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[ALBUM REVIEW] 6 Cardinal – Flourish


Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com we have South Florida artist, 6 Cardinal. This time he brings us his latest album entitled FLOURISH. 6 Cardinal is not your ordinary artist, he also makes original beats and writes his own lyrics. During the creation of FLOURISH 6 Cardinal flew from South Florida to Brooklyn for a few days with hopes to capture New York City’s ambience and his creative chemistry with Ace in one collection of songs created from scratch. And after the first listen of FLOURISH you can definitely feel 6’s inspiration.

FLOURISH represents 6 Cardinal’s journey back to his musical roots. On the production side, FLOURISH forgoes the electronic-influenced production heard in his recent output in favor of the soulful and sample-heavy brand of production marking his earlier projects, which is provided by 6’s longtime friend, collaborator, and Brooklyn-based boom-bap maestro Ace Fayce.

For my review, I’ll be breaking down my favorite tracks. FLOURISH has a total of eight tracks. The ones that really stood out to me are The Name pt. IV, Ring The Alarm, Nine2Five, Royals, LuvJawn, and Outro. So let’s get this review underway.

6 cardinal 6[THE NAME PT. IV] Starting it out with straight BARS! 6 Cardinal keeps he’s lyrical content fresh! 6 stays on beat and really emphasizes old school hip-hop with his choice in production. Even though the track is only 2:32, it leaves the listener wanting more.

[RING THE ALARM] Word is bond! 6 Cardinal paints a vivid picture with his lyrics, line after line. You gotta nod your head to this one. One line that caught my attention was “Sicker than the flu, Ah-chu! You infected now“.

[NINE2FIVE] This is one of my favorite tracks off the album. How can you not relate? Working that 9 to 5 that drains you from what you really want to do. Its like you’re falling down a bottomless pit that same thing over and over, which sounds extremely exhausting. The production on this track is overall so beautiful. Very delicate, but still has the elements of a hip-hop track.

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[ROYALS] I find 6 Cardinal fits perfectly with old-school hip-hop production. He sounds on point and his flow is too. The subject of this track is drug use. And what a perfect display of it with his first music video from FLOURISH. The visual artwork and art direction was created by Sean Walton. Love the visual really puts you on a psychedelic trip. But I do have to say I feel this track was a bit short, so gives us more 6 Cardinal!

[LUVJAWN] 6 Cardinal opens up and talks about LOVE. He talks about all the little moments that he truly cherishes. He even touches base on some intimate moments as well. His hook was inspired by Lil Kim and Notorious B.I.G – Crush On You. But made it his own.

[OUTRO] The overall feeling on this track is so positive. From the production and 6 Cardinal realness, this track kinda gives me those summer time vibes. I really like the auto-tuned chipmunk voice for the hook. “Keep the mind so open“. Great way to end the project.

Flourish. Flourish in life; in love; and in spirit.

Flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.” – Joseph Addison

This concludes my review on 6 Cardinal’s FLOURISH Album. Overall the project was a great listen. 6 Cardinal really embodies the roots of hip-hop with his stellar performance on FLOURISH. If you’re diggin’ the project as much as I am. Make sure to let 6 Cardinal know! Show your support by following him on all his social media links below:

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[BEAT TAPE REVIEW] Scott Verity – Committed To Consistency


[VERMONT] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have Scout Verity a talented producer and creative. He’s bringing us today his beat tape Committed to Consistency. The three beat EP bringing you a mix of South and East Coast vibes. Not only does Scout Verity make some sweet beats, he is also a creative. By creating his own video blog series ‘What About Scout?’. You get a glimpse into his rural small-town lifestyle. And how he pursues his career to becoming a full-time producer and creating beats for his catalog. Scott Verity is dedicated to his journey and will be releasing a weekly offering from a visual to his blog and a beat tape to go with it. Expect the new-new every Friday. Take a look at Episode One: (This episode also inspired Committed to Consistency)

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-22-15-pm[MEAL TICKET] One thing I really like about this beat, is giving me the sense of old school O-Town vibes. Southern hospitality at it’s finest. I can see the likes of Curren$y rapping to this. This beat definitely has some good vibrations on this.

[TWO FORTY-ONE AM] This beat for some reason reminds me of the Dave Chapelle show. When he’ll walk out on stage… The beat provides those night time vibes, I can see Wiz Khalifa rapping to this one. I really like the sound of flute, gives it a bit of foreign style to it.

