Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:43:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 KonQuestNow: “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” ft. STP & J.Morgan – a wisdom enhancing narrative http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/konquestnow-nop-no-ones-perfect-ft-stp-j-morgan-wisdom-enhancing-narrative http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/konquestnow-nop-no-ones-perfect-ft-stp-j-morgan-wisdom-enhancing-narrative#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:52:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29645 The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet […]

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The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet culture and what your daily feed prompts you to feel about a certain subject. The collective’s name has become synonymous with great lyrics, superb beats, and originality. On their latest track “NOP (No One’s Perfect)”,  produced by Wreck The Rebel, featuring  STP & J.Morgan,  KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel), demonstrate once again that they are among the most intelligent, creative, and talented active artists out there.

It’s good to know that they haven’t run low on ideas. Here they bring a couple of smart concepts to the table – First, “perfection is unattainable, if we chase it we catch excellence,” and second, “it’s better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” Everything that people love about KonQuestNow is on this track: metaphorical lyrics, a unique beat, incredible replay value, on point features, and the list goes on and on. KonQuestNow always give us something different than the usual fare of a genre that has long lost most of its coolness.

Wreck The Rebel opens the first verse: “Don’t ever try to knock me, I’m strong like a Wookie / Grew up wit my Pops and Grandma’s sugar cookies.” STP takes over on the hook: “Im here for a purpose and I know it / To learn and live but never forget no one’s perfect.” And VerseBorn kills the second verse: “Here for a purpose puffin – Urkle im off the purple searchin / For precise movements- Surgical circles.” J.Morgan delivers verse three: “The more I am myself, the more I feel alive / Working 9-5 then work a 5-9.”

This is one of KonQuestNow’s most focused, thematic, and accessible track yet. I would say that “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” quantifies the realm of what hip-hop should be; as this crew definitely continue to step their game up. They are the masters of intelligent poetic lyrics with flows that perfectly blend with the beat.

One of the most powerful things about hip-hop is its ability to present deeply personal thoughts and feelings. This track doesn’t just showcase the rappers unique penchant for wordplay, as well as a vocabulary which could make even the most seasoned writers jealous; it also takes the listener through a wisdom enhancing narrative, which is almost impossible not to relate to it in some way.

While most good rappers know how to deal with their personal experiences in song, KonQuestNow’s examination and depiction of life are filtered through an assemblage of uncanny language. “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” is another reminder that KonQuestNow are scrupulous purveyors of our universe.

OFFICIAL LINKS: J.MORGANKONQUESTNOWSPOTIFY KONQUESTSPOTIFY VERSEBORNSPOTIFY WRECK THE REBEL

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Stori Brooks: “Parachutes” – insight into her essence http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-parachutes-insight-essence http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-parachutes-insight-essence#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:03:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29635 Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s […]

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Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s working on an album, to be entitled, “EVERYTHING IS GR8”, that offers her full narrative. The first single, “Parachutes”, taken off the upcoming album offers insight into her essence, finding the rapper at her most reflective. Maybe she’s assessing her current status and how she arrived at this moment.

Stori Brooks

Stori Brooks

Stori Brooks is one of my favorite rappers. She is also one of my favorite people. I’ve always seen Brooks as one of the genre’s moral compasses. She has never shied away from stances that might be seen as controversial or topics that weren’t popular. She manages to balance the underground sound, with the sound of the street and mix it with a more alternative and experimental sensibility without sacrificing her vision or sound. It is one impressive juggling act.

Judging by the new single produced by, SampleLov – a female artist and producer from the Bay Area – the potential for greatness with her upcoming album is an exhilarating thought, and if anyone deserves greatness it is Stori Brooks. The Atlanta-based artist has been building and hustling for a while now, putting together a relatively successful catalog simply by scrapping and staying true to her vision. Talk about a novel idea.

With “Parachutes” and SampleLov, I think Brooks has found the lid to her pot. The two just mesh so perfectly together. The production is thick, it’s powerful and it’s crafted around Brooks’ voice in a way that past collaborators only dreamed of. Whether it’s the wonderfully lush synths, the echoey vocal flavors, or verses like: “I decided to drop out the sky / Right on my way to a record high / Heard it was easy that I could fly / But coming downs harder I wonder why” – the two are perfect sides to a wildly shiny coin. My guess is that this will be one of the most talked about tracks on the upcoming album.

As I mentioned earlier Stori Brooks is a moral compass and has a way of shedding light on issues that most would avoid or approach awkwardly and heavy-handedly. Lyrically “Parachutes” leans towards being fairly cryptic, but you could easily fit these lyrics to your own personal story, and still feel the emotion.

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Lord Doom: “II” – a rare degree of integrity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lord-doom-ii-rare-degree-integrity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lord-doom-ii-rare-degree-integrity#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:49:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29620 Lord Doom leads the SGV trio Doom Squad who put on shows and support the growth of their local scene. Starting his own label and building a home studio, Lord Doom began working on a follow up to last year’s self-titled EP. Self-produced and written, the 25 y/o rapper aims to strike emotion rather than […]

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Lord Doom leads the SGV trio Doom Squad who put on shows and support the growth of their local scene. Starting his own label and building a home studio, Lord Doom began working on a follow up to last year’s self-titled EP. Self-produced and written, the 25 y/o rapper aims to strike emotion rather than a turn up. The new album entitled simply “II” features beats that aren’t just made, but composed very well, and never monotonous. It fuses genres and sounds in a great blend that fits perfectly. The most immediately arresting feature of this album, is the production; the creator has dug deep and come up with a mind-boggling array of sounds that gives this record a character unlike many other hip-hop releases in recent memory.

The album is permeated with a gritty, old-school flavored beats and futuristic experimental interludes. There are fantastically intricate layers of sound at work here, but never so much do the beats detract from the rhymes. On the contrary, the choice of beats and sounds seems more directly related to the rhymes, giving this record a rare degree of integrity. The one notable exception is “Opus” (Bonus Track/Instrumental) which purposefully stands apart from all the other songs on the album and thus has a sound all its own.

The complex and edgy production seems spur Lord Doom on; his delivery is sure, his rhymes always intelligent, and there’s a confident flow at work here, with a characterful voice backing it up. Like all great music, this album succeeds on several levels. It has a consistency of character, but enough variety from track to track to keep the listener from getting bored.

On some of the songs, effects are applied to the voices adding an extra dimension to the already original sounding tunes. Lord Doom delivers his lyrics in a powerful – sometimes booming, sometimes hushed, but always intimate tone. As background music, most of the songs on the album provide plenty of bass driven bump; standouts that immediately come to mind here are, “Stumped (I’d Rather Be By Myself)” and “Day Ones”.

On the other hand, for discerning listeners who love dark and edgy slow-burners, “Lost Never Found” and “Cold Hands” are absolutely not to be missed. For those with a taste for the mysteriously sublime, “Lullabye” is manna from alternative heaven. It’s also the track where Lord Doom gets to flaunt his flow and offset rhyme scheme.

