Artist Review: KoBiTo – “Lost In This World” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An insatiably catchy signature sound with an anthemic classic vibe that resonates with today’s mainstream production value is a very difficult feat to reach in this day and age of music. However, rising Hip Hop Artist KoTiBo has managed to pull this off swiftly and diligently with his recent banger “Lost In This World”.

With subtle mixtures of chill-out beat structures and a classic banger chemistry, this track showcases a very visceral style that is just as anthemic as it is fresh. It captures the depth and character of KoTiBo‘s flow, keeping it easy to connect and identify with. And his sound is very versatile in that sense – his dynamic lyrical structures and hypnotic bars and measures are impressively multifaceted, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still recognizable – and most notably, likable.

Throughout “Lost In This World”, KoTiBo never gets lost in his craft. His solidified, low-tone approach really encompasses a style and feel that has your undivided attention. He doesn’t need to be loud and obnoxious to get his message across. He’s an artist that demonstrates exactly what a real rapper needs to truly find their place and purpose in the industry game, as well as true character – dynamic wordplay, catchy song structures, a dedication to your own identity/self awareness, and a style that within a right of your own. In essence, lots of up and comers should be taking a cue from KoTiBo. He’s the type of artist that is truly taking indie Hip Hop in the correct direction.

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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: 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: Static RYan – “NOSHO” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With a conjuring of ambience, versatility, and an insatiably raw sound that combines today’s indie Trap Rap sensibilities and rock elements from the iconic 90s era, UK-based solo artist Static RYan proves that his latest single “NOSHO” is innovative, clever, and anything but ordinary.

With fans describing his signature sound as a “low-fi Nirvana” kind of approach, SR brings forth a classic yet futuristic style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable in its own right. From atmospheric guitar tones, ominous digital additives and hauntingly visceral vocal structures, this song’s chemistry is hypnotically mysterious as it is cleverly innovative. It’s a diligent approach of a Hip Hop flow with grungy Rock flavors that leave room for different lyrical pathways and really shows an array of different angles of SR‘s talent.

“NOSHO” is a very consistent track, and very relevant as well. It’s appeasing enough to the underground scene, but could still easily win over the fundamentals of today’s mainstream market. The track officially releases today and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You won’t regret picking up a copy of this track, and it’ll definitely entice you to look deeper into Static RYan‘s discography, as well as future prospects. He’s the type of artist to keep watching for, to see what next move he makes, and where it takes him.

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Artist Review: 3 Mind Blight – “Make This Right” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Coming out the gate with a signature sound that is hauntingly hypnotic with a dynamically visceral beat and anthemic aura, Hip Hop artist 3 Mind Blight takes us on a musically visual journey with his single “Make This Right”.

This track is a banger that definitely doesn’t disappoint, and has a dark side that entertains our most guiltiest of pleasures. With witty rhyming schemes and clever punchlines at the forefront, 3MB showcases mic skills that are not only identifiable, but also ahead of its time as well. His word play is fast at times, but you can understand what he’s displaying. It doesn’t just fly over your head. He’s also an authentic lyricist, and really delves into content that shines the spotlight on both his songwriting structures, as well as artistic merit.

“Makes This Right” is definitely a generous contribution to Hip Hop, and really guides the genre in a promising direction. While 3MB‘s vocal approach is reminiscent of rappers we’ve all come to know over the years, he also carries an immense originality factor with him that leaves room for versatility and multifaceted writing techniques. He has the type of mid-ranged, charismatic voice that can carry almost any kind of weight in the Hip Hop genre; and put his signature craft just about anywhere. And that’s what “Make This Right” showcases the most – ability and authenticity. Where no matter how different a beat may be, you can always tell it’s coming from the same artist. And that’s what gives this song (and artist) staying power – the ability to stay with you after its initial discovery.

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Artist Review: Yunglo – “All Bad” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Encompassing a sound that is anthemic and vocally visceral, Northwest Indiana-based rising artist Yunglo comes out swinging with his single “All Bad”.

With today’s convolution of artists competing to be the next modern muse of the industry, Yunglo is simply not the case. He’s a standout of his caliber, and showcases a signature sound that is unwaveringly catchy and crafty. With witty rhyming techniques and lyrical punchlines at the forefront, “All Bad” presents us with an innovative take on today’s Hip Hop and R&B flavors with a classic feel.

The track has an ambient beat that grabs your attention with its melody components and rhythmic sensibility. It parallels perfectly with Yunglo‘s equally melodic vocal approach with rhymes and hooks that flow effectively throughout each measure. It shows different angles to his songwriting and artistic merit, and really puts his signature sound into a realm of its own.

The best part of this track is the likability factors. It’s a great contribution to today’s mainstream market and really solidifies a style that touches on originality and familiarity. It gives his audience a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable and relatable. “All Bad” is about being at your all time low, but still finding the ability to have hope and courage to face the situation at hand; no matter the odds that may be stacked against you. It’s an inspirational and moving track that really delivers a powerful message about the trials and tribulations of moving on and taking risks. It really delves into the aura of perspective, and really reflects Yunglo‘s ability to connect with his audience.

“All Bad”, along with Yunglo‘s other anchor singles, has amassed over 500,000 plays and has garnered critical acclaim and positive reception since their initial release dates. His music is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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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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