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[EP REVIEW] AJB4 – VCR (Venting Can Restore)

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[CHATTANOOGA, TN] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com we have Hip-Hop Artist AJB4 with his latest EP VCR (Venting Can Restore). AJB4 has released over seven projects by the year 2017 including his latest album “Organic Growth”. He’s received radio play from various online radio stations like K107FMJamz, GospelSynergy Radio and QSJRadio. His influences in music are Lecrae, Winans Phase 2, Charles Hamilton, 50 Cent and more. AJB4 says his main goals are to make good positive music, praise God, keep it real, and share experiences in his life.

DSC_8822I’m definitely enjoying the concept of the EP. By naming the project VCR (which the acronym for VCR is Venting Can Restore) gives the listener an ideal of the journey you’re about to embark on. For an artist/writer finding an outlet to express yourself, which can alleviate ones inner thoughts. This project is meant more for AJB4 because he was able to get these things off his chest.

VCR is an eight track EP, featuring JellyRoll and production from Flxtch, Brother Zone and Sha-Leik. The project was well put together and I feel like AJB4 was able to create a solid piece of work. I will be reviewing my favorite tracks off the EP, let’s see what I thought:

[CHRISTMAS 2015] AJB4 opens up on his introduction track. He discusses the time when he got kicked out on Christmas Day and some of the events that occurred after that. The song feels like he needs to remind himself to stay strong, no matter how bad things can get.

[LET ME KNOW] AJB4 is expressing his feelings towards a female who he wants to be with. But unfortunately she’s not available but AJB4 can’t help himself but wonder, what if? If she’s feeling him, he’s asking to let him know. AJB4 is witty and sincere on this one, and the hook is catchy too.

[JLO] I thought this track was playful. Considering JLo (Jennifer Lopez) is one of the sexiest woman in the world. This track is about finding his own version of JLo. I like the production to this track, from the hispanic hypnotic sounds and a JLo voice sample. AJB4 states “The song JLo might come off as a diss but I love JLo I just feel like me and her are a little similar when it comes to relationships”.

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[EXIT 27] This track brings a different element to the project. I find AJB4’s flow on the track to be admirable. Considering the track is regarding the girl he had a crush on that worked at The Books A Million. Which was located off EXIT 27.

[KING’S DAUGHTER] Words of Wisdom brought to you by AJB4. Letting us woman know we’re beautiful, valuable, and God will send us Mr. Right when we’re ready. Positive perspective to woman and the true joys that comes with it. Good vibes in this track.

AJB4 - VCR EP Cover BACKThis concludes my review on AJB4 latest project VCR (Venting Can Restore). I discussed which tracks were to me my favorites and what really stood out to me. If you’re diggin’ AJB4 as much as we do, make sure you let us know what you think? And make sure to show support by checking his links below:

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Issue #1.5 Review

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I was able to obtain the official copy of Issue #1.5 of Samurai Shin. It’s expected to release on July 3rd via PeepGameComix. This issue is based on the Prelude to Samurai Shin Issue #1. Here’s what I thought about the comic:

16144639_10209408672792648_1283757428_nFrom my brief review for Issue #1, Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru are young warriors eager to prove that they are worthy of the title as Samurai. Although the two of them share such similar back stories and goals, they never really liked each other. But unnecessary evil appears in their village… and a man with a bear mask.

Issue 1.5 provides you the story as to why Keith Masaru is the way he is. After receiving training from his father after losing out to Amir Atsuko at a tournament. Keith was set to better himself in order to beat Amir, in which Amir was a current student of Master Kenzo. Who actually trained Keith’s Dad Fuji Masaru when he was a child.

One thing I really like about the Samurai Shin series, is the detailed to the illustrations and the deepness to the story. Samurai Shin was created and written by Mikel Miles. In the prelude comic you see the illustrations stand out, especially when the images are in full color, really gives the characters some light, on how they would truly look like. Illustrations created by Harley Dela Cruz and Art + Cover by Sukma Agustriyana and Fhama Fauzi.

