Welcome to another #TrackTuesday here on OTDHipHop blog!
I truly appreciate all the support, big mahalos to the ARTISTS and the SUPPORTERS.
This week I got a different type of track tuesday review, because today’s piece is a spoken word poem by Jeronimo Speaks. This is the FIRST spoken word submission on OTDHipHop! So I’m hella excited to share this with yall.
Jeronimo Speaks, a poet from the south side of Chicago, submitted a video of his poem “Jitters,” in front of a live audience. After viewing and listening to “Jitters,” I am 100% impressed by this poet’s delivery and crowd control, especially with “word trains” that could go on and on. You’ll see what I’m saying in the video when he’s on his “P’s & Q’s.” The poem itself is a strong body of work, with boldness and power from beginning to end. Spoken Word is different from rap performances, because the setting is usually quieter and more intimate. You get to really feel the poet’s tone, voice, etc.
In my opinion, “Jitters” is a poem of liberation geared towards the youth of this generation. Jeronimo commands the crowd with his bold voice starting off with “This is the intro to the outro.” He goes off into topics and clever word play, using similes and hyperboles but keeps a constant message of “rising above circumstances.” My favorite line is “I aint trynna be a centaur, Im trynna be a centurion,” because that’s just plain clever. Who knows? I might do a reaction video to this, SHEESH! …Lol.
As you may or may not know, I recently added photo & video shoot services to my product line,
(in addition to marketing and promotion). 3RDEYEFILMZ is the name of the visuals company my girlfriend and I created. View more of our work on our web page and/or Instagram.
Anyways, I did another photoshoot with hip hop artist/producer Jvson Jones. Shouts out for being my first and third client! (Since he's booked me before.) We did an impromptu shoot in Salt Lake. Simple but chill, genuine vibes...as always with this cool dude!
Check out JVSON JONES' music via Soundcloud and/or Twitter.
Welcome to another edition of #WCW!! This week it was really dope to catch up with my friend and fellow US Army Soldier, Bethany Faasili. We met a couple years back in RSP training for the Hawaii Army National Guard. I’ve been out of the service for a year, choosing other career pursuits. But Bethany Faasili is a full time active duty soldier, currently stationed in Mississippi. She is a single mother, raising her son “Mana.”
She answered some questions I had for her via video chat. Check it out below!!
"Moving to Mississippi and being here as a single mother with absolutely no family and an amount of people my son and i actually interact with on one hand, im really proud. Its not just a culture shock, its another world I've enetered and I've brought my son along this journey. This state has taught me so much patience and how acceptance and kindness goes a far way between people of race. Ive brought here what any island person would have, aloha. The impact these people feel my son and I have made here feels incredible and I see how not having support and being consistently disappointed have thrown away morale in each individual in work and on the streets, so i gave my job all I've got. My time here has been so life changing. I'm a professional Human Resources Sergeant and all i had to do was follow through with my word for each one and listen to each problem and give them the chance that they felt no one else has given. Ive received 4 awards and 4 recognition coins while I'm here. Ive been brought forward in front of all those I work for and work with to be appreciated more than I could count. Looking back and thinking about all the eyes on me and smiles and genuine appreciation is the great feeling. My command called me relentless and a huge asset to the Army. I only hope that my son will look up to me and see someone he loves and feels encoraged by. to do what you can do for others in life and how much it does for yourself. To me, its not what you do, its how you make with what you do. I'm leaving mississippi this year and I'm so ready to watch myself grow in my career and impact more everyday. The traveling too!"
- Bethany Faasili
Wassup #OTDHipHop fam!
My life is a juggling act, in all honesty. Lol. Forgive me for the sporadic content but regardless, you can trust that I’m creating content for yall every day whether it’s music or blogs or videos, etc. But I digress…
This week I had the pleasure to chop it up with Rappa Nui, an up and coming music artist & entertainer from the Big Island. Most recently, he’s earned one of the top spots on “Hawaii’s Next Radio Star” via Power 104.3.
I figured this would be a good time to hit em up for a blog feature and I’ve always been interested in his work; we talked about the radio competition, his background, and latest single “Let My Guard Down."
Kenui Hamada, “Rappa Nui” is a 27-year old from the Big Island of Hawaii. Initially starting with freestyles in high school, he has been present in Hawaii’s local music scene since his early 20s. He mentioned that he used to look up to bigger local artists and entertainers like Osna and Krystilez. “Growing in the Big Island, everything I do makes a statement. So I’m hella proud looking back ‘cause today I work with my role models.” Osna actually directed, shot, and edited Rappa Nui’s latest single/video “Let My Guard Down” (feat. Ryan Hiraoka). Big props to everyone on the project!
