Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:34:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Matt Rand: “Roses and Diamonds” – unvarnished emotionalism http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-rand-roses-and-diamonds-unvarnished-emotionalism http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-rand-roses-and-diamonds-unvarnished-emotionalism#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:07:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34946 Matt Rand provides listeners with a record that can only be described as an anthem. Supported by a heartfelt chorus and raw but melodic verses, Matt mixes passionate aspirations with heart pounding drums on “Roses and Diamonds” approaching the track with unheralded confidence, which adds to his powerful performance. The production here is also near […]

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Matt Rand provides listeners with a record that can only be described as an anthem. Supported by a heartfelt chorus and raw but melodic verses, Matt mixes passionate aspirations with heart pounding drums on “Roses and Diamonds” approaching the track with unheralded confidence, which adds to his powerful performance. The production here is also near flawless. With Maryland roots, Hip Hop artist, Matt Rand has been on the music scene since Myspace days. Born in Hawaii to military parents and relocated, he now calls Odenton, Maryland home. Fueled and influenced by 90’s hip hop artists as well as today’s music.

Matt Rand is the type of artist who can’t be easily categorized, which I think is his preference.  He’s an anomaly who willingly inhabits grey areas, between rapping and singing.  He is like a musical bridge, able to bring music lovers of varying backgrounds together simply because he taps into kindred spirits.

I’m pretty sure that with correct marketing he will manage to develop a fiercely loyal following that will hang on to every emotive word the Odenton resident chants. Matt’s flair for surrealistic imagery often helps his reveries soar.

Driven by a mesmerizing mixture of swaying hi-hats and a rumbling bassline, “Roses and Diamonds” would sound superb on any project. With that said, it should be mentioned that Matt Rand’s verbal attention to detail on this song is something that shouldn’t be overlooked; using his voice as an instrument, he treats every single syllable in his verse as part of a syncopated pattern that’s met with skilled precision. Matt expands hip-hop’s language by exploring the inner workings of relationships, and focusing on the attention he is giving his lady and the love he desires in return.

The one consistent element on “Roses and Diamonds”, is Matt Rand’s voice. You can hear his unvarnished emotionalism in the confessional words, while his unhurried melodic flow is highly recognizable. He is at his best with complicated stories, where his music can radiate whatever joy or pain he is feeling in the moment.

Matt approaches music in an unrestricted, pure manner that can easily be underappreciated until time slowly catches up. He is also honest in his lyrics. Matt’s rhymes are deep but elegant and he addresses his themes right away. As the title suggests, “Roses and Diamonds” leaves the listener with a warm feeling inside.

The beat, the lyrics – it’s just so fresh. It’s not perfect but it’s as close as you can get. The music is engrossing and Matt Rand’s angst is genuine. Forget the self-aggrandizement rappers that have permeated the airwaves since the dawn of hip-hop. Think of those profound wordsmiths who offer an antithesis to the swaggering braggadocio attitude that has dominated the genre – Matt Rand sits in the front row of that movement.

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Sabotaj: “The 5 Elements” – driving home his message of hip-hop revival http://jamsphere.com/reviews/sabotaj-the-5-elements-driving-home-his-message-of-hip-hop-revival http://jamsphere.com/reviews/sabotaj-the-5-elements-driving-home-his-message-of-hip-hop-revival#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:14:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34920 Leonard Fischer artistically known as Sabotaj, had his introduction to the world of hip hop during 1979, the same year Sugarhill Gang released its groundbreaking track “Rapper’s Delight”. Throughout the rough years of his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, the rapper – whose parents divorced when he was just 3 – was brought up […]

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Leonard Fischer artistically known as Sabotaj, had his introduction to the world of hip hop during 1979, the same year Sugarhill Gang released its groundbreaking track “Rapper’s Delight”. Throughout the rough years of his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, the rapper – whose parents divorced when he was just 3 – was brought up alongside his younger brother by his mom and grandmother. Despite any hardships and struggles, he always managed to find solace in hip-hop, especially via the radio station, KDAY and the radio deejay Greg Mack. Here Sabotaj discovered Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-One, Public Enemy, The Juice Crew and Biz Markie. Followed by West Coast artists such as Ice-T, Eazy-E, N.WA., King Tee, Tone Loc and several others. Eventually he would savor the works of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, as well the whole Def Jam era and its ensuing subsidiaries.

It was in 1988 that Sabotaj actually discovered his own talents. Invited to write verses for a house party, which he eventually ended up reciting, the reception to his performance convinced him that he could do the job.

He has never stopped writing since. After performing under diverse monikers he finally settled for Sabotaj, and went on to create an interesting and commercially tumultuous career which reads like an encyclopedia of the genre’s early stages.

Fact is Sabotaj is right back on track with his latest single, “The 5 Elements”.  The track is an ode to hip hop, and was taken off his album “The Legend That Never Was” – a project released in 2018 that was 30 years in the making.

“The 5 Elements” delivers verses about the core elements that helped shape the culture of Hip Hop – graffiti, breaking, deejaying, emceeing, and hip hop producing. The first thing that emerges from this track, is that Sabotaj takes Hip Hop more seriously than most other rappers I know of.

And here he directs much of his focus to reminding the youngsters about the forgotten roots of Hip Hop. This type of seriousness is probably why he is back on the mic with a brand new record, and to distinguish real Hip Hop from the shallowness that’s riding the airwaves currently.

For those who are frustrated with the imitativeness and childishness of much of modern day rap, this track is another breath of fresh air. Sabotaj is a master at timing the change in his flow, and with the drops in the beat, giving every bar a dramatic suspense where the listener knows a hard-hitting punchline is coming up.

The key to appreciating Sabotaj’s music in 2019, is understanding him, and this, his most recent release, is a good place to get an idea of where he is coming from. “The 5 Elements” is a dedication to the culture he has been representing for the majority of his life, hence expect high points, both musically and lyrically.

What exactly is hip-hop? Well if you summarize the words of Sabotaj, it’s a culture that you eat, drink and breathe – a far cry from today’s rappers who seem to only be looking for money, bitches and fame. Sabotaj just lets loose across the board on this track, relentlessly driving home his message of hip-hop revival, trying valiantly to shed some light on what hip-hop is truly about. And it’s a beautiful thing to witness!

A NOTE ABOUT THE VIDEO: The video was filmed in East Los Angeles and the Pico-Union area, capturing some of the greatest graffiti murals on the West Coast and some of the illest breaking scenes provided by The Legendary L.A. Breakers.

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Kulateral Beatz does more than just make beats – he’s a musical powerhouse! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kulateral-beatz-does-more-than-just-make-beats-hes-a-musical-powerhouse http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kulateral-beatz-does-more-than-just-make-beats-hes-a-musical-powerhouse#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:18:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34885 When you think of contemporary hip-hop, it’s easy to think of big-league artists. But for every hit record, it’s important to remember there’s a genius behind the beat. Throughout hip-hop’s existence, producers have always been behind the boards, not receiving the credit, praise and acclaim they truly deserve. Now, in this new age of social […]

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When you think of contemporary hip-hop, it’s easy to think of big-league artists. But for every hit record, it’s important to remember there’s a genius behind the beat. Throughout hip-hop’s existence, producers have always been behind the boards, not receiving the credit, praise and acclaim they truly deserve. Now, in this new age of social media and streaming platforms, the beat makers are finally branching out on their own, getting some recognition, and often sharing the spotlight with the rap game’s hottest artists. One of this new breed of music creators, is Kulateral Beatz, a Producer and Songwriter out of Kansas City, Missouri. From his training at the famous Charlie Bird Parker Academy, to his co-ownership of GH2 Ent LLC, as well as his will to think outside of the box, Kulateral Beatz is both meticulous and passionate about his craft.

