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[AUDIO] Ivan Magaña – Rap Game Jesus

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Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have SoFlo Rapper Ivan Magaña with his latest single RAP GAME JESUS. Ivan Magaña really stands on his own with his unique flow and style. Setting his own values by promoting peace, positivity, and happiness. RAP GAME JESUS gives us chill vibes, over witty lyrics. Ivan Magaña is the Happy Hippie who can rap. This track definitely earns a repeat! RAP GAME JESUS expresses on the track what he’s up to and how he’s determine on creating his music and living life. Stay tuned for more content by the Happy Hippie Ivan Magaña.

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[ALBUM REVIEW] 6 Cardinal – Flourish

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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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[UPCOMING EVENT]: 7/23 South Florida Bloggers Meetup with Libby Volgyes speaking on Photography

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July South Florida Bloggers Meetup brings you Libby Volgyes, who will be speaking about how to create more stunning and communicative imagery (yes, even if you only have an iPhone) with easy, digestible tips. They will be meeting at Macy’s Dadeland Home Store and all attendees will receive complimentary food from Pisco y Nazca. Make sure to save your spot. Come hang out with South Florida Bloggers during they’re monthly meetup and meet other local bloggers.

– RSVP To Attend The Meetup via Eventbrite –
July South Florida Bloggers Meetup

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 11.39.09 PMAbout Libby Volgyes (www.LibbyVision.com)Libby Volgyes is the owner of LibbyVision, a food photography business based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Libby graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in photojournalism and spent seven years working as a photojournalist at The Palm Beach Post. She launched LibbyVision.com in 2012 to devote her time to fully capturing the beauty of the best and brightest chefs of South Florida. In addition, she currently writes and shoots for Boca Magazine and The Palm Beach Post, photographs for Florida, Food and Farm and shoots food forPalm Beach Illustrated. She and her brand, LibbyVision, are well-known throughout Palm Beach County for high-end food photography, commitment to client satisfaction and story-telling photographs. Her business operates solely on referrals and reputation. Libby teaches workshops to aspiring food bloggers and speaks around the nation about her food photography.

When not behind the camera, Libby likes taking her giant dogs for walks along the Intracoastal and travels extensively with her husband. She drinks her bourbon neat, her coffee well into the evening and is mesmerized by the light – and the shadows – that dance across her path.

Sponsors: Macy’s in Dadeland for hosting our meetup. Pisco y Nazca for providing tasty bites for the attendees.

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[Nikki Hears It First] Ivy – IDK Music Video (Episode Two)

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Here’s a new segment over here on my youtube channel. Where I film my reaction to hearing a new track or watching a music video from an indie artist. On our second episode of Nikki Hears It First, I’m watching South Florida Artist Ivy with his visual to IDK. Produced by Mac Bassick. Take a look at what I thought about “IDK” and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track/visual! I would also like to add the song has a cool, calm, collect feeling to it I forgot to mention that in the video.

IDK VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwRp2xOPI9U

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[UPCOMING EVENT] April 23rd – Saturday Mic Live at Catalyst

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Hey guys make sure you go follow @selfmademiami305 to check out our FIRST main event of the year! It’s been a long time since we’ve done one of these but trust us, the wait has definitely been worth it.

Every 2nd to last Saturday of EVERY month, Saturday Mic Live goes down! This month were back at our home base in @catalyst_hh but this will be our biggest SML yet! 3 rooms, live music, live art, a dedication to Guru of Gangstarr and fundraising for His House Orphanage! Best of all, it’s all FREE. So give what you can, if you can and make sure to come thruuuu!!!
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Props and Bonds Presents: SATURDAY MIC LIVE
SATURDAY APRIL 23rd
9PM – 2AM at @catalyst_hh
301 Westward Drive, Miami Springs, FL 33166
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🎼 Artist Performances
🎹 Producer Battle
🎤 Freestyle Cypher
🎮 Classic Video Games
🙌🏽 Networking Event
🎟 Good music, cool ass people and unforgettable memories
✅ Producer Battle slots now open
✅ $30 Entry | $100 Cash Prize
📧 Email us now INFO@PROPSANDBONDS.COM
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✅ HOSTED BY:
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✅ SOUNDS BY:
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Upcoming Event: 3/19 – Props And Bonds Presents Saturday Mic Live at The Bridge

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THERE HAVE BEEN SOME BIG CHANGES TO
Saturday Mic Live THIS MONTH!

