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Undiscovered or under appreciated, either way these are vocalists, artists, & musicians
worth getting to know.

 

 

Thursday
Aug312017

[MUSIC] Jay Hunna - "Good Ol' Music"

Nostalgia can be effective fuel as well as a prime tool
to connect. With Jay Hunna, hailing from the Midwest
metropolis of Chicago, Illinois, both of those directives
apply in the best way. The MC has been grinding for 
quite some time, and his music represents a robust 
blend of rap influences that he heard while coming of
age in his South Side neighborhood. All of this has been
in preparation for his debut album, Better Days. New
and old listeners can tap into the spirit of his musical
stylings through his recent single and video, "Good Ol'
Music".

"Good Ol' Music" is an airy, light track that bounces on 
the eardrums. Jay spits bars in a rhythm that easily
allows you to envision what he's talking about, and 
match that same feeling depending on your mood. 
The video dives into that even more, with the MC just
rolling through the Chi to hit up a record store and 
check out the vinyl of 2PAC, The Notorious B.I.G. and
other greats before hitting the lakeside. This is a neat
and simply nostalgic intro to an artist who is all about
celebrating the spirit of those who paved the way - which
includes his cousin, the late Sandra Bland who lost her
life as a result of police brutality and misconduct two
years ago and is the motivation behind his debut album.
Look out for Better Days on September 8th and get a
chance to hear the single again at his website.

http://www.facebook.com/hunnalife87/
http://twitter.com/Hunnalife87
http://www.instagram.com/hunnalife87/
http://hunnalife.com

 

 

Thursday
Aug312017

[ARTIST] Fay Ku

"Bitch Is Golden", 2013. (Photo Credit:Beautiful Decay)

Fay Ku has been weaving a majestic narrative through her
art since 2004. The Taipei, Taiwan-born artists employs the
gongbi (meticulous brush) as the tool of her expression,
mainly on paper. Her work captures moments of those who
are presented as being outside of society redefining themselves
in various moments. Her work has been displayed across 
the nation at various galleries and museum exhibits. Find
out more at her website.

Tuesday
Jun202017

[MUSIC] JOMO - "What I Want" 

Those rappers who want to make tracks that can be regarded
as part of the soundtrack of the streets have to imbue each of
their songs with a certain flair that evokes not only what the 
streets hold but how they managed to hold an observant corner
within them. For JOMO, this means being a lyrical representative
of South Jersey by way of Atlantic City and giving listeners a 
different take as to what lies behind the casinos and the glitz.
JOMO has made a few key moves with his music, with a placement
of one track on the CBS series "JAG" and being part of music 
festivals in the A.C. area including stints at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club.
With a new EP, What I Want, JOMO is looking to add more of 
those notable moves to his repetoire.

What I Want is an assertive and humble collection, kicking off
with a subdued but stylish track that bears the same name as
the lead. JOMO has a flow that's laid-back which serves him well
over all as he spits about having the ambition to get up and out
off of the streets. Throughout the EP, that flow is highly apparent.
There's an uptempo energy that kicks in to balance it out, mainly
heard on "Cocky" with a feel not unlike that heard from G-Unit.
Although there's one or two points where the production feels
a bit mismatched to take away from the energy such as "Clap",
this EP is a solid stepping stone for JOMO to further reach that
lofty spot he's been grinding towards. The EP is available now 
through his Bandcamp page listed below.

http://www.LylesBeltonMusic.com
https://lylesbeltonent.bandcamp.com
http://www.Facebook.com/JLylesBelton
http://www.Twitter.com/HipHopJomo
http://www.Instagram.com/LylesBeltonEnt
http://www.snapchat.com/add/lylesbeltonent
http://www.SoundCloud.com/Jomo23
http://www.Youtube.com/user/JomoLylesBelton

 

 

Tuesday
Jun202017

[ART] Alexis Eke

Alexis Eke is a talented illustrator on the rise, hailing from Toronto,
Canada. An artistic challenge prompted her to churn out work, and
the results have been striking in their mixture of influences from 
today's rap greats to some 1970's Afrocentric color palettes. Check
out more of her work on her Instagram page and pick up a print right
here

Wednesday
Jun142017

[MUSIC] Niker Groze - "Shake That Booty"

It's summertime, so you definitely are getting your playlists
in order for all that the season brings - but some of you may
be taking a little bit longer to build that out. But there's one
artist that wouldn't mind being added to that list, and makes 
a firm case with a single that has an abundant amount of fun
in it. Niker Groze is that artist, and he hails from Toronto, Canada.
That single? "Shake That Booty".


