We got a new episode of Nikki Hears It First! Where I film my reaction to hearing a new track or watching a music video from an indie artist. This time on my eighth episode, I’m watching Hip-Hop Artist KB The General with his music video “She Don’t Smoke”. Take a look at what I thought about it and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track/visual!
[Washington, DC, via Oakland, California] Grindstone and Bomani Armah brings us their latest visual to BLACK STUFF. This track comes at you like a speeding bullet, both Grindstone and Bomani Armah have really fast flows. Make sure you catch the lyrical narrative about black culture. You can even say this is their take on revolutionary rap. They hit hard topics like high real estate prices, online media exposing the worse, and death from police brutality. The production and flow really make this something fun to listen to, even though they touch on real hard topics. The visual presents a cutting-edge graphics that bring their song BLACK STUFF to life. Grindstone and Bomani Armah are letting you in to the multi-faceted world of Black people in America. [LINKS] WEBSITE || FACEBOOK || TWITTER ||
The first Sultry Sounds of the New Year is the All Stars Edition which will be held on January 13th in D.C. DMV artists like Kenny Sharp, Davonne D’Neil, Finao Love, and Marquita Cheron will be performing for their fans and will bring the music that you feel in your soul. This is that young soul music, the new generation of that soul music that is missing a lot in today’s music.
Kenny Sharp – Kenny Sharp has a unique style of in his song ‘Brown Liquor Music’ by storytelling and keeping it simple with just a guitar playing in the background so you can really focus on his lyrics rather than the beat of the song. He has a country feel to his music but its more up-tempo than your normal country song that you will hear on the radio. It adds his twists to it so even if you don’t like country music, you would still enjoy it. In his track ‘Fine As Wine’, he changed up the music and flow than what he had in his Brown Liquor. He uses more musical instruments (i.e. drums and keyboard) and it has a flow like the open mic and poetry slams you would attend. Listening to it, I got the feeling that I was listening to a Kendrick Lamar track. ‘Will I Love You’ has a 90s feel to it. The music he decided to use on this track is a feel good sound. If you love music that makes you want to get up and dance or just lay back and relax, this is that song. As an artist, Kenny Sharp is able to change up his sound and keep you interested at each change and have you thinking he can really do it all. Kenny is an artist that you need to look out for. To listen to his tracks, you can go to his page on Sound Cloud.
Davonne D’Neil – Davonne D’Neil is a gifted artist with a true God given talent. Her song ‘Deeper’ draws you in when you hear the first of the beat and her voice comes in. This track just works just because of the flow it has. The music, the beat, her lyrics, her voice, everything, just absolutely everything goes together and you are given this awesome sound where you will just want to forget all of your problems. ‘Sugha Pie’ shows the vocals of D’Neil. She really put her heart and soul into this track. You can tell by the lyrics that whoever her “sugah pie” is, he has really put a spell on her. ‘Careless Love’ starts with the 1940s maybe 1950s piece from a song and eventually, you hear D’Neil’s voice. She keeps the flow of the 40s or 50s to give you that mix of swing and jazz music that makes you snap your fingers and bob your head to the beat and close your eyes to hear the lyrics. To listen to her tracks, you can go to her page on Sound Cloud.
Finao Love – If you are into the somewhat newer R&B genre, you will love Finao Love. When I first heard Love’s song ‘Down’, I immediately started enjoying it. His lyrics aren’t too provocative to where you wouldn’t enjoy it. It has bearable and sensational lyrics with a nice rhythm of music that soothes you. ‘My Girl Be Trippin’ has the fast paced musical beat that brings the track to life. Love speaks about his girl being jealous whenever he would leave their home together. She would think that he was out with other girls or just doing things he shouldn’t be doing. He tells her she needs to learn how to love and trust. He is willing to work on their relationship and grow with her. Finao Love has a track that is called ‘She Likes It’. This particular song has this dance type vibe to it when it first comes on and it suddenly drops to a nice and study beat. The beat picks back up and you will hear DMV Ferris’s come in with his rap.
