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Artist: Nature of the Beast

Song: “Ready for War” (from the CD Homeland Security)

Heard By: Robert Bagaygay, Mission Valley

I was really liking the beat. It went back to the old school with the scratching by the deejay. Their style was a mixture of P.O.D. and Bone Thugs. The lyrics were all right. I pretty much liked it except for the hook, which kind of got annoying. I believe it was “get combat.” The title of the song is “Ready for War,” so I think that’s what they were saying. I couldn’t really understand all of the lyrics, but it was pretty cool — they gave some shout-outs to some older crews. I definitely think they could be a big underground group. As far as mainstream goes, it’s really hard to compete against the Kanye West–type of style out there. Overall, I’d give it a seven out of ten.

Artist: Emery Byrd

Song: “No Scene Like This” (from the CD Mrs. Young Versus the Modern Ones)

Heard By: Sean McDade, North Park

I thought it was good. It was a good song. It started off strong, had good lyrics, and I liked the bass. It reminded me of an Iggy Pop song…I think the song “Nightclubbing.” I liked the part about not giving a fuck about the Sex Pistols. That got me going at the beginning of the song. I was, like, Okay, I’m going to like this. The guitar definitely picked up in the middle and stood out on its own. I liked the piano in the end and how the tempo changed. I could see that song definitely being heard on the radio every day. I’d probably be smoking a lot of weed and cleaning the house to that song. I would give it a seven out of ten.

Artist: Bob Bartosik

Song: “Chrome Attic” (from the CD Double Triple)

Heard By: Austin Smith, Mission Hills

I thought it fit San Diego perfectly. It had a relaxing, soothing, light beat where it keeps you energized. It seemed like it was jazz — kind of upbeat. It was all instrumental. I listen to everything from blues, jazz, rock, and reggae. It’s definitely not something I would normally listen to. Actually, hearing it made me realize I need to switch it up every once in awhile. When I hear something like this I think of some of the nightclubs and restaurants/lounges here in San Diego. It just seems like “night out” music. The end was kind of surprising; it had a strong finish. For an average person like myself, as far as music goes, I thought it was great.

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