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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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[EP REVIEW] Jayomega – The Essence

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[BRONX, NEW YORK] Making his return on NikkiSiixx.com, Jayomega has been non-stop over the last year. With a successful podcast series called “The Officially Street”, making it to episode 52. Also, the last time we featured some music from Jayomega was with It’s My Time single, and he opened up my compilation mixtape NETWERK VOL TEN with SANCTUARY PART II. And when I added him on the POLL: Who Sampled It Better? Kingdom Hearts Utada Hikaru – Sanctuary, in which he won on listeners choice.

Now, he brings us THE ESSENCE EP. The eight track ep is a great way to reintroduce himself to new/old listerners. Here’s what Jayomega had to say about his approach in creating this EP. “I miss the essence of hip hop. I miss the era of the late 90’s and early 2000’s when lyrics, content and conTEXT actually mattered. There was a time when you had to be about what you claimed you were, and you were only respected if you honored the competitive nature of the genre and EARNED your spot by rapping your ass off to get there. It hasn’t been that way in like 8 years, and so I did this EP for those fans/artist who miss that era as well”.

I’ll be reviewing my favorite tracks off the project. My favorite songs are What It Sound Like? Tell Me What You See, Sanctuary Part II, When Love Dies, Let Me Tell You Something, and First 48.

[WHAT IT SOUND LIKE?] I feel that Jayomega, is motivated to not give up. The Essence EP is Jayomega’s tenth independent project release. The voice that was sampled is from Eric Thomas, an inspirational hip-hop speaker. What they used, makes you want to move forward. The production reminds me of late 90’s New York hip-hop track, produced by Syer (Co-Host of The Offically Street Podcast).

[TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE] During the hook Jayomega wants you to close you’re eyes, and open your mind. What do you see? Jayomega takes you to what he’s mind sees. Living life to the fullest and keeping your head up. His flow on the track fits perfectly with the production by Lil BEZ.

[SANCTUARY PART II] Jayomega was inspired by the original song when he first heard it on the opening credits of “Kingdom Hearts 2”, a popular Disney inspired RPG that released for Playstation 2 in 2005. Jayomega originally released “Sanctuary” on his mixtape “Ready Set Go 2: Going Going Gone“, but could never fully promote it as it violated some copyright laws. Jayomega sent me the track and advised him he should really get to remaking that beat to generate the song. But instead of using the same lyrics, he went in. Jayomega’s flow meets the pace to Syer amazing production skills. This track will always be one of my favorites! And Shoutout to Jayomega for giving my site a shoutout at the beginning/end of the track.
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[WHEN LOVE DIES] This track wow! It hit a nerve. But Jayomega’s story-telling of a love that ended. When that spark no longer existed and makes it difficult to continue with that person. You just have no emotion left what so ever. With this story, something wasn’t right from the start, but love falls heavy and it just doesn’t matter since you finally have this person. But then things get shady and sometimes relationships can’t last. Jayomega’s tone is sincere and makes you think its better to have a love that’s lost then not loving at all. Give love a try.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.24.43 AM[LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING] What! This track goes hard! Jayomega brings that fuego on this one. His flow is fast and telling it like it is. Presence is strong with Jayomega. That heavy bass brings out the animal in Jayomega, production by Syer. Love the chemistry with these too. They can really make some dope music together.

[FIRST 48] Jayomega can’t wait any longer for Syer’s beat, its time for a freestyle. Well, more like an acapella… When Jayomega is ready in the studio, he’s filled with passion with his rhymes. Straight up BARS!

I find the eight track EP to be a good amount of songs for this project. Lately due to people’s attention span, usually long mixtapes of over 20 songs fall on deaf ears. Giving the listener enough to want some more. I thought Jayomega’s The Essence EP was a dope listen and solid with production choices and lyrical content. If you’re diggin Jayomega make sure show support listen to the project, follow him on all his social media outlets, and don’t forget to stay tune for more episodes of The Officially Street Podcast!

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[Nikki Hears It First] KB The General “She Don’t Smoke” Episode Eight

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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 eighth episode, I’m watching Hip-Hop Artist KB The General with his music video “She Don’t Smoke”. 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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