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I’ve been getting feedback about the SMS/PRGz music posted over the last week and I’m glad that more people are getting hip to what those guys have been doing. Due to the positive feedback, SMS/PRGz will likely become a fixture on this site for the time being. I’ll be posting more songs, including some exclusives, in the upcoming days. Shout out to Codie G!

Todays Theme: Betta Half

Tha Untold

Betta Half is a duo made up of two members, Roy Antonio and Dizzy. They come with a multitude of styles, so it’s hard to them in a box. The group’s album, Tha Untold, released last year is quite impressive. Below are some links to some of my favorite songs by the duo:


Betta Half – “Flickin”
A real laidback, spaced out type of beat. Both rappers ride the beat well, with whispher-type flows throughout. This is my favorite song by the group thus far. From Tha Untold

Betta Half – “Hard Times”
There’s a woman, Andrea Smith, who sings the hook and she does a great job of it. Cool storytelling by the emcees too. From Tha Untold.

Betta Half – “Relax”
The apporpriately titled “Relax” is from a cd of leftovers from the duo. How this didn’t end up on Tha Untold or any other official SMS/PRGz release still baffles me. This is a very good track, just as good anything else from any of the official releases from SMS/PRGz.

Betta Half – “I’m Straight”
Besides “Flickin,” this is my favorite song from Tha Untold. The beat change is fantastic. Check it out!

Link to Betta Half’s MySpace page.

I’ll also post songs by other up and coming rappers, mostly Southern, whose material I think has been overlooked. Be on the lookout.
- Moblito’s


Betta Half - Tha Untold
[Betta Half - Tha Untold] Who is Betta Half? Roy Antonio and Dizzy, a rap duo affiliated with Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route. What is Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route? The best thing coming out of Alabama right now. Where is Alabama? Who knows, somewhere in the South. What's with all the questions? I've seen people compare Slow Motion Soundz to some late 90's No Limit production, but that's not a true reflection of Tha Untold. For starters, this is a complete album, with well rounded songs and no filler. "Flickin" and "Toe Up" are alcoholic anthems, "Hard Times" deals with the circumstances that lead to the grind, "Fly Away" and "Moma" are sincere family songs, and "My Turf" is a posse cut featuring resident Slow Mo beast S.T. (of G-Side). The album has subtle variety, without any of the songs sounding forced. These two have a similar chemistry as YoungBloodz, Jim Crow, and other Southern groups with a heavy UGK/8Ball & MJG influence. Tha Untold is one of those albums that can only be made at this stage of a group's career. Betta Half has been around long to enough to sound confident, professional, and natural in the studio, but they're still relatively unknown, hungry, and write songs with a down-to-earth mentality. There's a definitive vibe of two young guys from Anyhood, USA, rapping about their everyday lives with no outlandish fronts or hubris. Every track is executed well, and the album flows together better than most releases this year. If you like Southern hip-hop but don't enjoy dancing in circles of males, this is a serious treat.

Standouts: "Flickin," "Toe Up Pt. 2," "My Turf" - Soundcircuit.com


Discography

The Silence Before The Storm-2005
Radio Single-"Me Be Me"
Tha Untold-2007
Radio Single-"Flickin"

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In 2000 Derrick Pelt (Dizzy) & Roy Hampton (Roy Antonio) met through a mutual friend and they soon realized their passion to do music. They often freestyled at parties or anywhere there was a crowd to be entertained. Their musical journey was delayed when Dizzy was deployed to Iraq one year, but they never lost the drive to be successful. Roy Antonio continued with the quest and formed the group, "Royale Defleet". The group was unsuccessful but the vision stayed firm and upon Dizzy's return in March 2005, they formed their own group "Betta Half". The name symbolizes the idea of being the better half, continuing to be positive and true to themselves. Since March 2005 the group has shown their determination for success by already recording 100+ tracks. While collaborating with various artists throughout the Huntsville area such as Money Addict, Jhi Ali, Mali Boi, C.G., Judeboi and Slow Motion Soundz the group's objective is to continue working on their second album, putting a twist on the music industy and to become positive role models for the youth by writing and recording music that will impact and inspire their lives.