[WEAKEST LINK] This beat comes with the heavy bass and soft tones. It’s a beat thats bit on the slow paced. I found it hard to pick up who would fit great with this beat, but that doesn’t mean this beat wouldn’t fit anyone.

Committed to Consistency is available for download at www.scoutveritybeats.com/freebeattape. This concludes my review on Scott Verity’s Committed to Consistency Beat Tape. What would be your favorite beat off this beat tape? For me, my favorite has to be MEAL TICKET. If you’re liking what you’re hearing and interested in working with Scott Verity make sure you link up with him by following all his social media links below:

Twitter: @Scout_Verity
Instagram: @ScoutVerity
SnapChat: @ScoutVerity
Facebook: Scout Verity
Youtube: Scout Verity

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[AUDIO] Samuel Belman – You Was Right (REMIX) Lil Uzi Vert


[ALLENTOWN, PA] Making his first debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have rapper/singer/producer Samuel Belman with his rendition of Lil Uzi Vert YOU WAS RIGHT (REMIX). After releasing his first concept EP titled Abundance. Samuel Belman focuses on perfecting his craft and enlightens the listener with his drive for self-development. On YOU WAS RIGHT (REMIX) Samuel needed to actually try to rap slow to fit the beat. What really makes Samuel Belman happy is being able to create music. He’s point of the view of the song reflects that. With work they focus on you to work hard, instead of just finding a piece of happiness. The track was mixed and mastered by Chase Y’s. What do you guys think about Samuel Belman’s take on Lil Uzi Vert YOU WAS RIGHT?

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[AUDIO] VC Da Menace – KING featuring Remy Knight


[BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA] Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artist VC Da Menace with his latest single KING, featuring Remy Knight. VC Da Menace touches on topics about keeping a king’s mentality when handing issues, police brutality, and doing what you want with your life. Here’s a fact about VC Da Menace besides being an aspiring Artist, he can also produce a mean beat! VC is a SAE Miami Graduate. KING was actually produced by VC Da Menace himself! I really like the quality of the overall sound the track presents itself. And a pretty cool twist at the end giving it a bit of EDM. If you’re digging VC Da Menace you gotta stay in the loop and follow him on all his social media accounts.

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[BEAT ALERT] Rye Mann with “I-5 For The Summer”


[OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have producer by the name of Rye Mann with one of his instrumental tracks called I-5 FOR THE SUMMER. Rye Mann has been busy for the last three years considering he put together his latest album entitled “We Love It Here”. Collaborating with various artist over his own beats. Ranging from wide-ranging emcees to soulful singers, this album really shows you Rye Mann’s ability to work with the two. I wanted to share with you I-5 FOR THE SUMMER because you really see Rye create and really give a summer vibe feel to it. Artists quick question? What would you rap about on this? Be on the lookout for more content from Rye Mann by following him on his social media links:

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[AUDIO] Producer Jerry The Prodigy – DMs


[SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA] Producer Jerry The Prodigy makes his debut on NikkiSiixx.com with his latest creation DMs. Also, featured artist Jerry The Prodigy, Smooth Syrup, and E.T. Jerry The Prodigy is able to grasp the night life with heavy bass. One thing you can notice that his production provides also a heavenly vibe where you can hear it with his choice of instrumentals and with the other artist that are featured on it. According to E.T this was a test track that was recorded at Jerry’s. Pretty dope, if you’re feeling Jerry The Prodigy’s style make sure you hit him up on his TWITTER ||

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[AUDIO] Midwest Producer Anson Remixes Mike Posner – I Took A Pill in Ibzia


21 year old producer Anson was inspired by Mike Posner and he’s own remix and brought us I TOOK A PILL IN IBZIA. As soon as Anson heard @conormaynard cover to this, he knew he needed to add some tropical vibes to it. I’ve heard this track over and over, probably about 15 times. And I really like the vibes and the overall production is effortless. Shout out to Anson for this dope remix and his love for making software and eating bagels. Make sure you follow Anson on his Twitter Account @AnsonLongSeabra!

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[AUDIO] V.C Da Menace – Slave Shift


[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.

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Music Video: VIIK – PAPER/PAPER Remix


vii paper/paper remix[BROOKLYN, NY] Making her debut on NikkiSiixx.com, VIIK brings us her latest visuals to PAPER/PAPER REMIX. The singer/songwriter/producer delivers a mix of electronic, hip-hop, dub reggae and even some trap elements. VIIK goals is to promote semi-conscious lyrics with beats to make you bounce. You definitely have to on this record!

