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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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[DOWNLOAD] JimmySoDope – The Art of BREAKING Hearts EP

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Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have New Jersey rapper JimmySoDope with his latest prequel project The Art of BREAKING Hearts EP. The five track EP has some hard-hitting beats with catchy and realistic lyrics. The first track on the EP MY 1ST CLUB SONG is actually the first single from the project featuring DJ Sienna Chanel and produced by Tone Jones. JimmySoDope expresses himself with how he breaks hearts, but can his heart break? Will we find up with his upcoming seventh body of work The Art of Break Hearts, which is set to release this winter on December 17th. Be on the lookout for more content from JimmySoDope by checking out his website jimmysodope.com

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[DOWNLOAD] Tommy Swisher – My Box of Unsent Love Letters EP

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Making his return back on NikkiSiixx.com, Tommy Swisher brings us his latest project My Box of Unsent Love Letters EP. With the EP release he also dropped the visuals to his separate single THE DEMAND! Tommy Swisher is a force to be recon with, from dropping projects, visuals, and dope music. Tommy Swisher is an artist to look out for from Atlanta, Georgia. My Box of Unsent Love Letters EP is a ten track voyage through passed emotions Tommy Swisher had experienced from previous lovers. The EP features guest appearances from Rome Fortune, Rikki Blu and ThouxbanFauni, as well as production credits from the likes of FKi, Deko, OG Parker, Cultie, E.Wonder and RXLVND. The project is hosted by DJ Genesis and IAmGambinoATL. Here’s a look to his music video THE DEMAND:

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EP Review: GiZMO TAiLz – Mugiwara

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gizmo tailz[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.

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An Amazingly Self Built Dark & Trancy 13 Track EP Made For Gouls Of the night. Join The Journey Of Pain and Happiness As the Sleeping Dragon Awakens and Creates a New Path With his Unlocked Rare Power“. – 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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Download: Art Morera – Afterglow EP

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IMG_0612[MIAMI, FLORIDA] After the success of his debut album Around Midnight, Art Morera has something ready for the listeners for the new year. And it’s the Afterglow EP, the nine track project solely produced by long time collaborator Nixon. Go on the journey with Art Morera, while he sets to motivate and inspire you to and make your own adventure. Check out the dope coverart of Art’s dog Morty who has his head out the window. This represents the joy you find whether you’re going through obstacles that happen to come your way. The Afterglow EP features Royce Rizzy from Privateclub and Miami Artist Ramon Revere. I’ll be reviewing Afterglow with a more in-depth in an upcoming EP Review, stay tuned and don’t forget to download!

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Download: Meyday Hansen – The Tilted Frame EP

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[MIAMI, FLORIDA] After a year of hiatus, Meyday Hansen makes his return to NikkiSiixx.com with his The Tilted Frame EP. Mayday Hansen decided to get his life together and make something from his experiences he endured. The overall sound is loud, very distorted, aggressive, and grungy. I can definitely hear this being played at a Halloween Party, for sure. The Tilted Frame EP is not your regular hip-hop project. Different sounds and vibes opens up your mind, and you might even find some gems. Thought Tune Out was a dope track and Commercials Breaks Can Be Fun Too from how dramatic Meyday Hansen’s story-telling is. Also, check out the cover art for the project, it’s Meyday Hansen riding a muthafukin’ rabbit that kinda reminds me of a Pikachu!

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Project Review: Stephen Bradley – Runaways

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Stephen Bradley Cover[Los Angeles, California] Stephen Bradley isn’t exactly what you’d call a noobie musician. If the name “No Doubt” rings a bell, then you’ve probably heard some form of this mans work since he’s been a member of the band for a while. This new EP isn’t about the past though, so don’t let it weigh to heavily on your mind as you’re listening. Bradley has come to us with the offer of a 4 song EP, meant to show us what he can do on his own. The project is without a doubt a feel-good collection of songs. The subject matter is down to earth and easy to relate to. It doesn’t cover a wide range of topics but that’s only because of its brevity. A full length album from him seems like it would be very interesting.

Take You Home” is a standout track on the project. The production is electric and mesh perfectly with Stephen Bradley’s voice and lyrics. It’s your typical “holla at a fly shorty” affair, but it’s sung so enigmatically that I couldn’t stop myself from moving along to the beat.

The only drawback about this EP is that it makes you wish it was longer. Although, that can be taken as a compliment towards the strength of the few songs that are offered. It’s great to see Stephen Bradley doing something outside of No Doubt and making a pretty good go of it. It’s worth a listen for anyone that appreciates a smooth groove and tight production. It’s short, but sweet.

