Artist Review: KoBiTo – “Lost In This World” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An insatiably catchy signature sound with an anthemic classic vibe that resonates with today’s mainstream production value is a very difficult feat to reach in this day and age of music. However, rising Hip Hop Artist KoBiTo has managed to pull this off swiftly and diligently with his recent banger “Lost In This World”.

With subtle mixtures of chill-out beat structures and a classic banger chemistry, this track showcases a very visceral style that is just as anthemic as it is fresh. It captures the depth and character of KoBiTo‘s flow, keeping it easy to connect and identify with. And his sound is very versatile in that sense – his dynamic lyrical structures and hypnotic bars and measures are impressively multifaceted, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still recognizable – and most notably, likable.

Throughout “Lost In This World”, KoBiTo never gets lost in his craft. His solidified, low-tone approach really encompasses a style and feel that has your undivided attention. He doesn’t need to be loud and obnoxious to get his message across. He’s an artist that demonstrates exactly what a real rapper needs to truly find their place and purpose in the industry game, as well as true character – dynamic wordplay, catchy song structures, a dedication to your own identity/self awareness, and a style that within a right of your own. In essence, lots of up and comers should be taking a cue from KoBiTo. He’s the type of artist that is truly taking indie Hip Hop in the correct direction.

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Artist Review: L.Awolf – “77” LP & Interview Behind The Mic

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

L.Awolf is no typical artist; he is a multifaceted and versatile mind with a vision that parallels with his music. His content, though always expressive and outward, utilizes his inner thoughts and manifests his lyrical foundation into his overall craft. And we get a clear glimpse into that window of create with L.Awolf‘s debut album 77.

Comprised of 11 diligently written, emotional and thought provoking tracks with clever rhyming techniques and witty lyrical punchlines, 77 showcases many angles to several of L.Awolf‘s artistic merit and songwriting structures; no matter what approach he has to take with each beat. This LP is a gem among the indie/underground circuit, but also a very generous contribution to today’s mainstream realm of modern Rap and Hip Hop as well.

Today, we take our readers Behind The Mic and catch up with the creator of the 77 LP and find out what he’s all about.

Behind The Mic: L.Awolf

What got you into music?

Since age 7, I was always obsessed with making sounds. One night in March 2018, I had X mixed with a lotta vodka and was already in my feelings over a fucked up break-up that had happened so I hopped on the music program i was using at the time and said “know what….I’m gonna make a song, fuck it”, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with making dreamy, floaty instrumentals since.

Most Iconic Musical Influences

  • NAS, because I grew up listening to him a lot when CD players were still around.
  • Lil Wayne, because with me being from New Orleans, he proved that we can actually make it big and be from New Orleans.
  • Kid Cudi, because he helped me through my depression and I relate to him in many ways.
  • And finally…Earl Sweatshirt, because I watched him grow since his early OF days, and to me he is one the most lyircal of all time. And I relate to him on a personality level big time.

What’s Your Newest Release About?

My new releases will be more lyrically inclined and the overall message will be more positive but in an aggressive way. I like to make sure people hear my message. My last release and first project ever (77) was mainly about suicide because I was VERY suicidal and still am. But people have also reached out to me about their suicidal thoughts as well and I’m working on a way to let those people know that everything will be okay, and that I am someone who understands what they are going through.

The Message Behind The Music

My main message in my newer music is basically saying that everything will be ok, and if your significant other is abusive to you, you don’t need them. They are not worth it.

If You Had To Pick 3 Artists That You Think You Sound Like, Who Would They Be?

I don’t like to compare my music to any other artists because every artist is different. But I’ve been told my sounds are reminiscent of Kid Cudi, Earl Sweatshirt and Andre3k.

Plans for 2019

My plans for 2019 are to release more music videos and touch more people out there with my music altogether. I love to get feedback from fans, because I actually talk back. I fuck with people who fuck with me and I make an effort to make them a part of anything I’m doing.

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Artist Review: Yunglo – “All Bad” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Encompassing a sound that is anthemic and vocally visceral, Northwest Indiana-based rising artist Yunglo comes out swinging with his single “All Bad”.

With today’s convolution of artists competing to be the next modern muse of the industry, Yunglo is simply not the case. He’s a standout of his caliber, and showcases a signature sound that is unwaveringly catchy and crafty. With witty rhyming techniques and lyrical punchlines at the forefront, “All Bad” presents us with an innovative take on today’s Hip Hop and R&B flavors with a classic feel.

The track has an ambient beat that grabs your attention with its melody components and rhythmic sensibility. It parallels perfectly with Yunglo‘s equally melodic vocal approach with rhymes and hooks that flow effectively throughout each measure. It shows different angles to his songwriting and artistic merit, and really puts his signature sound into a realm of its own.

