Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:39:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ReachingNova: “IT’S ABOUT TIME” unravels strands of his pedigree! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/reachingnova-time-unravels-strands-pedigree http://jamsphere.com/reviews/reachingnova-time-unravels-strands-pedigree#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:50:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28404 The Bronx, NYC creative, ReachingNova is without a doubt one of the smartest, all-round great underground rappers on the block right now. His album “IT’S ABOUT TIME”, features powerful themes and gives amazing personal perspectives on some deep rooted issues and aspirations which inevitably reflect everything happening around ReachingNova, but could so easily apply to any […]

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The Bronx, NYC creative, ReachingNova is without a doubt one of the smartest, all-round great underground rappers on the block right now. His album “IT’S ABOUT TIME”, features powerful themes and gives amazing personal perspectives on some deep rooted issues and aspirations which inevitably reflect everything happening around ReachingNova, but could so easily apply to any ambitious human being on a serious daily grind, no matter what walk of life they’re in. Each track is superbly produced, and none feel like they don’t belong on this collection. What seperates ReachingNova from his contemporaries is that he’s found way to excel at his rap aspirations while subverting it.  He has found a way to reconcile the inherent vices of the game with the salving possibilities of art.

ReachingNova channels rap’s energy to deliver uplifting and revealing messages while smuggling complexity and entertainment into the verses. There are some strong hooks here, but not the repetitive pop kind you’re used to, plenty of head-nodding beats, and most importantly, ReachingNova rapping with an ear for little turns of phrase and of melody that will stick in the brain.

ReachingNova

ReachingNova

He has a sense for musical adventure: Tempos make surprising shifts, backward sounding loops intrude in, for instance on “No Explanations” and “Pacify” – the production allover, does a lot of the work of conveying the album’s approach to ReachingNova’s storytelling. Listening along as he lobs syllables as quickly as the ear can catch them is a joy, and the creative storytelling carried out in these shifting flows feels satisfying and complete.

From the moment the album opens with “An Evening In Tampa Bay”, it becomes a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expansive beats, intense rhymes, and peerless storytelling about ReachingNova’s daily destiny. “World So Empty” ft. Dave East is a precious story, the stuff rocks, and it’s delivered with such precision, vivid detail, and masterful pacing that it can’t possibly be true.

But it’s a tale too powerful not to believe in – just like its narrator. ReachingNova proves he’s a master storyteller, but he always seems to be saving his best plot twist for the next song, waiting until he is ready to pull it off. And on both “Make It Happen” and “Something Timeless” – one of the catchiest tracks on the entire album – he pulls it off big time.

Storytelling seems to be ReachingNova greatest skill (without disregarding his production skills), and primary mission – to articulate the intimate specifics of daily grinding from your surroundings. The raps put forth on tracks like “I Remember”, “No Explanations” and “Beach Waves” bobs, winds and pulls mercilessly like a computerized sewing machine.

ReachingNova is cracking open his genes all over this thing with vigor, unraveling strands of his pedigree on each and every track. “IT’S ABOUT TIME” is as bold and as hard and as hopeful as it is bursting with bristling energy. It’s as introspective as it is inciting. It’s as cohesive as it is dense. It’s a volatile and revelatory chapter in a legacy that’s following ReachingNova as he moves his career ahead towards the main spotlight.

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Ron Hamrick: “Musings” expresses his thoughts and feelings from everyday life http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ron-hamrick-musings-expresses-his-thoughts-and-feelings-from-everyday-life http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ron-hamrick-musings-expresses-his-thoughts-and-feelings-from-everyday-life#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:21:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28376 Ron Hamrick’s music career started in Michigan at 5 years old when his aunt introduced him to the guitar. At 8, he began taking piano and organ lessons learning classical pieces, and he fell in love with keyboards. His music career now spans decades with thousands of performances at venues across the U.S. and even in the U.K. Ron […]

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Ron Hamrick’s music career started in Michigan at 5 years old when his aunt introduced him to the guitar. At 8, he began taking piano and organ lessons learning classical pieces, and he fell in love with keyboards. His music career now spans decades with thousands of performances at venues across the U.S. and even in the U.K. Ron was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2011 as a member of the popular band The Sixth Generation which reached number 2 on the Billboard Charts and was considered for a Grammy Nomination. Ron has been a part of the band since 1966. In addition to being a member of The Sixth Generation, Ron, who is an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is also a fully-fledged solo artist. He recently released his album, entitled “Musings”, which expresses his thoughts and feelings from everyday life.

Ron Hamrick

Ron Hamrick

If you ever had a penchant for James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, or The Beach Boys either together as a group or as individual artists, then this album is too good to either pass up and/or not have in your collection.

In a world where people nowadays are busy shouting at each other with that ‘I am going to be in your face attitude’, it is nice to be reminded that there are still artists who make sense without being loud and obscene, because music is after all an art that touches the soul and hearts of those who lend an ear to them.

This is music you can not only understand, but enjoy, as it transports you back to a time where love, harmony and peace were the rule of the day, rather than the hate and obscenities which are more in fashion today.

Ron Hamrick is at his best when he allows himself to commit to his reedy, high-pitched tones on “Fly Like an Eagle”, “I’m Livin’ Life”, “I Ain’t Seen No Rain” and “You Make Me Who I Am”.

The sounds are mostly lushly produced, together with a vast array of light orchestral resources and the latest tricks in sound technology, the goal being to achieve a rich, smooth and organic sound. These qualities are best appreciated on “Nothing Like A Rainy Day”, “Old Photographs” and “Ride Towards The Misty Dawn”.

The production accentuates the virtues of the melodies, and their capacity to evoke an almost inspirational purity. Hamrick employs a uniform an approach to the wide a range of material, as he clearly wants to make everything pretty to the ear, and he invariably succeeds, yet in doing so he never obscures the character of the material.

Ron Hamrick’s “Musings” is based on soft, delicate textures and the mood is relaxed and gossamer. The singer’s voice is naturally pliant and supple, while the keyboard is his best instrument. Hamrick’s phrasing is clean and distinct, allowing the full explosion of his lyrics to blast into your mind.

Beautiful strings play on several of the tunes, while the right instruments are always matched with the right songs on this album. There is no “weak” moment on this recording, and you will hear Ron Hamrick emote and communicate at every level.

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Merv Pinny: “OB (can you hear the children cry)” – an antiwar song http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/merv-pinny-ob-can-you-hear-the-children-cry-an-antiwar-song http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/merv-pinny-ob-can-you-hear-the-children-cry-an-antiwar-song#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:54:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28340 New Zealand rock composer and singer, Merv Pinny, has been playing music since he was 10. At 15 he left school to work on a farm during the day, and to play music at night. This led to him achieving a Top 20 single, plus nominations for ‘Best Country Rock Album’ at the New Zealand […]

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New Zealand rock composer and singer, Merv Pinny, has been playing music since he was 10. At 15 he left school to work on a farm during the day, and to play music at night. This led to him achieving a Top 20 single, plus nominations for ‘Best Country Rock Album’ at the New Zealand Music Awards and ‘Best Vocals’ at the Waikato Rock Awards, and a win at the Waikato Rock Awards, where his single “Destiny” was named ‘Best Rock Single of the Year’. Merv’s latest project takes his musical talent and uses it to address timely world issues, such as the effects of war, terrorism and refugee immigration on children.

