#SmaktastikReview: Benni Basil – “Stop Signs” [Prod. by Twizz Matic]

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Nikkisiixxers!!! I’m back with a track that’ll make you smack your spouse! You guys know how much I appreciate music of all genres and sub-genres but I have a weakness for conscious Hip-Hop…and this record left me hella’ weak.

Philadelphia’s Benni Basil, Ladies and Gentlemen, brings to us his “Stop Signs” record complete with multi end rhymes, substance and (most importantly) BARS! Although the song’s concept and message has definitely been used before by many, it’s a message that never gets old. We should all want more quality out of the music we listen to and Benni Basil makes it abundantly clear that he shares this sentiment. “Get your content up” he says to his fellow artists.  As if frustrated by the swift and inevitable rise of the talentless Basil relentlessly exposes “wack” rappers and their “Yes Men”.

Everything about this release is excellent. The beat, produced by Twizz Matic, complimented the content well and the visuals were on point. WMB Filmz captured the essence of “Stop Signs” with something not over the top but urban, appropriately simplistic and to the point. With all that was done well with this record, Basil made sure that your attention never swayed from his verses, hooks, flow and delivery.

Basil delivers heat with such smoothness that I couldn’t believe it wasn’t butter.

With verses delivered so effortlessly, a message that inspires and a beat that makes your head nod, you can’t just live life without giving this record a listen. So take a listen folks and you’re welcome!

SMAKTASTIK LINE:

“It’s a prison and we livin’ with so many agents.
If you in it when you visit you thrown in the matrix.
What you think is really aint’ actual.
Dumbed down…made to believe that it’s factual.”

 

Hear more from Benny Basil from the links below:

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#SmaktastikReview: Comrade – Walk With Me

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Yaaaaow Nikkisiixxers!

No matter what day it is…it’s always the perfect day for music. So that must make this the perfect blog, me and Nikki…well..the perfect bloggers and Comrade’s “Walk With me” the perfect record.

Comrade, born in PG County MD and raised in Baltimore City, brings us a piece that’s not only inspirational but motivational. One can expect nothing less from a devout agent of change and social freedoms who just happens to be quite adept with a pencil and notepad. I listened to the “Walk With Me” record at least 20 times in one sitting. I then took my Dre Beats off (you know nothing else graces my ears but the Dres!) and felt like it was my duty to pursue my dream of becoming some kind of superhero. You know that look you get when you happen upon a great realization??

I had that!

In all seriousness though, Comrade brings us a song of empowerment and a testament of drive and determination. The hook couldn’t be more powerful.
“So please dont stand in my way. I know where I’m supposed to be. I hope yall’ walk with me. I hope yall’ walk with me”
He pleads that instead of becoming an obstacle, we become a support system. I just gotta’ say … I was convinced. I am now officially a Comrade fan.

The visuals on the song suits the concept perfectly. It shows Comrade in the middle of nowhere just performing. No distractions. Just him and a message. I don’t know who directed/edited the video but kudos to you guys!

From the energy of the delivery, the visuals of the video, the amazing acoustical production to the positive yet powerful message, Comrade has connected on all fronts. I urge you guys to check this record out. Thank me later.

You’re welcome!

SMAKTASTIK LINE:

“Mind over matter. Nothing else matters.Your boy so focused I’m rhyming over the chatter.//
I stood tall in places where most men would scatter. They reinventing the wheel I’m extending the ladder//”

 

See more from Comrade at the following links:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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#SmaktastikReview: The Moog – Unbound

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Yaaaaow! Nikkisiixxers!

Welcome back to the blog that gives you that music you love so you don’t have to look for it yourself. That’s why they call us “The Butler” aka “The Delivery Boy” aka “The Dispenser” aka “The Kiosk” aka “Just Log On and Relax” because we give you..the fans..what you want…that Nutella!!!

…and of course good music.

Very rarely does a song completely engulf the senses like The Moog did with “Unbound”. This Hungarian group, consisting of Tonyo Szabo (vocals, keys), Gergo Dorozsmai (drums), Csaba Szabo (bass) and Miguel Gyorgy (guitar), have created a seamless blend of synth-pop, punk, rock and eurodisco  music to deliver something entrancing. With the perfect balance of retro and modern sound, The Moog brings you the nostalgia and flare of 80s Rock and 90s Techno with the grit and attitude of today’s music. I’m not even gonna’ lie. I had to break out in my Roxbury groove for this one.

You can’t help but be enamored by the persona of the band. They command your attention with their look, demeanor and persona while demanding your respect with Tonyo’s brash but seductive vocals and the band’s harmonic synths. The song cries of passion on an upbeat tempo whose rhythm carries you with each strum and note.

The visuals in the video are amazing. The production team (Dezso Gyarmati, Csaba Vicze, Eszter Zsoldos and Laszlo Mester) mirrored the songs identity and energy to where the video felt like an extension of the record. There was color, there was 80s retro, there was flash, there was art in its most abstract form and most importantly… there was flare.

