Artist Highlight: Slyboy619

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Artist highlights on our platform have been a great opportunity to grasp onto artists on the rise that are making their way into the industry and destined to leave their mark. The artists that have genuine ambitions, are willing to endure the legwork and base their careers on the passion of creating music.

One of those artists is South Maryland’s Slyboy, a young up-and-comer that started out dabbling in music during his high school freshmen year, and manifested into something more serious by the time his senior year came around. And since then he has diligently built his craft, became acquainted with producers, has collaborated with other artists and has put together a handful of tracks that are noteworthy, melodic and multifaceted.

Slyboy describes his music as Hip Hop/Sly, something he considers his identity and represents his artistic merit as well as persona behind the mic. And after taking a listen to some of his tracks, it turns out that his style is a very versatile one. And is thoroughly enjoyable.

His track “Tonight” is insatiably melodic and has an atmospheric tone that really gives this song great pacing and structure. Utilizing more of a modern sing-songy R&B style, we get a swift blend of vocal melodies and clever lyrical punchlines that really delve into a narrative that tells a story very effectively. The track is very captivating and has impressive vocal arrangements that really tie the key signatures together.

His next number “Therapy Cypher” stays in its ambient aura of atmosphere, and has a plethora of feature artists from different cities and locations. Comprised of catchy vocal harmonies and well-placed shared verses, this emotional rollercoaster dives into the world of self medicating and the anguish that creates the cause and effect. It’s a cautionary tale that has amazing collaborative efforts, and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.

Then jumping over to “I Rock Hard”, a self-awareness track about the trials and tribulations of dealing with a bad breakup. It’s a very ambient beat structure and gives Slyboy room to showcase different angles of his vocal range, and gives this song a very ethereal touch with its ominous lyrical content. But the resolution of the song makes this one all the more worth it – when you realize that no matter how down you are on yourself, you still rock. And Slyboy really drives this point home with this track.

The most beneficial part to Slyboy‘s career as of right now is his ability to sustain the legwork and focus, be it songwriting, collaborations, promotion and anything DIY. It’s the type of work that has an immense payoff, and each track you hear from Slyboy‘s beginnings til now demonstrates that he gets better every time he hits the vocal booth. At the pace he’s going, Slyboy will be a pivotal and vital voice in Hip Hop before he knows it. He’s come a long way in a short time and has great promise lined up for his future prospects.

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    Artist Review: Sam C-B – “I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved” Single/Video

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Funky, fun and inspirational to the modern day teen pessimist, Sam C-B gives us a reality check of what matters most in his new single “I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved”.

    Accompanied by a colorfully clever music video shot exclusively with a cell phone, Sam‘s craft is definitely an absolute original and ahead of his time. Writing and recording under a genre he calls “Indie Rop” (a balanced blend of Indie Rock and Rap), the teen artist conveys a message that no matter what adversities you face while growing up in your teenage years, everything is okay when you realize that you know what it’s like to be loved (as the title suggests).

    This is a brilliant song though, and is actually a stroke of genius if you take a close enough listen. Sam‘s style is definitely versatile and appealing, combining eclectic elements of a Pop-infused Indie sound with lyrical techniques that fit the realm of old school Hip Hop with the occasional melody or hook to give it a flavorful topping. His vocal style is charismatic, witty, relatable and undeniably catchy with every rhyming scheme he pieces together. He has a vast array of likability factors and his sporty/edgy image parallels perfectly.

    This track, which utilizes a lot of instrumental textures in its production value, also expresses more of a story-telling narrative rather than a collection of convoluted measures – which is a breath of fresh. It has an old school approach yet still has a hybrid sound for the modern era that keeps it relevant. But what’s most intriguing is the perspective of the song from the artist himself, and he definitely delivers up an in-depth explanation of what the song’s overall theme means in a way that you can take a walk a mile in his shoes.

