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SazE Debuts His New Album, ‘SxS Out Now’: Listen

A new sound to look out for is this hip hop artist Saz, who goes by the stage name SazE.

Brooklyn-born, SazE has been creating and mastering his talent for some time now in order to become the next big rapper and producer. In a recent collaboration with producer DON, they put together an album that some could consider a fire record. With solid compositions, well-formulated melodies, and a lot of rhythm, SazE demonstrates his true skills in the riffing game and DON helps us explore the intricacies of song creation. As a former philosophy student at Brandeis University, it’s not hard to find that much of his lyrical writing style is influenced by his major.

Together, this duo make up the collective named SxS, which became the name of their debut album. I had a chance to ask the SazE a few questions about the creation of this album and where he sees himself going with his music. I had a wonderful time speaking to this thoughtful human being from topics of musical taste to human nature to history to emotions and life decisions. The man has been through so much, and like a true philosopher and story teller, he painted pictures of his experiences in these detailed and engaging ways.

The New Jersey-born artist was raised as one of three boys. His father was a Nigerian immigrant and his mother a black woman, and because of this home was filled with “color and flavor”. It was because of his brother and father though that SazE became interested in music in the first place, introducing him to music like Jay Z. His dad also taught the young rapper how to love and appreciate music from the speaker itself, feeling the vibrations and feeling the pride in the music.

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From that point on, SazE knew music was a path he wanted to pursue, and he actually wrote his first rap when he was 6 years old with the sole lyrics being “Why you messin’ with the old man?” He said that he then really started making music in 7th grade and deemed it to be his “emotional hard drive” as life’s hardships finally began to creep into his domain. His middle brother was autistic, but SazE said if there was anything that he learned from that relationship, it was empathy and compassion. Later on, his parents would divorce and this would thrust him into a darker place where things reminded him that love is nothing but BS and there are “dark sides to your parents”. To him, it was like the lights were suddenly shut off on him. “You learn about your emotions during times like those”.

In 8th grade, the artist would take part in a rap group, where he would focus on the concepts he truly wanted to touch upon: emotional relatability, concepts and ideas. He wanted to become technically proficient in his art, and each day he would perfect his craft more.

SazE would attend Brandeis University to pursue a degree in philosophy and from that he gained a love for indie-rock music. “I became obsessed with angst in college, especially with the melodies”. He admits that some of his influences included Arcade Fire’s album The Suburbs, and artists like Kid Cudi and Kanye West. “They inspired me to go for it… people will latch onto the sincerity of it [the music].” SazE still recalls, in 2011, his autistic brother died–the same day Arcade Fire won a Grammy for the record The Suburbs. It was a pretty symbolic day, one that still resonates in his heart and mind as something mysterious. “College taught me about loss–it widened my introspective scope”.

In 2012, the hip hop producer began making beats in college and would expand his musical abilities even more. “It felt like being god. It was like adding sounds in and suddenly ‘let there be snare'”. He faced ups and down throughout college and heartbreak from his first real love, but even then, he would continue onward in his musical pursuit to experimental enlightenment. Upon graduating, he moved out to Maryland and that’s when his studio album Sundown Therapywas created. “Sundown Therapy was a self-indulgent album. My introversion makes me so analytical even though I maybe able to express myself…just me, myself, and I are awkward”. He then noticed how upset he was where he resided and decided to make yet another big move back to the main city, New York. There he landed a job on Wall Street, but even then he realized something was wrong. The life he was leading and the job he had went against everything that he believed in. Morals were different, people were different, and it was a lifeless, creative-less environment.

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With a big heart and a large dream, he quit his job and began teaching so that he would have more time to pursue music. This is when he met Sean (DON), his producer friend from Chicago, whom he would develop SxS with. Off the album, SazE admits his two favorite singles are “Bungalow on the Beach” and “Paycheck”. If there was a way to describe SazE, it would be a mix between Kid Cudi and Kanye West, where Cudi’s darkness and mystery and West’s epic force and intensity intertwine.

