A new single is about to emerge from the independent music vault. When a new song is brought to my attention, I am always eager to listen, hopeful to hear something with edge; something different. It is known that hip hop and R&B are the perfect couple when it comes to song presentation. Both genres connect with one another similar to two inseparable soulmates. Reflect back to the 90’s and early 2000’s; the days when music grabbed your soul. Now, add the musical sounds of today’s industry to that image; perfection!
“Timid” by Brxtn featuring Marc Dinero is a captivating new song filled with heart touching lyrics, melodies, and word play. Both artists make it apparent that they have put everything into this enchanting track. The song begins with a piano, drawing in the listener as they are unsure of what to expect next. Brxtn begins singing the catchy hook, allowing the audience to sing along with him.
“Been trying to remedy, remedy ohhh, to make you feel better. Quit moving timidly, timidly my love cause I’ll love you better.”
While Brxtn conveys his unique sound, I also captured a glimpse of heavy hitters such as Chris Brown. Not only does Brxtn sing, but he also raps…another surprise within this hit song. Being dually talented will surely assist this artist in reaching success as he will be deemed a double threat in the industry. As Brxtn rapped, I held onto every lyric:
“I’d rather roll around with you than watch some Netflix. Spend a band and put your name up on my necklace. Used to have the block locked down like it’s Tetris.”
As the song continued to play, it became obvious that the artists were attempting to persuade their love interests to leave the men they are currently with so they can experience what a real man is. Marc Dinero does an amazing job at portraying empathy towards his love interest while describing what it would be like if she were in a relationship with him.
“You may not be that outspoken. I see your emotions. You’re mentally tired. But please let me show you that ni*** you with…He don’t know you and he cannot meet your desires. Really you know that I’m that ni***. Put me in position to be your provider.”
Brxtn and Marc Dinero may have a hit on their hands! “Timid” is everything a listener seeks in a song; relatable, catchy, melodic, and touching. This is certainly one of the best tracks I have set ears on recently. I cannot wait for you to hear it! “Timid” is due to be released on January 29th! Be sure to click on the links below to be certain you don’t miss the premier of the single!
Catch JayR Dion perform “Been on some Shxt lately “
Watch the full interview as JayR opens up about his latest album “Seen it all”, his writing process, his journey from his roots as a kid fro the Bronx to the Jazzy sound out in Ohio. JayR also performs his song “Been on some shxt lately” off his project.
Facing numerous adversities throughout one’s life can either create a downward spiral effect or a flourishing journey of success. The person who utilizes these adversities in a positive light develops thick skin, a head strong attitude, and an unstoppable work ethic in which catapults their drive to achieve their goals.
Growing up in the streets of New York City, Gramzunkut was faced with many adversities in which molded him into the successful artist and entrepreneur he is today. It was during the most difficult times that Gramzunkut sought after music to release and share the harsh realities he faced throughout his life. For three decades, this talented artist has persistently strived to lure in listeners with his raw and intransigent lyrics. During the current times we are all facing, the truth behind struggle and sacrifice is what many listeners seek. As the listener peels back the layers of this creative, they will realize the artist’s transparency in his music is an open invitation into his life.
Through hard work, sacrifice, and consistency Gramzunkut has had the opportunity of being heard on two of New York City’s major Hip Hop radio stations; Power 105.1 and Hot 97.1. Being featured in prominent publications such as “The Source” and “Hip Hop Weekly” assisted Gramzunkut in reaching larger audiences and acquiring additional accolades as well.
Gramzunkut recently released “Sin” featuring Mikey Polo, a catchy track from beginning to end. “Sin” reveals the struggle the artists have faced in life while currently fighting to avoid drama, haters, and a repeat of the past. The hook is catchy, allowing the listener to sing along with the lyrics while fully embracing the meaning behind the story.
“N***** is hatin on me. N***** hatin for no reason. I watch how I move so I won’t get caught up in the sh*t I keep hearing.”
As I moved through Gramzukut’s music catalog, I came across the song, “Lyrical Therapy”. Beginning with a single guitar and a male vocalist, the track immediately introduces a different sound to the listener. “Where do you go to, when all of the world is crashing around you. I think that I know you. The look on your face, I finally found you.” This song paints the perfect picture of Gramzunkut’s trials and tribulations.
“When thugs die there’s blood on the pavement. Moms tearing. Flowers on the casket. What you kill my n**** for? Choked him out. Took his flesh but his words live on. Eric Garner, you the heart of the game. We all gon’ die, we bleed from similar veins.”
“Lackin’” featuring K.O. is another song that lures in the listener. With a combination of raw lyrics, unique delivery, and great production, this song has a catchy swag that will surely have listeners moving to the beat while reiterating the hook. Gramzunkut describes how he makes his moves while making it apparent that he does not mingle with those who do not possess similar traits.