Motivated to make the album a musically unique experience, Lord Doom continues to make magic by combining a healthy mix of eclectic and moody beats hanging side by side. This is not like all the commercial hip hop. Rap is supposed to have something to say, to break the quintessential mold, but today’s rap is just like all the crap that plagued rock n’ roll before its death rattle.

“II” provides an excellent array of songs to get a feel of what Lord Doom is about, and what creative underground rap can really be like. Most will find that the lyrics never disappoint, and there’s always plenty to come back for musically.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SOUNDCLOUDITUNESSPOTIFYINSTAGRAMTWITTER

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SK: “I Need You” – a smooth, appealing, and refreshingly consistent single release http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sk-need-smooth-appealing-refreshingly-consistent-single-release http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sk-need-smooth-appealing-refreshingly-consistent-single-release#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:22:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29575 SK is a musician from Boston, MA whose music navigates between hip hop, R&B, and pop. SK describes growing up in New Jersey listening to Aaron Neville, the Dixie Chicks, David Gray, and Sheryl Crow in his mom’s car and Lynard Skynard, Eric Clapton, and BB King with his dad. On the middle school bus, […]

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SK is a musician from Boston, MA whose music navigates between hip hop, R&B, and pop. SK describes growing up in New Jersey listening to Aaron Neville, the Dixie Chicks, David Gray, and Sheryl Crow in his mom’s car and Lynard Skynard, Eric Clapton, and BB King with his dad. On the middle school bus, he was jamming out to CDs of Jay Z, 50 Cent, Linkin Park, and Fort Minor. SK started playing guitar in high school after one of his sisters began taking lessons and started writing country songs, before veering towards hip hop. An excellent runner he was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in his freshman year and also had mental health problems in his junior year of college.

SK says that he learned about himself through pain but never wanted to believe that depression was something he couldn’t conquer. So finding a way out was imperative for him. Music provided the escape valve as SK started taking night classes in music production in Cambridge and worked his way through all the technicalities of the trade. All of which brings us to now, and his latest single release “I Need You”.

A modern fusion of soul, hip-hop, and R&B, is a genre blend which just makes sense for the SK sound. It has elements of newness, but the whole thing is infused with old school charm and classic beauty. This is music both for the masses and for the more critical listeners.

There’s enough catchy hooks to grab a general audience and enough music depth to grab music lovers. Only the most musically prejudiced people could find any fault with this piece of work. SK’s voice is clearly the highlight of this track, as his vocals wraps itself around the warm, soulful beat.

“I Need You” sees SK singing in extreme highs, extreme lows and everything in between, including handling his own rap verses. But I must give credit, where credit is due. While SK’s voice is the main feature, his layered soundscape is very tight too and does an excellent job of never exceeding, or over-powering him, but providing him with a perfectly complementary beat to work his melody over. It showcases the kind of artist SK is, and the well-balanced depth of his creativity.

And while SK’s music invariably boasts glistening surfaces, there seems to be plenty of rugged soul beneath the facade. Great songs usually maintain their sense of wonder long after the infatuation stage has worn off, and that’s what a track like “I Need You” achieves. It celebrates how far SK has come and how rosy his future looks – marking a smooth, appealing, and refreshingly consistent single release, by a formidable new talent.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFYITUNESFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM

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IYE: “Wit Da Fist” – street tales that jump in with vigor! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/iye-wit-da-fist-street-tales-jump-vigor http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/iye-wit-da-fist-street-tales-jump-vigor#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 20:40:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29561 One half (Kai) of the twin-powered rap group DosK, has launched his solo project under the moniker IYE. His debut release, is the single “Wit Da Fist”. A rapper with his track record and pedigree could have phoned in this record, content to rest on his reputation. Instead, the single is unremittingly intense from the […]

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One half (Kai) of the twin-powered rap group DosK, has launched his solo project under the moniker IYE. His debut release, is the single “Wit Da Fist”. A rapper with his track record and pedigree could have phoned in this record, content to rest on his reputation. Instead, the single is unremittingly intense from the cover image to the sharpened production. In a way, “Wit Da Fist” plays out like a classic gangster-movie script, as IYE seeks to flesh out the fakers, the losers and the liars – “Creeping niggas lurking from the side whoa. Execute the pull up when we ride slow. You ain’t bout that life so don’t pretend now. If they get involved we bring your friends down. Don’t’ tell me you got heart if you can’t measure that. Niggas treating pussy like a treasure map. Fucking with the gang that’s fully equipped. Automatic knockout with the fist.”

IYE jumps in with vigor, and absolutely raps his ass off, laying waste to the pretenders and even manages to have some fun. For the most part, though, it’s all business as he gets down to telling his street tale. One thing I can say is that it’s definitely a different side of Kai as he appears in DosK.

The track conveys a more mature and streetwise version of the rapper and I can personally appreciate the attempt to be different on this release.  Otherwise there would be no point in doing a solo stint if you’re going to be repeating yourself!

It would be reasonable for us to expect IYE’s music to be that of a growing man with a sharper perspective on life. And if you read between the lines, that’s exactly what you’re getting here. Listen up: “I never heard of you nigga. How you acting tough on the internet? All I see are these losses, please show me where the winning at? Oh, right, that’s a mirror, 20/20 vision clearer.” See what I mean?

It is this ability to be painstakingly introspective while dropping harsh lines like “Veins cold got ice in it. How your heart pump with a knife in it,” that makes “Wit Da Fist” a must listen and only raises the expectations for any upcoming solo releases from IYE.

The track showcases the rapper’s smooth flow as he remains in good kilter and stays on topic throughout, and at the same time his personality comes shining through too. Another thing that comes to the fore is that IYE is very capable of switching lanes in style and lyrical content without losing any credibility in the process.

Catch up with IYE on SOUNDCLOUD and check out DosK at their official WEBSITE.

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Triple T DaBoss: “A+One” – a banger that should be bumped at loud decibels http://jamsphere.com/reviews/triple-t-daboss-aone-banger-bumped-loud-decibels http://jamsphere.com/reviews/triple-t-daboss-aone-banger-bumped-loud-decibels#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:41:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29546 In the midst of today’s increasingly popular fake facade, there are a few rappers that sound like they have proven their authenticity: Greenville’s very own Trinard Maxon bka Triple T DaBoss is one of them. Signed to Above Reality Records, he surfaces as one of indie hip-hop’s newly cherished and genuine street rappers. Triple T […]

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In the midst of today’s increasingly popular fake facade, there are a few rappers that sound like they have proven their authenticity: Greenville’s very own Trinard Maxon bka Triple T DaBoss is one of them. Signed to Above Reality Records, he surfaces as one of indie hip-hop’s newly cherished and genuine street rappers. Triple T DaBoss has a brand new project out right now, entitled “A+One”, featuring YungMemphian, JonJuhlio and Blacksoul De’Vinci.