At the beginning of Samurai Shin you felt hesitant to Keith because he seemed like a self-center character. But in reality he’s fighting his own demons, and felt that Master Kenzo was really holding him back from his full potential. Throughout the comic you see how Keith began to learn the ways of improving his skill with the sword by his father’s teachings and training. And you see the bond grow between Keith and he his father as well. Until the climax of the story in which I won’t spoil here.

After reading the conclusion to the prelude, it just makes sense as to why Keith is so bitter. Once I reached to the suspenseful ending, it just goes to show Samurai Shin Issue #2 needs to get here sooner than later. I personally don’t want to detail how the comic leaves you on a cliff hanger you just have to read it for yourself. Stay tuned for an update to this post with the link to Samurai Shin 1.5 Prelude Comic, and might as well check out Issue #1.

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[PROJECT REVIEW] Madison Castle – B.O.A.T.S

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[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com we have hip-hop socialist Madison Castle with his project titled B.O.A.T.S. Madison Castle was born and raised in Abingdon Virginia. Seeing the bigger picture and his love for creating music he had to make the epic sacrifice and head west to follow his dreams in making it. Currently living in Los Angeles, Madison Castle stays working. With his 5 track project B.O.A.T.S., I’ve decided to take a closer listen and here’s my review.

[ROLL IT UP] What a great track to start the project off. I feel the chemistry between Madison Castle and Jayson Mitchell. From Madison’s witty lyrics and Jayson’s vocals this is the track you want to press repeat too! Especially lighting one up and vibing out to this. Really like the choice in production and this track is one of my favorites of the project. Madison Castle also released a music video for his first single from B.O.A.T.S. I actually had him featured on my [Nikki Hears It First] Series for Episode 12. Let’s see what I thought about his ROLL IT UP video.

[LOUDMILK] By the second track you can tell Madison Castle has a talent with diversity with his tracks. Even though the production is slow, his flow is fast. Madison sounds amazing on this track. The female vocals on this track really gives a trance like essence.

[EL DORADO] Here comes the club mix! I can see everyone dancing to this one. Madison Castle has his eye on girl on the dance floor. He emphasizes all the things he sees what they can do together, like enjoying life with her and all the unlimited possibilities.

[GHOST] If you’re dealing with heartbreak and not over that significant other that has moved on, this is the track for you. And you know damn well she’s not over you so you feel like you’re the ghost that haunts her. The overall production, vibe, and flow of this track is remarkable. This song has been on repeat for me for a while now.

This concludes my review on Madison Castle’s B.O.A.T.S. For the 5 track project I found 4 of the tracks to be my favorites that really stand out to me. Be on the lookout for more content from Madison Castle. And make sure you follow him on all his social media links below!

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[REACTION] NikkiSiixx Reacts to The Walking Dead S7 EP4 – Service

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SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched this episode already, here’s you’re warning

Here’s where NikkiSiixx records her reaction to the Season Seven of the Walking Dead. If you can’t tell, she’s a fan. We have Season Seven Episode Four with “Service”.

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[UNBOXING] NikkiSiixx Opens Up The Pop Dungeon Surprise

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On this unboxing video, we have a special surprise from The Pop Dungeon! An exclusive/vintage Funko Pop Online Shop! They sent NikkiSiixx a box with some dope goodies! If you’re building a Funko Collection you gotta hit up The Pop Dungeon for your Pop Needs! Make sure you check out their shop at http://www.thepopdungeon.com & follow them on Instagram.

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[REACTION] The Walking Dead S7 EP3 – The Cell

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SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched this episode already, here’s you’re warning

Here’s where NikkiSiixx records her reaction to the Season Seven of the Walking Dead. If you can’t tell, she’s a fan. We have Season Seven Episode Three with “The Cell”.

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[REACTION] The Walking Dead Season Seven Episode Two – The Well

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SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched this episode already, here’s you’re warning

Here’s where NikkiSiixx records her reaction to the Season Seven of the Walking Dead. If you can’t tell, she’s a fan. We have Season Seven Episode Two with “The Well”.