Gramzunkut has made it very clear that it is possible for an artist to remain relevant in the music industry while still remaining true to one’s foundation. Experimenting with different sounds, delivery methods, and production, Gramzunkut has succeeded in providing his audience with a plethora of options as evidence by his profound catalog. He is a prime example of a consistent music artist. He continuously releases content, allowing his listeners to remain engaged throughout his musical journey. To become better acquainted with Gramzunkut, click on the links below!
As I have made my way through the dense population of rap artists within the music scene, I have recently come across several who stay true to the fundamentals of Boom Bap. To many, boom bap was something of the past. However, it has been made abundantly clear that this style of music is still very much alive. It portrays that there remains a continued desire for relatable messages via authentic lyricism.
“The Will of the Genji” (TWOTG) is a musically inclined group in which consists of five talented creatives whom utilize the foundation of hip-hop to create their projects. From the United States to South Africa, “The Will of the Genji” is a collaborative team that includes Peter Leo (U.S.), Kastro Zaytana (U.S.), Alias (South Africa), L Tip (South Africa), and San the Instru- Monumentalist (Lesotho, South Africa). The group released their self-titled debut album in 2019 with their sophomore album “The Will of the Genji 2” following shortly after. Reaching audiences far and wide, the group has developed a buzz internationally. With their obvious knowledge and appreciation for the fundamentals of hip-hop, “The Will of the Genji” makes certain they showcase their abilities within every track they release. With the ongoing success related to their sophomore album, the group was featured in “Insomniac Magazine”. One of the singles from this project, “The Hands of Time” was placed on “Insomniac Magazine’s” popular “Hip Hop 10 List”, a weekly list revealing the most sought-after songs and artists, during September of 2020.
It is seldom I come across a unified group of artists whom blend and combine their unique sounds to create a well-rounded project filled with captivating production, catchy hooks, word play, punchlines, and soul snatching stories. There is no question “The Will of the Genji” embraces the culture while also presenting an innovative style to their audience. “Tear Ish Up” was recently released displaying the talents of lyricists Peter Leo, Kastro Zaytana, and producer Alias. This track, along with the video, brings the audience back to a time when flashy materials, naked women, and flexing in the club were of little to no significance. The video, while simple, has the viewer focused on the most important aspects of the project; the lyrics and production. Throughout the video, it is apparent the artists share the same love for the Boom Bap heritage in which is so deeply rooted within the group.
“Losing my sight. I often use my four other senses. My intent is moving these bricks out to Memphis. Look, hoes can tag along and ship the cargo piff embargo. There is no if tomorrow. Sip my sorrows. Spin the bottle. Turned into spin the barrel. Now this ain’t Russian roulette. They try to gift the gab you till they misses kiss the shadows.”
While listening and watching, I couldn’t help but to nod my head and repeat the lyrics. Peter Leo and Kastro Zaytana were in sync with one another adding a special dynamic to the song and music video. The visuals matched the song perfectly; raw, gritty, and symbolic. As I watched the two artists in action, I noticed they were the purest forms of themselves throughout the music video further proving that they embody the life and vision of true hip hop artists.
Click on the links below to get better acquainted with these talented lyricists!
When we think about today’s music industry it is apparent that it has changed drastically over the years. With the introduction of social media, an artist’s ability to remain independent, and forever evolving sound and presentation of music, many forget about the fundamentals of hip-hop. Although many of today’s artists sound alike, if we listen attentively, we can still pinpoint the utilization of primary techniques initially developed during the boom bap era. There are still rappers, however, whom remain true to the boom bap foundation, instilling strong messages into the minds of their listeners. Many of you reading this may not hear of these artists and I feel it is my duty and honor to bring them into the spotlight, ensuring they do not go unnoticed. Lyricism, word play, extended metaphors, samples…all imperative traits of a true hip-hop artist. Dave Majesty is a hip-hop artist whom puts his heart and soul into his music ensuring that he leaves his listeners in deep thought.
Dave Majesty had a pure love for hip-hop at an early age. Being located in places like New Jersey and New York, Dave was constantly surrounded by the culture. With persistence, consistency, and talent, Dave has made a name for himself as an artist whom remains true to Boom Bap. Working with lyricists such as, Royal Flush, Miilkbone, DooWop, and Jus-One to name a few, Dave Majesty has developed his album “Born Official”.
Dave Majesty introduces his album with the perfect overview which includes different samples and scratching giving the listener a taste of his style. Following the intro, the listener is met with the song, “Friends” featuring artists Miilkbone and Royal Flush. “Friends” discusses the realities of their lives, portraying the importance of remaining cautious of whom they keep close to them. The track also touches on political and socioeconomic issues in which we are all affected by.
“It’s all hypocrisy. Democracy’s a mockery, from government rapes and robberies that keeps us all in poverty.”
Royal Flush and Miilkbone certainly add depth to “Friends” as their seasoned abilities enhance the dynamic of the song.
“I pay a lawyer and judge to beat the institution. You leaving stripping on poles to credit card boosting. You gotta jump shot to sell rocks. Whatever you do, you gotta dodge cops.”