“Basically I like making music that everyone can listen to and vibe to. I rap about a lot of different things but this track was more so a ‘feel good’ track, and we got to shoot it back in my hometown,” said Rappa Nui.
Today, Rappa Nui is focused on what he calls “power moves.” He is also a proud father of his daughter Miliana, and expressed how having her in his life makes him want to take his career to the next level even more.
He stated, “I don’t want to waste my time anymore. Being a dad just makes me want to strategize everything better so I can reach my goals faster.”
Welcome to another edition of #WCW!!
Today I have the pleasure to introduce my good friend and former classmate, Marjury Cabanlit.
We first met in Accounting class a few years ago, and have been friends ever since. We’ve also been interviewed on KNDI 1270 AM radio together. I chose to reach out to her to be interviewed for this segment because I’m inspired by her work ethic, and I’m eager to hear about her recent traveling experiences. Marjury attends Hawaii Pacific University on a scholarship and is studying towards her degree in Management Information Systems.
Since we met, Marjury has been on a number of international trips, academic related and personal. As a full time student, Peer Academic Coach, and various volunteer activities, I highly commend Marjury for putting in the work she needs to in order to succeed. It is also more inspiring because she is originally from the province of Misamis Occidental located in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
Below are some things we chatted about:
Jehzan: What high school did you attend?
Marjury: I attended for four years and graduated from Waipahu High School.
Jehzan: Why did you choose to attend Hawaii Pacific University (HPU)? What’s your major?
Marjury: The school offered me the highest privilege of merit scholarship, it was the Presidential Scholarship then for four years. So why not? Also, I liked the fact that it is a private university with smaller class size.
I am pursuing Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems.
I chose to study this field because I wanted to learn not just about computers and their coding, but also the major business principles. Nowadays, everything is business, therefore, it would be helpful to be learning business classes at the same time as information systems classes.
Jehzan: It’s so awesome to see you traveling to different places! What inspires you to travel?
Marjury: Ever since when I was a kid (about seven years old) I already dreamed of traveling, the backpacking, going to places I have never been, taking awesome pictures and recording videos, and blog about them.
Jehzan: Where have you visited recently? Have your trips been school related or personal?
Marjury: In November 2015, I was very fortunate to be one of the recipients of the Kakehashi Program scholarship through Hawaii Pacific University, sending 20 students to Japan for nine-day study tour out of over a hundred applicants who were initially interested. It was an all-paid expense trip that is why I applied and did not want to miss it considering that that opportunity might only come once in a lifetime (at least in my college career). Then, on December 2015, I traveled alone back to the Philippines. However, I had a layover at Taipei. It was another place for me to have stepped onto with a 16-hr layover. I just loved traveling despite of the long layovers.
Then January of 2017 came and I traveled to Los Angeles for the first time to visit relatives there for a one-week stay. I visited the Hollywood sign, the Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park, etc.
Just this past May, I traveled to Vancouver, BC, Canada with my cousin for a one-week vacation and visit our relatives there. It is our first time as well to go to Canada. On that weekend of our stay, my cousin and I decided to visit someone special at San Antonio, Texas, USA so we booked our flights right away. We had layovers at Denver, Colorado and Houston Texas. Though I know that with sleepless nights and restless flights, I would feel tired. But in my mind, I like traveling, exploring new places, meeting new people, experiencing another culture at a bargain (because I availed with plane ticket deals). Traveling may not be for everyone but for me, it is.
Aloha & welcome back to another #TrackTuesday here on #OTDHipHop blog! Bringing you content ON THE DAILY...so without further or due, this week I had a submission from my Canadian homegirl Jordan “Mackie,” to feature her friend/colleague X-Plycit. Mackie and X-Plycit were previously opening for Doom Squad, on their LSD tour in New Glasgow. They are currently touring as support artists for Split Vision on their Ontario tour. X-Plycit is a serious emcee in her own right, having released her solo debut album that is available on all digital music outlets.
Today, I’m reviewing one of X-Plycit’s new songs, “We On The Grind” (ft. Fortunato). Big props to Nookie on production, I fucks with the beat heavy. The vibe of the track is motivational and I dig the serious raps from both artists on the song. There is definitely substance there. I can hear the raw talent, lyricism, and aggression. Still, I believe both artists’ sounds could be elevated further. Regardless big props to production, engineering, and of course to the artists themselves. I look forward to hearing more tracks in different styles and flows from X-Plycit, especially on her upcoming second album slated to drop late this month.
“It’s about working hard at what we do and not compromising. Nothing will stop us,” said X-Plycit.
