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[MUSIC VIDEO] Art Morera – Ten G’s

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Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 8.15.14 PM[MIAMI, FLORIDA] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com, we have Art Morera’s latest music video for his single TEN G’s. Art Morera embraces ‘Twelve AM’ which is not only his brand, but it’s a mentality, a statement. Be thankful for a new day, don’t wait until tomorrow to do what you gotta do because tomorrow isn’t promised, and don’t carry with you today the mistakes made in the past.

On his track TEN G’S, Art Morera expresses the first time he counted 10G’s and what it took to get there. At the end he decides to cut the bullshit and really focus on his goals. Art Morera is lyrical to the T, and embrace his journey with his latest track TEN G’S, over a beat he produced himself. Make sure you stay connected with Art Morera for the latest with his content by following him on his social media links below:


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[ALBUM REVIEW] Revolution Zo – Sheep In Wolves Clothing

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[CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have multi-talented hiphop artist by the name of Revolution Zo, he also is a producer and songwriter. We have his latest project SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING. This soulful project containing ten tracks that really experiments with different styles of music variating from Hip-Hop, Trance, Soul, and Pop. Before we get into the music, let’s get to know a little bit more on who Revolution Zo is and back story.

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 7.37.15 PMLet’s go back 2003 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where it all began. Revolution Zo started to create beats and sold them locally to other artists. But then his life shifted when mischief became a factor, he then moved to Clarksville, Tennessee. Revolution Zo was interested in expanding his craft by becoming a song-writer.

The benefits to creating music became like therapy sessions to ease with his troubles with his anger and depression. Revolution Zo embraced the Nashville music scene by showing support by attending and performing at shows. Getting noticed by Def Jam A&R in 2009, but due to some indifferences the contact was lost. Zo decided to take a hiatus and get ready for the next move.

In 2014, Revolution Zo had submitted some material that got a head nod of approval from 9th Wonder on his Ustream Listening Sessions. He even encouraged Zo that his music was dope and related to a different lane, that he should embark. Listening to his advice, Zo started to reconstruct himself and his music and starting to create his next project SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING.
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I’m going to review my favorite tracks of SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING. I do have to say the artwork alone is extremely eye-catching and sets the mood right for the journey we’re about to embark on.

[01 PSALMS] Revolution Zo is expressing himself melodically through this power introduction. Somewhat hypnotizing Revolution Zo gets you tuned in. The track kinda reminds me that it’s a type of anthem. Gaining control of your life and staying focus no matter what you’re going through.

[02 STRANGE THANGS] The unique production makes it so easy to vibe too. Revolution Zo is about to flow on this track is effortless. Zo breaks down how he comes off a bit strange. When going through struggles he doesn’t like to involve other people. He keeps it to himself and solves it on his own. He takes his mothers words of advice to be grateful and pray for you’re blessings.

[04 NITE AT THE DISCO (FEATURING SKYE)] With this track is completely different from the rest of the tracks. This is fits more in a club late night getting the crowd hype to keep on dancing. Skye adds a nice back vocals on the track. This goes to show that Revolution Zo can adapt to any sounding beat. This track makes you want to move. This is a dope track.

[06 BLACK DESERT] Revolution Zo gets grimy on this dark track on what he feels regarding all the negativity live can endure. Its like the negativity speaks through the track on the deep vocal. With God on his side he will be able to defeat these demons and speak a better path.

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.45.05 PM[07 RUNNING AWAY (FEATURING LOLLIEVOX)] I feel like everyone can relate to this track. When dealing with a bunch of issues and feel like you can’t break through. You feel the best way to get out of it is by running away. But in the end you figure the best way to deal with your issues is facing them. Revolution Zo tone on this track gives us an artist that’s opening up and expressing himself the best way he can and that’s through his music. Lollievox makes an appearance on the track.

[10 SUMMER LOTUS (FEATURING RUFUS DAWKINS)] On this track Revolution Zo expresses how he feels about someone he finds attractive, smart, and could possibility fall in love with. R&B & Soul flows through the production while Rufus Dawkins adds some melodic vocals to the track.

