Kahbay – “Cayenne Pepper Boy” – an entertaining story with a vibrant template

Rising out of the gritty underground of New Orleans rap scene, Kahbay is a new emerging rapper, who has released a mixtape through his own music company – Greater New Orleans Sound. His music is regularly played around major venues in New Orleans, with Kahbay himself performing numerous times at the legendary Blue Nile. Spending much of his childhood around local parades and live bands he has been captivated by the craft since the very beginning. Now tackling global markets with his own personal sound and style, Kahbay recently dropped his single “Cayenne Pepper Boy”. Right from the outset, the

LU – Ride or Die” ft. Omari Night and DazeOnEast – a surreal and identifiable tone!

Signed to Big Top Entertainment L.L.C, along with the production team Cali 303, Luis Torres aka LU, is a Mexican singer-songwriter and engineer, born in the city of Guadalajara. He migrated with his parents at the age of one where his family settled in Colorado. Produced by Kxvi, LU’s debut single “Ride or Die”, also features R&B singers-songwriters, Omari Night and DazeOnEast. This is perfect melodic R&B/Pop record, as LU and his crew know melody, quickly laying down the narrative’s overriding tone: “Girl You Know that I am down for you, in the fire shooting rounds for you, ain’t no

Gabe Lopez – “End Of The Lost Summer” deserves top level recognition!

It is extremely rare to come across an artist like Gabe Lopez, who is poised, multi-talented, bold, self-confident yet humble – and surprisingly, one whose name you should already be very familiar with. The reasons are evident. Gabe Lopez is a Billboard Top 5 singer-songwriter and producer, who has produced and written recent music for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Twice, Key and other multi-platinum artists. He has also produced and written for Joey McIntyre, Charice, James Brown, The Other Two on Comedy Central, SHINee, Tae Yang, VeriVery, DreamNote, Gayme Show, American Idol finalists and

Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

Critical Opinion – “Blocks” – acute wordplay and smooth flows!

Critical Opinion are made up of two best friends – Ardin (AKA DIZZ-E) is from the UK, and Peter (AKA Base – P) is from the US. Both highly educated doctors – Peter is a Medical Doctor and Ardin is a criminal Psychologist – they met in the Czech Republic back in 2010, when they were teaching at the same high school. Coming from tough backgrounds, where they lost many friends and family members along the way, they managed to make it out. Now working hard to accomplish Rap music has helped both of them to stay positive and motivated. Currently still living in the Czech Republic, where they continue to teach, Critical Opinion have dropped their album “Blocks”, which is the first in a series of 5 they have planned. Ardin and Peter also have their own record label called, Phat Track Records, and video production company called, Kool Kats Production.

Straight of the bat, this duo has a consistency in their music that’s rather inspiring. “Blocks” comprises 12 songs with a variety of sound, rhythm and melody. For their beats BASE-P and DIZZ-E rely on producer Valentine Beats and good friend, Simon Kang, who mixes and masters their material.

The beats on this album are so well laid out, and they only get better after each listen. They hook you hard and don’t let go until the songs are over. The beats match the mood and theme of each song very well, proving that they aren’t there just to give Critical Opinion something to rhyme over, but they are good enough to stand on their own.

Add in the in-depth rhymes, the acute wordplay and the smooth flows that Critical Opinion deliver, and you have an explosive combination that runs from track one to the very end of the recording. In fact you’ll be so overpowered by the constant pull of the album, that you’ll be left with only two listening options for “Blocks” – play it loud, and play it often.

From when the album opens with the mellifluous “Not Gone Forever”, BASE-P and DIZZ-E prove their ability to create music that endures without ever compromising their vision, elevating their skills without ever chasing trends. In an ideal world, they could flourish indefinitely.

On “Hustlin”, the duo turn up the urgent ruggedness in their toolkit, without losing the melodic edge which is served in the hooks. “Ain’t No Sunshine” leans on its anthemic groove while lyrically Critical Opinion roll out a set of conscious rhymes. This leads us to the title track, “Blocks”, which is built on a rich and thickly layered orchestration.

This might be some of the best rapping you’ll hear all year, at least in the old-school style. The chemistry between BASE-P and DIZZ-E is insane, and the production is killer. “Perfect” increases the booty-shaking quota of the album with a warm tropical bounce.

“Warning” takes Critical Opinion back to the lyrical grindstone, with an incessant rhyme-scheme riding the hard-hitting beat which has a subtle eastern flavor. By now it’s fairly clear that Critical Opinion is a hip-hop group who are definitely much better than the majority of hip-hop crews that have been spoon fed to the masses like so much fodder over the last few years.

Compared to much of the future-oriented lyrics and beats of artists that have been releasing records recently, BASE-P and DIZZ-E sound like they come from a legendary category. You only have to listen to the album’s centerpieces and standouts, like “Realest”, “Respect” and “Crooked Cops” to hear the vintage quality in creating lyrical jams that are simultaneously effortless and complex.

Unlike many of their contemporaries, or so-called peers, Critical Opinion have a level of substance that can rival Rap artists from any genre and style. And on this album, the duo does a great job of delivering stellar beats and rhythms, while bolstering their songwriting with creative concept songs, such as “No Limits”, “Pay Homage” and “Power”.

Rap and Hip-hop is in an animated state at the moment, with mainstream misfires, and once dependable artists who seem to have lost their edge, substance, and confidence as of late. This makes the album, “Blocks”, and the duo, Critical Opinion, stand out even more in the current urban scenario. BASE-P and DIZZ-E have been steadily laying out their path — always honing their sound, always evolving their style, and, most importantly, always having fun doing it.


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