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SINGLE REVIEW: Transparent – Str8 Like That [@SoTransparent]

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Transparent – Str8 Like That

straight-like-that1600Northern Calis Golden State Warrior, Transparent has become one of the most exciting new artists in CHH after he dominated the BET Merge Summit Artist Show Case in 2013. He commanded the attention of the industry when he released his smash hit “One Way”, which was featured on ESPN First Take and earned him the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award” at the 2014 Kingdom Choice awards. After a whole year of capitalizing on the success of “One Way” Transparent has recently released his latest single “Str8 Like That” feat ADA-L and produced by Black Knight.

“Str8 Like That” is a song that flex’s the production of northern Cali native Black Knight. The minimalistic style of production is complimented by Transparent. Transparent rides the beat well with his laid back flow and delivery and his deep gravelly voice harmonizes well with the repetitive bass line that carries on throughout the entire song. The lyrical content of the song wasn’t very intricate or deep, but that wasn’t a bad thing because it allowed me to enjoy the entire song without having to focus on deciphering the lyrics. Although the lyrics to “Str8 Like That” may not be very elaborate, they speak volumes of the type of mind set believers should have. With lyrics like “Not Nipsey but I hustle/ Hurry Up Save The Lost Everywhere on the double/ And if you caught it then you know what the mission be/ he commissioned me/ so you know Im bout that life when they mention me” I was able to enjoy the song and be encourage/edified  as a believer.

As much as I enjoyed “Str8 Like That” I didn’t feel like it was a stronger single than “One Way”. Presenting an audience and your contemporaries with a strong single or body of work when you’re first introducing yourself to them can be a gift and a curse. On one hand you gain tons of exposure and attention and on the other hand you now have to either meet or exceed your new audience’s expectations with your next project. “Str8 Like That” is a great song if you don’t compare it to “One Way”, but in comparison it just okay in my opinion.

All comparisons a side I liked listening to “Str8 Like That”, so much so that I still bought it off of iTunes even though I got the song for free. You can preview the song on Soundcloud below and purchase the song with the provided itunes link.


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Kwon Five-Nine is owner and co-founder of as well as SPEAKLIFE Radio Show. He has been involved in Christian / Positive Hip Hop since 1993 when he started rapping and has been heavily involved each year since. Starting in 2002, with "ONE80 Hip-Hop Show," a live concert series, Guerilla Cross has grown into a brand that services in concert promotion, event hosting, an online hip-hop & sports magazine, radio, media, ministry, etc. Based in Las Vegas, NV, Kwon Five-Nine has been a pioneer in the local CHH scene, evolving from local to international events and talent management. Covering sports: UFC, NBA, Vegas Golden Knights and more. Kwon has worked with hip-hop labels and artists: Humble Beast Records, Propaganda, Bizzle, Asaiah Ziv, JGivens, Dre Murray, John Givez, Lamp Mode Recordings, and Collision Records to name a few. Kwon is also a recording studio engineer with nearly 20 years of experience, as well as a 10 years experience as a professional web developer and graphic designer.

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