Exclusive Review: Strat – “Change Up” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Strat’s single “Change Up”

If you’re seeking one of 2020’s biggest bangers in Hip Hop, then Strat‘s single “Change Up” is your draft pick. Presenting a perfect parallel between old school Rap and today’s modern Hip Hop sensibility, this track emerges from the gate with power, energy and cleverly executed bars and hooks that can easily resonate with any fan of the genre.

Accompanied by a charismatic official music video, “Change Up” is a track that hones in on versatile musicianship factors and lyrical realism; concocting a mix that serves up multifaceted punchlines and effective wordsmithy flavors. The beat structure is bouncy, crafty and really sets the tone for Strat‘s strong mid-range vocal presence and effectively showcases the best angles of his ability both as a vocalist and lyricist. This track is contagiously catchy with witty one-liners that are not only well put together, but meaningful as well. It’s the perfect banger for anyone craving that old school flavor with a fresh take, and it should not be slept on for any reason.

This anthemic track also has plenty of room for re-listening desires. It’s the type of song you take seriously, but can also blast in a party atmosphere. The tone of the song is in-your-face while the lyrics stay consistently visceral, combining several elements that are effective and clever all at once. You just can’t go wrong with this song. “Change Up” is currently available on YouTube, Spotify and several other digital music platforms. You’ll definitely be putting this one on your playlist.


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Exclusive Review: King Bone – “Trap God (feat. KD Young Cocky)” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for King Bone’s Single featuring KD Young Cocky

We have some serious street heat emerging out of Chicago’s elite Hip Hop scene. Produced by NYC’s widely renowned track master Hassan Shareef of Black Magic Studio, new single “Trap God” by Hip Hop pioneer King Bone and featuring KD Young Cocky has been hitting the ground running since the track dropped, and has amassed an insatiable following and critical acclaim.

Featuring an anthemic and atmospheric beat structure that showcases both artists perfectly, this banger’s production value is effective, fresh and full of notable factors. King Bone‘s trap style vocal approach is versatile and cleverly executes his lyrical outbursts and dynamic punchlines. Meanwhile KD Young Cocky brings a more melodic and rhythmic edge to the table that resonates perfectly with the song’s tone and aura. Both rappers absolutely kill it on this song and collectively make this song a true gem in its own right. It’s a signature sound that is multifaceted and delivers up a solid mix that showcases several angles of both rappers’ artistic merit. The catchiness is contagious, the lyrical ability is apparent throughout the track’s duration, and the final mix’s textures and layers are structured with absolute precision.

This is the type of song that has staying power – where the song stays with you even after it’s over, and leaves plenty of desire for re-listening. It’ll definitely entice you to explore more of both artists’ catalogues, as well as other artists that Hassan Shareef and Black Magic Studios have produced. “Trap God” is currently available on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms. This is one you’ll be repping all through 2020.


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Exclusive Review: M3lted – “Soldiers On Sunset” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of M3lted’s Album

When it comes to dynamic production techniques, versatile beat making and multifaceted musicianship factors, M3lted fits the bill. Composed and created during the COVID19 pandemic, this anthemic album was put together as M3lted‘s first release since his retirement from a 16 year music career due to health issues, heartbreak and other events that affected him. Now, with his comeback record ‘Soldiers On Sunset’ making its way across the spectrum, you can clearly hear his love for music returning to the forefront as a major silver lining from the events that led up to it.

It’s immediately apparent from the very first track that M3lted hones a craft and signature sound of his own. From EDM-flavored measures to smooth electronically-infused transitions, this album has been handled with care and absolute precision. The song “Foam Backbone” is an excellent portrayal of M3lted‘s stylization and mixing with great energy additives in all the right places. Meanwhile, “Make Money” and title track “Soldiers On Sunset” are straight Hip Hop bangers with the same charismatic ingredients from the opening tracks that put a dynamic edge to a sound that is solidified and established.

The standout of this album is definitely “Just Another Love Song”, which is more of an anthem than just another song. This soundtrack-worthy track is melodically visceral and really captures the essence and aura that M3lted puts forth throughout this album’s duration. It’s a climactic track with solid melody structures and layers that any veteran producer will appreciate. Overall, this album is incredibly crafty and really resonates with the producer’s realm. After 16 years in the game, “Soldiers On Sunset” is an amazing comeback and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into M3lted‘s catalogue, as well as future releases.


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Exclusive Review: Kyle Oashu – “I Just Want to See the Sun Again” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Kyle Oashu’s EP

If deeply conveyed poetry translated into an atmospheric formula of Hip Hop, then Kyle Oashu‘s EP ‘I Just Want to See the Sun Again’ would be the soundtrack. And if there’s one thing this album actually is, it’s poetic and anthemic.

Kyle‘s EP takes the body and soul on an ambient journey with six versatile tracks that showcase his artistic merit and skill set as a songwriter. His bars and hooks are crafty, the beats are toned with different moods and atmospheres, and the lyrics are self reflective and real. His opening track “Nimbus” gives a great example of the subtleties that take place behind the beat structures. It’s spacious, soothing and really puts an original foundation to Kyle‘s rapping style and overall execution of his multifaceted style. The subsequent track, “My Grandma Lives In Heaven”, is the banger of the album and presents a charismatically upbeat aura with great lyrical bars and story-telling punchlines. It’s definitely one of the standouts of this record.

With beautiful piano and synth swells throughout the beats, Kyle‘s vocal approach is not only effective, but brings a stylization of subtlety to the forefront that makes this album deep and uplifting. The song “Pretty Little Monster” gives more great highlights to Kyle‘s mid-range vocal structures which hones a craft that highlights precision and technique. All six tracks tie very well together and really explores a self reflective journey of loving yourself before you can love someone else. It’s an inspirational EP and explores the facets of who we positively become through our own learning curves. ‘I Just Want to See the Sun Again’ is a must-hear for 2020. You can find the EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms.


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Press Release: Alicia Grimes Teams Up With Atlanta Rap Star Gucci Mane For A Front Cover Feature On Grimes Magazine’s 5th Issue

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Atlanta Rapper Gucci Mane

Grimes Magazine is gearing up to have one of Hip Hop’s biggest industry superstars grace its front cover. Alicia Grimes, Founder & CEO of the magazine, announces the magazine’s 5th issue today to be released on July 1st, and will feature Atlanta Rap Star, Gucci Mane, as the 2020 front cover feature. Gucci, who is known for hit songs like “Freaky Gurl” and the recent chart-topper “I Get The Bag”, began hitting the ground running in the music industry in 2006 and continues to be a major staple in the Hip Hop community.

On top of this, the issue will also be featuring a backside cover with Country national recording artist Cody Wolfe. Inside the issue, a vast array of artists will be showcased throughout the pages including new releases from Atlantic Records artists Alec Benjamin, Betcha, Breland, Chappell, Roan, Childish Major, Christian Lalama, Kevin Gates, Foogiano, 3 time Grammy Award-nominated Scott Stortch, a feature of Grimes Magazine’s “Next To Blow” artist PG13 and celebrity interviewer and famous sushi chef Jenny Sushe, among many more.


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