If you’re into punk rock, electronica, techno or pop then this record will do more than satisfy you. Look out for their upcoming EP that’s expected to be released this fall.

You’re welcome…

Smaktastik Line:

“Does it really make you stronger? If you Deny You’re weak….You’re conceit will drown us. Next to you I feel so alone. I wanna’ be who I was..never be free on my own”

See more from The Moog at:

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#SmaktastikReview: Jayomega – Ready Set Go 3

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Yaaaaow! Nikkisiixxers! Pull out your Dre Beats and throw away those Skull Candys for this one! If you don’t have a pair then do the following:

1.  Rob your nearest bank
2. Drive to your nearest Best Buy
3. Buy some Dre’s
4. Come back to this blog..which is..*ahem* THE greatest music blog on the planet
5. Read this review then listen to Jayomega’s “Ready Set Go 3: A Message From Beyond”

6. Pay me 5 dollas’ fo’ bein’ so amazing

To say that this album is good would be an understatement. It has everything you would want in a Rap project. There’s good production, lyrical content, realness and personality in this mixtape. Jayomega, hailing from the Bronx NY dropped his 9th Studio Mixtape in May.  “A Message From Beyond” is part 3 of 3 of his Ready Set Go series and I must say…this one is fire. There’s so many Smaktastik lines in these songs that I’m just gonna randomly drop some throughout this review like right now!

Get Smacked!!

“That’s kinda’ weird to me. Yall hoes aint’ really hearin’ me. My “doe” really “deer” to me just look at all the “bucks” I get”

When I first start listening to projects I try to figure out where the artist is coming from, what kind of artist he/she is, what perspective do they want me to have when listening and what I can expect as I progress through the music. On Track 1 “A Message From Beyond” I figured…”ok..he’s not lyrical but he’s real and draws from personal experiences.” Which is fine. Alot of great artists have that style (i.e. Meek Mill, Nas, Tupac etc.). However, by track 10 I was like “BARS!!…BARS!!…BARS!!”

Get Smacked!!

“I do what the actors don’t do. In other words I get paid to stunt. …sittin on 18s my rims cost what you make a month.”

Jayomega, in this mixtape, has found a way to be both lyrically adept and a great storyteller. By the end of the mixtape I felt like I knew who he was and I still was all over the Internet trying to find more of his work. There’s variety in RSG3 which is great because it kept me listening. Songs like “A Message From Beyond” brought that raw truth, “Child of tomorrow”  gave you them BARS!, and “Instagramming Tweeting” (which is my personal favorite) hit me with that conceptual creativity that I’ve personally never heard done before.

Smack em again Jay!!!

Hashtag yall’ niggas’ too. Yall’ niggas’ food. Yall’ miniscule. Yall’ don’t know what you bout’ to get into. She’ll Mortal Kombat Finish You.

Now on to the production… asdnfoinapwoivhaopihjfioaspjdofiasjfd apshdfausidphfasdfjkfjyut5dyt5 …. because words couldn’t really explain how good the production is on this album. Shoutout to Syer, XCess The Producer, Dom Russo, 808 Moonsquad and Stephen B for piecing together something masterful.

Check this tape out Nikkisiixxers. Download it on Datpiff and then go over to Jayomega’s bandcamp and support this artist by buying a hard copy. You’re welcome folks.

Grand Finale Face-Smack-Em-UP!!

Smaktastik Line:

“Crazy with the lead don’t make me show you what the pencil do. I’d write circles around you till’ the paramedics stencil you”

To hear more from Jayomega check the following links:

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#SmaktastikReview: Noearth – Lawst ft. Joe Mas $ Thesis

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NikkiSiixxers!! Welcome back!… and to those who never left you know where we keep the donuts, cookies and bomb coffee at these AA meetings for the musically addicted; where we strive to make the anonymous known and addicts more fiendish!

Today we’re about to delve into the deep abyss called alternate hip-hop. That genre that doesn’t need to play by the rules and can run rampant with creativity and personality. Not mainstream or commercial by any means but still pretty amazing to listen to. The key is though…you have to listen. This record Noearth cooked up should be heard…just like all food samples at food courts should be…well..sampled.

Noearth, born Alex Rheault 1987 in Los Angeles and one of the founding members of the Hip-Hop collective “CLDMKRS” dropped an impressive record with this “Lawst” track from his album “Hunter Erf Thomson”. Producer, singer/songwriter, engineer, lyricist, music enthusiast…and  asshole (his words not mine..I had to include the “asshole”  because it was so damn funny).  If you happen to like Del the Funky Homosapien then you’d  probably dig this kid’s music.

