Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artists BreeZie & Phranchize with the first visual for their single COULDN’T WAIT featuring Philly’s own Dubby of Team Loko. The track becomes a feel-good anthem expressing getting through their struggles and enjoying life to the fullest. From the choices of locations of the video, it emphasizes the “from death to life” message and even “from struggle to success”. I find it to be more like “dealing with bad usually means something better will come along”. Visuals brought to you by Hued Productions. You can find COULDN’T WAIT on BreeZie & Phranchize EP entitled MixedTape. If you’re diggin the vibes on this one make sure you let em’ know.
[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop artist Amiel Divine with his latest single MAKE IT HAPPEN. Growing up Amiel Divine was influenced by 90s artist since his father used to tour with NWA and Eazy E back in the 80s. He was able to sit in on studio sessions and really learned from hands on experience. It was bound in his destiny to go after his own dream of becoming a hip-hop artist. Currently, Amiel Divine is signed by West Coast Active-Recording Label Quality Dubs.
[FUN FACT] Amiel Divine’s debut CD A Work In Progress was produced by KP, who is Bruno Mars’ ex-drummer. MAKE IT HAPPEN lets the listener know that he’s willing to do whatever he has to make it happen. I like the production and how Amiel Divine makes the track his own with his vocals and lyrics. If you’re diggin’ Amiel Divine’s content make sure you follow him below:
[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com with AfterPxrty latest single CAYENNE DREAMS. You can find this track on AfterPxrty’s EP titled My East Grand Rapids Yacht Club. One thing I really like about AfterPxrty music that I feel like he raps from the heart. Expressing his emotions through struggles and inspiring the ones who need it. He’s flow is great and the production keeps your head moving. CAYENNE DREAMS definitely deserves a repeat. Make sure you stayed tuned for more content from AfterPxrty, My East Grand Rapids Yacht Club EP is available on all online streaming services.
[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] On this mixtape review we are debuting Dork/Gamer/Hip-Hop-Nerdcore Producer/Artist and Writer NonSenze with his latest mixtape GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Robots. One thing that really stands out about NonSenze is his inspiration for his music, from 80’s /90’s Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B, old-school video games, zombie flicks, marijuana, movies & basically all things that are apart of the geek culture. While growing up in the era of Hip-Hop, where it was extremely important to sound original. Nonsenze tried to utilize what he’s learned from the greats of the past and present, to attempt to inspire future artist to find that spark of creativity.
Part 1 of 2 mixtapes, GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Robots has eighteen tracks. All titled with tracks inspired from his passed from video games, movies, and moments. Let’s see what I think about Nonsenze’s project with my review.
[01. I LOVE GOLD] Starting off the mixtape, we have a very familiar sample in the hook. Remember in the Austin Powers movie, the Mike Myers character Goldmember yelling “I Love Gold“. One thing that I find to be really makes the track stand out is Nonsenze’s flow, it really just entices you to listen more. Nonsenze is also very witty with his lyrics.
[03. DEAR PRINCESS] I really like the 8-bit retro gaming production on this track. Nonsenze and featured artist My Purple Monkey go in-depth with their story-telling on their adventure to go and save Princess Peach. I love the Super Mario samples and references. Nonsenze gets romantic on this one.
[05. FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S] Even though I’ve never seen or played Five Nights At Freddys, but I’m very familiar with how popular it is. I decided to look it up and Five Nights at Freddy’s, is a point-and-click survival mystery horror video game created by Scott Cawthon. That sounds pretty badass, and Nonsenze opened the door to this video game. In the track he describes how long his shift will be (level), trying to survive the game seems intense. I love the hook! It’s extremely catchy!
[07. IM FLOATING] This track is dope, it reminds me of a mix of Gym Class Heroes with a dash of Outkast. Nonsenze is so descriptive with his story-telling. I can visualize everything he mentions. Nonsenze talks about how his floating alone and in his own element. I really like his flow on this one.
[08. GOTTA CATCH EM’ ALL] If it’s not obvious, this track is about Pokemon. The production brings a dark element to the track while Nonsenze mentions a list of Pokemon he’s attempting to catch. Searching for Pokemon has become an epidemic since it’s taking over Nonsenze’s reality. Who can blame him? I feel the same way… How many Pokemon does Nonsenze mention on this track?
[12. SUPER NINTENDO] How can you not like this track? Nonsenze goes in with the Biggie Sample of Super Nintendo Sega Genesis! I like the switch up from the original track. Nonsenze video game references are on point. He talks about eating weak rappers like Kirby.
