[WILKES-BARRE,PA] Making his return back on NikkiSiixx.com, Jared Xavier brings us another dope single titled WHATEVER YOU WANT. Bringing us some R&B vibes over a lvstlivingsoul production, while reciting how he lives to inspire. He even touches based on police brutality, social media, and the hard work he’s putting into his music career. WHATEVER YOU WANT really gives you an insight on what Jared Xavier has on his mind. Stay in the loop @JaredXavier_.
[JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have inspiring artist Dez Nado with his latest album LaDolceVita! Dez Nado was able to bring a unique, politically/social conscious rap. When I first listened to this album, I felt he was speaking for the people who have dealt with heinous acts of violence because the difference in their skin color. All these injustices that led to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
What I really like about Dez Nado as an artist, he doesn’t rap the false pretenses of a rapper’s lifestyle. He’s more about bringing the light to all the darkness that’s plaguing our country. What’s also unique about Dez Nado he produces and stars in his own locally air cable reality TV series called “Life & Grind: Duval” (airs Sundays at 8pm on Bounce Network – Comcast 225/Digital 17-2). This Tv Series shines the spotlight on local talent here in Jacksonville, including himself, in addition to producing his own music.
LaDolceVita was featured on 360Magazine, Thisis50, Hip Hop Reviews 4D, and DownSouthHipHop. This time I’m going to have an in-depth review of LaDolceVita. My favorite tracks from Dez Nado’s album are LaDolceVita, Prelude 2 Revolution, American Dream, Duele, Luv The Way U Do, Fed Up, Pain, More 2 Life, and Immigrant Story. Check out what I thought about Dez Nado’s LaDolceVita:
[01. LADOLCEVITA] – What a way to introduce you to Dez Nado, from the triumphant sounding production and vocals by Jermeka Monae. This track is meant for the ones who work for what they want. All about the hard hustle and getting the deserving accomplishments. Enjoying life to the fullest with what you got and being appreciated. Great and positive energy that pours through the speakers.
[03. PRELUDE 2 REVOLUTON] Dez Nado puts together an interlude that has actual audio clips from Tupac talking about the Panthers and the government. Then an activist who supports Black Lives Matter and how they’re reacting to the un-justice for all the lives lost, and a very extremely powerful poetic spoken-word speech regarding all the violence that has been occurring through police brutality and voicing her right for her anger.
[04. AMERICAN DREAM] Dez Nado expresses he’s thoughts on all the victims that have been happening due to police brutality. Unnecessary roughness that ended the lives of these innocent unarmed victims. All Dez Nado is asking for is peace and equality. The track also features Jermeka Monae with the vocals and Tyler Norris with the poetic speech at the end of the track.
[06. DUELE] How couldn’t post this track? Showing love for the Boriqua’s Dez Nado show’s his skills in rapping in Spanish and English. Love the production of this track! The song makes us visuals Dez Nado in Puerto Rico meeting a beautiful Puerto-Rican and she gives him a tour of the city. A mix of salsa, hip-hop, and R&B makes you want to dance to the beat. DUELE features Jermeka Monae, Gabriele and Twenty8.
[11. FED UP] It starts with a reality check, listen to what the voice has to say. The track really provides with the production a hard hitting bass with Royal Francis providing bars for the first verse. On the hook and second verse we got Dez Nado. He’s giving a word of an advice to not pay attention to the ones who don’t believe in you and you’re able to do what your heart wants.
[14. MORE 2 LIFE] Dez Nado gets mean on this one, how can you not! Getting frustrated with the system, and working hard and not getting the joys of life. The track features Meanz of Operation, I find their collaboration to be pretty dope. A lot of energy and emotion on this track.
[17. IMMIGRANT STORY] Dez Nado takes us on a journey like no other. An immigrant’s point of view of living in circumstances that are life threatening and what can happen to Syrian’s that are struggling to survive. It’s an amazing tale, so descriptive and Dez Nado is very passionate with this story. If you close your eyes you can watch the movie play. Take a listen you won’t regret it.
This concludes my album review of Dez Nado’s LADOLCEVITA. Conscious rapper from Jacksonville, Florida making a choice to talk about what’s really important over great production. Be on the look out for more content from Dez Nado coming soon.
[BOYNTON BEACH, FL] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have aspiring artist/producer V.C Da Menace. He brings us his latest single SLAVE SHIFT. V.C has an impeccable flow and it’s something refreshing. During the though times Africans endured in slavery and with recent police brutality throughout the years.
V.C Da Menace embraces he’s roots and stories of known victims of the terrible movement. V.C showcases he’s ability to stand on his own with inspiration from the passed. V.C this time spend more hands in with the process of creating SLAVE SHIFT, by producing and mixing the track himself. V.C Da Menace displays clever thought provoking lyrics over a bangin’ soulful beat. Be on the lookout for more content from V.C Da Menace.