The track, clocking in at just under a 5 minute run-time, is a snapshot of Triple T DaBoss’ life. The rapper’s biggest asset is obviously his story-telling experiences, which he so effortlessly turns into quality rap music. Right from verse one, the rapping quartet don’t waste any time getting deep into the trials and tribulations of their story. Listening to the track, its clear Triple T DaBoss values rock-solid production, as this is a guaranteed speaker blower, a banger that should be bumped at loud decibels.

Playful snares and thundering bass provide Triple T DaBoss and crew the foundation on which to outline their lyrical fare. The variance in beat, doesn’t sway Maxon’s flow at all, always building up steam as he reaches the track’s climax points one after the other.

“A+One” finds Triple T DaBoss expanding on his roots and taking a step up from his 2016 release “Time Is Money”. If his acclaimed catalog is what got him here in the first place then it’s fair to say that this project doesn’t veer off course, but instead moves him to the front of the line.

He turns this latest track into a street symphony thanks in part to the well-crafted beat, but mostly due to the intense lyrical delivery that never lets up once. “A+One” is a deceptively simple, entirely infectious track that finds its proper home in the hands of Triple T DaBoss.

The Greenville artist impacts as if he was born to rap on this one. The emcee can be surprisingly versatile and nimble when he wants to be, and he makes it happen on here. These moments stand out on “A+One”, and feature Triple T DaBoss actually outperforming many of his industry peers in the process.

MORE ABOUT: Trinard Maxon bka Triple T DaBoss, is an American rapper from Greenville, MS. He initially gained recognition for being one half of the Frisnote Record Label. Alongside Maxon was his close friend, Fat Mack, who shared the same goal. They are perhaps best known for features with various popular southern rappers such as Lil Boosie, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti and Lil Chat. In later years, Maxon was faced with life in prison for murder. He was given a second chance at life when all the charges were dropped. He is currently back in the music industry and is working to become a great artist and making great music.

OFFICIAL LINKS: ABOVE REALITY RECORDSFACEBOOKSPOTIFY

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King Loot X Loot Boss X Bic Bee: “Face” – crafted to appeal to the mass populous http://jamsphere.com/reviews/king-loot-x-loot-boss-x-bic-bee-face-crafted-appeal-mass-populous http://jamsphere.com/reviews/king-loot-x-loot-boss-x-bic-bee-face-crafted-appeal-mass-populous#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:13:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29542 The founder of Creative Enterprises LLC, Creative Entertainment, and Loot Boy Entertainment, among others, King Loot is an artist out of Buffalo NY. In the past King has dropped multiple projects under various monikers receiving critical acclaim and fan approval for his efforts. In his latest project, entitled “Face”, King Loot has joined forces with […]

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The founder of Creative Enterprises LLC, Creative Entertainment, and Loot Boy Entertainment, among others, King Loot is an artist out of Buffalo NY. In the past King has dropped multiple projects under various monikers receiving critical acclaim and fan approval for his efforts. In his latest project, entitled “Face”, King Loot has joined forces with Loot Boss and Bic Bee AKA The Loot Boys. King Loot is a likable, larger-than-life figure, and his persona has kept him relevant for years and will continue to do so. “Face”, seems to be an exploration into all different aspects of his music and into King Loot as an artist himself. In this genre, studio recordings are generally crafted to appeal to the mass populous with a heavy emphasis on catchy singles, serving a specific purpose and perfectly produced. The Loot Boys follow this golden rule, are able to throw in their trademark style and put together a uniquely organized yet thoroughly ‘loose and live’ sounding project.

It’s refreshing to hear that King Loot stays true to his style as an emcee and that The Loot Boys made this banger for themselves and hip-hop fans instead of for some nameless suite behind a desk. The track is another solid release by King Loot and if this is a foreshadowing of what’s to come from the artist, it’s safe to say that he’ll still be around a number of years from now; and in this era of hip-hop one hit wonders, just being able to stay relevant, let alone continuing to come out with solid tracks, is an accomplishment in itself.

It’s hard to accurately describe King Loot’s style, and he switches regularly on the different tracks he does, and that’s what makes it so thrilling. Together with Loot Boss and Bic Bee, the three mix and mingle seamlessly, keeping the hypnotic momentum of the song running from end to end.

For all the hype that King Loot and crew will be receiving for this new release, long-time listeners of the rapper aren’t likely to be left too unexpected by the quality of the final product. Since his indie debut came out, King Loot (under different names such as King Midas or King Unicorn) has continued to put out a steady stream of top notch releases over the last few years.

By now, his fan base should be familiarized with the man’s style and subject matter. The only hugely noticeable departure is that here he is sharing the space with a couple of talented features, which frankly may appeal to many fans who enjoy hearing spitting variation in a song. Those hoping to hear a banging track filled with references to money, guns, women and dope, will have a great listening experience here.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SOUNDCLOUD – TWITTER – WEBSITE

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Three60: “Thug Waffle” shows great charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/three60-thug-waffle-shows-great-charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/three60-thug-waffle-shows-great-charisma#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:50:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29387 Three60 has been doing music since the early 2000’s with his tracks being released via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other similar sites. His upcoming mixtape ‘Untold Storyz” is an ABC (All Bout Cash) collaboration which includes the artists Stoley1st and Classic Genius. Out right now is the single entitled “Thug Waffle” taken from the aforementioned […]

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Three60 has been doing music since the early 2000’s with his tracks being released via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other similar sites. His upcoming mixtape ‘Untold Storyz” is an ABC (All Bout Cash) collaboration which includes the artists Stoley1st and Classic Genius. Out right now is the single entitled “Thug Waffle” taken from the aforementioned album. Three60 doesn’t fail to impress with his new release. He shows great charisma, content and mic presence, with a diverse production and just the right amount of interest to keep the track on repeat.

Overall the track has a dark, street anthem feel. Big drums, and lush keys accented by Three60’s gravelly voice adding punch and power. If you’re into good street-styled rap that stays true to the tradition of the genre without sounding dated then you can’t go wrong with “Thug Waffle”.

I’ve been listening to this track and Three60’s skill set is definitely above par. The voice, his countless flows and the ability he has to effortlessly apply them over any type of beat is his calling card.

Three60 brings his great technical rapping to his latest single, along with this strong wordplay. The track also manages to keep a polished, well-produced sound as well.  It covers typical, storytelling and lyrical ground, but Three60’s braggadocio and flow are on point, as he takes an exciting instrumental to the next level.

Three60 seems so ridiculously comfortable out of his comfort zone, as he melodically spits his way from each verse into the sung chorus. What makes this track different than other Three60 releases comes down to how he works with the production. He doesn’t just compliment good production he capitalizes on it. Slowly unveiling the natural chemistry between his flow and the beat.

