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[ALBUM REVIEW] Revolution Zo – Sheep In Wolves Clothing

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[CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have multi-talented hiphop artist by the name of Revolution Zo, he also is a producer and songwriter. We have his latest project SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING. This soulful project containing ten tracks that really experiments with different styles of music variating from Hip-Hop, Trance, Soul, and Pop. Before we get into the music, let’s get to know a little bit more on who Revolution Zo is and back story.

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 7.37.15 PMLet’s go back 2003 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where it all began. Revolution Zo started to create beats and sold them locally to other artists. But then his life shifted when mischief became a factor, he then moved to Clarksville, Tennessee. Revolution Zo was interested in expanding his craft by becoming a song-writer.

The benefits to creating music became like therapy sessions to ease with his troubles with his anger and depression. Revolution Zo embraced the Nashville music scene by showing support by attending and performing at shows. Getting noticed by Def Jam A&R in 2009, but due to some indifferences the contact was lost. Zo decided to take a hiatus and get ready for the next move.

In 2014, Revolution Zo had submitted some material that got a head nod of approval from 9th Wonder on his Ustream Listening Sessions. He even encouraged Zo that his music was dope and related to a different lane, that he should embark. Listening to his advice, Zo started to reconstruct himself and his music and starting to create his next project SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING.
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I’m going to review my favorite tracks of SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING. I do have to say the artwork alone is extremely eye-catching and sets the mood right for the journey we’re about to embark on.

[01 PSALMS] Revolution Zo is expressing himself melodically through this power introduction. Somewhat hypnotizing Revolution Zo gets you tuned in. The track kinda reminds me that it’s a type of anthem. Gaining control of your life and staying focus no matter what you’re going through.

[02 STRANGE THANGS] The unique production makes it so easy to vibe too. Revolution Zo is about to flow on this track is effortless. Zo breaks down how he comes off a bit strange. When going through struggles he doesn’t like to involve other people. He keeps it to himself and solves it on his own. He takes his mothers words of advice to be grateful and pray for you’re blessings.

[04 NITE AT THE DISCO (FEATURING SKYE)] With this track is completely different from the rest of the tracks. This is fits more in a club late night getting the crowd hype to keep on dancing. Skye adds a nice back vocals on the track. This goes to show that Revolution Zo can adapt to any sounding beat. This track makes you want to move. This is a dope track.

[06 BLACK DESERT] Revolution Zo gets grimy on this dark track on what he feels regarding all the negativity live can endure. Its like the negativity speaks through the track on the deep vocal. With God on his side he will be able to defeat these demons and speak a better path.

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.45.05 PM[07 RUNNING AWAY (FEATURING LOLLIEVOX)] I feel like everyone can relate to this track. When dealing with a bunch of issues and feel like you can’t break through. You feel the best way to get out of it is by running away. But in the end you figure the best way to deal with your issues is facing them. Revolution Zo tone on this track gives us an artist that’s opening up and expressing himself the best way he can and that’s through his music. Lollievox makes an appearance on the track.

[10 SUMMER LOTUS (FEATURING RUFUS DAWKINS)] On this track Revolution Zo expresses how he feels about someone he finds attractive, smart, and could possibility fall in love with. R&B & Soul flows through the production while Rufus Dawkins adds some melodic vocals to the track.

“Rev. Zo musical style can be described as melodic rap with introspect, it would seem that he acquires ability to lay his insecurities on record and expose his philosophical personifications as an emotional artist, dealing with expansive and nebulous feelings in acute and often self-destructive ways” – Press Release.

This concludes my review on Revolution Zo’s album SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING. I broke down my favorite tracks, and overall it’s definitely a solid project. We would love to know what you guys think about Revolution Zo music. Make sure you stay in the loop and follow Revolution Zo on all his social media links below:

Instagram: @revolutionzo
Twitter: @revolutionzo
Facebook: RevolutionZo

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[TIPS] How To Enjoy You’re First Music Dance Festival

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download_48Want to enjoy your next dance music event – then follow these tips and make the most of it.

Make Sure To Wear Comfortable Shoes (non open toed ones)

One of the major determining factors of whether you will be able to enjoy yourself at one of these events is being dressed comfortably. Make sure to wear shoes that you will be able to dance in (it should also be a pair that you don’t care too much if they end up getting destroyed) – it could be one of the worst decisions you ever made to wear flip flops since people will be trampling all over your feet. Invest in cute flats or converse shoes. Heels are a definite no.

