Q – NIKKISIIXX: What inspired the “If You Need That” cover art? And do you feel like you can relate to it?
[BALTIMORE CITY, MD] If you don’t remember Jamal G from our interview back in July. Here’s the latest release with IF YOU NEED THAT featuring Greenspan. IF YOU NEED THAT metaphorically sheds light on social norms that occur throughout Baltimore City, while bringing a calm sense. That calm sense is the jazz infused melodies that come from Jeremy Miller, who provided the saxophone on the beat. The track was also produced by The Beat Boyz out of Los Angeles.
A – JAMAL G: The song itself inspired the cover, it’s a metaphor for the city where we come from. The content for the song came from the verse that Greenspan put down, which is one of my favorite artist from the city. The space he was speaking from, I could relate so well too because it all is rooted in the city that we come from (Baltimore City).
IF YOU NEED THAT will be featured on his upcoming album titled “To Whom It May Concern 2: Final Draft“. Which is set to release later this year (2015).
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[MIAMI, FLORIDA] MC/Producer Xia-Dawn released his second beat tape/instrumental project titled pisces. I love the overall jazzy hip-hop vibe of pisces.. Xia-Dawn was able to capture the feeling of a fleeing summer, and the chain between the mood and the tides. Very soulful, indeed. I feel the soulfulness of some of these tracks provides a story of life is love. Xia-Dawn has poured a lot of his heart and emotions into pisces. Favorite beats off this instrumental tape are Amnesia1, Say You’ll Love Me (And I Know You’re Lying), I’ll Always Miss Your Love 3, and I Want You or Nothing.
If interested in collaborating with Xia-Dawn follow his social media links and let em know you found him on NikkiSiixx!
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[MORENO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA] For being 16, Jay Prod showcases some serious skills in production with his (D)edicated Forever EP. For the love of music, Jay Prod embraces it by creating the sound.. putting together a mixture of Soul and Jazz that were created from just how he was feeling. Eight really well produced beats and loops. If interested in working with Jay Prod you should most definitely hit him up through social media, this kid is ready to work. Don’t believe me? He already has another EP released entitled Lovely Vibes. [LINKS] TWITTER || FACEBOOK || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD
Last time we brought you ChristinΞ it was with her Instrumental EP Betty “Moe” Trezza. This time I’m bringing you a collaborating between ChristinΞ and DGRZZL titled EMINENCE. The 11 track album definitely is worth the listen. The chemistry between ChristinΞ and DGRZZL is enchanting. DGRZZL is a writer/MC from ATL, GA as ChristinΞ is the producer reppin’ Miami, New York, and Georgia. EMINENCE was mastered by Chip Williams from Miami Beat Wave. Love listening to this project, some of my favorite tracks are FORGET, BALANCE, LAST TIME, and TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU. Really love ChristinΞ style with her beats still maintaining a hip-hop essence with some soul and jazz. Especially in the production for TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU it’s beautiful! The violin gives it such purity. Also, with the track FORGET DGRZZL states these lines and I think their pretty dope “I don’t even smoke but I’ll roll one up and then regret it, we live and we learn and then we learn to forget it…learn to forget it” and KOI’s voice in the intro and throughout the track was just flawless. You have to take a listen to the entire project to truly appreciate it. Check it out now via the player above!
Together we are ChristinΞ χ DGRZZL
We have joined forces to try and breed a new sound, carrying uplifting vibes upon all, like healers. A mix of ambient, soul and experimental hip hop.
Something about jazz music must really draw the love and talents of blind musicians. KonSICKwence is a legally blind, but very fucking capable emcee based out of Utah. He recently released a complete album by the name of “Utah. Jazz”, and let me say that this blew me away. The album stays true to the name with very melodic and rhythmic jazz production by Skip Saunders throughout. KonSICKwence has a very pure hip hop flow, utilizing storytelling and classic turntablism. The production on this joint is the truth. Artistic in it’s entirety, you can tell the duo spent time perfecting “Utah. Jaz” into a very quality album. This kind of takes me to my younger days, when I was vibing to Blue Scholars and PUTS heavy. KonSICKwence embodies the phrase ‘beats, rhymes, & life’ with this album. He lays down an honest and master-crafted flow over jazz-heavy beats. Throwback hip hop at it’s finest.