All music is subjective. What may be amazing for you may be white noise to your girlfriend and vice-versa. There’s a popular saying in marketing that goes “If you don’t get it…then the message isn’t targeting you”. This is the concept here in Noearth’s “Lawst” record. Having said that, he still wants you to grasp his message. He wants you to get where he came from, what he has done to get here and what his music represents. If you don’t however, Noearth lets us know that there’s no love lost and that he delivered his message the way that he wanted to.

“i dont know if people here cant find me or am i just lost 
if im lost im long gone dont worry bout that cross 
if im wrong im wrong still did it the way i want it 
i dont know if people cant find me maybe i fuckin lost 
maybe i fuckin lost maybe im fuckin lost 
i lost my mind cant nobody find me im fucking lost” 

The Joe Mass and Thesis features were on point as well. They complimented and added contrast to the record (which I believe is what you should strive for in a feature). They added their own individuality and viewpoint through their verses. With respect to everything else, this was pretty much a one man show lol. Mad props to Noearth for producing, mixing and mastering this track. I guess that explains why the instrumental fit so well with the concept. The artist produced and engineered it himself. I guess who else knows your vision better than yourself right?

Nikkisiixxers! Give this record a listen. You may love it…you may hate it…but you should respect the talent here. You’re welcome folks.

Smaktastik Line:

“I don’t know why you can’t find my entity I’m right here. If you deaf I’mma’ make a braille track for you blind ear”

Find more from Noearth at the links below:

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#SmaktastikReview – J. Nolan – “Return of the East Coast”

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Yaaaaaaow NikkiSiixxers! It’s that time again. You’ve been jonsin’ and I shall provide. I shall deliver. I shall service the people and I shall feed the hounds. That is of course what I do. The facilitator of all that is musical and worth listening to. So without further adieu, I bring to you in this review…that ruckus that you love to devour like Krispy Kremes…the powder kind…or crack…for free.

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Normally, I don’t expect much from music where someone re-uses a beat that’s already been released by another established artist. Granted, that’s how almost every artist starts out. R&B/Country singers and bands do cover songs and Rappers drop their own verses over popular instrumentals. Most of the times you get the steamiest of sh#* but sometimes what you get is a classic display of lyricism and energy that brings a fresh new perspective to an instrumental. Luckily for us, we got the latter with J. Nolan.

…*whew*…

Born Jamar Nolan, J. Nolan is an artist out of Atlanta who prides himself on his “technically sound wordplay and potent imagery about his environment”. His record “Return of the East Coast” is something I urge you people to listen to. He took LL Cool J’s “Doin It” instrumental and just shatted all over it.  I mean..he ate a plate of ex-lax and painted this beat with multi-syllabic, metaphor infested greatness. “Return of the East Coast” has quotables for days … that is if you ever get a chance to hop off that Six Flag roller coaster called “J. Nolan’s Flow”. When listening to this record it’s hard not to stop everything you’re doing and listen when he gets into that zone.

That’s probably why this review has set a record for the longest “Smaktastik Line” in Nikkisiixx history. The narrative in the song is so vivid you could literally see him stepping outside that barbershop with his revolver, holding some poor kid upside down by the ankles and swiping his change or seeing the kids play 5 on 5 in front of their driveway.
The delivery was spectacular with each line flowing flawlessly into the next. The whole concept of the song was to let listeners know what Nolan’s about and to show them why he deserves to be called great. Mission accomplished guy.

Take a listen to this record then follow him on Instagram, Twitter, to his shows AND  to his studio sessions. Look out for his upcoming projects because if it’s anything like “Return of the East Coast” then that project is gonna’ be fire. You’re welcome.

Smaktastik Line:

“Leave your skull lookin like birdman.
Rapper or the ball player take it from first hand//
Back hand till’ I Jack Dan’ at the party. Your raps played out buffie the body//
John Gotti with a shotty posted up big as Christopher Farley//
I Had Ghostface spit on your wallet with killa’ army//”


hahahaha guy says “leave your skull lookin like Birdman”..I’m outta here man.

Hear more from J. Nolan at the links below:

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#SmaktastikReview – MotorCity Kam – July ’91 EP

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Yaoooow!!
What’s good Nikkiisiixxers! I’m back this week with a new review just for you. You don’t gatta’ thank me. Just shower me with praise and cover me in exaltation because this project was glorious…why thank you…it was nothing..you’re so kind.
MotorCity Kam, an up and coming rapper from the west-side of Detroit, brings us an EP that’s not only lyrically coherent but amazing musically. You could hear the hard work and dedication through the creativity of each record on this EP. The whole concept of the EP is to give listeners a detailed look into the thoughts of MotorCity Kam as a college student in Detroit. My first impression after hearing the EP was “Wiz whadduuuup??”
I’m guessing Kam hears this alot because he mentions it in the first track of the EP.  “I heard they say I sound like Wiz…”. Hey Kam, you gonna’ hear that alot bruh’ lol. But honestly, that’s only because of the tonality of his voice. His flow and concepts are all unique to his experiences and style-choice. Like “Rainy Day Fund” for example. Not many rappers write about saving the stacks they get. That’s almost like…unheard of.
 MotorCity Kam made this album his own. I have to give credit to the producers on “July ’91” too. Mr. Banxly & John Do the MultiMediA managed to cook up flavors that perfectly compliment Kam’s vision.
There’s never a dull moment on this album. Each song is a banger that could make you bump so hard you’d break a car window. The mixing leaves a bit to be desired but that won’t stop you from enjoying the album.
Check MotorCity Kam out people. Between the excellent production and the performance/delivery Kam provides, you may even wanna’ donate a dollar or two to his cause. You’re welcome!
SMAKTASTIK LINE:
“I got haters and they hatin’. Got B*tches on my d*ck I be like ‘damn, are we datin’?’ Cuz Back when they was playin’ in high school I was slayin. So if she wanna Goku..nigga..I’m just ‘Saiyan'”
See more from MotorCity Kam at the links below:

