Bam Vito is, in every sense of the word, a rap star.
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.
Sofia Gillani's "LEVELS" exudes positivity to the fullest extent. Comprised with lyrics that manifest happiness and an abundance of blessings, the UK-based singer asserts that she can weather any storm.
Anastagio and No Sleeves's spacey bass-heavy trap single highlights what it means to come alive in the nighttime. Combining carefree energy with intense gratitude toward life, "Out for the Night" finds Anastagio and No Sleeves reflecting on their humble beginnings, accomplishments, and unforgettable memories with their friends once the sun sets.
Rachel Renee reminisces on the good times she shared with a lover in her 2000s-esque R&B offering "Remember."
Cosmic Roots Music's "Weight Up" is an alternative jazz single with live instrumentation and introspective (yet relatable) lyrics about a mundane career path.
Young Bail's latest single, "Cash," seemingly encourages others to budget wisely. As the upbeat hip-hop soundscape sounds off, the MC uses a seamless flow to illustrate his money-making mindset.
Colors pop. The poses are candid. Jaelen injects life into the lifestyle and paparazzi side of shooting. His path to this calling was far from linear. Getting that urban chic appearance is something special. Located in Northern New Jersey, he is familiar with the territory, but letting the surroundings of his subjects help to tell part of the story is a difficult feat. Many photographers lean into the grime side of the city aesthetic, and JT does not go that typical route. Instead, there is something about the composition of the pictures that pulls in all the haphazard colors that come into the frame.
dannyisaname and setback's fun-spirited trap offering "No Hero" places a boundary on individuals who aren't putting the work in to better themselves.
Yaya's distinctive bar schemes exude a strong sense of confidence and ambition. Between the fine lines of Yaya's poetic wordplay, listeners will come across songs that inspire, uplift, and push them to live their truth. Similarly, the Yonkers femcee intertwines relatable scenarios into her pocket of rhymes.
Nayely questions if "that spark" is still in her relationship via "Powerful." The spacey trap offering provides a safe space for Nayely's vulnerability. In the hook, Nayely reflects on a time when she spoke up about her needs with this very partner. Unfortunately, though, the singer was left with more questions than answers.
The Only Carnell's relatable single, "How U Been," uplifts those who feel like they can't escape their mundane 9 to 5's. On the preppy, bass-heavy Burak Gökgöz-produced trap cut, The Only Carnell uses a steady flow to lyrically annihilate people who fabricate their social status to impress others.
As Blac Francis waits by the phone, he wonders if the person who holds his heart still loves him in "Dial Up."
Ashley Elle uses the plush pop production as an outlet in her latest single, "Heavy, Heavy, Heavy." Moving listeners with relatable yet emotive lyrics, the indie pop singer illustrates a moment where one disconnects from reality. After, Ashley Elle begins to wonder how she can navigate all the trials and tribulations. Once the chorus comes, the crooner unveils that she feels like the tough times won't ever pass by. Ashley Elle also admits how she was unaware that "someone so young could hold the weight of expired luck."
Chicagoland pop/hip-hop songwriter Bren Got Hits delivers lyrics about escaping the woes in "365." As the rock/pop-inspired beat goes off, Bren Got Hits uses a soothing register to elaborate on the darkness in the world. At the beginning of the song, the musician tells listeners what's been weighing heavy on his mind before he requests to get away from them with some vices.
Pop sensation BIZZY wonders if an older gentleman would "have chased me in your twenties" in her latest introspective single. Bringing together rock and pop elements, "My Age" presents an opportunity to get answers to your most burning questions. Amongst a sea filled with plenty of fish, BIZZY wonders if he'd reel her in, despite their age difference. Similarly, the singer gives a realistic view of the modern dating scene.
Siyo.J's "in the clouds" is about keeping your head above water. Layered with plush pop elements and a summery guitar loop, Siyo.J opts to see the brighter side of what could be a blossoming relationship. His savory vocal range is guided by an open heart and vulnerability. As Siyo.J admits that he'd "walk for miles to make you stay," he navigates the depths of uncertainty to see where they stand. The Washington-based artist then admits why he's in awe of his amore. "Your lovely smile, your perfect face," he sings mid-chorus. Alongside this, Siyo. J also unveils, "I'll tell you everything/Loving on your body/Got me going fucking crazy."
Blending sweet variations of Afrobeat, jazz, and R&B, Nicholas' "Small" is about yearning for that person who feels like home. After abruptly colliding with a car during a bike ride, Nicholas' ex comes to mind. He then fights between his innermost thoughts, saying, "I don't want to let you make me feel small/I don't want to give you all the control/But I don't have anyone else I can call right now."
RJAE's "Her Favorite Jhene Aiko Song" serves as an emotional outlet for the NOLA wordsmith to reflect on a breakup. Cutting to the chase over a dark, pulsating R&B cut, RJAE exposes his lover for being unfaithful. He follows with lyrics illustrating how this betrayal has affected him, saying, "Somethings won't change/But they do/Wish I could take back all that d*** I gave to you/Still getting used to this pain."
Remy Reilly's feel-good pop offering "What Do Ya Know" highlights what it means to be head-over-heels for that special someone. The summery acoustic guitar is a great addition to Remy Reilly's lush vocal range. Lyrically, Remy Reilly uses her emotions to get those feelings across.
Panasi lays it all on the line for the one he loves in "Girl." Amidst blending an acoustic guitar with his mesmerizing vocals and honest rhymes, the artist wonders if he and this person will ever become something more. Panasi's questions are met with a mixed decision to move on. The alternative R&B offering permits Panasi to be his most vulnerable self.
Trill Manny looks to rekindle the flame of passion with his better half in "IN MY HEAD." Providing candid lyrics over a melancholic R&B beat, the singer thinks about the words they've exchanged. As he unveils that he doesn't want to lose her, Trill Manny explains why she's the only one who's caught his eye.
Donnel Johnson has an eye for talent. Giving all creatives their rightful props with the Ill Thinkers Award, the multi-faceted music figure works effortlessly to put others on game. The New York-based business mogul also has his own podcast that highlights emerging acts, current events, and more! One avid listener said about the podcast,
09_9 has a go at interpolating P'ierre Bournes' "Try Again" with his latest single. Instead of keeping the beat at a slower pace like the original record, 09_9 switches things up by upping the pitch of P'ierre Bourne's delivery and accelerating the rhythm. His take on "Try Again" is encapsulated with a line of hyper pop elements and video game-styled synths at a hit of the drum. After this, piano loops and space trap arrangements emerge, making the listen even more enticing.