Artist Review: Kevin Calhoun – “For The World”, “Shoot Your Shot (feat. Drizzle Gwalla)” and “Nerd Confessions” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a a collection of three anchor singles that showcase amazing facets of Kevin Calhoun‘s abilities with the mic, we get a versatile catalogue of singles that are captivatingly original, all of which give a nod to yesterday and today’s most iconic Hip Hop eras; and you have to hear them to believe them.

Most notable of the three tracks is the 90s-influenced gem “For The World”, which serves up a world of likability factors. With a dangerously catchy female-featured hook and an LL Cool J vocal approach, this song takes on a visceral throwback feeling while completely staying relevant to today’s modern aura of mainstream artists. Kevin‘s flow tight knit, subtle, and convey’s very uplifting and inspirational lyrical content that makes this track more anthemic rather than just another song.

His number “Nerd Confessions” is more of a street heat banger that never wavers from its charisma or passion. With a vocal approach that has a multifaceted Dr. Dre vibe, Kevin demonstrates that when it comes to cranking up the energy in epic proportions, he is extremely effective and lyrically compelling. This is an edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger that is top notch from start to finish.

Then coming to his final number “Shoot Your Shot”, this hypnotic track has another subtle and atmospheric vibe that delivers up a great female-featured hook, dynamic rhyming techniques and an R&B-infused approach that makes this song catchy and next-level. It’s very soothing and has incredibly effective beat structures with melodic chord progressions that make this song an unforgettable listen.

It’s rare that songs with precision on this level grace our platform. No matter what era of Hip Hop/R&B you listen to, Kevin Calhoun will easily become one of your top artists before the year is out.

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•SoundClound: http://www.soundcloud.com/kevizm

•Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kevizm25

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Artist Review: Big Kou – “No Rules” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Delivering up a sound that is dynamically catchy and lyrically contagious, we get a track banger of straight swagger from Big Kou‘s fresh new single “No Rules”.

Unlike some other Hip Hop Records that have been sliding through the gate over the past handful of years, we get something straight and to the point with “No Rules”. Delving into a signature sound that combines an old school sensibility with today’s mainstream flavor, Big Kou comes out swinging on this track from beginning to end, and never wavers from the song’s direction.

Kou‘s rhyming techniques are charismatic, witty and carries a flavorful edge to his lyrical approach. He combines a versatile flow with a catchy hook that resonates perfectly as the track plays out. And Kou also proves that sometimes less is more. The track’s short runtime is one of the likable components and doesn’t boast any convoluted or unnecessary additives, the song is perfect with its edge-of-your-seat structure and keeps you interested throughout every measure.

Big Kou is definitely a name you need to look into. His style is innovative, clever and he is more living proof that underground Hip Hop is where the magic is made. You’ll be heatin’ up the streets with this track.

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Artist Review: TyGunzzz – “Style Too Hard (Remix)” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Coming at the platform with a swagger Hip Hop and R&B sound with versatile vocal techniques, recording artist TyGunzzz proves that he has what takes to grab the industry’s attention with his single “Style Too Hard (Remix)”.

When taking a listen to this track, we can definitely gather a sense of Ty‘s identity with his musicianship factors that resonate between melodic vocals and songwriting structures. His music is a perfect additive to today’s mainstream sensibility and exhibits the production value needed to showcase his sound effectively, and really delivers a track with authenticity as well as precision.

Utilizing a tastefully melodic nature that is catchy from beginning to end, TyGunzzz delivers up something modern with a reminiscence of yesterday’s old school sound. This remix is innovative, versatile and shows different angles of Ty‘s dynamics behind the mic. The feel-good vibes in this track really gives him the room to deliver up a tasty hook in the forefront of each measure, all the while still attributing lyrics that are well crafted and well executed.

His blend of Hip Hop and hybrid R&B flavors give TyGunzzz a signature sound that is credible, relevant and identifiable. You’ve heard this type of multi-genre approach before, but he puts his own multifaceted touch on it as well as artistic merit in his overall delivery of the song. It’s the perfect track for any Spotify or digital music streaming playlist, and will definitely be up there as one of your favorites before the year is out.

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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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  • 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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    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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