Its time to celebrate! NikkiSiixx is a year older and is getting ready to party with everyone on September 21st at THE BAR 1306 in Miami, Florida. Shoutout to PropsAndBonds for putting this together for me!
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[CHATTANOOGA, TN] This will actually be AJB4 first official post on NikkiSiixx.com. He did make an appearance with his single I BE THAT, in a previous project review I did for Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. This time we have my review on his latest album Organic Growth. But before I get into the review, lets get to know him a bit better.
Growing up with the church and traveling all over the world due to his father love for God and his strength being a chaplain in the military. In 2008 his cousin and himself started to create rap songs that showed their devotion for the church. Which later turned into something greater, the love to becoming a musician and perfecting his craft. Lets look eight years down the line, here’s where AJB4 has released six projects and he’s received radio play from various online radio stations like K107FMJamz, GospelSynergy Radio and QSJRadio.
Throughout the ten track album, AJB4 presents us with solid work. The tracks I felt that really stood out to me were Loaded, Figure It Out, Its On Me, Spam Musubi, and You Don’t Know. Here’s what I thought are Organic Growth.
[02. LOADED] I really wish AJB4 started the album with this track. It really grabs my attention. AJB4 comes loaded and locked, with God by his side he feels there’s no room for error. He fights for what he believes in. Melodic harmonies in the hook, its hard not to recite it.
[03. FIGURE IT OUT] AJB4 opens up his heart, to the one that befriended him. Even though there was something more but it ended up in the trash. Growing up and becoming a man, AJB4 knows what he wants. And won’t let anyone hurt him when it comes to love. This tracks production makes me want to move back and forth. Even feels trance-like.
[05. ITS ON ME] I find this to be my favorite track off Organic Growth. Who hasn’t experience a relationship where the other half expect perfection from you. Causing stress and unnecessary pressure in not messing up. Or for some reason everything is your fault. AJB4 expresses his lyrics with a sense of wittiness. Even when breaking down the second verse and how she flipped so fast like he never existed and blocking him out of her life. At least AJB4 admits to his messes.
[08. SPAM MUSUBI] AJB4 talks about a girl of interest, that feels could be the one for him. Meeting her online, developing a dating relationship, talking all the time, and having something he thinks is real from afar. Kinda like it’s too good to be true, but that didn’t work out. Decides to make a move on someone but later found out she was in a relationship. AJB4 is looking for someone who’s real and not fake! I really like AJB4 flow on this one.
[10. YOU DON’T KNOW] AJB4 has been through a lot of struggles. But regardless he looks up to God and here’s where he can strive for greatness. Even have a close death experience it hit him like a ton of bricks. Feeling free and going down the right path. Talking about his story, he hopes you can learn from his mistakes.
AJB4 says his main goals are to make good positive music, praise God, keep it real, and share experiences in his life.
This concludes my album review of AJB4 Organic Growth, I broke down my favorite stand out tracks. Which tracks you felt were you’re favorite? Would love to hear what you have to say, just comment below or tweet me at @NikkiSiixx #OrganicGrowth !! And make sure you support AJB4 by listening to Organic Growth on Spotify, Purchase the album, and follow him on all his social media accounts. Let em know where you heard about him, right here on NikkiSiixx.com!
@NormaNow released in her latest email blast that Red Bull Sound Select are throwing a party. Headlined by A$AP Ferg, Cashmere Cat and AlunaGeorge, and featuring top up-and-comers Jazz Cartier, Tennyson, Xavier Omar, 070 Shake, Nick León, and Steven A Clark, don’t sleep on this one. You SNOOZE, you LOSE! #3DaysinMIA is a weekend of live music and more, celebrating the city and the best in new music. Exclusive for Red Bull Sound Select Members. Tickets are $15. Enjoy.