I was curious to know who inspired this versatile artist, to which he replied that he loves Amy Winehouse for her honesty, Frank Ocean for his sincerity, and Lorde for being his muse (calling her “an unapologetic” songstress).

I had fun asking some of my rapid-fire interview questions such as: His one word to describe himself would be “creative”; he is #OnTheVerge of “gettin’ outta here”; and the one album he would be left with for the rest of his life if he had to only choose one would be Currents by Tame Impala (he deemed it to be the “perfect album” in terms of its content because it is all about life, existential angst, and it never gets boring).

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The poet is working on his forthcoming album now that he has a studio in his own house, so we should be expecting much more from him in the near future. In fact, look out for his music video that will be released on April 25th!

After our conversation, I am excited to see where this artist will take his creative, and where that will take him.

Be sure to follow these guys on Spotify, and listen to the album above! And check SazE out on Instagramas well!

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Artist Spotlight: G-Eyez Releases Music Video for “Sacrifice”

This is a song to relate to, to feel for, and to understand. It’s a song that is meant to cope along with and help you recognize the things you’ve accomplished, the hardships you’ve been dealt, and then a way to go about resolving the issues.

2018 is a big year for G-Eyez’s music and for his career. With his company doing well and his music finally getting the attention it deserves, he’s given his all to make this work. You can hear in his music the raw intensity, the pure love, the agonizing pain, and the true emotion placed into each riff. Even in the music video, real life unfolds before our eyes, as G-Eyez takes us for a ride through his tale of his single “Sacrifice”. With amazing production, impactful scenes, and ominous lighting, we get a very distinct feeling of nostalgia and hardships all in one while watching the visual.

G-Eyez, stands for an abbreviation of “Golden Eyez”.  After 10 years in the difficult whirlwinds that make the music industry, he has now made a place for himself and a name that he can reflect upon with pride. The artist was born in Cambridge, MA and then lived in Texas some years. He has numerous success stories working with artists such as Termanology, Red Café, Joe Budden, and more! In his debut album, the artist takes poetry and redefines it with the elements of his beat-heavy compositions, profound energies, and hypnotic rhythms.

The Boston-based rapper has thus far released his sophomore record “Retro Series” and an EP titled “Chasin’ History”. Currently, he is working on his next EP to follow up the last one and to complete the creative thought process. As if music as a performing artist was not enough, G-Eyez  launched his own publishing company CMB Publishing (Cambridge Music Business Pub Co LLC), and is a partner in a booking agency called Capitol Front Booking, all in 2017.

The artist has been on a crazy, hectic U.S. tour and has performed at every SXSW since 2013 (amongst many others). The connoisseur of hip hop has even opened for major artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Migos, T-Pain, Fabolous, and a few others. There’s no doubt that the trajectory of this artist’s future is  clear in view with positivity and opportunity, and we’ll be here to continue to see him climb!

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Be sure to check him out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

[Interview]: HG Locks a Rising Hip Hop Artist On Tour With Fetty Wap

 

A Brand New Wave

HG Locks from The Bronx, New York never knew that his life would take a turn from better to best in just a matter of one incident. The now 24 year-old had an aspiration to make it into the NBA. However, after an injury that forced him away from that dream, he was left to find a new career path and new dream. That’s when the music kicked in. (Which you can get a taste of above!)

Locks who now has over 52, 963  monthly listeners and 1,625,001 million plays on Spotify, is a force to reckon with. He clearly found his newfound passion and did it well. Eventually, all of his recording and talk in town brought him and his team closer to the 138 Zoo Gang and to the famed hip hop artist Fetty Wap.

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I had a chance to chat with extremely humble man about the musical process, the tour, and who HG Locks is. He began to tell me how the “Hip Hop Game” for him started 5 years ago, when he was only 19-years old.

