Nac - 'The Midnight Album' (Review)

Nac's album attests to the saying all that glitters is not gold. His 13-track LP, titled The Midnight Album, is sonically appealing. Comprising highly energetic flows and experimental hip-hop beats, Nac's album is a welcome sign of his authentic musical style.

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Ambush Effect & THORO's The Jump Start Open Mic (Review)

This is a review for Ambush Effect & THORO's open mic in March 2021. In March, Ambush Effect and Thoro collaborated for The Jump Start Open Mic. Walking in, the room illuminated with neon lights. Subsequently, the energy that permeated the atmosphere was quite infectious. Everyone exchanged the good vibes with one another, cheering on those who took the stage.

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Mikki Ma'at Supports Our Wounded Society With Her Zen Musical Styling

Mikki Ma'at perfectly architects a peaceful environment through her ethereal-esque vocals. However, it's tough to pinpoint Ma'at's sound as it comprises elements from all genres. Listening to Ma'at will take you away. Her lyrics are raw, vivid, and packed with positivity. Overall, the singer's primary goal is to uplift humanity to a higher plane of existence through frequencies of love. She diminishes past worries with healing components in her musical styling.

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Chay-Chay "2021"

Chay-Chay taps into a soft register when speaking about blocking out hate thrown her way. At the beginning of “2021,” she talks about always keeping it 100. Then, she opens up about those who didn’t believe in her musical journey. Despite the naysayer’s opinions, she brushed it off and kept going.

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QUI THE LAST WORD & ‘FOUNDATION COLLECTION 2’

Qui the Last Word fosters both personal and artistic growth in his music. At the core of his lyricism, he speaks about his unwavering work ethic, all while pushing others to elevate. Moreover, Qui the Last Word speaks on his progression and upbringing. Like one of his songs suggests, he’s on the go. Qui the Last Word is not stopping for anything or anyone. His primary focus is on getting a bag.

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Ladibree Effortlessly Glides On Any Beat At Her Disposal

Ladibree possesses a soulful aura both on and offstage. Her musical styling takes admiration from soul, R&B, and hip-hop. Moreover, the femcee showcases a strong suit of versatility as she dabbles in singing and rapping. From a lyrical POV, she drops influential messages, acknowledges her blessings, and encourages others to pursue their goals/dreams. Not to mention, her hustle is apparent in each track.

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The Come Up "Experience" (Review)

On July 30th, The Come Up "Experience" came in with a big bang. The building, adorned with B&W decor, was a creative sanctuary for both the press and musicians. In this space, good vibes permeated through each corner. DJ Boof was in charge of the spins and livened the scene with various hit singles. The Come Up Shows creator, Casey Delvalle, donned a captivating black tutu topped with a leather camisole top. As soon as someone stepped foot in the atmosphere, she made them feel right at home.

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Maxim Adams' 'Amora' (Review)

California-based producer/musician Maxim Adams has officially dropped his highly-anticipated EP, Amora. The 3-track project is an excellent blend of atmospheric elements that are rooted in House. Likewise, the transitions seemingly go well with the song's overall theme. Overall, each record takes one to another realm, inviting listeners alike to explore the unknown.

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ORG Prophecy - 'Can't Sleep Sober'

ORG Prophecy recently dropped his first-ever project titled Can't Sleep Sober. He describes it as an "examination of existentialism during an eye-awakening night." The project follows the release of his song "Y.K.T.V" last year, which garnered nearly 15,000 streams on Spotify.

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Kid Pro & Yosonova - 'KidNova'

Everyone has a favorite, and for a good reason, they have powers that allow them to do things that we can't do and are strong and willing to fight for what they believe in until the end.

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Dom & Jesse "Won't Waste My Time"

Following the release of their hit, "Can't Help Myself," the eccentric Philly-based pop duo known as Dom & Jesse is back with their feel-good acoustic-led ballad, "Won't Waste My Time." Likewise, the song delves into a sound reminiscent of the early 2000s & even carries a cadence that's akin to Britney Spears' in her number one hit, "...Baby One More Time" (hint: the chorus.) The song is produced by C.R.E.W.'s own Dan "Dilemma" Thomas & Danyel "Digidal" Little.