Kulateral Beatz does more than just make beats – he’s a musical powerhouse – Hip-hop, R&B, and Soul tinged bangers prove his ability to influence any rapper’s sound in the perfect way. His signature sounds are infectious and lays down the foundation for melodic or lyrical rappers to go crazy.

Checkout the latest bass driven electro-boom of “34Double D”, or the percussive dynamicity of “Book of Eli”. If you dig the sound of warm layered keys and squealing synths, lay your ears on “Time Flies Live Great”.

Maybe slamming drums and a sweet hook is your thing, for which you’ll find solace in “Light In Your Eyes”, “GetRite (Circle of Life)” or “BuddhaBlessed”. More classic, banging hip-hop sounds can be found on beats like “Apple Siroc”, “Queen Sade”, and “No Pain Know Gain”.

Either way, the list of Kulateral Beatz’s diverse creations are almost endless. So though you may not know his name just yet, Kulateral Beatz is able to create the multiple sounds that power the flourishing hip-hop scene. He captures the spirit of hip hop in rhythmic measure, with his discerning ear, impeccable taste, and seamless mixing skills.

Kulateral’s attention to the perfect 6-point production scheme is what gives him the edge in beat-making. One – he knows that the rhythm of the beat is the backbone of everything. It carries and centers the entire song. Two – the purpose of the production is to support the vocalist, so he understands that simplicity is essential in not overpowering the raps.

Three – Kulateral Beatz knows how to highlight the chorus or the hook, which is essential in modern music. Four – the song structure needs to be complete. Into, verse, chorus, and outro should be there, and Kulateral Beatz makes sure he ticks the boxes.

Five – Having a clear structure in a beat is important, but the aspect of how each section transitions to the next is often overlooked. So exciting transitions are important to avoid the beat sounding plain and boring, and that’s another box that Kulateral Beatz eloquently ticks.

Six – Ultimately, beats needs to have soul and groove, and that is where every producer can insert their personal touch, and is probably where Kulateral Beatz comes out tops. So if you want to move your sound to the next level, you now know who your choice beat maker should be!

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BlacKlout: “The Vibe” – telling it like it is! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/blacklout-the-vibe-telling-it-like-it-is http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/blacklout-the-vibe-telling-it-like-it-is#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 14:49:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34844 BlacKlout is a rap/hip-hop artist based in Hawaii. This prolific artist has released 13 singles and an EP in rapid succession. Since February, listeners have been treated to an explosion of new content. An EP, “De West Coast Trio” is expected in the coming weeks. While the release of a new album, “For The Fame”, […]

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BlacKlout is a rap/hip-hop artist based in Hawaii. This prolific artist has released 13 singles and an EP in rapid succession. Since February, listeners have been treated to an explosion of new content. An EP, “De West Coast Trio” is expected in the coming weeks. While the release of a new album, “For The Fame”, is also approaching fast. Expect new material in April or May. In the meantime we have his very latest EP release “The Vibe”. BlacKlout’s new release, does not disappoint. There are no tracks to skip.

It contains three tracks filled with addicting melodies, head-bobbing beats, and overflowing with smart and honest lyrical content. BlacKlout sings, he raps, and he just does about anything that comes to his mind, mostly he’s having a real good time, and taking us along for the ride.

From when the EP opens with “Handstand”, we get nice production, refreshing lyrics and themes, solid modern style flows and a little old school mixed in. BlacKlout manages to bring back a little bit of purity and playfulness to hip hop. Actually he brings a whole lot of playfulness on this track.

“Bounce that ass, let me see you do a handstand,” let’s you know exactly what BlacKlout wants to play with too. It’s an explicit high-energy club anthem that will surely bring the twerking on. And BlacKlout is as naughty as he wants to be on this sexually charged jam, featuring Da Doc.

“Bonnie and Clyde” flips the initial sonics on its head, as BlacKlout comes out wearing his crooning clothes, though he doesn’t drop the passionately lusty themes, which is all part of “The Vibe”. It’s is a piano-bounce track that is sure to bring any downer out of their shell.

Jazzy Rap-Pop only works some of the time and, luckily, this is one of those times, as BlacKlout gets the formula just right on top of this foot-tapping beat. Play this at a party and even the dudes with the slickest suits and ties will start humming along. How do you resist that earworm melody and keyboard? You don’t. You simply take it straight to the wall.

If you’re in this for the rapping skills, then the best track on the EP has to be “2faced” ft. Da Doc. Here BlacKlout unpacks his toolset and sets about getting the job done.  He seems to have settled into a place in which he can play around with some modern sounds without losing his essence.

Throughout “2faced”, he does a great job of balancing propulsive, form-forward rapping with straight up bars. And due to a combination of experience and confidence BlacKlout brings on a pretty well-rounded scope of emotions and moods in the process. The strongest moments on “The Vibe” EP, show the ever-unassuming BlacKlout leaning into what he excels at best: telling it like it is.

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Paris Unltd: “Murder Me!” – A tongue-in-cheek look at unrequited love! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/paris-unltd-murder-me-a-tongue-in-cheek-look-at-unrequited-love http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/paris-unltd-murder-me-a-tongue-in-cheek-look-at-unrequited-love#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:37:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34832 Paris Unltd is a South African raised artist bringing his tongue-in-cheek sensibility to pop music. Having moved halfway across the world to pursue his post-secondary education, Paris now brings us his 2019 off right single “Murder Me!” The single is meant to be a cheeky response to feeling sorry for yourself due to unrequited love. […]

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Paris Unltd is a South African raised artist bringing his tongue-in-cheek sensibility to pop music. Having moved halfway across the world to pursue his post-secondary education, Paris now brings us his 2019 off right single “Murder Me!” The single is meant to be a cheeky response to feeling sorry for yourself due to unrequited love. The lyrics expound the emotions of lust, anger and pain with a fun beat that is sure to be the cure for any broken heart. This is a total ear-worm but with solid enough lyrics that you don’t mind if it’s trapped in your head for days. It has a big chorus that is impossible to get out of your head and is so much fun, you won’t want to get it out of your head.

Part of Paris Unltd’s charm as an artist is the simplicity of his music. He doesn’t try to overcomplicate “Murder Me!”, in order to impress people. Instead, he goes straight for the heart. This is Paris Unltd at his best, filling the song with personal anecdotes, highlighting his best qualities as a songwriter along the way.

The song is perfect for the starry-eyed hopeless romantic who is shell-shocked by unrequited love. It’s scathingly sharp, and twistingly simplifies feelings that humans can tend to have a habit of over-complicating and over-dramatizing in a situation that has already gone overboard.

