Career Highlights: NCK Records & Lil Opioid’s Rise In The Industry

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

We’ve had Hip Hop artist Lil Opioid on the platform once before. Our review of his EP Cosmic got an astounding reaction, and since then, we’ve been delving a little deeper into the young star on the rise.

With over 500,000 followers on Instagram and an insatiable internet presence since his inception into the market, Lil Opioid, on top of embracing his role as one of the fastest rising up-and-comers in the game, garnered enough industry knowledge and a fan base that allowed him to open the doors with his artist development platform NCK Records; an indie label designated to help aspiring and upcoming artists distribute their music and gain exposure to create an active & engaged audience.

Kinda like us at Artist Reach, NCK Records is a “for musicians, by musicians” network that provides industry opportunities for artists of many calibers and mostly focused on the Hip Hop genre. No matter how new or experienced an artist may be. The humble label provides many avenues of improving your artist career ranging from social media marketing, distribution, authentic promotion, and lots more. The label does sign artists and has an application and preliminary process, which requires submission of your music, a rundown of your industry experience, and crucial questions to determine if the label is a proper home base for you. The collective, solely owned/operated by Lil Opioid and a co-CEO, has proven that their mission for the label is in a promising direction for up and coming artists, as well as themselves as entrepreneurs.

Lil Opioid is strictly self-made, self-promoted and a true example of authenticity. And NCK Records is a direct reflection of that; his hands-on experience with the industry that truly encompasses the legwork a lot of artists don’t have the ability or patience to attempt or maintain in this era of the DIY format, and recognizing the strategies, how-to, and most of all, the payoff when hard work takes place.

If you’re an artist that genuinely resonates with this article and Lil Opioid‘s label, you can submit an application to become signed to his roster by going to his official website below. Lil Opioid is coming-up to the big times right now, and would be a good time to connect with him and his label as he continues to hit the ground running.

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Artist Review: frafri – Thank You For So Much, Sorry For So Little” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of producers & creators showcase their best work through their musical visions and audio expressions through sound, especially when it comes to the instrumental aspect. frafri‘s 15-track LP Thanks For So Much, Sorry For So Little is a clear demonstration into the mind of exactly that – the thought process and execution of instrumental expression and the moods and structures that parallel the songwriting structures as a way to get into the mind of a creator.

And that’s the kind of LP frafri has put together, a record of many visceral moods, innovative beats, and the brilliant use of guitar sequences and synthesizers that really set the tone for each track. From subtle buildups, explosively climactic measures and anthemic melody choices throughout the album, each song delves into a form of expression that steers along the lines of ominous emotions, and feelings that are thought provoking.

And that’s one of my favorite parts about frafri‘s latest collection of tracks – the ambience and versatility that really sets this album apart from anything else within its caliber. But I don’t necessarily mean “experimental” when it comes to that particular term, because these songs are diligently put together and definitely brilliantly structured. They flow together like chapters in a book, and scream loudly with narratives even though this album doesn’t have. But the biggest component to this record is the creative use of instruments – from introverted guitar parts to a vast array of keys and synths providing the atmosphere. After listening to all 15-tracks in their entirety, you begin to draw the full picture in your mind. The full picture that this album delivers a full, flavorful sound with wholesome totality – and you find yourself resonating with every measure both musically, and visually.

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Artist Review: Sassy Vee – “I Should Go” & “Emotional” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A gem like Sassy Vee is a girl with a vision and a girl with a vibe. She’s an absolute trifecta in the bigger picture altogether – she has class, beauty, and insatiable talent that is passionately utilized in her own signature style of music that is compellingly catchy, lyrically visceral and atmospherically ambient. And she showcases these very crucial components in her anchor singles “I Should Go” and “Emotional”. Two tracks with different eclectic approaches, but diligently executed by Sassy herself no matter what elements each song presents itself with. These are two very versatile tracks that truly bring you into the musical realm that Sassy delivers to the forefront; and never wavers from her flavorful sound she carries with her throughout every song that leaves you refreshed and aching to hear more.