[CLEVELAND, OHIO] Trap Conscious Rapper Freshforreal made a tribute track called BALL TOGETHER for the late Kenn Ball. If you’re not familiar with the name you should of because he was a rising star in Cleveland. Unfortunately, one night Kenn Ball was gun down by an off-duty police officer back in 2012. The tragic news struck Freshforreal hard, he meet Kenn Ball at the age of 11 and became friends. Once Kenn Ball moved to one city over, they still remained friends. Seeing each other once in a while and constantly speak through Twitter. With the latest update on the trial we find out the officer Roger Jones gets a slap on the wrist with getting assigned to regular duty at the 3rd District. That he was liable for using excessive force when he shot Kenn Ball. Right now the trial is focusing more on charging the Driver of the vehicle, Devonta Hill with counts of murder and other felonies. I really don’t understand why the driver is being called a murderer when Hill didn’t even pull the trigger, officer Roger Jones did. Freshforreal was happy the family was rewarded immensely but the music and the art Kenn Ball provided will never be updated. But hoping for BALL TOGETHER to gain more exposure for the fallen rapper. Freshforreal expresses how progressively Kenn Ball was moving up even getting an opportunity with RCA Records and was working on his debut project. Here’s the link to Kenn Ball’s project Birth Place of Aviation via iTunes. Freshforreal presents a great way to show appreciation to someone you loss by making a song about them. Currently, for Freshforreal his working on his upcoming mixtape titled INTERVIEW and catch his documentary series on Youtube self titled TRACY with his first episode THE REAL ARTIST CREATED BY YOU:
[PHILADELPHIA] This is not your regular type of FADED video, with a bunch of drug use and getting completely intoxicated. With this talented female rapper Joie Kathos she targets how our culture is fading. With the non-stop racism we’ve been dealing with in our judicial system regarding police brutality on the rise. FADED is the official visual off of Joie Kathos EP Floaters. I love how the video demonstrates the domino effect in their story telling. The main character decided to take measures into his own hands, and decides to rob a restaurant. Two of his friends witness this, but one decided to leave before it got worse, and the other one stayed by his friend’s side. FADED was directed by Glass Canon, produced by Outlaw, and sampled from the hit EDM single by Zhu. This video should be an eye opener to everyone. From the rising number of deaths of unarmed teens. We need to all WAKE UP, and stand up for what we believe is right. All Lives Matter.
Check out the official trailer for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. Taking place in the early 90’s. Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray, David Engel, Bill Straus, Ronald G. Muhammad, Scott Bernstein and Adam Merims. This trailer just gives me chills! Also, I find this movie to hit perfectly with what we have going on. Police Brutality and Race Issues! The movie is set to premiere August 14, 2015.
[TORONTO, ON] Crossword is a Iranian-Canadian emcee that likes to talk about politics than swag, or to serenade than cater to the gentleman’s club, intelligent lyricism, witty wordplay and passionate delivery are staples in Crossword’s repertoire. This visual for BREATHE, uses actual video footage of riots between Minorities against the Police. For years, there’s been cases of police brutality against unarmed citizens of the United States. Especially African Americans, in an alarming rate. Crossword expresses how it’s difficult to simply breathe without having someone stalking information.
The video shows Crossword being followed by some type of Government figure. He ends up getting kidnapped and has to deal with serious interrogation. It even seems like torture. What are they trying to figure out from Crossword, or does Crossword have something against them. The hook says It’s Getting Hard To Breathe which I feel was inspired by last words of victim Eric Gardner. Since his last words we’re “I Can’t Breathe” after getting choked hold to death by officer Daniel Pantaleo. In which he wasn’t indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Eric Gardner. The list goes on and on from more victims by the overreactions of police officers or even having ulterior motives. By releasing BREATHE Crossword hopes to expose more of what’s really going on. I can keep on with this topic, but lets get back to the music. Crossword’s debuted his full-length album XW which is available now via BANDCAMP. BREATHE was Directed by Daniel Gates and Produced by Justunlimited. I really do like the beat on this one and Crossword’s flow is dope. See for yourself and Press Play! [LINKS] TWITTER || FACEBOOK || YOUTUBE || WEBSITE || SOUNDCLOUD ||
Check out the latest visuals from 19 year old rapper from Georgia named Zachary Chan with IN A WAR. It’s a powerful video created in response to the events that have been taking place in Ferguson Missouri and other similar places. Coming from Police Brutality and the deaths of young unarmed black teens. Video takes place in a gymnasium, with it being all in black and white for a dramatic affect. I find that track to be inspiring and overall great production as well. IN A WAR video was shot and directed by Riki Prosper Additional Footage from 30entertainment. If you’re interested in finding out more on Zacky Chan view his social media accounts below: TWITTER – YOUTUBE