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ARTZ

Carrying an intricate wordplay that's reminiscent of rap greats like Fabolous and Jay-Z, Brooklyn-based emcee, ARTZ, hones into his music in means of assuring fans that he's just like them. Between the lines of his rhymes, ARTZ speaks on everyday occurrences, the power behind authenticity, and his upbringing. Leaning in closer, you'll also learn that the musician is forever humbled and grateful to be where he is today. His lyrical deliveries only go to prove that he's wise beyond his years as he crossovers between insanely clever punchlines, sharp entendres, and a laid-back approach.

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Lucky Iris - 'Turns Out We Should Have Stayed At Home'

Lucky Iris, comprised of Maeve Florsheim and Jasper Exley, provides an open space for listeners to freely express their inner thoughts in Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home, an electrifying project the band debuted a few months back.

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Jessica Mary - "I Been"

We can all relate to the beauty and struggles that come with growth, especially after living through the life lesson that has been 2020. Jessica Mary masterfully tackles these polarities in her debut single "I Been."

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VERANO - Stephen Xavier

Many hip hop artists these days are all following the same formula for success. Leaning on trap beats with booming 808s as the foundation for their next hit song. However, it becomes clearer every day that Jersey artists are distinguishing themselves as the exception. Stephen Xavier’s new album Verano a prime example of the unique creative expression grown from the garden state.

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JUICE POTTER & ’Project Potter’ Forthcoming Release

Rappers these days are always commenting on their drip, and when their music drops, it leaves a lot to be desired. Therefore there is always something satisfying about artists with drip, dropping heat, and making waves. The key to this equation may be having the juice, and local artist Juice Potter has made it clear with previous drops his cup is runneth over. “He is a hard-working guy who’s trying to have fun and bring his people up,” said Potter. This, along with an awareness of the current music scene, gave Potter the inspiration and motivation for his first official mixtape Project Potter coming mid-October.

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Real Talk (The Metaphor Messiah) Will Release ‘My Dreams and Nightmares’ Tomorrow

Real Talk (The Metaphor Messiah) is a lyricist who draws from the golden era of hip-hop. His musical styling carries that oomph from the ‘90s that rap enthusiasts have been looking for. Real Talk (The Metaphor Messiah) is currently readying for his album tomorrow titled My Dreams and Nightmares. The hip-hop effort is said to bring together new-age beats and old school cadences. Having already prepped for the album’s release months ago, Real Talk (The Metaphor Messiah) adds,

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Female Rapper, Kitty Kitty: “All You Need (ft. Method Man)”

New York-based rapstress, Kitty Kitty, uses her lyrical mastery to show other females that self-love is the key to a happier lifestyle. In her songs, you’ll hear Kitty Kitty speak about the power of being confident or her personal experiences. Case in point, Kitty, is a rapper that every woman should listen to.

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GuessMuzik: The Purge

Due to the large amount of time that we’ve spent inside during quarantine many people have been coming face to face with the clutter in their environments. This includes both our inner and outer environments and these realizations have led to us purging things that no longer serve us. Many artists are going through the same thing and purging their vaults of music that they’ve had stored for a while. This is essentially how GuessMuzik’s new EP, The Purge came about. It almost makes you thankful for quarantine because without it who knows when these dope tracks would’ve come out.

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Izzy Bee

As we near the end summer of 2020, we know two things for sure. 1. We still have a long year ahead of us, and 2. Some of the most excellent music of the decade will be made this year.

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“Avenue” - Akil B. Strange

Today on The Fresh Finds, we’ll be giving the spotlight to an artist who proficiently merges different genres in hopes of showing audiences worldwide that music can go in any direction: Akil B. Strange.

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