10 Stars

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Purchase LIVING THINGS here.

-Mike

On Friday (the 21st) I attended an album listening party for the release of my friend’s album, Sessions In Flight.

The turn out went great and a lot of people showed up, I think more than any of us thought would attend.

Here’s a video of the event that I put together to help promote R.E.A.L. Music and Andrea’s music.

If you don’t like this kind of music yourself, I encourage you to show her album to people who do and their purchases will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Please share the video link and the other links in the description box.

-Mike

Last weekend my crew and I were fortunate enough to capture these three rehearse their music before a night performance downtown.

I really love how it shows freedom, happiness, and great friendship. They love what they do and it shows, they’re also very good at music making.

Add R.E.A.L. Music on their Facebook page.

Download their latest singles, too:

Go To Work

Thoughts of Pain

Enjoy the video:

-Mike

Just last night my good friend, Dre, released his new, anticipated book called, “Hellions: Journey of Armageddon”.

On Lulu it’s available for $14.25 and should be on Amazon within a week as well as Itunes, which will be available for the IPad.

If you don’t personally like to read, spread the link to people you know who do, and just by doing that you’re helping him out.

Once it becomes available for the IPad, I will be purchasing it and actually will be reading it. I haven’t read a full book in years.

If you’re going to purchase it, click here to do so and enjoy the book my friend worked his ass off to write and publish.

-Mike

I’ll admit it, the title is misleading, only because I’m not “Itunes Official” but my close friend, M.A.C.B., an independent rap artist is. What a huge step for him and his team, even me, because now we can push more forward to getting positive music and videos out to the world.

His first single “Thoughts Of Pain” is now available for purchase at a reasonable price: 99 cents.

Here is my honest and personal review on his first single:

“A Turning For Hip-Hop

Many rap/hip-hop artists seem to be releasing music that has that catchy hook, chorus and beat to only stay hot for a few weeks until a new catchy song takes over. It’s a never ending cycle. When songs like “I Just Had Sex feat. Akon” are released; I lose hope in rap music. More than half that is coming out is trash. What happened to the love for the art? It took me many years to get into rap because most of it was either about cars, girls, sex or drug use. I want to be spiritually reached when it comes to music. Honestly, the only rap artists left that are in the game for me are Mike Shinoda, Eminem and Lupe Fiasco.

M.A.C.B. has managed to send a spiritual message through this song without preaching to you directly, or perhaps you just might not know it while listening to this song. He loves music. Profit is the last thing on his mind. He makes music based on how he is feeling, not based on what’s hot at the moment. A lot of people don’t know it but Hip-Hop is on hiatus and artists such as M.A.C.B. are set out to bring life back to the game. “Thoughts of Pain” will NOT disappoint. Support an Independent artist who truly loves music for what it is and wants to send out more positive and meaningful music to the world.”

Please rate and leave a review of your thoughts on the song.

Thoughts of Pain

-Mike

 

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