Writing lighthearted pop seems to be where the singer-songwriter excels. He’s not going to let you overthink every word he puts in the song, because he has so perfectly unraveled the narrative for you.

It captures the simplicity of the ideal, true love of fairy tales – from your side at least – gone horribly bad, including all the bumps in the road that come with real life. “Murder Me!” includes poppy confessions that capture the feeling that you have for the now, despicable object of your undivided affection.

There is enough variety sonically in “Murder Me!” to keep you interested, and the beat is perfect for bouncing around the room too. Paris Unltd’s caustic vocal delivery resonates with power and melody. At the beginning, the groove is playfully established, providing an awesome foreshadow of the goodness to come. Once that groove is firmly established, well, it’s helluva infectious.

Paris Unltd’s enters in with an attitude, right from the start of song, and never lets up. He delivers clear lead vocals. The chorus section is catchy, with the other major selling points beyond the danceable, feel-good nature of this record.

Also, worth noting, are the lovely backing vocals, as well as a great bridge section which provides a nice change of pace. Love sure is a pretty powerful force. It can pull us away from the things we enjoy, or inspire us to achieve great things. On “Murder Me!” Paris Unltd cuttingly reminds us what the loss of love can provoke us into achieving!

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Beav: “Politically Incorrect” – incredibly forceful, raunchy! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/beav-politically-incorrect-incredibly-forceful-raunchy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/beav-politically-incorrect-incredibly-forceful-raunchy#respond Fri, 29 Mar 2019 13:23:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34802 Intellectual hustler Beav has dropped his highly anticipated album, entitled “Politically Incorrect”. The Charleston, MO based rapper engaged Grammy-winning artists, as well as up and coming hit makers to bring his narratives to life. The album was produced by All Purpose Entertainment. Beav can flow unlike anyone else, and he can articulate and enunciate with […]

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Intellectual hustler Beav has dropped his highly anticipated album, entitled “Politically Incorrect”. The Charleston, MO based rapper engaged Grammy-winning artists, as well as up and coming hit makers to bring his narratives to life. The album was produced by All Purpose Entertainment. Beav can flow unlike anyone else, and he can articulate and enunciate with such clarity that each word of every bar is felt rather than heard. His singular style is expounded upon and intensified with his latest album, to an extent that is as immediate as it is also aggressive and difficult to throttle. Moreover, it is a showcase for Beav to rap more forcefully, with more addictive one-liners than his predecessors and contemporaries put together.

“Politically Incorrect” is essentially another incredibly forceful, raunchy, and braggadocio display of modern rap on Beav’s part. Despite the banging nature of the production, the focus is placed on Beav’s vocals. Fortunately, the Charleston based rapper does not disappoint in this area, delivering his hard-hitting rhymes while constantly flicking through his repertoires of rapid fire flows.

He channels the anger of the streets through a deep and booming roar. Beav integrates the forward thinking of early 90’s groups with the trap stylings of today’s Hip-Hop, piecing together an album that fixates itself between the many different minds of the hip hop world.

Right from the opening track, “1000”, the technical skill and voice through which Beav spits is awe-inspiring, captivating the listener before understanding what is actually being said. The bouncy “Action” switches things up, and is a perfect fit for Beav’s rasp.

If he doesn’t always explicitly name his targets, it’s because those targets are implicit. He knows that we know. And it makes for a hell of a flex on tracks like “Bang” and “Guns”. He sounds grizzled and wildly rambunctious in the same breath on “JackBoys” ft Adrian Anderson. His ever-shifting aesthetic makes him one of the most invigorating prospects in the state.

The catchy and infectious “My Bonnie” ft. Lydia Caesar, is proof that even a pragmatic rapper like Beav, doesn’t totally eschew the melodic hook, which obviously goes along with his natural desire to not ignore “The Pussy” either, and to which he dedicates an entire song.

As a rap technician, Beav pushes his voice in as many different directions as he can, but he favors a throat-shredding roar that he can use to deliver impressively agile syllable-bursts. And on tracks like “Nomo” and “U Da Man”, you can practically see his synapses firing in every different direction at once.

Everything from the vocal arrangements to the song titles themselves, feel crafted with meticulous detail in an album that is a constantly-moving collection, of harsh emotions with a head-nodding twist that works. Beav wastes no time with subtleties as he jumps straight into the deep end on “Prolly” and “Issues”, with mosh-pit energy, punchlines, and unique flows in his bag of tricks.

His unabashed, relentless assault finishes with the closing track “Look At Me”. And for all of his energetic raps and charismatic lyricism, I can’t help but think that Beav is still woefully underrated, or undiscovered. That should stop, starting now!

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Hro Palyan: “White China” is in style with modern trends http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hro-palyan-white-china-is-in-style-with-modern-trends http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hro-palyan-white-china-is-in-style-with-modern-trends#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:44:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34749 Hro Palyan is an up and coming Armenian-American Hip Hop artist based in Granada Hills, CA. His journey into a musical career started during childhood when he learned how to play the electric guitar. Hro’s older brother was influential in introducing him to the world of rap and hip-hop and to fellow artists who encouraged […]

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Hro Palyan is an up and coming Armenian-American Hip Hop artist based in Granada Hills, CA. His journey into a musical career started during childhood when he learned how to play the electric guitar. Hro’s older brother was influential in introducing him to the world of rap and hip-hop and to fellow artists who encouraged him to learn music production tools like Fruity Loops, Reason, and Pro Tools. Influenced by the likes of Dre, Eminem, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dog, Tupac, Naz, Jayz, Dmx, Hro used the production tools as a coping mechanism that allowed him to express himself, and deal with issues in his life. His singles “Sick Freaks” and “White China,” both featuring “The Palyans,” have been well received by his fanbase.

One crucial source of Hro Palyan’s appeal is the striking contrast between the smooth, after-midnight seductiveness of his river-deep baritone and the pointed sharpshooting of his streetwise lyrics. Hro’s narratives may be blunt and cynical, but his voice makes even the harshest bit of cutting commentary sound smooth.

His smooth blend of dick-grabbing swagger and R&B seduction, alongside his hard-nosed alternative flavors, scores many transcendent moments throughout his music catalog.

Hro Palyan’s hypnotic voice dominates the single, “White China”, giving the drug-dripping narrative, an almost sophisticated air of blunted sonic perfection. It’s important to note that even though Hro is in style with modern trends, sonically, he isn’t making elevator music.

There’s some serious meat on his records. They stick. He’s not sacrificing himself to cater to a fickle audience. He says what he wants, how he wants, without giving one damn about what anyone thinks. He’s a unique, necessary music figure in the genre, and “White China” solidifies that.

The fine line between using and legitimizing explicit language, is crossed with ease throughout, as Hro Palyan never hesitates to get his point home. Even if you’re the sensitive kind, all of this is easy to ignore, as tunes like “White China” are so addictively slick, smooth and irresistible.

Add the fact that Hro is such an intriguing figure that, you can forgive him damn near everything. A statement of intent and identity, “White China”, is hooky and brilliant enough for you to put aside all your puritan quibbles, and let everything wash over you in a wave of sonic euphoria.