[14. SHOVEL CROSS] I like how this track isn’t really about video games. I feel Nonsenze really opens up on this track. He even mentions how he feels about his dads passing. How he feels about rappers who can’t cut it. And how can I not catch The Flash references in the hook regarding Barry Allen’s speed. ⚡️ (Geeked Out, Huge Fan of The Flash Here). The track also features hip-hop artist Geoh. I found this track to be a dope listen and something you can vibe too!
[17. WELCOME TO THE SURFACE] Nonsenze brings to life what life is like on the surface. Unfortunately it’s not the paradise you’ll think of. It’s more like the struggle and the misinformed following along without thinking the consequences. I really get a Kanye West vibe on this one. This is the eye opener track.
This concludes my review of Nonsenze’s mixtape GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots (Part 1). Out of the 18 Track project, I was able to breakdown the ones I found to really stand out to me. I find Nonsense’s music is for everyone, but is the perfect backdrop for skateparks, Adult Swim randomness, video games, stoner activities and so much more.
Stay tuned on NikkiSiixx.com where we will be going in on GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Zombies another mixtape brought to you by Nonsenze! This kid stays busy besides making music, he also has his own Youtube Channel dedicated to gaming! Make sure you subscribe and follow up with Nonsenze on all his social media links below:
[PHILADELPHIA, PA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have a multi-talented artist by the name of Gerald Hunley. Besides being a rapper, he is also a producer, songwriter, audio engineer, videographer, photographer, and a graphic designer. Definitely a man that is a jack of all trades. On his latest single AT YO DOOR, the track was created randomly at 10AM and took 3 hours to complete it. AT YO DOOR embodies that this is him and his crew is coming for that top. Gerald Hunley gives us a track to vibe too, you can definitely hear this at the club. Stay tuned for more content from Gerald Hunley.
On the next Website Recommendation we have an upcoming hip-hop site with music promotion, music business, artist development advice and so much more! We have ArtistShortcut.com. Their blog is dedicated in helping out underground hip-hop artist with some insightful blog posts. I read up on on few of their articles focusing on how artist can create the best home studios for the best price. Even the best sounding equipment for 2017! I really like how this site really thinks outside the box and really presents different avenues for artists/producers to improve their ways to create music efficiently. Stay tuned for more content from ArtistShortcut.com. And make sure to follow them via TWITTER to get the latest updates!
Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop producer all the way from London. Representing the United Kingdom, Simon Jr incorporates his unique producing methods and creates some dope hip-hop influenced beats. Simon Jr brings us his latest beat tape which is called “follow me on myspace“, the twenty-two minute project definitely keeps you listening. You gotta bob you head to this one. I know if I was a rapper I would most likely recite my lyrics over Simon Jr’s beats. You find some familiar samples from classic tracks and Simon Jr knows how to flip tracks. When creating music, Simon Jr has fun and loves representing his style. If you’re diggin’ Simon Jr’s beats as much as I do, make sure you support the UK Producer by following him on all his social media links below:
[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:
[MIAMI,FLORIDA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have alternative hip-hop artist FayBN with his single X GIRLFRIEND. Besides rapping, FayBN also sings. FayBN is a storyteller with his lyrics and his passion revealing his journey through life struggles. X GIRLFRIEND (up beat hip-hop allegory) is about past vices who still try to find a way back into his life like an obsessive, possessive ex. All she wants is your demise, would you be able to prevail and regain your freedom? FayBN is witty and shows it with the way he tells his story, you can visualize it.
I’ve actually seen FayBN perform this track live at Catalyst. This guy had so much power and complete control over the crowd. Everyone was dancing and singing along with FayBN. Overall great performer and great experience. If you’re diggin’ FayBN music make sure to follow him on his social media links below:
[FLORIDA+ATLANTA] It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from hip-hop artist Teddy Harris, and we’re glad to hear his latest single COMPLEMENT. The track features Seattle Recording Artist Dave B. COMPLEMENT reminds me of a catchy 90’s R&B jam, with flawless lyrics. I really like how Teddy Harris and Dave B complement each others flows over DJ Fortune’s beat. I’m really diggin’ the overall vibe of the track, super laid back and ready to chill music. Be on the lookout for more content from Teddy Harris by following him on his social media TWITTER || INSTAGRAM.
[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop socialist Madison Castle with his project titled B.O.A.T.S. Madison Castle was born and raised in Abingdon Virginia. Seeing the bigger picture and his love for creating music he had to make the epic sacrifice and head west to follow his dreams in making it. Currently living in Los Angeles, Madison Castle stays working. With his 5 track project B.O.A.T.S., I’ve decided to take a closer listen and here’s my review.