“OB (can you hear the children cry)” is Merv Pinny’s latest single. Proceeds due to him from this release, will all go to selected charities dealing with children in crises. The song, which he wrote, performed and co-produced under his own label MMusic had its genesis in the international news reports of conflicts throughout the Middle East, and particularly those in Syria and Iran. Pinny said a number of the images on television shocked him to the extent that he had to give voice to his own feelings as both a father and as a human being.

As with all protest songs good words and fine sentiments are not enough. The music must move us, which is what “OB (can you hear the children cry)” with its overdriven riffs and insistent beat. It’s a song that doesn’t confine itself to commenting on or bemoaning the ills of the world, but seeks in some small way to change things.

It does this by calling directly for something to happen, by informing us, by appealing to our hearts and our emotions, and by challenging commonly held ideas – “I don’t want to be last man to speak / I don’t want to be last man to die / You get in your planes / Go zoom zoom zoom / You get in your tanks / go boom boom boom / Alacaboom  Alacabang / Is that your plan.”

The song, which Merv wrote, performed and co-produced under his own label MMusic had its genesis in the international news reports of conflicts throughout the Middle East, and particularly those in Syria and Iran. So Merv decided to shock us, unsettle us, inspire us, make us angry, and even make us sad, which he achieves via the supporting video clip of the song which can be found on YouTube.

Antiwar music is not technically a genre, but pretty much any song from an artist or band where they express sentiment against nations warring with one another. The concept of antiwar music probably has its genesis in the 1960s, as rock and folk groups were decidedly against the Vietnam War and the involvement of the United States of America in the civil war of that Southeast Asia nation.

Antiwar songs of that day became part of the ‘greatest music ever made’ during the time of classic rock that wound up getting heavy repetition and airplay on radio stations still on the air. Most rock artists today seem to have almost forgotten the tasks their music needs to address besides all the regular tropes. Thank heavens artist like Merv Pinny still exist. Its artists like him that keeps the art of rocking noble!

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Moe: “Cloud Surf” – The perfect lyrical balance of humor and seriousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moe-cloud-surf-the-perfect-lyrical-balance-of-humor-and-seriousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moe-cloud-surf-the-perfect-lyrical-balance-of-humor-and-seriousness#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:30:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28302 Born in Stockton, and growing up in the south, up and coming rapper Moe, is hitting the Bay Area, and with him comes the baggage of his life experiences that start as a youngster in the occupied territory of Palestine. Where he lived in a rough area, and even had an assault rifle pointed at […]

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Born in Stockton, and growing up in the south, up and coming rapper Moe, is hitting the Bay Area, and with him comes the baggage of his life experiences that start as a youngster in the occupied territory of Palestine. Where he lived in a rough area, and even had an assault rifle pointed at him by a solider when he was only three. His mother, a cancer survivor, and his father, whose hardships were surreal making it in America, taught him to never let where you are, affect where you are going to be. These experiences and lessons have given Moe a more cultured, bright, outlook on life, which can be heard on his 5 track EP “Cloud Surf”.

Throughout the EP, Moe’s flow is a giddy, stream-of-consciousness spill of internal rhymes, sing-song melodies as playful as jump-rope chants and unpredictable imagery. The production too, on this album is dazzlingly impeccable, as Moe pulls it off, and manages to assemble astounding production into one piece of discography, care of –  Origami Beats (Anymore/ Cloud Surf/ Addictive Personality) and Cash Money AP (New Wave/ Set The Mood). The variety of beats is refreshing, while every beat on this EP is perfectly executed and fits Moe’s flow and vocals perfectly.

Unlike some of his overworked Southern counterparts, Moe is far from lazy and unenergetic on the mic, or maybe slurring his words with a heavy undecipherable mumble. Moe combines a good sense of humor with great writing and the product is the fantastic lyrics he spits. And Moe is also to switch it up from time to time.

The perfect lyrical balance of humor and seriousness that can be found on “Cloud Surf” is a rejuvenating trait that many albums cannot claim. Moe often uses the element of surprise to evoke a feeling from outside the box upon his listeners. It is with atmosphere and lyrics that this project solidifies itself as a worthwhile listen, and pleasant surprise.

Lyrically, Moe always has something interesting to say, using unique rhyming techniques to get his point across. There are three songs that are loosely tied together spread over the course of the EP, “New Wave (ft. itsPHIL)”, “Anymore”, and “Set The Mood”, all of which make strong points for Moe’s ability to deliver rhymes in extremely diverse styles.

So if you’ve been looking for some hip-hop that may get you interested in the genre again, or even if you like hip-hop and are looking for something new to cherish, check this EP out. And if you can’t find yourself believing in the power of hip-hop again after listening to it, I can safely say it’s time for you to give up hope that you ever will.

The story here isn’t of the usual hard gangster lifestyle, although you’ll find some weed floating all over the place in “Cloud Surf” and even a little story about a ‘hoe’ in “Addictive Personality”, but it’s a totally different and more clever take on the subject than you’re used to hearing.

When you first jump into the EP, you should notice that Moe sounds like his own person and isn’t stuck on the hype train by attempting to imitate any peers or fellow rappers.

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Madd Raxx: “Interception” turns into quality rap music! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/madd-raxx-interception-turns-quality-rap-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/madd-raxx-interception-turns-quality-rap-music#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:33:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28267 Growing up out of two of the most notorious hoods in Memphis (Orange Mound and North Memphis) Madd Raxx has seen his days in the streets which contributed to his hustle and built his “I can do whatever” mentality. Raxx started his music career as a young teen going to the studio with local artists […]

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Growing up out of two of the most notorious hoods in Memphis (Orange Mound and North Memphis) Madd Raxx has seen his days in the streets which contributed to his hustle and built his “I can do whatever” mentality. Raxx started his music career as a young teen going to the studio with local artists like Don Vito and underground Memphis hip hop Legend Dj Zirk. This is where he began to network and stretch his reach all across the city.

Madd Raxx

Madd Raxx

And while hard work and determination takes a big role in him being focused during his day to day routines and road to success, when people question him on what his motivation may be, he simply answers “I just want to get rich…and get money quick!”

Of all artists in all genres, rappers often most plainly show their evolution. Many start making mixtapes in their young teens and unashamedly employ their craft for decades, their topics of interest staying constant, yet changing too. Although daily struggles and passions they talked about in their youth don’t necessarily go away, their approach to them alters.

Madd Raxx topical preferences (bitches, money, brotherhood, weed) probably haven’t changed all that much between his latest single Interception” and his previous releases, but I’m certain how he thinks of and lyricizes them has progressed.

Memphis is, historically, one of America’s greatest rap cities. It has its own local legends, guys like Al Kapone and Playa Fly. It has 8Ball & MJG, early self-made Southern rap stars whose slick pimp-talk and narrative focus were like nothing the genre had ever heard.

Madd Raxx

Madd Raxx

It has Three 6 Mafia, who turned movie-like scores into rowdy anthems and changed the sound of rap forever. Memphis has its own sounds, its own secret histories, its own dances, its own language. And Memphis has its cocky and confident underground artists like Madd Raxx.

This rapper’s biggest asset is obviously his storied mindset, which he so effortlessly turns into quality rap music. He is also an artist, who values rock solid production and “Interception” is a guaranteed speaker blower; this is a banger that should be bumped at loud decibels.