On March 19th 2016, 55 cities around the world will be using HipHop Culture to raise money for Flint, Michigan and help out those in need of clean water. s/o to @hiphop4flint_miami for reaching out to us and including us in this endeavor!
$10 Online
$12 at the Door
All Proceeds Will Go Towards Helping the Families in Flint, Michigan

Help us raise enough money to help out as many families as possible in Flint. For more info, visit:
www.hiphop4flint.com
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Props and Bonds Presents: SATURDAY MIC LIVE
SATURDAY MARCH 19TH
9PM – 2AM @ “The Bridge”
4220 NW 7th Ave Miami, FL 33127
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PRESENTING:
@jredgram
@soflorod
@kooley4rmtheave
@primelegend_lmg
@hakimgreen
@thirstinhowlthe3rd
PRODUCER BATTLE:
@khai_genius
@xia_dawn
@hueyforbes

HOSTED BY:
@luni_lovin and @ksvctr
SOUNDS BY:
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Upcoming Event: 2/20 – South Florida Bloggers Meetup in Books & Books Coral Gables, FL

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Yay! The South Florida Bloggers have the details of the February meetup and they’re so excited to hangout with you again! On Saturday, February 20, 2016 they will have guest speaker Annie Vazquez. Nikki Novo will be interviewing The Fashion Poet about her blogging story and she will be open for questions during a Q & A session. We will be meeting at the independent bookstore Books & Books located at 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables.

annie vasquezAnnie Vazquez is a fashion, travel and beauty expert and journalist who has been coined as one of the pioneers of Miami’s fashion blogging community. This young entrepreneur was voted Miami’s Top Fashion Blog by the New Times and has been featured in glossies such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, The New York Times, Life, Refinery 29 and more. She was the first blogger in Miami to score a major campaign with fashion brand Coach where she produced and starred in a 1 minute commercial for them. Savvy and creative, Vazquez has gone on to work for several other brands as a spokesperson, model and consultant. Some of these top tier brands include Mercedes Benz USA, Bailey’s, Peroni, Tresmme, Victoria Secret Pink, 7 for All ManKind, Forever 21, H&M, Express, Macy’s, Express, Bloomingdales, T-Mobile and Sprint.

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EP Review: RealProperLike – Signs

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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:

[LINKS] TWITTER || FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD

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Upcoming Event: 12/19 – South Florida Bloggers Meetup at Burger Beast World Headquarters in Miami

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It’s the last South Florida Bloggers Meetup of 2015! We hope to see you there & celebrate the sixth month of an AMAZING blogger community. So far it’s been tons of fun, supportive, and educational and it’s all because of you. Let’s make 2016 the year of COLLABORATION. So meet other bloggers and start working together towards greatness!We’re so excited about the December South Florida Bloggers Meetup! On Saturday, December 19, 2015, starting AT NOON, we will have guest speaker Sef Gonzalez from Burger Beast. Sef Gonzalez creator of the award-winning blog, Burger Beast, will be giving a tour of the Burger Beast Museum and telling the story behind Burger Beast followed by a Q & A session.

We will be meeting at Burger Beast World Headquarters! There will be yummies to eat; exactly what yummies is a surprise and only Burger Beast knows.

RSVP HERE || SOUTH FLORIDA BLOGGERS

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Audio: @ListentoSin – Look What I Did featuring Legaxy

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Listen-to-SIN-look-what-i-did[SOUTH FLORIDA] SIN is back at it with his latest single LOOK WHAT I DID featuring LEGAXY. After the success of his Dark Waters EP where he created eight tracks. The producers who were involved were able to grasp that overall dark undertone that SIN needed to express making a triumph over his bully.

Producers who were apart of his project were Rojas On The Beat, Nick Leon, Scottzilla, Nuez, The Pyrvmids, Anthology, and Dark Night. This time around he has producer Hooligan taking over. The track reminds me of a 90’s R&B / hip-hop track. The R&B vibes comes from Legaxy’s smooth hook with fresh vocals. SIN provides vivid raps that gives us a look into his life with LOOK WHAT I DID and how he feels about the music scene. Be on the lookout for more content from SIN by following all his social media links below.

[LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD || WEBSITE

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Upcoming Event: 11/7 – ER305 Album Listening Party “Tunnel Vision” at 8and9 Showroom

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This Saturday, November 7th, Miami-based 8and9 Clothing will host a listening party for ER305’s latest album, “Tunnel Vision“. The event will be held at 8and9’s showroom from 2 PM until 6 PM.

Supporters will have the opportunity to meet and chop it up with ER, network with taste makers in South Florida’s entertainment scene, and check out the latest clothing from 8and9. Beverages will be provided in the showroom and food will be provided by Tyty’s Kitchen food truck.

Physical copies of “Tunnel Vision” will be available at the showroom, as well as other surprises.

For more info, contact:
Breeze: @breeze_305 or info4breeze@gmail.com.

ER305 – “I Won’t Stop” [produced by Cardiak]

“Tunnel Vision” on iTunes

“Tunnel Vision” on Spotify

8and9 Showroom Address: 7814 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL, 33138

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Upcoming Event: 11/21 – South Florida Bloggers Meetup in Coral Gables, FL

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Topic: 9 Rules of Networking

We’re so excited about the November South Florida Bloggers Meetup! On Saturday, November 21, 2015, starting AT NOON, they will have guest speakers Geoffrey Anderson & Dianne Rubin from The Miami Food Pug. If someone knows about networking it’s The Miami Food Pug! They know everyone in town, and most importantly, everyone knows them. They have built long lasting professional relationships with PR agencies, restauranteurs, fellow bloggers, and many other people in the community. They will be breaking down their stellar networking skills into 9 rules for us!

