Exclusive Artist Review: Adriana Adeline – “Higher Consciousness” Album

Hailing from the five boroughs of NYC, R&B/Indie rising artist Adriana Adeline began her journey into the music universe in 2018 when she released her debut album Bona Fide, based on her very real trials and tribulations regarding a recent heartbreak in her life at the time. From that point on, Adriana began culminating a buzz around her record and soon enough would begin writing her follow up effort. Manifesting into her own signature sound, style and ambience within the Indie and R&B world, Adriana’s sophomore release Higher Consciousness is not only her newest release, but her most distinctive one as well; brilliantly encapsulating her style, spirit, musicianship and everything in between.

This 7-track release really delves into Adriana’s aura and essence, offering a window into her soul with glittered tasty ukulele riffs, intelligently crafted lyrics, effective vocal melodies and other catchy twists and turns that she implements diligently throughout the record. Adriana is very inventive on this record and she definitely serves up her own menu of flavors on every track. Opening title track “Higher Consciousness” introduces the record with a spoken word style delivery and leads into a vocal melody that showcases her diverse singing style that is breathy, passionate and crafty. Which eventually transitions into follow up track “Worries”, an R&B-oriented song that has a bossa nova tempo with a very effective yet subtle drum section. Adriana’s blend with the tasty ukulele progression really sets the tone on this song and uniquely encompasses an aura that is both diverse and distinctive. Her vocals are definitely at the top of her game on this song and really captures her true spirit both lyrically and melodically.

The more upbeat “Change” is one of the most notable tracks on this album with a very big chorus that truly demonstrates just how brilliant Adriana’s writing style is. It’s a passionate song that lyrically bares her soul, and is definitely a standout on the record with several angles of innovative approaches from both the ukulele progression and vocal direction. This song’s chorus will stick with you even long after it’s over, it just has that sort of rare staying power that is rarely captured in today’s music world. One more notable track on this record is the more Hip Hop and Soul-oriented “Safe” featuring rapper Saze. This unique and crafty song has a 90s vibe reminiscent of artists like The Fugees. Hip Hop artist Saze delivers an excellent flow that really fits into this song like a glove. The old school flavors are very apparent and the one liner “you wanna get up” will be singing in your head for days. This track really grasps onto an R&B sensibility that shows exactly what made the genre what it is today, lending a more traditional approach to Adriana’s sound that really showcases her ability to utilize both a modern perspective and an old school one. This track will definitely be one of your favorites on the record.

Adriana Adeline is a true Indie artist in every sense of the word. She is self made, passionate and writes about her real life stories through the expression of music, further proving that NYC is still one of the best music scenes in the country with no limit on diversity or versatility. She’s an artist that you will not regret following as her career goes forward and her album Higher Consciousness is a must-listen on all counts. You can get a copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and any other digital music streaming platform. You’ll be glad you did.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Cornelius Wright – “Bandit” Album

Rising Hollywood rapper Cornelius Wright began heating up the streets with his distinctive bars and hooks since his inception into the market in 2011. Originally hailing from Chattanooga in Tennessee, Wright’s gritty and innovative signature sound has garnered him an insatiable growing fan base and the independent artist over the years has proven to be a standout of his calibre with both his talent and work ethics collectively.

Now in 2021, the manifestation of Cornelius Wright’s craft comes full circle with the album release ‘Bandit’, comprised of nine hypnotic tracks that diligently showcase his own unique breed of Hip Hop with several crucial musicianship factors and cohesive elements as a songwriter. After the success of his first two singles earlier this year, Wright knew that he’d have to come out swinging with his follow-up release after already setting the bar high for himself. True to that notion, he did exactly that with ‘Bandit’, which is also a milestone for him considering it’s his debut album. There are many highlights on this record, and one of those highlights is opening track “Shine (feat. Maal the Pimp)”, an excellent banger that sets the tone for the rest of the album with Cornelius Wright’s aggressive and witty flow that gives him his distinctive stylization. This heavy-bass beat is very ambient and really gives Wright room to deliver an effective and dangerously catchy chorus alongside visceral verses that parallel each other brilliantly. This track opens the record powerfully and really serves up many crucial flavor throughout the song’s duration.