Trap-influenced snares and thundering basslines provide Madd Raxx the foundation to outline his notorious street rhymes in his singsong style.  “Interception” finds Raxx sticking to his roots. His street-acclaimed catalog is what got him here in the first place and this single doesn’t veer off course.

Raxx turns a track like “Interception”, into a grimy symphony, thanks in part to the well-crafted beat and his candid lyrics. The track succeeds best when Madd Raxx conveys his emotions authentically, whether they’re brash or vulnerable.

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Drone Flesh: “Potential Paradox” – one of the scene’s most promising low-end warriors http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/drone-flesh-potential-paradox-one-of-the-scenes-most-promising-low-end-warriors http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/drone-flesh-potential-paradox-one-of-the-scenes-most-promising-low-end-warriors#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:58:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28259 Swiss producer Drone Flesh has established himself as one of the scene’s most promising low-end warriors within the broad spectrum of bass music producers around today. Garnering some serious attention last year for his harrowing, gruesome brand of blended dubstep, techno and complextro, Drone Flesh’s penetrating sound is deftly represented on his new EP release, “Potential Paradox”. And although Drone […]

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Swiss producer Drone Flesh has established himself as one of the scene’s most promising low-end warriors within the broad spectrum of bass music producers around today. Garnering some serious attention last year for his harrowing, gruesome brand of blended dubstep, techno and complextro, Drone Flesh’s penetrating sound is deftly represented on his new EP release, “Potential Paradox”And although Drone Flesh has proven his abilities in his genre already, he showcases noteworthy proficiencies in other sub-genres found on his latest release. From heavy doses of grumbling drum n’ bass to throbbing electro-house tracks, “Potential Paradox” is a haunting showcase of Drone Flesh’s unmistakable sound.

The EP opens up with “Earquake” a lacerating drum n’ bass cut, that introduces the release in full force. The wiry synth arrangement matched with booming drum work cruises at a quick tempo and foreshadows the wild ride Drone Flesh is about to take us on.

“Potential Paradox” is a hybrid fusion of house and techno inspired sounds. The tune is a meshing of Drone Flesh’s distinct, gargling wobble with carefully placed, subtle sample work, complete with two deadly big room breaks.

With a genre that had an enormous build in momentum last year, big room has taken a bit of a backseat as of recently, however the track is a refreshing return to the bulking big beat trend with Drone Flesh’s methodically layered heavy-hitter.

“Get Down” might be the most praiseworthy accomplishment on the whole record, representing the quintessential Drone Flesh sound, while reflecting the artist’s laudable growth and development. The tune is a hair-raising return to electro’s brightest hour as a sliding bass and pounding drum kicks are fused with grimy, robotic synth arrangements.

Drone Flesh covers a lot of ground with this EP release. The Zurich bred producer boldly compiles a collection of genre-hopping selections that all stay true to his haunting, bass-driven sinister sound.

And anyone who might have previously said that the epic complextro is dead, may have spoken before listening to “Sounds From Spectre”. Infectious, contagious, and mesmerizing is just a few of the words you could use to describe the effects of “Do You Can Be”, the closing track on the EP.

Drone Flesh, has given us filthy beats for a while now and he’s just scratching the surface of his full potential on the EP “Potential Paradox”. This 5-track wonder showcases Drone Flesh’s skill as a multiple-sub-genre producer, and combines his unique, glitch-heavy bass with resonating orchestrated synths and clever, well-timed samples, resulting in a more mature but equally heavy collection of dance floor destroyers.

This recording is a journey in and of its own. Powerful production, creativity, and head-thumping bass dominate this EP, and refresh a genre that has been losing credibility to the overwhelming number of new subscribers to the scene. Rest assured, as long as we have talents like Drone Flesh, we will always have top notch bass music. “Potential Paradox” is a must have for all electronic and EDM lovers, and it drops on the 5th of May!

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Trae Byrnes: “Why You So LOUD” – If you like loud, challenging, genre defying bands! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trae-byrnes-why-you-so-loud-if-you-like-loud-challenging-genre-defying-bands http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trae-byrnes-why-you-so-loud-if-you-like-loud-challenging-genre-defying-bands#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:08:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28220 If you like loud, challenging, genre defying bands, Trae Byrnes is right for you. The music is diverse while staying on the indie and alternative rock side – highly inventive and thrill-inducing. Trae Byrnes has all the power, energy, and emotion you’d come to expect from the aforementioned genres, with the added bonus of layers […]

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If you like loud, challenging, genre defying bands, Trae Byrnes is right for you. The music is diverse while staying on the indie and alternative rock side – highly inventive and thrill-inducing. Trae Byrnes has all the power, energy, and emotion you’d come to expect from the aforementioned genres, with the added bonus of layers of ever-changing and always progressing arrangements. Their mixtape “Why You So LOUD” takes it all to the next level and beyond. A must have for anyone who is a fan of loud, kinetic, dynamic, and powerful music.

Trae Byrnes is an American alternative rock band from the north side of Chicago, IL. The beginnings of the band formed in 2011 when Aidin Mengele (guitar) ordered a soda from a McDonalds in which Liam Teague (bass) was a working cashier. From then on a musical friendship quickly began between the two who began to jam together in what would eventually become Trae Byrnes.

The two were later joined by Danny Eddz (vocals), Christopher Chi (guitar) and Jhonny Tripp (drums) who completed the line-up. Trae Byrnes’ sound is an alternative mix of post-rock sensibilities and nostalgic 90’s grunge rock aesthetic with an emphasis on dreamy guitar tones and infectious rhythms.

“Why You So LOUD” is powerfully energetic, belligerent and beautifully ruthless, with a flourish of fast, hard-hitting attacks. “That Indie Song” is a lean track that blows you away from the get go, followed by screaming vocals layered over loud percussion and heavy guitar riffs that continue to build up on the explosive “Dikembe”, until the song bluntly slides towards its end.

The rich sprawling and jangly guitars, together with melodic, yet angsty vocals, make “Funny Shapes In The Clouds” one of the better songs on the mixtape.

The arrangement of the guitars and drums that follows on “Deviant” is absolutely incredible—I’m a sucker for the quiet-to-explosion-and-back-again gimmick every time – and Danny Eddz’ vocals is so raw and powerful towards the end of the song that it will give you Goosebumps.

Not only is “Why You So LOUD” a solid mixtape songwriting-wise, but it’s also amazingly produced. Whoever was at the helm of producing this sonic beast did his best to create a mixtape that harnesses the power and insanity of what a Trae Byrnes live performance must sound like.

And “It’s Lit”, which is outright the best track on the mixtape for me, probably epitomizes those values. This thing drives and rocks with a power sound that kicks ass from the bass end of the spectrum right up to the top. The insanity drops in on the high-speed mixtape closer, “Your Halo”. Resonating bass lines and raging riffs forge a song brimming with aggression and power. It is a ferocious punkish anthem.

Epic in their structure and range, Trae Byrnes make use of everything in their arsenal during this mixtape – the fiercely immediate rhythms, aggressive and emotive vocals, and the culmination of driving, derailed guitar work.

Throughout “Why You So LOUD”, Trae Byrnes proves that not only are they talented musicians, but also excellent songwriters. Their consistency to deliver dynamic intensity and striking energy throughout the mixtape is exceptional.