[ROLL IT UP] What a great track to start the project off. I feel the chemistry between Madison Castle and Jayson Mitchell. From Madison’s witty lyrics and Jayson’s vocals this is the track you want to press repeat too! Especially lighting one up and vibing out to this. Really like the choice in production and this track is one of my favorites of the project. Madison Castle also released a music video for his first single from B.O.A.T.S. I actually had him featured on my [Nikki Hears It First] Series for Episode 12. Let’s see what I thought about his ROLL IT UP video.
[LOUDMILK] By the second track you can tell Madison Castle has a talent with diversity with his tracks. Even though the production is slow, his flow is fast. Madison sounds amazing on this track. The female vocals on this track really gives a trance like essence.
[EL DORADO] Here comes the club mix! I can see everyone dancing to this one. Madison Castle has his eye on girl on the dance floor. He emphasizes all the things he sees what they can do together, like enjoying life with her and all the unlimited possibilities.
[GHOST] If you’re dealing with heartbreak and not over that significant other that has moved on, this is the track for you. And you know damn well she’s not over you so you feel like you’re the ghost that haunts her. The overall production, vibe, and flow of this track is remarkable. This song has been on repeat for me for a while now.
This concludes my review on Madison Castle’s B.O.A.T.S. For the 5 track project I found 4 of the tracks to be my favorites that really stand out to me. Be on the lookout for more content from Madison Castle. And make sure you follow him on all his social media links below!
[ALBANY] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have a poet who is able to recite his lyrics with rhythm, and that is Scotto with his latest single FACES. This track provides a chill vibe, definitely a track to smoke to. FACES features souly.had, this is actually the second collaboration single between the two. I had this track on repeat! If you’re having holiday blues, this track is for you. Make sure you let Scotto know you’re feeling his track FACES.
The creators of Samurai Shin have finally confirmed they’re in the works for Issue #2 with an upcoming soundtrack titled Samurai Shin OST 2. Writer Mikel Miles and illustrator Ivan Earl Aguilar collaborated once again on the second issue, and included illustration artist Fahmi Fauzi. In the trailer, you see Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru in a stance with some hip-hop production in the background. And right when you think its over you see Amir defeated and crying. They featured an English sub-titled visual with Japanese language.
The soundtrack for Issue#2, Samurai Shin OST 2, will be independently released. Samurai Shin OST1 was released earlier this year and featured producers Kuro Silence, P.Soul, and underground emcees including Chill$quad and Jaymin Warren. Samurai Shin OST1 is available on Payhip and Soundcloud for free. Be on the lookout for more announcements on Samurai Shin Issue #2, which is set to release in 2017.
[DECATUR, GEORGIA] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com we have Capo K with his latest single ALL THAT. After releasing this track before Thanksgiving it shows that Capo K is focused on making money and getting rich. Produced by DNA Keyzz, Capo K brings us a trap-influence track. You can expect ALL THAT to be on Capo K upcoming mixtape Bell Terra. Capo K stays busy with his constant project releases lately.
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”
[NASHVILLE] The multi-talented female songwriter, singer, and lyricist Breezy The Weirdo makes her debut on NikkiSiixx.com with her single NO BETTA THAN US. Breezy The Weirdo provides a track where she speaks to everybody’s bitter ex. Executing her vocals and slaying her flows. Breezy is definitely unique and was able to rap over this smooth track produced by #Otha3 and the beat was created by #SkyCashBeats. Stay in the loop with updates of Breezy via FACEBOOK.
Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com we have Pennsylvania Artist by the name of Dubby of Team LoKo, with his latest visual to his second single ORACLE ARENA. Off his recently released album Heart & Havoc. The album is definitely worth a listen, but lets get back to the track. ORACLE ARENA is a song of a love lost, with references to a bunch of basketball references. (Hence Basketball Location for Visual) Dubby expresses his anger knowing he lost a girl he was in love with due to his own stupidity. The visuals are simple and clean, while Dubby showcases his lyrics on the court. Make sure you keep an eye out on Dubby, he’s busy making moves like getting featured on The Source. Don’t forget to check out his album Heart & Havoc, I highly recommend it.
[LOS ANGELES] Making her debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have sultry singer/lyricist Yaysh, with her latest single WILD ONE. Yaysh brings a harmonic catchy vocal throughout the track, and once hitting the second verse she devours. The production really provides a pop club track. But Yaysh vocals becoming hypnotizing, while she confesses her feelings on WILD ONE. Stay in the loop with more from this femcee we call Yaysh, from the West Coast.