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[VENTURA COUNTY] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have Eric Metaphysical, better known as eMETA. Originally born in South Korea, eMETA was adopted by white parents. eMETA brings us his latest music video BULLETS. Being inspired by heavy sounding music, and showing more of a darker side. eMETA brings a heavy-metal, trap sounding track. I know this kind of music we usually don’t post but we do support the indie artist. If you’re diggin’ eMETA’s BULLETS visual, then make sure to check out all the links below:
If you haven’t heard about TEDTalk here’s some homework for you. TedTalk is a company that brings speakers to seminars all over. Giving life lessons, upcoming technology, research, and social interactions. I felt I came across a couple of TEDTalk’s that can relate to a hip-hop musician/entrepreneur. Why not generate a list of my five picks for TEDTalk videos that can benefit you and your career.
Hip-Hop’s Seat At The Table || Brad Franklin
Hip-hop may be the most influential genre in popular music but its artists are not always seen as community leaders in other contexts. Brad Franklin explains his idea that the creators of hip-hop are vital representatives of the culture they reflect, which has become mainstream.
Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin is a Hip Hop artist, entrepreneur, writer and activist. Kaz’s extensive career spans several mediums, including music, TV, and radio. He is one-half of the critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Crooked Lettaz with David Banner. He’s also garnered much success as a solo artist with 5 releases though his own company, OurGlass Media Group. Those albums sold nearly 20,000 copies independently and led to extensive tours of both the Czech Republic and Ghana, West Africa. OurGlass is a full service Public Relations/Marketing/Entertainment Consulting Firm with a recording label, management company, film production company, concert promotions, and property management arms. Currently, Kaz is the marketing specialist for the City of Jackson, Department of Human & Cultural Services. He also writes columns for both the Clarion Ledger & Jackson Free Press. But his greatest achievement is being a loving husband and proud father of 3.
Keep Your Goals To Yourself || Derek Sivers
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says its better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
Why Videos Go Viral || Kevin Allocca
Kevin Allocca is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can’t wait …)
How Winning in Hip-Hop Led To Winning in Business & Life || Glenn Bolton
In this short but entertaining talk, Glenn Bolton, aka Professor Daddy-O, shares the secret to his success in the highly competitive music industry that is relevant to anyone from any industry.
Glenn “Daddy-O” Bolton is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. Hailed by the industry as the “Quincy Jones of rap,” Bolton founded groundbreaking hip-hop group Stetsasonic, whose success inspired the alternative hip-hop genre. He later joined the executive ranks at Universal Records, where he was charged with talent discovery and development.
Bolton has worked with heavyweights Mary J. Blige, B52s, Queen Latifah, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. Other notable projects include the And 1 mixtape, MTV’s Rip The Runway and the movies Dangerous Minds, CB4, Lean On Me, and Straight Outta Brooklyn, where he served as talent and Music Supervisor. His career has been chronicled Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, and Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop.
Bolton lives in Atlanta and most recently served as a curator for the official Smithsonian Hip-Hop Anthology. He has an album out currently on iTunes entitled #everybodybutkrs. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
The Transformative Power of Hip-Hop || Professor Lyrical
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized
This concludes my five top Hip-Hop related TedTalk seminar segments I feel that any upcoming hip-hop artist or entrepreneur can learn a thing or two from it. I find these seminars to be very insightful. If you come across any other TedTalk’s you’ll like to add to this list, by all means contact me via Twitter @NikkiSiixx. Would love to share those videos!
Although the NBA league is being dominated by the likes of Steph Curry and LeBron James, Renny & Zsa Heem decide they still wanted to be “Like Mike” on their latest single. The boys from Camden, New Jersey bounce with flows over a J Cash produced beat. Both artist compliment each other style on this one as they deliver slick talk and braggadocious bars.
Chester, PA’s own Yung Snapp x A Dot take their hard earned money to a Philadelphia nightclub and deliver a visual for their latest collaboration “Lit.” Plenty of bottles of champagne to go around, the Mar Films directed video captures the lifestyle of Snapp & A. Thanks to the Beat Bully production “Lit” has plenty of knock for the club. Give this one a play and let us know what you think.
Live from the state of New Jersey, Rapper Tox comes through with his latest mixtape “Reach For The Stars 2” and it’s good. For 11 tracks Tox holds it down on the mic on his own with very little features. On this project, he talks about his dreams to play in the NFL and how he was led to the music industry instead. The mixtape is mostly full of smooth tracks and melodic hooks. Make sure you follow Tox on Twitter.
