Artist Spotlight: BYND

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

BYND is an American Rap/Hip Hop artist working in a subgenre known as Surf-Rap. This is a laid back style of Hip Hop that centers around the popular pastime of surfing. It’s a style that resonates with a relaxed and mellow feel of stoner rap, but with a unique, fresh vibe and versatile approach.

Emerging from the elite Miami and NYC music scenes, BYND is fairly new on the scene and possesses a multifaceted and distinctive rapping style that brings to mind a more chilled out reminiscence of Notorious B.I.G. or the light hearted Hip Hop side of De La Soul. 2018 has already been a prolific year for him with the release of several EPs and single tracks. ‘Bonfya Stories’ EP is BYND’s expressed personalities or personas told through the lens of others and some of his own lens as well; told in the form of Stories or Scenarios.

Now with 2019 right around the corner, the rising rapper has prospects that are very promising with a career that continues to manifest and prosper. He has come a long way in a short time and has already created important work towards becoming a new and vital voice for Hip Hop and its movement. He is destined to take his place alongside major players in the game, and based on his success and determination already, he is on his way to doing exactly that. BYND is a name music fans and the Hip Hop community will be hearing much more about.

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Artist Review: Aya & Ali – “Burn It Down” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Funky, flavorful and compellingly catchy, NYC-duo Aya & Ali come out swinging with their new highly anticipated single “Burn It Down”.

With rhythmic textures, mid-ranged snappy guitar riffs and female-fronted vocals with multifaceted melody choices, “Burn It Down” is definitely a next-level track that will easily raise the stakes for the indie artist realm, and turn heads in the mainstream music market. And with NYC being their stomping grounds, their potential and likelihood to make this happen is very much in their favor.

This track is also very versatile and touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; delving into a sound that gives their audience a fresh and modern feel, yet all the while staying relevant, identifiable and relatable. It has instant-likability factors that are paralleled between the songwriting, execution, and overall production value, and it never wavers from its aura and energy.

The song also has an anthemic message as well, and has a lot of depth. The song title and concept touches on “burning the negativity and turning it into a light that guides us to positivity”, a way to condemn racism and promote diversity. A song that identifies us as an equal human race with music being our cornerstone to bettering ourselves and inspiring one another. It’s a song, when listened to close enough, that could really put positive change in place and pave the way for a better future. For everyone, as a human race.

This song inspires you to be inspired, and has a world of talent expressed in Aya & Ali‘s artistic merit and musicianship factors. If “Burn It Down” is the first time you hear this duo, then you’re in for a real treat. You’ll be very enticed to dive deeper into this duo’s previous catalogue, as well as keep a close eye on their future prospects.

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Press Release: The Outcastkid comes out swinging with his single “Regular Outcast”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

With a futuristic retro aura around him, 19-year old NY-based Hip Hop artist The Outcastkid is back on the industry radar with his new single “Regular Outcast,” and he doesn’t disappoint in the least.

The Outcastkid with this new infectiously solid track continues to show people why he’s the next prodigy coming out of NY to spit over sampled beats. In this track, The Outcastkid samples the hit cartoon TV show “Regular Show”. Sampling a scene as a skit, he cleverly sets a tone and vibe of retro sadness and heartbreak, BUT don’t be fooled…this song picks up quickly and injects a bouncy, turnt-up vibe after the hooks are executed and the track begins to drive forward in its themed versatility.

With an already unique flow and voice, The Outcastkid reaches back into the past and incorporates chopped up and slowed down vocals to bring a fresh retro style to the airwaves, as “Regular Outcast” already seems to be an early college banger. “Regular Outcast” is a song that has a little of everything and will be a cornerstone track on the résumé of this kid. His other widely received tracks include “Shock Jockey,” “Indigo Smoke,” and his Jaden Smith icon remix.

Now, “Regular Outcast” joins that list. You can stream the song on every major streaming site, however with Spotify’s new advances in discovering new artists, we highly recommend streaming and saving The Outcastkid in your library and playlist.

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Artist Review: Sasha Prendes – “Brooklyn” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

NYC’s Brooklyn Borough has a new anthem, and the city itself has a powerful voice representing it with Sasha Prendes‘ new smash single “Brooklyn.”

This artist fast-on-the-rise has the beauty, brains and talent, making her the perfect trifecta. But this especially shows in this new single with the rhythmic grooves, catchy chord progressions and authentically captivating vocals that have amassed Sasha a very promising industry buzz since this song dropped.

It’s reminiscent of other city anthems that we’ve all come to know (ie: Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys…) but with a whole new sound and atmosphere that puts NYC on its next level. And that is achieved by some key ingredients: incredible songwriting, production value, and brilliant vocal melodies. And Sasha brings all three to the table, plus so much more that any avid Pop listener can appreciate.

