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[MIXTAPE REVIEW] A.C.T – Stage 4


An emcee born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in Orlando, FL. We have a rap artist by the name of A.C.T, making his solo debut mixtape appearance with STAGE 4 on NikkiSiixx.com. He already carryies four solo mixtapes under his belt. A.C.T is also a part of Hip-Hop Group The Innovators. A.C.T has been working on STAGE 4 since late 2014, and we’re glad it’s finally out. He brings a look into a life when trying to graduate school and dealing with several hurdles that he needed to go over. Touches on challenges like developing himself as an artist, school issues, challenges with finding a job, relationships with women, getting a deeper understanding of God, fighting against the temptation of sexual lust and so much more.

STAGE 4 provides a mix of 90’s boom-bap and modern trap music. Gives a refreshing feel to the new and old. Somewhat like paying tribute. A.C.T is constantly working on creating music that everyone can relate to. With my mixtape review, I’ll be breaking down my favorite tracks. And the ones I find to really be stand out songs. My favorite tracks off of STAGE 4 are Intro, Loving It, Two Step, Chillin, Mic Flow, and Beauty And The Swamp.

[INTRO] Besides it being an actually introduction to A.C.T, he gives you a few facts about him. A.C.T daydreams about when he’ll bless Sway In The Morning with a dope freestyle. I thought this was a unique way to start the mixtape. Begins with great vibes and sure it will continue.

[LOVING IT] Bringing back those old school 90’s hip-hop vibes with this one. A.C.T emphasizes all the tough times he went through that helped him to really appreciate the good things in life. On this track we have the sultry songstress Jazzette making her vocals known throughout it.

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-4-26-03-pm[TWO STEP] A.C.T embraces his confidence. Through his flow, lyrics, and story-telling. When he’s out with the boys and someone catches his attention. No matter the situation he still gets what he’s after. This track also features Innovator member Dez The Navigator.

[CHILLIN] Love the production on this song! Smooth and hard-hitting. Reminds me of cyphers back at Catalyst. You got to nod your head to this one. A.C.T’s flow is captivating, really stays strong and has BARS!

[MIC FLOW] You can tell A.C.T has a sense of humor, you can tell by the way he starts this track with a skit. What STAGE 4 really persist of are good vibes and enlighten lyrics. This track also features Cam Johnson on the second verse. So say if this was a battle, I would prefer A.C.T’s verse on this track.

[BEAUTY AND THE SWAMP] What a pleasant surprise! On this track, A.C.T has femcee Nikki G coming in with the first verse. I love her flow-etry. And with A.C.T’s tone in the second verse makes him sound like a beast. If you pick up on his wordplay, it’s hella witty. Great chemistry between the two, hope to hear more collars in the near future.

This concludes my mixtape review on A.C.T latest mixtape STAGE 4. Don’t think it was only six tracks that made the cut, there were couple other tracks that caught my attention. Especially, his track called How I Feel Part 2. Overall great vibes, revisiting 90’s boom-bap and modern hip-hop flows. A.C.T definitely presents promise with his lyrics and with his music you can relate too. Stay in the loop for more content from A.C.T by staying connected with his social media.

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“First of all Big ups to God for being everything I need in my life. If it was not for him, I would not be here and I would not be able to make the music that he has blessed me to do. I would to send a special thank you to Rob Beatz for recording all of Stage 4 for me. I appreciate it big time!!!! Big ups to my producer Dez the Navigator, the best producer in the world all up in your DM’s lol. Big ups to, my engineer Pjizzle a.k.a Peej on the boardz. Shoutout to MagicxBeats, JBird, Mr. Troy and Tyrezz for all producing tracks for the mixtape as well. Big ups to all of those who were featured on the mixtape. Jazette, Dez the Navigator, Juwan, Nikki G, Cam Johnson, Chin and Christian Gray. Shoutout to my music group The Innovators. Shoutout to my alma-mater Bethune-Cookman University! Big ups to my hometown Baltimore a.k.a Charm City. I never thought I would reach the day I could say that I have a 4th mixtape of material that God has blessed me with to spread love to the world with. Much love to all my family and friends that have been rocking off with me all these years. Remember this if nothing else. Be all that God wants you to be and let no one stop you!!! R.I.P to my friends/classmates Charisma Bush and Korryn Gaines. City 4 ever!

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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] Speed on the Beat – The Revolution’s Coming

[BALTIMORE-BORN, COLLEGE PARK-raised] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com, We have Rapper, Engineer, Writer Speed on the Beat with his latest single THE REVOLUTION’S COMING. Speed on the Beat’s flow is definitely different, from other artists I’ve heard recently. Speed decides to talk about what really matters and that’s the discrimination this nation does for people who are different in color.

