[MIAMI, FLORIDA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop artist Jvck Frost with his latest single called HATE. Jvck Frost wanted to create this track, to show how he has become immune to the people who aren’t truly in his corner. Jvck Frost has used his hate and turned it into motivation. On this track it really feels Jvck Frost is opening up on this slow trap like production. I really like the overall ambience of HATE. What do you guys think about the track? Stay tuned for more content from Jvck Frost by following him on his social media:
Here’s an exclusive interview with Samurai Shin illustration artist “Fahmi Fauzi” so here it goes:
Nikki Siixx: Where are you From, Fahmi
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m from Indonesia
Nikki Siixx: What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Fahmi Fauzi: hmm… Usually i went through internet see what’s new etc, looking at other artist’s work watching movie, reading comic, manga, everything. sometimes i just go take nap or even go out and do something else.
Nikki Siixx: What tools do you use to create Art and what makes them the “right tools” for you?
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m mostly do my work digitally. My tools are wacom cintiq 13 HD, and a laptop. They are my main equipment cause i rarely do finished work in traditional way.
Nikki Siixx: Who Was Your first Character that you Illustrated?
Fahmi Fauzi: Son Goten from Dragonball! , and it was like 21 Years ago.
Nikki Siixx: Do You Have A Favorite Comic Book Illustrator and Why?
Fahmi Fauzi: Yes and He is Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2 and Batgirl) his artwork is really “alive”, lineart, gesture, expression everything looks amazing! I wanna be as good as him someday! Oh plus Edwin Huang (Street Fighter, SkullKickers) his lineart is totally awesome.
Nikki Siixx: Who is your favorite comic book favorite comic book hero & villain and explain to us why?
Fahmi Fauzi: To be honest i’m not really a hardcore fans of any superhero, but Marvel’s Agent Venom do stuck in my head. His costume is awesome, i draw him a lot. Villain? I’ll choose from manga which is Madara Uciha from Naruto, catchy name, Bad ass ability and freaky evil mind.
Nikki Siixx: So Fahmi, are you Currently Watching any Marvel Or DC Shows you currently
Fahmi Fauzi: Mm… Not really but i do follow most of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie + Agent of Shield
Nikki Siixx: Whats your favorite japanese anime and favorite character and also explain why this?
Fahmi Fauzi: Umm.. Naruto still on top of my list, i do enjoy the story, interesting character development, and unpredictable twist. As for character i like Sarutobi (3rd Hokage) a very wiseman but very powerful, his death successfully makes me cry.
Nikki Siixx: What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?
Fahmi Fauzi: Colors! I struggle a lot but it’s so rewarding when i put right colors in my work.
Nikki Siixx: Off topic question! What favorite kind of music and musical and explain why this person is your favorite?
Fahmi Fauzi: hm… Pop punk will be on top of my list, cause the beat is so fit to my taste that can help me to keep motivated when i draw, my top playlist would be Paramore and New Found Glory
Nikki Siixx: What it Like Working With Mikel Miles & Ivan E Aguilar On Samurai Shin ?
Fahmi Fauzi: Awesome Experience! Working with them is fun! Mikel is very easy going person, flexible, and fun to work with. Ivan is also one of promising artist, his work is good.
Nikki Siixx: We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
Fahmi Fauzi: Good Attitude, whether with client or even with your self. Having super awesome skill is nothing compared with good attitude. Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you’re offering to this industry, and of course ready to take every up and down of whatever comes to you during your journey in this path of career.
Nikki Siixx: Before We End This Interview Would You Like Share Some of Your Social Links?
Nikki Siixx: Thank you for a great interview and Congratulations on being apart of the “Samurai Shin Team”
[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have After Party a multi-creative person with the skills in creating beats and reciting his stories. His latest release is his single FLIGHT TO TENNESSEE. One thing I really like about After Pxrty is his flow and overall tone on the this track. After Pxrty has made his presence visible on iTunes Charts in sixteen different countries. FLIGHT TO TENNESSEE is from his new project entitled East Grand Rapids Yacht Club LP. Be on the look out from more dope content from After Pxrty.
Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com we have South Florida artist, 6 Cardinal. This time he brings us his latest album entitled FLOURISH. 6 Cardinal is not your ordinary artist, he also makes original beats and writes his own lyrics. During the creation of FLOURISH 6 Cardinal flew from South Florida to Brooklyn for a few days with hopes to capture New York City’s ambience and his creative chemistry with Ace in one collection of songs created from scratch. And after the first listen of FLOURISH you can definitely feel 6’s inspiration.