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Music Video: Trent Crews – Greedy Love

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trent crewsThere is an R&B singer who calls Columbus, Ohio home with a hot new video for his summer record “Greedy Love”. Trent Crews is the name, and he isn’t bashful about “wanting it all” from his lover. Walking the streets of New York, Trent sees what he wants and takes it while he serenades his lady listeners. Times Square, Chinatown, and other dope locations provide the back drop and the choreography with his background dancers are on point. The video adds to his steady collection of quality visuals his latest leads the way for his EP which is expected to make its way to retailers in September! Trent Crews seems to be on his way to the top, and I wouldn’t bet against someone who “wants it all”.

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Download: Cash Sinatra – Nineteen 90 Somethin EP

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65682f_163cc31002df4efeabfb76ea2db22f9f.jpg_srb_p_873_582_75_22_0.50_1.20_0[QUEENS, NEW YORK] Cash Sinatra is bringing us that fire with his latest EP titled Nineteen 90 Somethin. For Us 90′ Kids we’re going to really vibe out to this one. Classic Tracks over very familiar R&B instrumentals from the 90’s and re-touched by 2015 flavor. Ranging from Blackstreet, Aaliyah, R.Kelly, and Ghost town DJs. Nineteen 90 Somethin was inspired by his track One In A Million inspired by Aaliyah’s smooth rhythm. Off of his eight track EP my favorite tracks off of the Nineteen 90 Somethin are Doo-Wop, Color Me Lit, IDLY II, One In A Million, Think Of You, and No Diggity. Cash Sinatra has improved tremendously from the last time we featured him in 2011. He sounds more confident on this type of production. Cash has been busy lately, from performing on DJ Envy’s “Follow The Flow” and being apart of The Source Unsigned Hype & Cypher. Also, be on the look out for new visuals off of the Nineteen 90 Somethin EP and don’t forget to follow Cash Sinatra on all his social media accounts.
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Download: JAMESCOLD – Ocala EP

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JAMESCOLD is an upcoming R&B/Hip-Hop artist that was born and raised in New York City but currently resides in the beautiful sunny state of Florida. 11726_1555134561410156_7644974840335006598_n Inspired by the change and adaptation to a new culture JAMESCOLD presented his first EP titled Ocala. The style and grace of Ocala, embraces that dark and mellow sounds. I sense Drake/Weekend vibes throughout the project, it’s definitely worth a listen! JAMESCOLD goal is to put Ocala on the map in recognition for it’s musical talent that’s constantly over looked for being a small city. Executive Produced By James Cole and featured producers included Patchrickk, Kelly Portis, Yung Frank, and Wonya Love. My favorite tracks from the Ocala EP are The Motion, Overdose, OrdinaryAllAmerican, Running, and The Come Up. Be on the lookout on more content from JAMESCOLD!

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Interview/Review: The Verbal Surgeon – Day by Day EP

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vs1The Verbal Surgeon is one of those artists who thrives on their own honesty. His road to prominence has been paved by organic intent, genuine talent, and a collision of potential and dedicated work that has produced sonic gold. ‘Day by Day’, his latest EP, is a manifestation of the artistic authenticity that permeates his body of work. The eight-track offering boasts a robust mix of collaborations and styles, all of which stay true to the honest hip hop sentiments that define his rap music. It’s easy for one to get lost in the intricacies of The Verbal Surgeon’s lyrical prowess, but something that is oft overlooked on ‘Day by Day’ is the international cast of producers involved on a number of tracks.

verbalThe Verbal Surgeon has built a strong base of followers locally and internationally through a combination of energetic live performances and savvy internet networking. The locals love him for his honest lifestyle and consistent efforts to put back into the creative community that surrounds him. International fans flock to him for his broad appeal and the wide net of collaborations that have become more common as he progresses.

Something that has defined the quality music coming from the current internet renaissance is honesty. It has become easy to create the trap anthem, the stacks-on-deck visage that permeates mainstream YouTube sensations. It requires something more stringently honest to spark a flame that grows from it’s own perpetual weight. The Verbal Surgeon embodies this genuine sentiment in lifestyle and art. When picking apart the lyrical layers of ‘Day by Day’, it’s easy to overlook the nuggets of homage and mirror-image self-realizations that are present throughout the EP. One must take care to heed to knowledge that The Verbal Surgeon spits. Rare is the line that reeks of bullshit. Quality permeates the entire offering.

