Dré Anthony – Shining [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

My sound in three words is melodic, versatile, raw.

Tell us a few things about your new song Shining. What is the story behind it?

The story behind Shining was to make a record that was really catchy and about coming up from the grind. But the meaning is to shine from within just like ice etc. Ironically when I made this Shining I was in a dark place at the time. but I had to use the inner shine from within to keep pushing through and inevitably bring this song to existence.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

My most honest lyrics is “I’m soul finding right now I’m just soul searching my soul be burning”. Its lyrics from a song that I made called No Write​-Off​s I was expressing the pains that I felt through my life.

Favourite album of the past year?

There are a lot of great artists, but I’ve been listening to my own mixtape to this day. Just to really see the differences and growth through my craft.

What would you change in the music industry?

Easily the contracts and the music business as a whole. I feel labels rarely give artists their rights to own their own music catalogs. I feel that needs to change, but artist also need to be more business savvy if they really want longevity and wealth.

How do you relate to the vibrant music scene of Toronto?

Me being from Toronto automatically relates me in that sense. But depending on where you grew up in Toronto you may be on your grind and I feel my up bringing for sure reflects that in my music.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I feel all my talents are useful, but on a non serious point I would say I can drink a lot of water fast.

Thank you!

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Dre Day 100 – I’m Not Crazy [Interview]

Your sound has an oldschool touch. Tell us a few things about I’m Not Crazy. What is the main idea behind it?

You already know I gotta stay with that old school touch ya feel me. Well I’m Not Crazy was inspired by some events that was going on at my job at Wash N Roll car wash. You know those events where you dealing with some rude customers that take things to the next level. So instead of expressing myself with giving that person a right hook to the jaw, I just figured ay why not just put them frustrations on wax ya know. Rather spit some bars about it than spend some time behind bars about it. Plus a lot people worldwide can relate to these events. So it’s just something to bump to when you having a hard day at work ya know.

What’s the best way to deal with rude customers?

Just keep yo self in check, say what you gotta say in a calm matter, and just fall back cause most times they just setting you up. They just trying to trap you.

Can you share us something funny that happened in the car wash?

Someone parked in the vacuum lanes and started rushing to the office but pacing awkwardly. That foo went to the bathroom in the office and blew it up in there. The big boss and the regional manager both walked in the office as that dude was leaving and as soon as the big boss walked in the bathroom, he stumbled upon a massive doo doo bomb all over the toilet. Then the big bosses ole funny ass had my manager go clean it up.

What first got you into music?

The influence from my dad, uncle’s, and cousins forming a rap group and doing their thang. I was always listening to their CDs as a child and then like a year later I was writing some raps of my own and spitting at the cafeteria tables in elementary. Of course they weren’t that great looking back on it but back then I was feeling myself. And then I’ll doing it on and off throughout my teenage years but then finally at age 17 going on 18 that itch to finally start recording myself and do something with that talent started itching a lot if you catch my drift. Started experimenting with recording and putting music out on SoundCloud for like 2 years then I really started taking up a notch. Doing music videos, performing, and opening up for big artists. Ya know. All that.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favorite rapper and lyricist has to be C-Bo. Favorite producer that one’s a tough one. I guess I gotta go with Dr. Dre. He really set the tone for G-Funk.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Just be patient in life. Stop thinking with a scarcity mind set. Remind yourself that you don’t need nobody to make you happy. You don’t need no one’s approval to make you happy.

One last thing we should know about you?

I gotta EP that has just been completed. To all my fans and supporters y’all help ya boy spread the word out. “I’m Not Crazy” is one of the songs on the EP so you already know it’s Gon be bumping and slapping. Be on the lookout for the “1Hunna Man” EP. And also ya boy has been getting in to boxing so stay tuned to see me on Shotime.

Thank you!

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Jōviky – Intervention [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Intervention. What is the story behind it?

“Intervention” is a a call-to-action for those pursuing dreams in the face of overwhelming adversity and negativity. Los Angeles is the place where people come to make their dreams come true but more often than not, artists can’t overcome the many obstacles in their way. With this song, I wanted to give a little hope to all the artists out there but also acknowledge how difficult this artistic journey can be.

In this song you team up with MaxxWell Q. When did you two meet?

It’s funny you ask, because Maxxwell Q and I have never actually met in person. We’ve exchanged a few emails and messages on social media. Long story short, over the pandemic I got a crazy beat pack from him and recorded about 20 songs to his beats. I’m hoping to get in the studio with him soon, I’m curious what we could come up with in real time. He is always booked and hustling though, so hopefully we can make it happen sooner rather than later.

What is a freethinking person in a few words?