The track is just over 3 minutes long, but it’s enough for Three60 to transport the listener into his world. Here his flow completely shifts to a harder, more jagged and enunciated style, sticking large emphasis on the ends of verses. The track flies by all too fast and you can really lose yourself in the rhythm and flow of it all.

Three60 has the flow, the rapping skills, and the writing, however it’s his ability to keep it all interesting and engaging that propels this single to even greater heights in my mind. “Thug Waffle” is another high-quality release to add to Three60’s steadily growing discography.

OFFICIAL LINKS: @ThisisThree60 @yung_dirty_bastard @11vox11 @atgroxcg. ITunes – Here I Go Vol 1: The collection

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T2: “KOOL-AID n CHEETOS” – intense and distinctive http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/t2-kool-aid-n-cheetos-intense-distinctive http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/t2-kool-aid-n-cheetos-intense-distinctive#comments Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:45:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29360 In hip-hop, establishing yourself as part of a powerful label and crew is as close as a new act can get to being a commercial sure thing. T2 is an artist from South Texas who has been on the local scene for years but has always only made his music available to a certain circle […]

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In hip-hop, establishing yourself as part of a powerful label and crew is as close as a new act can get to being a commercial sure thing. T2 is an artist from South Texas who has been on the local scene for years but has always only made his music available to a certain circle of fans up until now. Totally ignoring the math of formulas and schemes aiming for commercial success, T2 has just dropped his 6 track project, entitled “KOOL-AID n CHEETOS”, and though still nor aiming for commercial success in its purest sense he is spreading his vibe across the web. But that isn’t all he has going for him: He also possesses an intense, distinctive, no-nonsense grimy flow.

T2 doesn’t break new ground thematically or musically on “KOOL-AID n CHEETOS”, instead sticking to the fundamentals of the hardcore-rap game: money, respect, the struggles and his grind. He kicks flows with dark, uncompromising conviction, and is at his vivid, cinematic best on “Raffle” a nearly operatic narrative, and the sublime “My Diamonds”.  Yet despite, or perhaps because of its bleak and macabre setting, “Right Now” is also oddly affecting and humane, and certainly more memorable than almost anything on this overwhelming recording.

While weaker rappers’ money-making formulas have been running on empty after lackluster releases, “KOOL-AID n CHEETOS” shows how effective it can be when applied to the work of a gifted rapper like T2, who boasts a hoarse, memorable flow and an impressive knack for storytelling.

Featuring sleek, of-the-moment production from a varied set of hands behind the boards, the album has a visceral but crisp sheen. The anthemic opener and title track “Kool-Aid n Cheetos” is a highlight, as are lyrically adept songs like “Breathin In” and “Blacked Out”.

Whatever T2 deliver as in morality or imagination, he more than doubles up with surefire verbal mastery, and “KOOL-AID n CHEETOS” is another hard-boiled testament of emotional truth-telling. T2 verses flow with an unexpurgated, venomous power, a rage coiled and then sprung outward with the manic surge of a jackhammer.

He has a gift for repackaging the usual boasts and taunts in new ways and visualizes brutality and death with a chillingly keen expertise. Thoughts of both pride and guilt, as well as death and damnation looms large in his mind, as he drags these themes through his songs.

Unobtrusive yet menacing production—gothic keyboards, luscious strings and strummed guitars, nicely complement T2’s profound musings on the urban landscapes we live in. Whether T2’s poetry rises above some of its unsavory subject matter is a judgment he willingly leaves to posterity.

As for his contemporary audience, we could do worse than give him the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes when you’re pinned in a corner, drama coming from every angle, you are capable of amazing feats. In the case of hip-hop artists, that’s how some of the greatest albums are born.

I’m not sure from exactly which personal experiences T2 is coming from, but this recording is filled with its emotional weight, giving it substance and credibility.

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Warlock Asylum: “iWealth eSoul” – something authentic and immersive http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/warlock-asylum-iwealth-esoul-something-authentic-immersive http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/warlock-asylum-iwealth-esoul-something-authentic-immersive#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:59:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29355 Messiah’el Bey is an author, composer, electronic musician, DJ, filmmaker, music producer, and poet from Hempstead, Long Island. During his youth Bey began to study the keyboard and was offered his first recording contract at the age of fourteen. He later went on to form a rap group, Gras Ruts & So Speshal that caught […]

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Messiah’el Bey is an author, composer, electronic musician, DJ, filmmaker, music producer, and poet from Hempstead, Long Island. During his youth Bey began to study the keyboard and was offered his first recording contract at the age of fourteen. He later went on to form a rap group, Gras Ruts & So Speshal that caught the attention of many. Bey also worked as a performance in the late 90’s and has shared the stage with Dead Prez and Common, among others. During his time leading up to the Warlock Asylum project, Bey has also established himself as a published author. “iWealth eSoul” is Messiah’el Bey’s first solo album. Released under the name Warlock Asylum – of which Bey is a member alongside Steven Berson – the concept behind the album, “is to allow the instruments to act as the spoken word artist and voice of the album,” explained Bey.

Messiah’el Bey has a futuristic sound that flawlessly blends digital and electronic aspects with solid guitar-like riffs and wild filters that build up an amazing world for the listener to explore. Through his advanced alternative music he tells tales about the cycles of life through his experiences and thoughts. This album does more than just give you something to jam to. It takes you far away from here into the depths of the mind of someone else previously unknown to you.

Messiah’el Bey

Messiah’el Bey

Drawing in eager listeners with its seductive, yet sinister arrangements, “iWealth eSoul” erupts from the pedestal of ambiance, skittering about with a heart-pounding leads and heavy electronic interludes that burst with seas of growling synths, glitchy beats, and punishing drums.

Messiah’el Bey also utilizes his arranging skills to the fullest, pushing through the furious instrumentals with constant sound twists and blending of smooth bass and off-kilter rhythms. On top of this, Messiah’el Bey’s mix of clever electronic effects, distortion, and instrumental harmonizing allows the soundscapes to seamlessly float within themselves and inside your head.

With a running time of only twenty-one minutes, no one track ever overstays its welcome as Messiah’el Bey never manages to disappoint, with the music always taking new turns over the course of the album. Bey does just about everything right, and for the right reasons — because that is how he wants to do things.

His story of persistence can be read between the lines of his bio and an example to anyone who dreams of creating anything of value with the talents at their disposal. There’s just something authentic and immersive about his art- whether or not you appreciate his style of music.

The album opens up with the high energy “Biker Skin” and proceeds with its storytelling and environmental soundscapes through standouts like “Remembering My Home”, “Trotman House”, “Ape Hangers” and “Anneliese’s School”.  It’s amazing how these pieces create such a compelling experience.

