Exclusive Artist Review: Dru – “Declamation of Useless Genius” Album/LP

NYC-based recording artist Dru (full name Dru Hepkins) is well renowned in the voice acting realm and has built an insatiably reputable career out of it. However, before discovering his love of that field, Dru would embark on a path of musicianship and eventually wrote an arsenal of songs with his own signature sound and stylization. And even though there were trials and tribulations throughout some of his earlier years, the overall result would ultimately showcase its unsurpassed worth with his anthology album ‘Declamation of Useless Genius’ – a nine track LP that delves deep into Dru‘s musicianship factors and artistic merit.

This record showcases several crucial angles of Dru‘s career and features tracks he wrote from the last decade – giving the listener the opportunity to hear him evolve and develop a sound that is authentic, cleverly structured and diligently produced. Opening track “Sit and Wait to Die” is an exceptional piece of music that truly casts a spotlight on Dru‘s songwriting structures and clever lyrical outbursts. Featuring a hauntingly ominous atmosphere comprised with dynamic piano measures, silky smooth bass lines and hypnotic female backup vocals, this song in particular really grabs hold of the listener and demands undivided and uninterrupted attention. Dru‘s subtle yet effective vocal melody choices give us a visceral listening experience with his authentic approach and story-telling narratives that really put his multifaceted nature right out to the forefront. It’s a transparently powerful first impression that sets the tone for the rest of the album’s duration without any borders or boundaries. Another anchor highlight from this record is the acoustic-based “Jackie’s Song”. An anthemic tune with dynamically crafty guitar riffs that add a sense of multi-layers to the overall song structure that really paves the way to an atmospheric musical landscape in its execution. It has undisputed wholesomeness and defining factors that make this a truly solid entry on this album without reservation – adding to the journey into Dru‘s musical direction as the record plays out.

The attentiveness to detail that this album encompasses is heavily apparent from the very beginning and really highlights Dru‘s many angles of talent. It’s the perfect record for anyone just discovering him and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into his career and discography. You can get your copy of this release on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. We can’t recommend this one highly enough.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Shortyo – “Supervillain” Album/LP

Not many artists can say they had a grade school teacher that nominated them “Most Destined For Rap Stardom.” But when it comes to PA-based rapper Shortyo, you’ll quickly learn not to put anything past him. Because he not only acquired this feat at a young age – he also lived up to it. And that sentiment is echoed loudly with his newest 25-track juggernaut ‘Supervillain’.

Shortyo possesses a dynamic wordplay ability that hovers diligently between Hip Hop and Pop sensibilities, delivering an authentic style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a listening experience that is fresh yet still identifiable. It’s an effective approach that combines crucial elements from both yesterday and today’s more pivotal Hip Hop eras. A lot of his melodic choruses are Pop oriented with an R&B swagger that keeps the attention-grabbing musicianship factors front and center at all times. A great example of this is his hit song “Cheat Code”, which has already hit gold status. This banger has an upbeat modern presence that resonates with an old school 90s beat and rapping style that could easily draw in the likes of industry heavyweights like KRS1, NWA, Dr. Dre and others of a similar calibre. It has clever lyrical outbursts and carefully crafted hooks, clearly demonstrating the attentiveness to detail that Shortyo boasts throughout this album’s duration.

Another highlight from this record is the anthemic track “Lost and Found” which showcases an ominously haunting piano-based beat that adds to the overall visceral listening experience. The production and performance values are equally paralleled and conveyed in the most effective ways. We get a firm grasp on several angles of Shortyo‘s cleverly executed songwriting ability along with an aligned overall mix down that clearly had experienced hands behind the scenes in full force. You’ll applaud the quality of this record and will definitely appreciate the vast array of skills that went into making it. It’s an album with precision and staying power – the ability to stay with you even long after it’s over.

‘Supervillain’ is an album for 2021 that will easily sit on your favorites this year. It will also entice you to delve deeper into Shortyo‘s career and discography. You can get your copy of the album now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be very glad that you did.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Craymo – “Love Power” EP

Orlando-based award winning artist Craymo needs no introduction to our platform. He’s graced our reviews before and it’s no secret just how ridiculously talented this man is. And if there’s one thing we know, it’s that he always finds new effective ways to raise the bar with his career, even after already raising it several times before. He literally ages like fine wine. And with the recent release of his most recent anthemic EP ‘Love Power’, Craymo continues to prove that his artistic merit has no boundaries – and that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Craymo is a self made man who writes, performs, and produces all of his own music and independently puts it out to the masses before him in a way that has garnered him an insatiable fan base that is very enthusiastic about his projects. He is the type of artist that will leave an everlasting impression on you, and this new EP parallels it completely. Anchor single “Give Me Your Love” won Best Dance Recording in the 2020 Indie Music Channel Awards in Los Angeles and is a standout of its kind that diligently demonstrates the power of Craymo‘s signature sound. This electronically infused single is crafty, ambient and really delves into multi layers that are completely multifaceted. Craymo‘s attention to detail on this track is untouchable and really showcases several angles of his songwriting techniques and production abilities. Utilizing several instruments in carefully crafted arrangements, Craymo‘s hypnotic vocals give this song a truly visceral listening experience and is jam packed with versatile vocal harmonies and melodies that match the clever wittiness of his lyrics. It’s no surprise at all that this track won an award.

Second single from this record is the track “Love You More”, an upbeat tune with an atmospheric Beatles-like feel that tackles more of a classic Rock and Pop approach. This is a side of Craymo we haven’t heard just yet and proves that his talents can be implemented in almost any genre. The lyrics are brilliant, simple and parallels vocal melodies that are highly effective in this approach. The glistening guitar progressions are a standout of their calibre and truly add a wholesomeness that is made apparent right from the beginning. It’s a side of Craymo that we definitely look forward to hearing much more often! A personal favorite on this record is definitely the song “Be Myself.” Another track that truly embraces the attentiveness to detail that we’ve heard throughout this record and is clearly a musical trademark of Craymo‘s distinctive style. This song’s arrangement is complex in all the right places and provides a swagger that truly enhances the overall listening experience. The tight-knit rhythms on this anthem are full of addictive flavors and will easily raise the roof in any club atmosphere. It’s the type of song you need to hear to believe. The production value has endless musicianship factors and will easily intrigue anyone with a studio background.

‘Love Power’ officially released in April of 2020 and won Best Indie EP on the Clouzine International Music Awards in the Fall of 2020. This record has amassed exceptional critical acclaim and continues to bring Craymo to new heights in the music market with promising direction and destination. The EP is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Pick this one up right now – you’ll thank us later!


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