FLOURISH represents 6 Cardinal’s journey back to his musical roots. On the production side, FLOURISH forgoes the electronic-influenced production heard in his recent output in favor of the soulful and sample-heavy brand of production marking his earlier projects, which is provided by 6’s longtime friend, collaborator, and Brooklyn-based boom-bap maestro Ace Fayce.
For my review, I’ll be breaking down my favorite tracks. FLOURISH has a total of eight tracks. The ones that really stood out to me are The Name pt. IV, Ring The Alarm, Nine2Five, Royals, LuvJawn, and Outro. So let’s get this review underway.
[THE NAME PT. IV] Starting it out with straight BARS! 6 Cardinal keeps he’s lyrical content fresh! 6 stays on beat and really emphasizes old school hip-hop with his choice in production. Even though the track is only 2:32, it leaves the listener wanting more.
[RING THE ALARM] Word is bond! 6 Cardinal paints a vivid picture with his lyrics, line after line. You gotta nod your head to this one. One line that caught my attention was “Sicker than the flu, Ah-chu! You infected now“.
[NINE2FIVE] This is one of my favorite tracks off the album. How can you not relate? Working that 9 to 5 that drains you from what you really want to do. Its like you’re falling down a bottomless pit that same thing over and over, which sounds extremely exhausting. The production on this track is overall so beautiful. Very delicate, but still has the elements of a hip-hop track.
[ROYALS] I find 6 Cardinal fits perfectly with old-school hip-hop production. He sounds on point and his flow is too. The subject of this track is drug use. And what a perfect display of it with his first music video from FLOURISH. The visual artwork and art direction was created by Sean Walton. Love the visual really puts you on a psychedelic trip. But I do have to say I feel this track was a bit short, so gives us more 6 Cardinal!
[LUVJAWN] 6 Cardinal opens up and talks about LOVE. He talks about all the little moments that he truly cherishes. He even touches base on some intimate moments as well. His hook was inspired by Lil Kim and Notorious B.I.G – Crush On You. But made it his own.
[OUTRO] The overall feeling on this track is so positive. From the production and 6 Cardinal realness, this track kinda gives me those summer time vibes. I really like the auto-tuned chipmunk voice for the hook. “Keep the mind so open“. Great way to end the project.
“Flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.” – Joseph Addison
This concludes my review on 6 Cardinal’s FLOURISH Album. Overall the project was a great listen. 6 Cardinal really embodies the roots of hip-hop with his stellar performance on FLOURISH. If you’re diggin’ the project as much as I am. Make sure to let 6 Cardinal know! Show your support by following him on all his social media links below:
In less than two minutes Mikel Miles Writer/Executive producer explains how it all started with Samurai Shin comic book project with artist Ivan. Be on the lookout September 23rd will be Samurai Shin’s official first issue release.
[BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA] Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artist VC Da Menace with his latest single KING, featuring Remy Knight. VC Da Menace touches on topics about keeping a king’s mentality when handing issues, police brutality, and doing what you want with your life. Here’s a fact about VC Da Menace besides being an aspiring Artist, he can also produce a mean beat! VC is a SAE Miami Graduate. KING was actually produced by VC Da Menace himself! I really like the quality of the overall sound the track presents itself. And a pretty cool twist at the end giving it a bit of EDM. If you’re digging VC Da Menace you gotta stay in the loop and follow him on all his social media accounts.
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[BOYNTON BEACH, FL] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have aspiring artist/producer V.C Da Menace. He brings us his latest single SLAVE SHIFT. V.C has an impeccable flow and it’s something refreshing. During the though times Africans endured in slavery and with recent police brutality throughout the years.
V.C Da Menace embraces he’s roots and stories of known victims of the terrible movement. V.C showcases he’s ability to stand on his own with inspiration from the passed. V.C this time spend more hands in with the process of creating SLAVE SHIFT, by producing and mixing the track himself. V.C Da Menace displays clever thought provoking lyrics over a bangin’ soulful beat. Be on the lookout for more content from V.C Da Menace.
[MIAMI, FLORIDA] After making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com with his music video DON’T TURN AROUND, GiZMO TAiLz brings us his first solo project MuGiWara EP.