He began rapping after the injury and found that he was receiving a lot of positive responses about his music from his friends and the people who surrounded him.  “That got me thinkin’ that I could do this for real”, exclaims the artist.

Locks goes on to explain his experiences and lessons from being in the industry these days: “That’s one thing about this industry, there are no handouts. You’re still vibin’, you’ve still got a ways to go, but for sure there’s no handouts, because everything you see is through hard work and building from the ground up.”

Locks knows that in order to also make it in the sea of ever-evolving and over-saturated market, it’s important to work hard and put everything you have into the work you produce. In order to elaborate on how his music-writing process plays out he draws out an analogy to Planet of the Apes and says, “When I get in season mode, I get in ape mode, there’s no game time! When I get in season mode, it’s like let him  do his thing. My emotions are running, there’s a lot going on… I’m in my zone.”

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I asked what his new single “Brand New Wave” meant to him, and how the whole tour as a whole came about.  “‘Brand New Wave’ is about things that I want to do, I really want to enjoy, I want people get to see a whole different side of me” Locks responds. He then addresses his team, thankfully saying a shout out to his producer who got him connected to the collaborators as they fiddled around with the sounds. Locks explains to me with such enthusiasm and blissful pride how the song all just flowed from there, that moment in the studio.

He also filled me in that if he could collaborate with anyone at the moment, it would be Meek Mill. “When he speaks, people listen”, he professes. The artist lists out a few of his favorite artists including, Fifty Cent, Biggy, and Ja Rule (as well as others).

Locks is funny, he’s charming, and most importantly, he really is passionate about his craft. Now on tour as the opener for Fetty Wap, Locks has been growing his fanbase even more and expanding his listeners in farther places. “The tour life has been amazing. It’s a blessing first of all. First off, shout out to my brother Fetty Wap, shoutout to my team, and the production team. I’m so grateful for the opportunity. They show love, and I so appreciate it. But by far, the most fun part about these things is interacting with the crowd and fans, like I love that. I’m the type of artist, I’m going down there, I’m there in the crowd with you, I’m going to jump up with you. I’m not too cool to go down there and turn things up. Seeing they love it, the energy, it’s crazy.”

Behind the scenes, the lyricist details what is most important in preparation of a show: “I just try to relax, there are so many things going on before the show. You’ll be running around doing a million things. That’s the main thing, to stay relaxed, to stay calm, because when you hit that stage, even though it’s the time you go out there, you’re supposed to have fun. If you’re not having fun with it, that’s when things get all messed up and you’re not feeling it. Even though it’s your job, the number one goal is to have fun. Enjoy yourself, turn up, and that’s just how I feel. Everything else is a breeze.”

“Understanding the art and respecting. You have to respect everybody down to the production team. There are people that you have to pay homage to, even though they might not be in the spotlight all the time. I feel like people a lot of times get caught up in themselves they forget about people who do the little things. And the little things are things that will always count.”

“You don’t need yes men around you, you want people who will be honest with you, who will tell you you can do this better. because honesty is what will make you better”

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Outside of music, Locks of course express his love for sports, more specifically basketball. “I’m a big sports man”, he says gleefully and proudly. He follows that with how the Chicago Bulls is his gavotte team, and then laughs admitting how he gets a lot of heat from people in New York for that.

So what’s this artist on the verge of? A whole bunch of new music videos and multiple projects, both solo projects and a few collaborative ones.

“Load it up and get it ready to go!”, Locks says forcefully and excitedly, ready to share his next wave.

Check out his socials to see what HG Locks is up to next!

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Delving Into Rex Mac’s Talented Music: The Release of “ABLOOM” & More

He’s keeping it one hundo for us

Introducing a Massachusetts Asian-American native and a truly talented hip hopper in the scene, Rex Mac. This young lyrical master and hypnotic maestro has been working on music for years now.  He is also a journalist for Know Your Scene, but of course devotes his time and love to his one true craft.