“I Should Go” is a great mid-pacing yet subtle song that serves up as a flavorful modern treat into today’s Pop sensibility with Indie elements. From lyrically visceral and eased-up verses that beautifully showcase Sassy‘s voice as more of a clever and delicate buildup, the verses really caress her vocal textures and tenderness that really shows her authenticity. It’s the perfect buildup of soft-sung narratives before the powerful chorus jumps in to tie the song together with Sassy‘s wholesome vocal dubs and mid-to-high range melodies. She truly grasps onto the song’s aura and key signature to write and perform the perfect balance and composure for this track, and really puts her strengths right out to the forefront. She clearly has a knack for writing vocal parts that are not only catchy, but compelling as well, and really puts forth a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

Her second single “Emotional” is more R&B-infused and reminiscent of the classic Motown Records era with tasteful mixtures of today’s more authentic and eclectic Soul inspired artists that perform R&B the way it was meant to be. The track is more charismatic, fun, and shows a different angle to Sassy‘s lyrical techniques and artistic merit. It’s a track that any R$B listener can appreciate, including previous generations that witnessed the manifestation of the genre, and the components that came with it. “Emotional” is also a song that truly sings from, and speaks to the soul. It resonates with the truly passionate music fan that wants to delve into an artist’s true core, to see and hear who they really are as a songwriter. All the while relating to the song in a whole, and finding out how they can identify with it.

Overall, Sassy‘s singles are triumphant, meaningful and really bring out different angles of her talent and songwriter. She’s a rare gem among many artists of her caliber, and has a very promising prospect of what 2019 has in store for her, as well as beyond. By the sounds of it – Sassy Vee is not going anywhere, anytime soon. It’s artists like her that today’s music really yearns for.

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Artist Review: L.Awolf – “77” LP & Interview Behind The Mic

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

L.Awolf is no typical artist; he is a multifaceted and versatile mind with a vision that parallels with his music. His content, though always expressive and outward, utilizes his inner thoughts and manifests his lyrical foundation into his overall craft. And we get a clear glimpse into that window of create with L.Awolf‘s debut album 77.

Comprised of 11 diligently written, emotional and thought provoking tracks with clever rhyming techniques and witty lyrical punchlines, 77 showcases many angles to several of L.Awolf‘s artistic merit and songwriting structures; no matter what approach he has to take with each beat. This LP is a gem among the indie/underground circuit, but also a very generous contribution to today’s mainstream realm of modern Rap and Hip Hop as well.

Today, we take our readers Behind The Mic and catch up with the creator of the 77 LP and find out what he’s all about.

Behind The Mic: L.Awolf

What got you into music?

Since age 7, I was always obsessed with making sounds. One night in March 2018, I had X mixed with a lotta vodka and was already in my feelings over a fucked up break-up that had happened so I hopped on the music program i was using at the time and said “know what….I’m gonna make a song, fuck it”, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with making dreamy, floaty instrumentals since.

Most Iconic Musical Influences

  • NAS, because I grew up listening to him a lot when CD players were still around.
  • Lil Wayne, because with me being from New Orleans, he proved that we can actually make it big and be from New Orleans.
  • Kid Cudi, because he helped me through my depression and I relate to him in many ways.
  • And finally…Earl Sweatshirt, because I watched him grow since his early OF days, and to me he is one the most lyircal of all time. And I relate to him on a personality level big time.

What’s Your Newest Release About?

My new releases will be more lyrically inclined and the overall message will be more positive but in an aggressive way. I like to make sure people hear my message. My last release and first project ever (77) was mainly about suicide because I was VERY suicidal and still am. But people have also reached out to me about their suicidal thoughts as well and I’m working on a way to let those people know that everything will be okay, and that I am someone who understands what they are going through.

The Message Behind The Music

My main message in my newer music is basically saying that everything will be ok, and if your significant other is abusive to you, you don’t need them. They are not worth it.

If You Had To Pick 3 Artists That You Think You Sound Like, Who Would They Be?

I don’t like to compare my music to any other artists because every artist is different. But I’ve been told my sounds are reminiscent of Kid Cudi, Earl Sweatshirt and Andre3k.