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[PODCAST] The Officially Street – EP.68 – “Not Today, Not Tomorrow…” (The Walking Dead – BONUS) featuring NikkiSiixx

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REFS, WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO BRING BACK OUR WEEKLY #TWD EPISODE REVIEWS, NOW THAT IT’S BACK ON THE AIR! That said, we felt that it was only right to do a bonus episode covering the Season 7 premiere! Since this was a special affair, we had Nikki Siixx from www.nikkisiixx.com join us to talk through our thoughts and feelings about the premiere, as well as our predictions for the future of the series. SPOILER ALERT! (Obviously) If you DID NOT watch the Season 7 Premiere of The Walking Dead, turn back now. Otherwise, tune in and enjoy!

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[Nikki Hears It First] Madison Castle – Roll It Up *Episode Twelve*

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We got a new episode of Nikki Hears It First! Where I film my reaction to hearing a new track or watching a music video from an indie artist. This time on my twelveth episode, I’m watching Los Angeles Hip-Hop Artist Madison Castle with his music video “Roll It Up” featuring Jayson Mitchell. Take a look at what I thought about it and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track/visual!

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[MIXTAPE REVIEW] A.C.T – Stage 4

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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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[BEAT TAPE REVIEW] Scott Verity – Committed To Consistency

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[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:

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[EP REVIEW] Yadda Man – Lose To Win

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Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artist Yadda Man with his new EP LOSE TO WIN. The five track project brings us some old school vibes, with punchlines and overall a dope delievery by Yadda Man. The project was entirely produced by Luke White.

Here’s a bit of backstory on Yadda Man, he grew up in Cleveland, Omaha, and Chicago. Having to move around to three different cities. This gave a bit of an influence on his musical career. With his experiences, Yadda Man makes his lyrics come to life. Ever since he was young he knew the calling to becoming a hip-hop artist.

With my EP Review, I’ll be breaking down my favorite and stand out tracks of LOSE TO WIN. My picks are Say What, 15 Cents, Winning, and Triple H. Here are my thoughts:

13321864_1026375897416947_6088818784075384688_n[01. SAY WHAT] Yadda Man’s flow is on point over that boom-bap production. Sounds effortless. Yadda touches on topics of people who intend to talk more than what they know. Pretty much, it doesn’t phase him at all. He’s still going to do what he does best.

[02. 15 CENTS] The concept of this track, is Yadda Man asking a couple of questions to a shorty he wants to get to know. I feel this track could be that real summer vibes, it really comes off with the production. Also, this track is about the women who are worth it, are the ones who work hard for their own and are independent.

[04. WINNING] This track was the really stand out track on LOSE TO WIN. From the trap sound influence and fast flows, this track is a winner! Winning features Julian Thomas on the track. Both artists sound great together and what a great collaboration. I can definitely see this track being played in the club, it will fit perfectly.

[05. TRIPLE H] Yadda Man talks about the struggles of growing up and becoming a man. Regardless of how bad it gets Yadda Man makes sure to always look to the man upstairs for guidance. Sometimes you got to lose to win, is repeated throughout the hook. And a sample clip of an episode of Oprah, where she was going to have Nelson Mandela as a guest.

Recently, Yadda Man has teamed up with Music/Management & Promotional Company Rap Soul Ent. With shows and festivals booked between Texas and the Midwest, 2016 and 17 is looking really promising for the lyricist. His next show will be at the Rap Soul Music festival featuring Twista, Paul Wall & Afroman Sep 24th.

This concludes my EP Review on LOSE TO WIN, from Yadda Man. If you like the project as much as I do (considering 4/5 songs I listed), make sure to support the artist and follow him on all his social media below.

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Marley Brooker – Oxys & Mamis (Deluxe Edition)

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Making his return after a bit of a hiatus, hip-hop creative Marley Brooker releases his OXYS & MAMIS Album (Deluxe Edition). This is the second part of its official release, which includes seven new songs plus remixes/revisions. Embracing the trap genre for the first time, Marley Brooker embodies wavy melodies over hard-hitting bass.