“Rev. Zo musical style can be described as melodic rap with introspect, it would seem that he acquires ability to lay his insecurities on record and expose his philosophical personifications as an emotional artist, dealing with expansive and nebulous feelings in acute and often self-destructive ways” – Press Release.

This concludes my review on Revolution Zo’s album SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING. I broke down my favorite tracks, and overall it’s definitely a solid project. We would love to know what you guys think about Revolution Zo music. Make sure you stay in the loop and follow Revolution Zo on all his social media links below:

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[AUDIO] Ivan Magaña – Rap Game Jesus

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Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have SoFlo Rapper Ivan Magaña with his latest single RAP GAME JESUS. Ivan Magaña really stands on his own with his unique flow and style. Setting his own values by promoting peace, positivity, and happiness. RAP GAME JESUS gives us chill vibes, over witty lyrics. Ivan Magaña is the Happy Hippie who can rap. This track definitely earns a repeat! RAP GAME JESUS expresses on the track what he’s up to and how he’s determine on creating his music and living life. Stay tuned for more content by the Happy Hippie Ivan Magaña.

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[TIPS] How To Enjoy You’re First Music Dance Festival

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download_48Want to enjoy your next dance music event – then follow these tips and make the most of it.

Make Sure To Wear Comfortable Shoes (non open toed ones)

One of the major determining factors of whether you will be able to enjoy yourself at one of these events is being dressed comfortably. Make sure to wear shoes that you will be able to dance in (it should also be a pair that you don’t care too much if they end up getting destroyed) – it could be one of the worst decisions you ever made to wear flip flops since people will be trampling all over your feet. Invest in cute flats or converse shoes. Heels are a definite no.

Have Enough Cash On Hand To Buy Water

If you are planning to go to a rave that is going to last a while, you will need to have plenty of water. A regular set will typically last 4 to 5 hours, and marathon sets may go as long as 10 to 11 hours. So make sure you and your friends stay hydrated to survive the night. There are going to be lots of sweaty people around.

What To Wear

Don’t overdress and make sure you are comfortable. You can wear shorts and a cute crop top that has a bandeau. Here is a good site.

Find out who the DJ is going to be and the songs that they will be playing.

Are you going to wear an Armin Only t-shirt to a Markus Schulz set? Do you know who is going to be performing and the kind of music they will be playing? Do you understand what the difference is between house, techno and trance? Before you go, make sure you have these things figured out, otherwise you could end up looking like a fool.

Take A Fanny Pack To Put Your Phone In

Fanny packs have made a comeback and they are very useful to have if you would like to carry things with you without needing to lug around a purse or backpack. The amount of phone thieves is increasing, and you don’t want to be forced to replace your new phone.

Accessorize

Dance music is a colourful genre and as such you should accessorise before you go to any event. Our advice is to ensure you have your sun glasses, glow stick and whatever else before you get there as it will be a lot cheaper than purchasing them there.

Go With Your Significant Other Or Good Friends

If you haven’t ever been to a rave, the most fun part of all is enjoying it with your significant other or good friends. It can be okay to go with people that you don’t really know very well, however better to stay with those you know unless you are really sure about them.

Plan For How You Will Be Getting Home

Make sure you are prepared. Know who will be driving and all the details about that. Plan on how you will be getting home, and have a place to crash (in case the designated driver isn’t okay to drive). The last thing you want is to end up in the headlines of the news tomorrow.

Take Earplugs With You

If you don’t want to develop tinnitus (ringing in the ears), then make sure to take high-quality earplugs with you. On Amazon they are just $15. If there isn’t time for you to order a set online, just go to Walmart and buy a cheap disposable pair for $3.

Take Sunglasses With You

The lights are extremely bright, and you might not like staring directly into the sun whenever you are in a crowded, dark place. So take some sunglasses with you.

