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Music Review. | Breakthrough. | Dino Jag.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

he energy exerted by Australia’s  Dino Jag is catchy, quirky, and cool. On his latest EP, Breakthrough, this six song collection is everything from sweet to succulent. This precious Down Under transplant proves proves that music can move the world. With “Two Young Hearts,” Dino Jag immediately uses his artistic charisma to entice the listener. This retrospective account of a withered young love …

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Music Review. | Rerun. | Danophone.

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sinister shadow is stalking Carsten “Danophone” Nielsen. Rerun, the first album from this science journalist, who calls Denmark home, is cleverly conceptualized to depict a melodic juxtaposition of the happiest place on earth. Danophone definitely maintains the melancholy. Sullen retrospect envelopes the endeavor. From its start, “Frightened For,” and “Meet In The Middle” are slightly forced; an integral element that invites the listener into …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | TWIST & BURN. | KENDRA MORRIS.

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ocused on conquering her craft, Kendra Morris, is determined to make music remember her perspective. With the emphatic”Twist & Burn” from her latest EP, Babble, Morris examines what haunts the heart. Here, consuming emotions are further investigated. Contemplating an insatiable physical desire, coupled with a desperate longing to receive love, this internationally touring artist  showcases what has earned her acclaim. As …

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Music Review. | The Asheville Symphony Sessions. | Various Artists.

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rom start to finish, the various artists on The Asheville Symphony Sessions do not disappoint. Faultless instrumentation from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra reinforces the overall effort. Rarely does an album, which incorporates everything from Broadway to Bluegrass compel a listener’s complete attention. Amplified by the ASO caress, Rising Appalachia kicks off the album with “Filthy Dirty South.” Their surprisingly soothing voices lead into Doc Aquatic’s “Monday.” Here the …

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Music Review. | She. | Charity Ekeke.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

he great Dr. Angelou proclaimed, “Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it.” In subscription with that belief, Charity Ekeke, has invested her cumulative life experiences into her début album, She. Like most of the music that inspired her childhood, the Nigerian native conjures a worldly sound; she even attempts to offer harmonious universal messages. It quickly becomes apparent that She is meant to be …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | “TAKE ME OUT TONIGHT”. | JORDAN ALEXANDER.

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lessed with a smoky and soulful voice, Jordan Alexander recently offered the world her début album, The Lonely Hearts Club. This introspective, yet lively, capsule of self-expression, succinctly demonstrates why she’s been appointed as Toronto’s emerging darling. Regardless of Alexander’s open sexual orientation, no personal proclivity is enough to eclipse her God given talent. Within the Jarvis Church produced single, “Take Me Out Tonight,” Jordan …

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New Music. | “Hallelujah Money” | Gorillaz Ft. Benjamin Clementine.

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urging humanity for profit and power, the visual for the Gorillaz‘s latest video “Hallelujah Money” is profound. Having teamed up with critically-acclaimed Benjamin Clementine, the combo offers candid art that challenges contemporary cults. By questioning puppeteered political ideals the British band makes a stark statement. “In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me,” said bassist Murdoc. “That’s …

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Music Review. | In The Blink of a Life. | April Martin.

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he November ’16 release of In the Blink of a Life, is the awaited sophomore follow-up to April Martin’s 2010 musical debut. Comfortably established in New York City as a desired clinical psychologist, Dr. Martin maintains a yearning to creatively share her soul. Perhaps with more practice and time, April’s music will be as personally and financially rewarding as her sojourns into the …

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New Music. | Ostrich. | Dear Derrick.

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xhausted by the laissez-faire notion of “art for art’s sake,” Dear Derrick yearns to reinvigorate Art’s integrity. The Brooklyn native, has cultivated a creative cache of expertise. It ranged from curating New York City’s premier art galleries, conceiving ingenious visual marketing campaigns for various coveted brands, and serving as an adept PR professional for the legendary Wu Wear. Circumventing convention, the …

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Music Review. | The Drifter and The Dream, PT. 1 | Matt Townsend.