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Flynn: “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby) combines agility and real charm! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/flynn-no-proof-prod-danny-bobby-combines-agility-real-charm http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/flynn-no-proof-prod-danny-bobby-combines-agility-real-charm#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:12:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28207 Flynn comes from Brooklyn NY. Currently sending music to Dj Nick of Marino Gang (also the Dj for Asap Ant), Flynn has just released his latest banger “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby). The track has that unqualified, absolute feeling of arrival — a flag planted firmly in between the underground and the inhospitable grounds of […]

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Flynn comes from Brooklyn NY. Currently sending music to Dj Nick of Marino Gang (also the Dj for Asap Ant), Flynn has just released his latest banger “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby). The track has that unqualified, absolute feeling of arrival — a flag planted firmly in between the underground and the inhospitable grounds of the mainstream. Although this track may not have brought up anything dramatically different from what’s already out there material wise, Flynn’s unique approach of blending gut-busting bass-lines and trap choruses with mainstream rap verses makes this tune a rather pleasant sound in today’s hip hop scene.

Whether or not you think he has got one of those more identifiable voices in hip hop today, you can’t deny that his verses are impressive and he can switches between styles, and beyond, with ease in a song. Today in Hip-hop style matters, and Flynn showed off plenty of it on “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby).

Context is also important, and this rapper plays his role in opening to new influences, helping to knock the venerated sub-genre fear, out of a deeply self-referential rut. But songs matter just as much — maybe more — and Flynn knows how to deliver the good ones, if this track is anything to go by.

The emcee uses the infamous and super-hip vocal manipulation sound effects, to embellish an explosive banger, built on a deep bass and synth production which results in a compelling crossover track. There is a lot to admire about “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby) – the way Flynn’s delivery combines agility and real charm with a slight hint of bug-eyed insanity.

The distinctly somber mood established with the bass-heavy production is nicely offset by the twisted verses Flynn drops throughout the track. Whenever Flynn takes the mic, he’s a ridiculously charismatic live wire, and that incendiary presence prevents this album from being a dark or depressing listen. The swagger and simple, but captivating flow Flynn displays when he raps, is one the strongest selling points of his music, and on this record, those qualities shine bright.

The verses he drops on “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby) are without question attention-grabbing and all-around impressive verses, even though they are never super-energetic, super-fast, or in your face yelling.  It’s just the pace and tone, plus the light and dark between Flynn’s rapping and the production which perfectly matches the theme of the track, which worms its way into the listener’s ear.

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Moo-You: “#IAMMOOYOU” – tasty lyrical goodness! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moo-you-iammooyou-tasty-lyrical-goodness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moo-you-iammooyou-tasty-lyrical-goodness#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:44:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28202 Born in 1985 and raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres. Some of Moo-You’s biggest influences musically are 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. We see the same things in “#IAMMOOYOU” that we saw in Moo-You’s previous efforts: amazing beats that literally […]

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Born in 1985 and raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres. Some of Moo-You’s biggest influences musically are 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. We see the same things in “#IAMMOOYOU” that we saw in Moo-You’s previous efforts: amazing beats that literally drip and drool in that Southern easy-going swag, with the masterful production that is a standard for anything and finally, the intelligent, thought-provoking, tasty lyrical goodness that we have come to know so well from Moo-You and his compatriots.

All of those virtues, should, in theory, make a valid competitor for a hip hop record of the year, and to be honest, I really believe this will top many “Best Of” lists in that vein. Maybe even my own. However, there is something to be said about the nature of hip hop today, and even more so with formal albums.

The game has changed a lot, and what I have always loved about rappers like Moo-You is that they stay true to what they believe in. When other artists follow the herd, eyes set on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Moo-You has stayed true to his roots.

We find some truly great things happening in #IAMMOOYOU”, like the steady head-nodding banger “Childhood”, or the edgy slow-burner, “Hear Me Out”, with Moo-You on the wheels in the chorus, as well as laying down booming, stand-off raps. Moving further down the track-list we discover that this is not a standard gangsta pride show.

It truly contains tracks that tell a story. Standouts in this department, include “I Apologize”, the soulful and cinematic “Let’s Talk” and “Feeling You”, where Moo-You more than flexes his vocal chords. His ‘gruff and ready’ voice and distinctive flow, is unlike anybody else in the game right now, and is perfectly showcased in the album’s catchiest song, “Only One”.

In the unfortunate arena of making music in hopes of turning a profit, especially with the way hip hop exists today, one is likely to make more money on an album if one snags a ton of guest artists and features. Not so for Moo-You who carries the 12 tracks entirely on his own shoulders.

It’s easy to see why he has managed to turn out an album as consistently energetic and bouncy as this. After all, his eternal baritone-rumble feels edgy and immediate, as packs his verses with tricky internal rhymes, and everything he says feels like something never said better before. Better, he’s developed a new tendency toward forehead-slapping punch-lines.

The production also outfits Moo-You with the type of mature but pavement-splitting instrumentals that he can make his name rapping on.  And in the end, it’s his ability to make a coherent puzzle out of the 12 tracks and stretching the boundaries of his sound that makes “#IAMMOOYOU” such a satisfying listen, and a consistently great rap album by a consistently great emcee. Let’s not take it for granted.

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Marc Frvncis: “SNOWED IN” – vivid and illuminating http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marc-frvncis-snowed-in-vivid-and-illuminating http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marc-frvncis-snowed-in-vivid-and-illuminating#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:26:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28166 “SNOWED IN” sounds like a coming of age project for new hip-hop artist Marc Frvncis from Brisbane, Australia. On all 5 tracks, Frvncis is fearless. The EP is admirable because Marc Frvncis writes music from his heart. He is honest throughout the EP giving listeners real music and musical production from MKSB.The recording has a […]

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“SNOWED IN” sounds like a coming of age project for new hip-hop artist Marc Frvncis from Brisbane, Australia. On all 5 tracks, Frvncis is fearless. The EP is admirable because Marc Frvncis writes music from his heart. He is honest throughout the EP giving listeners real music and musical production from MKSB.The recording has a cohesive message and an atmospheric progression. The artist channels his personal experiences into complex raps, creative flows, and a number of influences. Over dynamic beats, Marc Frvncis embraces his unique progression for an unrivaled style in this saturated hip-hop game.

Frvncis’ perspective separates him from other rappers. This EP will enlighten you with his battles, flaws, and thoughts. Although Frvncis doesn’t have a traditional hit, there are a couple of very catchy songs on this EP. Frvncis rarely wavers from his focused bars and there are a couple low-key bangers on here.

But “SNOWED IN” doesn’t sacrifice integrity for radio yet new audiences will ultimately appreciate Marc Frvncis for his rap skills, choice beats, and unique path. On the opening track “She’s A Star” there is a harmonic instrumental that’s vivid and illuminating. Frvncis lets listeners know he’s about to take off into his 5 track EP with his melodic inspirations.  It makes you want to listen more.

“I Wonder”, the second song on “SNOWED IN” is catchy – a track that presents Marc Frvncis fiery flow and catchy hooks. The song also raises expectations for the rest of the recording. “Don’t Look Down” is a soothing low-key track, where the production fits Frvncis carefree style to a tee.

The artist delivers enchanting bars here and reinforces his path as an unsigned rapper with a vengeance. On “Witness Dope”, Frvncis uses vivid imagery and a raw delivery. It’s a confident song that’s also exciting.

