Gold Frames on Brown Skin – Medusa (A Versace Consumer)

Describe your sound in 3 words

Unthinkable, Unique and Timeless.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

My lyrics usually are about overcoming a struggle, whether it be getting over an abusive relationship, poverty or police brutality.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

Music is about expression and when an artist state their political preference, I feel its the same as the artist releasing new music. If you have the ability to vote, you should have the ability to speak on politics.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would change how playlists are regulated. I believe all playlists should be verified that no bots are responsible for plays and make it so just not anyone is not allow to have a public playlist.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Gold Frames On Brown Skin

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Godzilla Vs. Kong. I can’t wait for the new “Mortal Kombat” to come out.

One last thing we should know about you?

I love laughing and being happy. Anyone or anything that brings a smile to my face, I am in your debt.

Thank you!

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Aeropryme – Bonafide [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Wavey, Lyrical, diverse

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

Life, Love, and The Culture

What moment in your career are you most proud of?

I haven’t gotten to that moment yet

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop symbolizes freedom, connectivity, identity, purpose, and lifestyle.

Favourite album of the past decade?

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

What would you change in the music industry?

I would change everyone sounding the same. it’s confusing tryna figure out who is who lol.

One last thing we should know about you?

I can do different genres of music like country, alternative rock, pop, edm, and afro music.

Thank you!

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Myrikal – Latoya & Marlon

This song is a two part conversation between two siblings who where separated at birth. Latoya reaches out to her brother in the hope that they could reconnect and try and build a relationship and be the family that they never were.

As the song progresses you learn about Marlon and how he has struggled academically however hopes to meet his sister and also build the relationship they never had.

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Nephtys – I Do It [New Release]

Nephtys is an urban artist from Brussels. Mixed between a Syrian father and a Belgian mother, she grew up under their artistic influence. From classical to Neo-Soul / R & B, Hip-Hop here, Jazzy there, talented singer and rapper, it is all in versatility that Nephtys walks us through her multi-faceted universe.

Rejecting popular stereotypes of mysogine rap and violence, it is with subtlety that she mixes conscious punchlines with her soft, warm voice. Drawing on her experiences on different Jazz and Pop stages, she reconnects with her first love for Soul and Hip Hop which allows the woman she becomes every day to express herself: Nephtys is a tribute to the Egyptian divinity, accompanist of births and funeral rites, a woman at all times, considered the singer’s alter-ego.

Nephtys narrates through her sincere and hopeful words, her point of view on the world, the realities and dreams that she carries in her heart. Close to the public, she wishes to share her optimism despite the hard knocks of life.

This Belgian-Syrian artist aspires to be recognized not only for her music, but also as an activist. If her texts speak of feminism and anti-racism, they also advocate love of oneself, of one’s culture, and of one’s roots. Woman, political activist, intersectional activist, poet, and rapper, nephtys is all of these. “For me, hip-hop serves to build bridges between people, it emancipates, brings peace. But it also serves to tell the truth to the dominant, because we are the power, and we can change the world with our voices. ” “Happiness is a political statement. Your joy is resistance to the oppressor. ” She also actively campaigns for the social rights of minorities. “Some people hate the idea that a movement created by African American culture is not vile, or sexist. If all you see in hip-hop is sexism, you just haven’t paid attention. Sexism exists in all areas. To consider an art, a culture as primitive, subaltern, it’s just racist.

The singer is about those who consider Arab culture, or any indigenous, non-white culture, to be less glorious, and who see these peoples as barbarians, savages, uncivilized. It’s really intriguing and indignant to me. She also conveys a message of body positivity, in order to decolonize the standards of beauty imposed by society, she quotes: “it is important for me that my sisters feel at ease in their body and with their mind, all this passes. by a healthy lifestyle, a good mindset and a spiritual awakening. It is necessary to be well grounded to lead a rewarding and lively life giving rise to successful experiences of life without putting too much strain on your mind. An influence she exerts on her audience. Society is in the midst of an identity crisis, we owe it to ourselves to follow a philosophy of life that allows us to exploit happiness, to feed on knowledge.

What will make us stronger is sharing our experiences, the love we have for each other and the ambition to push each other.

Spence Brown – 2011 [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

I would describe it as melodic, fun and usually thoughtful.

Tell us a few things about your song 2011 and your creative process in general.

The song was heavily inspired by high school days coming up listening to people like Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y. It’s part of a mixtape coming this Spring/Summer that will all be inspired by my upbringing musically and otherwise.

You control all stages from producing to marketing and everything in between. Does this feel lonely? Is a successful collaboration in music difficult by default?

I don’t ever really get lonely, I love doing everything myself. I’m kind of a solitary person in general so I tend to just spend my nights making music in my studio. I definitely do collaborate but it has to be the right person because I’m pretty introverted.

Missouri and California. What do you love and what do you hate in each place?

Man there’s honestly not a lot I hate about California, besides maybe the wildfires. But I love everything about California from the forest, to the mountains, the ocean, it really just is my favorite state. I can’t speak for all of Missouri but I actually also really enjoy the Kansas City area, where I lived. The BBQ has to be one of the things about it for sure. Although I don’t love how flat it is lol.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Man, so many different things! It’s hard to pinpoint one thing exactly because there are so many sub-genres and moods of hip hop, but to me the most central is probably the story telling. That was the thing I think I fell in love with growing up listening to music like Nas, Tupac or Outkast, all of which tell such vivid stories that almost make you feel like you’re in them.

Favorite music related film?