From an international cast of production all-stars, to the strikingly genuine and humble lyrics, to the peas-in-a-pod features that seem to fit like a glove, ‘Day by Day’ possesses a indelible charm that passes from the ears to the soul and resonates there like all good art is supposed to. The Verbal Surgeon has come a long way from humble beginnings and built his foundation from the ground up, the proper way. Let ‘Day by Day’ stand as an indication of the type of quality one can expect from the artist, and as a forecast for the bright horizons that lie ahead.
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Interview:

– What influences your art outside of music?
Life; it’s beautiful and ugly. Open minded individuals, good vibes, food, women, good decisions, bad decisions, proper herb, beer, and satan. Traveling is a major influence on my life as well. ‘Amtrak’ off of the new EP was written while I was riding the Amtrak to Rochester, NY. I lived in Rochester for two years and made some good music out there. I released a little EP with Danny Dubz which features ‘Thankful’ a personal favorite of mine to this day. Any individuals who make a living off of their own craft.

– You’ve been pursuing a more organic, localized lifestyle. How has this influenced your music,if at all? Some pro’s? Cons?
My music is a direct reflection of me, how I think, what I feel, what I see, etc. As I grow, I’m growing more toward a naturalist lifestyle. I don’t come from a background like that at all, it’s just something that’s been casually happening as I mature. It’s honestly a great influence, I live in the New England area which is filled with amazing agriculture. I’ve definitely branched out and met some amazing individuals who’ve encourages and inspired me on that path. The only con is having to explain my dietary choices to people all the time ha. To break it down, I don’t eat beef, chicken, pork, turkey, etc. If it’s meat it’s either fresh fish or game (deer, elk, rabbit, duck, etc) I seldom eat meat at all, but I was raised eating meat. I stopped when I started really working in busy kitchens cooking it nonstop. Which was when I was around 18, I guess I was turned off from it all and have never gone back. I’m a fan of cheese, but you won’t catch me dead drinking a cup of milk. ALMOND MILK EVERYTHING!!
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-Tell me about the music scene in your area, all genres, not specifically hip-hop.
Well before I was ever doing hip-hop I was into Hardcore, I drummed for two bands and did vocals for another band which was a little heavier and more melodic. The Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke, MA used to be the place to be every weekend and that’s where I was a kid. I used to put together a few shows around the area as well. The scene really thrived when I was younger, everyone was into it and really supported it. It’s still good, but I guess things change as we grow. In terms of Hip-Hop it’s super hit or miss out here. You could have an amazing headliner and still have a terrible outcome. You could have no headliner and have a packed house. For the most part things are fun out here, but I’ve definitely reached my limit of performing for poorly put together shows. MASSRHYMES has been great in taking care of me and my people on that end as of lately. The indie scene out here is pretty good, lots of variety rolls through the pioneer valley, which is always great to check out and support.

– What is the intersection of art and life like for you personally?
Art is life. I find myself surrounded by creative individuals more often than not and I hope its stats like that. That’s what helps an artist better their self. Making your life art, finding and appreciating what is around you.

– Musically, what values do you hold dear? 
The highest above all; genuine content. I’ll always be myself in my music. I’ll never portray myself as something I’m not. Music is an outlet for expression, but it’s also a way for friends and fans to understand me better if they actually take the time to listen. That’s what’s so beautiful about good genuine music. There are so many types of different artists especially in terms of music. I have an appreciation for mainstream artists just as I do underground and independent artists. I find importance to have that balance.

– What passions do you have outside of music? 
I’m into quite a bit, I grew up skateboarding and it’s something I’ll always do whether I’m hitting the skatepark with some homies or just pushing to get somewhere. I’m also into biking a lot too, I used to do 15 mile rides to work when I was working out of town, work and then ride back home after a shift. Graphic Design and Video Editing are things I’ve always been into as well. I do all of my own engineering and recording, video editing, photos, designs, etc. It’s been like that since I first started out. I never had anyone to really help me out when I first started so I figured out how to do things little by little. Now I’m at the point where I handle everything. It’s a double edged sword, but there’s more pro’s than cons.

– How many hours do you think went into the creation of Day by Day? 
It’s hard to say. Flow Devilish, Insomnia and The Statements were already released tracks. The other five were pieced together one by one. The first two tracks ‘Just Breathe’ and ‘Day By Day’ were bother produced by MadBeats out of Russia. Originally the entire EP was supposed to feature production from MadBeats but we lost touch throughout the process. The most time is always put into recording. I do everything myself and I’m always looking for a clean sound that I feel suits me.

