VideoMusicStars Independent Music News Headlines Sun, 27 May 2018 15:17:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Skinny Is Green: “Look In Through Me” – crushing power and melody! Sun, 27 May 2018 13:29:24 +0000 Skinny Is Green (SIG) the alternative rock trio from Baltimore, MD, featuring founding member and singer Rav Sitaula, and Punit Ojha on bass guitars, are back with a brand new 8-track electro-rock album, entitled “Look In Through Me”. The new album continues to define SIG’s ambition, which in turn gives them a much needed edge in creating a refreshing and unique sound. With all of this content being presented to us on this album, it becomes clear that Skinny Is Green turned up the ambition dial to eleven and was planning to go all out on this new project. They were doing more than just creating another album, they were preparing the audience for an epic showdown that would be regarded as their greatest accomplishment to date.

If anything, “Look In Through Me” holds its own as Skinny Is Green’s best album since their debut. It combines the elements of both the raw guitar sound and the electronic beats which makes their style so powerful. The result is a heavier, crunchier, catchier, and more unique sounding record.

Practically every aspect of Skinny Is Green’s musicianship, from the clean cut production, the visceral electric guitars, to the vocal performances, has improved greatly. The opening track “Let It Go” is quite possibly the best example as all of these improvements are put into focus straight off the cuff. What arises are memorable guitar riffs, infectious choruses, and atmospheric synths to provide the song’s crushing power and melody.

In the meantime, songs like ‘Sixteen’ and ‘Thrill Ride’ offers the record’s upbeat side using club and dub beats and intense keys, while ‘Gone’,  ‘Killing Me Softly’ and ‘A Feeling of Contentment’ delivers the album’s radio-radio melodic side, which in turn gives a much needed break in the record’s overall pace.

The heavier moments of ‘Home’ uses the album’s electric guitars and growling synths to help create more of an alternative edge. All round, the soaring melodies and rich harmonies give the tracks added dynamism and a sense of urgency.

However, what ultimately sells “Look In Through Me” is the amount of variety that is represented in each and every track. Most, if not all of the songs are practically their own character, as no two songs sound the same throughout the entire record.

Even the instrumental factions help give the album substance and develop the record’s atmosphere while carrying the concept at the same time. My favorite tracks has to be the electro-rock opener “Let It Go”, with its brilliant start stop rhythms and the intense wide-ranging vocals from Rav Sitaula – probably his best performance to date. And then “A Feeling of Contentment”, which exults the organic sounds this band is able to produce, not least the stunning guitar timbres and solo work.

Thanks to Rav Sitaula fantastic vocal performances and the project’s overall technical skills in the studio, this album succeeds in becoming the best Skinny Is Green record since their debut, and will certainly satisfy their fan-base.

The record delivers one of the more unique and refreshing experiences of the electro-rock genre this year, and it also raises the question: what exactly will Skinny Is Green do next. Skinny Is Green is genuinely one of the better electro-rock bands left on the planet, in a genre whose exponents are becoming rare merchandise indeed.

SIG’s brilliance for molding sound, producing art, and their ultimate mastery of musical crafting. Putting it all out on the table, “Look In Through Me” is easily the most ingenuitive underground electro-rock record of the year so far. Considering that the album was totally crowdfunded and entirely recorded and produced by the band, makes this a considerable feat indeed.


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Candlebox’s Kevin Martin Launches New Label With LA Entrepreneur; Signs To Whom It May Sat, 26 May 2018 16:52:09 +0000 Los Angeles, CA – With over 25 years’ experience in the marketing, advertising and sales industries, successful West Coast Entrepreneur Markus Muller-Stach has announced his latest venture  G4L Records, a new record label that is fan and artist centric and breaks down the walls of the traditional label model.

Enlisting the help of multi-platinum selling Candlebox Frontman Kevin Martin, who will serve as Head of A&R for G4L, Muller-Stachs objective is to sign emerging bands that have a unique sound and presence and transcend the norm of today’s musical landscape.

G4L and its founder Markus are going to change the face of artist development as we’ve all grown to know it, said Martin. G4L is about the music NOT G4L and that’s what’s it’s all about. I’m happy to be on board with Markus, his team and his vision!