The best part of this track is the likability factors. It’s a great contribution to today’s mainstream market and really solidifies a style that touches on originality and familiarity. It gives his audience a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable and relatable. “All Bad” is about being at your all time low, but still finding the ability to have hope and courage to face the situation at hand; no matter the odds that may be stacked against you. It’s an inspirational and moving track that really delivers a powerful message about the trials and tribulations of moving on and taking risks. It really delves into the aura of perspective, and really reflects Yunglo‘s ability to connect with his audience.

“All Bad”, along with Yunglo‘s other anchor singles, has amassed over 500,000 plays and has garnered critical acclaim and positive reception since their initial release dates. His music is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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Press Release: Michael Brading Releases His First Anchor Single From His Upcoming EP “Vocal Release”

yArticle by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With the success of Michael Brading‘s Connection EP, released in October 2018, he is now gearing up to follow up the record with his upcoming EP Vocal Release, premiering in early 2019. His catchy and versatile single “Want You Back” just recently dropped, and is the first official single from the upcoming EP.

“Want You Back” is an ambient track with visceral moods, climactic melodies and an innovative take on Pop and R&B. But this song also has amazing additional electronic flavors that really add to the sound’s authenticity, and it’s a great signature style that brings Michael‘s melody placements and lyrical narratives to the forefront. His impressive mid-to-high range vocals parallel the song’s structure and production value very effectively, and utilizes a multifaceted style of multi layering that showcases him in different angles that contribute to his artistic merit.

The song’s beat is unwaveringly atmospheric and ambient, it creates a brilliant aura for the song and sets the tone for Michael‘s vocal approach that keeps him as the centerpiece of the track. It’s a great electronically infused R&B sound with modern Hip Hop elements that resonates with both equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable and relatable.

If you’re into a hypnotic beat with viscerally electronic sound with anthemic melodies, then “Want You Back” is definitely a track for you. This is the first single to Michael‘s upcoming EP Vocal Release, and will give you a feel for what the rest of the album is going to be like. Michael, as an interesting fact, was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in 2017 for his highly acclaimed track “Hidden Love”. His dedication to his craft is something to behold and it reflects perfectly on this new single. Once you take a listen to the song yourself, you’ll definitely be looking forward to the album.

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Artist Spotlight: Nick Ivey Comes Back Out The Gate With His Viscerally Catchy Single “Love You Show You Done Foreal”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Nick Ivey and his crew at SFS Sound have been pumping out the hits lately and readers are definitely intrigued by not only Nick‘s craft for Hip Hop, but his determination and authenticity as an artist as well. Nick comes back to the Artist Reach platform for round two for his infectiously catchy single “Love You Show You Done Foreal”.

For real, you gotta hand it to Nick. When it comes to getting his message across, he holds nothing back and delivers a compelling narrative. And this track does exactly that, this time with the woes of a relationship, and being tired of the female antics the male race has come to know when it comes to putting up with a drama queen. This is definitely an identifiable and relatable track that’ll give Nick at least 10 nods and affirmations from his fans when it comes to executing this concept in its spectral light.

And he shines the light of truth on this track. Coming at us with another anthemic and ambient beat at the forefront, Nick‘s swift and smooth lyrical caressing comes out in full force and locks the track down with unrelenting deliverance. His vocals ominously carry us through each bar and measure in a way that parallels perfectly with the rhythmic beat and production value as a whole. It’s a song of many likability factors and once again showcases the multifaceted side to Nick‘s writing style and eclectic take on Hip Hop.

Nick Ivey is definitely one of those gems that’s ready to be discovered on a much larger scale. His collective at SFS is his stomping grounds and is eager to bring other like minded musicians of all calibers to the platform to create more magic. Just like this current Nick Ivey single. Take a listen to this track yourself, as well as the rest of his and SFS‘s catalogue which is currently available on SoundCloud below.

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•Listen to the Single here: http://soundcloud.com/sfssound/

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Artist Review: Lou Anthony – “Ring Fingers” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Hip Hop fans know that the underground is where the magic is truly made. We get the perfect reminder of exactly that with Lou Anthony‘s newest smash single “Ring Fingers”.

Lou comes out swinging on this track with a classic Hip Hop signature sound that parallels perfectly with today’s mainstream sensibility. His mid-ranged vocal tones deliver up witty rhyming skills, dynamic lyrical narratives and a raw style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity. It gives his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable and relatable.

With clever punchlines in every bar and measure, the song’s beat is very crafty and ominously eclectic. It’s the type of track that you can come back to time and time again, and you’ll never get sick of it. Delving into the production value, the song’s more simple side showcases Lou‘s insatiable knack for his wordsmithy approach, as well as his multifaceted flow that resonates perfectly with the song structure. It’s a great direction for Hop Hop and offers up several classic components while also diving into innovative ideas.