Marc Frvncis is able to use spoken word verses and sing-song storytelling deliveries. All throughout the EP Frvncis proves his skills and unrivaled rap flows. Frvncis’ EP is a breath of fresh air coming up from what seems like an eternity of Fetty Wap, Future and Drake dominating the hip hop sphere.

Frvncis remains resilient on this EP, starting off brilliantly with “She’s A Star”, which creates a heavenly atmosphere for the listener. Another thing of note is that Frvncis doesn’t leave much room for mistakes.

Going forward, I believe Marc Frvncis has quite the pair of shoes to fill after establishing just how much work he’s done and how capable he is of completing an EP or album on his own steam. The way he asserts himself on an EP is incredible, and no doubt he’s going to consistently keep raising the bar for himself to really make the fans beg for more.

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Scan: “Piece By Peace” -enough diversity to keep even the most eclectic ear enticed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/scan-piece-peace-enough-diversity-keep-even-eclectic-ear-enticed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/scan-piece-peace-enough-diversity-keep-even-eclectic-ear-enticed#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:01:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28154 Benjamin Manney A.K.A. Scan is an independent music artist out of the Central Valley of California. Scan built his own home studio and started recorded for local independent artist throughout the area, after having completed audio engineering school in Los Angeles. He released his debut album “The Outwaited Arrival” in 2010. Teaming up with fellow […]

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Benjamin Manney A.K.A. Scan is an independent music artist out of the Central Valley of California. Scan built his own home studio and started recorded for local independent artist throughout the area, after having completed audio engineering school in Los Angeles. He released his debut album “The Outwaited Arrival” in 2010. Teaming up with fellow friend and producer known as Abe Lincoln of Lincoln Music Group Studios, the two put together Scan’s ambitious project “Piece By Peace”. The album is inspired by Scan’s journey through life, with an eye to influencing future generations.This is not a perfect album, there are only a handful of albums in the history of hip-hop that can claim that title, but any album needs multiple perspectives shone upon it before one can judge whether it comes close to challenging that title. Here’s one that comes close.

Musically, Scan is once again teamed with Abe Lincoln and the two supply a truckload of banging beats with plenty of musical influences in each track, and enough diversity to keep even the most eclectic ear enticed. The beats are nicely suited to the tone of each song, perfectly capturing the many different atmospheres conveyed by Scan’s lyrics.

Opening with a soulful banger, “Off The Leash”, Scan brings so much energy, passion and conviction it’s as if though he’s jumping out of the speakers and is talking right at you. Passion is one thing Scan has in abundance, he obviously loves what he does, and does it just for the love.

His songs speak from his heart, and you can tell that he has spent a lot of time ensuring that this is a thoughtful, carefully crafted album. However, Scan doesn’t lose his confident swagger and he’s still cocky where it is deserved, but not in a cringe-worthy manner that so many sub-par rappers seem to get caught up in.

Scan’s lyrics alternate between indignation, satisfaction and introspection, sometimes with a confrontational edge added in. His verses show intelligence rather than just bigheadedness, and deep soul-searching confessionals. ​

When viewed alongside many of the underground emcees content whining about Hip Hop’s supposed morbid state, you realize that  Scan has made a distinct mark with a much greater mission over the twelve tracks here. Using music almost as a form of therapy, he has carved a niche making fearless songs that are candid snapshots of his life.

The conscious minded Scan is determined to change the way we think and rationalize through his compositions, but without angrily shouting from a soapbox. His approach is much more subtle, but just as hard hitting, this much comes to the fore in tracks like WWYD”,  “All The Way Live” and “On Behalf Of Us”.

But there are many standouts here, for various reasons. My absolute favorites have to be Their View”, “Save Me A Seat” and “It’s A Rap”. These are the kind of tracks that consist of all the right elements – banging beats, captivating flows and sharp lyricism.

What Scan brings to hip-hop is a one-two punch of pure rap skills combined with wisdom and intelligence that is rare to find anywhere. Displaying increasing versatility, the record displays an assured artist, one who can switch styles from fire and brimstone sermons to soulful anthems effortlessly.

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Joel Kapat: “Trent Ans” – a continent-to-continent cultural shuffle! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/joel-kapat-trent-ans-a-continent-to-continent-cultural-shuffle http://jamsphere.com/reviews/joel-kapat-trent-ans-a-continent-to-continent-cultural-shuffle#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:22:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28109 Patrick Kagarama AKA Joel Kapat is a Congolese American recording artist, songwriter, and designer, who obtained a degree in Human Service and Addiction counseling. His musical career started by the influence of his mother singing to him in her native language which he barely understood. However, he would listen to the melodies which would give […]

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Patrick Kagarama AKA Joel Kapat is a Congolese American recording artist, songwriter, and designer, who obtained a degree in Human Service and Addiction counseling. His musical career started by the influence of his mother singing to him in her native language which he barely understood. However, he would listen to the melodies which would give him inspiration to create his own. In 1999, due to the civil war that took place in the Republic Democratic of Congo, Joel and his family escaped to the Republic of Benin as Refugees and in 2000 Joel and his family were given asylum in the United States. Joel and his family arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in March of 2000, and since then Joel has made St. Louis his home.

Afropop music is a sound and a movement, music and a state of mind. It’s the joyous awakening of a continent from a colonial nightmare and the crushing realization that the nightmare isn’t over yet, anguish and happiness whipped together with traditional drums, cheap guitars, and even cheaper amps.

Now cross that with American Urban music, and in particular Hip-hop, and you have an explosive and colorful music mix – both melodic and beat-pumping edgy. Afropop is fusion music in the truest sense, incorporating elements of essentially any available source material.

And this is what Joel Kapat brings to the table on his album “Trent Ans”. Patrick Kagarama AKA Joel Kapat sings, raps, laughs and brings a collection of joyous rhythms to these songs that will have you grooving and nodding with approval at every turn of a subsequent track.

From the exotic upbeat rhythm of “Mailo” feat Ruff Kid, to the urban edge of the anthem “Bourgeois Ft. Cedior”, and the reggae-styled melodics of “Dreamer”, onto the conscious and thought-provoking lyrics on “Religion” Feat CeDior, and then the hand-clapping Afro-rhythms and layered vocals on “Na Leli”, Joel Kapat delivers a handful of solid, uplifting crossover tracks that will not leave any listener indifferent.

Joel Kapat is a great lover of wordplay and fluently bilingual (or is that tri-lingual?), which gives his music an added dimension and an extra edge. The production contains a wisdom that succeeds in beautifully documenting the sounds that are channeling out of Africa and America today.

The music on display on “Trent Ans” evokes beautiful sentiments and passions, and although the melodies may novel for some, the delivery packs the same character and soul common to what’s coming out of the best urban music releases all over the country right now. Joel Kapat transcends the long-standing coast to coast music debate; he’s on a much bigger continent-to-continent cultural shuffle!

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Sharpey: “Life Journey” documents his intended ascension into the industry! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sharpey-life-journey-documents-his-intended-ascension-into-the-industry http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sharpey-life-journey-documents-his-intended-ascension-into-the-industry#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:54:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28089 UK artist Sharpey, who has been producing music since the age of 13, discovered his passion for the craft due to his granny passing away. He felt it was a way to release his feelings and the anger that was locked inside him. After a great response from the general public he discovered that his […]

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UK artist Sharpey, who has been producing music since the age of 13, discovered his passion for the craft due to his granny passing away. He felt it was a way to release his feelings and the anger that was locked inside him. After a great response from the general public he discovered that his hobby and passion for writing and producing music became more than just a way to release himself, but something that others could relate to as well. Sharpey has since been progressing rapidly with his Trap Rap style and has released the album “Life Journey” which documents his intended ascension into the industry.