#SmaktastikReview: Music Video – SkoTT Summ3r2 – #evilRYU

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Hip Hop Fiends! Good day to you all [in British accent]. I hope we all feel fine, sexy, gorgeous or handsome. I know I do. I woke up this morning just knowing that it was gonna’ be one of those days where I would be asking random people “why I gatta’ look so perfect??”.
I’m havin’ a “Beyonce Flawless” day.

If you don’t happen to feel like I do though, press play on your favorite CD, MP3 , Youtube music channel or just listen to what I’m about to bring to you today. The record I have for you people will have you feeling Smaktastik in no time…”SkoTT Summ3r2 – Evil Ryu”.

I reviewed another one of SkoTT’s songs a few months ago. If you missed it… smack yourself in the face and check it out here. It doesn’t have to be in that order.

We all know SkoTT Summ3r2 for his complex views and abstract lyricism. He doesn’t disappoint here. #evilRYU brings back to his listeners those lyrics that makes you hang on to every word and then rewind because of the sheer depth in what was just said. SkoTT went in on this one. He caught me off guard with some of the outrageous lines on the record.

“Steez like I bought it from Jordan in 96. 90 dicks for ya b–ch  if you trippin on that hoe sh– “

90 dicks???? lmao! Wow.
Then there was:

“Fly like funky and fresh. B–ch gat a donkey I’mma study that cunny in depth..”

 ….lol!

SkoTT Summ3r2 showed no mercy on this record and Bass Santana showed none on this beat. They collaborated perfectly to bring that sinister feel to your speakers while the video adds to the tone of the song. In listening and watching the video you definitely feel that ominous presence as if the music is going to devour you whole.

This record will definitely leave a lasting impact on the listener. After it was done I just sat there asking myself …”what just happened?” I’m pretty sure this was the impression SkoTT and Bass Santana wanted to have. As soon as the song starts you know something’s about to approach and it ain’t gonna’ be pretty.

Check the video out. SkoTT Summ3r2 showed an excellent display of wordsmanship here. If you’re the kind of Hip Hop fan who needs to have substance in their music, then you need to look up this artist. You’re welcome.

Smaktastik Line:

“Marvelous arsonist. Fire be the signature. Hyper combo to the clouds when I finish ya'”

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#SmaktastikReview: Musiq Man – “The Journals”

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Yaaaaow NikkiSiixxers! Remember when Rap was an entirely different entity than Hip-Hop? Remember when Hip-Hop was actually… Hip-Hop? Remember when Hip-Hop spoke to the soul? Remember the first time you heard Mos Def’s “Black on Both Sides”, The Roots’ “Things Fall Apart” or Mos & Kweli’s “Black Star”? …If you don’t, then the project I’m introducing to you today will definitely remind you.

Abiola Otusanya a.k.a. Musiq Man brings us an album that is the embodiment of Hip-Hop, soulful, melodic and marvelously cultured. Musiq Man’s project, entitled “The Journals”, contains 12 tracks with blends of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B and Spoken Word that he entirely produced and composed himself. That, along with vocal and written contributions by talented artists such as Sophie Paul, Z, Jon Hope, Kahifa, Pyinfamous, Carolyn Mcgoldrick and O’nimsi Da Wordsmith was enough to bring a tear to my eye.
Kinda’ like the first time I ever tasted a Cinnabon…or Frosted Cheerios.

Hailing from Brighton, this Artist/Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist/Performer of Nigerian origin put together a beautiful collaborative effort on a production with melodic layers that fit together seamlessly. I listened to this album multiple times. I pulled random people off the street and made them listen. I’m two listens away from knocking on doors and making them listen too. I’ve officially turned into some form of Hip Hop Jehova’s Witness…the aggressive kind.

This review isn’t to say that there is anything wrong with what is called “Hip-Hop” today. There are many talented artists out there who make different versions and sub-genres of Hip-Hop/Rap, but its nice to see that there exists artists who haven’t forgotten this culture. Musiq Man is one of those artists. It’s as if he combined all of Hip-Hop’s best elements and put them in “The Journals” project.

