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Rap and hip-hop is no longer strictly about an artist’s lyrical ability, there is a series of beats and melodies that need to come together in perfect harmony to create the sonic excellence that fans demand to hear. To that end, Musicbyko is the embodiment of real modern rap in a production heavy hip-hop environment that has very little care for bars. This Bay Area rapper from Oakland, CA, has a message of ambition and a constitution of excellence that he is attempting to establish within his craft. It is clear that he has grown into more than just a

Maelstroms by Julian Kerins injects new life into Rock

Julian Kerins is a New York based singer-songwriter whose music is the end result of an eclectic amalgam of influences that have been centered around a Rock backing. His latest debut EP Maelstroms has reached the ears of this writer to wondrous effect. The EP blends Classical, Opera, Avant-garde, Folk, some Eastern influence and even a touch of Jazz to create a beautiful menagerie of melancholic delight. If you’re looking for an overwhelmingly passionate listening experience that just may leave you in tears (with the heart wrenching operatic ballad “In Billowing Skies” or the simply monolithic hard Rock foray that

Los Angeles songwriter/producer Betty Moon celebrates her latest single Parachute with a new music video

The video takes viewers up above the cityscapes and back again. (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Betty Moon continues to build upon her assent on the international streaming music charts with the release of her new music video for Parachute. With the single being released last week, the video compliments a very personal song about self-empowerment and escaping to live the life you’ve always dreamed about. The 90s tinged pop video boasts large doses of nostalgia, rock n roll and mixes things up with Moons fashionably unique brand of indie rock, mainstream and electronic influenced music. The video premiered this morning

‘Sound of the City’ A New Four-Part Episode Docu-series is Launched by A Houston Record Company

‘Sound of the City’ gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce an album by following the creation of Wreckshop Nation’s collaborative new project titled ‘Unity Vol. 1.’ The docu-series premiered Sept. 17, 2018. Wreckshop Nation (WSN) is an independently owned entertainment company focused on promoting and producing digital content, products, and services for artists while simultaneously embracing the Southern Hip-Hop culture that developed in Houston during the late 1990’s “Wreckshop Records” era and still thrives today. Wreckshop aims to be more than just a label, but a brand; it is striving to be a centralized platform

The Keymakers: “Tell Me Something” – represents that urban love vibe

The Keymakers is the duo musical project from Rome Alexander and Rederic. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the two brothers now live together in Boston. Individually, the boys have been making music for as long as they can remember. Singer-songwriter Rome, officially started his musical journey back in 2010 with his first release, and has since put out several songs to critical acclaim through various platforms. Most recently he had the idea to continue his passion almost exclusively as a writer before taking on this project with his brother. Rederic started his work in music between learning and playing piano,

The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival Launches Saturday, September 22nd in NYC

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Vessel Decimal – “CONVERSION: Level One” guided by a sense of purpose

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Natalie Jean: “He Loves Me” is on a mission with a transcending experience

Singer, songwriter and performer, Natalie Jean, has released her latest track – “He Loves Me”. The award winning songstress and voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS), who has already totaled 70 nominations for various musical awards, was also the Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist. She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC area, while making an impact in LA, New York, Nashville, and North Carolina. Natalie has 5 albums and a string of single releases neatly holding her catalog together. The words in “He Loves Me” are beautiful as sung by this

N0va: “Lessons and Blessings” – a masterfully orchestrated mega-mixtape

Mega lengthy mixtapes are notorious for doing poorly with fans. The issue lies in the content and the listeners’ attention span. Can you make it through 22 tracks of the same artist and find something different about each song you like? That’s almost impossible…unless it’s “Lessons and Blessings” by Shawn Nova, better known as N0va of course! Most hip-hop heads can easily rattle off a few dozen albums that qualify as bona fide masterpieces, seminal song suites that embody the best of the genre’s rich recorded canon to date. But ask them to name double-albums massive mega mixtapes that fit the same bill, and that number invariably dwindles to no more than a few, most often comprised of 2Pac’s expansive All Eyez on Me, the Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous Life After Death, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s triumphant Wu-Tang Forever.

You can also throw in OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which sold more than 11 million units. The truth is, aside from these rare shining specimens of epic dynamism, most massive multi-track efforts—hip-hop or otherwise—typically fall victim to diminishing returns. This is largely due to the inevitable presence of superfluous filler fare, which constitutes little more than mediocre tracks best left to an artist’s diehard fans.

Enter N0va’s new 22 track mixtape, “Lessons and Blessings”, the Canadian emcee’s most ambitious recording yet, which proves the exception to the rule outlined above. Beyond proving to be one of the most fully realized and masterfully orchestrated mega-mixtapes underground hip-hop has witnessed in the last few years , “Lessons and Blessings” is also unequivocally one of 2017’s finest long players, regardless of genre classifications.

Reflecting on the past and prepping for the future, the tracks on this mixtape swell into N0va’s signature frantic-but-laidback style as he pounds through the verses on top of clamorous beats and catchy choruses that build up to unify the underlying messages.

Thus the duality of the mixtape is established early on, with N0va willing to bounce back and forth between his reflective and earnest personas quite intentionally, on tracks like “Selfish Eyes” – Produced by B. Young x Abel Petit and “Swervin’” – Produced by CashMoneyAp x CedDidIt.

“Lessons and Blessings” masterfully balances N0va’s demured and frantic styles quite realistically. From track to track, he exposes his shifting perspectives which keeps the mixtape moving at a good clip. Aiding the dichotomous quality of these tracks are N0va’s bellowing vocals, deep and resonant and meshing against the luscious bass-driven instrumentals.

Major cases in point are “Along the Way” – Produced by Noise system, “Tongue Tied” – Produced by Noise system, “I Don’t Need That” – Produced by Homage, and “Boomerang” – Produced by Homage, among others.

N0va has no interest in bending his music or the public’s perception of his art for the sake of a mere hit single; if a song of his becomes popular he’d rather it be because the public deemed it so than because he forced himself into something that would fit on the radio.

As such, eclectic, alternative and progressive standouts like “Heart of Stone2 – Produced by B. Young, “Oh Lord” – Produced by The Beat Plug and “Spider’s Web” – Produced by Abel Petit, turn out to be as catchy as hell on their own terms.

“Lessons and Blessings” does something important for N0va going forward. It exposes the rapper as a guy who’s unquestionably made his influences his own and is now ready to poke and prod the finished product, to play with it in a self-confident fashion that allows for pronounced and interesting artistic growth. N0va’s experimentation with new flows and lusher, diverse instrumentation makes for a release that just cannot be missed.

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