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The Love Lost... 

 

Written By Monte Hieke 

JUIC3BOY releases a much anticipated EP LOST FOR LOVE. The 5 track EP is a mixture of Neo Soul and it’s parent genre, contemporary R&B. The Canadian based artist pulls no punches with this project, giving you feels that will shake you to your core. JUIC3BOY put his heart out for everyone to hear, being honest with himself and the listeners. 

**Instagram: @_juic3boy** 

The first track on the project is “Irreplaceable”, which is a song where the artist is fighting to get the love of his life back “girl you’re irreplaceable and I want to let you know you’re the one I still adore cause you’re all that I’m yearning for”. The catchy song is smooth and rhythmic to say the least, you can feel the conviction in his feelings along with his urgency to get back that love.While it does set a strong tone it won’t be the only highlight of the project.  

“Call on Me” The second track, that follows up perfect from the first, the beat picks up the pace on this and JUIC3BOY doesn’t lose his mark with lyrics like “Call on me Baby, I’ll do anything for you, if you riding for me” “I’ll be the guy that you been praying to the lord for”. This is a monster of a track as well as an anthem.  

The third Track “Habibti’s Heartbreak” features Soji Joseph, the only feature on the project. It starts with a verse from Soji who describes being interested in someone with a different religious belief.  Soji being a guess appearance makes his self at home, not sounding out of place at all on this track. The song itself describes wanting to be with someone who’s playing games or lacking commitment. “Stop playing games we can’t go on doing these  things” “wasted all my love for you to make me happy” JUIC3BOY continues to describe the confusion and struggle to be with this love interest despite differences and complications. 

The next song being “Ready or Not?” Slows things down a bit. “I ain’t trying to wait a long time” “you know my intentions” “baby are you ready or not?”. Yet another cohesive follow where the last track talks about mixed signals and intentions, here is a track that gets track to the point. Vividly through song expressing the emotions of no longer wanting to beat around the bush, but being in a commitment. The artist does a great job of distinctly providing his  perspective on the matter in a relatable way.  

“B.O.M.O” is the last but no where close to being least. In some cases it’s expected for some artist to put a throwaway or something minor at the end of their project but this isn’t the case here. “Better On My Own” is a track that puts the finishing touch on what has been an emotional rollercoaster of a EP. As the title suggest after facing ups and downs, the artist brings it full circle with a song about being better on your own. It’s a bit of a mixture of every element you’ve heard so far, executing in cohesiveness.  

LOST FOR LOVE is a soulful project with a consistent sound. A boring moment is without a doubt nonexistent, every track sounding single worthy. The artist outdoes himself in every song. Stream LOST FOR LOVE now available on every platform it’s worth the listen. 

Tik...Tik... Boom!!!! 

Written By Monte Hieke

 

North Carolina’s own Steezie has dropped his project “Dynamite” the artist who’s originally from Zimbabwe, gives us a cohesive body of work that effectively set Steezie apart from the crowd. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, having his hand in engineering, and production throughout majority of the project. The jack of all trades who has been doing music for 10 years has stated “I feel reborn, I feel new”, and it feels that way, this project is extremely energy driven. There isn’t a track where you don’t feel every word that Steezie is saying.  

The 12 track project has eye catching features from Sangastaa, Spaceman Stu, Jonna’s Aura, Four, Woosy, Jondacom, King Roheuax, and Marco Luka as well as bangers left and right. To name a few the project starts with a song under the same name as the project “DYNAMITE” which sounds as if you’ve entered a stratosphere, Steezie hits the ground running with this track that’s infectious with its vibe and easy going spacey production. Though the beat may be easy going it’s spacey sound meets with Steezie who makes the beat all the more enjoyable. Dynamite is nothing short of single quality, and a great introduction to the project.  

The second track “DISTANT” which features Sangstaa is a song about the strain of relations vs ambition, Steezie is really laying down his emotions unapologetically on this track which is backed up with a rapid fire verse from Sangstaa, with a mixture of R&B and Trap the two mix together like a dynamic duo of mixed genres. Though the song is a change of pace in topic, it doesn’t change the overall vibe that the project has to offer.  

Other tracks such as IDOYS, NYMPHO, and OFF THE METER a track that features a hard hitting verse from Spaceman Stu are all songs that are guaranteed to make your head nod. Though the songs could all be considered a smash, Steezie gives us some bars too. In particular the track ATTITUDE, you hear more from this artist’s arsenal, giving us a showcase of his lyricism and ability to flow. The different flows he demonstrates throughout this creative effort shows just how versatile the artist is, like a chameleon blending into it’s background, the different genres and styles won’t make you feel out of place on Dynamite.  

