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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.

LINKS
Samurai Shin Comic Book + Soundtrack Coming Real Soon
Samurai Shin Social Media Outlets: FACEBOOKTWITTERTUMBLR

Xia-Dawn Social Media Outlets: TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD ||

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Beat Tape: SgBlk – huez

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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.

sgBLk sage bloke 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.

FOLLOW: TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD || FACEBOOK ||

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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.
[LINKS] TWITTER || WEBSITE || YOUTUBE || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD

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Download: Izztheunknown – 1995 Mixtape

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IzztheUnknown is a young artist that invokes the Golden-Age of Hip-Hop with his music. He embraces the year 1995, which is basically the introduction to his mixtape and his year of birth. Seems like he gained some type of ancestral spirits from artists like the Lords of the Underground, Public Enemy, EPMD, and GZA. His style sounds like the streets of 1990s New York. Which he sounds great over these tracks, IzztheUnknown raps over nine instrumentals from 1995 artists such as Wu-tang, Eazy E, Bone Thugs and more. My favorite tracks off 1995 are 1] Once Upon A Time 2] Ride To It 5] Back In A Dazeee & 6] No Competition. Diggin’ his flows? Get your exclusive download of 1995 Click Here. & don’t forget to follow him on his social media WEBSITETWITTERSOUNDCLOUDINSTAGRAM

Beat Tape: Schedule One – Existence (Instrumentals)

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Check out 17 year old producer Schedule One with his exclusive multi-genre project featuring 10 hard hitting beats plus 5 bonus EDM tracks titled Existence Instrumentals. Schedule One has that Trap/Club feel to it. With them killer 808s! Definitely can see these tracks getting picked up by any artist. Existence features co-producers include Dizzy Wright’s Sub-Zer0 and South African producer Paapi Musik.

TRAP MUSIC incorporates a extensive use of multi-layered hard-lined and melodic synthesizers, crisp, grimy and rhythmic snares, deep 808 sub-bass kick drums, pitched down vocals, double-time, triple-time and similarly divided hi-hats, and a cinematic and symphonic utilization of string and keyboard instruments creating an overall dark, harsh, grim and bleak background feeling for the listener

LINKS
IG: OfficialScheduleOne
Twitter: Schedule1Beats
Soundcloud: Schedule_1

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.

If interested in working with IAMNOBODI you should look into his links below for the latest updates.

LINKS: FACEBOOKSOUNDCLOUDTWITTERBANDCAMP

Download: Messy Beatz – Donkey Kong Project (Beat Tape)

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Messy Beatz recently released, Donkey Kong Project,  his first beat-tape of the year which was strongly inspired by the classic nintendo video game. The mixtape starts with an 11 second intro that samples the game start menu. The first beat is named “Magical Journey” and has an incredible build up with leads into a smooth bass line. “Mystic Forest” has a pretty relaxing feel that makes one feel like they’re on a natural high, similar to that feeling you get when you hear your favorite song from your favorite artist.

The beat titled “Lost” was more uptempo like when you’re trying to avoid barrels being thrown at you in Donkey Kong. The fifth track “Confused” had a 90s R&B melody with a heavy new york style bass to it. “Kong’s Revenge” has a modern day mainstream trap-esque vibe. To end the tape Messy Beatz did 12 seconds Game Over sound as the outro. Overall it’s a solid project. Check it out below and if like them feel free to contact Messy Beatz.

LINKS
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/MessyBeatz
WEBSITE: www.messybeatz.com
EMAIL: messybeatz@gmail.com