According to VIIK: “Paper” is a satirical yet playful hip-hoppy reggae banger about the power of the “almighty dollar” and the grip it has on society. There’s so much chaos in the world yet we are all distracted by our daily quest for the cash. It keeps a lot of the population from becoming aware and finding their purpose. And on top of that as a human of color, racism and systematic oppression is still alive.

PAPER/PAPER REMIX brings us some funky psychedelic visuals. I really like VIIK goth/edm look with the hot pink dreads, pink eyebrows, and everything leather. Her voice in kind and delivers a powerful message. Its time to get that paper. Follow VIIK via her Twitter Account @VIIK_WORLD and get updated on new content!

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Audio: leunammE – 40 Be God


Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com upcoming rapper/producer leunammE (lu•nah•may), was born and raise in Detroit. He brings us today his latest single 40 BE GOD. leunammE demonstrates heavy focus on his lyricism and is able to adapt catchy melodies over some really dope production. 40 BE GOD is the first single off of his first mixtape Alchemission. Considering leunammE makes his own beats he even plays the Keytar during live performances. Be on the look out for more content from leunammE and watch out for the visual for 40 BE GOD coming soon.

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EP Review: GiZMO TAiLz – Mugiwara


gizmo tailz[MIAMI, FLORIDA] After making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com with his music video DON’T TURN AROUND, GiZMO TAiLz brings us his first solo project MuGiWara EP.

If you’re not to familiar with what a Mugiwara is, it’s actually means Straw hat. GiZMO TAiLz is an artist, director, editor, producer, and engineer. He’s even 1/2 Member of The Creative Duo RASKLz [PIZZV.LORDz]. This is not just your regular thirteen track EP. It would be safe to say it’s more like a dark experiment with house/techno with a dash of some hip-hop. You can say it’s an unfound sound in today’s music. For my review I’m going to break down my favorite tracks off the MugiWara EP, which are MuGiWara Awaken, UV RAY, Take Control, Don’t Turn Around, 6GOLDZ, Su​-​Zen​-​B [Heal], and Voyage [Filler].


UV RAY // MuGiWara Awaken have a visual along side the tracks. The tracks are really an introduction to thus the style and vibe GiZMO TAiLz demonstrates. In the Music Film, GiZMO has a very unknown and strange power, and a love for pizza. The video is extremely trippy, but cool in a sense. Inspired by anime Video Games And Real Life Situations. The Young PIZZVLORD Looks For a quick “Slice” and what new Powers he’s Awaken Between The 2D And Real World. As Gizmo Falls Into A Tranced State, his visions are becoming powered. Now on a mission to create a New Wave. Did he really find a ForBidden Pizzv Crest? Directed and Edited by GiZMO himself, and Fimed Co. Directed By eqobKING.

TAKE CONTROL – The vibes on this one remind me of Kid Cudi’s Man on The Moon: The End of Day. “Let The Music Take Control” is repeated throughout the track with some melodies. In a sense it’s kinda like putting you in a trance.


This ain’t your ordinary music video, this visual definitely grabs the title for unique and dope graphics. GiZMO TAiLz is an inspiring artist that creates music in many different forms of hip-hop and can tap into alternative house genres. His visual DON’T TURN AROUND begins at the start of a retro fighting video game that eventually turns into a real life ninja, who is set to get The Pizzv Crest. GiZMO TAiLz transforms into Ninja Formation and Fights Dragoro. The visual also takes place at this years Florida Supercon 2k15. DON’T TURN AROUND is a music video like no other and definitely sounds like something new. Gamers can enjoy this visual too.

6GOLDZ – Considering GiZMO TAiLz self-produced the entire project, you can find some really catchy melodies. I found it on this track 6GOLDZ. Very simple, but when he starts rapping about his 6 gold teeth, it goes really well on beat.

Su​-​Zen​-​B [Heal] Even though this track is only instrumentals you can really dig this clubby vibe, GiZMO is trying to bring to the table. Another good instrumental is Voyage [Filler]. If I was an artist, I would be interested in seeing about working on getting production from GiZMO TAiLz.

