[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have emerging rap artist Caine bringing us his latest single titled SUMMER NIGHTS. The chilled out anthem reflects his life experiences with this fusion of hip-hop and R&B. I see Caine expresses the increase in his support has brought him attention from the ladies. In this case, are they just calling him cause his balling now? It don’t matter to Caine, cause he’s living his life to the fullest, without the need to be tied down. Enjoy SUMMER NIGHTS and don’t forget to press repeat.
[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:
[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:
[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!
[SOUTH CAROLINA/LOS ANGELES] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, Tahija Akeem brings us his take over SchoolBoyQ’s single THAT PART featuring Kanye West. Tahija Akeem has a dope flow over the instrumental, very appealing. THAT PART was shot and Directed by Cam Browne. I liked how smooth all the shots are and the location of either an abandoned mall or a mall under construction. If you like Tahija Akeem’s take on THAT PART, let em’ know.
[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making their debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have Pop Sister Trio RoXxy Montana with their single WAY TOO GOOD. If you’re dealing with a relationship that you felt unappreciated and knew you’re way too good to deal with that significant other then here’s the track for you. On this track RoXxy Montana features rapper Sage The Gemini. WAY TOO GOOD was written and vocally produced by Fifth Harmony writer Breana Marin, with mixing & mastering engineer by T.I and Kelly Rowland’s producer Marshall Bryant, and produced by Vocirus. These ladies can sing!! Really diggin’ their harmonies just like their were all one voice. Make sure you stay tuned for more content from RoXxy Montana by taking a look at the link below.
Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com – Los Angeles based Producer, Songwriter, and Rap Lyricist DecadeZ brings us his latest single INNOCENT featuring Too $hort. INNOCENT is a track that fits perfectly with Dancehall and hip-hop genre. DecadeZ gets sultry on this track with his vocals and songwriting ability. INNOCENT is about a guy trying to get with a woman that caught his eye.
Its pretty ironic that Decadez has been making moves in the West Coast Hip-Hop Scene for the last decade. Be on the look out for more content from DecadeZ with his upcoming album release GVM, which will be distributed by iMMe Records/Moji Publishing. Make sure to Like DecadeZ via FACEBOOK.
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 twelveth episode, I’m watching Los Angeles Hip-Hop Artist Madison Castle with his music video “Roll It Up” featuring Jayson Mitchell. Take a look at what I thought about it and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track/visual!
[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artist Fresco with his latest single WISHING ON A STAR. Fresco isn’t just your regular artist, he’s also a songwriter, model, and actor. I really like how melodic Fresco can get on the track. You’ll be able to find WISHING ON A STAR on Fresco’s upcoming debut project “ZONEXI“.
The debut will consist of two visual EP’s that portray paradoxical and relatable themes and showcase Fresco’s numerous artistic strengths. Expect in Early Spring of 2017, dope music videos and some projects. Within a few years, he was involved in many music videos and projects for major artists, including Chris Brown, Calvin Harris, Kid Ink, and his first artistic influence, Lil Wayne. Some of Fresco’s greatest creative and entrepreneurial influences include Kanye West, Drake, and Floyd Mayweather.
I like how Fresco choice in production, which is from producer Bruce24kk. And how he carries himself throughout the track. If you’re diggin’ WISHING ON A STAR as much as I am, make sure you let Fresco know.
[LOS ANGELES] Making their debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have rap duo Young Giantz. With their latest single FLY HIGH, which is actually their lead single to their upcoming project, “Fleetwood Brougham”. Set to release in September. West Coast Inspired, FLY HIGH brings you that classic Cali Vibes on this track. The duo really knows how to bring quality content. If you’re diggin’ this track make sure to follow them below:
[BRONX – LOS ANGELES] Making his third appearance on NikkiSiixx.com we got Hip-Hop/Rapper JU$TIN. After we review his EP “JU$TIN Designed That”, and his single “Key 2 Success”, this time I bring you my mixtape review for his latest mixtape $treet ART 2! JU$TIN has always had the love for music and even pursued it at a young age of thirteen. The time spent honing his craft at such a young age, helped JU$TIN develop strong songwriting skills that would come in handy when he eventually became a solo artist. Dreams of rap superstardom didn’t happen as fast as JU$TIN would’ve liked during his teenage years, so music became a part-time hobby since he needed full-time work to help pay the bills and keep the lights on as he got older.
Feeling the pressure of the inner-city life closing in, JU$TIN took a chance and enlisted in the U.S. NAVY for some time. During his time in the service he was able to travel across the globe and gain a newfound appreciation for HipHop culture’s popularity around the world. After leaving the Navy, JU$TIN relocated to Los Angeles to pursue two of his childhood dreams which are Music and Art. And started attending school at Santa Monica College. Working towards his Graphic Design major while taking audio engineering classes to be able to record and mix his own music, and handle the artwork/photography needed to promote it properly.