    ‘I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved’ is about the teenage experience and how I’m dealing with it. Probably, like most teenagers, I occasionally get on a bit of a downer and sometimes I’m a bit confused. However, when it gets like that, I’ve learnt to give myself a reality check and remind myself that I am so lucky because I do know what it’s like to be loved. Even when life seems crap, I make myself aware that, compared to most people in the world, I’m incredibly lucky…” -Sam C-B

    For an artist this young and talented, “I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved’ is a song that showcases Sam most effectively and really leaves an everlasting impression of his versatility, diversity, originality and him as a person and persona equally. You’ll feel like you’re getting to know him on a personal level as well as a prospective musical one. We can’t recommend him highly enough!

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  • Career Highlights: Karra Mane

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one quinti-lingual Karra Mane.

    Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene in California, Pop recording artist Karra Mane began hitting the ground running in the music realm since her childhood years and started writing songs at the age of ten. Since then, she has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization.

    Known for her darker Pop approach and ambient vocal melodies, Karra’s music resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet

    still identifiable. Her music is also reminiscent of her artist influences including Whitney Houston, among many others over the years. She’s also one of those rare recording artists that holds a science degree. Since gracing the stage, Karra garnered her experience from being cast in prominent plays and musicals. She got to perform in front of a crowd of over 6,000 people in Kremlin (Russia) and also a crowd of over 55,000 people in Los Angeles.

    After years of developing her craft and piecing together her artistic merit, she is ready to unleash her first catalogue of tracks in her debut EP. Comprised of 5 fresh songs with a melodically dark Pop sound, the EP masterfully showcases Karra’s vocal range and songwriting skills with additives of post production flavors, and could draw comparisons to today’s superstars like Lorde, Adele and Lana Del Rey. The EP is slated for release on 11/18/18 and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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    Artist Review: Kevin Maze – “Been A Long Time” Single

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    Through innovative production value and an authentic take on today’s modern visceral Dance music, we get a rhythmic adventure from the modern realm of Kevin Maze‘s newest studio creation “Been A Long Time”.

    This track impressively resonates with yesterday’s classic Dance vibes and today’s EDM sensibility. It’s a well crafted piece that would be suitable for raves, clubs, soundtracks and several other musical atmospheres

    . The song takes off from the very first measure, builds up with each tasty additive, but never wavers from its rhythmic drive. And that’s what makes it a fun filled Dance anthem from beginning to end.

    Utilizing samples that are appropriately placed without convoluting the song, “Been A Long Time” is a steady buildup of well paced measures and sequences that keep the energy flowing on the dance floor. There are no unnecessary theatrics and Maze definitely proves with this track that less is definitely more.

    Overall, this track demonstrates what Dance music has always been about. Rhythm, pacing, vibes and authenticity. And it’s a breath of fresh air to hear Kevin Maze produce a track that sticks to that formula. You’ll be dancing all the way into 2019.

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    Artist Review: Brigz Crawford – “Let Love” LP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    Tapping into an innovative swagger with today’s more prominent R&B sound, we get a breath of fresh air with Brigz Crawford‘s newest album Let Love.

    An album that delves into a more versatile take on the current wave of the mainstream R&B genre with elements of EDM and Hip Hop, Brigz shows a lot of promise with this record and keeps you intrigued from the very first song. He has melodic vocal melodies, story telling lyrical narratives and a voice that ties it all together diligently.

    One standout on the album is the multifaceted use of different rhythms and tempos – where we get something a little different in each song, but we also know it’s coming from the same artist. There’s great depth and artistic merit placed throughout the track that brings Brigz‘ musicianship factors to the forefront, showcasing his authenticity and originality. This album, and he as an artist, show a very promising direction with this record.

    Let Love is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. It has something for everyone that has an affinity for today’s more prominent mainstream sound. You’ll be glad you gave this album a listen, and you’ll be thanking us later.

