Mixtape Review: “No Satisfaction” by J.P. @THEBOYJP

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After “Coming of Age”, J.P. is back with a new project, “No Satisfaction”.  This project really made me see that J.P. was serious about his music and has definitely stepped his game up to truly connect with the listeners.  “J.P. Feat. Nevaeh – Never Satisfied (Intro)” , was a welcome introduction and I was impressed by how much more confident J.P. seems to be this go round and that is a big part of the rap game. The most quotable line for me from him on this track is “They wanna hear my accent, I wanna see their back bent”. That is the type of confidence I am talking about, not being afraid to spit something that may seem risky.r   “Rockin” seems to be the track that challenged J.P. the most but he mastered it and kept up with the tempo, I like this track the most because it seems to be the one that would  have the crowd participating the most because he just brought that energy with this one.  J.P. Feat. Nix, CLK Da Slinga & Jay Oliver –  “Change” was another one of my favorites because it features a few allstars such as NIX, CLK Da Slinga, and Jay Oliver adding to the mix bringing that lyrical aggression and no one holds back on their part, everybody is going in!  I love how everybody plays their part and no one is trying to body the other. #Respect.  “Wasting My Time” throws you for a loop because it begins with him telling the intended recipient of this message that they can have whatever they like, and then he goes on to say “Cause I’m done wasting my time”.  That is a relatable track to me because who hasn’t thrown their hands up and said you know what you can what you want cause I don’t give a damn anymore?  I see that J.P. is starting to craft his songs better and he is putting out some high quality music.  J.P. – Resurrection is another song that you have to play and I can ultimately see it becoming a hit, if he had to choose a single, this track would have to be it, it has a banging beat, J.P. is in his zone here and I SWEAR he is killing it, his flow is more polished, but he has to step it up and put more energy into his music and let it flow more naturally.  Overall, J.P. is getting better and this is his best project so far and I think it is worth the download, if you want to hear something different and banging give this project a listen.  

 

Originality – J.P. doesn’t give that same old song that you hear in some rap music, you hear something fresh from this guy

 

Flow – His flow has improved since, “Coming of Age”, and he is now controlling the pace of his music and not letting it control him.

 

Lyrics – Lyrically J.P. doesn’t have to be “That” guy, but he is a decent lyricist.  I think he can impact the lyrical portion of his projects if he works on the lyrical punches a little more

 

Substance – I like the way J.P. doesn’t give filler in this project, he really works hard at giving the listener something to truly listen to.  I would love to hear his views on social justice and other issues as well.

 

Overall impact- J.P. is a growing artist with a lot of potential and he has the ability to make a huge impact with his music with a few tweaks to the lyricism but he is gifted and I know he can leave his mark.

 

Production – Here is where I think J.P. can improve, I believe that he needs beats that do not get away from him, but also give him the space he needs to own the track.  I think he would do great on trap beats or even west coast because they would challenge him to explore different content for the music.

 

My overall review of this project is an A –

Keep Pushing J.P. ! Stay on the lookout for this kid !  

About the Artist: J.P. is a white caucasian hip hop artist from Sydney, Australia. ‘No Satisfaction’ is J.P’s 3rd mixtape and services as a sequel to J.P.’s sophomore mixtape ‘Coming Of Age’ released back in 2013. ‘No Satisfaction’ represents the ups and downs of J.P.’s personal life as he continues to progress in his music career. At the end of the day there is always something J.P. feels he can do better and he remains hungry to prove it.