Niker Groze has been at this rap game for a little bit,
and has put together a single that's all about making 
people tap into their inner joy. You can see that plainly
in the visuals for the track that incorporates a little bit
of a vibe similar to LMFAO and Mac Miller. Niker employs
a distinct amount of witticism, nothing too boastful over
an EDM-influenced beat with enough bass to make the
hips gyrate. With an entry like this, Groze might be one
to kick in a little bit of extra fun to playlists for quite a while.
@nikergroze

 

Wednesday
Jun142017

[ART] Occupied In Bethlehem

FWTV took a trip to get an in-depth look at the infamous
Banksy's hotel located in one of the more controversial and
contested areas in Israel. Worth a watch...
Monday
May152017

[MUSIC] Avery LR - "Never Surrender"

If it's said that an MC's lyrics are the sum total of what 
the artist has experienced, then what Avery LR speaks 
about can arguably consist of the experiences of two 
other people in addition to his own. Avery LR has been 
involved heavily in the underground rap scene for over 
six years as a result of being a witness to a seemingly
unrelenting swath of drug-related violence and poverty
that crushed many from his early years in Landover,
Maryland and in Baltimore. Thanks to the influence of 
his grandmother and then his mother, Avery saw the 
perils and made the decision to move to Salt Lake City,
Utah. It was there where he launched his rap career to
solid appeal.


Avery LR - "Never Surrender"

With "Never Surrender", the latest single from the 
MC's mixtape Surviving, Avery LR weaves a tale of 
defiant determination no matter the circumstances.
It's a steady flow that he displays, with a backdrop
that is slightly operatic but not in an overpowering 
way. This production gives Avery's lyrics a weighty
but conversational feel, letting the listener get a 
calm sense of assurance. With comparisons to notable
vets like Beanie Sigel in terms of his prowess, Avery
LR is poised to be a fixture on the list of names to 
watch out for in the near future.

 

 

 

 

Monday
May152017

[ART] Kaitlyn Mikayla 

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Mikayla

Kaitlyn Mikayla is a photographer who splits time between
both the East and West coast and has a flair for capturing
her subjects in a striking but subdued manner. You can get a
glimpse of more of her work on her website and in this new
Juxtapoz profile.

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Mikayla

Monday
Apr172017

[MUSIC] Jacob Didas - "Lucid"

A person's mind can become a battlefield in some of
the most subtle ways. That fact is more and more
apparent these days as mental health issues take
center stage in the national discussion. As this happens,
music has become a vital way to both discuss and
try to resolve these issues in an empowering way.
With this in mind, Jacob Didas has created a musical
project that details not only his own journey in
confronting these issues but also how he sees the
struggles of others entitled Lucid.

Lucid is a ten-track album that can be defined by the
word "mashup" without it being derisive because that
is what embodies every track. Didas takes jazz, rock,
hip-hop and classical music to knit together songs
that display a message of positivity amid exploration
of the anguish and pain. This is also reinforced by his
other profession of being a psychiatric nurse. The first
track, "Drumroll" evokes a call to arms, with ska tinges
driving the consistent beat along with Didas' lyrics.
"Flight"sounds like the serene moments that may be
found after the terror of being high up with nothing
beneath but air. What Lucid does is put forth another
canvas of self-exploration painted by those who've gone
to areas some can't fathom. The album is available now
through Didas' website. 

JacobDidasMusic.com
facebook.com/JacobDidasMusic

Thursday
Feb092017

[MUSIC] KASH - "Feel Like"


A major point behind any artistic endeavor should be
if it will make the listener connect through how good
the project makes them feel. This point can be lost in
the midst of the need to make a “hit”. For KASH, a
rapper who hails from just outside of Durham, North
Carolina(Ayden to be exact), it’s a point he’s determined
to not lose sight of. This can be seen in his latest single,
“Feel Like”. The track starts off with a steady rise that
tingles, and KASH lays down smooth bars with a flow
that takes some influence from Bone Thugs N’ Harmony.
This isn’t lost on many once the chorus kicks in as well.
KASH conveys a picture of his environment that’s devoid
of pretentiousness but doesn’t glamourize, striking a 
fine median that lets listeners settle in for the journey.
For someone up and coming, KASH is delivering himself
like a seasoned pro. Check out the single on his
social media feeds. 

 

https://twitter.com/BoomerKa5h
https://www.instagram.com/ka5h_bl/