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    Press Release: 14-Year Old DJ/Producer Benjamin Bogart Slated To Release His Highly Anticipated Single “Light It Up”

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Young DJ/producer Benjamin Bogart is currently making waves across the Netherlands with his versatile EDM signature sound and big room DJ-sets. Praised for his elite skills and multifaceted song selection, this kid knows how to get the crowd rocking and the bass booming. Now the 14 year old award winning DJ is geared up and ready to unleash his newest creation “Light It Up” throughout the landscape, and his fan base has been patiently waiting.

    In all of dance music history, few debuts have been this enchanting. With ‘Light it up’, Benjamin Bogart immerses you in a sea of emotion where every single tone ripples on and on to blend in with the breathtaking atmosphere. The song presents a great demonstration of his authenticity and is truly a captivating listening experience.

    Light It Up” is a tasteful mixture of UK influences, raising the game of pure pop and welcoming luxurious horns drifting in from a distance. Bogart‘s cleverly executed measures demonstrate his precision, production value and composition style behind the mixing board, and always keeps you engaged throughout the song.

    “Light It Up” is slated for release before the end of 2018, and a Club Mix and Radio version will be released. The track will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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    Career Highlights: Mr. I-10

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Music 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. Mr. I-10 is a rapper & artist on the rise who is doing exactly that.

    Emerging from the elite Hip Hop music scene in the US market coast to coast and originally hailing from Florida’s Jackson County, Mr. I-10 (AKAs: J. Tripp, Thulsa Doom, Tha Preachers Son) has been in the game since 2001 and is ready to hit the ground running since discovering his passion for the genre in the 80s. After years of listening to a vast array of different artists and gathering the tools to pursue his respective niche and artistic merit, he’s ready to delve into the music realm and perfect his prospective signature sound, and feels that his time is now.

    During his younger years while growing up in a military household, the aspiring artist began moving around with his family to different cities and communities, which lead to his manifestation of love for local and underground artists. And after attending shows and witnessing the artist legwork first hand, he began to encompass an insatiable respect for the grind and started becoming inspired.

    While listening to radio station KPOO in the Frisco Bay Area of California, he ran across many artists we’ve come to know in today’s music world before they became famous and rooted for them while they were still underdogs coming up in the scene. He expressed a profound respect for them as the ones who didn’t, and would be a pivotal point in his discovery of the hustle and grind as an artist on the rise still developing his first hand knowledge of the Hip Hop game and the business that surrounded it. Some of the artists he followed earlier in their careers include today’s superstars from labels like Rap-A-Lot, Death Row, Sic-Wid-It, Awol, No Limit, Cash Money, among several others. He followed them all with a special affinity for music from the West Coast and the South, and embraced the experiences of his surroundings and pursuits to get into the swing of things as an artist, which at this point was inevitable and a dream within reach. And this is when he began to manifest his signature sound and versatility as an artist – creating a style that shares resemblance to no one else and is one within his own right that he can truly own. And Mr. I-10 began to get his feet off the ground, with every horizon in sight and experience in the game to give him the drive to get there.

    I’m grown, I don’t compete with these kids. I don’t hate, because I see what we do as two different things

    Known for his versatile rhyming structures, Mr. I-10 exhibits the skills and dedication needed to really solidify his signature sound and stylization that is both original and familiar. Influenced and inspired by his daughter and the prospect of not giving up on dreams even if manifested or put on hold long ago, Ten is ready to show the world what he’s made of and is already on a path of creating important work. With lyrical content that resonates with real life situations ranging from child support, politics, the ideation of guns, the military, to the dynamics of the Black American Family, Ten’s music touches on subject matter that people and listeners can identify with and take in at its face value, rather than beat around the bush. His music touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable, and most of all, inspirational. Ten was inspired to be inspired, and that’s the musical path that got him to this point, and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

    These days, he 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 and is driven to maintain his originality and to shoot for greatness without letting anyone knock him down. Judging by his skill set and continued drive to succeed so far, Ten will be well on his way to the top. And mainstream music fans will soon be used to hearing him as a household name. His debut Album “Facing Extinction” is slated for an early 2019 release and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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