In other cuts, there are songs such as RAIN INTERLUDE, HOW I’M FEELING, and OPTIONS. Where DYNAMITE makes you feel like you’ve entered the stratosphere, on these tracks it’s as if you’re on another planet. Sonically putting you in a trance, the melodies, and sounds you hear home in on you in a way that’s both memorable and refreshing to say the least. This is pure album quality music, pinning Steezie in a upper class level of artistry. If you’re looking for something different, Steezie’s Dynamite project brings innovation and creative sounds you won’t find anywhere else. Go give it a listen!! Dynamite is now available on all streaming platforms.

Social Media: @iamsteezie

Don’t Know BBO?!! 

Written By Monte Hieke

If you don’t know BBO which stands for Bad Bitches Only, GET TO KNOW THEM, the duo which have known each other for over 3 years consists of Baby K and LexFlex. They recently released visuals for the banger of a track “40s N Rugerz”! The track starts off with a hook that immediately hones in on the listener. This song from start to finish is infectious, making you want to hit replay after the first listen. The beat which has hard bass and helps the track live up to banger status is produced by SethInTheKitchen. 

Lex Flex(left) Baby K(right)  

Eye Catching Lyrics such as “I’m in the cut with my shooters, mac, dracos, got 40s & Rugers”, “you wasting my time, get kicked to the curve boy you got to go” ,and “stashing your body up under the pool pit”. The first to kick things off is Lex Flex who comes on the beat cocky as she rides the beat with ease, a rowdy yet fun, cool headed and aggressive verse with a superb flow which feels wholesome and iconic enough to leave you wanting more. After being locked in the hook once again, Baby K makes her presence felt as well, with a mixture of feisty and confident, shows you early she’s not to be slept on coming in with pure energy and lines that will stay stuck in your head. The two reach synchrony on this track but are like fire and ice finding ways to still add in attention grabbing talents that set them apart, whether that be energy or word play, this group sounds great together.  

Though still early in their career the group is breaking more than 70,000 streams on SoundCloud alone as well as looks from media outlets such as DJ Smallz Eyes and Fucious TV, the  duo is laying down the ground work to be an outstanding movement. 40s N Rugerz is just a glimpse into what the group is capable, other notable tracks such as “No More”, “FRAUDS”,  and “Lil Bitch” shines light on their versatility. BBO can give you grimy trap, bars, or a more vulnerable side depending on what they want to pull out of their arsenal. It’s easy to hear as well as see that based on the triple threat these aren’t the girls you want to mess with. Artists based out of Raleigh but not allowing that to hold them back, having shows in the area as well as making waves in Atlanta, the future is surely bright for BBO. Listening to “40s N Rugerz” on all streaming platforms or watch the video out now YouTube.

Instagram: @leeexflex @babykbabyy @therealbbo

Sangstaa Interview 

 

Sangsta talks how he started making music, relationships in the music industry. The difference in scenery from raleigh to LA, maintaining industry contacts and staying consistent.

To Be Frank 

Written By Monte Hieke

 

 

New Music from the Carolinas, EMILIO ZAPATA drops a new Track “Frank”. The Artist born in Long Island, New York but based in North Carolina delivers a track that is fun and bound to get you moving. The song is the first solo release of the artist this year and what a start. The song “Frank”, without giving too much away, partly describes the ends and outs of being young and focused while enjoying what life has to offer. Containing lyrics as “cause these days, in my spare time, I probably rather be on my own” and  “losing track of my day so we poppin champagne”, “cause in this life there’s no freebies” 

The track puts him in a lane of his own, not being able to put the track in one Genre or put it inside some kind of box. 

The track has an energetic beat with his cool yet powerful vocals. The track is short and sweet but very well executed. When asked if this track was leading to a project he answered “I can’t give too much away as far as what’s coming”. EMILIO being apart of the collective The Lo$t Generation gives us slight insight on what’s in the works saying “we’re ducked off right now working on the best sh** to give our supporters” saying this in addition to confirming more music this year. Last year as the Lo$t Generation they released “The Lo$t Tape 1.5” which may be a sign that we may receive a possible follow up this year.

