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Robbie Z Revs Up Some Hooks & Beats In Hot Wheelz

20 Apr

With Hip Hop & Rap musicians rapidly fusing original beats, collaborating with crossover genre artists, and evolving in sub genres, Bulgarian Hip-Hop/Pop artist Robbie Z hops into the world at a perfect and opportune time. Robbie Z will remind listeners of Kreayshawn when she became popular after her release of Gucci Gucci in 2011, both in sound and artistry. His music has a perfect blend of unique beats, EDM influences, and cohesiveness in the overall sound. The single Hot Wheelz talks about automobiles, bills, and deals. The song mixes a balance of venting, unique cultural references, and references to auto. Since his debut single Copy-Paste which came out in February 2018, he has experienced unplanned success which has fueled him to take on filming his own music videos. With his creative vibes at an all time-high its no surprise that he will continue making music and increasing the creative mastermind behind his music and image. His debut full-length mixtape will be released in late Spring 2019, titled REBELLIOUZ, with Hot Wheelz being a preview track from the mixtape.

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Danny Dosha Brings Soul & Rock In Single Kelsey2

25 Nov

The track Kelsey2 mixes old school soul with new rock and roll from Danny Dosha. Being heavily inspired by hip-hop, 90s, and even Jazz, Dosha brings an eclectic sound to his music. Halfway through the single, listeners are carried away with the vocals of Danielle Lee and overall atmosphere of the tone of the track. With Dosha having his audience get carried away in the sound of the single, it allows them to go on an experience. The guitar riffs and traits of ambient rock truly give his music an unique sound. In terms of the origins of the name for the song, it hails from the admiration of cello player Kelsey Lu. Having only been the one creating the music for 7 years, Dosha sounds like he’s been making music his whole life.

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The Hypnosis Detox By Avi Jay D Dives Into Poetry And Reveals A Unique Type Of Storytelling

13 Aug

Upon listening to Avi Jay D, one can sense that this musician is full of words and effortlessly pairs them up together in a story within his songs. Integrating science within his lyrics in a subtle way, listeners can get lost in his spoken word. With references as well to mindfulness, the state of being, and the wide variety of emotional experiences and dialog, listeners anticipate more. Reminiscent as well of 90s rock and film scores, Avi Jay D creates an atmosphere within his music. His music can be comparable to Childish Gambino, Spooky Black, and the electronica undertones of Islands. An interesting detail that stands out amongst his music is how The Hypnosis Detox travels through different dimensions within the album. With a strong attention to lyrical complexities and a steadfast commitment to creating something unique within the spoken word and hip hop worlds, The Hypnosis Detox takes you into another realm of experiences.

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How Festivals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hip-Hop

9 Sep

Something strange happened once Eminem completed his recent headline set at the Reading and Leeds festival a couple of weeks ago. As the final rousing chorus of Lose Yourself faded away, hip hop officially become part of the British musical landscape.

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Let me back up a little bit. Eminem had previous headlined Reading & Leeds (henceforth called R&L to save my fingers) in 2001. However, it is one thing for an artist to be booked when they’re a cultural phenomenon, and quite another when they’re a veteran of the genre. Many British festivals and magazines opened their arms to Eminem while he was at his height. Booking him 12 years on shows the confidence festivals organisers have in his huge back catalogue of work.

Unlike the USA, where rap is so mainstream Jay-Z can host his own festival, hip hop’s traditionally faced a lot of resistance in Britain. Back when Jay-Z headlined Glastonbury in 2008, many people were sceptical. Noel Gallagher claimed: “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.” Jay-Z ended up receiving rave reviews for his performance, managing to please both the hardcore fans and those who only knew the chorus to 99 Problems. However, Glastonbury was always far more diverse than traditional rock festivals like Reading & Leeds.

If you need more evidence, look further down the billing at R&L this year. A$AP Rocky and Azealia Banks both performed the penultimate slots on the NME Stage on different days. Neither are household names but both have cult followings. On smaller stages, you could find a whos-who of up-and-coming talent, such as Chance the Rapper, Angel Haze, Earlwolf and Action Bronson. You could quite easily have spent the whole weekend there without hearing a single guitar.

This breakdown of genre barriers isn’t limited to rap. Melvin Benn, the organiser of R&L, recently tipped Chase & Status as future headliners. Electric music is another genre experiencing a huge boom but this will still come as a surprise to the festivals’ hardcore rock fans; the emphasis seems to be less on promoting what people expect and simply putting good bands on.

Eminem may be the greatest crossover rapper ever, partly owing to his rebellious hits aimed at suburban teens and partly no doubt due to his skin colour. However, the fact remains he has opened plenty of doors in the UK and it surely won’t be long before hip hop superstars like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar step through them. 

Fip Fok Warriors – CoCo and the Butterfields

30 Jul

Warriors

 

 

It should come to no surprise that Coco and the Butterfields is from Canterbury, a historic English cathedral city; the band’s music is downright regal. As the photograph (an eclectic amalgam of Pocahontas and Braveheart) above suggests, the band combines traditional English pop with pastoral folk and gritty hip/hop to create a tremendous sound that has not only sparked its own derivative genre (“Fip Fok” – folk/pop/hip-hop) but also has expanded the ears of listeners while sucking them into an infectious sound. What? Did I look into the picture too much?

It should go without repeating that I am a big fan of what Coco and the Butterfields is creating, but, heck, I’m going to bedizen the group with flashy adornments of praise. The music is fresh and original. Original is an understatement. The five-piece band combines the folk prowess of Micah Hyson (double bass) and Rob Wicks (banjo) with the filthy and fresh beatbox stylings of Jamie Smith. Folk and beatbox? It takes a rare breed of band to pull off that stunt successfully. Just take a listen to the band’s glorious cover of “Just a Dream” by Nelly. It is unconventional (almost humorous in its musical absurdity), but after the initial shock sets in, it is not difficult to imagine the song being a Coco original. This is the mark of a great band.

“Warriors” takes effervescent to a new level. The music is off-the-bubbly-charts. If you do not have the sudden urge to get up, jump up and down, and sing along to the track than something must be terribly wrong with you. In a style similar to fellow countrymen Skinny Lister, Coco and the Butterfields combine a traditional folk instrumental with fresh elements. “Warriors,” though, maintains a unique theatrical feel that creates a big-screen appeal. It also maintains a dangerous contagiousness that invokes constant repetition of the song…seriously. The song is a gem. This band needs to make its way to the Big Apple, so I can hear the song live – yes, I’m selfish. Heck of a song from one heck of a band.

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