This isn’t exactly a startling revelation, but hip-hop has always been rife with male MC’s who style themselves as unrepentant hedonists, recounting in vivid detail, song after song, how many women they have, how much money they make and how often they themselves are fucked up on drugs, alcohol or fame.

And while for most rappers, this kind of bacchanalia equates to a background chattering constant (figuring out a handful of metaphors for a woman’s shaking ass, for example) Memphis’ Sharpey is basically the professor emeritus of UK hip-hop’s debauchery.

He contributes greatly to defining the dominant aesthetic of Southern underground rap – transported across the ocean – creating syrupy, stomping, beats full of skittering hi-hats and seasick keyboards while pairing them with larger than life lyrics detailing gleeful expanses of depravity.

The resulting album, “Life Journey” is a stadium sized version of the lean grimy garage-drenched hip-hop the UK has churned out over the years. He balances his songs between the sounds of A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Future and Fetty Wap. Not many  – if any -UK rappers can pull that off with the authenticity that Sharpey does. You’d think the 26-year-old was a resident of downtown Atlanta.

Track one, “So Sexy Ft Sn1 Pablo” is a pretty solid introduction to Sharpey’s operating procedures, featuring queasy funhouse stomp of a beat that has rhythmic chants punctuating each boast with stylized grandeur.

The lurching crunk catchiness of the opening track is repeated on the EDM-spiced “Turn Up”. “Money And My Trap” shows how close the bloodlines between Sharpey’s own rap style and Southern crunk really are, with the track’s saturated synths and hi-hat gunfire nestling in nicely next to Sharpey’s melodic, super-fxed verses.

No doubt Sharpey is among the best when it comes to picking superb beats that goes with his cadence and sound of voice. Sharpey’s selection of producers places the already sky high album into another atmosphere. Especially impressive are the slow-burning, minimal, but atmospheric beats on “Gym Nas” and “Pole life ft Sn1 Pablo”, which allow for Sharpey’s vocal flow to take center stage.

True to its name, “Life Journey” provides listeners with a captivating and joyful soundtrack of Sharpey’s life. The unhinged hedonistic vibe will evoke imagery of intoxicating binges, loose women, bass filled antics and most importantly, a serious hangover. Listen with responsibility!

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Sirpit: “Twilight” Ft. Simba Tagz (Prod by Majik) – a blend between a love ballad and hot-fire club banger! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-twilight-ft-simba-tagz-prod-by-majik-a-blend-between-a-love-ballad-and-hot-fire-club-banger http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-twilight-ft-simba-tagz-prod-by-majik-a-blend-between-a-love-ballad-and-hot-fire-club-banger#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:37:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28039 It’s hard not to root for the Australian-based artist Sirpit who releases his music through Taff Dawgz Entertainment. About a year ago we reviewed his ultra-acclaimed single “Pop It”, produced by Go Grizzly X Hood Famous, and which was the first single from Sirpit’s debut mixtape “Start Of The Empire”. Now exactly twelve months later he has yet another […]

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It’s hard not to root for the Australian-based artist Sirpit who releases his music through Taff Dawgz Entertainment. About a year ago we reviewed his ultra-acclaimed single “Pop It”, produced by Go Grizzly X Hood Famous, and which was the first single from Sirpit’s debut mixtape “Start Of The Empire”. Now exactly twelve months later he has yet another project out, to show that he is more than just a one-hit guy.

At some points while listening “Twilight” Ft. Simba Tagz (Prod by Majik) you can really see why the MC could be this year’s breakout hip-hop artist. He has already mastered the trap/R&B fusion that seems to be getting more popular every single day.

His vocals are incredibly distinct and the production is somehow able to match his delivery. Moreover this track shows Sirpit experimenting and growing as an artist, something that is great to see in a musician.

Now before typecasting this song as another cliché hip-hop anthem of trite themes including the acquiring of material possessions, stacking unruly amounts of paper currency and engaging in sensual activity with promiscuous women, Sirpit’s “Twilight” Ft. Simba Tagz (Prod by Majik) is almost like a love ballad tangled in a bass-driven beat that is usually present in hot-fire club bangers.

There’s something about Sirpit. Whether it’s his voice or his exotic aesthetic, he is an intriguing young artist and proves to be a juggernaut after exploding onto the scene. On this track he succeeds in showcasing his ear for music and natural hit-making ability.

In the very large ocean of underground hiphop, many artists emerge into the radar, make a great song and then disappear, not living up to the song that put them on the public eye in the first place.

Amazingly, Sirpit got his formula mostly right on “Pop It”, and he may even have done it better this time around on “Twilight” Ft. Simba Tagz (Prod by Majik), adding in some more all-round depth to the usual catchiness.

Luckily Sirpit’s music is just as irresistible as the rapper himself, filled with head-bobbing, impossible-not-to-dance-to beats that will no doubt be played in clubs and cars everywhere.

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Mell Hardy: “Hustle From The Heart” – brilliantly-crafted stories! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mell-hardy-hustle-from-the-heart-brilliantly-crafted-stories http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mell-hardy-hustle-from-the-heart-brilliantly-crafted-stories#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:32:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28022 If hip-hop can paradoxically be praised for anything, it would be its seemingly limitless potential for progression and reinvention, and there are still a handful of rappers who not only understand that, but also understand that it can certainly shape the market as well. Mell Hardy is one of those rappers. His mixtape “Hustle From […]

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If hip-hop can paradoxically be praised for anything, it would be its seemingly limitless potential for progression and reinvention, and there are still a handful of rappers who not only understand that, but also understand that it can certainly shape the market as well. Mell Hardy is one of those rappers. His mixtape “Hustle From The Heart” has only been out for a couple of days at the time of writing, and could be pegged as his best work to date. However, these praises are certainly warranted. On this mixtape Hardy achieves the perfect blend of emotional rapping filled to the brim with deep figurative language, brilliantly-crafted stories of streetlife and hustling, and out-of-this-world scenarios that extend from the deepest cracks of human consciousness. All of this is displayed over some of the most consistent arsenal of fiery beats and samples.

Mell Hardy

Mell Hardy

“Hustle From The Heart” is successful in largely being underpinned by the single thematic plotline of the grimy world of the street overbearing the majority of Hardy’s raps, however various hustling scenarios weave themselves in and out of the hellish scenes depicted as the mixtape plays out. Just listening to the opening title track, can one understand the vicious amalgamation of styles introduced here.

The dizzying sonic template of sprawling pianos, rumbling basslines and gritty head-bobbing drum beats evokes the greasiest images of the darkest corners of New York and the even greasier “transactions” that occur within it. Any mixtape that by the second track, “Praying For My Enemies” already makes a statement like: “I pray to God for my enemies. They don’t know no better when they fuck with me,” obviously means business.

Every detail, significant or insignificant, from Mell Hardy is delivered with neurotic accuracy all while being fueled by a ridiculously smooth and aggressive flow. Hell, I wish I could cite a few of these lyrics to illustrate the brilliance of story-telling involved but it would only be comprehensible if I posted the song in its entirety.