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rom the cello to the lap steel — and everything in between — Matt Townsend, joined by his merry band of 12 musicians, is on a mission. Writing and singing since the age of 19, the North Carolina native is determined to push through any mental angst and make music. His growth has been transformative and rewarded. Following the release …

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Music Video. | Cry Sometimes. | Kendra Morris.

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arning acclaim for her adept musical insight, the assured Kendra Morris‘, latest release release, Babble, satisfies. This Karaoke kid, who was inspired by a bevy of genres is leaving her fingerprints on everything from Funk to Rock. As demonstrated in the “Cry Sometimes” visual, the honest harmonies from Morris snatches one’s attention. In conjunction with effortless chords and a hint of vocal rasp, …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | BIG BLUE MIXTAPE | GALEN JAMES.

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Pick the perfect adjective. Does innovative, daring, or honest best describe Galen James? The emerging artist has traded in the working lights of Ann Arbor’s for L.A.’s glitzy ones. Artistry is embedded into his DNA; he’s determined to ensure that time remembers his name. Accompanied by his band, Compendium, Big Blue Mixtape explores what happens when Jazz taps Pop. This candid and retrospective endeavor …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | BROKEN RAINBOW | NO:CARRIER.

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ome hither if you dare! The fourth installment from no:carrier is here. Broken Rainbow, demonstrates how a once ’90’s Germanic duo, has grown to a contemporary Cali quintet. The Pop band incorporates shades of the Noire, Electro, and Synth. This is perfecly demonstrated on the LP’s opening, “Broken Rainbow.” Here, a compelling welcome is extended for one to embrace his visceral desires. Stripped …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | LOADED GUN | CHRYSTYNA MARIE.

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rom the first note her gift is apparent. Chrystyna Marie, effortlessly uses her classically trained vocal repertoire to deliver delicious melodies. With the release of Loaded Gun — the Tornoto native, who now calls, Los Angeles home — achieves a career milestone. An introspective CM gives candid insight to her musical motivations. She reveals, “Breath is life, and life is music. I wanted to create music from …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | RETROSPECT | ERICH MRAK.

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rom the inundated school-of-Drake comes another rapper seeking musical acclaim. The Ottawa-native, Erich Mrak, that’s now residing in Toronto, works to reinforce his creative cache. The recent release of the visual EP, Retrospect, succinctly showcases Mrak’s artistic dexterity. Officially debuting in August, this audible treat offers Erich’s growing perspective. Often insular, and all-encompassing, love is examined. Betrayal, bewilderment, and eventually …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | STRANGE STORM | DARRIN JAMES BAND.

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n amalgamation of sound, the Darrin James Band, is perfecting the art of combining an array of musical genres. Lead by the Kentucky born, Darrin James, who was raised in Michigan, and spent many formative years in New York City — the band brings everything from rock to country. From its reflective start,  Strange Storm kicks off with an introspective atmosphere. The horns …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | LOOK WEST | THE FURIOUS SEASONS.

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he fifth installment from The Furious Seasons is enveloped by home, humility and heart. Based in Los Angeles, on Look West, the crew offers effortless folk sounds enriched by a pop undertone.  Here, everything feels authentic. From start to finish, a dignified demonstration of skill is expressed. Caressed by tender vocals and appreciative insights, “Longshot,” and “A Thing To Behold,” welcoms the listener into their …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | MIRACLES ~ LOST & FOUND | MARLA MASE.

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arla Mase, known to her supporters for her theatrical, power pop crooning, preps for the release of her upcoming album, Miracles ~ Lost & Found. Throughout this fifth album, it’s apparent that Marla has a Broadway background. An emphatic guitar strives to enliven, “The Truth Comes Down.” Pretentious introspection condemns “Falling Sideways.” Finally, the authentic appeal of “Dreamland,” pushes the listener to …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | THE UNLEARNING CURVE | POST DEATH SOUNDTRACK.