On “White China”, Hro Palyan takes his vocal talent and makes a musically excellent and entertaining track with caustic lyricism and a quality beat. His style can probably be described as a shining example of mixing singing and rapping in the same vocal delivery.

This originality and diversity of vocal style with respect to his contemporaries, amounts to very accessible music with a massive amount of playback value. Hro Palyan has one of the most unusual and original flows in the hip hop game, and has the ability to pump out original and creative hardcore rhymes and hooks.

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Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZFlRm9L9EP4oFnd3Jdb9y
Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hro-palyan/1440348168
Google Music
https://play.google.com/music/m/Asl6qoggd7tvrg5e7l3pef2pncu?play=1
Tidal:
https://tidal.com/browse/artist/10533756
Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/gduphro
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/stillHRO
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/stillhro/
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https://www.hropalyan.com/

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Javyn Knight: “Exodus” taken from his debut EP, “The Gospel Of Javyn” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/javyn-knight-exodus-taken-from-his-debut-ep-the-gospel-of-javyn http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/javyn-knight-exodus-taken-from-his-debut-ep-the-gospel-of-javyn#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:20:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34733 Javyn Knight releases his debut EP, “The Gospel Of Javyn” on March the 24th. The artist’s arrival to this event has not been an easy one. He left home at sixteen to join the army, completing his basic training and part of his AIT training, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He went on to […]

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Javyn Knight releases his debut EP, “The Gospel Of Javyn” on March the 24th. The artist’s arrival to this event has not been an easy one. He left home at sixteen to join the army, completing his basic training and part of his AIT training, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He went on to be officially discharged and found his way back to civilian life. It was then that Javyn decided to flip his future and pursue a different, but just as passionate, career route.

Javyn Knight aka The Blacc SINatra

Javyn Knight aka The Blacc SINatra grabbed hold of a mic and started reppin’ South Carolina, building a solid reputation for himself along the way. All of which brings him to the release of his highly anticipated EP, which is preceded by the lead single, “Exodus”.

Javyn Knight’s easygoing soulful tone, beautifully fluctuates over the course of the track, never running the risk of sounding flat and static. Relatability, positivity, and general geniality seem to characterize the rapper, both as a writer and performer. His unique voice and iconic style shine on this release, laying bare his emotions and feelings for all to listen to.

Right from the opening bars of “Exodus”, Javyn Knight’s breathtaking voice envelops the listener in a peaceful blanket of soothing notes. The most powerful part of this release is not just his voice though.

Javyn Knight takes us on a journey, where his masterful lyricism displays his immense talent. With a mix of R&B and chill electronics, Javyn crafted “Exodus” to showcase his incredible storytelling. He transports the listener to his head space, where his easygoing melodic flow covers them in a blanket of tranquility and reassurance, infectiously drawing them back into the track to listen again and again.

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Javyn is being totally sincere, and the production is gorgeous and incredibly lush. His flow is textured and emotive, the lower register is gritty and soulful, the melodic twist is dreamy and controlled.

So with plenty being offered by way of writing and groove, “Exodus”  is further enhanced by Javyn’s rhyme scheme and his vision for it; the tone of his voice, the perfectly placed keyboard runs, choral swells and percussive titbits. His melodic vocal stylings are great for offsetting a more aggressive rap verse, and there’s certainly something about his phrasing that can draw in listeners.

The coolness of “Exodus” makes it an ideal track for the evening, winding down and chilling, letting yourself fade into the night. In fact his smooth sound and relatable lyrics make for versatile music adept for a variety of settings.

Javyn Knight is at a point where people will be hard pressed to ignore his artistry – the rapper proves himself to listeners on “Exodus” and then repeats himself on “The Crucifixion”, which is yet another example of his bravado. It feels like a triumphant declaration that he is moving on to something bigger and better, which may just prove to be “The Gospel Of Javyn”!

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Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS”- driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/glocck-vee-idgf-about-yo-hittas-driven-by-reactionary-outbursts-of-authenticity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/glocck-vee-idgf-about-yo-hittas-driven-by-reactionary-outbursts-of-authenticity#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:05:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34699 Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also […]

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Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And I’m sure if you witness or are part of an argument about Vee’s mic skills, then you’ll probably hear a version of the statement, “Glocck Vee is one of the realest in the rap game,” because that’s what he sounds like.

Glocck Vee has the world-weary voice of one capable of setting the streets aflame by delivering tales of affliction, hustle and triumphs of an underdog. He is proficient in delivering sharp, telescopic views of everyday struggles, and delving into the throbbing torment of tortured souls.

On “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” his voice is like a dark thunderstorm, and he’s ascended to the current vanguard of rappers with tales of life that add essential new layers to today’s music. He nails the gothic and narcotic sounds ruling southern rap today.

Glocck Vee found just the right mix of underground and mainstream sound for this track. He delivers hard-hitting lyrics that have meaning behind them while recruiting a powerful feature to bring a renowned sound to “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS”.

It’s a good formula to make an impact in my opinion, spit some real bars over a great beat then have Mike Beezy Badazz come on the track and spit a thunderous verse to grab even more attention. The impatience and anger in the voices makes it apparent that the rappers have something to say and this energy carries through the entire track.

The harsh realness of this track is really what propels it. Glocck Vee allows for the listener to connect to his narrative, by continuing to share bits and pieces of his experiences and thoughts. And so we get songs with depth and honesty, where Glocck gets to show off his strong personality.

“IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” is a dark introspective but it’s not all doom and gloom though. If anyone who has never heard of Glocck Vee, thinks he is just another Southern rapper with too many chains and no substance in his music, those assumptions are out the way early on this track.

It is songs like this that explain what they mean when they say some rappers keep it real and make heartfelt music. Break away from the monotonous sounds of your radio, and lay your ears on “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” by Glocck Vee featuring Mike Beezy Badazz.

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Midas Well: “3am”- some of the most imaginative R&B music around! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/midas-well-3am-some-of-the-most-imaginative-rb-music-around http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/midas-well-3am-some-of-the-most-imaginative-rb-music-around#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:12:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34679 Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to […]

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Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal versatility and affinity for dramatic song craft, an irresistible combination that he forges completely on “3am”.

A guilty ballad sighing through a recalcitrant drumbeat, pummeled by a booming bassline, where the buoyant Lothario is the lovelorn confessor, “3am” is a sultry concentration sensuality. There’s something to be said for the constant, propulsive pacing, reflecting a struggle to find focus, over caressed chords and warm harmonies. This is a trip to create some of the most imaginative R&B music around. The production is exceptional, with keys and ambient noise offset by whip-crack drum programming, and moments of pure body-high pleasure.

Midas Well’s voice, particularly when moodily lamenting or soaring in its upper mid-range, is a beautiful instrument that ties the groove together. With a calming-yet-dangerous vibe, “3am” is a strong album opener that accurately introduces what is to come.

In this passionate track that easily brings listeners into a euphoric state, Midas uses intricate storytelling to get his message across. With an impressive range, he masters getting many different sounds to jell together cohesively. His unyielding vocals paired with sultry sonics introduce a record for those looking to experience a mood-inducing vibe.

