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Kaliii: The New “It Girl of Rap”

Kaliii’s global appeal comes straight from her many chart-topping hits that often express the very notions of female empowerment. Many of her song’s main purpose is to try to boost the listener’s confidence through liberating lyrics. 

Boygenius: The Rest of The Record

Each album is unique in its own way, but the two together combine to create something magical, something only Boygenius could truly pull off. There is no time like the present to sit down and check out these two releases, though you may want to keep a box of tissues on standby. Boygenius, you’ve done it again. 

My Time With The Skaaholics

For last year's annual Culture Shock music festival, I had the pleasure of talking to the members of The Skaaholics. They are a fusion band that combines elements of Ska, Rock, Reggae, Punk, Dub, Hip-Hop, and Latin rhythms. 

Tim by The Replacements Finally Gets The Mix It Deserves

  Remixes and remasters are somewhat contentious topics among music listeners. On the one hand, bringing modern technology to help improve the production of an older release made in the pre-laptop era sounds like a good idea. However, this rather simple refinement can result in creative decisions that can not only turn off long-time fans but can impact the true essence behind the record. 

RMR Has It!

It is difficult to classify RMR as a rapper, country artist, or anything in between, but one thing is for sure – RMR is definitely an entertainer.

KISS: Come Back To Small Towns

KISS has put on the largest live show in the world on its End of the Road World Tour. This has left fans of all ages from Midwestern small towns, much like myself, hoping that KISS goes out the same way it started.

Could Filmmaking Become a New Way to Promote an Album Release?

In the past there has been a rise in artists, such as Machine Gun Kelly, Denzel Curry, and Taylor Swift, creating short or feature length films that correspond with their albums. Could this be a return to the visual artistic expression possessed by older artists, such as Prince, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles?

Alternatives to the Grammy Awards

My previous article was centered around how the Grammy Awards seem to show bias in choosing awards, as well as not recognizing Black artists for the work they put in. As a solution to this problem, some people call for the Grammys to be replaced by a new, fairer music award show. However, two  existing award shows have the potential to become the next big thing.

Contractual Obligations in the Music Industry

Being recognized by a label and becoming a full-time musician with all the funding and promotion from them is most musicians' idea of the best possible scenario for their music career. A label has a much greater potential to get its name out there and all the benefits, but the musician is (usually) under a contractual agreement for this

Sematary’s Butcher House Album Review

"Death, madness, murder, mayhem, it's the real haunted mound in your town." Butcher House is the new mixtape by 22-year-old NorCal rapper Sematary. Heavily influenced by 2010's Chicago Drill, early SoundCloud rap, and witch house, Sematary packages these elements in a black metal and slasher film aesthetic that's as much Chief Keef and Yung Lean as it is Jason Vorhees.

NO THANK YOU Album Review

Following her critically acclaimed 2021 release, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, British rapper Simbiatu Ajikawo, better known as Little Simz, had mountainous expectations for her next release. With her latest album, NO THANK YOU, she has more than matched them. Rapping unapologetically as ever, with her characteristic North London accent, Simz continues asserting herself as one of hip hop’s most dynamic voices. Simz tackles a number of societal issues in an album that sees her expand on themes she’s introduced over the course of her growing discography. 

I Didn’t Mean to Haunt You by Quadeca Review

It is not often that a formerly corny artist makes a good album. Even rarer is when this artist is a YouTuber who completely changes sound to do so. This is the case of the rapper Quadeca who went from creating YouTube diss tracks to making one of 2022’s best folktronica projects. While some of the sounds were explored in 2021’s “From Me to You,” the level of improvement on the songwriting front here is startling. 

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