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Album Review: Laid Thomas @laid_thomas – “New Lazarus”

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If “Hazardous was any indication of what I could expect from “New Lazarus”, I was in
for a dope ride. Laid spits this one line that I found to be the hardest through the
track, “what you want your shirt to say, Laid sprayed me up?”. I think Laid found
his groove over this electric guitar filled beat, and I love it. “Life Like” is
painted with a story telling vibe, and I fuck with it, because I felt like I was
watching an episode of “The Wire”. “Alleyway” ft. Lil Gudda sounds like music to
chase the opps to, and even though I am not a gangster, I killed some people in my
head to this and Lil Gudda and Laid seem to be relay racing and passing the baton to
one another on this and they are winning. “Fork Tender” really hit close to home,
mainly because it is a straight hustling anthem, no matter what field it is you are
hustling in, the lines I found to be the dopest here were, “you can catch me at the
arabs, buying 15 for the 15, if you want a verse from me it’s 15 for the 16’s”
gotdamn Laid. I think this cat gets better with every album and that’s what it is
about. “Say Bye” is dope to me because he talks about how his life is despite his
health issues, and he lets Kilo Gramz and Dr. Jeer come through and share their world
on this one too and it just fits to me, it is one of my favorite tracks. Laid
documents his life or part of it on social media and he is doing more than a lot of
artists are out here doing despite things that he is facing in his personal life.
“Move Careful”, seems to illustrate much of my life in 2015, because people do not always have your best interest at heart, some want to be you, and some want what you have but hate you because you got it, but this line,”Envy in their eyes you gotta move careful”, I can definitely relate to this and I think that’s why this track resonates as deeply with me as it does, and it serves as
a warning and a reminder to move carefully because the people that you trust and look
to as friends and comrades aren’t always what they appear to be, and Dr. Jeer comes
through on Laid’s tracks with the assist, I love their collaborations because it
sounds natural and the chemistry is there!
“These Niggas” featuring Lil Gudda and Dr Jeer, is an eerie track telling you why
“These NIGGAS” will never be like Laid and his team, mainly because they aren’t out
here doing what they need to do to be successful like them, and what I will say is
Laid seems to be extremely consistent with how he drops his albums, I REPEAT
“ALBUMS”. If you are going to drop music get paid for it, and trust me this album is
worth the money. “Money Calling”, sounds like my life, like I AM NOT THINKING ABOUT
VAGINA when the money is on the table. This is a paper chasing anthem, and this is
what you play on the late night tip when you trying to stack it up, “I ain’t thinking
about that ass when the money call, I’m trying to ball baby, I want it all”, if that
ain’t the damn truth, this is my second favorite here because Laid’s flow is to die
for, seriously. “Own Lane” is another classic from Laid, it has to be up there with
“Pine Box” from Laid’s “Titanic Thompson” album also available on itunes. When Laid
says he is in his own lane, he is telling the truth, because again I have worked with
many artists, but Laid drops album after album, like he is Tupac or something with
the music that he has stored, unlimited tracks.

I think this album may be the best one so far, Laid’s flow and songwriting has
improved a lot from when he first started putting music out and he puts your favorite
rapper to shame when it comes to supplying that demand.

This is rated A+ to me and I think it is worth your money, make sure you check out
his other albums on Itunes.

Guilt, privilege, and questions I was afraid to ask.

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Last night fire swept through the streets

Climbed the walls,

The rugs racism has been swept under,

Heavy.  Burning.

I am white,

And I am guilty.

Of not being brave enough

To sit down with a black mother

Look her in the eye

And ask,

“What does it feel like?”

To be afraid for your babies

Your beautiful children, eyes full of love.

I am a coward,

Because I was afraid of the heaviness

Of letting that pain into my space.

My privilege is the freedom

To acknowledge oppression

Yet decide when I want to have the conversation.

Choosing whether to avoid the discomfort.

Choosing at all.

Maybe change begins

When suffering is so vast

It no longer fits inside human bodies.

When the ugly silence of fear

Is so loud, we can no longer deny it.

