Artist Review: KF Greatness – “September 29 2” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With witty rhymes and bars combined with a signature sing-songy style at the forefront, KF Greatness continues to shoot for greatness with his latest 12-song record September 29 2.

This album has an overall atmosphere that is very easy to resonate with. It’s likable, stylistic and never fails to grab your attention. There are great melody placements and distinctive switching between the rapping and singing to the point where both components are combined, and it gives amazing flavor to the overall execution of KF‘s style and artistic merit.

There’s also an ethereal feel that takes place with each song’s approach, sharing a versatile blend between laid back feel-good tracks and straight up bangers, all which have a flavorful R&B additive in the mix to give the tracks a noticeable edge.

But one thing that really makes this album a standout is its range of tempos and rhythms – the different beats give KF ample opportunity to deliver up a unique lyrical flow in each song, and it’s a great way to hear several angles of his talent as well as different sides to his depth as a lyricist and writer of melodies. It’s definitely diversified, but you still hear the consistency that lets you know that KF‘s still at the heart of the project.

September 29 2 is a very relevant record and a great addition to both the mainstream and underground sides of the spectrum. It’s currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll dig every track from start to finish, and really delve into the artist that is KF Greatness.

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Artist Review: Maddness – “My Only One (feat. LUV)” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to colorful lyrical flow, clever punchlines and witty rhyming techniques, Maddness knows exactly how to hold it down. And we get all of that and more with his new highly anticipated single “My Only One”.

Building a massive lyrical foundation onto a beat that is versatile and melodic, Maddness puts a great atmosphere into this track and really showcases several angles of his mic skills, and he’s very effective. Presenting an ambience that is charismatic and confident, “My Only One” really delves into today’s more mainstream Hip Hop with R&B flavors that really show off both musicianship factors and production value. It has impressive detail and definitely keeps you focused, as well as intrigued.

He makes great melody choices on top of his insatiably dynamic lines and bars, and really embraces the song’s aura as it plays out. It gives us great insight into his depth, character and overall artistic merit. It’s a dangerously catchy song that’ll stick with you even after it’s over.

Nine times out of ten, the underground and indie Hip Hop scenes is where the real magic is made, and Maddness is more living proof of that. His music resonates with the listener and doesn’t follow any trends. He is a real lyricist that actually desires to leave an everlasting impression on all who discover him, and “My Only One” truly demonstrates this kind of authenticity.

Overall, it’s very rare that you run into a track this good. “My Only One” is extremely catchy and Maddness has a lyrical edge that is innovative and next-level. And once you take a listen to this single, you’ll see exactly why. This will easily be added to your Hip Hop favorites before the year is out.

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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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Artist Review: Natasha Cash – “Don’t Stop Tha Music” Single/Video

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There’s a new queen of Funk in town, and she is heating up the streets. That queen’s name is Natasha Cash, who comes out swinging with her inspirational new single “Don’t Stop Tha Music”.

From swagger dance moves, an angelic vocal range and an eclectic blend of Funk and R&B at the forefront, Natasha‘s single, accompanied by a fun and colorful music video, pulls out all the stops to make sure that the show must go on in “Don’t Stop Tha Music”.

With very elegantly crafted melody placements and a vocal vibrato that puts a glistening signature touch over Natasha‘s mid-to-high ranged approach, this fun single embraces elements from the good old days of the Motown era and today’s more tastefully modern mainstream sensibility. It’s innovative, flavorful and really showcases multifaceted angles from both yesterday’s funky favorites and today’s modern R&B anthems. The song has great pacing, a precise rhythm section and top of the line production value to really bring out the best of Natasha Cash‘s vocal abilities.

One standout about the video is the authenticity – the fun, humble feel and free spirited nature that really resonates with the song. It’s all about vibes, and this video proves that it’s all good when it comes to keeping the vibes real. And that’s what Natasha brings to the table in this song and video – a real and authentic vibe with her blissful gift of voice. And she really shines like a diamond in “Don’t Stop Tha Music”.

This track has endless likability factors, and Natasha Cash is at the heart of every single one of them. And once you take a listen to this single yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why we crowned her as the new queen of funk.

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Career Highlights: DaGuvna

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Producers are the cornerstone to any artist’s music, and help create them their identity and signature sound that makes them the unique individuals they are. DaGuvna is an elite creator of beats that helps breathe life into Hip Hop songs for a vast array of artists, as well as his own catalogue of creations. And he’s the real deal.

