Review: Uncle Buc – Lake Effect 2: Live For Respect Die For Freedom [5 STARS!!!]

Our first ever 5 Star Review:  If you aren’t familiar with Uncle Buc, we apologize.  The 3zBrand rapper, and label mate of Jose G has a sequel to his Lake Effect Series just released.  This record should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential neighborhood.



Uncle Buc released a new mixtape titled Lake Effect 2:  Live For Respect Die For Freedom.   This publication would be lying to you if we said we didn’t have some difficulty located Lake Effect 1, but none of that matters.  See why:

Not that cover art is important, but this definitely takes the cake for highest quality in presentation.   The only reason we even mentioned it is because the music is up to bar [pun intented.]   “We Back” opens up with the booming system 808s, and is a decent opening, with catchy wordplay.

“G Shit” features label mate JBIII and solo artist Bill Thou, who makes a lyrical highlight on this track.

“3-1-Mine” is a highlight.   Crispy lyrics,  and a beat that would make DJ Mustard sweat.   You know they make T-Shirts of this available for purchase : peep Jose G reppin’ one.   You might want one after hearing this track.

“Solo” is another high moment,  Jose G featuring showing why he’s one of the best.  Uncle Buc and Jose G are quite a duo on a track.

“Navy” and “Baby Don’t Cry” are the next set of unbelievable music.  This is where Buc truly sets himself apart from his counterparts.   We almost thought we were listening to Me Against The World.   They are that good.

Why is this tape suprising?  Well, when you mix local production and full fledged industry instrumentals, it can be hard to maintain a cohesive feel.   Most chose to either go one route or the other.  This is a non-issue, mostly due to the production of JBIII, but equally said for the additional beatsmiths on this effort.  It’s a bold move that Buc is able to pull off impeccably.

The Verdict:  5/5

We are giving this perfection.     It’s too hot to handle.

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Feature: Jose G. Video Interview

As promised,  we release our video interview with Jose G., one of the the top rappers in Iowa and most definitely in Cedar Rapids.  Jose has been doing big things lately.  Peep the interview below.


We sat down with Jose G.,  Cedar Rapids rapper by way of Cali.   Jose broke down how he got a feature from the Prodigy-signed Realm Reality,  his latest projects, and more.

Catch up with Jose and the squad here.

Trap Society out now.


New Release: Bud D. Luck – The Blackout EP

After a slew of single releases,  the first official full length project from Bud D. Luck & squad has dropped today via the group’s Bandcamp page.  



 Drug Muzic member Bud D. Luck released his first EP titled,  “The Blackout EP.”  This marks the first full official release from the #drugmuzic outfit.   This release appears to be a concept album, derived with the following linear notes:

The album is a kind of Momento where the listener starts in one place, travels back through Bud D. Luck’s outrageous night and arrives back where they began and Bud D. ended; a park bench, hungover and passed out. With various skits woven into the songs, the album is best experienced if listened to straight through. Enjoy. #workhardstayhigh

Although this is a solo effort, it appears this is a group effort, with members Ex-L providing the cover art,  KB providing additional recording, and Shakes as lead mixing and production.

Along with the release, it appears the group has also announced a show in Macomb, IL at Hangover’s in April.

FreshTraxx: Ex-L – “Eternal Sunshine” (Prod. By Shakes)

You need this music…  The bad boyz of the local scene drop a new track that gives Jay Electronica and Rockie Fresh a run for their money.  The song:  “Eternal Sunshine” with a #DM debut performance from rapper EX-L.


Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind’s influence on hip hop music is far from marginal.  The music from the movie was penned by Jon Brion, key collaborating producer of Kanye West.    Jay Electronica dropped a song using a loop from the score.

When it comes down to it,  making a song called “Eternal Sunshine” would almost certainly be considered a cliche move towards exciting audiences.

This is not the case with Drug Muzic’s latest….  Drug Muzic is the collective made up of Shakes, Bud D. Luck, KB, and Ex-L.  We reported that they were gearing up release snippets of their EP, and Bud D. Luck’s EP.   This seems to be one of many tracks or “films” surfacing from this project on their website.

“Eternal Sunshine” is not an attention seeking whiny child of any of the aforemented songs.  Rather,  Shakes produces a marvel of a beat constructed around an unrelated sample.     EX-L lyrics are rapid, yet what can only be described as relaxed.  The beat is intense, but soothing.

Make sure to check Drug Muzic’s official page.

Iowa City’s Shakes #Drugmuzic EP Due Out Soon


Iowa City artist Shakes is releasing his label compilation EP “#Drugmuzic EP.”  The sampler is due out soon on Datpiff.  No release date is known at press time.

Shakes has been releasing a slew of singles and music videos.  In addition, Shakes and the #DM squad hit the ground running this year on the concert show circuit, going everywhere from right here in their backyard of Iowa City’s Gabes to Nebraska and more.

This will be the first official EP release from #DM.

#Drugmuzic EP will also feature #DM artists KB, Bud D. Luck, EX L..   The album will be produced by Shakes and KB.




Artists2Watch: Jose G on the new Trap-a-holics mixtape.

Jose G, Cedar Rapids Native By Way of California, strikes it big with collaborations with G-Unit and Trap-A-Holics Mixtape Series.


Three years ago in the local scene, there was an adamant rapper that used to be at every show, every performance and every rap gig he could get into in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.   The aggressive nature at which he paced himself early in his career is starting to pay off.

That rapper is Jose G.  Born in Sactown, California, Jose represents 3zBrand Entertainment in Cedar Rapids.  Although Jose has been recording for several years now, Jose started gaining traction in the Iowa music scene with his mixtape releases Cedarfornia & Cedarfornia 2.

This week brings the most exciting news for Jose G.   Jose announced and released his Brick Squad x Trap-A-Holics collaboration (the brand made famous by famous rappers Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and others.)  If the buzz wasn’t enough,  Jose G is about to drop another collaboration with G-Unit artist Realm Reality on the 20th of this month.

The popularity of the series started turning heads locally and Jose G performed with a west coast icon, Ras Kass.  They performed together earlier this year.

Local promoter, MG worked with Jose G. early on in his career.  MG brought platinum rappers Twista and Chingy to Iowa City in 2009 and 2010.

“It’s unbelievable what’s happening right now in his career,” says MG.  “When I first started promoting three years ago, I always saw the work ethic he had.   He was at every show, performing, and working with his team.  I never expected this level out of any artist in Iowa.  It makes it all the much better that Jose G is the one receiving that attention.”

Jose G plans to launch Cedarfornia 3 later this year.

Another promoter  Johnny Charsimea of Iowa City, has watched Jose G. develop.

“There is a certain caliber of rap artists in Iowa City. You look at a group like Big Bang, and Jose G. in the early days was always around those guys, so you know he comes cut from the same cloth.    It’s no surprise to me that G is getting his props.  Finally!”  said J.C.

Social media from Jose G says Cedarfornia 3 drops later this year.  Make sure to check out Jose G.’s collab with Realm Reality February 20th.

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