And when my heart aches as I look at you

Knowing that your truth…

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SXSW 2015 Music Festival Now Accepting Artist Applications | @SXSW

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South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival is now accepting applications for artists to perform at the world famous SXSW Music Festival at http://www.sxsw.com/music/shows/apply. SXSW Music takes place Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Apply now for the opportunity to perform for the 28,000 industry representatives including over 2,800 media representatives and the thousands of fans in attendance. A showcasing act at SXSW has the unique opportunity to play in one of Austin’s many live music venues along with acts from all over the world. SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development including music legends such as Lady Gaga, Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Smokey Robinson, Blondie, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Juanes, Prince, and Justin Timberlake. Join the ranks of Future Islands, Kelis, HyunA

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Sisterhood of HipHop x Oxygen

Can’t wait!

THE QWEENS

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This season we will experience a new flight of female artistry, with five talented young women on Oxygen. The SisterhoodofHipHop which the show is entitled and produced by rapper/actor T.I. will showcase Briana Perry, Diamond, Bia, Nyemiah Supreme, and Siya. Each young lady brings a unique quality to the show and we are wondering who will be the drama Queen? Siya is lesbian, Diamond was Soulja Boi’s and Scrappy’s shorty, Bia reppin Boston, Nyemiah Supreme hails from Queens SouthSide And is signed to Producer Timbaland, and BrianaPerry has been cosigned from everyone like Beyonce, Trina, and is signed to Poe Boy records. Stay tuned….

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Nikki(Nix @706nix) McKnight “The McKnight Files”

Have you heard of a little city in Georgia named Columbus? Well there is one artist that is making sure that you NEVER FORGET IT. Nikki(Nix @706nix) McKnight is a songwriter, artist, and producer that is making her name known through her music. She has made a lot of noise in Columbus and the people are listening.

 

The McKnight Files features songs that have a lot of heart,courage, and honesty which she showcases on the high energy and hi-hat heavy track, “Motivation”, as well as the sonically refreshing “S.O.S”. NIX usually keeps it humble but on the hip hop techno synth filled “Hands Down” ft Mike Deville she basically eats her hater’s food in front of them right off their plates. “I tried to remain humble but niggas think it’s a game, yeah they pop off all they want to but never mention my name.” Then makes them do the dishes with “I Rep” ft Viktor Strange. Her confidence is up on this track as you can hear through the gut punching inflection in her flow. Super catchy. Viktor Strange’s throaty delivery solidifies and reinforces the grimy feel of this song.

 

There are more than a few cuts for and about the women. The ones that really pulled me in on personal levels were the guilt filled, piano themed, “Take Advantage” and telling a woman how bad she messed up on “Had it All” with an awesome Adele sample flip by producer Mike Kustom.

 

“Tell You”, produced by Nova, samples Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile” and well it really touched a G’s soul. It takes a ton of strength to not only write about a loved one’s passing but to also express the hurt of it all with music. Nix stood tall on this track and I only have four words for it. I WAS NOT READY.

Strengths: I really like how NIX has begun to spit with more confidence, that is one thing that really won me over. The Chemistry she has on beats from Mike Kustom shines through, and its a great blend on the songs they’ve created.

Notes for Improvement: I would say NIX has a great ear for beats. A lot of the beats used were ho-hum but she managed to still put her own energy into them. I like tracks that are slower for this artist, also if it’s a high energy or self promotional song I would like to see what she does on a trap type beat. Keep rapping with that confidence and work on the balance of the tracks. There were a lot of tracks specifically focused on hoes,self promotion, and love triangles. Some of which weren’t my cup of tea, but again I could definitely connect with the “Had it All” and “Take Advantage”. Shine on.

 

Review: A-

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Song Review and Critique: “If I Should Die” by Rogizz @rogizz

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I like the artist for his creativity and authentic style.  Rogizz has some gems all throughout his catalogue.

