Ray Dawn is back with the visual for “Lately” off of his latest release En Plane Air. The song was produced by frequent collabator Ohini Jonez. Ray partnered with TrillHD for the release of the visual. Dawn is scheduled to be at attendence for the A3C festival in Atlanta, GA this week. Check out the video below and if you have yet to hear the rest of En Plane Air the link is also featured below.
Pittsburgh’s Ray Dawn decided to flex his freestyle muscles on episode 1 of his summer freestyle series The Bar Exam. On this episode he raps his way through Pusha T’s “Numbers On The Board”, Action Bronson’s “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” and Mac Miller’s “S.D.S”. beats. He does a great job on keeping a steady flow throughout the beat progressions. His delivery was impressive especially on “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” when he starts off by saying “Bronson couldn’t say it but this is strictly for my niggas”. DJ Nugget did a great job blending the tracks on the tracks together. I’m looking forward to hearing the next installments of The Bar Exam.
Ray Dawn recently sent us his latest project, Last Sleep of Arthur. The FreEP is a dope seven songs of art. The first three songs are produced by Danimal and have that quality sound like what we would expect from a DJ Premier or Ski Beatz. Ray laces “Avalon” with lyrics about working towards being the king. On “NB 420” he pays homage to a shoe that was a favorite of mine in high school, the New Balance 420s. The third track “S.O.S” which features JC of The Finest, is about girls that look for a guy that feed their sexual appetite while in a relationship. The track “JC Pimpin” which features Ohini Jonez is a laid back joint that has a Dom Kennedy style to it, I suggest you find out what the J.C. stands for in JC Pimpin. Ohini produces the rest of the EP and brought a banging beat to “Oberon” that Ray Dawn slid on like thin ice.
The sixth song “Change Seasons” was touching as Ray speaks about being able to leave his home of Pittsburgh, PA in the winter and go to places with warmer weather. The final track “Wave” starts out with a melodic sample that quickly grasped my attention, Ray followed up by explaining how he dropped out of law school to make his dreams a reality. The feature on “Wave” Bessie added to the track by having a verse that included many marine metaphors like “smoking coral reef in my apartment”. Overall this was a a solid project with great lyrics, features and beats. Ray Dawn did a great job on this project and I must give credit to Fawn Nicole for doing a superb job as the executive producer of the project.
Birthdays are cool, many would agree gifts are even better. Mr. August 26th, aka Ohini Jonez took his special day to give us The Prelude. A brief seven tracks, all self-produced, includes a remix to his birthday song. There is one emcee featured on this and its none other than his brother from another mother, Ray Dawn aka our favorite law school drop out. We’d like to officially introduce Ohini Jonez of the Ingenious Bandits.
Ohini Jonez is a producer-emcee hailing from Brunswick, GA. Determined to let the world know real art has no boundaries, he along with his crew Ingenious Bandits plan to show the world what happens when hip-hop meets super saiyan smart kids.
Despite a bit of a break to regroup, Ohini’s been rather silent, until recently throwing himself back into production. Though his southern rap inspirations are evident, his progressive sound combined with strong lyrical content and delivery is all the reassurance a returning producer-emcee can hope for.
Stream/Download The Prelude: OhiniJonez.bandcamp.com
The underground hip-hop world is a network of starving artists waiting for their big moment to shine. Often times, many of us are traveling to music festivals all over the country in order to network with industry personnel, and other artists. Pimps Up is the direct result of Ray Dawn from Pittsburgh and Chicago’s The 2 of Diamonds linking after they rocked the Leaders of the New Cool x Amalgam Digital invite-only showcase at this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX. I’m sure this isn’t the last time we hear these fellas link. Shouts to The Jake on the production.
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Ohini Jonez is here after a rather long hiatus, he’s linked with a few people and is ready to get back to work. His first project since 2010 is on the way. “The Prelude” is set to drop on his Any Given Sunday, tomorrow. August 26th via our great friends at KevinNottingham.com
Here’s Any Given Sunday to get your chops wet.
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UrbanLax Radio collaborates with Fawn•Nicole to create the six installment of their compilation mixtape series UrbanLax Radio (Detroit). If you don’t know who Fawn•Nicole is, it’s time that you get familiar! Fawn has worked as a creative developer, artist manager, promoter, brand strategist, publicist and independent A&R. She is the General Manager of Miami based independent label, L.Y.F.E. Music. Poe Boy artist, Ghostwridah, founded this label. She knows her music.
Fawn•Nicole Takes Over UrbanLax Radio Vol. 6 includes a diverse roster of artists spanning from all over the country. Artists featured are Laws, J-Eye, ALR, Yo Oskee, Jay-Jay Benny, Art Morera, Cyhi The Prynce, Ray Dawn, Ohini Jonez, Tone Trump, Dashius Clay, Jay-Cro, Neak, Ghostwridah, J. Nolan and Prince EA. Mixed by Coast 2 Coast DJ, DJ Pot of UrbanLax Entertainment.