X-Plycit is one third of the group “FemStars,” from Nova Scotia, Canada. Along with Mackie, X-Plycit cofounded of the Fem Star group/brand, which was essentially created to put their creative and networking forces together to spread their message around Canada and eventually the world. X-Plycit music is available on all digital music platforms. For more on X-Plycit, follow her on Facebook.
Happy Aloha Friday from #OTDHipHop blog guys!
I'm hella excited to share this special artist video interview. In this episode, I chopped it up with my good friend and colleague Allicat. "Hawaii's Homegirl," she talks about her upbringing and influences, Hawaii Hip Hop scene, and upcoming projects.
Special shouts out to Mode4Photography for shooting!
For more from Allicat, check her out on Spotify and all other music outlets, and/or follow her on Facebook.
Welcome to the second installment of #WomanCrushWednesday here on #OTDHipHop blog. As I mentioned in last week’s article, I started this segment to help share the stories of all the inspiring women in my life. This week, I had a great time chatting with my friend Lanimie “LaLa” Datulayta. She is a 22-year old Barbizon graduate and aspiring music manager from Hawaii, who recently moved to Georgia. We discussed her upbringing as a local girl of Filipino descent, her longtime involvement in music and writing, and life as an ambitious single mother.
LaLa has been singing, writing songs, and dancing since she was a little girl. While her passion is in music itself, she is now focused on her career in Artist Management. Throughout the course of 2016, LaLa developed her professional network in Hawaii by attending shows and meeting various people in the local music scene, but she particularly grew towards hip hop artists and rappers. To date, she has managed Hawaii-based artists Nino Black and Czah V; and along with her friend and fellow Artist Manager Kayla Ferrell, supervised Astro Guillotine.
Jehzan: Hawaii’s music market are primarily reggae listeners, with the younger audiences geared more towards EDM. Why did you choose to link up more with hip hop artists & rappers versus other genres?
LaLa: That is a big question for me because it is why I chose to move to Georgia. Growing up in Hawaii and navigating through the local music scene, I have found nothing but a melting pot of talent. Hawaii is already known for its reggae and hawaiian music, but there is more to Hawaii’s narrative than just love songs and ukuleles. Personally, I felt compelled towards the music and stories of the hip hop artists and rappers I’ve met because they speak on other sides of living in Hawaii. There is huge talent in the local scene as well as the artists who come from the mainland for military or other purposes. I feel like now more than ever, Hawaii is closest to becoming known for its hip hop and rap music on a grander scale. We just need that “break out” artist, and I’m rooting for every local hip hop artist in the scene right now.
Jehzan: Do you have anything you'd like to share regarding your family and/or other strong people in your life?
LaLa: I want to include the fact that I wouldn't have been able to successfully have pursued my dreams in the music business without the BIGGEST help & support from my sons Grandma Trixy Tambaoan. Through my endeavors, she has taken on the roll of becoming my sons guardian as I continue to pursue this career path of mine.
Jehzan: You mention a lot of females in your life that helped shape you. Did you grow up around a lot of women?
LaLa: My sisters played a big role as well when it came to my upbringing. They helped form the responsible & strong headed female I am today. They showed me how to be a woman & the definition of strong female figures in my life.
Shouts out to this week’s #WomanCrushWednesday, “LaLa!”
Personally, I really relate to LaLa’s story especially how she is choosing to pursue her dreams despite what anyone thinks of her as being a “young single mom.” I’m sure that as LaLa gets more settled into her new home in Georgia, she will definitely be making strides for more ambitious young artists and professionals like herself to take their careers to the next level. I was raised by my single mother who has also faced similar backlash, but there is something about a woman’s ambition and relentlessness to achieve what she wants that attracts me and inspires me every day.
If you’re an artist interested in management or consultation,
please contact LaLa via email email@example.com
and/or follow her Instagram @LaLanimie.
Aloha #OTDHipHop fam! Welcome to another #TrackTuesday. Today I’ll be reviewing a new song by Dopeless. I’ve featured him on here about a year ago, and it was cool to catch up real quick with this remarkable young man. Dopeless is an artist from San Jose, CA who continues to gain a strong underground audience, having performed at numerous venues around his area. Having overcome alcoholism and abuse for many years, he started sharing his story through music and is now 5 years sober. For that reason, he is proudly “Dopeless.”
“Proud of Me” is one of the newest tracks on Dopeless’ Soundcloud catalog. Produced by Heart-Tricks, the instrumental has a smooth melody with a boom-bap sound throughout the song. Dopeless’ lyrics start off with “You’re the reason that the sun shines” before he goes into the first verse. He opens up about the wrong he has done especially due to his battle with addiction and expresses his feelings for his mother. You can hear remorse and sadness in the stories he tells, but through it all the message is about triumph and how he’s going to make his mom proud of him. The hook states “I’m sorry if you ever doubted me. I swear mom, Ima make you proud of me.” The rest of the song really focuses moreso on his mother and how she loved him unconditionally through everything he and the family put her through.
