Jay Machiavelli – “Dancing with the Devil” – one of the stronger voices in a vibrant, diverse, and crowded underground hip-hop scene

I have been following Jay Machiavelli for a while now, and right from the get go, I was always fascinated by the way his raps sounded like stand-alone stories, layered onto entrancing and mesmerizing instrumentals. His latest single, “Dancing with the Devil”, is yet another worthwhile leap up the ladder, towards major league status. It will help establish him as one of the stronger voices in a vibrant, diverse, and crowded underground hip-hop scene. Though his raps are visceral expressions of youthful energy, Machiavelli’s music is decidedly cerebral and emotive. A member and founder of Rare Breed Entertainment, Machiavelli started

Mr. Reaper – “Thru The Light” – This is tasteful clean rap that is as profound as it is noble.

Mr. Reaper is a new hip hop/rap music artist from Woodbridge, VA. His latest release is the single “Thru The Light”. To call Mr. Reaper just a rapper almost feels a like disservice to the artist. For whilst he is this, moreover he’s an artist in every sense of the word. Not bound by the confines of one medium, Mr. Reaper reaches out to delve, dissect and observe, as a poet, a songwriter and conscious emcee. With his latest single, the artist has dropped a track deeply rooted in self-reflection as he scours between the crevasses of darkness and the

Diva Prime is a multi-talented artist from Mobile, AL

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MUNKIB – Official Video – “Shapeshifter (Remix)”

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Anjalts – “Let’s Fly Away” – She wrote, produced and played everything on the track.

Pure Raw talent emerges like a breath of fresh air suddenly. With No Auto-tune, No over the top cursing or samples. A rebel muse pushing cultural & musical boundaries that refuse to be boxed into one genre or style. A Composer who was writing theatrical plays when she was 9 years old. An artist who painted 20 piece oil on canvas collection to support environmental changes for the last decade. A Poet writing of human suffering and human rights issues meshed into her own story of encouragement in finding your true voice. She grew up in New York. Anjalts (pronounced

INTERVIEW: Marc Marut of Cool Ass

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Lino Camilo drops the video for new single ‘shut the fuck up’

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Social Distance – “I’m Outside Your House” – takes the spirit and emotional energy of classic punk-rock and add a more mature flavor

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Ike Tanner – “Garden Talks” – a string of brilliant vocal performances

Ike Tanner is a 21 year old Music artist From Russellville AL. He is The CEO of YungGMusic & Gravity XO which are Film/Music Marketing Companies. He has 3 music artists from Alabama, namely JayGoldz, Trench Godd and Yung Cody TYBG signed to a marketing contract with his companies. Tanner is currently promoting his mixtape “Garden Talks”. Tanner’s style, lyrical content and overall attitude as expressed on this mixtape reflect a rapper trapped in the body of an R&B singer and a rockstar. His rich timbre and genre bending implies an influence of esteemed hip-hop singers. Combining soulful singing with

Mason Monroe and Haze present the visuals to “Crown” the first single from the project “Genesis”

Underground Tampa artist Mason Monroe has been on the prowl undercover for years all throughout the south and east coast. As an event curator and local promoter Mason has worked with his team to piece together shows and tours for artist such as Young Bans, Xavier Wulf, Famous Dex, Kid Trunks, Yund Simmie, Key!, and other major artist in aid of their early careers. From there they started creating a sound that can only be described as his own. The song “Crown” ft. Haze, is an introduction into the world of cadence and rhythm, in which he thrives in. 

Nathan Riese – “Hallucinatory” stands strong in today’s cross-genre Alt/R&B/Rap/Trap market!

Nathan Riese is an 18 year old singer, rapper, and producer from Fort Worth, Texas. He has been making music since he was 12 years old. A couple of months ago Nathan dropped his 11 track album/mixtape entitled “Hallucinatory”. This is a great place to be introduced to the talents of this artist, as it showcases most of the tools in his skillset, while at the same time exploring various styles and genres. Very few new wave rappers actually manage to provide an interesting sound outside of their artsy aesthetics, but Nathan Riese is a general exception. His otherworldly production and multiple cadences accentuate the eclectic flavor that dominates his work. On minute his rolling out bars, the next his tied up in mellifluous croon. His music is awash with harmony and melody and a substantial layer of atmosphere.

The sounds on “Hallucinatory” are smothered in slivers of electronic genius, where expanding synths, slapping percussion and a series of edgy vocal effects embellish each track. Nathan Riese is making some of his most interesting and unique music ever.

Nathan is overflowing with a strange charisma that manifests itself through off-the-wall flows, voice bending choruses, and song structures that flirt with alternative rap. Nathan articulates his thoughts in ways that only he could. He doesn’t fit in with your typical cast of urban artists, as he is a forward thinker who stands out no matter which crowd you compare him to.

The album kicks off with a spoken word intro drawn over a hazy synth backdrop, but its “Psychedelics” which gives us our first taste of Nathan Riese’s nebulous electro-groove drowned in a slow-burn of cascading keys. His voice is airy and melodic as it floats across the soundscape.

“Here Comes The Vibe (Interlude)” maintains the same understated psychedelic mood, with the addition of smoothly rapped verses. “2500” (Feat. Lucky Samurai Blue & Lano), forges a deep soulful canvas where distinct rhymes meet wistful croons.

Moving forward, the blend of trip-hop, rap, and R&B flavors, meander and expand across the album, sometimes leaning move towards one genre, and then towards another. In between, Nathan Riese weaves and threads his cryptic narratives within gentle but persuasive tones.

“Wild Night” (Feat.KIDD) and “Pt 2 (In My Room)”, being standout examples of this aesthetic, as Nathan exclaims: “I was trippin in my room. Psychedelics in my room. Look at what you really do. I just try to keep it cool.” Nathan Riese is triple-threat rolled in to one creative artist.

Nathan conveys a warm, deep core throughout the record earning it immediate authenticity. “In My Dreams 2020” delivers a throbbing futuristic electro production, as does “It Doesn’t Matter”. This latter track thrives on a captivating melody and a slow head-nodding beat.

This is one of favorites.  “Spaceship” continues Nathan’s head trip into the unknown, as arpeggiated keys and a throbbing bassline keep him company. Twisted vocoder effects usher in the ethereal “My Mind” (ft.Lauren), where the top tier vocal arrangements truly stand out. The album closes with the booming 808s of “Oh My God”, and some more delicious vocal stylings from Nathan.

“Hallucinatory” clearly has substance. Its eleven tracks stand strong in today’s cross-genre Alt/R&B/Rap/Trap market. Here Nathan Riese shows equal force both in his creative song-writing ability and talent as a vocalist. This combination, as well as his superb sound production, allows him to switch between singing and rapping, all while keeping an audience intrigued with his content and the mind-expanding tale he has to tell.

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