Take Scrunchies Or A Hair Tie With You

If is going to get very hot, so by the time that the night is over you will most likely be dripping sweat (particularly if it is indoor). So take hair tie with you just in case you need it so that you don’t have to suffer from all of the humidity.

Be Ready To Be Pushed, Squished And Touched

Depending on which event you attend, most likely there will be lots of people who are jammed into one room. The action always occurs close to the stage, so be prepared for people trampling, squishing and pushing you.

Enjoy, Relax And Have Lots Of Fun

Despite all of the potential downfalls, most likely your rave will end up being the most memorable for you. So keep the above tips in mind, relax, enjoy it and have lots of fun!
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[MUSIC VIDEO] BreeZie & Phranchize – Couldn’t Wait ft. Dubby of Team LOKO

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Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artists BreeZie & Phranchize with the first visual for their single COULDN’T WAIT featuring Philly’s own Dubby of Team Loko. The track becomes a feel-good anthem expressing getting through their struggles and enjoying life to the fullest. From the choices of locations of the video, it emphasizes the “from death to life” message and even “from struggle to success”. I find it to be more like “dealing with bad usually means something better will come along”. Visuals brought to you by Hued Productions. You can find COULDN’T WAIT on BreeZie & Phranchize EP entitled MixedTape. If you’re diggin the vibes on this one make sure you let em’ know.

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Creators Announces First Prelude Manga

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Last Year Writer Mikel Miles & Illustrator Ivan Earl Aguilar Released Samurai Shin Issue #1 Thats Now Available On PeepgameComix & Samurai Shin Website. Looks like there will be expanding towards doing a Manga but this time newly added artist “Harley Dela Cruz” & Editor “Lavender Khan” and Mikel Miles will be the writer of the story. Manga will be titled “Samurai Shin – Prelude Part 1” it will focus on Character Keith Masaru and his Father “Fuji Masaru” The Manga will be free along with free mixtape called “Samurai Shin – The Prelude Mixtape” With features Kuro Silence, Keem The Cipher, Tripstyle, P.Soul & Xia-Dawn. Samurai Shin prelude Part 1 & The Mixtape schedule to release in April. Stay tuned for more epicness brought to you by the Samurai Shin series.

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[REACTION] Part 2 of Heroes VS Aliens Crossover – The Flash S3 EP8

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NikkiSiixx records her reaction to the second part of Heroes VS Aliens (The Flash). If you can’t tell, she’s a fan. We continue my reaction series of Season Three Episode Eight of The Flash.

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[ARTIST ADVICE] Getting Featured On A Music Blog: Tips For Success

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Years ago, all you needed was a good magazine review and your album would sell like hotcakes. In fact, the review didn’t even really need to be good; the only thing that was important was the size of the magazine’s circulation. However, times have changed, and most people don’t even see magazine reviews anymore. All the information they need is on the Internet, which means that music blogs are becoming increasingly more popular. Stereogum and Pitchfork are two of the current big ones, and they can help a new artist get a following fairly quickly. It isn’t always easy to get featured on one of the big blogs, though, but smaller blogs can be instrumental to a beginner’s success.

How do you connect with a blogger? The truth is, you have to go about the process in the right way if you want to be a success. The following five tips are crucial in helping you get the attention of a blogger.

1. Study The Blog: Before you do anything else, you need to look through a blog you are interested in to learn as much about it as possible. When you contact the blogger, you need to be familiar with the site and showcase that you have that knowledge.

2. Comment: As you are looking through the blog, comment on posts that you find interesting. Don’t say anything about the fact that you are a musician yet; you simply want to provide interesting commentary so that your name looks familiar to the blogger.

3. Reach Out: After you spend time looking through the site and commenting, and you think the blogger has had time to recognize your name, you can contact him or her and talk a little about yourself. The blogger should be more willing to listen to you if he has seen you making valuable contributions on his site.

4. Ask A Question: Bloggers get a lot of emails, and they simply don’t have time to make personal contact with everyone. Increase your chances by asking the blogger a question about your music. This may inspire him to get back in touch with you, particularly if he knows you are a regular on his site. You can follow up as well, if you don’t hear anything at first.

