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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    Artist Review: Xcedera Twins – “Like Ur Dyin” Single/Video

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    One of the paradoxes we as a human race have endured is the fact that if you wanna have peace you must prepare for war. And that is just one of the issues at hand that is expressed in the powerful and politically supercharged anthem “Like Ur Dyin”, the newest creation by Hip Hop/R&B dynamic duo Xcedera Twins.

    One of the most inspiring facets of a truly groundbreaking song is the fact that it’s all real. A song that you can resonate with, relate to, and really feel the true spirit of the message to your very core. And that’s the realm of feeling we get with “Like Ur Dyin”, a powerful message about our society and government, and the message to love one another the best we can while also doing our best to come together to make positive change – no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, gender or age you are.

    Accompanied by a very climactic and cinematic music video that parallels beautifully with the song’s lyrical content, “Like Ur Dyin” is a melodically crafted track with catchy hooks and an anthemic chorus, and sustains top of the line production value. The track has a masterful blend of rhythmic .progressions and melodic key signatures that really implement the lead vocals. There are diligent vocal melodies, a powerful Hip Hop flavor, and an atmospheric tone that really puts the Xcedera Twins‘ collective talents right out in the forefront. This track is strong, brilliantly executed and an absolute gem when it comes to showcasing the duo effectively.

    The video is another component to the resonating factors – there are very thought provoking transitions that hold nothing back when it comes to getting its message across, and the cinematography flows with the track’s theme and overall aura when you pay close attention. If you were to hear the song first, then this video definitely comes to mind. But when seeing it in its entirety, you begin to notice that your expectations have been massively exceeded. It’s something you have to see to believe.

    “Like Ur Dyin” is definitely a centerpiece when it comes to putting out a message on behalf of real life events. But even more so when it comes to encouraging a solution. If you can mix talent and authenticity on this level with the boldness of a song with this kind of impact, then it no longer becomes a song – it’s an anthem. Something we can all hear and take in with face value – and identify with its aspect while listening to something unwaveringly catchy and captivating. If this song is the first you’ve heard from the Xcedera Twins, then it definitely won’t be your last. “Like Ur Dyin” is bound to leave an everlasting impression on you.

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  • Artist Review: Ozi – “Louder Than Words” EP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    With a strong lyrical flow and dynamic rhyming techniques, we get a powerfully versatile listening experience from LA-based rapper Ozi‘s Louder Than Words EP.

    And I believe that should be the first honorable mention about this record – the versatility. Each beat delivers up something different but has that tendency to really explore the facets of classic genres including Jazz, R&B and the eclectic nature of each track. All which gives Ozi the breathing room to show off different angles of his skills behind the mic and his ability to put a signature touch on every song. That in and of itself is next-level all on its own.

    Louder Than Words also passes the torch between subtle feel-good chill tracks and the visceral energy of straight up bangers. Ozi diligently adds his craft to what is most appropriate and what is also most effective. And when listening to these tracks, you can tell he knows the distinction perfectly. He gathers the vibe and aura of each beat structure and utilizes a technique that makes each song a well dressed outfit; and realizes that sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. And it reflects his artistic merit beautifully.

    Ozi displays an array of likability factors and never fails to keep you focused and on your feet. And if you’re sitting, it’ll be at the edge of your seat. The facets of Louder Than Words is really showcased by the overall presence that Ozi gives each song as a whole. Otherwise – it’s just a beat. But with Ozi at the forefront of these beats, they become anthems. And these actions definitely speak – louder than words.

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  • 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

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    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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