Now its time to get in on my review for JU$TIN’s latest project. Considering this is his fourth project, JU$TIN definitely shows us improvement with his releases. $treet ART 2 is the second in a series of freestyle projects that JU$TIN does to sharpen his flow and spazzes out lyrically, while paying homage to classic 90’s Hip-Hop instrumentals and showing love to the street artists/Graf writers all over the world. This is the tape for them. $treet Art 2 is about thirty minutes long and builds awareness for his brand and expanding to his fanbase and new fans.
For the twelve track mixtape my favorite tracks off of $treet ART 2 are Pain 4 Profit, Key 2 Success, Fresh Denim, Living Proof, Where My Homies, and Adam & EVE. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the Bronx, NY native as he adds his own creative spin to 90’s NYC classic songs from artists like Wu-Tang Clan, C-N-N, and Fat Joe just to name a few.
[PAIN 4 PROFIT] I feel JU$TIN is really opening up on this track. We find out the struggles he goes through and how he works on trying to overcome them. Dealing with life expenses that you can’t afford, people and their fuckery, and the situations that you have no control when finding out his mother had a lump in her breast. Since he’s flow is a slow paced it makes you feel JU$TIN is there right next to you, telling you what’s up. This smooth beat was produced by @TheBeatBrigade.
[KEY 2 SUCCESS] After getting inspired from DJ Khalded’s infamous Snapchats and motivational words for a better life. JU$TIN made a creative, dope track packed with a lot of “Mogul Talk” & hard-hitting bars. KEY 2 SUCCESS was a great way to keep listeners waiting for $treet ART 2 project that was still not out yet until now.
[FRESH DENIM] His ride and his money show people he’s flexin’. JU$TIN clarifies what he wants a woman who has drive. He expresses he needs a woman that is on the same hustle he’s on. Produced by @AOneBeats. I asked JU$TIN what was the concept he wanted the listeners to get and here’s what he had to say: The concept behind ‘Fresh Denim’ is that its a fun song that’s a play on the words in the title of the song. Where I talk about chasing your dreams and pushing it to the limit when it comes to achieving your goals. Whether it’s going after that girl you’re interested in before someone cuffs her up like some Fresh Denim or riding around in your car feeling like your fresher then ’em.
[LIVING PROOF] JU$TIN brings us his bars over DJ PREMIER’S “Living Proof” beat. The vibe brings you back to New York in the 90’s. That old school sound and JU$TIN voice really embodied that vibe. Wanted to share with you the Tropic Thunder sample used in the track. I thought it was cool to add and the cover art of the track is an artistic portrait of Robert Downey Jr’s character Kirk Lazarus.
[WHERE MY HOMIES] JU$TIN this time freestyles over an ILL AL Skratch “Where My Homiez” 1992. Definitely get the West Coast vibes on this one. JU$TIN talks about the good times in his hometown, chilling with his friends up to no good. Creative spin to 90’s NYC classic song.
[ADAM & EVE] One thing that really stood out to me was the production, which is from GangStarr ‘Just To Get A Rep’ Produced By DJ Premier. It kinda reminds me of retro arcade video games. JU$TIN also showcases his ability to rap over different sounding beats, with this freestyle.
I asked JU$TIN what were his favorite tracks off the mixtape and this is what he had to say: “My 3 favorite tracks on the project are ‘Pain 4 Profit’, ‘Killer Tape, and ‘Last Laugh”. I like ‘Pain 4 Profit’ alot, because it’s an audio self portrait of my life and the obstacles I had to overcome. The listener can close their eyes and picture everything that I’m saying when they hear it. I felt it would be the perfect intro for anyone whose listening to me for the first time, because its an accurate depiction of who I am as an artist. ‘Killer Tape’ is my personal fav of all the freestyles that are on the tape, because I’m a big Wu-Tang fan and loved their whole movement and what they brought to the game, so when I found that ‘Clan N Da Front’ beat I wanted to pay homage to them by spazzing on it and going in. I listen to ‘Last Laugh’ alot, cuz I love how my flow fits perfect with Beat Bangaz dope beat. It has a cool trap vibe that I think people will mess with and the concept to that song is to stay focused and never worry about what a hater has to say, because you’ll always get the Last Laugh when you’re successful.”.
JU$TIN is currently working on some new merch items like posters, stickers, and some new graphic tees that will be up in his merch store very soon. He is also working on getting some visuals done during the Spring/Summer for some of the freestyles and songs on $treet ART 2.
Staying focused on going the indie route to build his brand up through music and creative side projects. He’s currently trying to get college radio airplay in the LA area and looking to book shows to expand the brand and push his movement forward. Be on the lookout for more content from JU$TIN by following him on his social media links below. This concludes my mixtape review on BX-LA Artist JU$TIN with his $treet Art 2 project.