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Since 2012, Rex has been transforming noise into ferocious, elegant tracks (but the passion really began when he was just 12). With a keen eye for the matching of sounds, this artist took his abilities to a whole new level when creating his recent project ABLOOM, which released this year. He demonstrates his competence and expertise in what he does each day, and it shows through the production of this album, which he did all on his own- wrote, produced, and mastered.

The songwriter mentions, “It took me four years to make Abloom, so I felt like a wholly new person by the time I finished it. I named the album after all of its songs were made, and the title just made sense. The image of a big, open flower that Abloom brings to mind was an effective way for me to visually reference vulnerability, honesty, life, the women in mine, and an overall born again feeling. Also, it’s kind of close to the word, ‘album,’ no?”

ABLOOM was created to discuss a deeper and darker topic that many are afraid to express transparently, and Rex made sure to be there to represent the masses. It is an album that touches upon the impacts of detrimental mental health and the thoughts and needs of those affected by it. With each track, he reaches into the soul and brings out the topics that matter most: doubt, self-love and relationships, and understanding. ABLOOM is bursting with various shining colors, vibes, and emotions. “Every song on Abloom tackles the idea of what it is to be your best self. For me, the album’s 10 tracks were simply the songs that materialized when I personally resolved to no longer let depression or anxiety suffocate my day to day. Those two themes have formed and still somewhat drive my narrative, but now I make my demons work for me. I use them as a means to let my listeners know they’re not alone.”

ABLOOM has received praise and review from such publications as Allston Pudding, Boston Hassle, Millennial Noise, and Mmmmaven.

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In an interview with Allston Pudding, the artist recalls, “Songs on the record that sound overly happy were actually made in moments I felt pretty down about myself and my lack of movement in life. In those moments, now that I look back, I think those songs materialized because I was writing love songs to myself in a time when I needed encouragement. ”

The album starts out with the title track, “Abloom”, which is the best intro for this compilation of ingenuity. Following that is “The World is Not Enough”, which is a fun, fast-paced single that kind of sounds like an acoustic version of a video game track. “East Meets West” is a witty tune that features a past GMAD-reviewed artist, Rowlan, a good friend of Rex’s.

To compare and contrast Rex’s music, he reminds you of new day Cam Meekins meets old-school Snoop Dogg & Slick Rick. The music itself is an impressive experimental sound like Kid Cudi’s, but incorporating more 90s West Coast G Funk and Kanye West millennial, forceful simplicity. All the beats are melodious, which is what I think I love most about his music. A healthy balance of tunes and tones, with smart, sincere lyrics.

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“How To Be Alone” is a track about learning to be isolated with oneself . What is very artistic and intriguing about his sounds too are that many of them lead down an unbeaten path of tempo change and rhythmic distortion into a whole new sounding song. It gives listeners a chance at a fresh new experience all in the same the track. At the end of this song, it concludes with a little Frank Sinatra-esque riff, without the autotune and just the raw vocals of Rex, telling the sincere truth of emotion.

“Mantra” is a bumpin’ track that gets you movin’ to the tempo, and the strings are an interesting touch giving it a more spiritual experience.

The whole album in its entirety is like a spoken journal of a man’s thoughts and emotions as he goes through his day, in his own narrative voice and locked inside the chambers of his own mind. “Sonically, I had a blast making the beats for this album. They’re quirky… minimalist. I had the Konmari method in mind when I selected sounds for its songs. The song, ‘The World Is Not Enough,’ doesn’t have a single kick drum or hi hat. ‘Rogues’ doesn’t have a single snare. There are secret songs not mentioned in the album’s tracklist. I wanted to give listeners a deep world to wander”, relays the artist.

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The retro hip hop tunes are honestly really invigorating because we don’t really hear this kind of sound anymore. “One Hundo” gives  us a taste of that. The whines of the 808’s and the slow and smooth flow of the voice and words remind you to appreciate the history of hip hop. Rex perfectly reflects that sound. Definitely my top pick on the album!