Have Enough Cash On Hand To Buy Water

If you are planning to go to a rave that is going to last a while, you will need to have plenty of water. A regular set will typically last 4 to 5 hours, and marathon sets may go as long as 10 to 11 hours. So make sure you and your friends stay hydrated to survive the night. There are going to be lots of sweaty people around.

What To Wear

Don’t overdress and make sure you are comfortable. You can wear shorts and a cute crop top that has a bandeau. Here is a good site.

Find out who the DJ is going to be and the songs that they will be playing.

Are you going to wear an Armin Only t-shirt to a Markus Schulz set? Do you know who is going to be performing and the kind of music they will be playing? Do you understand what the difference is between house, techno and trance? Before you go, make sure you have these things figured out, otherwise you could end up looking like a fool.

Take A Fanny Pack To Put Your Phone In

Fanny packs have made a comeback and they are very useful to have if you would like to carry things with you without needing to lug around a purse or backpack. The amount of phone thieves is increasing, and you don’t want to be forced to replace your new phone.

Accessorize

Dance music is a colourful genre and as such you should accessorise before you go to any event. Our advice is to ensure you have your sun glasses, glow stick and whatever else before you get there as it will be a lot cheaper than purchasing them there.

Go With Your Significant Other Or Good Friends

If you haven’t ever been to a rave, the most fun part of all is enjoying it with your significant other or good friends. It can be okay to go with people that you don’t really know very well, however better to stay with those you know unless you are really sure about them.

Plan For How You Will Be Getting Home

Make sure you are prepared. Know who will be driving and all the details about that. Plan on how you will be getting home, and have a place to crash (in case the designated driver isn’t okay to drive). The last thing you want is to end up in the headlines of the news tomorrow.

Take Earplugs With You

If you don’t want to develop tinnitus (ringing in the ears), then make sure to take high-quality earplugs with you. On Amazon they are just $15. If there isn’t time for you to order a set online, just go to Walmart and buy a cheap disposable pair for $3.

Take Sunglasses With You

The lights are extremely bright, and you might not like staring directly into the sun whenever you are in a crowded, dark place. So take some sunglasses with you.

Take Scrunchies Or A Hair Tie With You

If is going to get very hot, so by the time that the night is over you will most likely be dripping sweat (particularly if it is indoor). So take hair tie with you just in case you need it so that you don’t have to suffer from all of the humidity.

Be Ready To Be Pushed, Squished And Touched

Depending on which event you attend, most likely there will be lots of people who are jammed into one room. The action always occurs close to the stage, so be prepared for people trampling, squishing and pushing you.

Enjoy, Relax And Have Lots Of Fun

Despite all of the potential downfalls, most likely your rave will end up being the most memorable for you. So keep the above tips in mind, relax, enjoy it and have lots of fun!
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[ARTIST ADVICE] Getting Featured On A Music Blog: Tips For Success

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Years ago, all you needed was a good magazine review and your album would sell like hotcakes. In fact, the review didn’t even really need to be good; the only thing that was important was the size of the magazine’s circulation. However, times have changed, and most people don’t even see magazine reviews anymore. All the information they need is on the Internet, which means that music blogs are becoming increasingly more popular. Stereogum and Pitchfork are two of the current big ones, and they can help a new artist get a following fairly quickly. It isn’t always easy to get featured on one of the big blogs, though, but smaller blogs can be instrumental to a beginner’s success.

How do you connect with a blogger? The truth is, you have to go about the process in the right way if you want to be a success. The following five tips are crucial in helping you get the attention of a blogger.

1. Study The Blog: Before you do anything else, you need to look through a blog you are interested in to learn as much about it as possible. When you contact the blogger, you need to be familiar with the site and showcase that you have that knowledge.

2. Comment: As you are looking through the blog, comment on posts that you find interesting. Don’t say anything about the fact that you are a musician yet; you simply want to provide interesting commentary so that your name looks familiar to the blogger.

3. Reach Out: After you spend time looking through the site and commenting, and you think the blogger has had time to recognize your name, you can contact him or her and talk a little about yourself. The blogger should be more willing to listen to you if he has seen you making valuable contributions on his site.