My intuition says that “3am” is sure to expand Midas Well’s presence towards cross-mixing music genres, but we can trust that he will never stop providing the authentic R&B and soul flavors that many modern-day urban artists lack.

To be honest, I listened to the other tracks on the album, and it is clear that Midas has a lot of incredible qualities: world-class singer and skilled songwriter among them. Another is his willingness to commit to an aesthetic direction, even if it’s not the obvious path. Put another way, Midas Well has the vision, ability and confidence to follow his muse. Not every artist is capable of doing that.

Each song on the album showcases Midas Well’s immense vocal talent and knack for catchy hooks. The singer needs no auto-tune to hold a steady note, a factor that will appeal to more traditional audiences who value an unadulterated voice and raw ability.

The vibrant instrumentals are also a vital contribution to the project’s varying moods. But you’ll be able to savor all of its pleasures once it’s released. In the meantime grab a hold of “3am”, which is a perfect testament to Midas Well’s talent for exciting and creative modern music.

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OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – the interplay between narrative and vibe http://jamsphere.com/reviews/officialvybe-anubis-the-interplay-between-narrative-and-vibe http://jamsphere.com/reviews/officialvybe-anubis-the-interplay-between-narrative-and-vibe#respond Tue, 12 Mar 2019 18:21:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34658 Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on […]

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Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three prevailing doctrines under which just about everybody falls. Group one consists of those who are in it for the party. They vibe to anything with a decent beat that makes the club circuit. Group two, on the other hand, listens to rap so they can talk about introspective lyricists who craft poetic verses demanding continual and thorough scrutiny.

Thankfully, OfficialVybe fits the palate of Group three, a dying breed, which is characterized by the ability to separate the artist’s hype from his musical contributions, and to enjoy all of the predetermined traits in turn.

What makes “Anubis” so special is the interplay between narrative and vibe. Midwest rap usually welcomes an infusion of other regional styles and will willingly transform that into a newborn style, no matter the variants. “Anubis” reinforces this typicality, as the beats are a hybrid of coast to coast themes with some Southern elements.

Overall, I have to say this album packs quite a considerable punch, the same effect you’d get from a couple of shots of a hard spirit, while OfficialVybe proves he is a whole lot different to other rap artists.

And while the album has moments of great energy and lyrical smartness, OfficialVybe dishes out both great old school and modern day atmospheres which are authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced by any other rappers you can think of as he forges a style all of his own.

The Iowa rapper comes into the recording in cinematic style, on the opening track “Ima Die a Star”, setting the tone for what is to follow. “Bar from Bar” sees the artist shine a light on his craft as he lays down a list positives on being OfficialVybe on the mic.

On “Feel the Hype” OfficialVybe drops his vocal tone down a notch or two, giving him a completely different sound. “Ride My Wave” and “All the Sauce Dripping” unravels some more of OfficialVybe’s quirky vocal tricks, as he lays down multiple voices that contrast and counter each other, with squeaks and squaws that would even make an eclectic trapper like Future proud.

By the time we hit play on “Hottest in Yo City”, it’s clear that OfficialVybe is witty, charismatic, and knows when to reel it back and be serious, or just let it go and run with it. Which is what he does on the bizarre and unconventional 11:30.

Though OfficialVybe is just as comfortable showcasing his lyrics and flow on his own, “Anubis” features a handful of collaborative tracks, such as “Chasing a Bag” ft. Mok Mook, “Regret” ft. Monae Moroe, “Do What I Want” ft. TR33S and of course the aforementioned “11:30” ft. Laselle.

Unlike many rappers, OfficialVybe also understands his strengths and weaknesses, and makes up for any potential limitations by projecting his infectious personality and creative idiosyncrasies unabashedly. OfficialVybe leaves the best tracks for last, in my opinion, as “No Tomorrow” and “No Conversation” seem to impressively be the most perfect matches for his style and flow.

The production is solid, all the way through “Anubis”, but the real magic is all in OfficialVybe’s totally original flow and personal lyrics.

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Cplus: “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” – poetic and meaningful http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cplus-diamonds-are-a-girls-best-friend-poetic-and-meaningful http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cplus-diamonds-are-a-girls-best-friend-poetic-and-meaningful#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:02:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34637 Clifton Johnson, known by artist name Cplus, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist hailing from Oklahoma City. He has opened for headlining acts such as Joe, Usher, Tony Terry, and Mint Condition. Over the last two years, Cplus has continuously toured and performed live with his band, Born in November, resulting in numerous television appearances […]

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Clifton Johnson, known by artist name Cplus, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist hailing from Oklahoma City. He has opened for headlining acts such as Joe, Usher, Tony Terry, and Mint Condition. Over the last two years, Cplus has continuously toured and performed live with his band, Born in November, resulting in numerous television appearances and online interviews. “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”, is the artist’s latest single. Cplus has built up ever-growing career from pretty much ground zero, and has quite the resume for a fresh new artist. His main genre may be R&B, however he incorporates flavors from hip-hop, electro, jazz, soul, etc. to form a very unique brand of music that is undeniably his own. What makes Cplus so distinct from the saturated market of R&B artists, is his artistic approach to his music.

Yes, as an R&B artist he also talks about sex and talks about love, the typical norm, however, Cplus as an artist takes R&B to a whole other level. “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” is one of those rare tracks in the mainstream that lets listeners delve into the artist’s storytelling psyche, and thankfully Cplus is an interesting person to listen to.

He does not succumb to the pressure of making typical songs, while his lyrics are much more poetic and meaningful. This latest single quickly demonstrates some of Cplus’ storytelling ability; his lyrics contain poetic substance, and filled with one-liners that are neither corny nor cliché.

The track is an episode that plays into a grand arrangement of emotions. It’s absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Its breadth is complimented by its vibe, which is casual and conversational despite Cplus’ ambition and prodigious skill. Almost every bar on the song contains at least one breathtaking moment: impassioned, soulful vocals, clever lyrical insight, smooth melodic flourishes. That doesn’t mean it’s a track for showing off.

Cplus is never trying to sing you off the map. His virtuosity is fluid, natural; it’s working in service of emotions and the storyline. The same is true of his writing, which remains mysterious and ripe for interpretation. Even the minor moments on “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”, with its understated and restrained percussive beat, brings all of Cplus’ qualities together in remarkable ways.

His inimitability — the combination of vocal skill, lyrical ambition, and stylistic versatility that makes Cplus unique — is only amplified by the way he maintains a low-key attitude while excelling at what he does. If you enjoy this music and want to hear more, you can’t just turn on the radio for pale approximations, as he is in his very own lane. Cplus is like an outlier filling a void.

The nuance and serenity with which Cplus explores his songs, places him at a remove from his noisier contemporaries. Simultaneously poetic and plainspoken, his performances are so arrestingly smooth that all of its unusually shaped pieces fit together as a seamless whole. In an industry of declining record sales and infinite musical choices only a click away, “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” is both a promise and an affirmation that Cplus has found his groove.

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Kfir: “Outta Love” throbs with energy and emotion http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kfir-outta-love-throbs-with-energy-and-emotion http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kfir-outta-love-throbs-with-energy-and-emotion#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 14:16:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34632 New York based performing artist, Kfir, has spent his life pursuing his passion, which took him from his classical ballet training, to Broadway, and to now releasing his first EP. Kfir developed himself as an artist writing poetry, eventually expanding upon that, and adding music to his words. After his dance mix single “Heart After […]

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New York based performing artist, Kfir, has spent his life pursuing his passion, which took him from his classical ballet training, to Broadway, and to now releasing his first EP. Kfir developed himself as an artist writing poetry, eventually expanding upon that, and adding music to his words. After his dance mix single “Heart After Dark” went to number six on the UK pop charts, he was able to raise the money he needed to fund his following endeavors, including his EP “Free Delivery”. His latest single is called “Outta Love”. The song seems to fully capture his personality, and is great representation of the singer’s own personal style, his interests, his aversions, his demons, and his desires. All of that in in only under four minutes, you’re thinking? Yes, if you’re as emotively honest and artistically impressive as is this American Israeli. Often a timbre and nuance of a voice can speak to you in so many more ways, than a simple lyrical narrative can.  And for me this happens with “Outta Love”.

Kfir has a voice of a soul that has been thoroughly lived in. The track throbs with energy and emotion. It’s by any account a beautiful and tortured love song but also applicable to living life to your fullest against all odds and detractors.

Kfir’s voice is tender and powerful when and where it needs to be, resonating with thunderous emotional disquiet. Kfir has written what sounds like being the most breathtaking song of his career do far. Dark, emotional and atmospheric; it is a lyrical and sonic masterpiece in every way.

It’s a step toward a more balladry pop vibe but with very forward looking electronic production securing a cohesive fit with the other hit-making tracks from this era. The build in the vocal melody on the pre-chorus is phenomenal as Kfir moves from lower to upper registers from line to line.

The song builds overwhelmingly in intensity and has a certain triumphant aura within its anguish that has made it become an absolute favorite on my playlist. The keyboards, the bassline and the flawless vocal harmonies are enough to send you to another plane of consciousness.

Kfir is a vocal chameleon. The way he weaves his voice into the different nooks and crannies of this song is breathtaking. His voice mesmerizes and reaches into your soul, while he sings the lyrics which are achingly honest. And he sings them with integrity and real feeling. Moody and with a little angst, the song is raw, hits deep and tugs hard at your heart, showcasing great beauty of tone, emotion, and power.

“Outta Love” challenges you not to fall in love with it as much as Kfir challenges you not to fall in love with his persona. As for me, I concede absolute defeat. I am thoroughly smitten and besotted by this artist, and song, which I must admit, I was not expecting to impress me as much as it did. It’s a gem that will glitter for a quite a while in my collection of shining musical stars.

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Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers: “Jealous” – this is anointed music ministry http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-nelson-the-overcomers-jealous-this-is-anointed-music-ministry http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-nelson-the-overcomers-jealous-this-is-anointed-music-ministry#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:44:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34606 Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers have Yahweh worship running through their veins. The award-winning collective, known for their high energy performances, have picked up a number of Billboard hits along the way, and are set to continue their successful run with a brand new single, entitled “Jealous”. The track, inspired by “an authentic desire to […]

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Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers have Yahweh worship running through their veins. The award-winning collective, known for their high energy performances, have picked up a number of Billboard hits along the way, and are set to continue their successful run with a brand new single, entitled “Jealous”. The track, inspired by “an authentic desire to be in greater relationship with Christ,” dropped on the 1st of March and will feature on the group’s upcoming EP, “Inhabit”, set for release on July 26. You love this track because of its ability to create that true worship experience. It will put you in the mindset of John 4:23 “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” This is a good song for the encouragement of those who are not yet saved or worshipping God.

“Jealous” acknowledges the different hardships and pain people may go through in life and many false hopes and idols many may entrust themselves for salvation. However it encourages you to seek a better way via a personal relationship with God.

This is a reassurance that God is powerful, and will be there for you. He is the father of fathers, the king of kings. When we keep looking for that something missing in our lives and we need a reminder that we have it all in Him, you can close your eyes to this song and get in tune with God.

Once again, this is anointed music ministry; powerful worship music; I really can’t say enough about this project and Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers, who just keep outdoing themselves on each subsequent release. The song in itself is powerful, while the feel captured in the recording magnifies the significance of the lyrics and the intentionality of the music.

Driven by lusciously layered instrumentation, the light simplicity of the arrangement, the outstanding lead vocals, and rich backing harmonies, allows for more focus on the lyrics which contains a powerful message of conquering your fears and connecting with God.

It seems like the voices and musicality are meant for any type of audience as the passion and authenticity comes through in way that defeats genre restrictions. The whole track is filled with joy. It is a beautiful reminder of the hope we have in any circumstance, even when darkness appears to prevail.

The acclaimed recording artist Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers remain a potent voice in the Gospel and Worship universe, opening the doors and welcoming listeners to take an inspiring journey together in discovering God’s powerful love and great gifts on “Jealous”. Stunningly brilliant voice and sound, with deep personal truths and testimonies – this is great music that throws you into the face of The Father.

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Dexx Almighti: “Déjà vu” comfortably set in his own style http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dexx-almighti-deja-vu-comfortably-set-in-his-own-style http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dexx-almighti-deja-vu-comfortably-set-in-his-own-style#respond Fri, 01 Mar 2019 18:22:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34551 Dexx Almighti is gearing up for busy 2019. Recently back from the studio, he drops his latest track, “Déjà vu”. Here the promising young talent displays in under four minutes, exactly where modern day rap is headed. A twinkly trap beat with lots of catchy hooks make up one of his best songs to date. […]

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Dexx Almighti is gearing up for busy 2019. Recently back from the studio, he drops his latest track, “Déjà vu”. Here the promising young talent displays in under four minutes, exactly where modern day rap is headed. A twinkly trap beat with lots of catchy hooks make up one of his best songs to date. It’s a short, sweet and rather captivating introduction to the rapper who is clearly comfortably set in his own style. This is a positive way in which Almighti contributes to the progression of new age hip-hop and especially rap that exists on the internet. When explaining the track Almighti details how his recent relationship inspired the single stating, “I looked at my last relationship and realized that the back and forth was truly Deja Vù and I used my emotions as fuel and my pen as my protection!”

Like most modern rappers, Dexx Almighti is based off cool vibes and is essentially hypnotic as he rolls out his beast swag rap. Though laidback, he maintains a steady delivery that will impress a large realm of listeners. What the first play through might not showcase right away is that Almighti, in a wildly unorthodox way, encourages being proactive.

A large part of this project’s success is also due to the soundscape Almighti gets the opportunity to glide across. While maintaining a dreamy electronic sound, the production is polished and complete.

Not only does he balance the harmonious slow burning trap sounds but cuts the beat with a creative edge that subconsciously perks up one’s ears. Hi-hats, a booming bassline and eerie keys are used as intricate layers to build the rapper’s quickly developing signature sound.