If you’re not to familiar with what a Mugiwara is, it’s actually means Straw hat. GiZMO TAiLz is an artist, director, editor, producer, and engineer. He’s even 1/2 Member of The Creative Duo RASKLz [PIZZV.LORDz]. This is not just your regular thirteen track EP. It would be safe to say it’s more like a dark experiment with house/techno with a dash of some hip-hop. You can say it’s an unfound sound in today’s music. For my review I’m going to break down my favorite tracks off the MugiWara EP, which are MuGiWara Awaken, UV RAY, Take Control, Don’t Turn Around, 6GOLDZ, Su-Zen-B [Heal], and Voyage [Filler].
UV RAY // MuGiWara Awaken have a visual along side the tracks. The tracks are really an introduction to thus the style and vibe GiZMO TAiLz demonstrates. In the Music Film, GiZMO has a very unknown and strange power, and a love for pizza. The video is extremely trippy, but cool in a sense. Inspired by anime Video Games And Real Life Situations. The Young PIZZVLORD Looks For a quick “Slice” and what new Powers he’s Awaken Between The 2D And Real World. As Gizmo Falls Into A Tranced State, his visions are becoming powered. Now on a mission to create a New Wave. Did he really find a ForBidden Pizzv Crest? Directed and Edited by GiZMO himself, and Fimed Co. Directed By eqobKING.
TAKE CONTROL – The vibes on this one remind me of Kid Cudi’s Man on The Moon: The End of Day. “Let The Music Take Control” is repeated throughout the track with some melodies. In a sense it’s kinda like putting you in a trance.
This ain’t your ordinary music video, this visual definitely grabs the title for unique and dope graphics. GiZMO TAiLz is an inspiring artist that creates music in many different forms of hip-hop and can tap into alternative house genres. His visual DON’T TURN AROUND begins at the start of a retro fighting video game that eventually turns into a real life ninja, who is set to get The Pizzv Crest. GiZMO TAiLz transforms into Ninja Formation and Fights Dragoro. The visual also takes place at this years Florida Supercon 2k15. DON’T TURN AROUND is a music video like no other and definitely sounds like something new. Gamers can enjoy this visual too.
6GOLDZ – Considering GiZMO TAiLz self-produced the entire project, you can find some really catchy melodies. I found it on this track 6GOLDZ. Very simple, but when he starts rapping about his 6 gold teeth, it goes really well on beat.
Su-Zen-B [Heal] Even though this track is only instrumentals you can really dig this clubby vibe, GiZMO is trying to bring to the table. Another good instrumental is Voyage [Filler]. If I was an artist, I would be interested in seeing about working on getting production from GiZMO TAiLz.
This concludes my EP Review of MugiWara by GiZMO TAiLz. If you’re diggin’ the project you should definitely support the artist via Bandcamp. Be on the lookout for more content from GiZMO TAiLz by following him on his social media:
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[ATLANTA, GEORGIA] For an artist it might be difficult to obtain your own beats to bring your words to life. So you gotta take matters into your own hands. For Sage BLOke, better known as SgBlk has embrace the production side to music and has created a beat tape entitled huez. The six track beat tape is definitely a piece of art. The vibes of the project presents itself, like the sounds are painting a vivid picture with various colors.
According to SgBLk “This project takes on the concept that music infects emotions, but in fact it can provide a gateway to images that normally can’t be seen in everyday life. Colors and music go hand and hand; they both express moods and give a sense of individuality“. He also added a sampled voice that makes his way through the tape and it really fits in, he says some pretty enlightening stuff. As vivid hue sounds it can keep your attention through it’s 11 minute 45 second journey of SgBLk perception of huez through sound.
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There is a behavior that some of us independent artists exhibit – I call it the “I Don’t Wanna” syndrome. I’ve been this guy before. You know this moralistic viewpoint; it’s the artist that proudly proclaims that he could make “a million” trap beats or that she could write “a thousand” pop songs, but — to put it simply — they “don’t wanna”.
So please, tell me again why you make music? Is music something you do strictly for stress relief – is it a cathartic means to blow off steam? Do you spend hours crafting and perfecting the music you make just so that you can later listen to the sound recordings of yourself or of your productions?
Or do you make the music with aspirations of intriguing the listener; of leaving the listener inspired, awe struck and engaged; with dancing visions in your mind’s eye of a crowd-filled room, participants engorged with the most intensive of energies – the lips of each attendee raucously spilling forth every one of your painstakingly-crafted lyrics right down to the last drop?
