JunesFlow – “Challenge” produced by Mark Cooper, and new visual shot by Desmond Travis

Never-mind your car, or drinks at the bar, or how many chains you wear; to settle it once and for all, that’s the only reason we’re here. It’s a …CHALLENGE!” The album “Long Live Jit” is still in a league of its own as it continues to shine light on Detroit’s vast dance history, and its progression. “Challenge” is the joint from JunesFlow, produced by Mark Cooper, and new visual shot by Desmond Travis. Check for the video and witness what happens when the battle is “on sight”!  “To me, ‘Challenge’ is a song that’s strictly here to provoke

Jim Wyly Performs “Wildman of the Thicket” From The Album “The Artisan”

Jim Wyly at J P Hops House, Houston, Texas singing ‘Wildman Of The Thicket’. A Bigfoot Legend from Deep East Texas.  For years as a member of several bands including Movin Target and The Lunar Rollers, Jim Wyly has been widely regarded by his peers as a master of the songwriting craft. At the young age of 71, Wyly stepped away from the sound and life of being in a band and released his solo debut, “The Artisan”. A roots Americana and blues flavored recording, the album includes the track “Wildman of the Thicket”, a song about the Bigfoot

DaKing – “CryptoBoom” is a vibe from start to finish!

“CryptoBoom” is the second single by Moscow artist DaKing who is currently working on album which will feature previously unheard of 3D stereo effects. As can be gaged by the title, the song is inspired by escalation of cryptocurrencies. DaKing falls into the category of nu-wave rappers. You can hear a bit of his flow, hooks, and ad-lib driven rap style in the music of today’s newest up and comers. DaKing verses have a way of feeling like extended hooks. He loves to chant as his ad-libs swirl in the background. Sometimes he even delivers a rapid-fire flow. The project

Fifth – “Cost of Doin’ Business” – a depth you can feel in your chest

Fifth is an artist who has bars and knows how to spit lyrical content…better than most you will find nowadays. If you like artists with substance, then the Pittsburg, CA native is your man. Fifth, whose moniker is the suffix of his full name, has featured on the show “Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses”. He is currently riding the wave of his latest single release – “Cost of Doin’ Business”. The whole track is well-produced and engineered. Everything from the instrumental to the vocals, are mastered properly and flow nicely. In addition to putting out a

Haze Daze – “Shadows” is rich and inviting!

Self-awareness is key, and Haze Daze getting in touch with that allows him to separate himself from the pack, reaching territory where only a handful others reside. But of course his latest track, “Shadows” is also the embodiment of the current culture. The song is the unification of the SoundCloud elite sound and the figures who came directly before, it’s an embracement of that short but rich history. Knowing your strengths or limitations is a skill that few have. Haze Daze on “Shadows”, is not only able to avoid any potential limits, but also accentuate his strengths. The track is

Menes Rebazzar Kedar – “Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy” – A voyage into the development of ideas and emotions!

The New York-based artist Menes Rebazzar Kedar fuses a potpourri of musical flavors on his new album “Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy”. From hip-hop to blues, rock, soul and electronic stylings, the artist crafts 9 eclectic tracks that defy strict categorization. The music on this album isn’t just a critic or fan pleaser but it’s clear that what Kedar wanted most was to make a recording that actually carries some vestige of meaningful depth. A truly excellent work sounds like putting a stethoscope up to the heart and mind of its creator. The album is very ambitious, and provides one of

“ENVY” – Framing Hanley is a great band who are fresh and adventurous

1.5 million downloads, over 150 million digital streams, and in excess of 40 million video views, certifies that Framing Hanley are not your simple garden variety of rock n roll band.  Kenneth Nixon (vocals), Ryan Belcher (guitars), Jonathan Stoye (bass), Shad Teems (drums) and Nic Brooks (guitar) make up the reformed Framing Hanley who release “ENVY” – their first album in 6 years – via Thermal Entertainment on 2-21-20. Believe the hype, this album is extraordinary from start to finish. “ENVY” is the right place to start if you are at all interested in hearing this incredible band. Not one

Foolish Senpai – Loyalty Everlasting (Ft. E-Man) | Official Music Video

Michael Curry, known by fans as Foolish Senpai, is an upcoming Hip-Hop artist who stands out for his creative vision and the undoubtedly alternative taste of his music. Senpai has been consistent, early into 2020 releasing new visuals for his music. He presents “Loyalty Everlasting” with contributions from E-Man this go around. Keep an eye out for Foolish Senpai as he keeps adding to his catalog of videos.  MORE ABOUT: The word “senpai”, is rooted in Japanese culture and relates to the “senpai-kohai system” which underlies nearly all relationships. Senpai (先輩) in most cases means “master” or “teacher”. Michael

Merce Gold – “Gold Standard” – consistently deliver good music, captivating atmospheres, and ponderable rhymes!

Merce Gold is a hip-hop artist from North Carolina. He is an artist/CEO of Family Over Entertainment, an entertainment company started by Merce and his brother Louis.  “Gold Standard”, released on 2/2/20, is Merce Gold’s 3rd project, his previous “1993” was released Feb 18th, 2019 and is also available on all streaming platforms. The key element that makes this latest album’s atmosphere really enjoyable for me is the overall lushness of it. The beats especially are as gritty and smoothly layered, and as colorful as the narratives. Another reason that the album is a really enjoyable piece, is that it

Lyt Lyfe Presents The Official Video for the Single “10-4” by CHANGE

The music is booming and hard-edged “10-4”until it’s suddenly dulcet and sweeping, matching the fury and then tenderness with which Change performs throughout. The shift in tone doesn’t feel jarring, but instead like it was building up to that the entire time, a testament to how dynamic and complex the production is. It creates an anthemic, banging experience that is just as important as the words rapped. Hip-hop music, with its lack of filter and abrasive nature, has always been a vehicle by which men who uphold a veneer of toughness and masculine bravado can share their feelings. Part of

D.Denzel: “Private” – rebelling against the system of rap trap tropes

I chose the album “Private” completely at random, among the many on my desk, needing something to get me through an hour or so while doing something else, and thought I’d give this a try, almost expecting to skip through it or change it to something else after a couple of songs. Instead what happened was I was greeted by an intro –entitled “Royalty Freestyle” – which basically laid out the album’s intent, leading me from song to song, absorbed in lyrical stories and freestyle themes. The songs are laced together with a variety of busy percussion, with heavy bass underneath atmospheric synths, which works incredibly well here, by never really slowing down or letting up in intensity and being elevated by D.Denzel’s energy and delivery.

In fact none of the beats here would sound out of place on any hip-hop radio at the moment – however you won’t be hearing any of these songs on the radio. The reason why? The lyrical content. The whole album is really focused on lyrical themes which are a far cry from the sugar-coated mainstream blabber.

D.Denzel is rebelling against the system of rap trap tropes, and when he does speak about money, women or power, it’s in a completely tone and sense. Right from the start, the content doesn’t let up and D.Denzel really hammers his messages home.

So who is D.Denzel? He is a Brooklyn-born Toronto-raised rapper, who is striving to get across his message of “Lead Your Own Way” – the concept that you don’t have fit in a box to succeed.  Working towards being the best artist that he can be, D.Denzel states: “I want to show people that you’ve got to persevere regardless of where you’ve come from or where you’ve been.”

So while the song’s themes might be too blunt or on the nose for some, the messages are undeniably there, and is delivered is some very clever lyrics with energy and great flows. The album really kicks into top gear from “Rididin Freestyle” which delivers a dynamically orchestrated, cinematic beat. But it’s just the prelude of greater things to come.

“Ride Out Freestyle” is a killer track with a mesmerizing melodic hook and a thumping bassline, over which D.Denzel brings his animated conversational tone. This one is a no-brainer for radio play, and one of the most captivating track on this compilation. There are however many gems among the thirteen track to be found on “Private”.

“Kings Freestyle” has drumbeat that will completely knock the bottom out of your stereo, while “Woman Freestyle” rocks on a bouncy Caribbean style rhythm. “I Got To Shine” delivers a busy electro beat, before “I Get It In”, slows things down with an ominous bass rumbling in the undercurrent.

But it’s on “Class Clown”, with a tongue twisting flow, that D.Denzel shows, beyond good production, that he’s just as much of a factor as the instrumentation. Once he gets down to serious business, D.Denzel shows can hold his own as an emcee against anyone.

D.Denzel has a way of serving his rhymes that keeps the listener locked in without getting repetitive. He again varies his style on “Lead Your Own Way”, with a mix of Reggae and EDM elements, before closing the show down with the piano-driven urgency of “Livin’ Life”.

This is an album that needs to be heard from beginning to end to truly be appreciated. Not because it has a binding theme or narrative, but because you are able to witness the expansion and flowering of D.Denzel’s style on each song. He is definitely coming into his own, and definitely does not fit into any box!

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