“My best friend’s 11; nothing less than a blessing. The exception, he ain’t have a real life lesson.”
There are a plethora of gems and lessons within this song. The artists’ delivery and story-telling combined with pure lyricism, keeps the listener on their toes as they await the next line. “Friends” is definitely a personal favorite within Dave Majesty’s album, “Born Official”.
As I streamed “Born Official”, I came across the song titled, “Living in Reality” featuring Jus One. This song was captivating from the very beginning, expressing the struggle and actualities of a hard life. With excerpts and samples displayed throughout the track, the listener can hear politicians, media, and celebrities perfectly detailing the realities we are currently facing. Dave Majesty touches the listener’s soul from the first lyrics he spits.
“Dear mom and dad, I’m writing you this letter because I’m stressing. Did you ever really think about your children is the question. I wasn’t there when God became your adversary. Everything about your evil ways became hereditary.”
Starting the song with these lines immediately introduces the listener to the hardships Dave Majesty has been faced with. It is lyrics such as these that, not only lure in the audience, but also allow them to reflect on their own lives further proving that Dave conveys strong messages within his music.
“Goodbye Sis” featuring Ashley Cox relays a heartfelt vibe as the listener can hear a guitar in addition to the soft and beautiful vocals of the songstress. Experiencing the loss of someone close to him, Dave Majesty pours his heart out in this song. Music such as this is a necessity due to its ability to assist the listener in reminiscing and coping with a loss they have experienced also.
“As long as I am alive and breathing, you’ll always be in my memory.”
During my journey through, “Born Official”, I was happy to come across “The Way I Spit It” featuring Doo Wop. This track is a prime example of both artists’ lyrical ability. From line to line, I was captivated by their presence, delivery, and talent.
“I’m calm, collected. My craft is well respected. I bring the pain with so much energy when it’s injected.”
Dave Majesty’s confidence enlightens and excites the listener as they embrace his lyrics. The title of this track is a flawless explanation of the content. Doo Wop certainly adds a vigorous feel to the song as he shouts out Dave Majesty and himself during the beginning of “The Way I Spit It”; another favorite for sure.
When we reflect on music during the 90’s and early 2000’s, hip-hop and R&B were an immaculate partnership, enhancing the vibe of both genres. Dave Majesty included the voice of Anna Peterson in his song, “Show Me The Way”, inviting the listener into the partnership in which many of us miss dearly. The listener can hear Anna sing, “Lord if you could show me a sign, then I will follow it”. This song reveals a sense of loss and purpose while trudging through the mud yearning to find your way in addition to revealing the fraudulence of those whom surround you.
“Some people artificial when the human mind strictly superficial. Their words be cutting through your skin tissue.”
It is with great excitement and relief, that I share Dave Majesty’s “Born Official” with the reader. The project is filled with crucial components in which typically deems an album a success. Well-known features, skits, samples, and true lyricism all coincide astoundingly to take listeners on an adventure through the mind of Dave Majesty. I am a firm believer that music is medicine; not only to the listeners but to the artist as well. To have the ability to create music is a pure gift. To have the ability to share it without fear of the unknown is pure strength and courage.
Be sure to check out Dave Majesty on all platforms! Click on the links below!
Sunday | 6PM | Today’s episode V-henny will be sitting down with two special guest. DJ and Producer DJ Chase. Chase speak on his experiences within the industry as a Producer and DJ. He opens up about the music business and more.
V-Henny also speaks with Special guest, recording artist JayR Dion. JayR opens up about his latest album “Seen it all”, his writing process, his journey from his roots as a kid fro the Bronx to the Jazzy sound out in Ohio. JayR also performs his song “Been on some shxt lately” off his project.
Wednesday | 6PM | Check out V-Henny speak with King Jade on Paying due’s, learning to understand/know her value and respecting her brand.
V-Henny also speaks with Special guest, Andre Howard VP, Digital market and commerce for Warner Music Group, ADA and Asylum Records. Dre informs V-Henny on the difference between Digital Marketing and Commerce, on how to process a campaign and much more. Watch more of The Artistry!!! The Artistry!!!!
Azia also opens up on learning to trust the process and her spiritual journey within her career.
The Second half of the video, V-Henny sit with the amazing talented Hop Hop Artist from Queens, #JoshJacobs. Catech Josh opening up on his newest album ” I Know Now” in which why he decided to release a project so deep during quarantine. Josh also speaks on facing his demons and more. Also You do not want to miss #JoshJacobs Performing his single “In Due Time” . Follow these amazing talented artist and watch more of The Artistry!!!
Wednesday | 6PM | Check out V-Henny as she rants about how important it is to introduce yourself when it comes to networking as an artist. Today, V-Henny will be speaking with Special guest, Staten Island’s own, The Truth as he explains the concept of his 4 EP (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer) based on the 4 seasons. Truth speaks on his accomplishments within his career in the last year. He also, premiers his
Music Video “BIG FAN” watch more of The Artistry!!!
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