Polished and raw at the same time, these anthems hold promises for both a new electronic future and a continuation of the old. You will want to listen in a single setting without shuffling or skipping around for maximum enjoyment. The music on, “iWealth eSoul” never lets up from being instantly accessible and enjoyable with its many different elements.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEITUNESAPPLE

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King Draper: “Atmosphere” solidifies his sound and engraves it in stone http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-draper-atmosphere-solidifies-sound-engraves-stone http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-draper-atmosphere-solidifies-sound-engraves-stone#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:14:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29333 Born Adrian Duval Owen II in Birmingham, AL, King Draper has released his latest 3-track EP entitled “Atmosphere”. He solidified his sound and engraved it in stone with this project. He sounds so comfortable and melodic on every track. The drums hit so smooth. The vocals he uses is so soothing to the ear, and […]

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Born Adrian Duval Owen II in Birmingham, AL, King Draper has released his latest 3-track EP entitled “Atmosphere”. He solidified his sound and engraved it in stone with this project. He sounds so comfortable and melodic on every track. The drums hit so smooth. The vocals he uses is so soothing to the ear, and the album has a little something for everyone  – not only those who King Draper fans, but fans of hip hop, R&B, alternative, and just straight cool uplifting vibes. The man literally pours his heart out on the tracks “Everywhere” [prod. by Yondo], Nikes” [prod. by Origami] and “Next Generation” (ft. Poet) [prod. by Taylor King].

Every song contains a different emotion based off King Draper’s deep and inquisitive mind and you can really hear the love and passion for the music come through these tracks. Take some time to grab some headphones or high quality speakers and dive into the sounds of every song, don’t just play it in the background and judge it based off that.

King Draper always been a source of intrigue as one of rap’s underground outliers. His emotional availability and aptitude for innovation is as much an asset as his eclectic palette. These traits solidify him as an artist with a sizable reach across the hip-hop spectrum – if you like rap you’ll appreciate his reflective verses, if you’re more of a pop fan you’ll fall for the melodic interludes in his songs.

Listening to his music you will become quite aware of how King Draper’s charm carries him quite far along with his natural talents.

Yet again on “Atmosphere” his music has not fallen victim to the kind of gradual decline that rap has typically been tolerating for far too long. Prone to experimentation King Draper remains an envelope pusher, but he also retains his deep thinking attitude, and these two elements are explosive when nurtured together – as they are on this EP.

All throughout this recording we find King Draper taking a deep dive into the land of introspection to reckon with commitment – his, ours, and yours, among other things – this is especially evident and heartfelt on “Everywhere” [prod. by Yondo]. King Draper also takes a hard look at our commercially driven, corporate-led society, in “Nikes” [prod. by Origami], supplying plenty of food for thought for this generation to chew on.

“Next Generation” (ft. Poet) [prod. by Taylor King] continues the examination of our misguided existential attitudes and the legacies we should be working towards leaving behind for the next generation. As on his previous releases, “Atmosphere” once again reveals King Draper to have a great ear for production and a knack for intuitive melodies.

With only 3-tracks the EP doesn’t attempt to be overly ambitious and is perfectly cooked with its easily digestible lyrics, tuneful singing, and overall sharp lyrical focus. As you can see, rapping is just a part of what King Draper does extremely well!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM – BANDCAMPSOUNDCLOUD

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Golden Baby Pro: “The Golden Rule, Vol. 2 – The Midas Touch” – focused and positive http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/golden-baby-pro-golden-rule-vol-2-midas-touch-focused-positive http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/golden-baby-pro-golden-rule-vol-2-midas-touch-focused-positive#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:05:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29329 Born in Austin, Texas, Golden Baby Pro, AKA G.B.P. is an aspiring Hip-Hop artist who recently released his 18 track “The Golden Rule, Vol. 2 – The Midas Touch” album. Last time I heard G.B.P. he was sharing the spotlight with Ptah Heru on the “Righteous Kingz” project. Lyrically and technically, he has a renewed […]

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Born in Austin, Texas, Golden Baby Pro, AKA G.B.P. is an aspiring Hip-Hop artist who recently released his 18 track “The Golden Rule, Vol. 2 – The Midas Touch” album. Last time I heard G.B.P. he was sharing the spotlight with Ptah Heru on the “Righteous Kingz” project. Lyrically and technically, he has a renewed focus, telling his stories with more detail and meaning than ever. The songs on the album come to life with such ease. His rapping is intricately patterned, and the sheer skillfulness combined with his steady-paced flow is impressive to say the least.

Anyone familiar with Golden Baby Pro’s work, will know that he has always been dangerously motivated, at least that much is evident in his songs. But this new motivation that I sense on “The Golden Rule, Vol. 2 – The Midas Touch” is something different, it is a motivation that is much stronger because it is much more focused and positive. In the last year, Golden Baby Pro showed himself to be ahead of the curb. While other rappers generally take all kinds of turns in their craft, he seems to have dedicated his days to improving his music.

Golden Baby Pro Game ignores traditional marketing advice and makes an album that seems to belong to a less materialistic era of hip hop. He unconsciously pays tribute to a number of old school artists, in both his perceived persona as well as his musical craft. He is also outstanding at selecting quality beats, and it’s amazing how he found 18 diamonds in a heap of modern-day cow dung that passes for beats.

Golden Baby Pro has followed a rough formula on this album. Again, whether this is a conscious choice or not, I can’t be sure, but his most accessible songs start off the album, his more-sentimental tracks come in the middle, and his deepest tracks come in the end. And from the very first track “Back Again” it becomes clear that this album is very likely going to be better than anything Golden Baby Pro has created. The back-to-back tracks “The Grind”, “Beyond Compare” and “Raw Business” are so finely-polished and well-timed that it just comes across as sheer perfection.

By the end of “Kites” even Golden Baby Pro’s biggest critics will be left speechless, you can imagine them quietly heading for the exit after listening to his sharp wordplay and assured flow over a string dominated soundscape. Luckily for them this track only lasts just over a minute. Except they don’t see “Back Against The Wall” coming until it’s too late. Here again, Golden Baby Pro forges some wicked wordplay against an off-kilter beat, that’s hard to keep time to if you’re a less technical rapper.

From thereon out you start to realize that there is more to Golden Baby Pro’s music than just the music; he believes the lyrics he raps. His personality and his music can’t be separated, and you can’t understand either fully without the knowledge of both. And there is plenty more to know and appreciated on this album such as standout tracks like “I Belong” or “Razzle Dazzle” and “Here We Go Again”. Golden Baby Pro absolutely annihilates the beats on this album with his best technical rapping to date and his attention to flow is incomparable to his earlier work. This is his best album to date. Period.