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Music Video: Syncere – Post To Be (Remix) featuring Karma Dayze

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[SOUTH FLORIDA] Syncere brings us his latest visual for his remix of POST TO BE featuring Karma Dayze. POST TO BE production and samples Chaka Demus & Pliers’ 1994 song “Murder She Wrote” and Omarion “Post to Be” with featuring artists Chris Brown and Jhené Aiko. Syncere comes with the assist with female artist Karma Dayze vocals as they both give their takes on getting what they want. We’ve featured Syncere before with his music video for Fresh Fly. You catch them in the studio having fun making this track and drinking Ciroc and Crown Royal. Syncere is setting himself up for the next couple months with 5 promotional singles with visuals to add to it. Stay in the loop for his upcoming releases by following his social media links below:

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Audio: Webbz – Do It The Best

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webbz cx photo[MIRAMAR, FL] Webbz presents his latest single DO IT THE BEST featuring dope production by Will Notes. DO IT THE BEST is the track for the ones who do it for themselves. Working hard, Making Money, and building their brand. In the second verse Webbz expresses to the woman who is Instagram famous to not let it get to her head, getting all this attention online. WHATEVER YOUR DOING BABY JUST DO IT THE BEST. This track is set to be on Webbz upcoming project Transporter. Be on the look out!

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Music Video: SIN – Dark Waters Interlude

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SIN Photo[SOUTH FLORIDA] This just in, SIN released the first visual off of his Dark Waters EP. First music video is the DARK WATERS INTERLUDE. The visual was impressive for only being less than 2 minutes. It’s just SIN walking in an alley way, but the way it was shot made it so dramatic. With the focusing in and out. Leaving SIN blurry. It looked like SIN was walking behind a car while it was driving off. But I feel with SIN’s words made them come back when he stopped chasing them. The video was directed by CA$TRO, in which he provided the overall dark overtone that’s in the production brought to you by NUEZ. Take a look at what I thought about the The Dark Waters EP. I wonder if one of my favorite tracks is going to be selected to be his new music video release. My choices were 100MPH, Tiffany / Kiss The Ring, Shakedown, 16jabs, For The Homies, Vibe and Fork In The Road. [LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD || WEBSITE

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Freestyle Friday: Platini – On And On

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PLATINI[ORLANDO, FLORIDA] Even though Platini was born and raised in Broward County, he’ll still reps his hometown with pride. Hip-Hop Artist Platini decides to take Erykah Badu’s ON AND ON with his own freestyle. Platini expresses his optimistic take on his life after all his struggles. He’s able to see the light and get things done. Don’t forget to press play and listen in on ON AND ON Freestyle by Platini. [LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM ||

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Download: SIN – Dark Waters EP

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[SOUTH FLORIDA] After releasing his track Tiffany / Kiss The Ring, SIN has been getting nothing but love from NikkiSiixx readers. This track definitely built anticipation for SIN’s upcoming Dark Waters EP. Premiering exclusively through DJ.Booth.net. My favorite tracks off Dark Waters is 100MPH, Tiffany / Kiss The Ring, Shakedown, 16jabs, For The Homies, Vibe and Fork In The Road. Basically, the whole project is a favorite. SIN Photo

I wanted to fully capture the organic hip-hop feel and blend it with my own sound. [The EP] has a dark undertone, but the presence of a giant bully.” -SIN

The project rides through eight tracks. The producers who were involved were able to grasp that overall dark undertone that SIN needed to express making a triumph over his bully. Producers were: Rojas On The Beat, Nick Leon, Scottzilla, Nuez, The Pyrvmids, Anthology, and Dark Night. SIN only had one feature and that was with REKS on the Shakedown track. Dope collaboration between the two.

Press Play, Take A Listen, & Let Us Know What You Think About SIN – Dark Waters EP!?

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New Music: SIN – Tiffany / Kiss The Ring

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Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 5.12.29 PMIt’s been a minute since we last heard from South Florida Artist SIN but we’re happy to say he’s return from his hiatus justifies what he brings us with his latest track TIFFANY / KISS THE RING. Premiering the track via AshleyOutrageous.com, SIN has been receiving nothing but love on this track. It’s pretty dope considering the single is like two tracks, even though the track was composed by Nick Léon. SIN flow and attitude are different in both. Really in your face and it’s hard not to look away. TIFFANY / KISS THE RING is a track set to be on SIN’s upcoming EP Dark Waters. Release date still unknown but stay in the loop with SIN: TWITTER || WEBSITE || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD