Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

City Kings is an alternative rock band from Chino, California. Though mainly known for playing heavier hard rock sounding tunes, the band has a very versatile array of musical knowledge. They perform acoustic and softer renditions of their songs on streets of the Inland Empire, or original versions of songs on stages in local venues. The three-piece collective is made up of Chris, Adrian and Ruben. How and when did the City Kings project start and who are the collaborators involved? Christian Blankenship (City Kings): City Kings was basically started on Craigslist! I met our singer and guitarist Adrian after

Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick are a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area. Their friendship grew into a partnership that led to collaborations on past tracks and projects. An album had been a goal for the duo, and that dream has finally been realized with “Born Illness”, an eight track LP that’s currently available on all music platforms. The album was produced via a digital collaboration between DJ Raw B and Luke that spanned the course of a year. This release shows a rapper and a beat maker who prove that they are not going anywhere soon. Both unwrap

Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany. His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce

OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

J-Carter: “Take Hip-Hop Back” – genuinely in it for the art and the craft

J-Carter is an independent artist with big dreams. Any artist who releases an album with 38 tracks cannot be thought of, as anything less than ambitious. “This time around the people will have no choice but to hear me,” says the New Jersey rapper himself. It’s also hard to deny liking his moments of lyrical and sonic intimacy on his third album release, aptly titled, “Take Hip-Hop Back”.  More to the point than just likability is the trove of wonderful sounds and smooth flows on this recording. It’s one that that makes the rapper worthy of not just admiration but respect and consideration as a serious contender for rap accolades in front of and behind the microphone. A mixtape, this is not. This is a full-fledged statement.

Beyond just being loved and respected, though, J-Carter is the rare rapper who seems like he’s genuinely in it for the art and the craft, and not necessarily fame or money. The rapper’s almost conceptual leanings and semi-cinematic introductions, shows that he knows that behind his music is something bigger than hip hop. This is a collection of songs that range from somber to energetic. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his praise for his previous album with the utmost seriousness.

In listening to tracks like “Fake Cats Fall Back”, “Go Hard At Em”, “Im On That Final” you get the sense that he’s actually expressing himself as opposed to merely regurgitating tired metaphors and clichéd premises. Good hip-hop needs self-analysis.

The garish self-aggrandizing that plagues most radio rap leaves little room for those willing to put themselves, their faith, and their lives under a microscope, which is what makes emcees like J-Carter so intriguing. He shares a conscious and spiritual sense of authorship, where he is willing to wear his heart on his sleeve. His passion is palpable on tracks like “Look What You Done”, “Nothing But The Best” and “Only God Can Love U”.

Over and above the lyrics, J-Carter’s flow, or the multiple guest appearances that add tons of spice to the proceedings, the thing that also does it for me in this album is the consistently catchy, soulful beats. And I’m talking about tracks like “Hoping For Better Dayz”, “It Keeps Raining” and “The One For Me”, but there are countless others with outstanding production.

J-Carter knows how to produce an album, he proves that here; but the beats aren’t the only thing that make this album great. J-Carter is a talented lyricist with an impressive flow, and most importantly he has a unique style. J-Carter is, in many ways, a humble rapper. And that’s an exclusive luxury in modern day hip-hop.

Unlike most rappers, he gives off an innocent vibe. Even in songs where he’s talking about banging bitches like “Stop The Flow”, he says it in a way that doesn’t make him sound like a complete tool.

Throughout this recording, it’s clear that J-Carter has created an album that strategically balances the complexity of 90s hip-hop while simultaneously adding the fun and simplicity of early 00s bangers. The title track, “Take Hip-Hop Back”, is a perfect example of J-Carter taking us back in time, with a slick jam he has created with a reminiscing 90s flow.

J-Carter is on a mission to grab the rap game from this strange period of ambient and electronic experimentation and pull it back to the glory era of the early 00s. Listen as he rolls out “Stop Comparing Me”, “The Society’s Dying” and “We Gotta Change It”. The album is true and real. And that is why I’m calling it a classic.

“Take Hip-Hop Back” is a soundly executed, enjoyable album. Pulling off 38 tracks and keeping the album intriguing from front to back can be an arduous task.  The New Jersey rapper passes with flying colors, dropping some marvelous songs along the way.

The insight, the contrasts, and the thoughtfulness is awesome, all the way through. Despite this album’s length it never drags, feeling like an epic coming-of-age blockbuster. It’s huge, ambitious, and easily one of the best rap albums of this proportion. Pick up this album and immerse yourself not only in its impressive breadth, but also its almost unparalleled depth.

Lookout for the official release around about April 19!

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