5. Give Information: Don’t try to “sell” the blogger on your work. Just talk about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Hopefully this advice helps you. It comes from a blogger that often hears from others in the industry, so it is valuable information.

6. Engage in Social Media: If you’re starting a music blog, then sort out your social media. Set up some accounts, add some followers and some likes to them and then start placing your content on them regularly at the right times and watch as they grow.

These tips will help you create and grow a good music blog that will give you and your tastes exposure.

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[AUDIO] Amiel Divine – Make It Happen

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[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop artist Amiel Divine with his latest single MAKE IT HAPPEN. Growing up Amiel Divine was influenced by 90s artist since his father used to tour with NWA and Eazy E back in the 80s. He was able to sit in on studio sessions and really learned from hands on experience. It was bound in his destiny to go after his own dream of becoming a hip-hop artist. Currently, Amiel Divine is signed by West Coast Active-Recording Label Quality Dubs.

[FUN FACT] Amiel Divine’s debut CD A Work In Progress was produced by KP, who is Bruno Mars’ ex-drummer. MAKE IT HAPPEN lets the listener know that he’s willing to do whatever he has to make it happen. I like the production and how Amiel Divine makes the track his own with his vocals and lyrics. If you’re diggin’ Amiel Divine’s content make sure you follow him below:

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[AUDIO] AfterPxrty – Cayenne Dreams

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[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com with AfterPxrty latest single CAYENNE DREAMS. You can find this track on AfterPxrty’s EP titled My East Grand Rapids Yacht Club. One thing I really like about AfterPxrty music that I feel like he raps from the heart. Expressing his emotions through struggles and inspiring the ones who need it. He’s flow is great and the production keeps your head moving. CAYENNE DREAMS definitely deserves a repeat. Make sure you stayed tuned for more content from AfterPxrty, My East Grand Rapids Yacht Club EP is available on all online streaming services.

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[MIXTAPE REVIEW] NonSenze AKA Dork Geniuz – GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots (Part 1)

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[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] On this mixtape review we are debuting Dork/Gamer/Hip-Hop-Nerdcore Producer/Artist and Writer NonSenze with his latest mixtape GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Robots. One thing that really stands out about NonSenze is his inspiration for his music, from 80’s /90’s Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B, old-school video games, zombie flicks, marijuana, movies & basically all things that are apart of the geek culture. While growing up in the era of Hip-Hop, where it was extremely important to sound original. Nonsenze tried to utilize what he’s learned from the greats of the past and present, to attempt to inspire future artist to find that spark of creativity.

Part 1 of 2 mixtapes, GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Robots has eighteen tracks. All titled with tracks inspired from his passed from video games, movies, and moments. Let’s see what I think about Nonsenze’s project with my review.

[01. I LOVE GOLD] Starting off the mixtape, we have a very familiar sample in the hook. Remember in the Austin Powers movie, the Mike Myers character Goldmember yelling “I Love Gold“. One thing that I find to be really makes the track stand out is Nonsenze’s flow, it really just entices you to listen more. Nonsenze is also very witty with his lyrics.

[03. DEAR PRINCESS] I really like the 8-bit retro gaming production on this track. Nonsenze and featured artist My Purple Monkey go in-depth with their story-telling on their adventure to go and save Princess Peach. I love the Super Mario samples and references. Nonsenze gets romantic on this one.

five_nights_at_freddy_s_banner_by_trycon1980-d93mp8i[05. FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S] Even though I’ve never seen or played Five Nights At Freddys, but I’m very familiar with how popular it is. I decided to look it up and Five Nights at Freddy’s, is a point-and-click survival mystery horror video game created by Scott Cawthon. That sounds pretty badass, and Nonsenze opened the door to this video game. In the track he describes how long his shift will be (level), trying to survive the game seems intense. I love the hook! It’s extremely catchy!

