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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

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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 &

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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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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

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marcus Alexander: “Suited Up Vol.1” – a rapper who understands the importance of lyrics

Marcus Alexander is a Puerto Rican Hip hop artist, actor, voiceover talent and event host from Chicago, IL. He has had many of his songs played on Jamie Foxx’s Sirius XM Radio Station “The Foxxhole”, and his last mixtape “#ShareThePositivity” was hosted by Jamie Foxx’s Dj, DJ MicahPhoneChecka. The entertainer, who is signed to the Desanti Talent Agency in Chicago, has acted in 13 Independent Films since 2014. He has overcome many obstacles along the way and shares that growth throughout his creative endeavors, describing his music as “lyrical therapy”. Marcus who has also been noted for his mature dress code on stage, has aptly titled his new album “Suited Up Vol.1”.

For the last few years, hip-hop has been overrun by the mumble, with nearly all of its biggest stars basically unintelligible to the casual ear. Fetty Wap, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Future, and Rich Homie Quan are all proponents of a style of rap which is about 80 percent vowel sounds.

In some cases it’s known that lean—the codeine-based cocktail favored by many of these artists—makes you slur your words. On the other hand it’s easy to assume that this poor diction is just a way of fudging half-baked lyrics with no meaning. Whatever the debate, you can keep Marcus Alexander out of the discussion.

This dude has a clear, concise and masterful control of the spoken word – translated, that means you can understand every word that he says on this brand new album. In a recent scientific study on who has the largest vocabulary in the game. New York data analyst and coder Matt Daniels found the answer – Aesop Rock comes out with the biggest lexicon in hip-hop, with 7,392 unique words, Aesop’s closest competition is GZA with 6,426 words.

It’s early days yet, and I haven’t even counted the unique words on this album, but just listening to Alexander, you have the sensation of a rapper who understands the importance of lyrics. Which brings us to the ongoing debate of old school lyrical hip hop vs new school beat-dominated rap.

In this optic Marcus Alexander is decidedly old school, which is always a breath of fresh air in the current scene, where producers are becoming more important that rappers. Marcus puts the record straight, as he matches, and surpasses each beat, bar for bar on “Suited Up Vol.1”.

The energy and elegance of his style is evident from the very first track “Control”. A delivery that’s insistent and loud, but never shouted or in your face. And it gets even better on “All For Show”, where Marcus’ flow is metered and paced to perfection, switching up and down to match the message.

“Basic Rappers” leans on a thumping beat and a shimmering keyboard line delivered with an anthemic urgency, and is closely followed by the compelling beat on “The Gambler”, yet in both instances its Marcus Alexander’s vocal inflections and tones that dominate these tracks.

By track number 4, I’m impressed by another factor – Marcus never overstays his welcome, with all tracks staying well within the 3 minute mark, some just making it to 2 minutes. That reflects a powerful ability to withhold superfluous information – not a trait many rappers can claim to have.

From “Here We Go Again”, to “Hover High” and “Sperm Donor”, Marcus stays within his usual pair of poles: the detail-oriented old school rapper and the veritable modern-day entertainer. Some artists pull off crossover appeal without compromising artistic integrity.

Marcus Alexander evidently, is capable of being one of those artists too, and he proves it on “Battle Cry” as he measures his talents with a current hook-filled styled beat, enriched by a stunning male vocal – a really tough call for any rapper to match in terms of auditory impact. Needless to say Marcus comes up trumps again!

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