– Can you tell me about some of the collaborations that went into the EP? 
I have two features on the EP. The first being ‘Insomnia’ which features The Bright Won on the opening verse and Goomar out of Paris on production. The Bright Won approached me about doing a track and we sat down and made it happen. I love his approach on the first verse and our styles compliment each others pretty well. ‘Hip Hop Music’ features L.E. Purpose on the second verse and my friend Tessa Roy singing on the hook with the production from Loop Holes out of Norway. That was the last track that was recorded for the EP and the outcome was great. ‘Amtrak’ is also a Loop Holes production. The Statements was produced by Dil Withers.

– How did the international production cast come about?
I started working with Loop Holes on ‘The Science of Tactics’ my previous mixtape. They reached out to me through Soundcloud and we’ve kept a pretty stable relationship since. After working with them I was blessed to build bridges with Goomar out of Paris, Soulkit out of Durban City, South Africa and a few more producers from around the world. That’s the beautiful thing about networking, it really allows you to build bridges if you make the right connections. It’s also great having that international element. Being able to extend my network around different parts of the world is a reward within itself. I get messages from people in South Africa telling me my music inspires them and helps them. It’s always those little things that remind me I’m on the right path.

– Who are you most stoked to have worked with to this point in your career? 
Scott Stallone. He’s an amazing producer and engineer. He’s worked with Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of The Pharaohs, Ill Bill, etc. He also did Danny Browns ‘Old’ for Fools Gold Records. I was put in touch with the producer Steve Untytled out in Philly through Gary Carter. After being sent some beats I ended up selecting what would become ‘Flow Devilish’, I sent back some rough cuts and eventually made it out to Philly to record with Scott Stallone and shoot a video with SickSix. The session with Scott Stallone was great. He played a major role in putting together the album ‘A Bright Cold Day’ from Dutch, which is a project featuring Liz Fullerton and Stoupe The Enemy of Mankid (The producer for early Jedi Mind Tricks). I’m a HUGE fan of that project so just being able to discuss that process with him and get a first hand view into that entire process was great.

– Can you give some insight on some messages and themes that might be buried a little to the casual listener?
I always try to incorporate myself into the track by referencing little pieces of me. For instance I drop references to hardcore bands from time to time like in ‘Flow Devilish’ for example:

Temptation Lingers in the distance,
I’m a KEEPER OF THE FAITH summon strength to resist it through the TERROR,
I REIGN SUPREME as the UNDERDOG.
Run it hard, my spoken words to God.

To the normal listener, it sounds good, but if you’re a fan of hardcore and hip-hop you might catch on to the references. Terror is a hardcore band from CA, they put out an album in 2010 called ‘Keepers of The Faith’ they also released an album called ‘One With The Underdogs’. Reign Supreme is a band as well. I love sneaking in little things like that. It’s awesome when someone catches it. Ultimaltely, my message is to just be genuine. Find what you feel. Channel it and express yourself within your message.

– Do you have a track you’re proudest of?
I definitely have favorites. ‘From The Soul’ is all time favorite right along with ‘Thankful’ which features Danny Dubz. My favorites are due to where I was at in that period of my life when I wrote it. As soon as the beat drops it brings me right back. If I can feel it, I know my listeners can. ‘Hip Hop Music’ is also a favorite to me. It was the last track I recorded for the EP and everything came together organically. Everything sounds full to me on that track and in it’s proper place.

– If you only had 5 words to describe Day by Day. . .
Diverse. Energetic. Full. Fluid. Relate-able.

– What’s on deck for you?
Continue pushing forward. I just got on a show with Celph Titled which will be happening sometime after the new year, very excited about that. Also seeking distribution. I’d love to get my LP, when it’s ready, pressed on vinyl. That’s alaways been a goal for me. Continuing to connect and build bridges is another big goal, once you get the right connections in place everything takes off. I’m working toward that moment and I’ll continue doing this for myself regardless if I see that or not.

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Beat Tape: IAMNOBODI – Elevated (Soulection) – Instrumental EP

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From overseas, to be exact straight outta Düsseldorf/Germany. Producer IAMNOBODI released a ten track instrumental EP titled Elevated (Soulection). His music just rides out with a smooth up tempo beat. He takes us on a psychedelic trip. The beat Bubble Bath Dreams definitely has that R&B Soul to it. IAMNOBODI is diverse with his music, it demonstrates well on the EP.