Rogizz has a potential classic. I love the sound straight out of the gate. Rogizz has a veteran flow and an authentic delivery that brings you back to the early days of Rap City/ The Basement Freestyles. Confidence is the most prominent theme throughout the track. Fearless rhymes, just real g shit. The beat is a bit laid back with heavy strings and a sample chopped up in the center that gives you an old school feel. The features from Dubb,Tree, and Fatboi Fre$h rounded out the solid sound.  https://soundcloud.com/rogizz/ if-i-should-die-ft-dubb-tree

“Think That I’m a Joke” is raw and uncut. Rogizz delivered on this track, you have to replay this one a few times. The replay factor is that hypnotic bassline and true life lyrics that brings out that IDGAF feel. If you have people that hate on you because you shine brighter, this is your theme song. https://soundcloud.com/rogizz/think-that-im-a-joke-feat


“Sign Me In” is one of the most creative tracks. If you are a fan of pussy tales on wax, RoGizz will supply you. RoGizz gives you Too $hort mixed with Uncle Luke, but with better lyrics. If you aren’t saying “Sign Me In” by the end of the song, something is broken on your music tastemeter. https://soundcloud.com/rogizz/sign-me-in

About the Music and The Artist:  RoGizz aka Black Blago “da Gov” promises to deliver the greatest edition to his mixtape catalog thus far. Tentatively titled, “Interview with a Skitzo 2: Perception Is Reality” (IWAS2), this project features a WHO’s who of the NEWEST FrontRunners in the Hip-Hop Game: Vinny Cha$e, DUBB, Jose Guapo, TREE, Sean Falyon, Caleb James, St. Millie, Fatboi Fre$h and Big Hus.

Production duties by SC, The Avengerz (YMCMB), Keyzz, DC, Chris Melrose, Toast-187 and Danny Rocktown. Songs mixed and engineered by DC.

The first leak is “If I Should Die”…a verbal discourse of the perils from living life on da edge..sound-track designed by SC tha Great. The Struggle between Good vs. Evil, Virtue vs Vice, Love vs. Hate RETURNS…

https://soundcloud.com/rogizz/if-i-should-die-ft-dubb-tree

RoGizz
Web: http://www.rogizz.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rogizz
Youtube: http://youtube.com/rogizztv

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Vol 2, Issue 8: Music Industry Scams, Pt I: Artists Beware!

So You Wanna be a Rockstar?

The entertainment biz has NEVER been at a shortage in regards to talent-directed scams, and despite the wealth of literature out there detailing the typical con-artist approach(s), thousands, if not millions of would-be artists find themselves falling victim to these ploys all the time. Further, with an increasing allotment of the market focusing its attention on internet promotional tactics, sucking artists into the I’ll make you famous” line has become easier than ever through the concoction of mass spam emails.Unfortunately due to the competitive nature of the music biz and the general naivety of artists, musicians have a tendency to fall into the category of easy and vulnerable prey (myself included), simply because of the wide-eyed rockstar dream that we’ve been hoping to fulfill ever since childhood. But avoiding these shady dealings proves more difficult than one would assume.

Most of us would fail to realize that we…

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Grammy winning producer Jimi Kendrix presents ‘Bring Tha Heat’ contest | @JiMiKenDrix

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Multi-Grammy Award winning producer Jimi Kendrix presents the “Bring Tha Heat” contest with more than $20,000 in prizes. Specifically for UNSIGNED ARTISTS, over the age of 16, Bring Tha Heat offers the opportunity for independent artists to collaborate with established producers & artists. The contest runs from November 11th to November 25th. Winners are announced December 4th.

Jimi Kendrix has produced for: Jay Z, 50 Cent, Tupac, Ashanti, Shyne, JaRule, R Kelly, Pattie Labelle, Kelly Price, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Swizz Beatz, WuTang, Bone thugs Harmony and more.

“Bring Tha Heat” prize packages includes:

Studio session with Jimi Hendrix at Crosby Collective in NYC.

Platinum singer & songwriter, Nappy Boy’s own Jay Lyriq will write and perform the hook for the winner.

Cover Artwork

Radio & Magazine Interviews

A&R Review

Marketing & Promotion

Studio Session Video

There will also be prizes for 2nd and…

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