As an artist and someone who truly appreciates music, I started G4L Records out of love and opportunity, said Muller-Stach. I’ve brought Kevin on board to help me find and develop our artists. In Kevin I have someone that’s topped the charts, has a huge industry IQ, tours successfully annually, and has a great pulse on the market.

A mainstay in the Hollywood scene, Muller-Stach has made a name for himself among veteran artists and emerging musicians by supporting Ultimate Jam Nights at the Whisky A Go Go and The Sunset Jams at the Viper Room as a forum to scout and identify new talent.

There’s a tremendous resurgence of rock n roll on the Sunset Strip and the credit goes in large part to Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, who started the jam night a couple years ago. They create a platform for artists to fine tune their chops, showcase their skills, get gigs, and network. It’s truly a great thing going on and I’m out there as much as I can!

The first band that will be signed to G4L is progressive hard rock/metal trio To Whom It May (TWIM). Based out of Galveston, TX, TWIM is known for their hard-rocking and complex, groove-infested sound that has garnered spins from Sirius Xms Octane. The band also recently finished a tour with Nothing More and has put the finishing touches on their forthcoming EP The Great Filter with LA Producer Dean DiChoso, which is slated for a mid-summer release.

For more information about G4L Records, visit

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Marcel Heah: “Travelogue” – emotional immediacy and earnestness Sat, 26 May 2018 16:23:19 +0000 Marcel Heah is a musician based in Melbourne, Australia. His quiet, reflective, sometimes playful musical body of work establishes the composer as someone to watch. Marcel’s mellow and unique style are pleasing and refreshing to me. Not elevator music at all but packed with character as the songs whisk you away from your own troubles. Marcel’s 10 track album “Travelogue” captures the wonders of traveling. Everything within its gentle leaps and bounds is quite remarkable, either through pure musicality, or the immense emotionally nuanced basis that Heah’s arrangements thrive on. At a time of year when the stress level has risen to breaking point with the usual summer holiday season on the horizon, this would be the perfect remedy to avoid traffic and shopping centers and head to the outskirts and relax to some of the finest piano playing.

The music is a beautiful journey of solo piano and a minimal of other instrumental interludes that at times, sweetly floats along and at other times drives ahead with joy. The music is soothing and relaxing yet has plenty of substance for more focused listening.

Marcel Heah is one of those artists who seems to be the most at home with a piano at the end of his fingertips. “Travelogue” begins with “Architectures,” a quiet meditation that expresses deep emotions – and makes for a compelling opener. It quickly becomes clear that Marcel can do pretty much anything at the piano.

It’s interesting how “Fluorescene” seems to be speaking (or singing) without the use of actual words, but by communicating via the languages of music and love.  The first passages of “Cherry Light” express feelings of apprehensive playfulness. As “Troubled” evolves, it gradually moves out of the darkness and up to the light, and is a favorite.

“Her Waltz” is also a favorite, conveying a lightness of spirit and a sense of moving forward with strength and optimism. “Dotted Rain” is quite a bit more ambient, flowing freely and going wherever the piece leads as it is being created.

Louie the Golliwog” feels a bit more focused and deliberate with emotional immediacy and earnestness. It seems to express joy as well as appreciation, so it is in no way giddy – another favorite. To me, “Dance of the Shadows” surrenders both control and anxiety, and derives a certain amount of exuberant joy by letting go.

With a very sustained and determined rhythm, it’s a sweet reminder that we should stay optimistic and hopeful.  “Sun’s Out” can be another way to indicate setting goals to reach or dreaming big, and this lovely piece seems to be doing just that while maintaining a warm and peaceful demeanor.

There are a lot of really great improvisational pianists, but not many spontaneously create such cohesive music as Marcel Heah does. “Travelogue” is a wonderful album for relaxation, meditation, or just kicking back and enjoying some great solo piano music.

It closes off rather marvelously with the never-ending cascading notes of “An Island, Both Seas Sleep.”  Marcel’s missions seems to want to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording and performing music from the heart; to inspire people to live joyously and passionately. This EP has the soothing warmth of a hug from a dear friend.


