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Is it a bop?

Bay Area phrase coined in the 2000s, “a bop,” is a certified good ass song.

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AirPods Quality

It is important to have a song that is quality in the studio and for our headset devices.

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Knock

Does this song knock or is it just loud? That is what we are listening for. 

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Misogyny Meter

This one is simple:

Will the bitches like it?


"Afterlife" is one of FIVE completed projects by South LA artist, Yung Slap. The first time I heard this album, I thought I had turned on Lil Weezy circa 2004-- his "Go DJ" era. "Afterlife," the introductory song to this project, is such a fire track, you are going to want to keep listening to see how Slap plans to keep you bouncing. Yung Slap seems to be the kind of artist that you can't say "no" to-- undeniably talented. This album will have you saying, "aye, this shit SLAP!"


Yung Slap comes from a wonderful mother who supports him wholeheartedly, and inspires us here at Plan-A Radio continuously. We have had the blessed opportunity to see Yung Slap grow and blossom over the last few years. As supportive as Mama Slap is to Yung Slap, she continues to light a fire beneath the feet of the Plan-A Radio team as well. She sees a magic in her son, and that very magic exudes all over his albums. Yung Slap is charismatic, he is creative, he is talented, and most importantly-- Yung Slap is excited to do this and understands that in order to win, you must have the right support (shoutout Mama Slap) and you must have the drive.


Yung Slap was made for this.


Bop: The song that jumped out and grabbed me delivery-wise is the intro track, "Afterlife." It's just FIRE. STRAIGHT FIRE. But the song that is an OVERALL BOP is "Birthday." That song is club-ready. If I could suggest anything it would be to start circling that song to strippers like yesterday. The beat is addicting. The snares hit like when Lil Jon was making summer hits back to back; they give a lot to the track and help carry the bouncity bounce of the song; and that's where the ass shaking comes from. The switch up between the bass and snare also give a really textured vibe to the song. It elevates the song and gives the listeners (and the skrippas) some creativity when shaking ass to it. If you need to know which song to turn on first, it is "Birthday"


Airpods Quality: "Heart Cold" has the best mix on the album. It is very bass heavy but mixes really well with Yung Slap's vocals. He is nasty on this track. He's letting his heart out on this song, but keeps a level of what the hood niggas love. The beat is a slapper and he gets straight to the point with his lyrics. I love the key changes in the song. If you listen to this song with the wrong speakers, you could miss the personality of this beat. It is a vibe that, when you play at close range (in your airpods), becomes the soundtrack of that moment-- you can almost smell the burning rubber from The Takeover on Western (iykyk).



The West can't go wrong. I understand how biased that must seem, but think about it: LA has the women everybody wants, the weed everybody tries to get, and the weather no state can imitate. The West just can't go wrong! Yung Slap is dancing all over this album and laughing in the face of anyone who isn't grinding as hard as he is. Because, all emotions aside (pun fully intended), The West births brilliant artists and Yung Slap is another confirmation of that truth.


Knock Value: "Broken" is THE one. It has the best beat, the rawest lyrics, and great production; the trifecta. As mentioned, Slap is the truth when it comes to creating a complete project that covers all the bases. Are the beats good? Do the lyrics have some substance? Can you dance to it? All YESES. "Broken" is where Slap made all of his gifts meet on one track. This song is creative, but honest. "Broken" is cocky, but inviting. Slap is a versatile artist with a lot to offer.


Misogyny Meter: "Where you at baby? Do you need a bag baby?" These are the questions women want to be asked! This song is kind of on-the-nose, but it's just those kind of songs that carry folks through their careers. The keys in the background give the song a summer vibe, and invite the feeling of love to the track. It is a simple track that doesn't ask a lot from the listener, plus, we get to see a softer side of Yung Slap. He's singing to us on the track and y'all know how I feel about a crooner. If they're crooning, they're alright in my book. We need more love songs in hip-hop, and what's more loving that sliding your girl a bag!?





After you check out "Afterlife," please give Yung Slap's other projects a listen. Especially "All Emotions Aside," which has a feature from the late, great, Young B The Future. Yung Slap has five completed projects that will give you the essence of LA without having to land at LAX. You can see the influence from the Bangin on Wax era all through Yung Slap's music. He is determined and gifted. Yung Slap isn't afraid to be vulnerable on a track, nor is he afraid of eating the beat up and leaving no crumbs. Overall, Yung Slap is an incredible artist with a wealth of talent to offer. Be on the lookout for what he has to give us next.


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Just when folks thought we were losing R&B, Suthurn Faze blesses us with this lighthearted

rhythmic tune titled, "Undercover". It is mysterious with its dark keys and deep stacked vocals; it is also nostalgic like 112 in the Bad Boy days; and there is no shortage of sexy even down to the last eight seconds which feel like a passionate rendezvous in elegant hotel. You'll enjoy "Undercover," but let's get into why you'll like this song...


