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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

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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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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

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CALIBINN: “Back At It”ft. ZYDD lays down its credentials with off-kilter swagger

CALIBINN was born in Amman, Jordan. He moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and is based in Oakland. Currently attending the University of California, Berkeley, he has dropped his debut single entitled “Back At It”. CALIBINN is associated with a musical camp called “Obsolete”, as well as “Jazz Tha Process” and “ZYDD”, who is also featured on this track. This holds up very well to the best in the game right now, not only from a lyrical and stylistic standpoint, but also from an intellectual and philosophical viewpoint as well. CALIBINN intentionally flips a lot of the notions of the industry on its head and does a great job of jumping between styles on the track. The beat is really good as well and it adds to a great sense of production value and quality put into the product.

I’ve found smart underground rappers before, but CALIBINN’s ability to deliver rock, R&B and hip-hop flavors in one song, combined with his clever tongue-in-cheek rhyming skills, make the track actually very repeatable, and it doesn’t feel like a gimmick, but rather a different take on the genre – which is very refreshing.

Basically, this is an inversion of everything we’ve come to expect from hip-hop: irreverent towards rap’s irreverence. Mileage may vary per person, but there’s no denying that CALIBINN is a breath of fresh air. With “Back At It”, he lays down his credentials with off-kilter swagger.

It’s clear from the first few bars that CALIBINN’s greatest strength comes from his punchlines. His flow is surprisingly nimble, and his lyrics are surprisingly clever. The punchlines hit more often than not, and the production work is sublime.

It’s a perfectly palatable hip-hop track. ZYDD adds a further dimension to the track, by giving it more dynamic power. Even so, there’s a unique quality to CALIBINN’s outsider identity that promises to build bridges: perspective.

“Back At It” is original, its thought provoking, and overall it goes hard. It’s not your average rap record.  It is clever, insightful, and relevant too, and it’s something hip-hop needs more of. CALIBINN, and all of his genre blending is vital and necessary for hip-hop.

“Back At It” may, or may not be, one of the year’s best rap singles, but it’s arguably one of 2017’s most important. Talent comes in all kinds of packages, in this case it comes in the form of an unassuming Jordanian-born guy. Who knew?

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