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The ‘Woman Crush Wednesday’ segment is something I’ve always wanted to do on #OTDHipHop but never made it consistent. The first homegirl I featured was my friend Tiana G, who was studying abroad in South Korea last year. The purpose of WCW on this blog is to showcase the strong and amazing women in my life and give them a platform to say what they want to say in a safe space. Also, as a female in the hip hop community myself, this is my way of giving women a platform to be themselves. Lastly, women inspire me in many ways and I hope by sharing some of their stories, I am able to help empower them and shed light on things they care about.
Jehzan: Your Instagram has certain rules, especially when it comes to "cyber-bullying" or disrespect. What inspires you to keep sharing your message via "provocative" or "sexual" photos despite the backlash from account users or the platform itself?
Ebone: I like the image of myself. I have always loved being sexy. I know that I am, I can't hide it on a bad day. Sexy is not a look or certain way of dressing. I just happen to like to be nude or dress proactively. I've become passionate of sharing that with other women because society has created a world that hates a confident, strong, and sexy woman who controls her own sexuality. Rape culture is a real thing and needs to be reversed.
Jehzan: Do you do other things in the community to promote your message?
Ebone: Currently I just speak to women and I’m very vocal with the women I come in contact with in life. In the near future, myself and an acquaintance along with other women in my community are planning to do outreach in schools for young women to help build self-confidence.
Jehzan: Aside from music, you and your wife actually run a business. How is the body/relaxation business going?
Ebone: It is going well actually. I am taking the business on the road this summer and will be selling body products on upcoming YDP's tour. And I’m excited to grow and expand. The cannabis side came from experimenting. I needed oils for myself and they worked so well I decided to sell them for a cheaper price than the cannabis clubs do.
You might've seen Ebone in my music video "Morning Vybez," which was directed & edited by her wife and my good friend YDP.
Shouts out to this week's #WomanCrushWednesday Ebone!!
I personally look forward to seeing how her message/movement grows in the near future, as well as all the work her and YDP put in with music and those awesome homemade body/relaxation products!
If anyone is interested in purchasing their bath bombs, you may follow Ebone via Instagram @iluvmyskin or contact her via email.
Aloha #OTDHipHop fam & supporters!
I recently got back from a month long trip to my family’s homeland, the Philippines! There's way too much to say about my experience there but I'm so glad it happened. I will be hopefully dropping a vlog and/or some visuals from the trip, as I get situated back into the everyday grind here at home. But nonetheless, welcome back to one of our most popular segments, “Track Tuesday!"
Today I had the pleasure to catch up again with my homie DannnyRose. He was featured on my latest single “Post 2 Be” (Prod. By Syndrome), which dropped before my trip. Dannny dropped his second official video just a few days ago, to his song “On My Own” (Prod. By Cicco) via his YouTube VEVO channel. I'm honestly a big fan of Dannny outside of being his friend/colleague, and have been hooked to his music, vibe, and aesthetic since we initially linked up back in December. “On My Own” is a dope audio single, but I was really excited when he announced the visuals for it via social media.
The song itself is beautifully written & performed by Dannny. Lyrically, it sounds like he's reciting something from his personal diary or journal. As a young man storyteller, he mentions the struggles of growing up in the hood as a Mexican-American, and the challenges in wanting to provide for his mom and family. Big credits to Ninthandcompany, of which produced and edited the video. The video brings the listener into Dannny’s hometown, featuring different angles and shots of the city, as well as working with different lighting and shadows to elevate the song. Personally, I really like how the video matched Dannny’s aesthetics well. His outfits went well with the different scenes and backgrounds.
At one point of the song, Dannny specifically says the line, “RIP my nigga Feds, why the good gotta die?” And I really dig how the camera zooms in on Dannny in that scene, which highlighted the feeling of losing his friend. Towards the end of the video, Dannny’s voice echoes “Yeah I'm just waiting for my shine. This shit gon happen it's just gon take some time..” and ends with “I'm trynna make it out, I'm trynna make it out…” I found those lines and visuals most profound from this project because of the setting and how Dannny shows pride for his hometown but is ultimately trying to “make it out” due to the many challenges and struggles he talks about throughout the song. Overall, Dannny continues to impress his growing fan base with quality soulful raps mixed with hints of trap and R&B. This is a great start to his visual representation, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.