Bop: If you've had a chance to listen to Suthurn Faze's catalogue on Spotify, you'll hear a wide range of solid and soulful music from hip hop to eclectic instrumentals, and even this bippity bop, "Undercover." Sexy and relatable; the lyrics provide imagery that make this song about an illicit affair feel like a legitimate fairy tale. Suthurn Faze even gave us a few rap bars toward the end of the song to show his versatility. Overall, a solid song with a lot of love to offer.


Airpods Quality: The mix on the song is a bit cloudy, however, the stacked vocals make the song sound that much more intimate, hot, and heavy. I'm not sure if the intention was to make the song feel like a really sexy meeting at the bar, but that's exactly the vibe. There are a few moments where the vocals come in hot, but are quickly swept up by those nostalgic stacked harmonies reminiscent of the early 2000s when Case and Jaheim were flooding the radio with those stacked tracks of Hood Nigga Harmonies©.


Knock Value: This song has a nice bit of bass that you can grind and wind to. As mentioned, it is very sexy song. Being someone's Undercover lover is a heart-palpitating and gut-wrenching affair; and that anxiety shows up through the knock of this song and the long breathy pause at the end that feels like an extended climax. What a ride...


Misogyny Meter: I give credit to an artist that can add so much sexy energy into one song. It feels consensual but naughty; it feels raunchy but soulful. Suthurn Faze definitely checked off quite a few boxes with this one.


Overall, this song is really good, it just needs proper mixing to pull the fullness of those vocals out. We want to hear how great this artist sings the first time we listen. Luckily, I have the honor of being able to really dissect a song and listen to it a few dozen times before I even begin writing about it. This time gives me a chance to honor the music, respect the artist's hard work, and properly review the music. This song just needs the right mixing and I could definitely hear this song on the radio or even in a movie during a really hot and heavy scene between the protagonist and their secret lover.


Give Suthurn Faze a listen if you'd like a good mix of music to vibe out to. His entire catalogue is really decent. We always have room for improvement and as an independent artist, you have even more space to grow and change.


Great song, Faze.




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Think "Honeysuckle Rose" or "Country Strong," Tobin Kirk has a beautiful collection of country music to get your boots moving! Tobin Kirk has a beautiful voice that carries so much soul, so much energy, and so much love throughout this songs. This is a highly anticipated song review for Plan-A Radio and for Country Music lovers because selecting which Tobin Kirk song we were going to review was really hard. Tobin has a John Prine-inspired catalogue that is made of pure steel; Tobin Kirk is secure in the type of music he creates and is able to deliver a versatile catalogue, while still remaining true to his beautiful craft of Country Music.


Bop: YES!! "Get To Work" is a Country gem. The strings are plunky without crashing into each other on the track. And Tobin Kirk's voice is unbelievably gorgeous. He is assertive and his doughty delivery make for the perfect love song. "Get To Work" feels like the perfect song to play when Sam meets Kissin Kate in the Disney film, "Holes." Tobin sings about his natural ability to be a preservationist, a fixer, a love-maker. "Get To Work" is simple and kind. It is a beautiful admission of love through service; something we all hope to have when we fall in love.


Airpods Quality: You will LOVE listening to this in your airpods. None of Tobin's music is mixed cheaply. You can tell he invested in his music to make sure he gets the best quality sound from his songs. Every song on Spotify is velvet to the ears. There is no popping or cracking in his mix, there are hardly any banana sounds in ANY of his songs, which is super hard to be mindful of unless you have a thoughtful engineer. "Get To Work," especially, strums its way into our hearts over here at Plan-A Radio.


Knock Value: This song is all guitar and percussion-- no bass. But that doesn't, AT ALL, take away from the beauty of this song. If you like bumping music in your car, you like bumping music in your car, the presence or absence of KNOCK in the song won't take that away. With that, "Get To Work" is a song that doesn't necessarily knock but it does. This song does its job to establish Tobin Kirk as one of the stars on the rise in the Country Music industry. It is hard to break into the Country Music industry, but if anybody has a shot at being the next Willie Nelson or Luke Bryan, it is Tobin Kirk.


Misogyny Meter: Play this around your main when he starts acting up so you can let him know, "Tobin Kirk said whatever needs done, he'll do it! What's your problem??" 😂. This is such a beautiful song from the first guitar strum to the last word of Tobin Kirk's lyrics, "Get To Work" hand-delivers us a beautiful record; almost a wedding song. "Get To Work" is thoughtful and melodic and invites listeners of all genders to enjoy the beauty that is being selfless in love.


It is an honor when genres other than Hip Hop come to Plan-A Radio for a review because it gives us a chance to truly highlight the diversity in music that still exists. Tobin Kirk is a brilliant artist (ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT). He makes country music that is consistent and thoughtful, but is really beautifully written, delivered, mixed and mastered for a listener's enjoyment.


Check out Tobin Kirk's music and be sure to follow Tobin Kirk on all platforms below!


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Ink, 2022

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