The reason I ask is because, as artists, we can sometimes find ourselves pigeonholed into creating the music that we specifically value, or into producing the type of stuff that we want to hear – and there is nothing inherently wrong with that – but I must ask: if you’re focus is creating the music that you want to hear, then why do you have aspirations of releasing it for others’ consumption?
I mean, music is a gift – and I understand that your music can undoubtedly be one of your most personal and unrequited gifts to the world – but the question still begs to be answered: when you give someone that thoughtful gift – deep down from the bottom of your heart – do you give them the type of gift that YOU like; even if it isn’t the type of gift that THEY would?
Bob Marley once said, “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.” That is some serious food for your thought and nourishment for your soul. See you next post!
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[MIAMI, FL] Kame House EP was created by producer/engineer/songwriter/artist itzedBoi. Maintaining years in working with Miami Artists, he’s been able to expand across the country with London Artists as well. itzedBoi completed the EP by producing, writing, and mixing the tracks all by himself. Kame House is a fun and filled with high energy that is something you have to bump to. Topics discussed on the project are from nerd humor, hip-hop and pop culture, video games, and even some anime. As you can tell by the cover art, itzedBoi remains true to his gamer side, by adding himself as an 8bit character design. Based off of all these topics, I feel there’s a track for everybody. My favorite songs off the Eight track EP are: INTRO, RIDE ALONG, DRAGON KING, LORD LISTEN, and HI. What’s your favorite tracks off the Kame House EP. Stay in the loop for upcoming releases via his social media accounts. [LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM ||
[SANTA MONICA, CA] EVERY SEASON is a re-introduction to the artist/engineer/producer Jaae Kash who has now converted into Christian Rap and Hip-Hop. EVERY SEASON is the first single off his unreleased album God’s Will. Jay Kash knows his calling is to encourage the masses that God always has a plan for us even if we don’t see it at times. Pretty dope that Jaae Kash was able to deliver a really dope song without having to use any profanity. This will allow kids to listen in too. Here’s what Jaae Kash had to say what EVERY SEASON represents:
The production alone really stands out and surprising powerful lyrics praising God. With the positive motivation that God has given Jaae Kash he just wants to pursue his career by spreading the light through his music. Currently EVERY SEASON is available for free download via his Soundcloud Account. However, you can still extend your support, by purchasing it via iTunes or Google Play: SUPPORT HERE.
Doe Wright is a talented artist/producer coming out of Detroit with a new infectious single, and you can’t go wrong listening to “Get Right” right now. This track will have you grooving as soon as the beat (produced by Wright along with Andrew Morrison and Max Flex) enters your ears. Wright blesses the track with an effortless flow and nice tone to set the mood just “Wright” for the lady he’s telling to “not be shy”. Throughout the song Wright tells the lady he’s trying to enamor that she only needs him to “get right” and not the typical party favors of drugs and alcohol. The end of the song slows down and lets him get a little more personal, similar to Drake’s “0 to 100/The Catch Up”. Signed to FlightHouse records, Wright seems to have the team that will give his upcoming album titled Earth Tones the proper roll out and exposure it deserves. Stay tuned for more from this talented artist as he enters our speakers one party at a time.
[ATLANTA, GEORGIA] Indie Rapper John The Profit releases his latest single An Eastside Story. Currently working on his future release this fall entitled THE GOD BODY SCIENCE. An Eastside Story is the perspective of John The Profit while growing up by East Lake. During your course of life you meet all walks of life. And sometimes these people are dealing with similar things you’re going through. This track was also produced by John The Profit himself. (Love the bass)
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT? My Journey; I produce all of my music and learned most of what i know about music production from Interning for Outkast and studying behind Ray Murray from Organized Noize during recording sessions. – JOHN THE PROFIT
[MIAMI, FLORIDA] This ain’t your ordinary music video, this visual definitely grabs the title for unique and dope graphics. GiZMO TAiLz is an inspiring artist that creates music in many different forms of hip-hop and can tap into alternative house genres. GiZMO TAiLz is also the creative video director, editor, and producer for The Group RASKLz [PIZZV.LORDz]. His latest visual DON’T TURN AROUND begins at the start of a retro fighting video game that eventually turns into a real life ninja who is set to get The Pizzv Crest. GiZMO TAiLz transforms into Ninja Formation and Fights Dragoro. The visual also takes place at this years Florida Supercon 2k15. DON’T TURN AROUND is a music video like no other and definitely sounds like something new. Gamers can enjoy this visual.