Loki – Ambition

By 44faced on Oct 14, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Loki lets off his energy over an epic synth-strings motivational beat in his single, “Ambition.”

Le Zeppo – Nightcrawler feat. DP (Shaolin Luciano Remix)

By 44faced on Oct 02, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Fans of the Wu-Tang Clan, Roc Marciano, Crimeapple, Daniel Son, Knowledge the Pirate and Conway should lock their ears onto Shaolin Luciano. His Bandcamp is a remix showcase that any boom bap enthusiast would argue that he’s making “improvements” not just “remixes” to a whole array of music: from slowed-down drum ‘n’ bass classics inverted into neo-boom-bap masterpieces. The most recent remix effort is Shaolin remix single of Le Zeppo and Double Profit’s “Nightcrawler.” Crisp snap-n-crack drums coupled with a melancholy, Taxi Driver-esque soundscape mellow brass loop, giving a whole new vibe to the initial release. With the new atmosphere to the legendary flow-of-consciousness rapping of Le Zeppo and DP, after listening to this remix, you’ll never want to go back to the original.

Uni V. Sol X The Archangels – Ya Royal Flyness [Music Video]

By 44faced on Sep 22, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Uni V. Sol has been labeled as a “rising hip hop star” by Chris Jordan of the Associated Press, and his Ya Royal Flyness EP, which is a collaboration between Uni V. Sol and the producer collective, The Archangels, takes a left turn to create what Uni labels as “Dookie Stank Music to keep you Ghetto Groovin’, dig it.” As independent musicians, the group is able to offer a variety of styles from hard-hitting, head-nodding beats and razor sharp lyrics to a heartfelt soul-hop vibe.

Uni V. Sol X The Archangels have created to videos to support the 6 song EP, “No Rush” which is a lyric video and the latest music video “Ya Royal Flyness,” now available on YouTube. The EP has been released on all streaming platforms as of Sept 21, 2018.

About Uni V. Sol:

Uni V. Sol is an independent music artist disguised as a voice actor located minutes away from NYC, and is a go-to male vocalist for DJs and producers around the world. Uni as has opened for rap acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Tech N9ne, MGK, Redman and more. His voice can also be heard in commercials for Nike, AT&T, Pepsi an many others.

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Three AM Fuxk – Clown [Album Review]

By 44faced on Sep 20, 2018 in Music , Underground Rap - 0 Comments

Three AM Fuxk 2nd album release, Clown, is an underground Soundcloud hybrid rap-emo-metal gem. The self-produced album opens with dark banger “Okay Maybe | Overreacted,” which shifts from reverb-flooded monotonal low vocals to angst-filled shouts and a pumping 808 bass booming around the low-end.

The 2nd track continues as a genre leap, “Clown,” an emo-inspired opening, which alternates between the monotonal-and-shouting vocals that “Okay Maybe | Overreacted” introduced, as well as emo singing.

The sudden variations between driving beats, dark cathedral-reverb-like monotonal voice with no beat, and then shouts, and dying fades midway into the track satisfies any underground rap enthusiast. The brooding synths of “Someone Else” with featured artist Koitres, the thriller-style “Pu$$y” with featured artist Marco Tasane, the depressive piano of “Suicide Notes,” the still ambience of “Summer,” the dark bass-driven forest of “I’ll Be Fine,” the minor-chord progression-driven feel of “Sad” (with featured artist, deeprest), “Fuxk My Feelings,” “It Never Ends” and an unusual surprise final track, shifting between an epic symphonic string, almost New Age style opening, then quickly stabbing in with an epic emo-metal chorus to finish off the album with an unexpected glorious death.

Tieran – Sick (Single)

By 44faced on Sep 20, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Columbus hip-hop artist Tieran bares it all in his new self-produced single “Sick.” The introspective track is written like a diary and Tieran certainly does not hold back, voicing his disappointments with his life and his musical pursuit. Tieran’s upcoming album ‘Deep End’ is set to release 9/28.

About Tieran:

Tieran is a Columbus-based rapper and record producer from Lancaster, Ohio. He’s performed alongside acts such as KYLE, Joyner Lucas and Hopsin and has been featured in the likes of EARMILK, 2DopeBoyz and Word Is Bond.