OFFICIAL LINKS: ITUNESSPOTIFYFACEBOOKTWITTER

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“Native Sons” captures everything that is essential to MC² http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/native-sons-captures-everything-essential-mc%c2%b2 http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/native-sons-captures-everything-essential-mc%c2%b2#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:01:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29310 “Native Sons” is a recording that captures everything that is essential to MC² as a project – the focus on flow, the spirit of adventure, the balance of toughness and gentleness, truth and love. Feeling like a giant leap forward, it solidifies the group’s track record for quality and greatness, as Louis “LQ” Iverson and […]

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“Native Sons” is a recording that captures everything that is essential to MC² as a project – the focus on flow, the spirit of adventure, the balance of toughness and gentleness, truth and love. Feeling like a giant leap forward, it solidifies the group’s track record for quality and greatness, as Louis “LQ” Iverson and Keith “Smeazy” Passmore, together with producer Tek Nalo G start their latest album with “inTEKtro”, to put our minds into a universal space filled with timeless world music sounds, before moving onto the exceptional title track, and personal anthem “Native Sons Ft. Taliah Gipson”. The track re-runs the history of this sparkling duo, and it inspires and draws its listeners into MC²’s world. The verses are autobiographical while Taliah lays her soulful hook, deep into the crevasses of your mind. They then proceed to blow the roof off with ‘pure cool’ on “No Substitute”, which is clearly a confident ode to a lover – “I must admit I’m in love with you. The strong feeling you get when I’m touching you. No other man make you feel the way I do. If you vibe with me baby, no substitute.”

The poetically charged “It’s O.K. ft. MoJo” follows, smothered in washes of electric piano and incessantly playful hi-hats. It’s beautiful, indisputable, and heartfelt. “Last Time” and “iLL Vibe” go in a classic direction, and there’s no mistaking that you are listening to a new type of hip hop royalty pouring their hearts and souls into making tracks that manage to sound fresh while bringing the legacies of their influences along for the ride.

In the current dark age of Rap and Hip-hop where every so called artist is stuck in the Trap and TR-808 overkill, “Reign Dance ft. Ulee (Of LikeMinded)” is a welcome change –  it represents a return to the creativity, the vibe and the lyrical energy that originally made this genre so interesting and exciting between 1986 and 1994.

This is a both a happy and sad listening experience. Happy, because someone still cares about delivering carefully composed music with meaning. Sad, since it is a project that stands all alone, out in the rap wilderness. Superior in creative quality, sound and word play. “Native Sons” is just what the doctor ordered for the new school hip hop generation to lay their ears upon.

Cover art by Sharon De La Cruz of the 163 Movement in NY.

Cover art by Sharon De La Cruz of the 163 Movement in NY.

It’s a breath of fresh air that you’ve inhaled before, revitalizing and familiar. Just when you think rap music has lost its way, MC² brushes the ground to unveil a path that’s been covered and cluttered with electronic debris and auto-tuned garbage. Walk that path with Louis “LQ” Iverson and Keith “Smeazy” Passmore, as well as producer Tek Nalo G, to discover their stimulating and quenching art.

LQ and Smeazy combine the experience, wisdom, and knowledge of everyday life with the mastery of Hip Hop and Soul Music to make up the duo MC². As prior military members, the group got its start in Washington, DC. Now as civilians, and dedicated to the creation of music as well as other avenues of creativity and entertainment, both MCs reside in San Antonio, TX. Smeazy, originally from Raleigh, NC and LQ, from Wichita, KS, find their music influences from artists and groups such as A Tribe Called Quest, Little Brother, BlackStar, Common, J DIlla, The Roots, and many more.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – AMAZON – ITUNESSPOTIFY

Social Media:

IG – @the.real.mc2

FB – /MC² cage

TW – @MC2_Music

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Wordsmith: “Perspective Jukebox” is built upon solid and lush electronic soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/wordsmith-perspective-jukebox-built-upon-solid-lush-electronic-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/wordsmith-perspective-jukebox-built-upon-solid-lush-electronic-soundscapes#respond Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:55:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29284 Earning a full athletic scholarship to play football at Morgan State University followed by earning a degree in Theater Arts, Wordsmith focused his efforts on becoming a musician the youth can look up to. He was accepted into the Grammy voting committee due to his numerous songwriting credits over the years and has developed corporate […]

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Earning a full athletic scholarship to play football at Morgan State University followed by earning a degree in Theater Arts, Wordsmith focused his efforts on becoming a musician the youth can look up to. He was accepted into the Grammy voting committee due to his numerous songwriting credits over the years and has developed corporate approval through the licensing of many songs for film, television, internet, video, games and advertisement purposes with companies like NFL Network, CBS, NBC, Fox, Style, Bravo, Nintendo Wii and many more. Wordsmith has also made charitable contributions a pillar of his NU Revo label, through which he is releasing his brand new album entitled “Perspective Jukebox”.

This dude does not get the recognition he deserves, but he has definitely been putting his fair share of work in. Whether or not you follow Wordsmith, you’ll notice here that he has been all about finding peace and centering himself recently. This new project helps translate all of that energy into something extraordinary, as he reminds us ‘to follow through with the promises we make to family and friends’, on the album’s lead single, “The Promise”.

This is one of those rare albums which fits any music category and that that you can play from beginning to end. It’s a diverse mix that showcases the stunning talent of Wordsmith. He is one of those artists that loves both rap and melody, while his appreciation for different types of music comes through his artistry, and it’s hard to put him in a box. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about a rap album, but Wordsmith hits the nail on the head.

I love music that doesn’t seem to fit squarely into any one genre, and where the artist isn’t afraid to step outside the boundaries. Therefore I could easily be a fan of Wordsmith because he’s different and his sound is unique. He has something to say and it’s not just about the typical things either!

Overall, he displays the ability to create a wide array of music, from potential radio hits, party songs and conscious tracks to songs that can connect to the listener on a personal level. You’ll find standout tracks like “The Statement”, “Made”, “Ascension ft. Nikki Taylor”, “On The Come Up ft. Ihsan Bilal”, “The Promise” and “Fill The Space”.

All of these tracks are all built upon solid and lush electronic soundscapes fully injected with melodic choruses. It is an album which seems to want to produce hit after hit and each song is littered with catchy hooks – calling it ultra-catchy, commercial rap would not be far off the mark.

No matter what you think of Wordsmith, the one thing we all can agree on is that he is a master of albums. The man just knows how to put together one, whether it’s his distinctive flow, or his unique use of beats. There are no duds or anything that even passes for filler in among this collection. He even throws in a couple of bonus and acapella tracks just for good measure, so you can judge his technical ability over and above the catchiness too!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEYOUTUBETWITTERINSTAGRAMFACEBOOK

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KIDx: “From Above” showcases his technical proficiency and pop-friendly production http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kidx-showcases-technical-proficiency-pop-friendly-production http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kidx-showcases-technical-proficiency-pop-friendly-production#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:44:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29280 There’s proof that hip-hop is of great importance to young kids, whether or not they’re good at rapping. Studies have shown how powerful music can be for inspiring underprivileged communities and supporting undeserved students. Learning music at a young age can offer powerful cognitive boosts that could do wonders in closing our current achievement gaps. […]

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There’s proof that hip-hop is of great importance to young kids, whether or not they’re good at rapping. Studies have shown how powerful music can be for inspiring underprivileged communities and supporting undeserved students. Learning music at a young age can offer powerful cognitive boosts that could do wonders in closing our current achievement gaps. Not only that, hip-hop’s complex lyricism and wordplay makes it an excellent tool to help increase verbal fluency, broaden vocabularies and teach literary concepts such as metaphor and personification.