Unlike many of his modern rap peers, there is far more to this rapper than good beats and emotional lyrics. Firstly, Dexx Almighti manages to be an entertaining force on this piece. Almighti’s delivery is always smooth, almost sung, and nearly spoken, complementing the flawless production and mirroring the less-is-more approach of the music.

Ultimately, the track is undeniably likable. While it comfortably fits the mold of the modern melodic styled label, it is also atmospheric enough to change the minds of staunch hip-hop purists. The opening bars immediately stand out, providing Dexx Almighti with a platform to demonstrate his chops as a serious rapper while creating an authentic, unique sound for himself.

Above all, “Déjà vu” serves to solidify the young rapper’s brand by telling us all this, and more. It doesn’t seek to break any ground or do more than it needs to, but it exudes the character and will to tell us where modern hip hop is heading.

Dexx Almighti’s music isn’t just a celebration of diligence and endurance; it’s about knowing where you’ve come from and loving you’re going. Classic values are obviously at the core of his craft: hard work, sacrifice, and persistence. If there’s anything new in Almighti’s toolset, it’s his level of confidence.

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Jakson: “Light One Up” delivers a sweet aggressiveness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jakson-light-one-up-delivers-a-sweet-aggressiveness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jakson-light-one-up-delivers-a-sweet-aggressiveness#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:50:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34545 In the rap game, SoundCloud has grown to a point where it simply cannot not be ignored anymore. Employing a wildly aggressive and blown-out aesthetic, the flag-bearers of the genre are soaring through the streaming ranks and are putting out substantial numbers that propel them past even major label acts. In fact as major labels […]

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In the rap game, SoundCloud has grown to a point where it simply cannot not be ignored anymore. Employing a wildly aggressive and blown-out aesthetic, the flag-bearers of the genre are soaring through the streaming ranks and are putting out substantial numbers that propel them past even major label acts. In fact as major labels are being led to shell out million-dollar deals in an attempt to cash in on “SoundCloud Rap” which is leading the rapidly morphing landscape of modern rap. Yet despite all the success, in 2019 the question remains: Is SoundCloud rap a passing fad or just the start of something much larger?

One artist who is not wasting time pondering the question, but rather working towards building his own fanbase on SoundCloud, is the Placerville, California artist Jared Myers, better known as Jakson – a songwriter, engineer, and sometimes producer.

Myers has dropped two tracks on the legendary platform, entitled “Light One Up” [Prod. by Black Mayo] and “It’s Okay” featuring Eye Sea [Prod. by Guala Beatz x Darkboy Beatz]. SoundCloud rap was built with an emphasis on abandon over structure, and rawness over dexterity. It wasn’t the polished pop-friendly affair that major labels usually dished out.

Jakson places himself neatly in between the SoundCloud rap craze and the mainstream. He retains an earthy rawness in his raps, while his beats are structured and polished. Jakson sounds just as good rapping over the chill Black Mayo beat as he does through the wavy Guala Beatz x Darkboy Beatz soundscape.

For all the seemingly obvious similarities, “Light One Up” and “It’s Okay” couldn’t be more different; the former has the traditional swag and rhyme pattern of the city, while the other is soaked in clever vocal sorcery it’s surprising it has not hit the radio yet.

With these releases, newcomer Jakson, shows that he has the charisma and internet savvy to build up his brand and beyond, making all his sounds work for him. He has an ear for light and wistful melodies, as well as a flow that can handle sweet aggressiveness, demonstrating his ability to craft efficient records that revel in their simplicity.

Most SoundCloud rappers seem to have voices exclusively born to be contorted by vocal effects. Jakson is not one of them. He is able to work with, or without them. The real joy of a song like “It’s Okay”, is how Jakson’s voice melds into the beat, regardless of the effects. It’s not just the technicalities, but it’s the overall groove and mood on the song that’s worth succumbing yourself to.

Pretty much the same applies to the darker “Light One Up”, where Jakson forges his undeniable penchant for fully pronouncing his words, along with a contagious urgency in his flow. This makes the song catchy without losing any edge. All-in-all, both these releases demonstrate that Jakson has multiple gears, and can create any type of song easily, scooping up attention along the way.

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Shony Parker: “Party on The Weekend” hits you like a mantra chant! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/shony-parker-party-on-the-weekend-hits-you-like-a-mantra-chant http://jamsphere.com/reviews/shony-parker-party-on-the-weekend-hits-you-like-a-mantra-chant#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:32:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34529 Shony Parker is an American music artist, born Corey Glass, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The artist, who was featured on BET Fashion back in December 2018 for his clothing line BAG, started taking his music career seriously after his release from the house of corrections in 2014. Through his managing partner Spit Fire Management, via Investing Black […]

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Shony Parker is an American music artist, born Corey Glass, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The artist, who was featured on BET Fashion back in December 2018 for his clothing line BAG, started taking his music career seriously after his release from the house of corrections in 2014. Through his managing partner Spit Fire Management, via Investing Black Records Inc. / Sony / The Orchard, Shony Parker released his first single “Party on The Weekend” during February 2019.

To stay on top, you have to prove that you’re able to adapt to an ever-changing landscape of music. To get there, you pretty much have to toe the same line, and then do it better than the rest. Hip-hop especially is prone to trends, and Shony Parker makes sure to jump on them on with his debut single. This is when the music on the track shines; particularly because it involves the beat and the quaint trap vocalizations.

For starters Shony Parker keeps the track sharp and focused and under three minutes, for mainstream consumption. Actually, he is so sharply focused, he keeps it under two minutes. He also keeps his emo-trap sound as catchy as hell.

It’s a hip-hop skate-punk ride, with Shony’s moodily euphoric, sometimes pointed vocals, built on a slow burning beat, booming 808 bass lines and hypnotic hand-claps. The chorus hits you like a mantra chant which gets stuck in your head, and stays there long after the song is over.

In an age where artists tend to come and go daily, Shony Parker sounds persistent. His impact on the genre is impeccable, and he can stand alongside many of his contemporaries and peers, especially when it comes to modern-day trap music.

A few years ago, when it looked like rap had nowhere to go, Trap started to make it cool again with its auto tune crooning and unconventional flows. And now the new breed of trappers, like Shony Parker make sure the genre evolves and infiltrates a whole set of diverse genres.

The atmospheric pulse of the production also motivates Shony Parker to bring the same energy to “Party on The Weekend”. The vigorous aesthetic, and self-awareness of the artist, adds an innovative dimension to the songwriting, allowing Shony to find an uncanny balance between a party song, and an introspective rap ballad…all under two minutes.

Hence the track feels somewhat intoxicating, but yet perfectly lucid. Shony Parker sounds clear-eyed and hungry, exercising full control over the balance between these two extremes. It’s a clever play, and a perfect showcase for his emotional acuity. Whatever’s next for Shony Parker, there’s no doubt that he will be ready for it.