“Benjamins” is an adrenaline-soaked track of rhyme braggadocio anchored down with some pimp-as-fuck bass line and a jaw-rattling beat, Hardy delivers a mesmerizing barrage of rhymes heavy on internal rhyming and vague allusions.

The hard-posturing continues on “I’m On It” and “In My Traphouse” as Hardy wins serious points for being able to regale the listeners his on point storytelling, cooking up a batch of twisted hardcore rhymes. And though gangsta-fronting is fun, Mell Hardy has no problem shooting of sporadic emotional posturing and repressed introspective anecdotes. The spooky vocal hook and sparse beat perfectly embodies the hollow mood described in “All I Need”.

The twinkling piano melody, subtle chime rushes, and light finger-snaps provide a catchy hook, on “Loving The Dough”. From this, the obvious club track “You Don’t Know Me (feat. Rashaun Will)”, leaves an even greater impact for its heady blend of melody, fat beats and more crunchy rhymes.

As “Hustle From The Heart” progresses deeper and deeper into Mell Hardy’s conscious, it begins to get weirder. And the production is present to make it as bizarrely atmospheric as possible. “Long Live The Hustle (feat. Jay)” borders on the surreal musically with Hardy and Jay giving the track its urban edge. Hardy’s stream-of-conscious lyrics are a dense array of strong imagery on “I Just Wanna Win”.

“Dope Money” meanwhile is a somber number that feels comparable to a comedown after a strong dose of musical adrenaline that Mell Hardy has employed throughout the album. The intoxicating attitude conveyed both lyrically and musically, gives the listener a profound sense of relaxation. So yes, the album is brilliant as described. And then of course, there’s the whole nature of Mell Hardy’s rapping.

Like Aesop Rock and perhaps a handful of others, Hardy is that rare pedigree of rapper that some people may find exhausting to listen to for extended lengths of time due to this intense delivery, dense-rhyming and heavy timbre employed in the majority of his raps. This mixtape is yet another benchmark in his ever-evolving style amidst an era of mainstream rap that is increasingly becoming hackneyed.

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Whodini Blak: “Built 4 Greatness” (Prod by Bobby Stixx) flexes his lyrical prowess http://jamsphere.com/reviews/whodini-blak-built-4-greatness-prod-by-bobby-stixx-flexes-his-lyrical-prowess http://jamsphere.com/reviews/whodini-blak-built-4-greatness-prod-by-bobby-stixx-flexes-his-lyrical-prowess#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:12:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28011 What makes Whodini Blak’s new single, “Built 4 Greatness” such a compelling and convincing piece of work is the fateful combination of skill and will to rhythmically put together a track that contains many elements, not least a fair deal of melody, in such a personal way, with songwriting that never ever leaves the listener with […]

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What makes Whodini Blak’s new single, “Built 4 Greatness” such a compelling and convincing piece of work is the fateful combination of skill and will to rhythmically put together a track that contains many elements, not least a fair deal of melody, in such a personal way, with songwriting that never ever leaves the listener with a sense of going astray. Whodini Blak’s efficient rapping and attention-craving voice will leave you in an inspirational mood. Your head will literally be brimming with words and messages just waiting to be tied together.

“Built 4 Greatness” manages to further distinguish Whodini Blak’s sensibility to balance seriousness with entertainment in a truly original way. This is a top class track with a hip hop foundation overlaid with a mid tempo blue-eyed soul and pop flavored harmonies. The track is stranger, artsier, and flat-out ballsier than its predecessor.

Whodini Blak is running through the commercial tone era, where hooks and dances powers entire careers. In fact this era of rap is often considered disposable, too. But Whodini sidesteps all of that, bringing to the table not just his sound but his swagger, and the sense of being unbothered, unburdened, and invincible. Also known for his intricate metaphors and wordplay which he uses to help convey his messages and creativity, Whodini Blak gives us a storylines on this project both with a deeper meaning that takes a little bit of thinking to fully comprehend and understand.

“Built 4 Greatness” has everything you’d expect and more. Every word he spits will set your mind in motion. Whodini Blak flexes his lyrical prowess – demanding that nobody underrate him – over a banger produced by Bobby Stixx. Although a banger, Whodini stays true to his own persona on the track, something that many artists writing hits can have trouble with.

The California-based MC is more than ready to take it to the next level with this track. Releasing a single from your album is like putting together a trailer for a movie you need to promote, so it’s an important process and needs to be done carefully. Built 4 Greatness (Prod by Bobby Stixx) is done very carefully, and forms part of the “God’s Plan” album.

MORE ABOUT: Whodini Blak grew up on the streets of Jackson, Mississippi, and later relocated to California, where he keeps pursuing his solo efforts, working as ½ of the Experimental Rock/Alternative Hip-Hop duo, ‘No Longer the Hero’ and inspiring people with forward-thinking lyrical magic, thought-provoking songwriting and a punchy lyrical flow that echoes the work of songwriters as diverse as Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, 50 Cent and many more.

Having been recording music since 2001, Whodini is more than just a rapper: he also has a passion for great rock music, particularly looking up to artists such as Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers & Seether for inspiration & being the podcast host of the successful Vigilantes Radio.

His sound is direct, strong and engaging featuring the sonic assault of rock and the energy of rap, all in one package. Don’t miss out on his releases, its quality over quantity, including his first full-length mixtape LP, “No Dayz Off” [2015], which showcases an experimental combo of rock and hip-hop and featured Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone, Pastor Troy, Styles P & many more.

Booking: Demetrius “Dini” Reynolds whodiniblak@outlook.com | 601-298-3818

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$lem: “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” strategically allows him to fire off unfiltered creativity! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lem-aint-worried-upreme-strategically-allows-him-to-fire-off-unfiltered-creativity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lem-aint-worried-upreme-strategically-allows-him-to-fire-off-unfiltered-creativity#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27995 $lem is a young artist from Charlotte North Carolina.  Influenced by his idols Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott, $lem even has a Taylor gang tattoo on his chest. An upcoming artist who has often worked with his brother and producer Dane Cascade, $lem already has a few singles to his name, including “Hook up”, “No […]

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$lem is a young artist from Charlotte North Carolina.  Influenced by his idols Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott, $lem even has a Taylor gang tattoo on his chest. An upcoming artist who has often worked with his brother and producer Dane Cascade, $lem already has a few singles to his name, including “Hook up”, “No chaser” and his debut track “Therapy”. His latest single “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” was released three months ago and has been his most popular track to date, signaling an ever growing fan-base and confidence in his skillset. The Charlotte rapper is building own his stoner-like brand brick-by-brick.

At his most compelling, $lem is a purveyor of effortless cool with a laidback demeanor that seals in the sharpness emitted by his wordplay. “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” is peak $lem —bleary eyed, genteel and, eager to please. The melody coasts and sticks while everything is mannered, well-paced with some good ass production. Listening to the track feels like you’re resting in a seat on an airplane, waiting for takeoff.

It’s all atmospheric and chill; it’s both very inviting and relaxing at the same time. And when the beat drops and it’s straight up dope. $lem rides the beat with a great flow, and the smart bars will paint a vivid picture in your head. $lem does not bask in any obnoxious lyricism, but skillfully reflects with his penchant for seemingly loosely structured verses which work perfectly.

As so often happens with unsigned artists, “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” strategically allows him to fire off unfiltered creativity without having to deal with the burdening pressures that come with being trapped with major label or mainstream expectation.