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hen words fail to convey meaning music always asserts itself. So, exactly what is Post Death Soundtrack? Challenging conventional definitions, the group which formed back in 2007 builds upon the creativity of its respective members, Steve Moore, Kenneth Buck, and Jon Ireson. Some believe, their latest effort, The Unlearning Curve is best characterized by industrial, rock, electronic, and pop melodies. This latest LP …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | CAUGHT UP IN YOU | JIM PETERIK.

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hether it’s for others or for himself, Jim Peterik, possesses a  prolific pen. He has built a career on the success that he’s earned. Assisting with standards like “Heavy Metal” for Sammy Hagar, “Caught Up In You,” for .38 Special, and “Eye of the Tiger” for Survivor has bolstered his musical longevity. A lifetime submerged in sound has prepared Peterik for the recent …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS | TILTED AXES.

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ans superfluous words the instrumentation does all the talking. With Music For Mobile Electric Guitars, Tilted Axes speaks fluent guitar. The fluid endeavor promotes artistry and refuses to hide behind useless verbage. Reaping the fruition of an intentional dream, Patrick Grant’s original music is performed by hoards of skilled musicians. Yes, actual amps are strapped onto the performers as they deliver art …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | SIDE HUSTLE | PHOEBE NIR.

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rue Groove Records signee, Phoebe Nir, recently dropped her debut EP, Side Hustle. The Brown University graduate frantically kicks off the endeavor with, “Lust for Life.” Drumming from James “Whoop” Coley becomes Nir’s beating heart. The EP’s highlight is the unapologetic “Joe!” With lyrics like, “…you were the cause and the cure…,” the listener is left pondering if Joe is actually an unreliable man …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | POLITIKARMA | AGENCY.

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Thank you, America; Agency is here! If music is a universal connector, then the Mainer musician is adding his artistry to that cohesive cannon. Earlier this month, via Anticondon Records, Agency’s PolitikaRAMA dropped. Immediately, Agency’s profound perspective is felt. “Evaporate” is capable of arousing any soul. By the end its undaunted honesty evokes a need to sing along. Blending beautifully with the candor of “New Americana,” Agency …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | NIGHT AND DAY. | THE SLANG.

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hy become an FBI Special Agent when there’s the possibility of being a Rock star? The Slang’s John Bobo responded to this inquiry. Rather than joining the elevated boys in blue – the vocalist, pianist, guitarist – joined forces with the bass player, John Newsome to create, The Slang. Taking a recording sojourn down South from Washington D.C. to Nashville, TN, the alternative …

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NEW MUSIC. | “RIDE OFF” | TANGINA STONE.

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mere investment of three minutes and thirty seconds, allows Tangina Stone, the ability to flex her   creative acumen. On “Ride Off,” which is included on her initial album, Elevate, the emerging chanteuse offers her perspective on how love can withstand outside forces. The songwriter that’s based in the Big Apple, explores the kaleidoscope of emotions that are connected to becoming vulnerable. Produced by …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | MINNESOTA | GLENN MELING.

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innesota, the third album from Norwegian native, Glenn Meling chronicles his musical maturation. In his latest release, the wordly artist, having lived in the United Kingdom and Australia, bridges the melancholy with the mirthful. Since an early age, being consumed by music has enabled Glenn the ability to command attention. Throughout the LP’s duration offers satisfying songs. Starting off with “Alive,” …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | “THE LIGHT AHEAD” | ERIC FRISCH.

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hrough the miracle of musicianship, Eric Frisch, is able to create a contemporary tune that beckons to yesteryear. “The Light Ahead,” which appears on Frisch’s début, Goodbye Birdcage, would definitely impress Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, and Bill Haley! The upbeat ditty is sure to keep all the bodies rocking. The economical endeavor, directed by Tim Toda’s keen eye, draws upon cool choreography and simplistic backgrounds. As …

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Base 12 Binocular Show at Mana Contemporary. | Apostrophe NYC.