I wanted to understand what Rex thought of the current climate of the Massachusetts music scene, especially since there are so many talented ones out there, but such an underground niche hidden beneath the surface of it all. He thoughtfully answered:

“People keep asking why I never moved to New York or Los Angeles upon graduating college to pursue music, implying that the creative grounds are infertile out here. I’ve chosen to remain firmly planted in Massachusetts because I see all of its personality and potential. This is why when I’m not performing I’m writing articles on Boston artists and their backstories. I’m invested in why people do what they do, especially in an area where the infrastructure isn’t as supportive as it should be. Human spirit in the face of resilience is gangster. I thrive off the energy of our underdogs and channel it into my own work”. The artist proceeds with his reasoning:

“Massachusetts is so heavily revered for its leaders and establishments..from academia, to medical advancement, to sports. But for some reason, only a small number of the scene’s current hip hop artists are brought up in national conversation. I’m happy for all of Token and Joyner Lucas’s recent success, but I see so many more hip hop folk out here really executing thoughtful, creative visions.”

He also mentioned that even the female music and art scene is rising and is very strong.  He offers a few suggestions of women that are currently making waves of their own to see for ourselves, such as Jamilah Unique’s multi-genre showcase Art Plug; hip hop artist Oompa’s album, November 3rd; Amanda Shea’s Hope Inc. Showcase; and Anna Rae’s All Together Now POC/LGBTQ/Female focused showcase. “Ultimately, I just want to see a futurist rise out of Massachusetts. I want to see a Kanye or Pharrell pop up out of Boston. I’m not sure who it’ll be, but I won’t stop working till I see that person emerge” enthusiastically chimes the sonic connoisseur.

Rex is working hard, and putting his heart and soul, and every inch of being that there is of him in it. He’s proving that and no question will this artist be able to rise to more fame in which everything will finally blossom and bloom into a stunning career.

To hear more of Rex’s tracks off the album, listen HERE.

Also: Check Out This Exclusive Playlist of Some of Rex’s Favorite Tracks Right Now Both In & Out of Boston!

Be sure to follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Check out his site HERE.

[Exclusive]: Interview with Hip Hop #AskJezDior

 

He’s got 2 birds and an album in a row

Jez Dior is an emerging hip hop artist signed to Epic Records, and is currently on the path of releasing what is his solo album.  Jez took the time to let me ask him questions about his musical endeavors and how it all started for the 25-year old man.

The artist began making music when he was 13, but this came from the inspiration of having a father around who was a rock musician. It wasn’t until he was 13, however, when Jez heard hip hop for the first time, and fell instantly in love with it.

“My first Eminem stuff is when I really fell in love with hip hop, [and] it led me to rap. I just really related to it.”

The rapper has now released plenty of content and has been climbing the Spotify streams ladder with each release. “It was just a hobby at first, but then I put out my first song “Candles”, probably 5 years ago, it went straight to number one on this thing called HypeMachine, and … that’s sort of when everything started. I was in Atlantic records two days later, and from there I put out a couple EPs and projects and now I’m working on my first solo album”.

He laughs because he definitely told this story many times before, but the confidence in his voice expresses a feeling of settlement and excitement on how his life took its course .

“It’s definitely been difficult. I’ve definitely gone through my ups and downs, especially in my career. There’s for sure been times when I’ve wanted to quit, and was just not into it anymore, but I always pushed through it. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I love doing it [music].” He sounds contemplative and reflective as he recalls moments of dark honesty.

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With weather of 117 degrees Fahrenheit and a big ‘ol truck in the middle of a desert, Jez’s team took off to create the visual for “Sober”. (Read about and watch the music video HERE.) The epic cinematic experience of this single is raw, intense, and chaotic. “The song is about  the first year that I moved out to Hollywood, and my life was sort of spiraling out of control. And when I say ‘you got me off track’ we kind of wanted to create a visual that portrayed the way that I felt. So we all got together and came up with the idea for that.”