Sasha blends her own signature Pop sound with many other elements that include R&B and Dance, but in the end really delivers a level of versatility that is easily recognizable, yet still original in its own right. And that’s what gives her endless likability factors with a timeless style and presentation. She brings us something different that is captivating, multifaceted and is impossible to go unnoticed.

“Brooklyn” is already trending on all mainstream music retailers and has been extremely influential on social media since the song’s release date. It’s definitely a track that lets you know that Sasha Prendes is well on her way to reaching the top. And once you take a listen to “Brooklyn” yourself, you’ll understand exactly why.

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Press Release: Fadetheblackk – “Visions (feat. B*Star)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Combining an integration of smooth rhymes, charismatic vocals and a multi-genre approach, we get an innovative blend of Hip Hop with elements of Soul and Alternative with Fadetheblackk‘s newest single “Visions (feat. B*Star).”

With great production value and a soul-infused beat carrying the torch, this song is anything but ordinary. It’s a multifaceted creation of something artistic, inventive and takes Hip Hop into a new modern realm.

With each verse breathing life in the form of a straight and subtle flow, you can hear FTB‘s natural talent loud and clear with his ability to articulate his lyrics in all the right places. His tone is catchy, his melody-driven chorus is anthemic, and his spirit in the track never wavers.

Fadetheblackk‘s current single is distributed by Warner Music Indie platform Level and he has always been behind the scenes creating and working with many artists in today’s music industry since 2011. So with years under his belt, it’s not a huge surprise that this song is as versatile as it is, but it surely is a treat.

If you’re looking for something outside of your everyday Hip Hop single that drops from every corner of the street, then “Visions” is the track for you. It’s a song that indicates that FTB is not riding any kind of bandwagon – he’s bringing his very own creation to life; something that you don’t hear every day and a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable at the same time.

The single dropped on July 13th and is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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Laos In Harmony – “I Win” Single/Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With dynamic choir harmonies, a strong positive message and top notch production value, Gospel has found a new kind of power in Laos In Harmony.

The New York-based group emerged onto the scene in 2005 and has been a powerful entity among the elite NYC music scene ever since. Their ministry has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the 5-boroughs and have been highly acclaimed from their moving performances and unwavering spirituality. And this is beautifully demonstrated in their newest uplifting single “I Win” accompanied by an eye-catching music video.

The song was written by the group’s director, Chelton Thorpe, a talented songwriter, producer and musician based in New York City. It’s a multifaceted and inspirational track with all the key elements of great production and performance value. In addition to this, the music video makes this track an astonishing audio and visual experience, giving the listener the full ride that Laos In Harmony offers. The landscapes of the Brooklyn Bridge with a cast of incredible vocalists right from the start draws you in from their insatiable passion and image. The song is dynamically crafted and colorful, and parallels with the video perfectly. It blasts off, and never slows down.

Their signature Gospel sound is fresh faced, enchanting, and every voice carries enormous weight with the song’s message and spirituality. It’s the type of song that gets you through struggles and really entices you to reflect on your life. The song reminds you that with Christ, you will be victorious. This is a powerful message for all music listeners, churchgoers, and those searching for a closer relationship with God.

“I Win” is a very feel-good song and Laos In Harmony really lifts your mood with it in every aspect of emotion, spirituality, and musicality. Their talent is sensational and their togetherness as a group makes this single/music video a magical journey into a whole new generation of the Gospel. This song is meant to inspire you, and once you take a listen yourself, you’ll feel exactly just that.

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Artist Review: Frankie Prada – “Don’t Need ‘Em” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

When it comes to a versatile exercise of production value with equal parts musicianship and lyrical charisma, then New York-based Frankie Prada‘s new single “Don’t Need ‘Em” is a song you definitely need to hear.

Starting off with an insatiably in-your-face chorus, we get a gratifying transition into sing-songy stylizations throughout the verse structure that puts Frankie‘s melodic approach in the forefront.

The beat is a very ominous one and enters the song as a subtle buildup, as opposed to the sirens and alarms that the Hip Hop genre tends to be obnoxious with at times. So the authenticity of the track really shines through and shows Frankie‘s artistic merit in a way where his songwriting structure is more of a priority, as opposed to convoluted production theatrics. It’s definitely a refreshing listen, and really showcases Frankie‘s true musicianship.

Later this month in August, Frankie is slated to shoot and release an official music video for “Don’t Need ‘Em” and so far has built up an impressive following and anticipation of the upcoming video and is also very evident.

But he’s just getting started. Frankie is gonna be following up “Don’t Need ‘Em” with two more singles and is also slated to release his upcoming album this fall of 2018. Despite his partial-hiatus since last year, he has come back to the game swinging this year and has no intention of slowing down in the least. He has many tricks up his sleeve for the remainder of 2018, and 2019 as well. So be sure to check out Frankie‘s single, and keep a close eye on him as he continues to climb the industry ladder and make his next moves.

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