A freethinker is someone who is independently minded and doesn’t just accept things because society says so. A freethinker takes time to look at the world around them from multiple perspectives and is okay with changing their mind when presented with new ideas. Freethinkers make the world go ‘round, because they’re not afraid to go against the grain. They’re not afraid to dream, to express themselves and create new human experiences.

Your dream collaboration?

There are so many artists I’d love to collaborate with, but if I had to pick one I’d say Pharrell. His taste in music is impeccable and I think we could explore new sounds and come up with something really dope and unique.

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

I think artists have a responsibility to share their thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in the world from their own perspective; whether that’s through the music they make, social media or other mediums, it’s up to them to choose how they deliver their message. However, I also feel artists shouldn’t feel obligated to weigh in on every political matter just because they can. It’s important to stay true to your feelings and speak on things that you truly care about. I think Kendrick is a really good example of using his art and his platform to speak on social issues from his unique perspective. It’s a beautiful thing when an important message is delivered with great art.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

No matter what, strive to be your authentic self through and though and don’t worry about fitting in.

Should we expect an album in the near future?

Everyone has been asking me if I’m dropping an album! I guess that’s a good thing… To be honest, I see a full length album in the future but right now I’m focused on developing my sound and growing a loyal audience. That being said, I am releasing my second EP by the end of 2022. So be on the lookout for that. The songs I’ve recorded so far are pretty damn good. I’m excited for y’all to see my growth as an artist from where I started a couple years ago.

Thank you!

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Recess Villains – Ciao Bella

In the midst of the catastrophe that was the Summer of 2021, Recess Villains was formed. The Los-Angeles based hip hop group consists of “goth-pop” artist Swim from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and rapper Juice Judah from High Point, North Carolina. The duo released their first single ‘Britney Spears’ in 2021. While their first single touts their international pop star aspirations, their second single ‘Ciao Bella’ confirms it. Recorded in Cervia during the duo’s first trip to Italy, ‘Ciao Bella’ is a trap rock song with glitchcore and rage rap undertones. To produce the track, the duo teamed up with Italian artist Zo Vivaldi, an acclaimed Italian songwriter who has written for prominent Italian artists such as Fedez and Dark Polo Gang. Vivaldi grew up between Milan, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Cervia and currently resides in Milan. After recording the single, the trio went to Milan to shoot the music video for it with Italian Director Davide Papadia. The track was co-produced by AMACWTHASAUCE, mixed by Vivaldi and the bourgeoning Italian Soul/R&B artist Moonet, and mastered by Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer and engineer Rob Kleiner. ‘Ciao Bella’ synthesizes the rage of missed opportunity, with the fierceness of an urgent hustle, and smooth pop melodies into a blend and energy that is distinctly Recess Villains.

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Dani Twice – Sad Boy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Alternative Latin Hip Hop

Tell us a few things about your new song SAD BOY. What is the story behind it?

It’s a very old song where I started flipping a tango sample and it went through many mutations, the track is essentially the “Hell” section of the album.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Momma was mugged on the streets for her coat”. In Bogota, my hometown, shit was wild, and I saw my mom go through that and I was a naive kid not even processing what was happening

What is your opinion of hip hop nowadays? Do you think the audience is tired of listening to the same generic trap beat again and again?

To some yeah but to others it works. That’s why it sells so well, people putting their own unique spins on things will always receive attention and I believe real talent is recognized

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

To me Hip Hop means authenticity and overcoming your pain and making something great from it

It is ok to feel sad. But what is the one thing that makes you sad?

The thought of losing my loved ones

One last thing we should know about you.

i don’t care about wearing matching socks

Thank you!

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Chad Lewine – 35 [Review]

Home ownership is not just (or at least widely considered) the ‘right’ financial move. It is something far more important, at least for many people. A home is where one can take refuge, feel secure and comfortable. But when was the last time that home ownership was the central idea of a song? Hailing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania Chad Lewine is back with another record for the summer titled 35. The lyrics from the artist focus on how he needs to buy a house by the age of 35. On the production side, the backing track contains a powerful trap/future bass beat with commercial elements and vivid pop influences. Overall a really fun and lively track that can be characterised by its playfulness while at the same time it manages to communicate messages which are not directly expressed. Listen below!

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Slkrack – Hazi Life 3 (feat. Dehmo)

Coming from the Porte de La Chapelle district in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, Slkrack made his appearance on the French drill scene in early 2020 with “Gestion”. Thereafter, he will release this same year 4 other sounds including a freestyle for Mouv’ in November and notably the track “Patek” in October 2020, with the presence in the clip of several beautiful names of rap such as Georgio, Doums, Gazo, Abou tall and Hache P.

