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The Up-Turn Presents: Mapping Hip-Hop

When I received an open-ended final assignment for my writing class this past semester I pretty much knew what I wanted to do right away.  The class was about being a writing tutor and how to teach people how to write so I decided to interview some of my favorite under-appreciated writers and lyricists about their writing process.  Although I’m …

pkelly94The Up-Turn Presents: Mapping Hip-Hop

mp3: Chris Villa – Deaf Check 3 (prod. Hanz)

Considering his more experimental turn in music making recently, I was unsure of whether Hanz would return to making the amazing hip-hop beats that Chris Villa struts over so well.  It’s been a while, but the pope and Hanz are back working together and the result is the mature and fine tuned “Deaf Check 3″.  While “Deaf Check 3″ is …

pkelly94mp3: Chris Villa – Deaf Check 3 (prod. Hanz)

LP: Chris Villa – 7 Headed Dragon: Sounds of Destruction

This tape was dropped a few months ago, but somehow I never got word of it until later, and I figure that now is as good of a time as ever to post it so here you go.  In spring of 2012, Chris dropped his debut tape Pillage Vatican City which despite being an amazing debut, was slept on by almost …

tccarr14LP: Chris Villa – 7 Headed Dragon: Sounds of Destruction

mp3: Chris Villa – Mind St8 II (prod. Hanz)

It’s been far too long since Georgia masterminds Chris Villa and Hanz have teamed up but the two haven’t been wasting much time either.  Villa and Hanz have been refining their sound over this past year and the confidence and maturity shines through on “Mind St8 II” which I’m assuming is a spiritual sequel to “My Muthafuckin Mind State”. While …

pkelly94mp3: Chris Villa – Mind St8 II (prod. Hanz)

mp3: Jon Flo – The Lord of the Flies (prod. Hanz)

While electronic producers making a dubsidized version of trap (bro-trap?) is starting to take over the mainstream we can thank artist like Jon Flo and Hanz for reminding us what southern rap and trap is all about.  Like fellow Georgia rapper Chris Villa, we’ve been following the career of Jon Flo for a while now as he’s improved his take …

pkelly94mp3: Jon Flo – The Lord of the Flies (prod. Hanz)

mp3: Chris Villa – RIOT (Prod. Hanz)

If you listened to Hanz’s excellent beat tape WEALTH MADE TENSION VOL. 2, you might recognize this song from it (it was one of the highlights of the tape for me), and now it has been officially released.  Once again, Chris Villa and Hanz’s styles merge near-perfectly.  Villa puts down another deviously simple hook and a couple of his increasingly vicious …

tccarr14mp3: Chris Villa – RIOT (Prod. Hanz)

Hanz – WEALTH MADE TENSION VOL. 2

If you haven’t noticed yet, Peter and I are huge fans of Augusta, Georgia beatsmith Hanz.  Aside from being extremely talented, Hanz has always impressed us with his complete lack of hesitation to push beat making way outside of its comfort zone.  When I say that Hanz is an experimental beat maker, I don’t mean that he is just another …

tccarr14Hanz – WEALTH MADE TENSION VOL. 2