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

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

JAMON shines with his depth of lyrics and impressively metered flow

JAMON was originally known for being a third of rap trio Da Block. He started his rap career in November of 2011 when Da Block released their first mixtape entitled “The Ride Home”. Since the release of the mixtape, Da Block has been traveling and performing with artists such as The Game, DJ Quik, YG, Big Sean, Cataracs, Kid Ink, Suga Free, Faith Evans, Mann, Mickey Avalon, Travis Porter, El Debarge, Warren G, and many more.

Jamon Saletai Kimball

Jamon Saletai Kimball

Born Jamon Saletai Kimball on October 29, 1990 in Oceanside, California, when JAMON was two years old, his family moved to Hawaii where he was raised. His father was arrested in 1999 and now serves 25 to life in prison. In 2000 JAMON moved back to California where he attended and graduated from El Camino High School in 2009. He credits Jay-Z’s The Blueprint as his first time listening to rap music but didn’t start writing until 2011.  JAMON is currently sponsored by Body Art Bus, the only fully licensed mobile tattoo studio in California and managed by Joey Chavez.

JAMON is one of the most interesting and talented young rappers to come along and you better believe the hype. It’s not unwarranted though since JAMON has the talent and the songs to back up his hype. The “JAMON EP” gives fans a chance to own a copy of one of the most enjoyable Rap and Hiphop Ep’s released in the past few months.

While JAMON does have a healthy dose of banger-worthy tracks in his catalog, there are a good number of slow songs on the “JAMON EP” where he shines with his depth of lyrics and impressively metered flow. Those that easily grabbed my attention are Momma’s Boy Ft. Cheefie Cheef (Prod. By Scarecrow Beats), Thank You (Prod. By Mr. Kooman) and Letters To A.K. (Prod. by Jamon).

jamon-400cartoonAnother great high point of this EP, is easily the production. JAMON consistently shows that he has good taste in the beats that he uses, and after having heard the “JAMON EP” a few times now, I can’t find one that I don’t like. Each one seems to be handcrafted to fit JAMON, his style of writing, and crystallizes the feel of the song. Also, the features are all well done. Clearly the standout tracks on the Ep are,  Good Ol’ Days Ft. Lil Hitt (Prod. By Juan C. Rios),  Stars Tonight Ft. Joshua Sharpe (Prod. By Mr. Kooman) and #AfakasiRaps (Prod. by The Roots). All-round though, you’ve got a mix of songs that you can just lay back, listen and relax to, while JAMON lays down his rhymes.

Hiphop and rap in particular, has been the canvas, brushes and paint used by many artists to relay their thoughts and state of mind. But at some point in time, those same brushes, paint and canvasses became more important than the pictures they needed to draw. Not so for JAMON. Sure, he has crafted a collection of songs that is for the listener who appreciates skillful wordplay and the hottest sounding organically-driven beats to ride out to. But at the same time he is directing his personal thoughts and state of mind, while colorfully painting his lyrical pictures.

This guy has so much love for music and life that it transpires through his tracks. He makes you look past the mere mechanics of hip hop and takes you to the heart the music he makes. JAMON is smart, witty and a more talented emcee than almost anyone of the new Hip-hop brigade putting out albums right now!








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