Aaron D – Trap [EP]

By 44faced on Aug 18, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Aaron D - Trap

Aaron D is a deeply intelligent MC whose appreciation of lyricism and conscious topics merge with a trap, slap-in-the-face aesthetic. Keeping his composure, calm, commentating on a wider perspective of the world, blending with personal stabs, but with an abstractedness that lets the listener fill in the gaps of what he’s meaning. The “Trap” EP is an entanglement of determined seriousness, abstract expansiveness and stream-of-consciousness thought experiments. His vocal lyricism tunnels into dense bass-filled beat forests and spreads tentacles into as far as the listener wishes to contemplate a string of phrases. “Trap” seemingly has all the elements of a modern underground rap classic, but if you try to decipher the inner goings-on of the lyrical tapestry, you’ll forage a labyrinth of possibilities and have a constant bass-driven hypnosis underlying your experience.

This Unsigned, Unknown and Unheard Rapper Is Working on Getting 1 View and 1 Like

By 44faced on Aug 11, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Unsigned, unknown, unheard (at least for now) you’d walk past KF Greatness and fail to recognize under his humble external appearance the passion burning under the surface. But his mixtape France Nights boldly cuts straight through the fluorescent flamboyance of 2018 rap by relentlessly pumping an AR-15 heart through a 19-year-old throat that sounds like it’s been inhaling and exhaling smoke for 30 years in an underground car park—a sound other rappers and producers are fiddling with pedals and plugins to try reach. An outsider to the mumble and cursive styles of his Soundcloud peers, KF Greatness articulates lyrical clarity with a flow so natural it sounds like he was forming rhymes when everyone else was just starting to say “Mommy” and “Daddy.”

Throughout France Nights, KF Greatness seeks to brush away the layers of negativity, fabrications and falseness surrounding him, and express the inner voice that speaks his truth: self-reassurance, self-motivation, self-determination and hard work to remain adhered to his goals and work (“My Calling” and “Steady Grindin”), relationship problems (“My Trust In”), appreciation and blessings for his family (“Outta Here/Family”), finding strength to pursue his dreams despite ongoing criticism and negativity (“Doubted Me”), the little devil on KF Greatness’ left shoulder deploying a diss track against his unbelievers (“Alter Ego”), the inability for KF Greatness to be understood, where as much as he outputs, he can’t get all the experiences he’s had through to people (“Understand Me” and “Thru It All”).

In an era where the introverted lyricist come up is getting replaced by extravagant buzz-generating social media experts, the search to find and communicate realness, values and awareness of one’s movements in society remains to be the undying essence of hip hop that lives on through KF Greatness. No matter how many views, listens and likes accumulate, KF Greatness is focusing on just one view—his own—and being true to it.

CTB’s “On Me” Music Video Will Make Your Day So Much Better

By 44faced on Aug 11, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

Surrounded by luxurious California perfection—smooth low rider cruising in spacious, weed-enhanced Cali air, loose bills on the floor, wads of cash in hand, big bags of the good herb, and spicy video hoes—CTB (Calitreeboy) flaunts textbook West Coast status in his new single and music video, “On Me.”

Filmmaker Angelo Deprater‘s cinematography blends the sleekness of the Cali vibe together with subtle bouncing elements—the convertible’s green furry dice, sharp rhythmic video cuts, and even tree branches—visually mirroring producer Imakefirebeats’ drum and bass grooves. The video dances with the percussive hits and smacks, the 808’s leaps and slides, and the Chronic-era reminiscent low synth stabs.

CTB’s presence, both vocally and visually, takes center stage. Cellphone in hand, smiling at the good life, serious at the work ahead for the better life, he’s the hard work-focused entrepreneur that makes time for a good time, available to talk if money’s involved, and enjoying every moment of it. Musically, his melodically-enveloping vocal delivery rides the beat with confident and effortless calm.

Lyrically, “On Me” takes swings at the core of personal responsibility: that your life is what you make of it. An interweaving of creative wordplay, sometimes simple and to-the-point (“hit the club and my energy is felt, touch a bitch and her pussy starts to melt”), other times comedic (“hit my line all I understand is money, I’m mean to my bitch like Al Bundy”), but the essence of CTB’s message that penetrates the peaks and valleys of entrepreneurial emotion in the hook:

“Everything’s on me.”
“If I get to the top, it’s on me.”
“If I don’t do nothing… on me.”
“Man I’m buying out the bar, it’s on me.”

Starting with accepting full responsibility for one’s actions and success “Everything’s on me, if I get to the top it’s on me,” the hook dips into the opposite introspection that internally burns anyone wasting their time—”If I don’t do nothing… on me”—and from that wake-up call, immediately kicking into optimistic wordplay suggesting that CTB has the means to “buy out the bar,” that he’s doing well, sharing his success with his friends.

