[BANGOR, PA] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop artist and song writer Jayomega with his latest single THE MAN. The third single off his upcoming album The Shameless LP. This track is definitely a heavy hitter. You can really vibe to this track in a club/party scene. THE MAN was produced by @SyerSO. The concept of the track is Jayomega is working hard to get what he wants, nothing is getting in his way, and nothing was given to him. The track is also catchy and guarantees a instant replay. THE MAN is available on all major music streaming services and platforms. (iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, etc.) Stay tuned for more releases from Jayomega.
[CHATTANOOGA, TN] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com we have Hip-Hop Artist AJB4 with his latest EP VCR (Venting Can Restore). AJB4 has released over seven projects by the year 2017 including his latest album “Organic Growth”. He’s received radio play from various online radio stations like K107FMJamz, GospelSynergy Radio and QSJRadio. His influences in music are Lecrae, Winans Phase 2, Charles Hamilton, 50 Cent and more. AJB4 says his main goals are to make good positive music, praise God, keep it real, and share experiences in his life.
I’m definitely enjoying the concept of the EP. By naming the project VCR (which the acronym for VCR is Venting Can Restore) gives the listener an ideal of the journey you’re about to embark on. For an artist/writer finding an outlet to express yourself, which can alleviate ones inner thoughts. This project is meant more for AJB4 because he was able to get these things off his chest.
VCR is an eight track EP, featuring JellyRoll and production from Flxtch, Brother Zone and Sha-Leik. The project was well put together and I feel like AJB4 was able to create a solid piece of work. I will be reviewing my favorite tracks off the EP, let’s see what I thought:
[CHRISTMAS 2015] AJB4 opens up on his introduction track. He discusses the time when he got kicked out on Christmas Day and some of the events that occurred after that. The song feels like he needs to remind himself to stay strong, no matter how bad things can get.
[LET ME KNOW] AJB4 is expressing his feelings towards a female who he wants to be with. But unfortunately she’s not available but AJB4 can’t help himself but wonder, what if? If she’s feeling him, he’s asking to let him know. AJB4 is witty and sincere on this one, and the hook is catchy too.
[JLO] I thought this track was playful. Considering JLo (Jennifer Lopez) is one of the sexiest woman in the world. This track is about finding his own version of JLo. I like the production to this track, from the hispanic hypnotic sounds and a JLo voice sample. AJB4 states “The song JLo might come off as a diss but I love JLo I just feel like me and her are a little similar when it comes to relationships”.
[EXIT 27] This track brings a different element to the project. I find AJB4’s flow on the track to be admirable. Considering the track is regarding the girl he had a crush on that worked at The Books A Million. Which was located off EXIT 27.
[KING’S DAUGHTER] Words of Wisdom brought to you by AJB4. Letting us woman know we’re beautiful, valuable, and God will send us Mr. Right when we’re ready. Positive perspective to woman and the true joys that comes with it. Good vibes in this track.
This concludes my review on AJB4 latest project VCR (Venting Can Restore). I discussed which tracks were to me my favorites and what really stood out to me. If you’re diggin’ AJB4 as much as we do, make sure you let us know what you think? And make sure to show support by checking his links below:
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On this episode of THE OFFICIALLY STREET PODCAST, Jayomega and Syer had the pleasure and privilege of sitting down with Eric and Jeff of ItsTheReal …IN THEIR HOME! They learn about their journey from recording mixtapes and making home movies at day camp as kids, to taking over YouTube with hip hop sketch comedy, to hosting a podcast, to putting out an album, selling out SOBs, and so much more. They spoke about how Eric worked for Lacoste and Jeff worked for a magician. So many great stories and jokes shared in this episode; we had a great time and can’t wait for you to click play and enjoy!
