Exclusive Artist Review: Wicked Th3o – “Self Titled” EP

When Wicked Th3o claims to go against the norms, it’s not only accurate, but understated as well. He’s the type of artist you need to hear to believe, and for good reason.

Far from your typical artist, Wicked Th3o‘s uniqueness comes in the form of shape shifting goodness. Utilizing a persona that is comprised of robots and ETs in a futuristic realm, his self titled 5-track EP has been making shockwaves across the landscape in epic fashion. His EDM-influenced Hip Hop flavors are rhythmic, controversial, brilliant and crafty. His rhymes and bars tell stories from his mechanical heart, and those that may have underestimated him in the past have regretted doing so. The two major standouts on this EP are definitely “Pacman Returns” and “Breaking The Chains”, both which are versatile and multifaceted. “Pacman Returns” fits in perfectly with other chart toppers and has verses with untouchable swagger, while “Breaking The Chains” has that anthemic chorus that has insatiable staying power; the power to stay with you even after it’s long over.

His signature sound touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. His unyielded success since his inception is reminiscent of a passionate kid with money on his mind, but still with endless love in his heart. Either way, Wicked Th3o is the type of artist that loves to inspire and be inspired. He’s your favorite artist’s favorite artist and a major force within the spectrum. When it comes to this EP’s production value, it has a perfected blend of balance and composure. It boasts a cleverly tailored style that underground fans will undoubtedly appreciate, but still has its place anchored among the mainstream charts. If he keeps up this pace, he will skyrocket to the top and your likelihood of stopping him will be essentially nil. He has successfully amassed over 140,000 plays and has built a collective following that drastically surpasses today’s average Hip Hop artist. Again, he’s an artist you need to hear to believe, and you’ll be beyond happy that you did. His self titled EP is currently available exclusively on Spotify as well as other digital music streaming platforms. Strap yourself in for the ride.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Lando Santana – “All Of Us Can Fly” Album/LP

Artists can be dime-a dozen, but there is only one Lando Santana.

Emerging from the Baltimore music scene, Rap/Hip Hop recording artist, Lando Santana, began hitting the ground running three years ago and since then has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization, and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Combining an array of different calibers and spectrums in the Hip Hop game, Lando Santana’s music resonates with a style that touches on originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable. His music is also reminiscent of several artist influences that include superstars like Tech N9ne, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, TI, Yo Gotti, with a more authentic indie/underground musical blueprint.

His album “All Of Us Can Fly”, a 17-track record, has garnered the rising rapper an insatiable street buzz and positive reception since its initial release date. With clever lyrical outbursts and dynamic bars at the helm, Lando showcases his wordsmithy talents throughout the album’s duration and really delivers a versatile vocal performance in both songwriting and execution. It’s a flavorful effort that puts Lando in a spotlight that really encompasses his skill behind the mic. And as he presses onward, his buzz will continue to follow suit and will be a cornerstone to his career. He is anything but ordinary and really gives the Hip Hop flavor a promising direction that is almost ahead of its time, but still provides those nostalgic old school elements that made Hip Hop what it is today. Lando Santana is a name you’ll be recognizing a lot more over time, and isn’t leaving the game anytime soon. Keep your eyes and ears open for what tricks he has up his sleeves. “All Of Us Can Fly” is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Review: Eric Peterson – “Tonal Accents” Album/LP

Very few veteran artists have accomplished what Salt Lake City based multi-musician Eric Peterson has. With 21 CDs under his belt of a vast array of musical styles, it’s no wonder his latest 12-track juggernaut, Tonal Accents, is clearly breaking new grounds in the world of instrumental releases.

This record cleverly mixes several angles of genres that adapt both 90s and 2000s Rock elements with hints of Classic Rock vibes as well. Emerging into the scene in the 90s, Eric Peterson has manifested a signature sound that is both innovative and multifaceted. From crisp and catchy openers “Friday 4:59PM” to the appropriately titled “Smooth And Serene”, to the hauntingly ominous “Cryptic Talk” and “Subdued”, you get a clear glimpse into the versatile songwriting style that Peterson diligently executed throughout this album’s duration. And that’s one of the most effective ways to put out an instrumental record – showcase as many angles as possible. The classic Rock-era stylistic drum tempos lay a solid foundation on every song and will easily captivate both old listeners and new upon the first listen. Tonal Accents really demonstrates the authenticity of Peterson‘s musicianship factors and really lays out the perfect blueprint to putting out a truly impactful solo record.

The production value on this record is something to behold. It touches on both equal parts originality and familiarity, delving into atmospheric elements that diligently mix yesterday’s and today’s engineering styles. It has a little bit of everything, which will easily provide that dose of nostalgia for fans of older Rock eras, and today’s more modern take on the genre. The guitar work plays a big role on this record from smooth bass lines, energetic acoustic riffs and electric melodies that bring Eric Peterson‘s writing skill set to the forefront. If you dig guitar legends like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, then Tonal Accents will be one of your favorite releases this year. The album is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Pick this one up if you’re looking for a fresh take on your favorite guitar-driven records.


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