"The Hermit" is the introduction track to Amen Bk's album, "Another Perspective". If you like the music video, you will like the rest of the album.
"Amen Ben Koussa, also known by his stage name Amen BK, is a rapper and a songwriter. His music genre would be defined as poetry on a rap beat fused with World melodies. Advocate of conscious art, his lyrical content reflects various perspectives of themes with a loyal positive approach."
Make Sure to Check out "Another Perspective" by Amen BK
Finding his way to push bars out of Canada, Moose presents you, "In The Air". You can find this joint & more over at his Soundcloud.
Make Sure to Check out, "In The Air" by Moose
I know one thing is for sure, Curtiss King has been working hard to bring you all the best products. Curt has provided tutorial videos on YouTube, drum kits, One-on-One artist consultations, new merchandise and new music, the boy has done a lot. As an artist wanting to provide back to other artists, Curtiss has spent countless hours on these various projects.Most of my list is beneficial to only artists, as pure music fans/listeners don't need the tutorials unless they have a basic interest for the behind the scenes work. So, I wanted to make a post for those that don't want to be lost in the entirety of the projects, and want to find one place where they can find all of Curtiss King's new music. I have placed various links for you to enjoy to find all of the other projects Curtiss King is bringing you, but feel free to enjoy the music and the rest of the package.
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With everything going on around the world, it's refreshing to see that there are people & artists out there reflecting upon the good & the bad. With something extra smooth, Oakland's own, Consci8us delivers an incredible introlude from his upcoming project, "Day2Day: Still Dreaming."
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I have a surprise for y'all, thanks to Curtiss King, Proteus' Spotlight now has a logo. The blog's logo is the same glorious crown as all of Curtiss King Productions logo, but will be accompanied with purple, instead of various colors. Keep your eyes out for this logo, for it will symbolize the blog.
For blog posts based on artists, I typically place one promotional artwork from the artist at the beginning of the post, but I figured no better way to introduce the new logo than to introduce it with some producers I truly swim with; consider it a Seal of Approval if you will. The Upperclassmen are young cats curating an incredible sound out of Tucson, Arizona. The Upperclassmen Hip-Hop crew consists of $KLZ, 1$T PLACE PRODUCTIONS, & BABB. I'm excited to hear more from the rising stars. I've blasted this "Esc. (Beats from $KLZ Vol. 1)" Tape for the past hour or so & I have to say, if these kids grow to be better than they already are, ah man, Hip-Hop is in for a treat. "Zone 17" is... wow.
"$KLZ, 1$T PLACE PRODUCTIONS, and BABB are the leaders of the Tucson AZ, hip-hop crew 'The Upperclassmen.' With a mixture of chill old school and hard new school trap/hip-hop sound the 18 year old producers/MCs started to stir the pot in 2015. Finishing the year with over 12K total plays on Youtube and Soundcloud. Not to mention that 2015 was also their first year putting out music. Which were a series of beat tapes from $KLZ and 1$T PLACE PRODUCTIONS named Humble Beginnings, '97 Shyt, A.T.M [At The Moment], and Mind Of $KLZ (Which you can find on their Soundcloud & Bandcamp accounts).This year in 2016 1$T PLACE PRODUCTIONS made some noise with his newly released beat tape "January 1st." Which pulled in over 6K plays in just the two months since its release. These guys are definitely a talented group of hard working artists who appreciate the art of hip hop. Everyone should definitely keep an eye out for these artists because this is only the beginning to their success in the music industry. Make sure to watch out for future collaborations with local and popular artists later in 2016. Also keep an eye out for their up and coming beat tape projects in 2016."
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Warning: If you came to this blog post to see a write up on how dope this song is, click on the first red button. If you came to support OnCue & other artists by reading about their music, feel free to read the rest of this post.
If you clicked on the prior link, you probably found yourself right back here, & for those that scrolled past, I salute you. Now, onto the post.
Hip-Hop & music as a whole is very weird at the moment. Think about it:
1. Kanye, one of the artists that gave the fan what they truly wanted out of a physical copy of a CD, is claiming to never sell physicals ever again.
2. Artists that have never paid dues go viral & are offered record deals that are practically undeserved.
3. Records sales are at a low because streaming is well-preferred.
4. Lyricism is risky because the listener would rather just hear the sound of the voice instead of take in what the words are saying.
5. ______________ (Please fill in the blank, because the list is endless.)
The game is weird, but it is also one of my favorite times in Hip-Hop & this is why:
Artists that are deserving of these record deals or even just blowing up in general, are making the best fucking music I have heard to date. Perfect example of this, is OnCue. The Angry Young Man showed us his niche. Whether you want to call him a rapper, singer, artist, poet, creative, genius, whatever it need be, he has continued to create & penetrate beautifully executed music. We're all Perfectly Tragically Flawed, but the one's that deserve to win have two traits: They are honest & they put their heart in whatever they are passionate about. It's easy to pretend to have passion for something, but those that are passionate about the said subject can see through you easily. It's a matter of time for Cue to blow up; it's easy to see he is honest in his music, it is easy to see he is passionate about his music, so why is he writing bars such as:
"I been too damn wild,
I hate to show it,
At a loss for words, ironic cause I'm a poet
And These kids think im a hero
But nothing about me heroic.
Reminding myself like why'd the fuck you move out here?
Didn't you have some big point to prove out here? ...
This rap shit been your heart since you were 9 boy
So stop being pussy shit get on your grind boy
I promise one day youll be a great
But keep up with these mistakes
A bitter man is in your grave
Its hard to watch your peers rap up on the TV Screen
You stuck at home refreshing gmail for some fucking beats
Waiting on a check to come so you can get some food to eat
Reading all your mentions and your fans thinking shit so sweet. ..."
