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!

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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

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Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

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Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

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Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

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Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

RAF – “Directed By Raf” – a swaggering gravitas and a precision unmatched

Raised South Side Jamaica, Queens, 22 year old RAF is from Guatemalan descent. Part of an NYC music collective known as LOCALS, and has been working on his craft since the tender age of 16. His debut EP project is entitled “Directed By Raf”. A straight shooting rapper and an eccentric music maker is a captivating combo for any artist to be. The general vibe RAF brings, is defiant, gritty, and nostalgic, fitting the back-to-basics spirit of a proud lyricist linking with inventive creativity. The EP is palpably urgent, unhinged, and not tied to any particular time, style or mood.

The EP opens with “Warm Welcome” ft. Local Kid Zeus, and right from the get-go, we get a taste of RAF’s abrasive and impacting delivery. The resonating keyboard riff is stretched, and splashed with tonal effects that balance on top of the skittering hi-hats and bass beat.

“Carnival” ft. R.I.S.H, flows in on an ear-catching and soulful melody. RAF’s rapping is just as capricious. Bouncy and nimble, he regularly switches cadence, to accent key images, while the second half of the song is exotically flavored.


“Sponsor’s Word” comes in quietly, and steadily builds its momentum towards a lyrical apex, while “W2 My Dead” concentrates RAF’s high energy delivery into an even more potent punch, and the result is a knockout. The beat crackles with intensity and becomes an integral part of an already booming rhythm section, as RAF rhymes with a swaggering gravitas and a precision unmatched.

Two things that are never in doubt throughout the recording are RAF’s skill for combining amorphous instrumental textures with hard snapping drums and the rapper’s ability to dominate any beat he lays his rhymes on.

RAF, who sounds like an expert in flows and rhythms, cements each song with his undaunted, steamrolling performances, which surprisingly, offer an illusion of effortlessness. The finished product plays out like an action-packed movie, which is most evident on “Malice in NY” ft. Local Kid Zeus. “You (Interlude)” also proves that RAF has an ear for catchy pop melodies, and the pipes to croon mellifluous tunes.

On “Grace” ft. Mei Nine, the female vocals and the slow-burning beat, twist around each other powerfully. RAF comes in, snarling his hard-nosed rhymes, and bending around the beat to make a poetic, poignant body of work.

The pacing, detail and craft are overwhelming, as RAF thrives, finding pockets of downtempo rhythm to ride over that few rappers could. Here the artistry is fueled by raw passion. RAF’s writing is full of uncompromising details and he has a flair for building vivid imagery.

Practicing focused, soul-searching lyricism, grinding away at his craft, and surrounding himself with strong musical companions, RAF seems to have made his initial moves in the right direction on “Directed By Raf”. A refocusing of the genre’s path, is often a necessary progression. RAF pushes boundaries with unique perspectives and approaches to music. These innovations prove hip-hop is alive and well.



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