[LOS ANGELES] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, HOPE brings his first visual FOOD FOR FUNK. HOPE creates a cool-chill laid back vibe on this one. HOPE’s style is pretty dope with that boom-bap flow. FOOD FOR FUNK visual is completely in black and white, except for a comedic skit with all his friends and they’re just slurping their empty drinks. You can find this track on his EP called Sunday Blues. Good vibes from HOPE and be on the look out for more content.
[Los Angeles, California] It’s no secret that corporate America has been taking advantage of the people for sometime now. Although we all in some shape, form or fashion understand this concept, very little of us are willing to stand up and speak out against the tyranny and enlighten listeners minds. Meet Kabaru 13 and LA producer YB The Prophet, the duo that’s single handedly taking a stand against Mind Controlled Entities as explained on their audio single “Realness”. Join in as the emcee/ producer pair drop knowledge above.
[LOS ANGELES-BOSTON] Making his first debut on NikkiSiixx.com Nat Anglin, debuts his latest visual Shhh! (CAN I). The track is funky and the visual is pretty clean. Thought his flow was dope. Nat Anglin takes us on a tour of the place he now calls home L.A. Along side his friends, that all make great cameos! Nat Anglin stays true to his hometown by rockin’ his Boston jersey. I really like the part where someone is wearing a Lakers jersey and hugs Nat, showing him his welcome to the city. Shhh! (CAN I) was produced by Ramzi Noble and Directed by Shane Norton. Be on the look out this year Nat Anglin is set to release his project The BosAngeles!
[LOS ANGELES] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, the upcoming Arizona native emcee/singer Chad Michael has released his EP Rain. The six track collection of songs portray a compelling story-line from a man pursing his dreams. During 2014-2015, Chad Michael went to college and moved to Southern California to make a career in music.
Going through the experiences he endured and lesson’s learned, Chad Michael wanted to express this on the Rain EP. All produced by Oregon Producer Emotion Beats. They were able to work together and really give the feel of rain fall, because of the records up and downs. Throughout the 25 minute journey, how can you not relate to Chad Michael. My favorite tracks of the Rain Ep are Evolution, Different, Weekend Love, and Rain. Here’s what I thought about my favorite tracks:
EVOLUTION is a track that shows off Chad Michael’s verbal capabilities! By showing us how fast and creative his lyricism can be. Considering this is the first track off the EP and the first song I hear from Chad Michael, this is definitely a great introduction. He lets the listener know the bullshit he’s been through and what he’s doing to prevail in his music career. Dope flow!
DIFFERENT is a track where Chad Michael expresses his time growing up in Arizona and making the big move to California. Retouching his roots Chad realizes things change and things will become different. Visual Directors Danny Gauthier and Chad M. Arechiga bring Chad Michael’s music video to his first single DIFFERENT.
WEEKEND LOVE here’s a track where Chad Michael becomes a hopeless romantic. When needing love you just have to take it slow or do what just feels right. But due to his career and the long distance, the commitment just doesn’t feel right. With what the entertainment industry is trying to show the artist, that the most important thing is getting money and fucking bitches. Messes with the mind, but not the heart.
RAIN I find this track to be very poetic with a heavy introspective perspective. With the simple production, it really makes you concentrate with what Chad Michael’s had to say. The twenty-four year old artist who has potential in making his mark in the hip-hop scene. RAIN also shows Chad’s melodic and soulful side to his music.
Chad uses ‘Rain’ as an opportunity to continue to explore and refine his burgeoning mixture of sounds. Whether crooning softly to an old flame or attempting to navigate the difficulty of societal pressures, the young artist’s intelligence, raw ability, and passion shine
With the beginning of the year underway, Chad Michael is expected to have collaborations with established artists and some new music videos as well! Be on the lookout for more content and take a listen to the Rain Ep.
[LOS ANGELES] Have you ever felt like fuck the world and just do whatever you want. Spencer Bonds expresses that in his exclusive track IN MY WORLD, that is on his new EP titled Calm Down. The track was produced by X A N, here’s where Spencer Bonds delivers a flow that fits well with dark trap genre sound. On his second project Calm Down here’s where Spencer Bonds showcases an artistic freed project. Considering himself as the Lizard kind, Spencer shares his stories and his self complex production, with some help with a few of his favorites.
[Los Angeles, California]
The stand alone followup to her debut EP, Time Travel, Jasmine Jordan’s infectious voice has us happily bopping along with her song Smile.
The video makes great use of color in order to convey the different types of emotions she’s singing about. With the current state of the game, music videos are often something you just do to get them out of the way and little thought is put into how they complement the song. It’s great to see how Jasmine’s visual goes against that way of thinking in order to enrich the song. After listening to it on Soundcloud, I had all sorts of warm colors in my mind based off of the production and lyrics alone. It was really nice to see those colors put on screen almost as if they had been ripped right from my mind.
Pleasant video. Worth a watch/listen for the soulful R&B Heads out there.
[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.