EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

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FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

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Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

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Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

RUS 10 has a quick-silver rapping style that is focused on supersonic syllables!

RUS 10 is a rap artist out of Chattanooga TN. His major influences are Tech N9ne, Rittz, Mos Def, Eminem, Nas, Wrekonize, Atmosphere, Mayday, Ces Cru, and Action Bronson. “I focus more on lyrics,” says RUS 10, “because I feel that good beats will only take you so far and I have a lot to say.”

RUS 10

RUS 10

I ran into RUS 10’s single,Phenom (Produced By CMPLX) on Soundcloud, and discovered it delivered even more than I was expecting. The track is razor-sharp and heartfelt, showing the audacious, confrontational side of this multi-talented rapper. What follows on the rest of the tracks in his catalog is filled with great hooks, intricately styled lyrics and a sound you would only expect from a major label team. RUS 10 will almost certainly be a successful rapper of consequence. All he needs to do is keeps up his high level of writing, production and storytelling through his songs.

It’s rare that someone this talented gets their shot to shine, considering the drivel that is allowed to pass off as successful rap. However I get the feeling that RUS 10 is pretty much aware of this, as his tone of voice says as much. That said, if anyone deserves a shot, it’s this dude!

He brings great productions, great lyrics, and one sick flow that I guarantee you won’t hear anywhere else. His rapping style is as close to perfection as you can come, while his material is securely based on three important factors; self-expression, relatable themes and connecting with the audience -which is ultimately what being a true artist is all about!

Now that’s not to say every single person is going to feel RUS 10 style (especially if you like that bling, bling stuff!), but to me his songs are near perfect. There are no bad songs or even okay songs in his catalog. Every song is outstanding. RUS 10 has a quick-silver rapping style that is focused on supersonic syllables and sometimes you may have to hit replay to catch exactly what he said. It’s not that you’re too slow…he’s just too fast!

Three songs totally blew me away – “Fire In The Booth”, “Lean Back With It” and “Inner Demons”. Just straight fire! You can feel the passion this guy has for his craft as he deals out lyricism and flow, with none of the gimmicks that plague mainstream radio rap/hip-hop. The last time I was this excited after hearing a rapper for the first time was back in 1999, on listening to “The Slim Shady LP”!

RUS 10

RUS 10

I hate drawing comparisons, especially between a relative newcomer and a legendary rapper like Eminem who has sold over 155 million albums and singles, but the similarities between the two, do exist. They both court controversy by expressing themselves in a shockingly honest way, no holds barred! And they both do things with beats and rhymes that I have never heard anyone else do.

Again, they are united by three words in their rapping style – fearlessness, boldness, and complete dedication to individualism. “Be who you are,” could perfectly fit a RUS 10 motto. Moreover, and without intending to be irreverent or disrespectful in any way, I firmly believe that RUS 10 possesses a more rapid-fire flow than Eminem does.

RUS 10 is a breath of fresh air in an industry that’s capitalized by over-used beats and weak lyrics. It’s encouraging to hear someone with real talent. His lyrics, speed, and flow are unmistakable, and unparalleled to my mind. It’s not fair that anyone with this amount of talent isn’t making the kind of money, or achieving the kind of popularity that mainstream rappers are. I guess RUS 10 is too real for the American public!

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