I’m working on watching more movies but I just usually don’t end up watching them for some reason, I usually end up watching anime. But I will say I saw Juice a while ago and remember that being really good, plus Tupac plays one of the main characters.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m here for a good time AND a long time! Also I’m learning Japanese.

Thank you!

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Jmoneyco – Cash Talk [Single]

When I initially wrote Cash Talk, it wasn’t a song that inspired me. However, when I stepped in the studio and started recording Cash Talk, the song began to flow and really came to life. Cash Talk is infused with lifestyle and passion.

It is a feel-good melodic song that listeners can vibe to when they’re feeling chilled and relaxed and also when they’re feeling more lively and energetic, due to its upbeat nature.

Cash Talk is the perfect song to bring people into the new year, due to its opulent, luxurious and prosperous style.

JMoneyCo

Nashbi – After All [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Innovative, Authentic, Tangible ( You can really feel it )

For which lyric you are most proud of?

This message was God given
Inspired by God written
Like scripture cause God’s in it
It’s finished cause God ended
The spirit of God lives in the depth of my Heart
Listen, don’t judge em cause God didn’t
Cause there is a God in em

What makes a song ‘conscious mainstream’?

Any record that has a beautiful, but meaningful approach to it. Music that has enough potential to dominate the charts, but there’s actually a strong message behind it as well.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip-Hop is a symbol of self expression. In its deepest form, hiphop is a reflection of the current state of the culture.

Favorite hip hop album of the past decade?

That is so hard to decide, It’s between 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Eminem Recovery, Coloring Book

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Trust the Lord your God with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.

Future plans?

We are going to be dropping a bunch of music videos really soon!
Depending on the strength of the pandemic we may be hitting the road very soon as well doing minor shows in a few cities.

Thank you!

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Weez – Nah [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

conscious, mainstream, experimental

Tell us a few things about your creative process

I have to get myself into the right headspace, then I just write what I feel. Sometimes, I make my own beats and I feel like having the music there helps drive my lyrics. Then I record what I have written, and listen back to it over a few days. If I like it after absolutely rinsing the tune, I’ll record it properly at the studio. Then BOOM song!

What was the stupidest thing that you’ve ever obsessed over?

One time when I was about 9, I was at Starbucks with my friend and his mum and his little brothers who were toddlers at the time. The mum was wondering what drink to get. I kept repeating the fact that you could get ‘babyccino’s’ for the toddlers to the mum because she wasn’t acknowledging me so I thought she didn’t hear me or know about them. Turns out she was trying to decide what drink she wanted for herself! Not the kids! As soon as I realised, I was quiet for the rest of the day and I still cringe about it. Why didn’t I just shut up?!

Why is it still difficult for UK rappers to break through to America?

The American market has become so oversaturated with itself that you don’t really need to listen to music from elsewhere in the world to find something you like. So why would you need to listen to UK Rap as an American? However, having said that, an increasing number of American people are listening to UK Rap because of this market oversaturation. To them, the UK Rap Scene is a wealth of new and untapped ideas so I don’t think we actually have to break into the American market going into the future. The American Market will find us because we are the voice of change now. I feel like American music is hitting a dead end in terms of being the sole driving force for rap music. I’m not saying they won’t still be a driving force in future – just that we are about to have more influence than you think!

Favorite uk rap album of the past decade?

EDNA by Headie One. That album blew me away. The depth of thought and emotion that went into it is something I hadn’t quite experienced before. The man’s a genius.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I like to game with my girlfriend. We play a lot of WoW and Valorant together. Also, I got a camera for my birthday and it turns out that I’m quite sick at photography so I enjoy that too. Oh and eating. Los and lots of eating!

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m a jokester. Life’s too short not to buss jokes! I think I have a good sense of humour so if anyone sees me on road, come over and have a laugh with me!

Thank you!

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Waking Android – The Ballmer Effect

This EP is a long awaited follow up to their 2017 EP Adrenochrome which was received to much fanfare in the local music scene and beyond, netting them steady club and festival gigs since it’s release . They have upped their game tremendously since then and are very proud of their new output. The hip-hop scene in the North of Ireland is criminally overlooked even though the talent is present. They represent Belfast without tired tropes and clichés and are an example of staying true to theirselves through their sound.

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TeeshyBaby – Alius Amina

Describe your sound in 3 words

I feel like I don’t have a style to be honest! Im an artist and love doing music. My music is very versatile I just can’t describe myself.

You have a new album titled “Alius Amina”. Tell us a few things about it. Which song of the album reflects you the most?

ALIUS AMiNA is a Latin word meaning I’ve always felt I’ve been different because I’m not scared to be vulnerable on my records. I’m able to be TeeshyBaby. The song that stands out the most for me would have to be “ Fuck Love” I put a lot of thought & emotion making that song. I feel like it’s easy to relate too.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I would have to go with my song”Hood Dreams” coming from montreal we grow up playing ball and having dreams. But that street life is always around you. Just me tryna share what I’ve been going thru growing up but also letting someone relate to what I’m saying.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop is like back in the 70’s in basketball. Basically the foundation of everything. If it wasn’t for hip hop I probably wouldn’t be doing music right now.

Trap music came to rule the world, but at the moment the genre feels stagnant. What does the future hold for hip hop in general?

I feel like music in general changed. And life will always change and evolve we just have to adapt to it.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I like to spend my time reading books understanding the mind as well. Anything that gives me knowledge I love doing. The more knowledge you have the more powerful you are.

One last thing we should know about you?

I feel like my time is coming soon. And that I want to be one of those people that will be in the game for a while. I’m here to inspire and share my experiences with the people that support me. Once it’s all said and done I want to die a legend.

Thank you!

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