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Kilo M.O.E: “Keys To The M.O.E” – a charismatic rapper, and a musical architect http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kilo-m-o-e-keys-to-the-m-o-e-a-charismatic-rapper-and-a-musical-architect http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kilo-m-o-e-keys-to-the-m-o-e-a-charismatic-rapper-and-a-musical-architect#respond Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:37:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34501 In a world of repetitive mumble rap and boring trap beats, an album like “Keys To The M.O.E” comes as a big surprise to those who grew up on detailed lyrics and creative beats. Kilo M.O.E’s latest attempt at blending contemporary beats with his tenacious lyrical flow is drastically more successful than his last record […]

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In a world of repetitive mumble rap and boring trap beats, an album like “Keys To The M.O.E” comes as a big surprise to those who grew up on detailed lyrics and creative beats. Kilo M.O.E’s latest attempt at blending contemporary beats with his tenacious lyrical flow is drastically more successful than his last record on just about every measurable level. The production is absolutely modern, but many of these beats have a dark edge that pairs much better with the aggressive flow Kilo M.O.E has perfected throughout his career. And Kilo M.O.E has put together a rather sturdy career, though he has done it quietly.  Somewhat under the radar, he has created a catalogue of inconspicuous excellence, of which this album may just be his absolute best.

Kilo M.O.E has been what you may call, an under-appreciated component of the underground movement. An understated workhorse, a charismatic rapper, and a musical architect, the New Jersey artist is now ready to reap the benefits of his crafts.

Jersey City’s music producer, songwriter and rapper – Kilo M.O.E – is former personal trainer and body builder, who has won multiple bodybuilding awards and built a reputable athletic career before zoning in on the rap game. Now in the game for over 20 years, he derived his moniker “Kilo,” from his infamous street time in Topeka, while “M.O.E” stands for “Money Over Everything”.

The CEO and creator of O.M.G (On My Grizzly) Entertainment – a company established in 2012 – Kilo M.O.E has built up the confidence, tenacity and know-how to establish himself at the head of the line. Now with his latest album, he continues to play to his strengths.

Known for his ability to craft incredible imagery with vocabulary, Kilo M.O.E kicks off the album on a dangerous note with the opening title track, “Keys To The M.O.E” ft. Fat Cat OGC, which blends an old school beat with modern keys and ultra-slowed-down vocal effects. Needless to say. He pulls it off smoothly.

Setting the stage for an incredible journey, “Focus Bruh” carries on the feeling from the previous track but brings on a harsher flow and a banging beat. Here Kilo M.O.E rolls out rhymes that are as sharp as a guillotine, proving that he is a verbal assassin.

“Small Matter” ft. Cyco Thah Urchin, forges a verbal display that is so impressive that it was only after repeated listens that I finally realized that the song employs an unusual rhyme scheme, which is partly hidden by the melodic interludes. With age comes wisdom, and “Wake Up” shows all the astuteness Kilo M.O.E has accumulated, as he warns: “Wake up, wake up, these niggas don’t give no fucks about ya.”

“In Em” rides in on a bouncing beat and a wall of growling synths, positioning Kilo M.O.E as the prince of the underground urban jungle. His flow is timeless on “Dusk Til Dawn”, and his really feeling himself by the time the second verses comes around, as he unleashes his gritty ferocity. It’s not just empty rap boasts, though, as Kilo M.O.E speaks his mind on the weight of his grind. Throughout the album, Kilo M.O.E’s bars are delivered with the sincerity of a man who has walked those roads, not from a place of judgement.

Turning to story mode, switching it up, and keeping the mood relaxed, “Where Eyem At” ft. Mr.Who???”, rides on a quaint beat and a funky groove. Turning the tide once again, the soulful “Feel Inside” dishes out a sampled retro feel while connecting with the struggles of everyday life and tough situations.

It is full of timely rhymes and a memorable beat while the New Jersey rapper brings attitude front and center. A refreshing break from the norm, this album stands out from today’s Hip Hop with a mature sound and the elements that make up the foundation of the genre.

Strong and confident with vibrant lyrics and creative beats, there are no gimmicks or tricks with this recording. The message is loud and clear as Kilo M.O.E takes on the labyrinth that is the modern music industry.

From top to bottom, the project has a noticeable sense of growth and maturity about it. “Keys To The M.O.E” is a brilliant look at the current state of hip-hop, how far Kilo M.O.E has come, and why he should be a fixture in the underground culture.

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AUS10: “Away” almost hypnotizes the listener http://jamsphere.com/reviews/aus10-away-almost-hypnotizes-the-listener http://jamsphere.com/reviews/aus10-away-almost-hypnotizes-the-listener#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 21:35:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34467 AUS10 is a rap and hip-hop artist from Los Angeles. His latest project, the mixtape “10PM”, is the result of months of hard work and determination. AUS10 definitely falls into the new wave of rappers. An upcoming young breed of bold and brash emcees ready to take over the game with blistering beats and stunning […]

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AUS10 is a rap and hip-hop artist from Los Angeles. His latest project, the mixtape “10PM”, is the result of months of hard work and determination. AUS10 definitely falls into the new wave of rappers. An upcoming young breed of bold and brash emcees ready to take over the game with blistering beats and stunning style. But unlike his contemporaries, technically AUS10 can really rap, with or without the glossy auto-tune effects. His lyrical urges are expressed through fiery, visceral raps and energy-heavy choruses. It feels rare and pure.

At a first glance “10PM” has a lot of straightforwardness to it, but this is what makes AUS10 who he is. This mixtape seems to be an extension and more improved version of some of his earlier music.  AUS10has a talent for making mesmerizing lyrics and hooks, along with his energetic voice that set you in a trance, a perfect artist if you’re having a night out, or even the night in, with a pair good headphones. Perhaps the most mesmerizing song on the entire mixtape is the opener “Away”. The beat is mystical sounding, with some high hats and a deep bass boom throughout it.

In the chorus AUS10 repeats “I’ve got some goodness I’m feeling inside, and I’m praying and hoping this feeling will never go way,” that induces a very heavy dreamy trance-like high. It’s not hard to compare AUS10 to some of his lyrical peers who also have songs that delve into life experiences that shape them.

AUS10 has a similar style of storytelling rapping with plenty of lyrical depth. You’ll love how AUS10 can create so many emotions and almost hypnotize the listener with such straightforward, but clever rhyming in a song like “Away”.

Despite the current popular mumble rap scene, AUS10 is different compared to most artists right now. His is gaining momentum in his own lane, which is proof the artist is doing things right. “Away” is a track that feasts on its impressive production and AUS10’s magnetic, energizing and infectious rhymes.

It’s also a song that is the embodiment of modern charisma, like the rest of the mixtape project. Obviously intended to be a serious introduction to the industry, for the artist, credit has to be given to AUS10’s innovation and impeccable ear for beats.

“Away” is a song that is free-flowing while making some positive statements. Like most of the other tracks on the mixtape, its main focus is expressing the personality and thoughts of the emcee and being as gripping as possible.

AUS10 succeeded, but it appears that he still wanted to take it up another notch. Hence he created a sonic world where it matters as much what he says, as to how he says it. Everything about this project just works to the point where there is not much to criticize unless the spell does not work on you.

There is a triumphant energy, while AUS10’s vocals fuse with the instrumental insanely well. Overall, the sound of “Away” captures the spirit of the new wave of rap and hip-hop in an imaginative way.

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