[BOSTON] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have upcoming artist Cousin Stizz with his latest single SWITCH PLACES. Which is off his highly anticipated third project released by RCA Records, One Night Only. The project features thirteen tracks, which present a fresh perspective. On the project you’ll see appearances by Offset, G-Eazy, Big Leano and Buddy, along with production credits from Tee-WaTT, Tee Boys, Dave Sava6e and more. SWITCH PLACES, is a track you can ride too. Cousin Stizz brings you a catchy trap inspired track produced by Tee-WaTT. If you’re diggin’ his track as much as we do, make sure you take a look at his project One Night Only to hear more content by Cousin Stizz.
I was able to obtain the official copy of Issue #1.5 of Samurai Shin. It’s expected to release on July 3rd via PeepGameComix. This issue is based on the Prelude to Samurai Shin Issue #1. Here’s what I thought about the comic:
From my brief review for Issue #1, Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru are young warriors eager to prove that they are worthy of the title as Samurai. Although the two of them share such similar back stories and goals, they never really liked each other. But unnecessary evil appears in their village… and a man with a bear mask.
Issue 1.5 provides you the story as to why Keith Masaru is the way he is. After receiving training from his father after losing out to Amir Atsuko at a tournament. Keith was set to better himself in order to beat Amir, in which Amir was a current student of Master Kenzo. Who actually trained Keith’s Dad Fuji Masaru when he was a child.
One thing I really like about the Samurai Shin series, is the detailed to the illustrations and the deepness to the story. Samurai Shin was created and written by Mikel Miles. In the prelude comic you see the illustrations stand out, especially when the images are in full color, really gives the characters some light, on how they would truly look like. Illustrations created by Harley Dela Cruz and Art + Cover by Sukma Agustriyana and Fhama Fauzi.
At the beginning of Samurai Shin you felt hesitant to Keith because he seemed like a self-center character. But in reality he’s fighting his own demons, and felt that Master Kenzo was really holding him back from his full potential. Throughout the comic you see how Keith began to learn the ways of improving his skill with the sword by his father’s teachings and training. And you see the bond grow between Keith and he his father as well. Until the climax of the story in which I won’t spoil here.
After reading the conclusion to the prelude, it just makes sense as to why Keith is so bitter. Once I reached to the suspenseful ending, it just goes to show Samurai Shin Issue #2 needs to get here sooner than later. I personally don’t want to detail how the comic leaves you on a cliff hanger you just have to read it for yourself. Stay tuned for an update to this post with the link to Samurai Shin 1.5 Prelude Comic, and might as well check out Issue #1.
When it comes to the style and imagery of a comic book. You start to wonder the back story of the creator. For the upcoming issue of Samurai Shin I decided to Interview illustrator Sukma Agustriyana, here’s what we discussed:
NIKKISIIXX: What inspired the Ghost Art series (Deviantart Gallery)? These were really impressive.
Sukma Agustriyana: thank you ~.. for all kamen rider ghost artwork, I really inspired from the actual figure which based for each form of kamen rider ghost. i’ts like ghost musashi which means its from actual samurai figure miyamoto musashi.
NIKKISIIXX: Would you say you’ve always embraced your creativity? What makes your draw?
Sukma Agustriyana: there’s so much things that makes me draw until now, like watching movies, reading manga or books, playing video and looking at other inspiring artist artwork and then study it..
NIKKISIIXX: How was it working with the other illustrators and following Mike Miles vision with the project?
Sukma Agustriyana: it’s amazing experience… working with all team members is so much fun, they are all talented and Mikel was also clear with his vision that makes me more easier to visualize the artwork.
NIKKISIIXX: What inspires you when creating the images for Samurai Shin?
Sukma Agustriyana: some of my inspirations comes from anime and movies. Just like the first when i saw the previous samurai shin artwork, I suddenly think about afro samurai, and then more anime movies like “sword of the stranger”, “Samurai Champloo” and “Rurouni Kenshin”.
NIKKISIIXX: How was your experience contributing to xenopets :concurro & aldnoah zero Mangas?
Sukma Agustriyana: it was awesome.. at first I was little afraid of making mistakes because its the first comic I working on, but along the way I learned a lot of new things.