Now while this album has very innovative ideas and formulas, it also touches on originality and familiarity within the underground spectrum with the track “It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot”, boasting a flavorful 90s sensibility that showcased Wright on a whole different angle. And one thing he maintains in this track is his ability to be consistent while exploring other directions. His artistic merit is just as effective even when the formula changes, something not heard often in today’s market for Hip Hop. The beat on this track has an anthemic and subtle overtone that allows Wright to have plenty of breathing room to deliver his distinctive style of lyrical outbursts, giving us more of what we’ve come to know on this album while implementing new approaches as the cohesive measures play out.

One more notable track on this record is “Dusk Til Dawn (feat. Vanessa Krauss)”, a hauntingly ominous song with R&B components which diligently enhance the multi layered textures already present in the song. Vanessa Krauss vibes on this track with a hypnotic vocal melody in the chorus that really adds a multitude of flavor. Wright brings out a more low-toned vocal delivery that builds up to a climactic resolution, keeping the listener on the edge of their seat. Once again, this track is another example of the different effective angles that take place throughout the album, almost like chapters. But they are coherently structured and put together in a way similar to how puzzle pieces form the entirety of an overall picture. And that’s what we get with ‘Bandit’, many chapters and milestones with each song being the contributing factor to a collection that forms one big picture and payoff. And once it comes together, you look at in awe and come back to it time and time again to admire its presence and influence. This album will easily satisfy any Hip Hop fan whether it’s old school or new school – it has a bit of everything and never leaves a stone unturned. You can get your copy of ‘Bandit’ now on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Richy I-Fi – “Theory Of Sound” LP

For the past 11 years, Cleveland’s Richy Wi-Fi has been hitting the ground running in the world of Hip Hop with his distinctive lyrical outbursts, insatiably powerful messages and very versatile flow. He has gained an extensive following since his inception, putting out a vast array of releases over the years which has garnered him critical acclaim and an unwavering street buzz. Now in 2021, riding the waves at the top of his game, Ricky Wi-Fi has released a full length 35-track juggernaut that fully encompasses his skills on the mic, dedication to his fan base and his willingness to showcase his artistic merit in a way that’ll leave an everlasting impression on you. And that release is ‘Theory Of Sound’.

This anthemic and multifaceted record has no shortage of hypnotic beats, nostalgic callbacks and the full musical presence that Richy encapsulates from beginning to end. From the moment this album starts, you can immediately grasp onto the wholesome signature sound that Richy has manifested and established over every previous release. His unique rhyming techniques parallel the visceral beats and he really displays an aura of passion as every track plays out its duration. One example of this formula is in the anchor single “Phone Numbers”. This song has an ambient and hypnotic beat that is innovative in its execution and well crafted in its structure. Richy utilizes two different styles of flow between the verses and distinctive chorus, serving up two wholesome flavors of delivery that showcase his skills on the mic with separate yet effective angles. It’s the perfect track for anyone that hasn’t heard Richy’s music yet and will definitely feel enticed to do a deeper dive into his discography altogether. Another track worth noting is his most recent single, “Joe Fraizer”, a more vibrant and street jazz-influence track with a 90s sensibility that really drives home the nostalgia. Richy sounds very natural on this song, delivering clear and cohesive bars that have a sense of smoothness not heard very often in today’s more modern realm. This is the type of song where you pull out the blunt, sit back and just lose your mind as the song plays out. You’ll find that place of content in no time.

Now one of the songs that definitely needs mentioning is the subtle and smooth “Theory Of The World”. A powerful track with several bars that’ll definitely get the think tank going. For example, “If God is in control, why are we making other plans?” Not only is this song another nostalgic piece of poetic justice, but also features a female vocal hook that really ties the song together in a way that enhances the visceral listening experience. Once again, Richy’s flow is flavorful, crisp and truly delivers every punchline with every ounce of effectiveness possible. This song also has diligent parallels between embracing an underground essence and implementing a more modern stylization. One never outdoes the other and throughout every hook and melody that this track conjures, you get that same dose of both originality and familiarity when it comes to Richy Wi-Fi’s signature sound.

Every track on this album serves up many defining factors and never waivers from the implementation of innovative ideas. Richy boastfully delivers line after line with wit, passion and a natural realness that tends to get lost in today’s convoluted industry. ‘Theory Of Sound’ is a nostalgic gem that fits brilliantly into today’s modern realm with its own original presence and style. It’s the type of record with staying power – where it stays with you even long after it’s over. You can get your copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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