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An Amazingly Self Built Dark & Trancy 13 Track EP Made For Gouls Of the night. Join The Journey Of Pain and Happiness As the Sleeping Dragon Awakens and Creates a New Path With his Unlocked Rare Power“. – GiZMO TAiLz

This concludes my EP Review of MugiWara by GiZMO TAiLz. If you’re diggin’ the project you should definitely support the artist via Bandcamp. Be on the lookout for more content from GiZMO TAiLz by following him on his social media:
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Beat Tape: SgBlk – huez


[ATLANTA, GEORGIA] For an artist it might be difficult to obtain your own beats to bring your words to life. So you gotta take matters into your own hands. For Sage BLOke, better known as SgBlk has embrace the production side to music and has created a beat tape entitled huez. The six track beat tape is definitely a piece of art. The vibes of the project presents itself, like the sounds are painting a vivid picture with various colors.

sgBLk sage bloke According to SgBLk “This project takes on the concept that music infects emotions, but in fact it can provide a gateway to images that normally can’t be seen in everyday life. Colors and music go hand and hand; they both express moods and give a sense of individuality“. He also added a sampled voice that makes his way through the tape and it really fits in, he says some pretty enlightening stuff. As vivid hue sounds it can keep your attention through it’s 11 minute 45 second journey of SgBLk perception of huez through sound.

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Top 25 Viewed Posts in 2015

2015 has been one hell of a year and the most viewed post are here for your viewing pleasure! We have from music videos, artist advice articles, album reviews, even one of my unboxing videos makes it mark on the Top 25 Viewed Posts in 2015:

25. The AWKWORD – Approved Female Rappers List

24. Interview: JamalG

23. Interview: Aviant Redz

22. Beat Tape: IAMNOBODI – Elevated (Soulection) – Instrumental EP

21. Album Review: Shottie – The Blackest Rose

20. Artist Advice: How To Approach A Producer With Or Without A Budget

19. Music Video: Ziggy Lovah – Undercover featuring D-Locz

18. Download: MyVerse – State of the Art Album

17. NikkiSiixx Do’s and Dont’s: How To Promote Your Music Through Social Media Outlets

16. HOT TOPIC: HOW MEEK MILL COULD’VE ETHER-ED DRAKE

15. POLL: Who Sampled It Better? Kingdom Hearts Utada Hikaru – Sanctuary

14. Artist Advice: Avoid Being Just Another Soundcloud Rapper

13. NikkiSiixx Do’s and Dont’s: Submissions 101

12. Music Video: wiLLThaColdest – Find Out

11. Videogames: Pokémon Go App Overshooting It’s Capabilities?

10. Download: Kal-L – To Paris With Love

09. LOOTCRATE: NikkiSiixx Unboxes December’s (2014) Theme Anniversary

08. Music Video: Yuh Boy 85 – IDGAF

07. Exclusive Leak: Does Tink Take A Jab At Nicki Minaj?

06. Music Video: Jay Guira x Da Heist x Young Breed – ISSUES

05. Music Video: White Blake – Double Cups

04. Download: Eric Biddines – Planetcoffeebean 2

03. The NEW Music Scene: 10 New Jersey Rappers That Are Likely To Blow Up

02. Music Video: SEYI – Wanna Be

01. The AWKWORD – Approved Top 10 Hip Hop Artists to Watch in 2015

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Download: ItzEdBoi – Kame House EP


8c0727f3dd0bfaaf1028651b0775c452[MIAMI, FL] Kame House EP was created by producer/engineer/songwriter/artist itzedBoi. Maintaining years in working with Miami Artists, he’s been able to expand across the country with London Artists as well. itzedBoi completed the EP by producing, writing, and mixing the tracks all by himself. Kame House is a fun and filled with high energy that is something you have to bump to. Topics discussed on the project are from nerd humor, hip-hop and pop culture, video games, and even some anime. As you can tell by the cover art, itzedBoi remains true to his gamer side, by adding himself as an 8bit character design. Based off of all these topics, I feel there’s a track for everybody. My favorite songs off the Eight track EP are: INTRO, RIDE ALONG, DRAGON KING, LORD LISTEN, and HI. What’s your favorite tracks off the Kame House EP. Stay in the loop for upcoming releases via his social media accounts. [LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM ||

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Download: Producer LEMIEUX – LEMIEUX x OYABUN


lemieux-x-[MIAMI, FLORIDA] LEMIEUX is a super producer, ever since gaining his powers at nine years old. He had the capabilities of creating music at such at a young age. Ranging from different genres such as jazz, aggressive hardcore/metal bands, hip-hop, and marching band ensembles. On his recent project, he collaborated with Oyabun. The 5 track EP is produced entirely by LEMIEUX. You can tell the diversity in his productions while Oyabun brings it to life with his lyrics. My favorite tracks were I HAVE A DREAM, SLAVE SHIP, and MANSA MUSA. Throughout the years producing, he’s worked for all kinds of artists such as Jesse Boykins III, Father and KeithCharles SPACEBAR from Awful Records, the whole PayUp Game collective, and much more.