After a busy year with the project “SL500”, then the EP “Merci” and a notable appearance on the sound “La Colline” from the album of Cashmire as well as several scenes and concerts, Slkrack is not finished with the year 2021 since he continues a series of freestyle “Hazi Life” whose first two have worked well. The rapper of the 18th district of Paris puts back a layer with this ” Hazi Life #3 ” accompanied by Dehmo.

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HIDEKKI – ECLIPSE [Interview]

With manipulated, low pitch vocals and a chill hip hop beat ECLIPSE engages the listener instantly. Tell us a few things about it!

Pitched down vocals are one of my favorite ways of establishing the vibe of a song. This type of vocal manipulation is a staple in certain electronic genres, but the first time I heard it used really well in a hip hop song was A$AP Rocky’s “Goldie”.In this era of music, new listeners will skip your song pretty quickly if you don’t hook them in. Changing the texture of vocals is probably one of the best ways to keep people listening. On a technical level, I pitch my own vocals down about half an octave. I find that suits my vocal tone the best.

How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

Aside from hip-hop, I love the electronic sub-genres of Future Bass, House, and Trap. Pretty much all of my music will have elements of these electronic genres mixed with Hip-Hop. Recently, I’ve been making purer hip-hop like ECLIPSE. Although, even ECLIPSE uses drum sounds more typically associated with EDM in parts of the song.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“Drink, Smoke, Cut a line, take you for another ride /I swear I love my girl but Oh these drugs they give me butterflies”.
Most people know that drugs aren’t the healthiest or most sustainable way to be happy, but a lot of us use them anyways. This line is just a way of expressing how self destructive I can be even when things are going well for me.

Favourite album of the past year?

This is a tough one. I think I’m going to have to go with “ALBUM MODE” by Dillon Ponders.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

It’s probably different for everyone, but to me it’s a form of self expression. We all have totally separate lives inside our
own heads that the world doesn’t see. My music is an extension of myself that I put out into the world. Kinda scary, but its satisfying when people react positively.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell myself not to wait so long to actually start putting out music. The earlier you start the more time you have to develop your sound and cultivate an audience. I used to be so worried about what people would think of my music that I just didn’t release it. Now I understand how subjective music truly is. Most struggling artists just haven’t found their audience yet.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I do amazing impressions of Elmo, Stitch, and Golem from lord of the rings. I haven’t found a way to incorporate that into my music yet. But when I do it’ll be awful.

Thank you!

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Cush Wallace – Types of Way [ Review]

Los Angeles based artist Cush Wallace is showcasing his latest work titled Types of Way. His sound is characterised by deep, chill vibes. The lyrics from Types of Way will take you on a journey through the artist’s universe. Cush Wallace is using a classic instrumental to get his message across in the four-minute record. Driven by the constant hi hat loop, it is also heavy on the saturated 808s, guaranteed to make your sub shake. His flow is mostly clean and melodic with interesting moments of light use of autotune. Turn up the volume and listen to Types of Way below!

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Donny Draco – MY MIND [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Edgy, Emotional, alternative

MY MIND contains a melodic, nicely manipulated flow uppon a heavy trap beat. Tell us a few things about it.

Well the instrumental was produced by Garret Adams (Beats by G). We were in the studio together looking through some samples, and this guitar one popped up. It caught my attention and so Garret worked his magic on it. As for the song itself, I was in the studio alone one night, pulled up the beat and it just kind of happened. When I listened back to It I was like oh whoa this delivery is different than what I usually do, but It’s really catchy.

For which lyric you are most proud of

I really like a few lines from a previous song I released (Enough Of The Truth). I said “I got nothing to do, every day I been stuck in a loop, Tell me the lies had enough of the truth”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My overall favorite Artis and even lyricist would have to be X (XXX Tentacion). I guess My Favorite Producer would have to be the homie Garrett (Beats By G). He’s made the beats for every song I’ve put out haha.

Most iconic emo rap track ever?

It’s hard to pick. It might sound cliche, but Star Shopping by Peep is one of my all time favorites still.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I don’t really make party music or hype music. I would say the music I have out now is like solo car ride late at night type of music. I feel like some of it is great to listen to if you’re emotional or going through a rough patch. It’s also good if you’re just chilling and need something cool to listen to.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Long story short, After I turned 21, I went out drinking at a bar for the first time. Everyone was feeding me shots/drinks because it was my first time out. By the time we were about to leave I was very loose. We were going to walk to a friends house close by, but I wanted to get my weed out of the car in a near by parking garage. I got to the car, got my Backpack with bud in it and found a can of spray paint. My drunk self proceeded to start tagging different parts of the garage. In the middle of my painting session a cop rolls right up next to me in the garage. I didn’t have time to reason with him, got cuffed instantly, the cop found my weed, and I got brought to the station to stay the night. Nothing major, but definitely a ridiculous story.

Thank you!

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