A bit of background on Marley “Crookz” Brooker the founder of The Relentless Empire is a living example of the maxim “it ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at”. The Miami-based musician, poet, producer and former University of Washington student has lived everywhere from the East Coast to the West Coast to the Dirty South. With family in the Bahamas and stints in Miami, New York, New Jersey, Boston and Seattle the cultural influences on the young entertainer have been varied and deep and show themselves in the flexibility and variety of his style.

OXYS & MAMIS definitely provides a unique sound with its high powered production. The sixteen track album gives you an underlining of consciousness through clever lyrics touching topics about Miami nights to the fullest. During the listen I found twelve of those tracks to be good listens but I found that six of those tracks really stood out to me. And they were The Eagle, Versace Shades II, Burn Wit’ Me (Señorita ’16), Tropicana, Fuel, and Purple Rain Part II.

[03. THE EAGLE] Over some smooth production (it kinda reminded me of some Kid Cudi). Marley Brooker expresses that whatever he’s interested in, he’s going in on what he wants. Regardless of what other people have to say, Marley Brooker is all about having a good time and experiencing Miami Night Life. During a night out Marley was able to lock down the digits. I find the hook to be extremely catchy.

[05. VERSACE SHADES II] Finding myself having this one on repeat. From Marley’s descriptive lyrics, expressive wordplay, and chill vibe. This track is actually a remix from the first part of OXYS & MAMIS. Marley talks about looking his best wherever he goes, working hard and finding his place. The female voice added on the track really gave a dash of dopeness to it.

[06. BURN WIT’ ME (SEñORITA ’16)] Marley Brooks takes us on a journey of love and lust. Even though the relationship can be rocky with arguments they find a moment where they can unwind and really enjoy the moment. And thats by lighting up one nice blunt. The melodies of the hook were inspired by Puff Daddy’s “Señorita”.

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[07. TROPICANA] This track definitely provides that Miami Night Life sound. Marley Brooker talks about the different types of honeys. But he seems to like more the tropicana kind (hispanic). Explaining some of his experiences, and the things they’ll do. During the song Marley really gets melodic.

[08. FUEL] This song reminded me of a 90’s R&B with the sultry female vocals on the track, but Marley Brooks remains sincere on this track. Opening up about his feelings, mentioning someone he knew dying, and relationships.

[15. PURPLE RAIN – PART II] Marley Brooker hits it hard at the end with this heavy hitting club trap track. Getting extremely rowdy, Marley touches topics of using different drugs, listening to Prince, and real late nights in Miami, where your up to no good. The track also features artist SGAYOK.

Marley Brooker is also apart of a music group called Relentless Intent. They stand for bring awareness of issues facing everyday people in these crazy times. Making sure to check things off a list of goals in bringing society together and triumph over evil. According to Marley Brooker he explains, “There’s plenty of things going on that are unspoken that society as a whole turns a blind eye to and I feel like It’s my job to help people wake up, realize these things, and help them contribute to fixing issue’s plaguing society and humanity.” Raw. Riveting. Revolutionary. Are U Relentless?

This concludes my Album Review on Marley Brooker OXYS & MAMIS (DELUXE EDITION). I only mentioned the really stand out tracks but their were more dope tracks. The project was a good listen, make sure you light one up right before. If you’re digging OXYS & MAMIS make sure you support Marley Brooker by following all his links below.

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[Nikki Hears It First] Chronicle – Let Me Live *Episode 10*

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We got a new episode of Nikki Hears It First! Where I film my reaction to hearing a new track or watching a music video from an indie artist. This time on my tenth episode, I’m watching Hip-Hop Artist Chronicle with his music video “Let Me Live”. Take a look at what I thought about it and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track/visual!

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[Nikki Hears It First] Uncle TreY – Mojo + Just A Summer Love *Episode Nine*

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We got a new episode of Nikki Hears It First! Where I film my reaction to hearing a new track or watching a music video from an indie artist. This time on my ninth episode, I’m watching Hip-Hop Artist Uncle Trey with his music video “Mojo / Just A Summer Love“. Take a look at what I thought about it and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track/visual!

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