“Ring Fingers” is also a track that really has balance and composure. It doesn’t succumb to one trick pony methods or any kind of post production theatrics to distract you from anything lacking in the lyrical forefront. The lyricism is very versatile as it also is visceral if you really pay attention to the methodical rhyming schemes Lou utilizes throughout this song’s duration. It’s a song for true Hip Hop lovers that really like to delve into an artist beyond the surface.

But the best part is the likability factors of this song. It’s a track that will entice you to research more into the artist’s discography, as well as keep your eyes open for future prospects. If you don’t know Lou Anthony yet, and want the most effective impression of him, then “Ring Fingers” will rock your world. It may be your first time listening to Lou Anthony, but certainly won’t be the last. You’ll be hooked on this banger.

Lou Anthony will be releasing his album SELF: Something Everyone Looks For this summer in 2019, and will be available in stores as well as digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

A brief interview with Lou Anthony:

What got you started on your music?

I’ve always been a creative [person] from the time I was a kid. One thing in particular that I did well early was drawing. That was a deep passion of mine, still to this day, but it was my outlet for a really long time until I became more influenced by the art of music. So that creativity and artistry was always there, it’s just evolving into different things.

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?

I owe a lot of respect and acknowledgement to Tupac Shakur, first and foremost for being my BIGGEST inspiration. Whether it’s music or just being a man and handling yours, Pac is always someone who’s inspired me. J. Cole & CyHi the Prynce had huge influences on me in high school, and Tory Lanez now, too. But also the immortals like Erykah Badu, Mos Def, & Luther Vandross.

What was your worst and best show?

I did a show at the TLA Theater in Philly in ’13. Probably my worst show [LOL]. I performed a new song that I wasn’t all-the-way comfortable with yet and I forgot some of my lyrics. Nobody booed or anything but I was still embarrassed. It happens. My best show hasn’t happened yet, though. Tom Brady told me that his favorite championship is the next one. The work is never done so don’t dwell, work harder.

What’s your personal message as an artist?

I’m me. And I’m unapologetic about it. I’m letting people know that I see my flaws and insecurities, and instead of hiding them and being sensitive about them, I embrace them. For example, I’m a grown man who’s very tiny in stature. That bothered me all my life until I realized I couldn’t change who I am. I didn’t need to, and later I didn’t want to. That’s why shxt doesn’t bother me. I don’t give a fxck what people think. So I’m about being real and being righteous in the truest sense of the terms.

What is this newest release about?

Ring Fingers‘ is a record I did with Baxhan. Shout out to Baxhan by the way. I loved where he took the instrumental and I just wrote what I felt it needed. The song is about cheating mistresses and stuff like that [LOL]. The concept is much deeper than the surface so you have to really listen to it. So I won’t say much more about it other than the fact that I think fans will love it.

Pick three artists you compare yourself to

I try not to do that [LOL]. I do, however, hear people compare my sounds to J. Cole, Bryson Tiller, and even Nas early on. I just pride myself on being original, and kind of separating myself from what others are doing. I definitely get inspired by them but I try to stay unique to me. They can’t be me, I can’t be them.

What’re your plans for 2019?

My album ‘SELF: Something Everyone Looks For‘ in stores Summer ’19! I’m looking forward to blessings!

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Artist Review: SFS Sound Presents Nick Ivey – “Grew Up With Nothin’” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

The collective at Simple Functioning Solutions have put together an incredible platform of rising musicians determined to bring other artists together to collaborate, innovate and take their realm to new ideas and greater heights. One of SFS‘s anchor musicians, Nick Ivey, a versatile Hip Hop artist with his own multifaceted signature sound, has recently dropped a track that is lyrically dynamic and compellingly visceral.

This single is called “Grew Up With Nothin'”, an amazing concoction of clever punchlines, witty rhyming techniques and an ambient beat that fits beautifully with today’s more modern spectrum of Hop Hop. The track is crafty and has great beat structures. It has nostalgic production techniques and textures that really brings Nick‘s vocal approach to the forefront and gives you a sense of his authenticity and artistic merit.

The song flows well – it is t convoluted and really delivers up an aura of Hip Hop that touches on both originality and familiarity, giving the listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable; and especially relatable. You can hear his lyrical narratives very clearly, and doesn’t bombard his rhymes with strong accents that are hard to understand. His voice is clean, smooth and really gets his message across.

Best of all, this track is one that is easily likable. His musicianship factors are anything but ordinary and the self-production makes it all the more authentic and real. Nick, as well as the platform at SFS, are expanding their network to reach out to other rising musicians with the desire to head in the right direction. If you’re an artist looking for a crew to collaborate with and make magic, then SFS is the perfect outlet for that. “Grew Up With Nothin'” as well as other music in their discography can be heard on their SoundCloud page below. You’ll be more than happy we sent you there.

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