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[EP REVIEW] AJB4 – VCR (Venting Can Restore)

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[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.

DSC_8822I’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”.

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[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.

AJB4 - VCR EP Cover BACKThis 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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[ALBUM REVIEW] AJB4 – Organic Growth

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[CHATTANOOGA, TN] This will actually be AJB4 first official post on NikkiSiixx.com. He did make an appearance with his single I BE THAT, in a previous project review I did for Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. This time we have my review on his latest album Organic Growth. But before I get into the review, lets get to know him a bit better.

Growing up with the church and traveling all over the world due to his father love for God and his strength being a chaplain in the military. In 2008 his cousin and himself started to create rap songs that showed their devotion for the church. Which later turned into something greater, the love to becoming a musician and perfecting his craft. Lets look eight years down the line, here’s where AJB4 has released six projects and he’s received radio play from various online radio stations like K107FMJamz, GospelSynergy Radio and QSJRadio.

Throughout the ten track album, AJB4 presents us with solid work. The tracks I felt that really stood out to me were Loaded, Figure It Out, Its On Me, Spam Musubi, and You Don’t Know. Here’s what I thought are Organic Growth.

[02. LOADED] I really wish AJB4 started the album with this track. It really grabs my attention. AJB4 comes loaded and locked, with God by his side he feels there’s no room for error. He fights for what he believes in. Melodic harmonies in the hook, its hard not to recite it.

[03. FIGURE IT OUT] AJB4 opens up his heart, to the one that befriended him. Even though there was something more but it ended up in the trash. Growing up and becoming a man, AJB4 knows what he wants. And won’t let anyone hurt him when it comes to love. This tracks production makes me want to move back and forth. Even feels trance-like.

[05. ITS ON ME] I find this to be my favorite track off Organic Growth. Who hasn’t experience a relationship where the other half expect perfection from you. Causing stress and unnecessary pressure in not messing up. Or for some reason everything is your fault. AJB4 expresses his lyrics with a sense of wittiness. Even when breaking down the second verse and how she flipped so fast like he never existed and blocking him out of her life. At least AJB4 admits to his messes.

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[08. SPAM MUSUBI] AJB4 talks about a girl of interest, that feels could be the one for him. Meeting her online, developing a dating relationship, talking all the time, and having something he thinks is real from afar. Kinda like it’s too good to be true, but that didn’t work out. Decides to make a move on someone but later found out she was in a relationship. AJB4 is looking for someone who’s real and not fake! I really like AJB4 flow on this one.

[10. YOU DON’T KNOW] AJB4 has been through a lot of struggles. But regardless he looks up to God and here’s where he can strive for greatness. Even have a close death experience it hit him like a ton of bricks. Feeling free and going down the right path. Talking about his story, he hopes you can learn from his mistakes.

AJB4 says his main goals are to make good positive music, praise God, keep it real, and share experiences in his life.

This concludes my album review of AJB4 Organic Growth, I broke down my favorite stand out tracks. Which tracks you felt were you’re favorite? Would love to hear what you have to say, just comment below or tweet me at @NikkiSiixx #OrganicGrowth !! And make sure you support AJB4 by listening to Organic Growth on Spotify, Purchase the album, and follow him on all his social media accounts. Let em know where you heard about him, right here on NikkiSiixx.com!

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[Project Review] Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn

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samurai shin vs xia-dawn comic artWhat a way to bring together hip-hop and comics with what Co-creator/Executive Producer Mikel.M from Toronto Canada and Producer/Artist Xia-Dawn from Miami, FL did on their collaborative mixtape called SAMURAI SHIN VS XIA-DAWN. When you get your free download of Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn you get two new comic strips from “Samurai Shin” Episode 1 Web Comic Book. The mixtape also features from P.Soul, Kuro Silence, Mikel.M, Tripstyle, AJB4 & Voice Over Actor “LeQan Bennett”. Music inspired by comics and anime, my favorite elements to combine on a project.

Samurai Shin is inspired from two anime shows like Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai, with main characters Amir and Keith. Mikel.M will be writing out the comic and talented artist Ivan Earl Aguilar from the Philippines will be working on the art. With Xia-Dawn being a fan of anime and hip-hop he couldn’t miss out the opportunity to work on this project.

The seven track mixtape brings us some instrumentals and some dope tracks. With my review, I’ll be going over which ones are my favorites. They are: Brand New Day, Combat, Samurai Shin, All Flows Reach Out, and I Be That.

samurai shin vs xia dawn [BRAND NEW DAY] This track really captured my attention, reason why because if I was a lyricist or femcee I would of taken this beat and make a hit with it. Xia-Dawn executed the beat perfectly.

[COMBAT] I find this instrumental to be so motivating. It also reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino film. Seriously! You can’t tell me no. And a bit of Mortal Kombat inspiration with those “fight” and “finish him” being said throughout the track.

[SAMURAI SHIN] I really like how grimy/street style with this track, it even sounds like we’re in a cypher with Tripstyle. His flow is classic. Definitely represents the essence of 90’s hip-hop.

[ALL FLOWS REACH OUT (A.F.R.O)] To put into words how I feel about this track, it’s what I liked to call “groovy, baby”. I love the smooth vibes produced by Kuro Silence. This instrumental brings a lot of positive energy. I’ll definitely play this at a party for sure.

[I BE THAT (SAMURAI)] AJB4 takes Samurai Shin’s story to life with his track that hits topic from the comic. You gotta be careful who you’re messing with cause they can easily take your life especially if they’re a Samurai.

samurai shin vs xia dawn 3This concludes my project review on Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. The 7 track mixtape really provides a fun time while still embracing hip-hop and anime. While listening to the project look at the comic strips provided. You can feel this music really coming out from the sketches. Love the art of music and in the arts.

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Samurai Shin Comic Book + Soundtrack Coming Real Soon
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