Bam Vito is, in every sense of the word, a rap star.
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.
Elzzz comprises the truer qualities of a versatile musician.
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.
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.
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.
2020 has been an exciting year, to say the least. So far, for the first half, the whole world has been fighting a pandemic. This process has brought us face to face with many difficult topics such as mortality, knowledge of self, and the integrity of our governments. Now yet another player has entered the ring demanding to be recognized, and that is police brutality and the value of black lives.
“I’m going to change the world with my music. It’s going to happen. Whatever is real prospers, and I know it’s going to thrive. It’s a story that’s unfolded beyond God.”
After the recent success of Meg Thee Stallion’s “Savage Remix,” featuring Beyonce and Doja Cat’s “Say So Remix,” featuring Nicki Minaj, landed themselves at the top of the Billboard Top 100 it’s clear that women in rap are taking over the game. Even looking at a local level up and down the East Coast, female rappers are making themselves heard. However, there is one incredibly real storyteller out of Reading, PA, that’s working to be heard, and she goes by Mxs. Anonymous.
It can often be maddening to hear rappers in the younger age bracket brag about their materialistic goods and ways with women. But thankfully, not all of them lead by that example. One rapper who breaks the stigma of dummed down rhymes is New Jersey’s very own, DZH, who often uses his gift of gab to impact the nation positively. Most importantly, he follows the scripture is Proverbs 14:23 when compiling his verses and hooks. It goes, “All hard work leads to profit, but mere talk leads to poverty."
Self-love is essential, especially when you live in a world full of pessimists and hate. Luckily, HailVee is no stranger to this human necessity as he showcases his high confidence through lyrics and positive affirmations. New Jersey (and North Carolina) based musician, HailVee, wears many hats, including in the rapping and singing field. Aside from this, HailVee is the owner of Swayvy Studios and an engineer.
In today’s hip hop scene, there is a clear over-saturation of music. The production-driven, autotuned new school, has flooded the airwaves with a unique sound that unfortunately puts lyricism on the backburner. However, there are always people around the country fighting to keep the tone of old school lyricism alive, and Gemini Genesis is one of those artists. Hailing from the Garden State, New Jersey, and having a brother who was a rapper all influenced her to grow into the artist she is today. “My brother is five years my elder, so always wanted to be like my brother,” said Genesis. “I don’t rap about shit I don’t live, but I write based on experience and lyrics.
America and most of the world right now are sitting in quarantine and running out of things to occupy their mind with by the second (if you don’t believe me, Cardi B literally has a video of herself running into a giant Jenga set.) So when you’ve finished watching all the Netflix and TikToks you can handle for the day, you can amuse yourself with something else. This is when you connect your speaker and turn up the Quaran-tunes (yes, I’m making up words I’m as bored as you are.) If you’re looking for a place to start your Quaran-tunes playlist, the Jersey artist Xavier Hill is the perfect artist to check out. His new project, Nomadic Thought, dropped pre-Covid, but the many vibes on it make it an ideal project to explore again and again through this time.
Amid high pitched-registers, soulful, angelic cries and beat breaks, Savvy The Savior approaches the beat with his signature boom-bap style, letting it roam free over a range of lively instrumentations. Hopping straight out of a time machine, you’ll come to know that he was born in the ‘90s. His take on transitions and loops range from jazzy to funk-ish, then faces classic, gold-slated hip-hop head-on!
Throughout time stories have served a variety of purposes. They can be as crucial as chronicling the history of people or as fun as pure entertainment. However, one thing is for sure, as humans, we all have our own unique stories to tell. So when Peso the Misfit dropped his album Not a Love Story, it was apparent that he had a story that he wanted to bring to the people. Although it’s not a love story, Peso’s new album is a life story about the good, the bad, and in between. “If you want to listen to something that’s gonna take you through every aspect of life, listen to me,” said Peso. “I’m going to talk about hustling the right way… relationships… how sometimes we have choices in life, we have to make.”
DJ Hover is a radio and show host who goes above and beyond to change an artist’s life for the better. His platform on Stationhead called STRICTLYBUSINESS spreads the word about those who are on the come-up. Case in point, DJ Hover advertises, does interviews, and notes why one should listen to an artist by simply pressing play. Additionally, DJ Hover keeps others engaged by upping his momentum and showing thanks to those who tune in. After all, music is the foundation of unity and he is doing his part to keep that feeling alive. Hover’s goal is for audiences to find common ground with artists.
Jersey artists are some of the most talented artists in the world. This is due in part to the numerous artists who have tapped into their divine consciousness and use their music to spread a message as well as tell their story. Zeus B is one of those artists. Drawing power from his god consciousness and his namesake, Zeus strikes the track with an electricity that will make you move.
Music is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It connects us through emotions as we all search for others we can relate to during our trips around the sun. I am a firm believer that the more authentic a song is the more people will feel it. Local artist, Hadar Baron feels the same and therefore tries to make her music as true to herself as possible. “It’s very hard for me to get behind a microphone in the studio and write something that doesn’t feel genuine to me,” said Baron. “So everything that someone sees or hears from me is usually 100 percent authentic.”
In a world where trash rappers can blow up off of one hot instrumental and basic lyricism, one young black Super Saiyan has made it his mission to save the rap game. His name, DZH is. Additionally, this north jersey rapper and producer’s music truly reflects his commitment to the 24/7 grind. Given this point, DZH strives to motivate others to put the work in and never give up on yourself. He often cites Proverbs 14:23 as the catalyst for his work ethic. DZH says, “Basically what Proverbs 14:23 means you can talk but that’s only gonna lead to poverty but when you work that’s gonna lead to profit.”
Life is all about learning. Many times the lessons we learn come from painful experiences. Local artist Dani Zanoni chooses to take her pain and use to create beautiful music that you can feel. “I like to write about things that really connect with people on an emotional level,” said Zanoni. “It’s okay to feel things. It’s okay to feel broken and lost some times.” Her music is not only about pain she just wants her listeners to know that you shouldn’t feel ashamed of whatever they feel inside.
With more truth and less falsity, New Jersey-based creative, Grim creates a sound that holds nothing back and instead, paves the way for other artists to do the same. Advocating for originality, Grim says that while his music is based on real situations, he also makes sure to add in a vibe that everyone can rock to. “I like a dark trap or dark slow melody kind of vibe to match the Grim Persona” he adds. And if I’m being frank here, his project Damage Control lives up to this notion. Aside from carrying that spook in its overall soundscape, Damage Control comes with scathing verses and a cadence that could crush anyone’s “so-called” ego.
My friend told me while growing up her mom used to tell her that the sun’s rays were like gentle, golden kisses from the sky. After listening to the artist Golden Kisses, you might be prone to make the same comparison to her music.
Between the head bobs and a scrunched up face, lies an opinion that points out the strengths and weaknesses of an artist’s song.