Following the desert escape, Jez released “2 Birds”. ‘”2 Birds” is sort of a party song. It’s funny I didn’t ever think that song was gonna come out, especially when we were first making it.” The rapper explains how the genesis of the song came about, as he sat on the couch in the studio and heard the composition play through the speakers. It was then that in his mind he could picture the melody and the rest flowed with it.

Jez has a lot planned, and a lot to share, and with this new project on the way, he deems we’ll get a better understanding for him in a snapshot of tracks. “There’s definitely something for everybody on there and for most situations. There’s definitely the darker songs that tell my story, and more upbeat songs; it’s very eclectic,” he confesses. “I got songs on there that I think are going to be very important to a lot of the kids who listen to me. In particular, there’s this one song that I released a little snippet of on Twitter like almost a year ago, not thinking anything of it, and kids will still tweet me everyday about it. I think that’s going to be a special one.”

Devoted to and very much appreciative of his fans, he admits, “it’s just a special thing when I get messages from them from Instagram DMs or Twitter messages me, and it happens very frequently when a kid will just say ‘Jez, you saved me life’. It’s the craziest thing… it means so much!”

Our conversation took a diversion from the topic of his music and fans, and we discussed more of his interests. If the artist could collaborate with anyone, he said he would want it to be Leon Gallagher, Oasis’s lead singer. On another note, his social platform of choice used to be Twitter, but recently, he has made the switch over to Instagram more.

As an avid soccer fan, I had to ask him what would be his dream day agenda would look like, to which he replied, “probably to play soccer on Inter Milan’s field in Italy and then get in the studio with Eminem. Then get drunk on a beach in Brazil.”

Jez and I talked more about what fans should be looking for on this upcoming piece, or if there is anything in particular that he is feeling fans should know about him that they don’t already know. “I want to save a lot of that for the album, like I think they’re going to be very surprised in a  good way about what is on the record. I have a plethora of music that they haven’t heard yet and I’m really really excited about it.”

“I think it’s going to translate really well live.” Jez expresses his excitement to be finally playing some of these new tracks live, and thinks fans will be surprised to hear how much of his singing has gone into the project. So, stay tuned for when the album drops!

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Dude Madison Collabs with Scotty Evil to Create “Rebel Soul”

 

The 90’s are back

In this cool, kick-back vibe, Dude Madison and Scotty Evil collaborate to create “Rebel Soul”. This smooth auto-tuned and raw piece is a simple flow with a vivid sound.

Hailing from New York originally, but residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan currently, Leo Gitelman, also known as Dude Madison, is a young artist with a massive passion. He’s basically just a kid with a vision and big dreams, and even talent. Listening to the song above, you’ll realize his attention to detail is impeccable as each beat and rhythm are in sync with the vocals. He produces a track that has both an element of nostalgia and novelty, which is a refreshing breath of fresh air from the current conformist sounds of hip hop we hear today.

Madison allows the echoes and synths to circulate delicately around the piano chords which vibrate throughout the song. Scotty Evil’s rapid fire of poetic language then takes the mic and the whole song becomes this concoction of dreams.

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Madison is actually still a student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has been pursuing this love for music and production since he was a kid. Only now do we get to see it come to fruition and see him take the reins to prove himself a member of the music scene and with this track, I agree that he does leave a memorable impression.

The single is a preview of the EP the artist plans to release this week! The project will include the tracks: “808s & Ankleweights”, “Lala Lala La”, “Rocky”, “FCD”, “Rebel Soul”, and “Dice Roll”. A super well-constructed compilation of songs that deserves a listen!  Be sure to check it out when it releases soon!