Now in his late twenties, Speed is both willing to retire from music at any moment and able to go into any project with no regrets on how he’s done…but not before he shows why he’s The Sorest Loser. His writing can be found sites such as Boi-1da.com, EyesontheRing.com, a wrestling-centric site, DefineARevolution.com, the homepage for the Team DAR movement he represents, and his own site, SpeedontheBeat.com. I seriously don’t know how he finds the time to contribute to all of these outlets but I’m glad he does. Besides being a lyricist he knows how to portray he’s words in any format. Weither it’s from his lyrics, to the beat production, and by writing out the story for you to see visually. Make sure you follow the talented Speed on the beat!

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My personal thoughts: We must all understand we’re not apart different races (Black, White, Hispanic, and Native American) but as one race and that is the human race! We must treat everyone as our equal and generate as much positive energy so the world can finally find peace.

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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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[AUDIO] Des Brennan – On and On


[ROCKLAND, NEW YORK] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, the hip-hop rapper brings us his latest single ON AND ON that he takes extreme pride with his music. He touches base on his struggle with his alcohol addiction. Talks about his weaknesses with bad women who don’t want to stay. And understanding that life will go on regardless of how hard you try to slow it down. One thing I really like about this track was the production with the jazzy sounds and how Des Brennan overall tone on the track. Really gave an intimate discussion feel. Dope track brought to you by Des Brennan. Make sure to stay in the loop by following him on Twitter at @DesBrennanMusic.

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[MIXTAPE REVIEW] JU$TIN – $treet ART 2


[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.

JU$TIN_1For 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.
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[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.

ju$tin1[WHERE MY HOMIES] JU$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.

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[Audio] Bishop – Open Letter (Prod. Abstrak)

Switching up the mood, Bishop releases “Open Letter” which is one of his most personal songs to date. According to Bishop, “I wrote this record hoping the message wouldn’t be lost behind the story. From one father removed to many others, this is the often untold story, the other side.” With production from Abstrak, the two combine to make a statement for other father’s who may be facing a similar situation. Stay up to date with Bishop by following him on Twitter.

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[Audio] Roger L Me$$? – Steph Curry (Prod. Oceanside)


Representing upstate New York, Roger L Me$$? releases “Steph Curry” with the sounds orchestrated by the talented IVLMG in-house producer Oceanside. This is an anthem praising the greatness of this year’s reigning NBA MVP. The trap sound is definitely in right now and Roger L Me$$? delivers just that. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from this combination in the near future. Follow Roger on twitter @kingrmessi or Instagram kingsliveivever to catch all the latest on IVLMG music, clothing, events and more!

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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] Ka’Ron – We All Know


Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com rapper Ka’Ron showcases his visual WE ALL KNOW.This single is actually one of the first singles from his upcoming mixtape Tha Autobiography which is set to be released on April 4th. Which is the birthday of Ka’Ron’s deceased father. The video takes us to Ka’Ron and his boys having a ratchet night with some promiscuous ladies while partying up with drinks. WE ALL KNOW was produced by Big Head. Be on the look out for more content from Ka’Ron and make sure you get WE ALL KNOW via iTunes.

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Audio: Norah Johnson – Reality


[WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, Norah Johnson releases a single called REALITY which is off his upcoming mixtape #CONTACTYEAR. Being inspired by music as a child Norah Johnson grew to love music, but as soon as he started listening to Nas. It just opened his mind to a whole new world. His talents for creating music flourished with each and every single passing day. Even now, years later, his passion and drive has taken him to new heights and the motivation surrounding him has made him into the artist he is today.

Norah Johnson has his own unique sound and style that is able to captive and relate to not just one specific group but to all that come in contact with his music. With his latest single REALITY he touches base that moment you have yourself a mirror check, just becoming honest with oneself and coming to realization with what your up against. And a look back with what you’ve overcome. The overall steady tone is presented over a jazzy production.

Be on the look out for #CONTACTYEAR mixtape by Norah Johnson dropping soon, and make sure you follow him on his social media to get updated.

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Music Video: Blue The Greatest – Come For You


20160131_2141301[TEXAS] Blue The Greatest brings us his latest music video for COME FOR YOU. When having the best of things, like having the best in cars, clothes and jewelry leaving people to wonder how did they really come up with that. Leaves the wrong people asking the wrong questions. Blue The Greatest dealing with this lifestyle and ends up getting caught by the law due to fake people.