Marquita Cheron – Marquita Cheron has a track called ‘Circus’. This song is her saying that her she is not a fool or some side show that is for a guy’s entertainment. She continues to say that she is so much more than just a “circus show” and deserve so much better than what this particular person is making her feel. This song is an anthem for the women who are being mistreated by their supposed to be loves of their lives in my personal opinion. She is telling them that you have to know your own self-worth and you have to have the courage to leave and remove someone or people who doesn’t respect what you are worth. ‘Falling Deeper’ is her being in love song with someone very special in her life. She catches herself falling deeper and deeper in love with the way they smell, their voice, and everything else about them. It is a song that will make you feel like a teenager seeing your crush and you get the butterflies in your stomach. ‘Rain Quiet Storms’ is basically ‘Rain’ by SWV. If you love SWV then you would definitely love Cheron’s track. You have the rainfall sound effects with the soft music and the Cheron’s voice coming in singing the lyrics of SWV but you will eventually hear the creative lyrics of hers that flows with the song.
January 13th at
The TreeHouse Lounge 1006 Florida Ave Ne, Dc
for Sultry Sounds All-Star Edition!
The TreeHouse Lounge 1006 Florida Ave Ne, Dc
for Sultry Sounds All-Star Edition!
Doors open at 8 pm. All media is welcome, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re an artist and would like to get on the list, send two music samples to email@example.com with Artists Submissions in the subject line.
Happy New Year!
[DMV – DC AREA] Ode Tha Hustla goes on his take of POPPIN by Rico Richie and created his own freestyle to it. Ode Tha Hustla embodies the trap lifestyle by presenting the people hating on him cause they don’t got their money situations taken care of and the means of how he earns his money. Throughout the visual you see Ode Tha Hustla counting money, smoking blunts, performing on stage at what looks like Block Party, and seating in the passenger side of a convertible. POPPIN FREESTYLE was shot and edited by the visual Powerhouse @Muhammad_flylee. It was impossible for Ode Tha Hustla to pass on this beat because of how dope it sounded. With Rico Richie’s track he goes in how you need haters to know you’re doing something right. I feel Ode’s is more catchy than Rico’s. Currently, Ode Tha Hustla is working on his mixtape Sellin Dreams which is set to release the first quarter next year (2016). But in the meantime, he set to release his original single title MO MONEY. [LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD ||
What: Fat Trel Meet x Greet
When: April 11th, 2015
Where: The Showroom By 8&9 Clothing
Address: 7814 NE 4th Ct. Miami, FL 33138
Saturday April 11th, Miami based streetwear brand, 8&9 MFG. Co., will host DC artist Fat Trel at The 8&9 Showroom. The event will be held in the company’s Miami showroom from 4pm-7pm located at 7814 NE 4th Ct. Miami,FL 33138. DJs and press please email MMG@LexPromotions.com for drops and interview. 8&9 Mfg. Co. will have their Spring/Summer collection available for purchase.
Havana Seoul is a 21-year-old artist that hails from the West Coast, but considers the DMV her home having spent most of her life in the DC Metropolitan area. Havana Seoul’s name is derived from, and in homage to her heritage. Her mother, of Korean and Black descent, was born in the capital city of South Korea, Seoul. Her father’s family escaped Fidel Castro when he came to power, and from there she pulls inspiration from Cuba’s capital Havana. Lastly, Seoul when you remove the “e” shows respect to her Black roots. With this new project, Vigilante, Havana puts on her metaphorical cape in hopes to be a savior to her friends, family, but perhaps most importantly, to herself. Havana tells us Vigilante was supposed to be a series of remixes, and that she has been coping with finding out her grandmother has stage 4 cancer. Also noting that the EP is “not well polished,” Havana is more focused on sharing music that reflects how she feels at the moment.
The opening track, “The Explanation” appropriately begins with an audio clip of Phoenix Jones, leader of the now disbanded costumed-activist group in Seattle, Washington – known as The Rain City Superhero Movement. This new 4-song EP almost feels like a continuation of her most recent mixtape, This Is Not A Cigar Club, because Havana is starting to develop her own sound as an artist. In her own eclectic way, Havana consciously addresses issues in the world, talks her shit using various flows (and at times languages), all while reminding us she is a college student. Give Vigilante a download and enjoy the sounds of Havana Seoul.
Furyus ft. Ms. Lu – Electrify by Furyus
Furyus has been signed to NVE Records since March 2010 and has released his debut single Electrify featuring Ms Lu, off of his album My Thoughts. Furyus is an artist from Washington D.C. Filled with talent as a rapper, songwriter, and producer. This song I can really see it playing in the club. Electrify has been featured overseas on UK Magazine, US Hip Hop Magazine, WWS, and Bigfanbase.com. To view more on Furyus please follow him on twitter at CLICK HERE