I cut out particular bars from the first verse as a means to prove a point: Your favorite artists need to eat too. I use this entire blog post to not only spread awareness that the song "Time" is a great fucking song, but that OnCue, & every other artist, need support. An artist can only go as far as their fanbase takes them. I don't blame you or the internet or your friends or your family for not buying music. Streaming is awesome, I use Apple Music all damn day long, but just because streaming is easily accessible, don't forget to buy their albums. If ten-twenty dollars is a lot to ask for, then make small gestures to support. Throw their album cover on an Instagram post, buy merchandise such as a shirt, album, or hat, retweet their new songs, suggest their music to your friends, coworkers, family, shit even professors. You never know when a friend, coworker, family member, or even a professor might need to hear a certain song such as "Time" or any song from OnCue's discography. At the end of the day, support your favorite artists regardless if it is OnCue, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, or your friend that just released their first song. Everyone starts somewhere. Whether it be Brian Petchers, the director that made this music video larger than life, or maybe Mike Kuz, the producer that made our heads ride to the beat of "Time", everyone starts at the beginning & pushes forward. Your support is necessary.
I don't know man. Maybe I'm dropping knowledge on you or maybe you're reading this & thinking, "What a joke, I don't have time to retweet music", well, I see more "big booty hoes" & "Worldstar" videos getting retweets than I see of the Mona Lisa.
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With many thanks to my best bud Cody "Coyote" Ayon for pressing me on a daily basis not to be a housewife, he reminded me that this blog is more important than not. Whether it's a global drive or an individual search, people look for write-ups on the songs & artists they enjoy. I look at it as a means of reassurance of group representation. Regardless of how individualistic a person is, it is human nature to want to be a part of a group. Music, sports, you name it, humans represent themselves through groups with those that find value in their personal interests. If we find an artist's music appealing, & we look around ourselves & no one likes that artist, we become discouraged of our fandom. As our friends & family members don't become attached to an artist as much as we are, we begin to search the internet for outlets that do. I pride myself of being this outlet, for most of the artists I post are new to the game or are lesser known. I do this to help those that deserve it, & with again, many thanks to Coyote Ayon, I find a lot of new artists through him.
This long backstory is to explain that I now represent myself with a group of ScienZe fans. As an artist that has paid many dues & has been on a rise for years now, I see more becoming captivated by the sound. The boy has bars, & I'm happy to hear a more coming out of Georgia. He represents himself in ways that many don't, with an appreciation of his home town, Decatur, Georgia, he shows & proves he is proud of his roots. With positive vibes through & through, the artwork of the album, shows what he values most; family, friends, & good vibes. Support the man by buying the tape, the album is well deserving of it. Can't help but smile & nod ya head as the tape plays.
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If I was to use one word to describe Sol's new album, "The Headspace Traveler", it would be "meaningful". There is a purpose for Sol, The Zillas, & their music.
If you've followed this blog since the beginning, you'd have noticed a trend with Sol. The Seattle based artist is great at rapping, but is even better at spreading positivity. It's hard to tell where his positivity comes from, but it is surely deep within his headspace. Although Sol's lyrics aim to describe self-reflection, the bars are somehow a message for all. Sol looks within, for him to put out, for you & I. Solzilla finds that working within his town benefits his work. If you've listened to a Sol song, you've listened to The Zillas' production. Nima Skeemz & Elan Wright have teamed up on plenty of beats for Sol in the past, but it is evident that they have found their niche. The Zillas have absolutely incredible production on this album, which only brings the cool, calm, & collect rapper out of Sol.
An album without skips, "The Headspace Traveler" by Sol & his crew is phenomenal. It's thought provoking, it's reflecting, it's meaningful. With more people talking about "Not giving a fuck" & spreading hate altogether, Sol & his music is a place for peace. Some people are on this Earth without meaning, those people are the ones spreading hate. Sol & The Zillas clearly have meaning, & that meaning is to provide us with great music & positivity. You can see the positivity I refer to through the music video for, "Happiness" above.
Get caught up with the other Sol posts here: "Growing Pains" & "See The End"
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All the way out in Louisiana, Dion Dugas presents to you, "Contagious" Produced by Curtiss King Featuring Julio Jova. When asked who Dion represents, the artist replied: "Currently I'm under a small group titled MoreNLess, which I've helped develop since early 2011. I'm a southern rapper, singer, and lyricist, who has a love for art". With a relaxed approach which is quickly flipped to speedy bars, Dion flows.
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So, you know how every product says, "This is the #1 Brand in America", "World Famous Milkshakes", & all of these other cliche's to make you buy the product? Well, these cliche's are even more popular & arguably annoying in music. Everyone has "The hottest song in *insert here* area", "The next up", "The hardest working artist in the *insert here* area". Everyone makes these claims, but, as a Marketing major, I get it, they're necessary. Anyways, what I'm getting at is that it starts to become repetitive, so when I read it, I kinda just kinda shrug it off; Admit it, you shrug it off too. Point being: When I first saw people saying that the song, "Free Spirit" by Janira, Produced by J. Street is a hit; I kinda just shrugged off the song. I figured, everyone claims a song is hot, so I just went my own way. But then I saw a flood of people tweeting about the joint, so at this point I decided to see what the hype is about. My ears have yet to be this happy in a long time. Believe the hype, Janira & J. Street have a hot one right here. Goddamn goddamn. I actually regret not listening to the song earlier. Lesson learned. The incredible artists, Janira & J. Street are out in Detroit, Michigan making real noise gravitating you & yours their way.
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