NIKKISIIXX: What do you think about the Samurai Shin Soundtrack? Which track is your favorite and why?
Sukma Agustriyana: its cool!, my favourite track is titled “past” by kuro silence its a nice calming tone, soothing and good instrumental.
NIKKISIIXX: If you were to create a character like yourself, what characteristics or powers will he have? And what would be his back story?
Sukma Agustriyana: i think i will create some shape shifting monster that can turn into anything he wants except his family, but from childhood he never met with his family members. and the story begin with meeting with one of the family members and adventure start with looking the rest of his family.
NIKKISIIXX: Anything you’ll like to share:
Sukma Agustriyana: as always.. “stay consistent and focused what are you doing, stay humble with everyone and keep learning from everything” 🙂
NIKKISIIXX: Any social media links, photos you like for me to use to post with the interview.
Sukma Agustriyana: yeah sure! 🙂 .. here it is
[MIAMI, FL] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have Miami local Emeka with his latest single LIKE A DIAMOND. When you know you were born for greatness, this track is for you. Emeka even mentions in order for diamonds to become diamonds, they need to under massive amounts of pressure in order to shine bright. Take that as life advice, you gotta work hard under pressure and prevailing into what you want to be. LIKE A DIAMOND, is a very melodic track that gives you a bit of R&B vibes to it. Currently, Emeka is working on his third album which is set to release this year. If you’re diggin’ Emeka’s flow and vibe, make sure to follow him on all his links below:
[CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have upcoming hip-hop artist and producer Chughey. He’s bringing up his single GERONIMO. In which Chughey wrote, performed, and produced himself. On his latest track, I really like Chughey’s flow and presence on it. Hook is catchy and makes you want to learn the lyrics in order to rap along. From the production to overall vibe from GERONIMO this is a dope track. If you like this track as much as I do, make sure you check out his Facebook for more details.
[VIRGINIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have independent artist Vizualye with his latest single UNBELIEVEABLE. Visualye emphasizes in his music by expressing how passionate he is as a writer. Inspired by alternative bands like 3 Doors Down and rap poets like Nas. UNBELIEVABLE is off Vizualye upcoming album entitled The Awakening. The single has a hip-hop/R&B style to it. Warren Young makes an appearance on the track with his vocals for the hook. UNBELIEVEBEABLE has a chill vibe while Vizualye expresses how he feels about someone who he cares about. If you’re diggin’ Vizualye makes sure to check out his link below.
[CALIFORNIA] Releasing his second single off GIRLIE MAGAZINES his newly released album COVERUPS by hip-hop artist The Wilde. The track empathizes the opportunities of giving people second chances. Hoping the best will come back once more. The Wilde discusses his first love, summer nights, first heartbreaks, and Warped Tour. I really like how the track was fused from “A Lack of Color” by Death Cab for Cutie and “Against the Bottom” by Grieves. Dope track! Stay tuned from more from The Wilde and don’t forget to check out his new album COVERUPS.
Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop lyricist J. Nolan with his latest short one-take style music video called GAME POINT. This visual is to get things started after he took a bit of a hiatus due to focusing more on performing live at shows, getting his music licenses, and building relationships within the music business.
GAME POINT serves as the introduction to his forthcoming project entitled Rise of ATLantis. The project is dedicated to his home town of Atlanta. Which in wants to create a balance of lyrical driven content, soulful hip-hop, and a bit of trap music. I find the visual to be interpretative. As you see him recite his lyrics in the elevator once he’s down he’s on the way up. Looking forward to hearing more dope content from J. Nolan.
[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have emerging rap artist Caine bringing us his latest single titled SUMMER NIGHTS. The chilled out anthem reflects his life experiences with this fusion of hip-hop and R&B. I see Caine expresses the increase in his support has brought him attention from the ladies. In this case, are they just calling him cause his balling now? It don’t matter to Caine, cause he’s living his life to the fullest, without the need to be tied down. Enjoy SUMMER NIGHTS and don’t forget to press repeat.