Plans for 2019

My plans for 2019 are to release more music videos and touch more people out there with my music altogether. I love to get feedback from fans, because I actually talk back. I fuck with people who fuck with me and I make an effort to make them a part of anything I’m doing.

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Artist Review: Iamjuri – “Gone Fishing” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With upbeat rhythms, flashy tempos and synth-infused buildups that keep you at the edge of your seat, Iamjuri sets sail on a futuristic signature sound with the visceral single “Gone Fishing”.

Blasting off with a subtle yet heavily anticipated intro, this track has great pacing and production quality that sets an innovative tone. It’s not a noisy or convoluted song that’s gonna distract you from the actual talent or artistic merit; it has great consistency throughout each measure and really resonates as a whole. The drum tempos are a diligent mix of earlier Dance eras and today’s more simple EDM sensibilities. The charm of this track is evident as soon as it begins, and maintains that aura throughout the song’s duration.

This is also a track that really entices you to dive deeper into Iamjuri‘s catalogue of other projects, especially future ones. This artist’s style is a glimpse into the future of what the prominent electronically-infused Dance genre just may hold. From well dressed beats, charismatic tempos and top quality production, “Gone Fishing” is anything but a letdown, and really brings Iamjuri‘s talent right to the forefront.

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Press Release: Thatcher Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated Self Titled LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Some artists put out songs, others put out anthems. And with Thatcher‘s collection of anthemic tunes with their Self Titled LP, we get a demonstration of a multifaceted quartet of professional musicians coming together to create something you don’t hear every day,

With a signature sound reminiscent of U2’s early era and today’s more recent sensibilities from artists like Coldplay, Thatcher brings an array of powerful qualities to the forefront of their very versatile and visceral style on these songs. Their guitar work is very dynamic and parallels with the mid to high range vocal melodies beautifully, and tightened together with a neat and tidy rhythm section with jam band elements. It’s a mixture that is equally Indie-esque as it is mainstream in today’s modern era of bands and artists.

Their anchor single from the album, “Far From You”, is a perfect showcasing of the band’s craft and truly gives you a feel for what the rest of the album will sound like. It has that instant classic status that gives the song staying power – the power to stay with you even after it’s over, and has you coming back to the track time and time again to find new things to appreciate about the song. Thatcher‘s music also resonates with a sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

The vocals on this album have a more than impressive range with very climactic buildups that bring heavy emotion in both lyrical content and melody choices. The singer is definitely one of the strongest components of the band and has that potential to really be among the big league of today’s more iconic artists that have a true gift for their artistic merit.

The band’s first single from the album “Far From You” releases on January 15th, and will be followed up with their second single “Crimson Vision” a month later on February 15th. The songs will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you discovered this band, and this single will definitely keep you anticipated for the album release.

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Artist Spotlight: TexasG

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Hip Hop fans know that the underground is where the magic happens. The greatest music usually comes from the artists most casual fans haven’t quite heard about yet but who are pushing hard to get their message out into the world. TexasG is a rapper & artist on the rise who is doing exactly that.

Emerging from the elite Dallas music scene in Texas, TexasG began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2018, and since then has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization, and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Known for his charismatic rhyming techniques and dynamic lyrical structures, TexasG’s music resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. His music is also reminiscent of major players in the game including Wu Tang Clan, Tupac, Mobb Deep, UGK, DJ Screw, among many others over the years.

Since gracing the stage, TexasG has had the opportunity to perform at a vast array of prominent venues and events, including showcases in the Dallas and Ft. Worth music scenes. Since his inception into the market, TexasG began garnering an insatiable street buzz and positive reception with the release of his anchor singles “Black Rose Petals & Nigga Shit” and “Bossin’”, currently available on all major platforms. His follow up single “Spontaneous Late Nite” is in post-production stages and is slated for release this year in 2019.

These days TexasG knows how to enjoy life, using his craft to be a voice for hip-hop, continuing its movement with his community and fanbase, and living the life of an artist on the rise. He has come a long way in a short time and is driven to maintain his originality and to keep shooting for greatness. Judging by his determination and prospects so far, TexasG is well on his way to the top. And mainstream music fans will soon be used to hearing him as a household name.

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