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Undiscovered or under appreciated, either way these are vocalists, artists, & musicians
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Thursday
Jul072016

[MUSIC] Brandon Stoehr - "As Far As It Goes"

It’s often said that you find the road you’re supposed to
be on while you’re headed somewhere else. For Brandon
Stoehr, this has become the underpinning to his flourishing
career. Hailing from Washington State, Stoehr initially had
his mind set on being an elite basketball player even as he
was steadily creating beats while at home, something he 
had been doing since he was 12 years old. He reached a
crossroads of sorts after deciding to not play in a tourney
while in high school. The end result came in a song he wrote
and produced which gave him the push to continue with
making music. Since then he’s been consistently grinding
as an MC and producer.

As Far As It Goes is the next evolution of the sound that
Stoehr represents - rap music that’s high energy and clear
from bassline to lyrics. This is the first full length project
he’s put out, and from the first track you gain a good 
perspective on the heights he’s trying to reach. Brandon’s
flow is earnest, and doesn’t stretch out to be similar like
others in the scene right now. The production here by 
guest beatmakers such as Jacob Lethal and Don P show
a willingness to put a smoother edge to those high energy beats that 
are all the rage these days while sprinkling in some influences
from veterans on the scene like JakeUno and araabMUZIK.
Stoehr is driven, evidenced by the smooth and solid staccato
about putting in work towards your dreams on “Noon To Six.”
“Alive” shows off Stoehr’s tightness in terms of delivering 
heavy verses with a note of hope. And “Don’t Stop” delivers
more of the same, including this: “I rap so I can inspire/it’s why
my rap name is my real name”. With As Far As It Goes, Brandon
Stoehr is set on a road to show not only the lengths of his 
dedication to providing good rap music but the possibility of just
how high he’ll reach. Check out his website for access to the
mixtape.

 

Thursday
Jul072016

[VIDEO] MeaKoom - "Smile"



Because this isn’t only a fresh tune, it’s a needed one.
She’s been putting it down for a minute, representing
both Nigeria and the Hackney district of London, England
as a sharp singer and songwriter. Find out more about
her at her website: http://www.meakoom.com/ 

Thursday
May262016

[MUSIC] J'Moris - "Moris Better: The Hangover"

A hangover can provide illumination, and not just the 
persistent thought that maybe one shouldn’t party to
excess. Sometimes it can lead to a bit of growth. That’s
one underlying force that drives J’Moris, who relays that
idea on his EP, Moris Better: The Hangover. J’Moris isn’t 
a fresh face in the rap game - he’s been dropping lyrics
since his first single at the age of seventeen, “Play On”.
Hailing from outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area in
Hillsboro, Texas, J’Moris has crafted a unique style that 
draws from the rich Southern rap culture that gave birth
to such MC’s as Chamillionaire, Kevin Gates and others
while also taking some influence from East Coast hip-hop.
That, plus a firm independent spirit propelled him to go
his own way while still a co-founder of Tru Misfitz, a collective
formed while he was at Lamar University.

Moris Better: The Hangover is a neat little EP, six tracks
in length. The album in its entirety allows him to show off
a laid-back style of rapping that has its moments of bold
emphasis. Steady and entertaining, J’Moris delivers lyrics
with a quick wit, shown to the full extent on “Mad At Me”.
He even gets a bit risque with a song dedicated to threesomes,
entitled “Lesbian”. The production on the album pays homage
to the inflections of trap music that currently dominates the
scene, but it serves to be a good springboard for the rapper
to rhyme casually and with confidence that you’ll be bumping
this in your ride as the temperature increases and waiting for
more to come. Moris Better:The Hangover is available now 
through his website and all major outlets.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
May252016

[ART] "Celia" by Jordi Diez 

Check out this absolutely stunning sculpture by artist
Jordi Diez. Standing at 6 feet tall, it’s made entirely out
of steel and dedicated to his wife. Find out more about the
process and see more works by Diez at his website.  

 

Monday
May162016

[MUSIC] 3Bubble & J.Gray - "Live From The Pentagon"

Collaborations in music, like many other things, can be 
hit or miss. The result often lies in how the artists on a
project connect from start to finish. One has to have that
in mind the moment they hit “play” on Live From The
Pentagon
, a release from 3Bubble and J. Gray. The two
MC’s hail from Houston, Texas and managed to connect
despite two different paths. In the case of 3Bubble, he 
had built up a solid reputation in the industry dating back
to his first solo release 6 years ago. J. Gray had started 
out having a love of rap fulfilled after engaging in a battle
while at the High School for Performing and Visual Artists.
He ran into 3Bubble after returning to Houston from living
in Brooklyn and Atlanta at a talent show and from there
they found they could really craft great music together.