You’re going to feel like you’re in the middle of Atlanta when you listen to this one. Artist and producer, Zone 6 Sosa, drops off his latest single “Saran Wrap” which features production from Train808 & TalibanJu808. The ATL homie comes through with a tough joint for the hood. A lot of hometown slang and slick talk, Sosa keeps it extra gutter. Make sure you go to Twitter and follow Zone 6 Sosa, Train808 & TalibanJu808
Kyng n Kong drop of their single “Bananas” which features Pyrex, Riff Raff & Luke- O. All four rappers hold it down in their own right on this track. Fans will especially appreciate the beat which has plenty of knock. The trap sound is all over this joint but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a solid club record that you can turn up too.
The iLLustrious music recording artist, MeRCY, drops off his latest “Featured Presentation.” The album is full of guest appearances by Nature, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, Dave East, Havoc of Mobb Deep, and Sean Price just to name a few. “Featured Presentation” should keep his fans satisfied while we await the release of his new studio album this summer. This 10 track project is solid with the very first song “Charisma” being one of the stand outs. Make sure you follow MeRCY on Twitter.
In the last few years, it’s no secret that Atlanta has been at the center of the hip-hop music world. With that said, Atlanta’s own Buddi The Bad Guy & Rey Fonder come through with another one that represents well for their home town. “I Enjoy it” is a smooth cut that is great to ride around to. Both artist boast about their lifestyles over a solid produced track by KrissiO. This that kick back and chill vibe and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it as well. Make sure when you’re on Twitter to follow Buddi & Rey.
Representing Milwaukee, WI, rapper King Cezar drops off the visual for his latest single “COLD.” Best describing his city, King Cezar paints a vivid picture over production by Lil Medic. Isolating himself far from his city is where he chooses to reflect on the past and present with hopes of having a bright future. Make sure you follow King Cezar on Twitter.
The current state of The R&B scene in South Florida is little to none, but thats going to change on May 13th. RNBAE Showcase sponsored by @Crisdacat and @Miz_gabz96. What an amazing ideal to bring back R&B. They have a really special night dedicated to lovers and ones dealing with heartbreak. You don’t want to miss this! Make sure you come through and support Miami’s R&B Scene! I’ll be there and ready to network!
RNBAE SHOWCASE DETAILS: LOCATION: 3326 N Miami Ave
(In Midtown across from the shopping center with Target, Lime, Homegoods etc)
ART ENTERTAINMENT: Kangie is providing a “color by number” art piece for everyone at the event to enjoy. This is an interactive art piece allowing guests to color on the display and we will take a photos in front of it as well.
[WILKES-BARRE, PA] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com, Jared Xavier brings us his latest single LIFE WE CHOOSE. This time he features AJ SUEDE on the track. Jared Xavier lets out his feelings on making his own decisions in life. I’m obsessed with the hook! LIFE WE CHOOSE was produced by @tekdotlun. I’m really feelin’ the collaboration between Jared Xavier and AJ Suede. I would bump this at a house party for sure! If you like LIFE WE CHOOSE as much as I do make sure you support Jared Xavier by following him:
Coming from the west side of windy city Chicago, rapper Fairplay drops off a visual for his latest single “Here.” The song contains a sample from Alessia Cara’s hit single that goes by the same name. Fairplay teams up with videographer Lil E and gives us a gritty visual, spitting real life bars with his crew not far behind him. If you like what you see, you can stay up to date with Fairplay on Twitter.
HailHavoc.net finally release their interview with Pronto and Mahalo. Meeting up at a local skate-park. Pronto and Mahalo talk about their upcoming project, skateboarding, and their views on life. Be on the lookout for more content from Pronto and Mahalo.
This weekend I took time to vibe out to a new EP entitled “Voices” from California recording artist Vince Scxtt. The album’s intro track sets the tone and mood for the rest of the project. From song one through nine, Vince Scxtt takes us on a smooth and melodic ride with production from Bijan Amir, Mike Hector, Mike $antana and Derrick Ingram. Make sure you follow Vince Scxtt on Twitter and stream the project on Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify.