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Now Playing: Gold Kush

Wow, I haven’t done a now playing blog in a while, so I’ve got a short one for you. If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know that I’ve been working on my ebook, Grime Diary: The American Interpretation. The ebook is free and is already out now, but I won’t be promoting it on my website and twitter until tomorrow. I really hope that you show your support and download a free copy of Grime Diary: The American Interpretation.

The reason I bring up my new ebook is because Grime is from the UK, so I’ve had my toes in their musical waters. Lately, I’ve been exposed to so many talented artist over there. I had been tweeting a lot about their music and I started following this girl, Gold Kush (@Gold_Kush). You know on twitter people claim to be all kinds of things. I have people harass me over book publishing until they finally realize that I’m a publish author and not a fake. So, Gold Kush’s twitter said she was an MC. I never doubted it, but I never checked her youtube page. I had forgotten I followed her until I saw a video today on my timeline of hers.

You can’t lie and say the flow isn’t good. She’s really reppin’ and I love it. Basically, I want everyone to keep this girl on your radar. Follow her and check out her youtube channel. She’s got even more bangers on her youtube channel.

 

Stay Classy.

Grime Diary: The American Interpretation out soon!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/226191

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Now Playing: Somebody I Used To Know by One Mic

Now Playing: Somebody I Used To Know by One Mic

This song is so ‘effin’ catchy! As always I do my music searches to find unknowns and make them a little more known. At first I wasn’t sure whether I would blog about this song, but I found myself humming it and reciting lyrics. Then, I knew that my mind telling me that I really really enjoyed the song.

If you didn’t know the song Somebody I Used To Know is originally by Gotye. One Mic’s version of the song is a mashup with Gotye’s chorus sped up and One Mic’s rap lyrics intertwined. I’m a sucker for good music mashups. Blending two genres of music can either work or hurt, but in this case it worked amazingly.  One Mic is a rapper from New Jersey with immense amount of lyrical and flow abilities. In Somebody I Used To Know, the flow, the words, and the tone are place just right. But if you aren’t convinced about how good his flow is you should check out #LookAtEm. (I’ll leave the link at the bottom).

#LookAtEm is a promo song for One Mic’s 5th Cd which will be released July 15th on datpiff.com. He speeds up his rapping, does a bit of singing and rattles out lyrics like pro. With promo songs coming out every week until the cd drops it’s the best time to jump on the One Mic train.

check out Somebody I Used To Know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17JP7uowO8s

check out #LookAtEm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnGtIM3Z09Q

Follow him on twitter: @whoisonemic

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Now Playing: Back by Miller Rowe

Now Playing: Back by Miller Rowe

OHMY! I came across the link to the promotional video for Miller Rowe’s single ‘Back’. If I said this was something less than a musical gem I would be so wrong. Residing in London, Miller Rowe has worked in music for the last two years. Rowe has done everything from producing to songwriting for some big names in the music industry, but now he is working under his own label, Tripleseven Music for his debut album.

‘Back’ is about a guy who fell in love and then he messed up, but now he wants the love back. Rowe’s voice is so sweet. His voice just touches your heart and you fall in a trance with how soft and perfect it is. He has an R&B vibe. I can’t compare the sound of his voice to anyone else, but the emotion you feel from a voice like his is like old school Usher. You know, how the voice sets a tone that draws you in and then the lyrics flow out and you fell like the lyrics are about you. As I listened to this song I felt like I had a lover somewhere that I wanted back. Everything is so perfect and I feel like this song could go to the radio today and be a hit. This makes me excited for the album and whatever he has coming next.

check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujBnaPmhCaQ&hd=1

follow him on twitter: @theMillerRowe

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Now Playing: Condoms & Condiments by Bob Swags

Now Playing: Condoms & Condiments (mixtape) by Bob Swags.

With a mixtape name like ‘Condoms & Condiments you know it’s bound to be a party, & this mixtape proves to be nothing less than that. Bob Swags is a rapper from New Haven, Connecticut. He isn’t just a rapper though. He’s an electro rapper which is unique and also seems to be a lot more fun. I couldn’t compare this mixtape to any other that I’ve heard because who does a whole mixtape of rapping with electro beats and a bit of autotune? Not many, but if I had to say what his sound is like… I would say Jason Derulo party beat + a little Derulo autotune + Mac Miller’s flow mixed into one swag child. That’s right. I just said swag child. (I never say swag.) Every song has a new beat and a new feel. You go from too drunk to drive to 10 drinks that’s far too many and 10 joints I’m far too kind to singing in Love Suicide. My personal favorite is Feelin’ Like which has over 1,000 views on youtube.  It’s such a fun mixtape and Bob Swags has sucha great flow you would have thought this was his third mixtape. The future looks good for this guy.

check out the mixtape at: http://www.datpiff.com/Bob-Swags-Condoms-Condiments-mixtape.317712.html

add him on twitter: bobswags

Feelin’ Like on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX1fOLRiVaE

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Now Playing: Perfect Weapon (JohnBrah Remix)

Now Playing: Perfect Weapon by Black Veil Brides (Remixed by JohnBrah)

Wow! Is my first response. JohnBrah has been producing dubstep remixes and beats for little over a year now. As a fan of dubstep and bass I’ve heard a lot of the same DUBs and WUBs that I’ve always heard. You can see that some producers really have a grasp for totally changing a song and making it their own creation. Others take a simple beat and there’s not much to it. With JohnBrah (&  sometimes Svyable) songs that I personally love such as Paramore’s CrushCrushCrush or Tyga’s Coconut Juice turn into dubstep bangers.

This new song he has remixed called Perfect Weapon by Black Veil Brides is too awesome. Black Veil Brides is a screamo band. I love me some rock, but I’m not totally in love with screamo, BUT this track was so perfect that I didn’t mind it. The scream-step or dub-o mix he did with this song works so well. There’s enough rock, scream, and dub to make this so kickass.

Make sure to check this tune and him at http://soundcloud.com/johnbrah

Follow him on twitter at: @JohnBrah

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Now Playing: Moh Sohrabi

It’s been forever since I’ve done a Now Playing because I didn’t want to write about music that I didn’t fully love. This morning I was on the hunt for good music and I came up being blown away by this guy named Moh Sohrabi. I’m completely blown away that I don’t even know where to start. To the beginning, I guess?

Moh Sohrabi is a young guy from Northern Virginia. He’s basically from my backyard. When I say that I mean that he’s from the same city that I live in and I believe he attends one of my high schools rivals. So, I’m definitely supporting a hometown artist today.

As a reviewer I’ve heard a lot of music and comparing upcoming artist to famous artist comes natural. The only person I could really compare him to is Mac Miller because of the way he flows with his lyrics and his voice which are two things that caught my attention from the start.

Sohrabi raps to the hottest radio hits and he makes them his own. I took the time to listen all of the tracks he had on his ReverbNation page. First, I listened to him rap some well know rap beats like Aston Martin Music, Fireman, and Who Dat. Then, he took Ke$ha’s Tik Tok beat and rap to that. It’s cool that he can rap to anything, but it’s even better that he can make it flow.

There’s the beat, the flow and of course the lyrics. The lyrics to his songs have edge, fire, and feelings. Sometimes when I listen to artist I listen to the first song on their track list and It’s the most amazing song they have and as I go down I feel less impressed. With Moh Sohrabi, I get more and more impressed by how he uses his words. He also uses another language for time to time. This guy has passion and being passionate is the best because the words carry more meaning. ‘Dope Shit’ was just as it says in the title. It was Dope Shit. I can’t pick a favorite. I can’t recommend listening to just one song. I recommend listening to at least the first 5 songs. Then, I know you’ll be hooked.

I could use more of my words to express how great of a rapper this artist is, but I don’t think you’ll be able to grasp the full awesomeness that is Moh Sohrabi. If he made a mixtape, I’d buy three copies and tell my friends to buy it. I’d even get my family to buy it. Seriously. So, stop reading this, open a new tab or whatever, and check this guy out!

ARTIST – Moh Sohrabi

GENRE – Hip Hop/ Rap

MUSIC – http://www.reverbnation.com/MohSohrabi  & http://www.youtube.com/HowToBeTv

TWITTER – @MohSohrabi

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Now Playing: TkO

Today my music review takes us into the world of Electronic flash Dance with a little House splashed with Dub. As of late there has been a lot of artist, such as Britney Spears and The Black Eyed Peas, that are using more electronic or dance type feel to their music. Many people who love mainstream music don’t realize that there’s a whole group and movement with Electronic music. There are people that have been making this music way before Britney Spears. I have a young artist, age 19, recently started in this music genre.  I say recently as in the last 4 or 5 years of his life picked up producing this music. He’s from London, UK and his name is TkO. I received a message to check out his music and I thought sure why not. When I heard “Call The Amb’b’Lance” I instantly started moving my shoulders and saying, “there’s a fire”.  The backbeats are composed very well and the chipped voice is perfectly spaced. After the first time I listened to that song the words were imbedded in my head. I found myself an hour later saying, “There’s a fire, there’s a fire”.  From a song like “A Love Letter For Ms. Rogers” and “I Left My Heart In Durban” you can see how all over the map this guy can be. He isn’t only using Electronic dub beats. He puts a piano, strings, Hip-hop bass, drums, etc. People who make music want to express themselves, but at the same time differ from everything you’ve already heard. TkO expresses himself and differs from most of the music I’ve heard. He’s music shows no boundaries and I like that. There’s a fire starting in my heart and it will start in yours when you check out his music.

ARTIST – TkO

GENRE – Electronica/ Dance/ House/ Dub

MUSIC – http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/tkizzo

TWITTER – @TKODurban

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Now Playing: SON!X

For my second Now Playing review I am reviewing an artist that goes by SON!X. I found SON!X on Reverbnation.com in my local section. As a resident of Northern Virgina artists from D.C. are close to me. SON!X is a different type of artist that could have his on category. I say this because first I listened to “Senses” and I thought yes, this is pop and dance, but then I listened to “Coffee (That Girl)” and I thought this sounds a little more soul. Not soul like gospel, but soul like letting your soul out in a soft compassionate way that R&B does. I might also think that he is soulful because I feel like a soul was put into his music. Sung from the heart is the easiest way to say it. “Senses” is a sassy and seductive song. I can envision a music video with a hot chick and a hot dude feeling attracted to each other and a little slow motion. Makes me want to get up and dance slow and move my hips like a belly dancer. Then, “My Lov” had me bouncing my shoulders when the song started. The beat, the lyrics, the voice just had me going. I can’t sing like him, but this song will have you trying your best. SON!X can be placed with  Michael Jackson and Prince, people who he was influenced by, although his music is very unique. SON!X’s voice is smooth and different. His songs are upbeat and fun. Whether you’re looking for something sassy, fun, unique or just want to dance SON!X should be on the list of artist you check out.

ARTIST – SON!X

LABEL – Unsigned

GENRE – Pop/Dance

MUSIC – http://www.reverbnation.com/sonixsonix

TWITTER – @SONIXTHEARTIST

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