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Upcoming Event: Nov 7-8 | iStandard Presents ‘Beat Camp’ and Producer Showcase in Texas

iStandard is proud to announce Beat Camp – Dallas, Nov 7 & 8, 2015 – Presented by AKAI & Powered by Monster Energy, Ableton at MediaTech Institute (13300 Branch View Ln, Dallas, TX 75234).

Beat Camp is a weekend-long event containing classroom discussions, panels, and workshops on topics such as – producer branding, management, networking & relationships, songwriter & producer synergy, sampling, live mixing sessions, and more – taught by producers/engineers with major credits and music business professionals.

Throughout the weekend representatives from various technology brands will be on hand showing their latest gear, as well as a Monster Energy lounge in which attendees can power up in between sessions. Nighttime activities include the iStandard Producer Showcase – Beat Camp Edition, Celebrity Beat Cyphers, “Behind The Rhymes” Interviews, iNfluence Awards, Special DJ Sets, and much more.

Vini Vegas will be in the lobby doing a LIVE broadcast from his show and doing interviews on site for Aug 22nd from 11-5pm.

PURCHASE ADVANCE EARLY BIRD PASSES TO BEAT CAMP Dallas (ENDS 11/1)

2-Day VIP Pass Includes – Access to all Beat Camp programming, 1-on-1 Critique w/ known producer- Free Download of WaveDNA’s Liquid Rhythm Intro ($49 MSRP), Food & Beverage, Gift Bag, Attendance to PM events* – $99

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2-Day General Pass Includes – Access to all Beat Camp Programming, Gift Bag (while supplies last) & Attendance to PM events* – $79

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To Submit to Nov 9th’s iStandard ‘Dallas Edition’ Producer Showcase at RBC 2617 Commerce St Dallas TX Click HERE (Showcase Slot includes a VIP pass to Beat Camp within shows registration fee)

Tentative Beat Camp Dallas Schedule (Subject To Change)

So far judges include Jay Oliver (Producer for Meek Mill, French Montana, Kirko Bangz, and more…), Oktober 1st (Former MMG producer for Young Jeezy, Triple C’s, and more…), and S1 (iStandard alum, Grammy Winning Multi Platinum Producer for Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Madonna, and more…) with more to be announced and special surprises…

Winner with the highest score will get a prize package consisting of a bundle IK Multimedia iOS Products, plus their renowned plug-in T-Racks Grand, iZotope’s Nectar Elements, a choice of Propellerhead Software (either Reason Essentials or ReCycle), Ableton Live 9 Intro, a Lifetime Subscription to iStandardProducers.com, promotional gear from Monster Energy, and more…

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BEAT ALERT: Tony Tokyo – Clouds


Tony Tokyo [LONDON, ENGLAND] Tony Tokyo is a producer/remixer/DJ who specializes with 123 BPM, Anime, and S.Pellegrino. Tony Tokyo presents us with this beat called CLOUDS. I’m in love with the production, especially that it sounds like this. It gives me a feel of 8bit video games with a symphony behind it. Absolutely stunning! And doesn’t it sound like you’re floating through clouds? If interested in contacting with Tony Tokyo for beats view his social media.

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Music Video: Alesso – Payday

payday alesso[Stockholm, Sweden] Swedish DJ/Producer Alesso has hit us with a really cool piece of cross media art. The single Payday off of his album Forever has received visuals made up of scenes from a popular video game of the same name, Payday 2. What’s even cooler is that the video was actually done in Conjunction with Starbreeze Studios (the developers of Payday 2). Their collaborative effort doesn’t stop there either. There’s a 20 minute extended version of the song which was made for the Alesso heist in Payday 2. He’s got his own heist in the game, how’s that for full cooperation?

It’s refreshing to see the relationship between music and video games deepening. This goes beyond just having an artist sell the license for one of their songs to a game studio and become part of the soundtrack. Seeing the two parties work together to create something more is better for the fans and hopefully this is the start of a trend of deeper involvement when it comes to established artists working with game developers. The video is iTunes exclusive so, if you want to watch it, you’re going to have to click here.

Check out a trailer for the Alesso Heist from Payday 2 which includes some brief commentary from Alesso himself.

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