Artist Review: Montaz – “Da Underground” Mixtape

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s extremely rare that an artist with a captivating lyrical style comes out swinging the way Montaz does on his newest mixtape Da Underground.

Montaz is not your typical rapper, he’s a naturally gifted writer as well with his own signature sound and stylization. Embracing a style that touches on old school Rap and spoken word, Montaz‘s lyrical flow emphasizes very compelling lyrical narratives that resonate in a way that just puts you at the edge of your seat and keeps you listening. While taking a more subtle vocal approach that is more clear and crisp, it doesn’t take away from the dynamically executed content that he puts together throughout every bar and measure.

This mixtape has an array of beat structures that are ominous, theatrical and impressively versatile. From haunting rhythms and bass droppers that really put an edge to his sound, Da Underground explores many different beat methods that allows Montaz to showcase every angle of his lyrical style. The mixtape is very charismatic and identifiable in many ways, but always has that signature touch that he puts on each song no matter what approach is taken. And it’s that type of consistency that really makes Da Underground the gem that it really is. It ties together a brilliant chemistry of many ingredients and additives that Montaz makes use of in all the right places. And the ominously haunting style is very visceral and hypnotizing, especially when played in its entirety.

Da Underground touches on several musicianship factors today’s contemporary Hip Hop doesn’t, and diligently stands out in its own way that really gives Montaz his own sound that is both original and relatable. This is a record to listen to before the year is out, or perhaps make it your new year’s resolution. Either way, Da Underground is a mixtape with its own flavors and really leaves you completely impressed in the end. And on top of being an artist, Montaz would also be a successful ghostwriter as well. This is the guy you want involved in your writing process, he brings new elements to the table that could make an enormous impact on the future of Hip Hop.

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Artist Review: Trey Poppi – “The First Mixtape” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

These younger artists have been crushing it lately. And we can add Trey Poppi to that list with his newest release, The First Mixtape.

Inspire, motivate, learn, and create! Reads the motto on the cover art. And that’s exactly what the buzz is all about with The First Mixtape. It may be his first, but surely won’t be his last. This collection of tracks ranges from hypnotic beats, ambient swells to track bangers and street anthems. And his versatile vocal style always keeps you on your feet.

One standout component of this record is the ability to diligently blend both old school Hip Hop and today’s modern Rap sensibilities. His songs also have hints of Jazz and Motown-era R&B influences as well when it comes to some of the hooks and beats. Trey‘s voice also resonates nicely on every track with his rhythmic tones and cleverly witty rhyming techniques – the perfect ingredients to make a flavorful Hip Hop Release.

There’s also a lot of originality on this record, and Trey‘s multifaceted voice makes this happen. He has a younger voice, but doesn’t give you the vibe that he’s an up and comer. He can easily sit alongside Soulja Boy and some of the other young hood superstars that made it to the top of the game at a very young age. It wouldn’t surprise me if exactly that happened for Trey.

Overall, this is a solid release and a big treat if you don’t know this artist yet. The First Mixtape has an array of different tracks that are charismatic, fun, and never ends up being repetitive. You’ll love every song, and you’ll be blasting this record to your friends everywhere.

The First Mixtape is available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Take a listen yourself and you’ll see why Trey Poppi is gonna be doing big things in the shortcoming. You’ll be more than happy you did.

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Artist Review: Bryvvn – “Shinigami” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

From a versatile selection of catchy hooks and lyrical swagger, recording artist Bryvvn proves that he’s on his game with his newest LP Shinigami.

One thing that really stands out about this album is the atmosphere. There are track bangers, ambient and subtle anthems, as well as others that fit between the elements of Hip Hop and R&B sensibilities. And that’s what Shinigami offers up on this collection of tracks – the best of both worlds and the landscapes that cover different ends of the album’s universe.

Bryvvn‘s rhyming style is witty and wordsmithy, keeping his content well tamed and never tries to outdo himself. His hooks have great melody structures and his verses are appropriate for the aura of each track. And even though the tracks have a broad range of stylistic beats and genre fringing, he always remains consistent and lets you know that he’s at the driver’s seat no matter which direction each track is heading.

Another standout about Shinigami is – there’s something for everyone. The multifaceted swaying between Hip Hop and R&B is magnetic and enigmatic – and most of all, effective. We get to hear different angles of Bryvvn‘s vocal textures and approaches and he never goes off the charts with it. He keeps his balance and composure, all the while bringing his vocal abilities to the forefront to showcase his artistic merit. You can hear the same artist in every track without the overuse of feature artists drowning him out.

If you’re looking for the next underground/indie record that also fits in with today’s mainstream standards, then Shinigami is an album you’ll be more than happy you discovered. It’s currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms, as well as Bryvvn‘s social media networks.

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Artist Review: Trey Mack – “Lane 2 Lane” Mixtape

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Rising rapper Trey Mack comes out swinging with his newest release Lane 2 Lane, and it does not disappoint.

Trey has graced our platform before, and one thing we love seeing is an artist’s evolution, innovation and overall manifestation. And we get to see and hear all that and more with his new smash new record Lane 2 Lane.

First thing I have to give a nod to is the clever lyrical content he has been known for. He’s really stepped it up quite a few notches and has taken his dynamic rhyming techniques to that next-level status, and encompasses a series of catchy punchlines and witty plays on words.

The beats on this record have a versatile selection and all play a role in the overall atmosphere of each track’s approach. From straight up bangers to more subtle and ambient textures, the production value brings out the type of quality that gives Trey room to really emphasize his key points in each song. And keeps his flow consistent with precise balance and composure.

But one thing that makes Trey a true standout on this record is his ability to maintain that underground vibe while still being relevant enough to tackle the mainstream market. His music parallels perfectly with Hip Hop from the iconic 90s era and sensibilities from today’s top charting artists. This record is a must-listen for any avid Hip Hop fan and really brings out the best of Trey in both performance and execution.

Trey never ceases to crush it on his records and Lane 2 Lane is a perfect addition to his discography and legacy. If you’re already a fan, this mixtape will definitely satisfy. If this is your first time discovering him, then you’ll be glad you found this record first. And we at Artist Reach recommend this one fully without reservation.

Lane 2 Lane is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be adding it to your favorites list before the year is out!

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