Do yourself a favor and take a listen to this project. If you’re into that true Hip-Hop soul with elements of jazz, R&B and culture then you’ll appreciate Musiq Man’s interpretation of music and how he perceives it. I did. If I had a grading system for the music I listen to, I would give this album 10 out of 10 “Smack Yo’ Neighbors”.

You’re welcome.

Smaktastik Line:

“A Rigorous Polygamist. I’m married to the streets then patrol to the beats.
Still seein’ the struggle on the side. Nothin’ in the budget for a bride. They told me that they loved me but they lied.”

Links:
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#SmaktastikReview: Day X Presents 7: The Complete Beat Tape Collection

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Whaddup Nikkiisiixxers!! Pedro here comin’ at you live and direct from the Miami streets! Literally…I’m writing this review in my car, on the road, and balls deep in that Miami 5 o’clock traffic.

So why not calm myself down with some music and write this review on my phone. I urge you all to try it. It’s perfectly safe. I text and drive all the time whilst blasting music in my car.

As I scroll through my email looking at these music review submissions, I see there’s a beat tape. I’m like “I feel like listening to a beat tape”. So I do…and here we are…jammin’ to some Day X beats!! Day X may have prevented a suicide in traffic today with his beat tape. Be proud man.

Day X has released his latest tape called “7”.  A project consisting of 21 beats with the duel intention of revealing the story of Day’s life and speaking to everyone who listens. There’s a mixture of jazz, electronic/synthpop and all kinds of Hip-Hop. Although there’s a variety here, this tape’s for the Hip-Hoppers. 90% of the beats are Hip Hop. Whether you like Boom Bap, South, 90s etc. there’s something here that’ll make you nod your head before you even realize it.

The production on the beat tape is very good. Day X is definitely a talented producer and like I said before, there’s something here for everybody. However, it’s extremely hard to keep the attention of the listener through 21 songs. Especially if they’re not a like-minded producer or composer. For the average listener who’s used to listening to music with vocals in them, it will probably be a little difficult to stay tuned in.

If you were to judge each beat individually, you would be crazy not to deem each a solid production. However, when looking at the project as a whole you notice by track 15 or 16 you get a bit ear fatigued. The samples are all amazing and on point but there’s not enough distinction in the drum patterns and overall mood of each track. Towards the end, I couldn’t discern one Southern drum pattern from the other, or likewise for the other sub genres of Hip-Hop. Even though there were other genres on the tape, there wasn’t enough to add change of pace or feeling to the project.

With all that being said though, I can’t take away from the brilliance and creativity put into Day X’s productions. You could literally hear how much of himself he put into each beat. If you’re an artist, I urge you to hit this producer up and cop a few beats for your next project. If you’re a producer, hit this producer up and give him some props. In fact, it doesn’t matter who you are. You should listen to what this producer has in his arsenal. You’re welcome.

Since there aren’t any verses in this project lol…I decided to hit you with that …

Smaktastik Beat!!

Track 3 – Your Everything 

Links:

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#SmaktastikReview: Franc Grams – “Mistakes” (Prod. by Smoke The World)

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Yaaaaaow! It…has…been…a ….minute!! Who cares though? As long as we have that music we’ll all be just fine. I still brought you something to make up for my extended absence though. This record right here. This song right here. This…[shakes head and leaves computer to gather composure]. You Nikkiisiixx readers should pay me for putting you on to this artist. Franc Grams, ladies and gentlemen brought tears to my eyes this week with his “Mistakes” record.

This song had everything. It was conceptually deep, the delivery was flawless, and the beat production..my gaaaad! Lyrically, Grams hit us with a message that had depth and coherency. In the song, he takes us on a vivid journey through his mistakes and what it cost him. We all make mistakes Grams tells us; but we should be willing to own up to them and accept them. He points out the hypocrisy existing in the world today when we criticize each other without realizing that mistakes are inevitable. He uses music as an example. The music industry carves the canvas for artists to paint pictures that are destroying the very thing we love. Yet we blame everybody else for the result.

Moving on to the production. Smoke the World provided Franc Grams with something beautiful here. As soon as I clicked play on that Soundcloud I got up and caught some kinda’ Holy Ghost.

With a sample that was oh-so-glorious and a drum kit that probably hit the Malaysian flight out of the sky, Smoke the World pretty much ensured that this track would be a classic.

Please check this artist, producer and song out. Follow him on twitter, download his albums and offer to buy him a pizza. You won’t regret it. You’re welcome hip hop fiends!