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he Base 12 Binocular Show, currently on display at Mana Contemporary (November 12th – 23rd), is an interactive group show that investigates scale and perception. Unconventional hanging initially hides the artwork from the viewer, who must then use the binoculars to enter the show. Through the binoculars each artist’s work can only be seen alone.  This enables the viewer to embark on a scavenger …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | INTROVERSIONS | SLUKA.

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Whether it’s drums, violin, bass, keyboards, guitar, or vocals, Christoper Sluka, continues to attempt to do it all. The former jet pilot soars past mere auditory consumption. With his latest album Introversions,  he worked to ensure that visual sides would accompany each offering. Proving that music is timeless, he is determined to make it remember his contributions. Decades have been used to polish his artistic acumen, yet Introversions leaves …

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NEW VIDEO | “Woman” | Kendra Morris.

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inger Kendra Morris recently released a new video for her single, “Woman.” Directed by Joe Lumbroso and written by Jillian Mackintosh, both of Brilliant Champions, the video features Morris playing the role of a scorned lover. Wounded and obsessed, Morris struggles to mend a broken heart and her sanity. “Woman” can be found on Morris’ latest studio album, Babble. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch …

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MUSIC REVIEW. | SHAKE IT ON DOWN | MAX FITE.

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ack in 2015, Macy Lucarelli, Carl Raether, Jamie Cunningham, and Max Fitelson decided to fuse their artistry.  Shortly thereafter, Max Fite was officially born. Their debut EP, Shake It On Down, which dropped in August, is a testament of their collected growth. Based in a land of sunshine, within the city of angels, the emerging band continues to cultivate its creative dexterity. Whether …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | “MY GOD” | BITTER’S KISS.

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iolence propelled by Love; is religion doomed to fail? In the recent visual, “My God,” the New Jersey-based duo, Bitter’s Kiss, attempts to answer this infallible inquiry. Aligned with their respective instrumentation, the combination of  vulnerable vocals from daughter, Chloe, and the poignant production from father, Michael enables the Baker magic. With provocative lyrics like, “My God is better than your god…,“Chloe …

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NEW MUSIC | “A Way Out” | Youceff Kabal.

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ouceff Kabal, formerly know as YUS, recently released a brand new single titled, “A Way Out.” The song, laced with a poignant instrumental and meaningful lyrics, addresses the need to find one’s self before finding a significant other. “A Way Out” has a melancholic melody that resonates heavily with anyone who is in the pursuit of love and happiness. “A …

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MUSIC VIDEO. | “WATER DIAMONDS” | A-TRE x IMKIDKID.

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ouston Hip-Hop group 3ipleA is steadily reinforcing its brand by satisfying its supporters. With the recent release of  “Water Diamonds” two of its members, A-Tre and ImKidKid, are en trend as they continue to saturate their chosen lane. The respected Niquous Studios was tapped to create the conventional visual. The mix of an alluring beat, enticing additives (both booty and bling), and determined sixteens …

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NEW MUSIC. | “FREAL LUV” | FAR EAST MOVEMENT & MARSHMELLO FT. CHANYEOL, TINASHE.

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rom L.A. to infinity! Far East Movement continues its destiny to manifest creativity. The recent release, Identity, demonstrates that the globe is their canvas. A veritable team of proven hit-makers come together to ensure that “Freal Luv” delivers. The Marshmello-enriched track, boasts a beat that’s impossible to ignore. Get those dancing shoes ready. Whether it’s Korean super-group, EXO‘s, Chanyeol spitting bars or the …

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Shura Performs Live at Terminal 5. | Photo Recap.