Dannny Rose is an artist from Garden Grove, CA and has been writing and recording his own music for about 4 years. He has done local shows in So Cal, Hawaii, and is slated for his first headlining show in Omaha, Nebraska on June 3rd. More info can be found via DannnyRose’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account.
Welcome back to a new season of #OTDHipHop blog! Bringing you music, fashion, & street culture from around the world ON THE DAILY! To kick us off, I wanted to do something a little different because me and the homie Young, Dedicated, Proper (YDP) recently released our debut collab PALM TREEZ EP. We just wanted to take this time to share with you, some background about us and this new project.
The both of us first met at Team Backpack’s 2015 Mission Underground event, which was held in Los Angeles. Over the past 2 years, the two of us have watched each other’s grind and bartered between each other such as promotion on this blog and YDP’s videography and artwork services. Last December, I flew to the Bay Area (where YDP currently resides) for a brief trip, and we got to work on my two music videos “Morning Vybez” and “Ghost,” of which YDP was the head director and visual producer for both projects.
2017 started off on a high note for both of us, with our music grinds keeping us busy as well as with our families. We started brainstorming about doing a collaboration EP, something we both saw as an opportunity to put together each other’s fan bases and resources. We have very similar messages, personalities, and overall creative and entrepreneurial vibes. Soon after, YDP created the EP cover art along with the artwork to the project’s first single “Jammin” (Prod. By Tower Beats). We dropped that track on Bob Marley’s birthday in February. Initially, this project was supposed to drop on 4/20 but a major incident put a brief hold on it.
My dear friend YDP and her family suffered a terrible loss due to the tragic death of her sister, Rashanda Porter-Franklin. Respectfully, YDP and her family needed time to grieve and take care of the situation, and of course a proper funeral service for her late sister. Nothing can replace Rashanda, but YDP and I decided in late April to move forward with our project. We recorded the track “Money,” in loving remembrance of Rashanda. So far, the track has gained quick popularity amongst our listeners and is a top played track from Palm Treez.
Going forward, we got embroidered hats and hardcopy CDs for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the EP and merchandise sales will go to help aid Rashanda’s sons during this transition and healing time. On top of that, YDP and her wife have taken the role of parents to Rashanda’s sons. All in all, the PALM TREEZ EP is about the productive stoner life, getting money, and smiling through all of life’s good and hard times. We hope that our listeners are able to merge together as we continue to build community surrounding our message. Peace and love from Hawaii to the Bay. Lastly, special thank you to all the producers and engineers who helped make this project come to life.
PALM TREEZ IS OUT NOW ON ALL DIGITAL MUSIC OUTLETS.
Jehzan Exclusive & Young Dedicated Proper (YDP)
Good morning #OTDHipHop fam!
We're back with another Track Tuesday for y'all. Today I received a submission from Josh Roc, of Royal Mind Scheme. He is a hip hop artist from Michigan, who recently teamed up with singer/producer Johari L and together are part of the Royal Mind Scheme collective.
Josh Roc’s latest track is called “L.M.A” (Prod. By D’Artizt Thinks Futher). Honestly this is a hella dope track. I've personally been feelin a darker vibe lately ‘trynna get motivated for work and music and my business and stuff. So I’d say “L.M.A” is a great joint to escape to. Josh’s voice and style really reminds me of a cross between G-Eazy and Wiz Khalifa, but with his own finesse and originality.
Great story telling with the vibe of the song. He has decent singy vocals on the hook, I’d say it's a potential party jam and for the smokers too. My only critique is that I don't really know what the title stands for but I'll leave that to the artist. Overall this is a dope track that's a new favorite of mine.
It's 4/20 week!!! Welcome to #OTDHipHop blog. This week's artist content kicks off with today's Mixtape Monday. I reviewed No Joke, an album by Mackie. Mackie is a female hip hop artist/rapper from Nova Scotia, Canada. We initially met in 2015 at Team Backpack's Mission Underground Los Angeles, and have kept in touch ever since. No Joke is Mackie's latest project, featuring a wide variety of beats and flows that keeps listeners going. Below is a track by track review by yours truly.
1. Beast ft. KTC
Hella dope hip hop intro. I met Mackie at TeamBackpack’s MULA 2015 event, so I’m familiar with her style on classic rap and cypher type beats. But off the bat I’m honestly pretty impressed with her delivery and wordplay. Lastly, KTC did his thing on the feature verse. I hella dig the hook. Excited for the next track.
This song’s instrumental has sounds of EDM and Trap. I would say that Mackie sounds hella clear on these tracks so far, especially on this one. Props to the producer/engineer Sean Lewis. I dig her confident persona on the track and it shows that she aint playin.