 



Live From The Pentagon carries forth a message that both
rappers strive to live by - have fun and live to the fullest 
with a purpose. The album starts out defining how that
message will be delivered, with snappy rhymes and an 
interchange that exemplifies how well these two MC’s
flow together. “Euros” starts out easy, but charges up in
an instant as 3Bubble begins his verse. J. Gray provides
a flow that is uptempo but doesn’t lose focus. In the case
of 3Bubble, you have someone who drops lyrics with the
casual affectation of a veteran. The production is nicely layered
and shows off a strong variety of influences from funk to
EDM. Another standout track to digest is “This One” that
bounces like a Cadillac out on parade in the 5th Ward. The
pair also take time to be wholly introspective, evidenced by
“Studio” which details the consistent grind they underwent
to get to where they are now.”Turn It Down” is an impassioned
plea to those struggling to get past their difficulties and rise above.
Live From The Pentagon covers all the bases you would want
a solid duo like 3Bubble and J. Gray to touch on. Look out for
the album’s release on May 30th. 

www.facebook.com/livefromthepentagon
www.twitter.com/thepentagonlive
www.instagram.com/livefromthepentagon
www.soundcloud.com/livefromthepentagon
www.sonicbids.com/band/3Bubble-j-gray/  

Thursday
May122016

[MUSIC] Wasiu - "P.K. Subban"

Here’s an ode to the Montreal Canadiens’ star defenseman
and highly influential philanthropist, P.K. Subban from Wasiu,
who reps the city well with his lyrics. Production courtesy of
Noah Barer & Cavewerk. Also, make sure to check out Wasiu’s
enlightening interview with THE FADER about the ode to the
city and Subban and his own perspective about being Black in
Montreal. MTLIENS 2 drops this summer.

 

Sunday
May012016

[MUSIC] Bryan Deister - "Spines Of The Heart"


An artist, no matter his or her form, seeks to push themselves
to the limits of their craft and beyond. In most cases, the process
helps them to figure out their own talent and what they wish
to offer. In the case of Bryan Deister, the process is a search for
aural freedom that can be felt in each song. Deister hails from 
Redondo Beach, California and has been a student of the renowned
Berklee College of Music for the past 2 years. With that tutleage
and his own innate gifts that include training in jazz, blues,
classical music and progressive rock, Bryan has found himself in
a ready space to introduce us to his sound through his firstproject,
entitled Spines Of The Heart

Spines Of The Heart comes in at a robust 20 tracks. Deister has
proclaimed on his website that this is a deeply personal album, and
one gets that sense from the beginning notes. It’s reinforced by
the fact that he crafted this entire album himself, from writing the
music right down to doing the artwork for the album. The first track,
“All That I Have” dives deep into a swirling pool that seems opaque
to look into. But the lilting airiness behind the moody tone of the 
percussion makes this a strong statement of being yourself, flaws
and all. Deister displays a knack of tapping into both the light and
darkness within us - “Always Further” is haunting, with the light
Latin jazz influence strking a chord of desperate angst. But then 
you get to a track like “Into The Sky”and find yourself locked into
a tune that’s gentle and aspirational with a feel that speaks to the
best of Euro-styled ambient music. Overall, Spines Of The Heart 
is a crisp and enthralling debut from a musician who is really into
challenging himself - and us - to dig deeper. You can get the album
directly from Deister on his website

 

 

Tuesday
Apr262016

[VIDEO] Big Apple IMC - "Freedom"



Here’s an MC that’s grabbing attention one
set of earphones at a time…peep this video
and check his website for the No Apologies LP
and some of the fits seen in the vid. 

Sunday
Apr102016

[MUSIC] Little Adot - "Born To Fly" & "Internal Conflict"

You’ve probably heard one or two people you know
in discussion proclaim that the younger generation
doesn’t appreciate rap and hip-hop culture enough,
or that they don’t create music or do anything outside
of just being on social media creating silly and harmful
fads. Thankfully those voices are in a minority that’s
getting smaller and smaller, and it’s due to some of
these young kings and queens rising and doing their
own thing for the world to see. And the world is now
set to witness another who’s adding their name to
the ranks - Little ADot.

Little Adot is a 16-year old with some phenomenal
talent and a spirit beyond his age. He’s utlilized a
fierce love of hip-hop and uncanny production ability
as well as live instrumentation skills(as a violinist)
to put together not one, but TWO albums: Born To Fly
and Internal Conflict. With the first project, Adot 
puts his own spin on the classic first album of the
late,great Notorious B.I.G., Ready To Die. He provides
a sharp and enveloping backdrop that gives a fresh
aura to Biggie’s lyrics, not unlike adding gentle accents
on a ceiling fresco. On the instrumental album Internal
Conflict
, you are treated to an operatic experience for
the ears. Again, this is the work of a teen. But it’s
evident that Little Adot isn’t your ordinary youngster,
and that his moniker of “The Young King” is not only
earned but only right.

Both albums can be purchased via ThisRespekWear’s
website and at www.littleadot.com

Saturday
Apr022016

[VIDEO] Cavalier - "Heavy Crown"

This cat Cavalier has got a SERIOUS flow and
aura to him, and this track is heavy proof. Check
out his Lem0nade EP ASAP, with Imani Ozuri
and get your mellow on.