And stay tuned and follow Dude Madison on social media SoundCloudFacebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram

Mysterious Rap Artist Thatshymn Releases Erotic Single “Therapy”

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Needing a mind-unwinding hip hop melody? Then here is your next spin. The mysterious rap artist known as Thatshymn releases his next new single titled “Therapy” produced by Saidbysed.

The faceless artist has flow that is fire as he performs this monologue over a masterful composition. “Therapy” continues to lead you swaying and moving in circles and has to be one of the more impressive down-tempo hip hop tracks to come out these days. In fact, it has the statistics to prove that already accumulating  well over half a million streams in just its first week of release! With heavy rotation by the radio tycoon’s show, Zane Lowe Beats 1 Radio, he’s been filling the airwaves with “Therapy”‘s  tune.

Like a chant, the song whirls around in circles, hypnotizing you into its own form of musical therapy. Thatshymn’s voice is soothing and much like a spiritual incantation seduces you into the depths of the night.

“Therapy” is the rapper’s second single ever to drop after his first, breakout track “iKnow”.  As an emerging artist, the internet sensation has been proving himself worthy of the music scene’s attention, with his own intricate work in his songwriting. Even with all of this love, he still remains an enigma– not even Zane Lowe knows who is the man behind the music!

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His voice slips and slides so precisely over the reverb of the synths while the snares snap sharply back on the beat. The robust track is filled with pose and catastrophe all in one where euphoria and pleasure mixes with a dystopian, fragmented melody.

With the vocals of an artist like Bryson Tiller, the chill air of PartyNextDoor, and the ominous vibrations of Travis $cott, Thatshymn offers a combination of the three that fits a hip hop-lover’s paradise. So, listen to the track above now, wind down, let the music be the remedy, and let the session begin.

Follow him on Twitter and check out more of his music on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud!

Ro Ransom Stops The World with Leven Kali & This Pop-Rock Single

A Sweet Trap Serenade

Ro Ransom has been killing the game, with every song and with every collaboration. So why not crush it with this single, “Stop The World”, too, along with the talents of neo-soul pop artist Leven Kali? Mystery Boy and Palm King demonstrate their abilities in the field of sonic inflections by throwing us a sweet riff about giving up the world for the one you love. Together, they create a catchy, rhythmic Rap-N-B track that runs circles around our head and keeps us grooving to the beat.

“Stop The World” appears on Momentum, which is to be Ransom’s debut project.

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The infectious single was produced by Leven Kali, mixed by Andrew Wright, and mastered by Peter Letros. So with this detailed team, Ransom is able to construct the perfect tune with a beautiful pop-rock beat. His hip hop vocals somehow alter into the perfect match up to his voice, and it all just rides so smoothly. As if it’s a dark fairytale, the song creeps into your heart with intricate guitar whines, airy violin screams, and robotic voices.

“Stop the World” is an experience of its own. Close your eyes and you can feel the endearing touch of the song as cold as metallic drums against skin or hot steam emerging from city streets and slowly passing you in the darkness of the night. You can feel the lonesomeness of Ransom and Kali take the mics and soundboards as they try to emphasize the efforts they would take to prove their emotions, and for just a moment, the melancholy track sounds optimistic and hopeful.

If you remember, we have reviewed both Kali and Ransom in the past, and we have never had anything but amazing things to say about these two talents who take their music and morph them to their own indescribable masterpieces. Of course, their collaboration did not leave us disappointed.

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Ransom, the master of disguise himself, is making moves on the scene receiving over 12M streams on Spotify with his music alone. New York’s Ransom has already had the honor of touring with Dua Lipa, has gone gold with Khalid, where he had co-written Khalid’s single “Let’s Go”, collaborated with Jazz Cartier, sung on tracks produced by Mike WiLL Made It, and now joins forces with Kali and will be performing on the same stage as Kyle.

So there is still more to see from these two! So be sure to stay tuned and follow them on social media to catch up with the latest happenings on their paths below!

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