If CTB is aiming for the top, then he’s definitely gaining respect and fans on his way up from this single and music video. Such top-end, integrative production demands attention.

44faced Personal Note: As a reviewer, I listened to and watched the song and music video multiple times, and the more I did, the more I enjoyed it. The hook and the overall optimistic Cali vibe of the video all left a positive vibe in me that I took with me into my day following it.

The Internet Guide for Rappers – 10 Steps to Establish Your Artist’s Online Presence and Branding [eBook]

By 44faced on Jun 24, 2016 in eBooks - 1 Comment

The Internet Guide for Rappers: 10 Steps to Establish Your Artist's Online Presence and Branding [eBook]

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The Internet Guide for Rappers: 10 Steps to Establish Your Artist’s Online Presence and Branding is an eBook guide for rappers to take control of how they are perceived. According to the principle, “if you do not brand yourself, you will be branded,” by implementing the steps in this guide, you will learn how to stand out among the millions of other rappers out there.

What Will “The Internet Guide for Rappers” Give You?

The Internet Guide for Rappers will give you the ability to:

  • Project a consistent set of values, strengths, motivations, beliefs and interests in your online presence
  • Avoid oversights and mistakes that many aspiring artists make, which end up costing them their reputation
  • Find what makes you unique as an artist, and learn how to emphasize that uniqueness in your communications
  • Gain the confidence to present yourself in a concise, professional manner to any intended audience, from potential sponsors to your fans
  • Write an impressive, comprehensive artist bio relevant to every audience
  • Make photos that will communicate your strengths, motivations and uniqueness
  • Use a communication plan example template and printable checklist to plan your networking activities with various people, audiences and communities in the upcoming 12 months

Why Did I Write “The Internet Guide for Rappers”?

I wrote The Internet Guide for Rappers after having worked with rappers, artists and producers, and seeing common mistakes repeating themselves. Either I would keep getting asked the same questions, or I would see some lack in the artist’s online presence or the way the artist was organized, which was holding them back.

I designed The Internet Guide for Rappers also as a DIY guide for artists to take control of their digital presence and career. The guide aims to be practical and hands on. It is made of actionable steps to realize each of the points. It also takes online presence and branding from the ground up; all the way from rethinking your artist name, to how you’ll plan your every action in the upcoming 12 months in order to reach your goals.

Here’s what The Internet Guide for Rappers includes:

Introduction

What is The Internet Guide for Rappers, and what will it give you?

Step 1. Choose Your Artist Name

A step-by-step process of scrutiny on your artist name: its strengths, weaknesses, what you can change, and what you can’t.

Step 2. Get Your Artist Name on All the Web Property You Can

A one-time task that will set the foundation of your artist name’s online real estate.

Step 3. Characterize Your Artist Profile

An essential process that will guide you to find what will make people want to become your loyal advocates.

Step 4. Write Your Artist Profile Statement

Frame the perception you want others to have of you as an artist in a 1-2 sentence zipped format.

Step 5. Write Your Artist Bio

How to put together a snapshot of your strengths, motivations and uniqueness as a rapper, including examples.

Step 6. Make Your Artist Photos

What kinds of photos you need to have of yourself, and tips for how to make yourself more photogenic.

Step 7. Create a Communication Plan

A guide for how to plan your networking in the upcoming 12 months in order to help you realize your goals, and also to open you up to new opportunities.

Step 8. Implement Your Communication Plan

A checklist for you to apply across all your communication channels to maximize the impression you make.

Step 9. Setup Your Artist Profile as an Extension of Your Personal Brand

The importance of differentiating your artist profile and your personal brand from the very beginning, and how to setup your artist profile as an extension of your personal brand.

Template 1: Artist Characterization Template

A guide to fill out your artist characterization, as described in “Step 3. Characterize Your Artist Profile.”

Template 2: Artist Bio Template

The must-have parts of every artist’s bio to help you write your bio comprehensively and quickly, as described in “Step 5. Write Your Artist Bio.”

Template 3: Communication Plan Example Template

One example of how a 12 month communication plan looks like, for you to apply to your own networking actions over the next 12 months, as described in “Step 7. Create a Communication Plan.”

Template 4: Communication Plan Checklist

Template of the communication plan checklist described in “Step 8. Implement Your Communication Plan” for you to apply across all your communication channels, to maximize the impression you make.

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Artist Bio Template

By 44faced on Jun 17, 2016 in eBooks - 0 Comments

Here’s an artist bio template to help you write your artist bio with.

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Artist Bio Template

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