[Walks over to Nikki and picks up checks from the readers]

SMAKTASTIK LINE:

“I sold drugs. They said that I kill people. I’m like ‘nah, I make deals with real people ‘
but sh– I look at doctors and that sh– is real equal. They hide sellin’ poison shoutin’ that they heal people”

 

Links:
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#SmaktastikReview: JMB – Only Other Thing

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I’m back hip hop fiends and I have something a bit new and different than what I’ve been hittin you with as of late. Usually I review R&B and Hip-Hop but I was impressed with what Nikki showed me this week. Pull out your sub-woof-woofs and your Dre’s guys because we’re gonna be checking out some  Hip Hop/Pop today!

lol wait wait wait…before you “x” this window out let me just say that this guy’s actually pretty good. I see potential here. “JMB”, hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is apparently making a bit of noise in the tri-state area after his breakout mixtape release of “The Former Benchwarmer”. He’s already opened for national acts such as Andy Grammer, Chiddy Bang, Jake Miller, Spose and OCD: Moosh & Twist. So the least we could do is give his single a shot right?

lol Good.

So I clicked play and the first thing I thought was

“Drake…is that you?”………….

But after listening for a few more seconds I obviously heard that it wasn’t. JMB’s harmonies are more layered and full. Frankly speaking, JMB’s a better vocalist. I was more impressed with the singing more than his rap verses though.  These days there are a lot of artists who implement the double-threat in their records. Adding your own melodies to your Hip-Hop record as opposed to having a feature is being seen quite often. That’s the case here, however JMB looks to set himself apart by concentrating on the harmonies. He goes large and full on the hooks in this song.

His single, “Only Other Thing”, is a love song. Even though it’s almost typical, if not mandatory, for an R&B-Rap hybrid record to be a love song, JMB manages to make this one stand out. Ladies you’ll appreciate this one and guys…well..I guess you could play this for your girlfriend. lol!

In any event, JMB is a talented artist. Despite your thoughts about love songs and R&B-Rap you have to acknowledge what he’s doing on his records and in the music scene. Check it out and you’re welcome.

SMAKTASTIK LINE:

“You could forget me but remember one thing. Without you I am nothing”

 

LINKS:

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#SmaktastikReview: 24k – “AU”

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One thing ’bout music when it hits you you feel no pain. Unless you’re listening to some music that sounds like ass. Luckily that’s not what we about here at NikkiSiixx! We try to bring you that underground Hip-Hop and R&B that you..my people ..can enjoy and take home to your families, to school to your friends, and to the nursing home to your Grandmama and her friends!

This one’s for the herbolagists and buddha lovers. Yuuuuuh! If you like to blaze up while listening to music, then you have to blaze up while listening to 24k’s  “AU”. This group’s sound is so mellow you almost have to ask the question, “You think they made this song on that Jah-Blessed Grass?” As soon as you start the song you feel like you’re floating on the highest and fluffiest cloud.

24k ( Lux, @Xchelon, @JoshG_is_2dope, & @_Waaavy ) hits you with that smooth delivery on this record. Accompanied by a DJ 10k (@10kGoldBarz)

beat that goes down smoother than apple juice, 24k takes you on a journey through rhythm  and groove.

Not to say that this record isn’t enjoyable without being under the influence. If you’re into that laid back and mellow hip hop, this jam’s for you. This kind of reminds me of The Pack.

So after work today, call up your buddies and pull out that “Bud-No-weiser”. Light that up…or don’t…and mellow out to this track. You’re welcome.

Smaktastik Line:

“Steady chasin life hangin’ off it’s wing tip catchin every piece of luck growin in my realm. Makin shit happen each and every damn day make it kinda hard for those who only time wastin..”

 

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#SmaktastikReview: Music Video – SkoTT Summ3r2 – #whiteGEEZUS

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YAOW!! What’s good sons and daughters! Tis the season to give and I gatsss that good music for you Hip Hop Heads. I hope when you sat down in front of your tree to open your gifts for Christmas that you gave yourself some Hip-Hop theme music … ‘Cuz Christmas Carols are played out.  Put on that 2Chainz while you watch your daughter open her Barbie Dollhouse gift or that Kendric Lamar while your son opens up his first tricycle. Good times!

On to that music though! Straight out of Fort Lauderdale  we have SkoTT Summ3r2 with that powerful Hip-Hop. I mean this record had lines that I had to rewind just to appreciate the complexity of them.  Everything about this song made me want to check out his album “mr blonde”  that he dropped back in October.

… and C’mon’ “White GEEZUS” though??

How could you not press play on a record with a title like that?? I was pleased with what I heard though.  SkoTT hits you with smooth delivery which compliments his complex and clever lines. Some of you may have to rewind a few times to catch the punch lines but when you do you’ll be glad you did lol. That should be the point of songs anyway. It gives the record replay value. In this case, everything was done right. If you’re not slapping yourself in the face from hearing an amazing line, then you’re either slapping your friend in the face because this beat goes so hard.

The music video wasn’t anything over the top or glamorous. It was simple and got the job done. The visuals had that old school Hip-Hop cipher feel. Vintage black and white with smooth transitions fit the concept of the song perfectly. Shoutout to Blood is Bond films.