Encompassing many styles that are ambient, energetic, subtle and endlessly versatile, DaGuvna creates beats that are creatively melodic and timeless. His beats express many different moods and emotions that are raw and crafty, and creates a platform for any artist from the Hip Hop and R&B caliber with a vision behind their artistic merit.

DaGuvna has been featured on other releases and has successfully contributed his work to many prominent artists that connect with his ideas and signature style behind the mixing board. One thing that stands out about DaGuvna is his authenticity – the skill set to bring new vital sounds to the table and keep the evolution of beats in its movement. His contribution to many electronically-based and beat-based songs has credited him with solid acclaim, and is evident throughout every track he creates.

DaGuvna continues to compose, create, manifest and innovate throughout the rest of 2018 and beyond. He’ll be a name you’ll be hearing much more about over time.

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PRESS RELEASE: Cardi B Is Back On Top With Her New Smash Single “Money”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Instead of making the public wait nervously until Thursday (October 25th), as she initially hinted, the Bronx queen Cardi B gifted her fans with the single “Money” two days earlier, on October 23rd.

Money” is the first track she released since April when her steamroller debut album, Invasion of Privacy, dropped. Since then, there is a lot going on in Cardi B’s life (a lot of which she is sharing in “Money”). The last months, the rap queen from the Bronx showed up in singles by J Lo, Rita Ora, Maroon 5, and DJ Snake. Also, the 26-year-old hitmaker recently became a first-time mom to a

little girl Kultura. In the new single she raps about being a mother:

I got a baby, I need some money, yeah /I need cheese for my egg”.

The new single has the potential to break the records in Youtube views and become an international chart-topper. Wait, wait… did she just drop the biggest hit of 2018? Ha, we are about to find out! Until then, check out the full lyrics of “Money”. Cardi B also makes a strong statement that she likes being famous, rolling in money (“All I really wanna see is the (Money)/I don’t really need the D, I need the (Money)”), and living large: “I was born to flex

(Yes)/ Diamonds on my neck/ I like boardin’ jets, I like mornin’ sex (Woo!)”.

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Press Release: Shina Mack Geared Up To Release His Debut EP “Fear, Love” On November 20th

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are some artists out there that are truly dynamic and original. Artists with soul, spirit and a vital voice to their prospective genre. We get a hypnotic R&B-infused signature sound with an ambience like we’ve never heard before with Shina Mack‘s upcoming debut EP Fear, Love.

This EP being a debut effort is a great example of truly getting it right on the first try and hitting the ground running. It’s a captivating catalogue of tracks, and really showcases Shina‘s gift of voice, authenticity and songwriting structures. If this is his first release, then I am stoked for what his subsequent releases have in store.

Fear, Love, as a whole, focuses on two specific topics: fear and love. This project is a personal reflection of struggles birthed from love in a crude world that curates fear. It embraces the full spectrum of love itself – the highs and lows, ups and downs – how truly beautiful you can and cannot be. Fear, on the other hand, is unfortunately faced by everyone and it’s something you either conquer or get defeated by. As you listen to the EP, you will hear expressions of Shina‘s own experiences and the perspectives he takes to understanding them.

Each track glistens with a mix of yesterday’s and today’s R&B feel, but also implements several modern and tasty additives from other genres that really helps showcase Shina on many different angles with every track, offering up something new every time. His versatile voice is very eclectic and real, he is humble yet poised and precise when it comes to his projection. And his melody choices are incredibly crucial and effective when it comes to really catching the listener’s ear.

This EP, especially with its designated theme and concept, also provides a lot of soul and raw emotion. Shina‘s passion is at the forefront at all times and his story telling narratives are extremely thought provoking, gripping and really gets you at your core. His artistic merit shines both musically and personally, and maintains the perfect balance and composure through each track.

This EP has that staying power – that ability to stay with you even after it’s over. Being able to come back to these songs time and time again, and finding a whole new appreciation of these songs no matter how many times you give them a listen. There are melodies that will stick in your head and lyrical messages you’ll identify with. Shina really connects with his listeners on this EP, and really entices you to invest yourself into him as an artist and person as well. You’ll be able to walk a mile in his shoes…and realize you’ve been down the same path.

Love is what we were born with, fear is what we learned here” -Marianne Williamson

Fear, Love was produced by Ryan “Top Secret” Anderson with work from Ryini beats and Unhuman. The EP also has an array of feature artists including Tre Amani, Ayce, The Indigo, and k.lef. with additional vocals from Mo god. The EP officially drops on November 20th and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. This EP is an astonishing first impression for Shina Mack and will be one of your favorite releases before the year is out. Mark your calendars, you’ll be glad you did.

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