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EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

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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,

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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

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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

Genesis7: “SOULiloquy” – a kaleidoscope of musical tones and colors

Reggie Haith the founder and owner of Genesis7 Productions, LLC – a company devoted to curating original beats and music in the HipHop, Neo-Soul, RnB, and Contemporary Gospel tradition, is a modern day genius. Genius is a word often thrown around with wild abandon, and to be honest, everyone has genius within them. But not everyone, for some reason, manifests it. However Reggie with his over 20 years of experience in music, as a performer, DJ, composer, and producer, does just that.

Reggie Haith aka Genesis7

Reggie Haith aka Genesis7

Reggie Haith, a native of Chicago stands for taking great chances on different levels, for continuous hard work and for courage. He is a modern genius because he captures and represents the spirit of an Urban producer – better known in Hip-hop as a beat maker. What he does is so deep that he will influence a large amount of upcoming young artists. In an age when many of his peers and colleagues are still more interested in vanity, Reggie is more interested in exploration through music. And that is why he is a modern genius, in my book.

There is a depth and honesty in his music, in the way his beats meld together. His music is full of subtle organic things that most people aren’t even aware of – and maybe they shouldn’t have to be. They should just enjoy it. And what better way to do that than with the Genesis7 album, entitled “SOULiloquy”. The album is a kaleidoscope of musical tones and colors, where Reggie has brought in an array of talented Hip-Hop and Neo Soul artists to rhyme and sing on top of his soulful and groovy arrangements. The breadth and depth of his musical textures provides a canvas that are easily sketched and colored by these voices and harmonies.

The rhymes, melodies and harmonies supplied by the likes of Tonia Marie, Quote, K-Sera, Spike Rebel, Monique, Danielle, Jon Blaq, Jaysereh, Mike Milly, Verbal D, Soh Mehni and Rose Clark, all blend beautifully into the Genesis7 musical backdrops. The way Genesis7 composes his music indicates that he just loves the effect music can have on himself and on others. He is purely about expression, his tracks are generally filled with a variety of different elements and emotional content that seems to be showing how life is beautiful and how we need go for whatever it is that is in our hearts. It showcases the profound humanity and depth of heart which Reggie consistently operates with.

The album credits

The album credits

Bottom line: “SOULiloquy” forges an amazing production, superior rapping and singing, and most importantly – no time wasted. I seriously cannot think of any flaws that this album has. It’s a must for classic Hip-Hop and Neo Soul fans, you won’t be disappointed by how good this album is, or how easy it is to listen to. It has creative song concepts while displaying an unprecedented blend of Urban genres. Not only does Genesis7’s stellar beats grab you but his sound is extremely charismatic with a sincerity that is definitely missing from Hip Hop. With Genesis7’s debut full-length release, he establishes himself among Hip Hop’s greatest underground producers, of which I have only heard a handful in 2015.

I loved all of these songs so much that I desperately wanted to name some of my favorites, but on reflection, I declined the challenge. Each and every component performing on “SOULiloquy” has brought something special to the table. Selecting any one track would almost be an injustice to any other. On a technical and emotional level, these are all masterworks, and by the time you get to the closing 12th track, you’re already psyched to hear the first one over again. It really is that kind of an album. And that, ladies and gentleman, is why Reggie Haith aka Genesis7 is a modern day genius!

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