3. Mackie Motives
I really dig the diversity of beats she’s going on with this album. So far, this is my favorite. Lyrical content is inspiring and motivating, especially her last verse still coming with the confidence and realness. Great hook and sonic quality.
4. I Try
Once again the beat is totally different! This beat has a heavy electronic and pop element. I really appreciate how she’s showing her diversity as an emcee. This beat has different changes within itself such as piano solos, drums, and other electronic sounds. I would say that Mackie’s voice continues to grow on me. Lyrically, she tells different stories about her personal struggles and perspectives. These are the lyrics of an intelligent young woman, written and performed by her herself. Very relatable song.
5. Toss & Turn
Again, a totally different element. This song starts off with some Asian “Kungfu” sort of sounds, quiet and mysterious. The instrumental builds on itself and production alone is pretty amazing. Mackie’s flow is very melodic on this beat, and then she switches as the beat elements change. I would say this is another favorite track of mine from this project. Her rap flows can change but I’m seeing how her style seems to incorporate fast-paced bars and very wordy. The hook is very catchy, would love to see this at her live performances.
6. Watch Your Mouth
This beat starts off with deep electronic bass, and the auto tune and deep vocal filters generates a dope “dark” vibe to the track. It has an “anthem” type of style that calls out the haters and bitches that want to keep talking shit. On the track, I believe Mackie’s stands strong with bars and delivery. Her songwriting abilities are largely showcased overall, especially her hooks.
7. Better Bitch
This beat has a more relaxed vibe from the other beats, but still has electronic and trap elements. She raps hella fast on this, but still precise and painting her stories and pictures for the listener. I’ve noticed that her style is also very confrontational. I respect the competitive emcee in her.
8. Fill Up My Glass
This track has a country type of vibe, props on production once again. Mackie talks about her struggles as a female artist trying to make moves independently and through community. The different ad libs and paused punchlines highlight the vibe. Message is dope, basically a song to not worry and just be in the moment.
9. Where The Dead Go
This has a trap deep bass type of sound on the instrumental. I really dig the polished sound in her voice and sonic quality. But under all that is raw emcee skills no doubt. This track talks about her frustrations and personifies a halloween vibe; I dig that artistic ability from her as the emcee and Sean Lewis on production. Another track I’d be interested to see how she performs live.
10. The Monster ft. X-Plycit
This instrumental is totally different than any of the hip hop themed vibe. This one reminds of sounds from bands like Owl City, newer rock type of vibes. But the anthem vibe is also evident with the marching band-like percussion tempo. X-Plycit is the feature on here and her voice is fittingly showcased on the hook. Mackie talks from a perspective of a loved one or friend someone as they struggle deeply with substance and alcohol abuse. Using the “monster” analogy, poetic shit foreal.
11. No Joke
This track has a trap beat with cadence style drums. Content has an inspirational message; Mackie uses personal trials and triumphs as a means to relate. She flows in her element, a bit of fast paced story telling mixed with a melodic hook and bold vocals.
Overall I really dig this new material from Mackie. On my "Lumpia Scale," I'd rate this as a 4/5. The main critique I have for this album is that I didn't really follow a concept. The cover art, beats, and vocals were hella tight; but as far as an actual album, it sounded more like a mixtape. Regardless, it's a dope and thoughtful project in itself. I think that as Mackie finds her lane and builds her sound and fanbase, I'm genuinely excited to see her future concepts.
So I've added a new service for artists - headshots/photography. Today I booked my first client, and long time music homie JVSON JONES. He is a talented and humble young man with skills and style as a rapper and producer. A local resident of Hawaii, where he has lived since 8th grade. He is currently working on some singles and more long term building for his brand. In the photos below, he is rocking a shirt by No Cent$ Clothing. For more samples from today's shoot, check out #3RDEYEFILMZ and/or follow my Instagram @JehzanExclusive.
Aloha #OTDHipHop fans!
It’s time for the most popular segment on this blog, Friday Features! I recently linked up with Pyramis, an aspiring hip hop artist and producer from West Covina, CA. He actually mixed/mastered two of my newest tracks “Relax” (Prod. by SVMSON) and “Bubba Kush & Iced Tea” (Prod. by CashMoneyAP). Pyramis has been involved in music for a number of years and he was very open with sharing about his background, inspirations, and future aspirations.
Pronounced Pi- Ruh (RA)- Mees, Pyramis stated that he has always been interested in ancient cultures like the Greeks and Egyptians. He chose Pyramis as his name due to various ancient and mathematical principles such as pi (3.14) and the 3 point pyramid, of which both represent infinite power. “The RA is for the sun god amen-ra. The ‘me’ sound in the ‘mis’ refers to a sacred god within me...I’m a firm believer that although there is a design to the universe, we create our reality and a god by definition is a creator. Mis is the plural word for ‘mi’ in Greek and Spanish culture,” said Pyramis.