Hip-hop can also be a way to show how to be a good person in the world as well as a tool for creative expression. Whether all of the above apply to 13-year-old Fairfield, Ohio-based rapper/producer KIDx is still to be seen, but for sure his rap is legitimately excellent for someone his age.

Signed to the American hip hop label Ballaholic Music in July 2016, KIDx is also a member of the hip hop production duo Ballaholic Boys with HULKx. He very recently dropped his 5 track mixtape entitled, “From Above”.

Fans and haters alike will abound after listening to this recording, as his is the age of angst and insecurity, but at his young age KIDx is positioning himself in a perfect light to spread hip-hop’s inspirational and entertaining aspects. He recognizes his art forms’ ability to communicate, and he’s clearly setting his sights on sending his messages far beyond Ohio.

The odds are stacked fairly firmly against KIDx in almost every regard, despite his impressive drive and clear talent. Hip hop has traditionally been built upon a bedrock of authenticity (or at least the faking thereof), and it is hard to imagine the community being welcoming of a 13-year-old kid off the back of a 5-track mixtape. It would seem that he is being set up for a fairly spectacular fall, whichever way you cut it.

But if KIDx feared such an outcome he would hardly have put himself up to the challenge. Hence tracks such as “Limit” (Prod. By Cxdy), “Hitman” and “The Greatest” serves to showcase both his technical proficiency, and the pop-friendly production of his mixtape.

And his artistic trajectory across these tracks is impressive, to say the least. Forget about the ‘authenticity’ and ‘real’ tags for the moment and concentrate on the kid’s wordplay, flow and all-round technical ability. Those are the things that tell you whether he will last long enough in the game to forge the ‘being real’ nonsense further up the road.

The overall feeling is that if KIDx can keep spitting with the passion, intelligence and verve shown on “From Above”, then one day he might just pull it off. And even if he doesn’t, he will have done something remarkable. He would have proven once again that hip-hop is a vital and essential art, regardless of age…or commercial success.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITESOUNDCLOUDSPOTIFY

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4 Ones: “Home Alone” – a catchy off-kilter beat http://jamsphere.com/reviews/4-ones-home-alone-a-catchy-off-kilter-beat http://jamsphere.com/reviews/4-ones-home-alone-a-catchy-off-kilter-beat#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:37:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29237 Unlike other cities, Detroit’s hip-hop community ignores homogeneity. In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, J Dilla molded the Jazz and Soul flavored soundscapes of Erykah Badu, Common, and the Roots through his idiosyncratic soul samples and iconic bass lines. Following on his heels was Eminem, one of the most popular emcees of all time, […]

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Unlike other cities, Detroit’s hip-hop community ignores homogeneity. In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, J Dilla molded the Jazz and Soul flavored soundscapes of Erykah Badu, Common, and the Roots through his idiosyncratic soul samples and iconic bass lines. Following on his heels was Eminem, one of the most popular emcees of all time, repping his neighborhood of 8 Mile in the heart of Detroit whilst serving up plate after plate of hip-hop hilarity, violence and insanity all in equal measure.Then the more than eclectic Danny Brown was left to pick up the mantle. But it doesn’t stop there Detroit’s underground keeps throwing diverse rap characters out at us. The latest in line is 21 year old 4 Ones who has just dropped the single “Home Alone”.

Through the song’s sonic influences, 4 Ones seems like he is both deeply in the rap world and constantly looking outside of it. This leads to one of 4 Ones’ real strengths, his ear for a catchy off-kilter beat. And of course his lyrical flow is just as idiosyncratic as the beat itself.

As a single, “Home Alone” is both as explicitly outrageous as 4 Ones character, but also as menacing and impenetrable as his city is. The track remains interesting and cohesive because 4 Ones not only maintains the same atmosphere and tone throughout but is also complimented with sexually over the top lyricism and distinct flows that accentuate everything he’s saying.

Compared to the many trap records these days that try to be alternative or indie sounding but end up sounding pretty uniform and boring, “Home Alone” brisk insularity,  going just over the four-minute mark — feels not only genuinely different, but pretty eclectic too, and eclectic-ness isn’t something we get much of, even in experimental hip-hop.

4 Ones wants to party hard and clown around and not give a fuck about the consequences. The beat is at a peak there, but it’s the explicit raps on the single that you consistently sink your ears into: “Let me clear my throat. Put this dick down your throat, pussy wet I barely float. I hold my nose. I love a bad bitch that keep me on my toes,” or “Suck my dick and don’t forget the balls.”

Right from the start of this track, you’ll know that 4 Ones is going to be taking you into some really cavernous and disturbed sonic territory: synth noises that sound like a video game soundtrack, droopy slides of bass that thump and roll and then louder digital bleeps, while the drums are dominated by snares and hi-hats.

4 Ones’ voice is drooling with an overwrought sexual appetite, as he asks the question: “Does she hate being home alone?”  The propulsion of the track seems designed to irrevocably drag the listener into 4 Ones contemplative, highly-sexed psyche.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SOUNDCLOUDTWITTER

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Richy: “#RichySeason” – rhyme and lyrical delivery drives these songs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/richy-richyseason-rhyme-lyrical-delivery-drives-songs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/richy-richyseason-rhyme-lyrical-delivery-drives-songs#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:19:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29168 Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice […]

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Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an emcee; he raps low, high, and can be menacing or introspective, damn he even sings on “Chill For The Night”. This keeps the album flowing very well and creates a very high replay value. In fact this is truly one of the few recent rap albums I can sit all the way through.

Some of the lyrics can be very deep at times, and even when Richy touches on what sounds like the regular subjects that most rappers deal with, he does it differently, with more urgency and conviction. Hence you believe the guy when he speaks.

I mean how could you not be motivated by his electrifying vocal deliveries on “That Nigga” and “Positive Vibes” or “No Love”? Striking the fine line between a barrage of words, a relevant mood, and a clear message, Richy’s flow absolutely dominates this album.

The greatest surprise is the way that he can inject himself into any beat style – a banger, slow jam, a darker tune, or whatever he brings to the table. Yet, unlike many of his peers or contemporaries, his creations don’t devolve into a mish-mash of half-baked ideas.