In an uninspiring time where commercial marketability is placed at a higher premium than talent, $lem sidesteps such perplexity to make art focused on honest introspection. Well aware that he is an anomaly to a rap world intimidated by uncontrollable industry interested in selling one-dimensional fantasy, $lem  has found it necessary to portray his every facet and mood with transparency on Ain’t Worried ($upreme)”.

$lem can’t be easily classified as a certain type of MC just yet, as he is still building his brand, and it would be wrong and probably unfair to pigeonhole him into the scheme of things so soon, but without a doubt he most certainly voices the talents that usually go forgotten within mainstream channels.

$lem, makes complex sentiments sound simple and soaks relatable experiences in uncommon depth and alternative sophistication. Producer Dane Cascade’s versatility behind the boards is on full display here too, as he provides a layered musical palette that is both a base for, and enriches $lem’s musings.

The music provides just the right framework for this song. “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” is an artful body of work that is sonically fulfilling and dripping with understated lyrical sharpness.

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King Draper: “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” – Sharp Observational Skills! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-draper-a-windows-life-a%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bw%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bl%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8b-sharp-observational-skills http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-draper-a-windows-life-a%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bw%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bl%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8b-sharp-observational-skills#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:39:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27966 Refreshed and refocused after a last year’s “Restitution”, King Draper rebounds back in 2017 with what could easily rank as his best work to date. As other emcees have fallen by the conscious curbside due to a number of diverse personal reasons or misguided mainstream pleas, this Birmingham, AL, native born Adrian Duval Owen II, […]

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Refreshed and refocused after a last year’s “Restitution”, King Draper rebounds back in 2017 with what could easily rank as his best work to date. As other emcees have fallen by the conscious curbside due to a number of diverse personal reasons or misguided mainstream pleas, this Birmingham, AL, native born Adrian Duval Owen II, continues to deliver music that strives to invoke change – be that on a personal and intimate level or on a global socio-political plane.

The new album – “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” – introduces itself with a few somber, contemplative notes from a piano. Then the strings awake from their slumber and start swirling. Another slurring analog keyboard line slides in. “Yeah, in this life you gotta make the right decisions”, King Draper says with resounding confidence.

Elevated by the melodic burst of the quintessential Skeyez beat, King Draper proceeds to dole out his verbal address: “Another fork in the road, you see this decision is eating me.” This intro is inviting, stern, buoyant, and level-headed all at once, establishing a theme of restrained optimism on the tortuous roads that we have to affront in our lives.

It’s deftly followed by the banging street symphony “Radio” ft. Poet, where the wise emcee is not preaching, just leisurely speaking, playing the world-weary yet still-hopeful documentarian. Gazing into personal relationships on “Vindication” produced by Breezy, King Draper, refreshingly confirms a recurring theme: “The days come and they go, it ain’t no stoppin’ time, but why waste it letting dark souls stop our shine.”

King Draper’s flow is slowed and smoothed out, with understated emphasis and emotion taking the place of young-buck flashiness. There are less instant-gratification couplets, but more of each verse’s rewarding intricacies which become evident with multiple listens.

Sonically, “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” is utterly listenable: With 17 songs, the record might appear as a long boring haul, when instead it is as succinct as its title. Making the album fly by even faster is the intrinsic sense of continuity provided by the mountain of producers who deliver absolutely gorgeous, organically sounding soundscapes – each able to exuberantly push this lyrical beast to unleash superior oratory skills. Warm, twinkling pianos abound, as do rich swooshing synths.

All throughout the album King Draper proves himself to be an inventive, natural talent behind the mic, as on the smooth “It’s Still Love (ft. B-Hold Da General)”, on the spiritual and soulful “The Rising (ft. Blackheart & Jasmine)”, the head-nodding, but conscious “Random Thoughts”, the slow and intimate “Naked”, and the gospel-induced “Blinding Light (ft. Judah Morrison”.

But to be honest there are no skippable songs on this recording, so you can press play just about anywhere you like and come away fully satisfied beat hearing a quality beat, lyrics withy substance and a flow that will nurture your soul.

Clearly this album’s appeal stems from King Draper’s passionate honesty. This invigorating trait comes across whether he is talking tender on romantic weaknesses or spitting unflinching, detailed narratives chronicling downtrodden plights. King Draper lends power and self-worth to the listener.

He raps like he’s standing on every street corner in the city, or in the living room of your home reporting live from the scene like an eyewitness. “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” works as sharp commentary because it balances King Draper’s acute mental perception, with his secondary insight, taken directly from his observational skills.

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Mellah Nix: “Luther The Shooter” – highly invested in his own emotional integrity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mellah-nix-luther-the-shooter-highly-invested-in-his-own-emotional-integrity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mellah-nix-luther-the-shooter-highly-invested-in-his-own-emotional-integrity#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:15:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27945 The Innagalaktik Nerd, Mellah Nix has dropped his latest single “Luther The Shooter” from his new mixtape “Kaiju.Random.Tekneeq”, set for release at the end of March. The ATL rapper who once was an active resident artist at the Art Studio Miami for five years, lost his mother at only 7, when she was tragically murdered by […]

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The Innagalaktik Nerd, Mellah Nix has dropped his latest single “Luther The Shooter” from his new mixtape “Kaiju.Random.Tekneeq”, set for release at the end of March. The ATL rapper who once was an active resident artist at the Art Studio Miami for five years, lost his mother at only 7, when she was tragically murdered by his stepfather, forcing him and his siblings to grow up with their grandparents in Chicago. He remembers his mother once telling him “your world is your own, let people see what you see” – A phrase that has become part of his natural code of ethics. The Atlanta rapper is a prolific emoter, converting a wide array of intense feelings.

Mellah Nix

Mellah Nix

On the surface, and listening to the single, it would appear that “Luther The Shooter” has all of the necessary ingredients for Mellah Nix to cook up another compelling mixtape. First there’s the cryptic title “Kaiju.Random.Tekneeq” which you have to pronounce to get your tongue and mind around, and it’s there to enhance the expectations even before you hear any music.

On “Luther The Shooter” he seems fearless, with a temperament that comes through in sharp flows and a hard beat. There’s no definitive proof that Mellah Nix has even reached the apex of his craft, but he makes sure everyone knows he isn’t falling off an inch, making rap his own grand spectacle in the process.

Mellah Nix has a flawless chemistry with the beat that stems directly from a deep, intuitive understanding of what he is trying to transmit artistically. It’s only fitting, then, that Mellah’s sonic spirit brings to life his most intimate sensory experiences. Mellah Nix is highly invested in his own emotional integrity, even if it means disregarding rap’s money-making misogynous tropes, and he is, yes, honest, perhaps uncompromisingly so.

“Luther The Shooter” is a raw interpretation of heartfelt and expressive musings inspired by his homie named Luther, filtered through the mic and laid bare at the intersection of Hip-hop and rap. The track in its entirety is a fascinating foray into the creative mind that ambitiously pushes the limits of self-expression and transmission.

I logged onto his online catalog and listened to quite few tracks by Mellah Nix and the first thing that comes to mind is that each song ‘knows’ exactly what it is — a conduit for Mellah to articulate his rawest feelings, as it peruses motifs in an unapologetic way in order to convey his most profound expressions with the same intensity and passion with which he originally felt them.

Surely after putting everything into his art, sooner or later he will be seeing a return on that investment. Yes, Mellah’s world is his own, but he is letting people see what he sees!

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