Hailing from San Diego, California, Velarde is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to her blend of hip-hop. Velarde’s diverse musical background and tastes range from classic rhythm and blues to contemporary rock and rap: her kaleidoscopic personality allowed her to develop a sound that is all about connecting with the listeners through high-energy release, uplifting melodies, and compelling vocals that echo artists such as Missy Elliott or Erykah Badu, just to mention a few.
Velarde has released her brand new single, “Light it up” featuring JayArson and produced by Six Beatz. I am very impressed with Velarde, especially with her creativity and sense of beat. Even though Velarde has JayArson on the track, she still comes through strong.
Velarde’s playful rhyme style surely appeals to both underground and mainstream fans as she spits out the occasional hardcore line making you say huh. These momentary blurts give this track a raw freestyle feel, where there is a fine line between being brilliant and coming across as plumbdumb. Velarde, thankfully is on the brilliant side.
Six Beatz provides the nice, crisp, slow tempo head-nodding beat, while super guest JayArson adds to the pleasure. This song won’t ever get tiring, probably because of Velarde’s slinky flow and Six Beatz uncanny skills behind the board are just simply amazing. Velarde is very unique when it comes to women in the rap world today. Her talents allow her to jump into many genres, as she moves from Rap to RnB, which is most notable on her track, “Get2 Know Me”.
Clearly, Six Beatz’ production techniques, clean drum programs, analog-sounding synths and squiggly samples are what drive this track into new and uncharted territory. “Light it up” is simply brilliant with its herky-jerky rhythm and staccato snare drops over rapid fire, tongue twisting deliveries shared between Velarde and JayArson.
Velarde’s style is everything hip hop needs; a woman who can flip between aggression and romance, sex and nonsense, materialism and imagination. “Light it up” is a dope effort on Velarde’s part, much love goes to her, JayArson, Six Beatz and the rest of her production crew for bringing a real groovy track to the people!
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