If you’re a Hip Hop Head and like the songs that you listen to to have substance and content then SkoTT Summ3r2 is an artist you want to check out. Make sure you get that “Mr Blonde” album too. Merry Christmas,  Happy New Years..and you’re welcome folks!.

 Smaktastik Line:

“…winter solstace raw drizzle wit’ spike vanilla…devour her soul from the back of her neck as I receive neck in the back of a jet”

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#SmaktastikReview: Dubwork – Music Video Plea$e & Still Dreaming Mixtape

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Whaddup’ Hip-Hop junkies!! I’m fresh out that studio after giving birth to like triplet beats. Them thangs’ bang hard! So I’m hyped up right now and ready to listen to some new music. Naturally I hit up my email to see if my homey Nikki sent me some Underground gems for me to review. At this point I’m doing everything as if I have my own trap beat theme music. You should see how I was checking my email.

So I’m scrolling through to see if any of the subject lines from Nikki would catch my attention.
*Scrolls down*
wait…”Dubwork”?

I gatta’ check this dude out. He sent us his “Please” Music Video from his upcoming mixtape “Still Dreaming” to listen to. Yaow…when the song started I got even more hyped up. This dude Dubwork had mic presence that was larger than his beard. Intrigued I was.  Raised in New York City and New Jersey after his pre-teens, Dubwork uses his music to fuse his East Coast American and Afro-Caribbean roots. Based on this “Please” record, you already know he’s about being motivated, delivering his ideas in a creative way and accumulating those funds.

Let’s talk about this song though! Firstly, the beat is amazing. Shoutout to Eckz for blessing us with such a monstrosity of a production. With a beat this good Dubwork had no choice but to run with it and make a hit song. Nothing pisses me off more than a dope beat in the hands of an artist with no vision or concept awareness. Dubwork probably heard this beat, heard it calling his name and answered with a fitting concept.

Lyrically, there wasn’t anything abstract here. Granted, the instrumental didn’t necessarily call for anything profound. You hear the beat and just wanna wild out.

So simple and straight to the point was the way to go. This way you can enjoy the beat without having to miss out on anything Dubwork was saying.  

The video was very nicely done. Fred Focus did his thing with these visuals. It was shot on location in the Dominican Republic. I personally liked the video. The concept of the video was very suitable. Dubwork is basically telling us that he’s all about his money and his need to be better. What better way to show us than to book a flight to D.R. for no other reason than to shoot a music video and wild out to this dope beat?  I had just one issue with the video though. How could you go all the way to D.R. and not shoot them Dominican honies Fred?? lol

I’m playin’ lol.

Great song. Great artist. Great music video. I urge you all to give this video a few views and spread the word. Show love to the up and comers.  Don’t forget to check out his mixtape “Still Dreaming”…and you’re welcome.

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Smaktastik Line:

“I want all of that. I want all of that. My shorty want me to call her back. I run the show..run the team..I kinda feel like a Quaterback.”

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#SmaktastikReview: KoJazz – Change The Subject EP

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Whaddup Nikki readers! I’m fresh off that GTA V son and I’m hyped! I’m rollin’ through the city with my stolen vehicle and decided to cycle through the radio stations and heard Kendrick Lamar. I’m like oooooooh snapsss! I cycle back and literally sat in the car and listened to the whole song. That put me in the mood to hit yall’ up with some new music! You know a song’s good when you’d rather sit in the car and listen to that instead of running around with a shotgun and shooting innocent people.

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This time around I’m bringing you guys an album review. A project in its entirety. “Change the Subject EP” by KoJazZ is a great collection of Hip-Hop material. KoJazZ brings a mixture of boom-bap and commercial sounds that had me goin’ around dancing like Diddy while shoutin “whooooooooo” a-la-Ric Flair!
KoJazz, finally comes through with his first solo project, Change The Subject EP. Styled as a refreshing hip hop project, ‘Change the Subject’ features multi-syllabic internal rhyme patterns and inner city narratives based on KoJazz’s experiences in Mt. Vernon, New York.  When depicting life in his music, KoJazz alternates from moments of pain and pleasure, to frustration and braggadocio.
….AND The Beatssss….oooooh the beatsss!! Shoutout to them bosses Suhnraw, BKS, E.Mishene, Al Jazz, Shag, Canya Reial and Kryptonite. They did their thing on the production.
With this project KoJazZ joins the Hip-Hop movement to combat the wack and subjectless.  The EP does exactly what the title says…change the subject. There’s nothing cliche’ or played out here. The content and concepts are original and I would even go as far as to say genius. If you don’t believe me just go and listen to “Pros and Cons” and “Boy Smoking Trees“. It seems like KoJazZ has equipped himself with a quality EP with creative concepts, talented features (kudos to MeRCY and Bishop) and beats that make you mash yo’ face up.
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However, where the EP falls short is KoJazZ’s actual delivery of his content. His flow lacks commitment and conviction which can take away from the lyrical potency in some of the records. KoJazZ has tremendous potential. His songwriting is impressive to say the least and for a first EP, this project is something to be proud of. I dig his messages. Whether it be “Hi(gh) Standards” where we’re encouraged to check the highest quality of hoes or “Stereotype” where we relate to messin’ with gassed up dudes, I’m always feeling the music. The talent is definitely there and  I look forward to hearing more from this artist.