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Music Video: Vers’tyle – The Round Up (Interlude)

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THE ROUND UP is an Interlude found on Vers’tyle upcoming EP Rogue Of The Mold. During the visual, a girl and a guy are kidnapped by Vers’tyle and his goons. Not sure exactly why he’s taking these individuals but it just leads you wanting to know more. One of the hostages was able to try to runaway but there’s no hope for him. I think Vers’tyle is letting people know not to mess with him or else. THE ROUND UP was produced by ANS.

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Produced by: ANS
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Directed by: Anthony Scott DePerto
Filmed/Engineered/Mixed by: ANS Studios

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Download: Jered Sanders – While You Were Waiting EP

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New Jersey Hip-Hop Artist Jered Sanders released his EP. DJBooth.net featured the project as an Editor’s Pick. While You Were Waiting EP is the official prelude to his debut album Gorgeous. The five track EP is filled with originality for Jered Sanders, giving more than just lyrics, he provided the vocals on the tracks too. The whole EP is worth a listen and a download. His presence, flow, and creativity is on point throughout the EP. Entire production by Talen Ted except one track which was produced by DatDudeTim. I really like tracks Closed Caption, Jansport J, and While You Were Waiting.

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Closed Caption (produced by DatDudeTim)
Black (produced by Talen Ted)
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While You Were Waiting (produced by Talen Ted)

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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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EP Review: Jay West- The Governor

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Jay West of Brockton, MA started the first quarter of 2013 by releasing “The Governor EP”. This 7 song EP starts off with a track titled the “The Inauguration”  which sets the mood for the rest of the EP by Mr. West saying “Mayor with his bitch, naw homie I’m the governor” on the hook of the song. After you start to get into the groove, the post-inauguration speech celebration starts with “I Run This” on which Jay West explains why he runs not only the city but the entire state of Massachusetts.

The third track is “Bout That” featuring Romestar on which they spit about creating genuine music that they’re willing to place a bet on. The next joint “Slacking” featuring J. Hughes which is a song about getting your business together an artist, something every artist should be able to relate to but not many can. West lightens the mood some by making the fifth song “3 Day Weekend” which is a song that you can play while pre-gaming to hit the club. “3 Day Weekend” features Who But Chryst and they get you in the mood to have a great weekend.

Mr. West goes deeper on “Hold On” which covers the topic of a love on the verge of that still has a slight chance of hope. The Governor EP ends on as high of a note as it started with the track “For The City, For The State” which features Jay Moore of Buffalo, NY and Cardiye of Atlanta, GA. This track captures the reason why artists work so hard and shows that it’s the same thing from three different hip-hop markets. Overall the EP is nice and I recommend you give it a listen. If you enjoy it and would like to download this project the link is http://tweetmymixtape.com/j2po9k

Connect with Jay West online: @JayWest_http://www.youtube.com/MyJaywesthttp://jaywest.bandcamp.com/

EP Review: Kooley Jones x Chris Syms- RNS

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Kooley Jones and Chris Syms of No Grav Gang latest EP, R.N.S was released to start off the year. The project has 5 songs and was produced solely by Kooley Jones with the exeception of one song on which collaborated with Exel The Future on the production. The EP starts out on a strong note with the title track “R.N.S (Real Nigga Shit)” on which they speak on what’s going on in their lives.

The second track “No Love” which features Jaybo has the three lyricists covering the topic of not having love for the hoes. “Life As We Know It”, which is the name of Beatiful Struggle (No Grav Gang) latest LP, has the two emcees spitting about their lives from a more extravagant than expressed on “R.N.S”. The stand out line on “Life As We Know It” would have to be “I’m with 100 niggas, no amistad”. On “Paper” Kooley and Chris rap about getting money without stumbling over typical lambo this, gucci that crap. The final track “In Retrospect” is about chicks that dig you regardless of your flaws and reputation. Listen to the project below and download it

Connect with Kooley Jones, Chris Syms and the NGG family online: www.Nograv.comwww.Facebook.com/NoGravGangwww.Twitter.com/@KooleyJoneswww.Twitter.com/@ChrisSyms610www.Twitter.com/@NoGravGang

MeRCY- Prelud3 EP (Download/Listen)

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Not too far from NikkiSiixx headquarters, is Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Equipped with a busy rap scene, today we bring you Mercy’s long awaited third installment of the Prelude series,  Prelud3 EP. This fresh collection of eight tracks features collaborations with Ali Vegas, Skyzoo, Planet Asia and Tristate. Mercy kicks off his latest with an intro that is rich with the underground we crave, setting the tone for the EP. I personally enjoyed the joints, Neon Lights and Stratosphere. See for yourself, and prepare for The Prestige 3. Coming soon.

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Connect with Mercy: @MusicByMercy | Youtube