Rather, Richy’s seething tone seals the beats together into a mostly flowing, cohesive whole. Besides the earthy tone of his voice, it seems as though Ricky is not afraid to swim upstream, as he is often over-the-top and cocky – check out his confidence on “Menacing” and “Gassed Up”. But apart from his impressive delivery, much of the appeal in Richy’s music is in the lyrics, and the wordplay, which is especially impressive on “2 Am Memoirs”.

On quite a few tracks Richy makes fair use of aggression and hostility which was also found in Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy back in the day, although he sounds drastically different in his beat and rhyme delivery. So the bottom line is that Richy is quite different than most other rappers you’ll hear right now.

Especially in his flow, and vocal approach, he always has something in those aspects that makes him unique whether you like it or not. Richy’s rhyme and lyrical delivery is more than just effective; it’s often what drives his songs along on “#RichySeason”!

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Lyndon Rivers: “I’m Ready” – Wicked, electric and exuberant! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lyndon-rivers-im-ready-wicked-electric-exuberant http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lyndon-rivers-im-ready-wicked-electric-exuberant#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:49:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29075 If you want irresistible dance music for your friends and yourself to dance to all night…well think nowhere else but here my friends. Lyndon Rivers will instantly take you on a virtual rave at a posh venue that feels so real, right in the comfort of your home. During my first listen to his latest […]

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If you want irresistible dance music for your friends and yourself to dance to all night…well think nowhere else but here my friends. Lyndon Rivers will instantly take you on a virtual rave at a posh venue that feels so real, right in the comfort of your home. During my first listen to his latest single “I’m Ready”, I couldn’t stop myself from having flashbacks of clubs I’ve been to recently; full dance floors, beaming laser lights, people jumping, screaming, music coming at you from everywhere and of course that thumping bass that drives your soul and escorts you to the labyrinth of the track. All of that is found right here in “I’m Ready”.

Lyndon Rivers

Lyndon Rivers

What is exciting is that Lyndon Rivers is a mature electronic Songwriter / Producer and has been in the game for a while now. Born in Bristol, England, Lyndon made the move to Perth, Western Australia, in 1997, saying that it’s a great place to write songs.

He is not out to radically change anything nor is he trying too hard to reinvent the wheel. He has merely refined what he does as a true artist does. “I’m Ready” is slick, warm and encompassing – like being enveloped in large body pillows of sugar-sweet house.

The electronic landscape has been changing. Experimentation with dirty techy sounds, overly poppy ones, has plagued many recent releases, with some successfully and some horribly lame results.

Lyndon Rivers proves that you if you stick to the good old formula, and just twitch a few elements, you will deliver a solid recording, which will stand out in a horde of ‘reinvented-wheel’ electronic releases this year. Compared to those releases “I’m Ready” is nothing less than a space shuttle into dance-floor euphoria.

Wicked, electric and exuberant, this track is a sublime representation of a different facet of house music. It reminds me of the no-nonsense, thumping club tracks from the nineties whose popularity laid the foundation for the modern electronic dance music revolution.

And “I’m Ready” is the vocal and rhythmic spark that ignites Lyndon Rivers’ sound, moving it to the next level of dance-floor grooviness. The track releases that sense of momentum, of not being able to sit without moving. And though “I’m Ready” has plenty of effective momentum, it clearly brings our minds back to our bodies, and places our feet on the dance-floor.

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Karma Butler: “5517” – Redefining cool for a new generation http://jamsphere.com/reviews/karma-butler-5517-redefining-cool-new-generation http://jamsphere.com/reviews/karma-butler-5517-redefining-cool-new-generation#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:30:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29008 Karma Butler began singing in church as a young boy. He then broadened his singing talents in middle school and was able to fine tune his singing abilities during many live traveling performances, and daily vocal tutoring sessions while attending Virginia’s Governor’s School for the Arts.  Karma then traveled to Japan and performed to sold […]

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Karma Butler began singing in church as a young boy. He then broadened his singing talents in middle school and was able to fine tune his singing abilities during many live traveling performances, and daily vocal tutoring sessions while attending Virginia’s Governor’s School for the Arts.  Karma then traveled to Japan and performed to sold out arena’s in a two-week/four-city tour. In 1997 he began releasing tracks and soon he gained attention and was featured in USA Today, as well as getting interviewed on ABC. Karma released his first music video in 2010 and followed that up with another in 2011. Apart from his new EP release, Karma has also been booked to sing the national anthem at an NBA game.

Besides being a recording artist, Karma Butler is also a producer, dancer, actor, choreographer, model, and last but not least, an educator. We recently caught up with his 8 track recording entitled “5517”, available for download on all major digital stores. The first thing evident on the collection of tunes is that Karma both sings and raps. Redefining cool for a new generation, Karma Butler is a creative force, using music, fashion, and dance to express his distinctive style.

What shines is Karma’s ability to put a bowtie on pop through arrangements that grab your imagination and bore into your cerebellum. The grooves are euphorically head-nodding. This happens quickly with the driven EDM dance-floor gem “Back It up Swing It” (Lthrboots Club Mix), of which there is also a Drum and Bass mix version.

From what I can gather, Karma produced every single song. And every beat here slaps! “Twerk All Night and Day” is timeless while “Back It up Swing It” (E39 House Mix) is another dance-floor filler. Karma uses his smooth, but powerful voice and a really dope flow on some songs.

His lyrics are pretty clever and all the beats and hooks are super catchy. No doubt, “5517”by Karma Butler is an enjoyable album. There is an engaging assortment of electronic-driven songs that reinforce his creative ingenuity.

Karma created a lively experience that is not only centered on fun and dance, but serves up cuts that are relentlessly and definitively radio friendly – particularly the two final tracks “This Ain’t a Show” which leans toward being a more poppy soundscape and “Baby Let Me” (Slow Jam Mix) which is more or less what the title says, with its sultry sounds and elegant beat.

If you want to hear an artist at the height of his creativity, who’s all up in this place for a good time, then grab a hand and raise a glass, “5517” will keep you entertained throughout. The record makes excellent use of electronics and percussion, supporting Karma’s vocals.

And while Karma Butler mostly sings, there are also substantial rap components as well. The album remains consistent throughout and undoubtedly brings a breath of fresh air to the music industry today with its diverse beats and sounds. This terminally upbeat album highlights Karma’s strength: he makes really crisp, sonically pleasing songs that aim to lift your spirits in the moment.

Stream & Download Karma Butler’s Music:
Itunes: https://karmab.rocks/5517AM
Amazon: https://karmab.rocks/5517Amazon
Spotify: https://karmab.rocks/5517Spotify
Google Play: https://karmab.rocks/5517Google
iHeartRadio: https://karmab.rocks/OniHeartRadio
ReverbNation: https://karmab.rocks/5517ReverbNation

Connect with Karma Butler:
Website: http://KarmaButler.com
Clothing & Accessory Line: https://getgoodkarmastore.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekarmabutler
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karmabutle
Facebook: https://karmab.rocks/KarmaButlerUSA-FB

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