New Music from the Carolina’s EMILIO ZAPATA drops a new Track “Frank”. The Artist born in Long Island, New York but based in North Carolina delivers a track that is fun and bound to get you moving. The song is the first solo release of the artist this year and what a start. The song “Frank”, without giving too much away, partly describes the ends and outs of being young and focused while enjoying what life has to offer. Containing lyrics as “cause these days, in my spare time, I probably rather be on my own” and  “losing track of my day so we poppin champagne”, “cause in this life there’s no freebies” 

The track puts him in a lane of his own, not being able to put the track in one Genre or put it inside some kind of box. 

The track has an energetic beat with his cool yet powerful vocals. The track is short and sweet but very well executed. When asked if this track was leading to a project he answered “I can’t give too much away as far as what’s coming”. EMILIO being apart of the collective The Lo$t Generation gives us slight insight on what’s in the works saying “we’re ducked off right now working on the best sh** to give our supporters” saying this in addition to confirming more music this year. Last year as the Lo$t Generation they released “The Lo$t Tape 1.5” which may be a sign that we may receive a possible follow up this year.

 

“The best music we’ve made ever made with the biggest new wave they’ve ever seen” -EMILIO describing what’s in store for him and The Lo$t Generation 

Also adding that Frank is only a “seed of what’s to come”. The song is definitely one  for a listen if you’re looking for something new to vibe to. The artist who has been making music since high school, which was about 4 years ago, shows no signs of slowing down. The artist has a sound that puts you in a trance and keeps you there, beware of EMILIO ZAPATA because once you play his music...you’ve entered a vibe. Listen to “Frank” available on all streaming platforms now.

*instagram: @emiliozapata_

The Chick Behind The Mic 

Written By Ashley Pierce

 

 

We’ve all see an increase in female positivity all over the world. In all 
industries women are screaming, “The future is female”. The music industry is no 
different. Female artists are proving themselves to be bold and demanding respect 
from everyone around them. Proving that a woman can love her body, have sex 
appeal and handle her business all on her own. 
Megan Thee Stallion, an upcoming rapper from Houston, TX is no stranger to 
this with lyrics like “Come in the room and I'm giving commands. I am the captain 
and he the lieutenant” in her song Big Ole Freak. Megan is following in her mother’s 
footsteps as a female rapper. Unfortunately, her mother Holly Thomas, Holly-Wood 
being her rap name has recently passed away. Megan has made it known that her 
performances will not stop because “Holly would not want me to stop” she tweets 
out to her fans. She released an EP in June 2018 called Tina Snow where you can 
find a few of her most popular songs like Big Ole Freak, Freak Nasty and Make A Bag 
feat. Moneybagg Yo. I suspect this is only the beginning for Megan Thee Stallion. 
Some women in the music industry are on the rise due to the benefits of 
social media. We all know that we are in a day and time where social media can give 
anyone a platform to display something they are passionate about and develop 
supporters and a following. 
Artist like Doja Cat have taken full advantage of the power of social media by 
making what she calls “meme music” with her song “Moo”. Doja explains that she 
created this song as a joke with her fans on Instagram live. She says she wanted to 
make something that allowed everyone to have a sort of break. “The music industry 
is very uptight right now and people need humor,” she explains. Doja cat is from Los 
Angeles California and has been making music for a couple years now. Back in 2014 
Doja released an EP called Purrr! with her noted song “So High”. It seems that it 
wasn’t until recently that others have realized Doja Cat actually has a nice voice and 
plenty of other great songs like, Go To Town and Tia Tamera feat Rico Nasty. 
I think it is safe to say that women will continue to speak out on all platforms 
loudly and freely no matter big or small. It is quite invigorating for others to see 
women of all shapes and sizes, being sexy and positive especially in a predominately 
male industry. Both Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat have all of their music 
streaming on all platforms for downloading.

By Ashley Pierce

 

C. SHREVE THE PROFESSOR- "ALL THAT MATTERS" 

C.Shreve the Professor based in Boone, North Carolina is back with a new single titled All That I Feel with some wavy visuals captured by Andrew Anderson Films. Shreve is in full command showcasing his unique style as he takes us through the struggles and loneliness of the long road and fortitude required to make it as an artist. Along with production from long time collaborators Pat Junior and Andrew Anderson Films, he has created something magical. 

"Overlooked, underpaid, all I been makin is that lemonade 

Set up the stand, set up the merch, set up the thirst, we finna get paid 

Check out this verse, this ain’t a phase, I’m on a search, this ain’t a maze 

I been just thinkin above and just movin with love and I’m feelin the waves

All That I Feel is now available on all streaming platforms!

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