Pyramis was obsessed with music ever since he was a child. Initially, he started singing at about 10 years old. In middle school, he began writing his own poems as a means to cope with anger and confused emotions following a death in the family. “It started as poetry, which gradually turned to very laughable raps,” said Pyramis. Pyramis was born and raised in West Covina, CA in the San Gabriel Valley roughly 30 minutes from LA. “I grew up in a gang infested neighborhood that definitely toughened me up and prepared me for a lot of challenges in life by being able to attack them with a warrior mindset. Where I’m from has a lot to do with my music because the pain my hometown brought me still translates into my music to this day,” stated Pyramis.
As a teenager, Pyramis joined the choir and even made a run as a metal singer but nothing materialized. In fact, he learned how to really freestyle and rap in a stint in the county jail for running with some neighborhood knuckleheads, as he mentioned. “There was no music in there except what you could create. Banged on some tables and freestyled. Wrote my first verses as an adult in there,” expressed the artist. Upon being released from jail, music never stopped for Pyramis. He started producing in 2014, and became aware of the costs of his hobby. From there, he decided to make music more legitly and started a company and ran with it. Now, he has his own personal artist career, his record label Conscious Minds Collective Music Group, and the House of Wolves Productions.
At this point, Pyramis has no plans of slowing down as he continues to rap, record, produce, and work on his sound engineering skills. He remains busy and vigilant with his craft and business. He recently released his debut EP PYRAM1DSCH3ME, which features two of his main tracks “Business” and “Temptations.” The EP is available on all digital music platforms including Youtube and Bandcamp. For more on Pyramis, subscribe to his Youtube channel.
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As always, it's TRACK TUESDAY, and time for me to review a new track from some of the dopest artists in the underground. Today, I had the pleasure to check out the newest release from Johari L, an up and coming singer from Grand Rapids, MI. Below is my review of "Mad House."
First off, I really dig the dark carnival type vibes that I get from the production. There’s a deep bass element similar to the rhythm of marching, and some other instruments that add to the hysteria feel. This track actually caught me off guard because Johari is actually a singer, but on this track he is somewhat of a hip hop artist. think it shows how multifaceted of an artist he is, moving through genres like hip hop to trap and R&B. The first thing I thought of when hearing this song was, “Johari L a rapper now?!” Lol.
In his own right, I give this man hella props on the production, lyrical content, and performance delivery. Regarding the story line and lyrics, it seems like this song is like a message to the haters, part braggadocious but part inspirational. He uses a lot of different metaphors and the different lyrics and sounds keep the listener engages throughout the whole track. It also ends with a little instrumental skit outro, which I believe shows the full package of Johari’s artistry.
Johari L. is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Grand Rapids, MI. He has been featured on this blog before, and continues to build his network and music catalog. Recently, he started a music group "Royal Mind Scheme” of which he is the founder. The group’s new music and music released by the artists in the group will soon be available via their Soundcloud.
Aloha & welcome to another week of #OTDHipHop exclusive content! For this week's Mixtape Monday segment, I got to review Gio Martin's newest EP In My Feelings. Gio Martin is a hip hop artist/rapper from New Jersey, who also does graphic design and videography. I met him back in 2015 for Team Backpack's Mission Underground Los Angeles, and he has been featured on this platform before. He is also one of the managers of his own hip hop blog & promotions.
1. Same Old Song (Prod. by Nedarb)
This is first single from this EP to be released, along with the visuals which dropped recently. At first, it seems like this song can be considered a little cliche, a love song. But as I listened to it more, I feel like it can have a deeper meaning such as his love for music. This grind can get hella tough sometimes and Gio sets the tone of In My Feelings with this track. Production, mixing, and mastering is on point. I prefer Gio’s voice less edited and autotuned, but I appreciate the sonic quality.
2. In My Feelings (Prod. by The Martianz & Nick Niro)
This flows well following Same Old Love, keeping the darker storytelling vibe. Unlike the previous track, this one goes a lot more deeper into Gio’s life as an independent artist and entrepreneur. He talks about sleeping on floors and even in his own car at times. But the overall message is that this grind is not made for the weak-minded, and he has definitely prevailed in his own right. Overall, I dig the hook and vibe of this track.
3. Know It (Prod. by Cam on the Beat)
Now THIS is the slapper type vibe that I know Gio’s music for!! Lol. From watching his TeamBackpack auditions and other online contests, there’s no doubt that he got barz and finesse for days. I’m familiar with Cam on the Beat instrumentals, and it’s cool to see that Gio worked with him on this song. I would say that “Know It” is my personal favorite from this EP, and probably my newest favorite from Gio himself.