[07. IM FLOATING] This track is dope, it reminds me of a mix of Gym Class Heroes with a dash of Outkast. Nonsenze is so descriptive with his story-telling. I can visualize everything he mentions. Nonsenze talks about how his floating alone and in his own element. I really like his flow on this one.

Pokemon-19[08. GOTTA CATCH EM’ ALL] If it’s not obvious, this track is about Pokemon. The production brings a dark element to the track while Nonsenze mentions a list of Pokemon he’s attempting to catch. Searching for Pokemon has become an epidemic since it’s taking over Nonsenze’s reality. Who can blame him? I feel the same way… How many Pokemon does Nonsenze mention on this track?

B4q9ITyCQAEiZnW[12. SUPER NINTENDO] How can you not like this track? Nonsenze goes in with the Biggie Sample of Super Nintendo Sega Genesis! I like the switch up from the original track. Nonsenze video game references are on point. He talks about eating weak rappers like Kirby.

[14. SHOVEL CROSS] I like how this track isn’t really about video games. I feel Nonsenze really opens up on this track. He even mentions how he feels about his dads passing. How he feels about rappers who can’t cut it. And how can I not catch The Flash references in the hook regarding Barry Allen’s speed. ⚡️ (Geeked Out, Huge Fan of The Flash Here). The track also features hip-hop artist Geoh. I found this track to be a dope listen and something you can vibe too!

[17. WELCOME TO THE SURFACE] Nonsenze brings to life what life is like on the surface. Unfortunately it’s not the paradise you’ll think of. It’s more like the struggle and the misinformed following along without thinking the consequences. I really get a Kanye West vibe on this one. This is the eye opener track.

IMG_2469This concludes my review of Nonsenze’s mixtape GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots (Part 1). Out of the 18 Track project, I was able to breakdown the ones I found to really stand out to me. I find Nonsense’s music is for everyone, but is the perfect backdrop for skateparks, Adult Swim randomness, video games, stoner activities and so much more.

Stay tuned on NikkiSiixx.com where we will be going in on GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Zombies another mixtape brought to you by Nonsenze! This kid stays busy besides making music, he also has his own Youtube Channel dedicated to gaming! Make sure you subscribe and follow up with Nonsenze on all his social media links below:

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[AUDIO] Gerald Hunley – At Yo Door

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[PHILADELPHIA, PA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have a multi-talented artist by the name of Gerald Hunley. Besides being a rapper, he is also a producer, songwriter, audio engineer, videographer, photographer, and a graphic designer. Definitely a man that is a jack of all trades. On his latest single AT YO DOOR, the track was created randomly at 10AM and took 3 hours to complete it. AT YO DOOR embodies that this is him and his crew is coming for that top. Gerald Hunley gives us a track to vibe too, you can definitely hear this at the club. Stay tuned for more content from Gerald Hunley.

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[BEAT ALERT] @RealTLBeats Produced By Strate Vibes – Late Nights

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BEAT ALERT!! We got this outstanding beat produced by Strate Vibes. The beat is entitled LATE NIGHTS and it feels perfect for them late nights. Especially like one like tonight. The chill ambiance relaxes you, and you can’t help but vibe out this one. Strate Vibes collaborates with TLBEATS.COM. I really like the visual for this beat, simple Moon background, with a nice digital clock counting up till the beat is over. I wish it was a bit longer, but you can always loop it. Shoutout to this dope beat from Strate Vibes and make sure you stayed tuned for amazing production from TL BEATS.

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[Website Recommendation] ArtistShortcut.com

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On the next Website Recommendation we have an upcoming hip-hop site with music promotion, music business, artist development advice and so much more! We have ArtistShortcut.com. Their blog is dedicated in helping out underground hip-hop artist with some insightful blog posts. I read up on on few of their articles focusing on how artist can create the best home studios for the best price. Even the best sounding equipment for 2017! I really like how this site really thinks outside the box and really presents different avenues for artists/producers to improve their ways to create music efficiently. Stay tuned for more content from ArtistShortcut.com. And make sure to follow them via TWITTER to get the latest updates!