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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A Spotlight On Indie Labels: COINTELPRO Entertainment

Article by: Justyn Brodsky:

Founded in 2011 by Artist & CEO J. Tripp (aka Mr. I-10 aka Thulsa Doom), COINTELPRO originated as primarily a Rap label, but also branched off into other elite parts of the entertainment industry including Comedy, Television and everything in between. COINTEL is independently run and tends to steer its prospects and endeavors away from corporate politics and saturated ideations within the entertainment realm, taking on an approach that focuses more on true talent, authenticity and integrity. Projects that have Soul and actual depth in its structure with limitless possibilities and timeless prosperity.

COINTEL supports the perspective that everyone has their respective niche and their approach to a genre, and that the company knows good music when they hear it. This is a cornerstone to the company and its purpose as to why it exists.

The origination of the company name COINTELPRO stems from a series of covert, and at times illegal projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations – legitimate American organizations organized by legitimate tax paying citizens. When one refers to the content of Television and Radio, its designated term is “Programming”. Think about that. Television Programs, Radio Programs, but programming what? That’s where the vital question comes in to question things around you. When the people behind the curtain tell you who’s hot and who’s not, They are programming you. This where COINTELPRO Entertainment steps in. To take the static out of the noise and the noise out of the terminology – and get down to the truth, as it were intended.

COINTEL brings you that RAW experience first hand. The company takes it back to the day when the people used to be proud when the neighborhood artists got radio play and authentic recognition outside of their original audience. And to quit letting people who don’t matter tell you that you don’t matter, that what you do isn’t relevant anymore. Your audience is right there in front of you, and defiantly waiting to hear something that they can relate to and identify with on a true artist’s level.

COINTELPRO’s point is “Do you”, if you got the talent, got the message and are you willing to put in the legwork? If so, COINTEL can and will pave the way to new heights for all prospective artists in the field. And that no matter what…always be yourself.

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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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Artist Review: DJ Waterzz – “SEA” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Delving into a lyrical approach that is attention-grabbing with the ability to keep you on your feet at all times, DJ Waterzz diligently delivers up a very edge-of-your-seat listening experience in his debut EP SEA.

With insatiable charisma behind the mic and a very original blend of lyrical formulas, DJ Waterzz pulls out all the stops to make sure this record his effective and articulate. Each track showcases a different tempo or beat structure that allows DJ Waterzz to demonstrate different angles of his ability as a songwriter and composer, and he definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Each song on SEA has its own flavorful additives and really puts Waterzz‘ talent and authenticity at the forefront, and has no reason to hide behind noisy post production. He’s a rapper that is quick on his feet, precise and really proves that his craft has been mastered very effectively.

His single so far has been well-received, and absolutely deserves all the recognition he is getting. If you’re into a truly talented wordsmith that really knows how to articulate his artistic merit in the world of Hip Hop in his own versatile way, then DJ Waterzz delivers up a record that any avid Hip Hop listener can resonate with. It’ll definitely be one of Hip Hop’s more noteworthy releases before the year it out.

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Artist Review: Skyla Mac – “Mactober” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Straight heat coming from the streets to your stereo, elite Hip Hop artist Skyla Mac comes out swinging with his hybrid and vibrant new album Mactober.

Strap yourselves in for the ride, cause Skyla is going places with this latest record. Taking on an edge-of-your-seat lyrical approach, we get a heavy dose of yesterday’s iconic Hip Hop eras swiftly blended with today’s next-level sensibility. With versatility in the album ranging from feel-good tracks to straight bangers, we never get the same thing twice but always get the same artist. And that’s one very big component to this record – the signature sound and identity of Skyla. You always know it’s him despite the approach he takes. He’s recognizable and identifiable.

Utilizing multifaceted best mixes and post production sequences that add the perfect flavors, each track on Mactober embraces its own musical spectrum and lyrical composure. Skyla really focuses on his precision and making sure his rhyming techniques are pivotal and relevant to each measure. And the execution of his content is one of the many things that makes him a standout of his caliber.

Mactober also has a plethora of hood superstars stepping in as feature artists on this record, including Raekwon, Bun B, Sheek Louch, Maino and Uncle Murda. All who compliment Skyla‘s hooks and bars throughout the album’s duration, and proves that he’s no stranger to the game. This album has a lot of surprises and it’s a fire to behold when you really listen closely to the many facets of Skyla‘s musical credibility and authenticity.

Mactober officially dropped on October 31st and is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. This is one for the books as far as real Hip Hop goes, and a gem for Skyla Mac‘s discography. You’ll be very glad you picked up a copy of this album, and will thank us later.

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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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