Smaktastik Line:

“Dealin’ wit the stereotypes is something that the stereo likes. When the stereo’s hyped, shut off yeah the stereo might. I aint never did wrong doin’ right.”

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#SmaktastikReview: New Music – Twane Picasco – Peace Is The Key

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Whats good hip hop fiends! I know it’s been a minute or two but I’m back! Queue the doves and the all-female choir! Hand out them Wal-Mart coupons ‘cuz Pedro’s got another review on the hottest blog on the net and I believe we could all get our Miley Cyrus on to this one.

..GTFOH…

Here we go though!

“Peace is the key, your mind is the door. We was ready for war, we were fightin for more” says Twane Picasso as he proceeds to paint a vivid picture of his environment growing up. You know a record’s good if you visualize a music video for it as you listen. I pictured his neighborhood and the work on the corner. Slow motion effects, transitions…all of that…..

…Spielberg son!

We’ve all heard the story of “that” Hip-Hop artist’s struggle on the streets in his/her hood. Hip – Hop Artist/Producer and Bennetsville, SC native Twane Picaso told his better than most. This record isn’t just about how his hood is but how his hood could be better. “Peace is the key, your mind is the door”. In this song, Twane Picaso describes the harsh truths of where and how he grew up coupled with how a community as a whole could, if they wanted to, change the character of their surroundings.

With fluid delivery and clever word play I didn’t tire of the song at all. The production is good also. It’s simple and catchy. Sure, Producer Chris Calor could have done more with the drum and sample loop but what for? Twane took that beat to work as is. Check this track out and remember who put you on.

Your welcome.

Smaktastik Line:

“I used to walk around on an empty stomach, and see niggas’ playin’ with tools and aint’ buildin’ nuttin'”

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#SmaktastikReviews: Art Morera – “Small World” [Music Video]

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I got places to go. People to see and a lot of ideas. If that isn’t what you say every morning when you wake up, then you’re probably not serious or passionate about your craft and profession. First things first (I cant respect you if whenever you hear that phrase you don’t finish it with “I poppa freaks all the honies” in your head ), welcome back to the hottest blog on the net! It’s your host for this post, Pedro with some more music for you fiends. I see you droolin’!

Art Morera’s been releasing alot of new content as of late. He dropped his latest music video for “Small World” from the “Morera EP” and I gatta’ say I was impressed. Not to say that his previous material was bad because I heard a lot of Morera’s music and I vibe to all. This one though? ?? This one?? This one’s up there for me with “98 green 328i” (Check that record out too..fire). Morera always brings you that perfect blend of mood music and that underground sound we love.

A lot of people have been telling me Morera sounds like Drake.

Eeeeeeeeh..

Maybe, if you’ve never really listened to Art Morera or Drake. Conceptually and musically Art Morera is unique with his own style and contributions. That fact definitely presents itself here in this Small World record. The song shows us just how small this world could be, especially to a person with lots of dreams and aspirations. There’s never enough time in a day for an artist who would want nothing more than to just materialize all of his/her thoughts and ideas right there and then. For someone who has places to go, people to see, things to do and a lot of ideas, of course the world will feel like the smallest place ever.

This video though???  Pretty tight. The video shows us a taste of Morera’s world.  The visuals and the video concept were on point. I like the whole “watching 3-4 music videos at once” theme. It adds to the replay value of the video itself. Kimber Vasquez did a great job here portraying Miami as relevant to Art Morera.  A lot of the times I see videos that could be great but the music video treatment doesn’t fit the tone of the record at all. I lie to you not I’ve seen a video where the song is about being in love with a girl with a BPM of like 50 or 60 (just to give you some perspective. That’s reeeeal slow) and the video had these insane,  super quick transitions where the guy was getting wasted at a house party.

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That wasn’t the case here. There are a lot of mellow tones used which fit the mood of the song. It’s relatable to everyone. We all have our own world. Mr. Nixon did his thang’ too on this beat. His mixture of jazz with these drum patterns made it easy for anyone to just lay back and vibe to this record. There’s so much to like here. Whether it be Art Morera’s delivery, Kimber Vasquez’s cinematography, Mr. Nixon’s production or most likely all three, you’re going to really appreciate what’s going on right here. So check this out but I gatta’ run son! I got places to go, people to see, things to do and a lot of ideasssss!

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Smaktastik Line:

” No not single, all of us, plural. Get off the wall like a buff mural and we puff marijuana without a care about the bureaus pullin’ my card..tarot.”

To see more from Art Morera check out the links below:
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