4. Cool (Prod. by Nedarb)
This song has a trap type of beat, and a great follow up to “Know It.” I’m not a big fan of these type of beats by themselves, but I dig Gio’s energy and style on this track. The hook and both verses definitely deliver. I’m cool right now…#vibes!
5. Back Then (Prod. by Stevejobs 2)
I’d say that from “Know It,” the rest of the tracks are hella dope and the type of vibe that I dig from this EP. As an indie rapper myself, I relate to this track as far as people only wanting you for their personal gain and not wanting to put the work in with you. I think it’s a solid track to close out this EP.
Overall I give this project a solid 4.7/5 on my "Rap's Lumpia Scale." As far as beat selection, production, and sonic quality, I think Gio Martin's music is a great example for other upcoming underground artists. I like that he opened up a little bit and showed some vulnerability in some of these tracks, especially track 2 "In My Feelings," just liked the EP title. He is known for being a dope bar-for-bar rapper along with clean visuals, and has performed in many venues across the east coast and New York city areas. For more of Gio Martin's music or to peep the In My Feelings EP, follow him on Soundcloud.
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Thanks for supporting this platform. Every week, I feature new projects, music videos, songs, and various content submitted by underground artists from around the world. This week, I had the pleasure to catch up with my new friend and fellow artist, DannnyRose. I met Danny during the Creative Hustle Tour, which was held in January 2017, presented by Faithful to Hawaii & Visual Feelingz ENT. Danny and I talked about what he’s been up to since the intra-island tour, and how he’s doing back home in southern California.
DannnyRose is a 21 year old hip hop artist/rapper from Garden Grove, CA. After high school, Danny and some of his friends banded together to create a group called OKAY CREW. However, overtime, members began disbanding and going separate ways. Since then, DannnyRose decided to focus on his music career as a solo artist. In 2015, he released his underground debut EP called West St. Dreams. He has spent the past year or so promoting West St. Dreams via word of mouth, social media, and largely at live shows. “Don’t Worry” (Prod. by Dennis Tha Producer) is the most popular track off the project, sitting at 10,000+ plays and counting. His fans have described his flow as very similar to J. Cole’s and for good reason. His songs have a chill, real- life storytelling vibe with west coast finesse.
Growing up in southern California provided DannnyRose with a unique experience, of which highly influenced his music regarding beat/production style, flow, lyrical content, and his overall brand. “I grew up in a Mexican household. From a young age, music was all around me from hip hop/rap, R&B, to hispanic genres, etc. I also have a few family members who have reached certain levels of success with their own music/entertainment grinds. I guess you can say it’s in my blood,” said Dannny.
DannnyRose was a well-received artist on the Creative Hustle Tour, having performed at venues on the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu. He stated that the whole experience was like a “movie,” but still lots of work regarding preparing for shows and working with different venues, djs, and promoters. Since the tour’s completion, Dannny released 2 new singles via Soundcloud - “In The Motion” and “On My Own” (Prod. by Rose). He has also performed in his local area a few times.
Like many independent, DIY artists, Dannny works a “day job” but also works on music just like it’s his full time job. Overtime, he has been able to build his own makeshift home studio set-up, and is able to record his own vocals. Recently, he has allowed other local artists in his area record at his home studio, and is continues to teach himself how to mix/master tracks on his own. Currently, Dannny and I are working on a collaborative track called “Post To Be” (Prod. by Syndrome). The track is in the mixing/mastering phases, and is slated to be released via both of our Soundcloud & Youtube channels in early April 2017.
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Today I had the pleasure of reviewing Paulie L’s first official music video to his song “Doubted Me” ft. Joseph Kay, produced by Allrounda. The track itself is pretty smooth and clear. Paulie does his thing with the rap verses, and hella smooth vocals by Joseph Kay on the hook. The concept of the song is about pushing through obstacles no matter what doubters or haters say.
As far as the video, I’d say that it could’ve used a bit more storyline or plot to keep the viewer/listener engaged. However, the overall quality and vibe are definitely noticeable. Directed by Jusjay the Shooter, the video starts off with Paulie in his car, writing lyrics in his notebook. The rest of the video features Paulie and Joseph in the studio, recording, and making music. The video captures a lifestyle vibe, with Paulie telling his story of the struggles the music industry brings. Regardless, it’s a quality project and I’m honored to be able to share my review of it on this platform.
Paulie L is a hip hop artist/rapper from the Bay Area, CA. He has been making music for over 10 years, and is a prominent figure in his local scene.
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