4. Ask A Question: Bloggers get a lot of emails, and they simply don’t have time to make personal contact with everyone. Increase your chances by asking the blogger a question about your music. This may inspire him to get back in touch with you, particularly if he knows you are a regular on his site. You can follow up as well, if you don’t hear anything at first.

5. Give Information: Don’t try to “sell” the blogger on your work. Just talk about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Hopefully this advice helps you. It comes from a blogger that often hears from others in the industry, so it is valuable information.

6. Engage in Social Media: If you’re starting a music blog, then sort out your social media. Set up some accounts, add some followers and some likes to them and then start placing your content on them regularly at the right times and watch as they grow.

These tips will help you create and grow a good music blog that will give you and your tastes exposure.

[WRITTEN BY GUEST AUTHOR]

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[BEAT ALERT] @RealTLBeats Produced By Strate Vibes – Late Nights

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BEAT ALERT!! We got this outstanding beat produced by Strate Vibes. The beat is entitled LATE NIGHTS and it feels perfect for them late nights. Especially like one like tonight. The chill ambiance relaxes you, and you can’t help but vibe out this one. Strate Vibes collaborates with TLBEATS.COM. I really like the visual for this beat, simple Moon background, with a nice digital clock counting up till the beat is over. I wish it was a bit longer, but you can always loop it. Shoutout to this dope beat from Strate Vibes and make sure you stayed tuned for amazing production from TL BEATS.

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[Website Recommendation] ArtistShortcut.com

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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!

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[AUDIO] Nexis – Alright Alriiight Featuring Sir Wann

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[WASHINGTON D.C] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop artist NeXis with his latest single ALRIGHT ALRIIIGHT featuring Sir Wann. Here’s a bit of a back story on NeXis, when growing up he was raised by his grandparents and aunt. He was able to get in touch with a vast range of musical influences which gave him the inspiration in becoming an artist himself.

On his track ALRIGHT ALRIIIGHT it’s the perfect club track. Mixed by Kez Khou, Mastered by Mike Dean. NeXis style embodies the streets and how he identifies with the impulsiveness of today’s youth. NeXis prides himself for making socially conscious yet disturbingly controversial music. If you’re diggin’ NeXis style as much as I am, let him know by checking out his links below:
SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER || LAST.FM || MYSPACE || GOOGLE+ || YOUTUBE ||

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[AUDIO] After Pxrty – Flight to Tennessee

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[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have After Party a multi-creative person with the skills in creating beats and reciting his stories. His latest release is his single FLIGHT TO TENNESSEE. One thing I really like about After Pxrty is his flow and overall tone on the this track. After Pxrty has made his presence visible on iTunes Charts in sixteen different countries. FLIGHT TO TENNESSEE is from his new project entitled East Grand Rapids Yacht Club LP. Be on the look out from more dope content from After Pxrty.

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[UPCOMING EVENT] 9/21 NikkiSiixx Birthday Getty at 1306 in Miami

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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!

NO COVER
DOORS OPEN 10PM – 3AM
QUEENS DRINK FREE 10PM-12AM

MUSIC BY:
VLVTJONES || MR.ALEXIS || EZMONEYGAUPO

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[ALBUM REVIEW] AJB4 – Organic Growth

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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.

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[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!

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

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[Upcoming Event] September 1-3 Redbull Sound Select Presents 3 Days In Miami w/ ASAP FERG, ALUNAGEORGE, 070SHAKE

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@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.

@ THE HANGAR
60 NE 11TH ST. MIAMI, FL 33132
DOORS AT 8PM 21+

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[MUSIC VIDEO] eMETA – Bullets

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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:

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[Artist Advice] 5 TEDTalk Seminars to Benefit You And Your Career

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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!

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[Audio] Renny & Zsa Heem – Like Mike (Prod. J Cash)

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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.

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[Music Video] Yung Snapp & A Dot – Lit

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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.

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[DOWNLOAD] Tox – Reach For The Stars 2 (Mixtape)

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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.

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[Audio] Zone 6 Sosa – Saran Wrap (Prod. Train808 & TalibanJu808)

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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

 
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[AUDIO] KYNG N KONG FT. PYREX, RIFF RAFF & LUKE-O – BANANAS

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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.

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[DOWNLOAD] MeRCY – Featured Presentation

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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.