COME FOR YOU depicts a real live event that happened to Blue The Greatest while he was on his grind. The visual showcases to the world in on this piece of his story, which ended up landing him in prison for four years. Making his comeback with his single COME FOR YOU, now Blue The Greatest is back on the scene and linked with Teddy C Money to get on top, the right way.

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Audio: Jack Vance – $300


Upcoming Hip-Hop Artist from Houston, Texas Jack Vance makes his debut on NikkiSiixx.com with his latest single $300. The track is meant for the ones who are tired of people trying to tell them how to do anything. Like how to think, how to feel, how to talk, how to rap, and how to supposed be. Jack Vance tells us, FUCK THEM. This are the type of people who you definitely don’t want in your life. You just want to grow and learn on your own. Be on the lookout for more content from Jack Vance by following him on TWITTER.

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Audio: Nia NYC – East Side Up (Sweet 16)


nia nyc[NEW YORK] Nia NYC makes her debut on NikkiSiixx.com with her slick track EAST SIDE UP (Sweet 16). Reciting a verse about brining New York Hip-Hop back over a J. Levy beat. Nia NYC holds her own. Sweet flow and dope beat selection. The Rapper/Songstress reps her Harlem roots (212) to full extent on EAST SIDE UP. Nia NYC is a force to be recon with. Don’t forget to press repeat and be on the look out for more content from femcee Nia NYC.

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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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Audio: Decide – Lost Reason


Decide is a rapper-songwriter, touching on introspective themes from personal reflections and experiences with love, heartbreak, family, friendship and other every-day subject matters. With his latest release LOST REASON he describes a destructive relationship. The one that keeps chasing the light but keep fumbling in the dark and end up losing your reason, both in terms of uncontrolled emotions and in terms of not understanding the reasons behind them. Decide collaborates with Producer Anno Domini Nation, and a female vocal for the hook. If you ever had a relationship fail and you’re just trying to get it off your chest, LOST REASON is a song for you.

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EP Review: RealProperLike – Signs


realproperlike[MIAMI, FLORIDA] A poet expressing himself through his music, RealProperLike exhibits his five track EP signs as a form of creativity inspired by the South Florida community. With signs in was created by the spirit of Art Basel 2015. According to RealProperLike “The concept of “signs” is to creatively express a journey of thoughts ranging from acceptance, dropping jewels, art, life, and love as only I can paint it”. I’ll be reviewing my favorite tracks off RealProperLike’s signs EP and what is his lyrical art exhibit trying to display.

INFORMATION – RealProperLike is a philosopher and goes in-depth with information he wants to provide you. He even talks about being more grateful to everything in your life. And even sneaks in a history lesson in there. The way RealProperLike breaks it down you can image it in your mind. Very descriptive just like a story teller.

ART – One thing I really like about this track is the theatrical flow RealProperLike has when he’s reciting his lyrics. The Beat is dope as hell, it was executive produced by realproperlike, custom made @custom60625, serious beats @seriousbeats, and by the audio genius [kr]ypton @mrbandason. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at @fsstudiomiami/ @kingpinstation. This has to be my favorite track off the signs EP.

SLAVE – You gotta bob your head to this one. RealProperLike expresses the struggles of Black Lives Matter. When the beat drops it really makes your concentrate on his poetic flows. Embracing his roots and feeling liberated that him and his people are strong and they are no one’s property.

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“A full time worker – part time poet/part time philosopher.
Who am I? A different type of thinker, a big kid with an old soul”. – RealProperLike

Signs is a proper prelude to further creativity, critique, and conversation as any art exhibit should provide. RealProperLike paints the picture, can you see it? Be on the lookout for more content from RealProperLike by following him on social media:

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Music Video: D. Green – Get ‘Em Up


[SOUTH BRONX, NY] Upcoming Artist D. Green presents his latest visual with GET ‘EM UP. The positive uptempo track bringing you some uplifting music in your life. D. Green performs on top of the roof with a live band, someone on the keyboard and the other on a drum set. Then from the roof top it transforms into a car junkyard. GET ‘EM UP is produced by EPIK and the music video was Directed by Emmanuel Fordjour (Manny Skillz).

D. Green has put several solid mixtapes together and throughout his career, he has played shows with major performers such as J. Cole and collaborated on mixtapes and records with DJ Green Lantern, DJ Zeke, Skyzoo and Emilio Rojas. His most talked about release to date, For The F.E.W. (FansEveryWhere). D. Green is on the path to making his music a career and hit mainstream. He is currently working on a follow-up to his acclaimed EP, For The F.E.W. (FansEveryWhere) 2, in early Spring of 2016. Be on the look out for more content from D. Green by following his social media links below:
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