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oming off the success of her latest single, What’s It’s Gonna Be? (the video garnering over 1.5 million views on YouTube), we were excited to hear Shura was performing at Terminal 5 in New York; opening act for French electronic band M83. Contributing photographer, Nashish grabbed his camera and photo pass to catch the London-based songstress perform music off her debut album, Nothing’s Real. Enjoy …

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NEW MUSIC. | “BIG DREAMS” | MARK STEELE.

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ognizant of the Creator, Mark Steele is determined. The second single from his anticipated album, Almost Time, which drops on October 28, demonstrates how tightly he grasps to his “Big Dreams.” Through a near faultless delivery the North Carolina MC narrates a tapestry of trials that attempted to detour his lofty aspirations. His spirit, as resilient as his last name, serves as …

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NEW MUSIC. | “WILDFLOWERS” | CAGED ANIMALS.

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reation is helping to spur the delivery of Caged Animals‘ upcoming album. Not since 2013 has the band released a cohesive album. The as-yet-named album is being crowned with the recent single, “Wildflowers.” A friendship, a romantic relationship, and a familial bond forms the foundation of the collective’s artistic DNA. This kaleidoscope of shared perspectives and experiences delivers rites-of-passage that are …

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THE DAILY SPLICE. | ADAM HALE.

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dam “Mr. Splice” Hale possesses the acute precision of a board certified plastic surgeon. The London-based chap transforms monotony into magic. The mundane becomes masterful. Reality shifts as he crafts an endless supply of free magazines into aesthetically-pleasing collages. An array of reactions are elicited from his art. Through The Daily Splice — the global voyeur is invited to enjoy his polished Instagram …

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NEW MUSIC. | “NAS ALBUM DONE” | DJ KHALED FT. NAS.

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as Album Done,” which appears on DJ Khaled’s number one album Major Key is a collaborative gem. The video, which features gyrating and beautiful women, coupled with a scenic Bahamian backdrop, is not enough to sway attention from Nas’ entrenched lyricism. The Dancehall legend and actor, Louie Rankin, who portrayed the prolific role of Ox, in Hype Williams’ 1998 film, Belly, even blessed …

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NEW MUSIC. | “L.A. TO JAPAN” | VON TAÉ.

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on Taé is in the midst of successfully transforming a once lofty dream into a concrete reality. From 2009 to the present, his inherent ambition and intentional action is getting his music noticed. Various outlets like MTV have featured his perspective. To help assuage the wait for his anticipated début, Young Man Ambition, the Maryland native recently dropped “L.A. To …

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NEW MUSIC. | “PRIMA DONNA” | VINCE STAPLES.

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tepping away from the camera’s all-consuming and often distorted glare, Vince Staples, uses “Prima Donna” as an introspective journey. The Long Beach wordsmith tackles topics that many the melanin-enriched man may ponder. Through candid delivery the MC challenges several stereotypes. Angst attacks his vocals as he raps, “…I know, it’s right back to the ghettos that they hope that I …

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NEW MUSIC. | “WRKWRKWRK[WTT]” | PROD. BY KNXWLEDGE.

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nxwledge continues to flex his creativity. After working with both Kendrick Lamar and  Anderson .Paak he’s set his sight on Rihanna. With Hex10 – the latest installment of his Hexual Sealings series – the audiophile attacks the Bad Gal’s mainstream staple. The brain child of an East coast native, who  is currently residing in sunny L.A., “WrkWrkWrk[Wtt]” is shrouded in shadows. …

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NEW MUSIC | “LOVE SOMEBODY” | TA-KU & WAFIA.

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rom the recently released EP (m)edian, Ta-ku & Wafia’s “Love Somebody” is the ubiquitous tale of heartache. This effortless collaboration was recently released by the indie Australian imprint, Future Classic. The Down Under quasi-duo reinforces the label’s credibility. Within this angst-filled ode, the Aussie ensemble contemplates love’s complexities. Tangled emotions are caressed by airy yet sincere vocals. Here, uncertainty and …