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G.umfvnk: “Chapter Two: Sermon of Serpents” hits you like a steroid injection to the heart Sat, 26 May 2018 13:38:29 +0000 G.umfvnk (Dirty Gumball) is a Rap artist from Tucson, AZ and is currently living in El Paso, TX. G.umfvnk’s unique and diverse style which blends both the eloquent and the offensive has garnered fans in the underground as well as mainstream. “Chapter Two: Sermon of Serpents” his latest, and third album release, featuring producers like Syndrome, Pixel, Santos Santana and Mock Ten. Growing up isn’t always easy and it is now apparent to me how vastly different everyone’s lives can be. Sounding like an electrified, and futuristic version of 90’s alternative music, this album is an emotionally saturated powerhouse of sound.

It is a concentrated, pouring out of emotions, experiences and anecdotes. It discusses what many people consider simple primary human emotions with such daring complexity that it eventually has you looking at every aspect of your psyche from a new angle. Both completely honest and relentlessly brutal, G.umfvnk’s goal is not to lament the past but to learn from it and move into the future.

Loaded with explicit dope and pussy stories, the album’s content isn’t by any means edgy in its meaning. In fact, each song’s meaning is so easily relatable that it can become uncomfortably edgy in its visceral honesty. When this is set against the rapper’s raw talent and brazen images created in his lyrics, something special is released.

What G.umfvnk does well on the record is bring songs out of their shell with hard-hitting verses. The rhymes hit you like steroid injections to the heart. The tracks also focus on big choruses at times, but draw mostly on the inner turmoil within the tracks’ lyrical themes, to add another level of shock to each song.

The drug and sex connotations must be mentioned for its deep, dirty and twisted honesty. Sounding like a futuristic renaissance, G.umfvnk shows the listener he’s not afraid to go places they may not have been before, and therefore develops a real edge and grittiness to these well-structured tracks.

Right from the swinging opening track, “Guilty Again!” this album is great on so many levels, and the use of raw and blunt language makes this full of impactful ideas.

G.umfvnk is a very skilled songwriter, and if this record is anything to go by, the he’s going to be around for a long time to come. And by the time the harsh “Enough! I’ve Had It With All These Mothafuckin Snakes On This Mothafuckin Plane”, kicks in, you know for sure G.umfvnk is working without genre constraints and boundaries.

There’s a pulsing gothic brilliance to “Hypocrite” which carries you through to the futuristic soundscape on “Leaking”. G.umfvnk’s voice is carnal and dangerous as his desire itself becomes the lusty flesh he wants to feed on. Strip away the music, and the lyrics will set off unforgettable memories full of non-stop, toe curling, passionate sex.

But what sets most of these songs about sex apart, is G.umfvnk dares to venture deeper by exposing the opposite, darkest side of erotic desire and passion. All the sides of sexual desire – the delicious and the terrifying exist for G.umfvnk.

Elsewhere, G.umfvnk’s storytelling skills become almost hair-raising, like on “Lock Jaw” and “That Bullshit!” Along with the focused tales the rapper also brings in elements of melody and introspection in the atmospheric standouts, “Moonchilld (Prod By Syndrome)” and “Losing Faith”. G.umfvnk’s writes with a demonic confidence as he takes his material into even darker territories on “Sermon Of Serpents”.

“Tripping” sizzles with a caged tension and has all the hallmarks of an epic story, earmarked by a mesmerizing high-pitched synth line. G.umfvnk’s ability to spit rage with a coiled, viperish intensity is captivating. The most intense emotions twist like trembling naked bodies encircling his scorching vocals.

Even when G.umfvnk’s rides a more laid-back beat like “Light The Gas 2 (Prod By Syndrome)”, the stinging sound of his voice lashes the midnight sky like a ferocious whip, assaulting your senses while leaving you speechless.



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Follow up and coming New York rap artist Juro [@misterjuro] on Spotify! Fri, 25 May 2018 15:04:30 +0000 James better known professionally as Juro is an American rapper and singer of Dominican descent. He started writing rhymes at 11 and later started making music at 16 years of age. It was at that age that Juro started to take music seriously. Juro was born in the Bronx in New York City. He grew up in the many various neighborhoods of NYC. His forte is his lyricism and his remarkable flow.

Juro has a strong character, with a very unique personality. In 2012, he decided to release a mixtape called “Infiltrate” on as his first project with producer Infinitee, as a means to showcase his talent as a versatile recording artist/Emcee. Later that year Juro signed a bogus contract associated to a record label that caused him to reassess his approach into the main stream music world.

Juro incorporated musical collaborations with high caliber artists such as Joon Jukx.  In 2013 Juro released another mix-tape called “Redevil Hotsauce” where momentum picked up for the artist even more.  Juro has been continuing to work and create music and is currently independent.  He has made his songs for available for free online streaming on Sound Cloud as a showcase of his talents.

You can find out more, follow or listen to, and download music by Juro at the following links:

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iTunes (song Juro – No Feature):

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Anthony Cruze aka 2greendollars is promoting his latest album – “Premium Black Vol.1” Thu, 24 May 2018 14:23:47 +0000 The official Guinness World Record™ winning Australian DJ/Video DJ Anthony Cruze (with an alter ego – 2greendollars) kicked some serious goals in his 3-decade international career. In 2016 he played at the Opening/Closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio, played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo and currently promoting his latest album “Premium Black Vol.1” with an all-star lineup. In 2018, his list of appearances so far includes a Music Video by Australian hitmaker “Kuren”, launch VJ for Lionsgate Films, a 360 Degree Video to a new song called “Love Has No Borders” and DJ/VJ to Sheila E (Prince) and her sellout Australia and International tours and Video/Visual FX consultant for A-Listers.

Career Highlight Include:

  • Performances in front of hundreds of thousands of partygoers all over the world at major events such as the Royal Melbourne Show, clubs like New York’s Palladium, Studio 54 in Las Vegas, Glam Slam (Prince) and the original Roxbury in LA, and MGM resorts in Las Vegas and Macau.
  • Produced the world’s first DVD in real time alongside Bill Gates at the launch of Windows XP (in front of an audience of 17,000 @MGM)
  • An innovator of concert technology delivering 3D naked eye holography @ MGM and City of Dreams Macau.
  • Chart Topper globally co-producing Australian Artists Merril Bainbridge, CDB, and Peter Andre (6#1’s in 80 Countries)
  • Guinness World Record holder for the longest Video DJ marathon (25++ hours, still current despite a dozen attempts!)
  • #1 on Reverbnation Dance Charts and Top 10 Globally (April 2018), hitting 350 million plays.
  • Invited by Sony Pictures to perform his Live Music Video Medley at the Hollywood Premiere of Michael Jackson’s This Is It Theatrical release in 2009
  • Recognized as one of the world’s pioneers of Digital Audio, Streaming Video and recordable DVD (HEVC)
  • High up IMDB’s Hollywood list (link below)

Check out his officially released remix loot bag, carving up some big numbers officially for some big wigs including Michael Jackson, George Michael, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Gloria Estefan, Sheila E, Calvin Harris, Tom Jones, the Village People, Pretty Poison, Shanice, and Brandy.

Anthony Cruze has two performer personalities:

ANT CRUZE and the SUPERSTARS is the brand he uses to collaborate and produce hit tracks for major international artists such as Sheila E (prince), Gloria Estefan, Tom Jones, Michael and Janet Jackson, George Michael, Roxette, and others. Not just “remixes”, but legally released content. As well as the Hit collab with Prince and Sheila E (The Leader), the hits include “I Take It Back” featuring Gloria Estefan, Sheila E and Wes Quave, and available on the album “Premium Black Vol.1” (released under his alter ego “2greendollars” now out worldwide).

2 GREEN DOLLARS is his underground alter ego. Youth Oriented, Opinionated, Outspoken, Controversial, and in the news. It is his outlet to introduce obscure/new artists. Latest dance track “Torn” featuring Ebony Roach (nickelodeon tv), for example, has had well over 2 million streams so far. Check it out on your favorite streaming service (Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, iHeartRadio etc.). Infamous in News articles in global press for his comments about “bikini DJ’s”, lazy “sync only” DJ’s and pre-mixers. Live and genuine.

LINKS: “2greendollars” and “Ant Cruze”.


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National Indie Radio is Open For Song Submissions Thu, 24 May 2018 13:26:50 +0000 National Indie Radio (WNIR) is an award winning, dynamic online radio station that spins top quality music by unsigned artists on shows where their music can be heard alongside major label artists!

WNIR airs on multiple platforms to reach unlimited listeners. In addition to WNIR’s website, the station has popular Apps on iTunes and Android with free App downloads making it easy for anyone to listen to WNIR anywhere and anytime.

WNIR currently plays 24/7/365 with 6 regularly scheduled programs including: Pop Musik, HerStory, Rap Around, Refugees of Rock, Roots & Wings and The Country Club.  Between our regularly scheduled programs, WNIR’s ‘Indie Mashup’ plays for a non-stop independent music radio experience. WNIR’s dynamic schedule is posted weekly on our website.

Do you have a radio-ready song? WNIR is open for submissions. WNIR plays the best music by independent artists in all genres. Every independent artist on our station is screened and selected by our Review Board.

To submit your song for airplay consideration on WNIR, visit our website at


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Multi-talented Ronnie Walka is working towards success! Thu, 24 May 2018 11:59:49 +0000 Getting into any career is challenging, but the music industry is a beast within itself. Ronnie Walka is the one that tamed the beast and made it as a singer, writer, actor, producer, director and celebrity photographer/videographer with the magic touch when it comes to graphic design, film, video, singing and songwriting

At one point in his journey, Ronnie was an inspiring R&B artist. He managed to knock down a few doors in the entertainment industry. At 16, he joined his first R&B group. He was the youngest of the foursome; the other members were all over 21. The music industry was a hard nut to crack, but that did not stop him from putting in the work it takes to be an industry mogul. His drive and determination allowed him to see the inner workings of the industry.

Ronnie had series of unfulfilled opportunities and working odd jobs on his road to super stardom. One of his most talked about experiences was watching showcases given by Maria Davis entitled “Mad Wednesdays”. He was inspired by a comment spoken by the Harlem native on self-own black businesses.

He was so moved by the lessons of ownership in the music business that he started working towards building a strong team and opening his own entertainment company, which consist of film, music, photography and graphics.

With a loaded brain of information and know-how Ronnie was able to move forward in his music to allow his fans to feel every note. That’s a day he will never forget and it is the driving force behind his success.

While building his dream team, he worked for independent companies, worked on films, designed media pieces, performed at events with his smooth vocal style, photographed so many major events and finally earned enough money to buy a few items of highly professional photography/video equipment.

Through his journey, Ronnie never lost focus despite the many failures and broken promises he endured. Ronnie never lost faith in what God had planned for him. This was and still is his driving motivation.



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Jchampion is ready to educate, guide, motivate and inspire! Wed, 23 May 2018 18:01:11 +0000 Jeron Benito Champagne JR also known as JChampion is an aspiring American rap/ Hip-Hop artist who holds immense passion for music and everything that comes along with it. JChampion was born in a Gainesville, TX prison to a Black American father and a Puerto Rican/Brazilian mother. Growing up, Jchampion had to face a fair share of hardships and struggles in his life which in a manner motivated and inspired him to pursue his passion for music and ultimately led him to tail a career as a Rap artist. Jchampion always had a mindset of an impeccable artist and was geared up with the remarkable ability to adapt and write captivating and moving songs. This lyrical ability blended up with the experience of his life has assisted him in paving his own way to success. Jchampions greatest influences include rap artists such as Kurrupt, Jay- Z, and DMX, whose work lured him into writing songs and introduced him to the lyricist side of him. The brand Menace League is the latest endeavor of JChampion which he formulated with the single objective in mind to educate guide, motivate, and inspire the masses. Jchampion is not only in the pursuit of success but he dreams that his story could act as the blueprint for other aspiring artist to follow.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

JChampion: I’ve been in the Music Business for many Moons, I started rapping for fun just freestyling with friends and I had got some golden advice from a friend to start writing. And from that point I started working on my craft, I then took my grind to the streets and started getting a little buzz and the feedback then prompted me to start trying to take it to bigger levels

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

JChampion: my last few interviews I did with other publications, I kind of mentioned some of the same names, but honestly I’ve had so many artist musically touch my soul, so just to name a few ill start with Stack bundles, his hunger really motivated me like no other, he built his name from the ground up and created a movement that had people screaming SQQQQQQuad Up!!!!!!! Worldwide, The next one on my list is Tupac, I swear I thought I was his biggest fan, I listened to everything he put out I would go into music stores and just jam out to his stuff, and when his untimely demised occurred I was on the hunt for every bootleg Makaveli that dropped lol

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

JChampion:  Right now I’ve really been listening to Nipsey Hussle. I’ve been bumping nip for a minute, but his new album victory lap is beyond on par, I love Mayer Hawthrone, his music is so soooooulful and filled with positive vibes, it gets mind right daily, And Meek Mill, his music just keeps getting greater, everything he drops is A1.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

JChampion: The Mark of A champion, the soul of a Gangster, a hustlers ambition, and the overall msg to never give up, know what you want and cease it.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of artists emerging right now?

JChampion:  My business techniques, I not only know how to create a good product, I also know how to market it and sale it, and I feel a lot of artist right now lack on that part and are more concerned with just trying to be heard, they think just because your song is dope its gonna blow, and in some cases that’s a fact but in more cases the fact is you got to work hard to get your music to the right ears, its more than just uploading and sharing links, there’s a whole Algorithm of dynamics of just pure trial and error strategies that have to be put in motion, it’s a lot of crossing T’s and dotting I’s involved.

  1. Do you currently have a preferred song in your catalog, and why is it special to you?

JChampion:  It’s a song Called ‘’Rain’’ it’s a dedication song that I made for my little Brother Dom who was murdered, I literally shed tears during the creation of that song. It took me a year to find the right beat, I had someone create it from scratch and after I felt it was perfect I then just poured out a lot of the sentimental pain and grief I had bottled up, there’s nothing more hurtful than losing your best friend.

  1. Are your lyrics predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

JChampion: All My lyrics come from 100% pure Real events, everything I rap about, I did, or still doing or will do, I most definitely add the creative story telling touch, but everything is coming from an organic place.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your career so far?

JChampion:  One of the things I would say is the paycheck from my streams, as hard work pays off!!!!! The others, is getting the opportunity to meet some of my heroes, and rock the stage at packed out events, and right now at this very moment getting this humongous opportunity to be interviewed on your Gigantic Platform, it’s an honor to be on The Rick Jamm forum.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?

JChampion: In life, I would say mostly evading the negative results that come with breaking new Ground, I was once told that a man makes a masterplan and God laughs, but I’m focused and I know how get to where I’m going, and plus I’m not worried about nothing. I know God got me…. And musically, I would just say learning the business, and understanding a mouth will say anything. I just listen, learn, filter, and try my best, what you desire desires you.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style or tempo?

JChampion:  Lyricism and substance I want the listener to hear the hunger and feel the passion, every time.

  1. Do you produce the beats and write all the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these cases?

JChampion: I do not physically make the beat, but I articulate my vision and my producers always abstract it from my brain like they can hear what I’m hearing in my head, big Shouts out to My Partner in Crime 24Seven, and when it comes to writing I write every letter in the bar, always have always will, I’m all the way down with ghost writing for someone I’m just not going to have someone do it for me.

  1. Tell us something about the scope of the Menace League brand?

JChampion: My Team of brand strategist combine business, marketing, communications to develop meaningful differentiated and authentic Music, clothes etc. we don’t just come up with what’s cool, we craft the message, we’ve seen firsthand how the power of branding can elevate our commodity to a valued customer, Menace League’s goal at the end of the day’s main Aim is to become a house hold name

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

JChampion: The suspense of wondering if I hit the target, when I create I create with a fan’s response in mind, sometimes it’s to make them laugh or even cry, that’s what excites me most in the creative process, the thought of hitting the target, and the discouragement I ever feel, is me criticizing myself, I always feel like I could of wrote it a little better

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about how the music business works right now, what would that be?

JChampion: I guess it would be revamping some of the labels that no longer exist, I’m fine on the construct of how it works. You can either put your destiny in your own hands, and make your dreams come true, or get signed and do the same.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

JChampion: Emerging emcee out of Dfw Texas, known for my distinctive versatile style and grassroots approach.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

JChampion: I feel it helps out tremendously, it gets people globally involved with you, and more likely to invest in a person or brand, it’s the easiest access to anything in this day and age, and my personal relationship has been being able to expand, reach lands and time zones that were once out of reach, I’ve personally have benefitted from the internet and social media undoubtedly.

  1. Tell us something about your latest release and where fans can find it.

JChampion:  Menace Til I’m Finished is the first single off Menace Leagues Group Project, it’s just a little big taste of what’s to come, and its available Now on all the major distribution platforms, iTunes, Spotify, Google play store etc.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout so they can get in to what you’re doing?

JChampion: I feel people are more into visuals then anything, its most definitely a key factor to having a successful song, people hear the song and that’s one thing but when they see it and its done right shhhhhhtttt you in there like swim wear, and right now I would say check out My video ‘’Better than you’’, its visually dope, it was shot by Rashad Goff one of the best videographers in the metroplex.

  1. Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?

JChampion:  Both, I’m truly a fan of both, the engineering creative part in the studio is fun, and then performing live and seeing people vibe and react to your creation is beyond incredible

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for JChampion?

JChampion: Doing everything in my power to let anyone who doesn’t know who the Menace League is, know we’re coming #Chea!!!!!


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Figguhlator: “The Case” – the beat fits in with the fierce verbal display Wed, 23 May 2018 15:48:14 +0000 Frederick Bushau Boyd better known artistically as Figguhlator, is an American rapper and singer, born and raised in Miami, Florida. Boyd found his passion in music as an adolescent, where he worked as a disc jockey assembling Sound Systems and spinning records throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County. At the age of 19 he began recording his very own music, and after a series of arrests, in 2016 he relocated to Atlanta Georgia with the intent of seriously pursuing his passion for music. He went on to release his debut single “Head Poppa” which quickly garnered 20k views on his YouTube channel.  Galvanized by offers from a few labels around Atlanta, Figguhlator has independently dropped his latest single, entitled “The Case” produced by CAM.

This is no misguided attempt at pumping out a potential pop crossover, instead, the artist and his producer, have focused on doing what they do best, and at the highest possible quality. All over “The Case”, you can hear Figguhlator’s virtuosity humming alongside CAM’s penchant for making beats as huge as possible.

The result is unique, cinematic-sized production that’s deeply rooted in Atlanta’s music scene. Figguhlator’s raw verses serves as a reminder that in rap, one can make a massive impression simply through uncompromising quality, and sheer force of will.

If you want an amazingly produced, sonically pleasing track with a deep message then you need to hear this shit for real.

“The Case” is not about laying down verses full of complex rhyme schemes and interlocking metaphors, but rather about delivering razor-sharp wordplay and realistic storytelling.  The emotiveness is also strengthened by a musicality that exceeds the artist’s previous work.

Figguhlator’s lyrical talent is pure and visceral, and his approach is all about craft and impact. You can feel the pride in every punchline setup and the catharsis in every unspooled rhyme scheme.

In “The Case”, Figguhlator flexes his storytelling muscles more than ever before, with his bars revealing the extremes of hood dominance and the consequences thereof, while reserving the final drama for the end of the track.

The beat fits in with the fierce verbal display by Figguhlator, suggesting a throwback to an era when emcees’ lyricism was central to their identities. “The Case” conveys a lot of emotion and atmosphere, but which the rapper balances with moments of nostalgia and encouragement.

The gravity in his words is matched by the sound of the production. Figguhlator shows dexterity in how he approaches the song, frequently switching his cadence and delivery. The candid cinematic nature of the track can make it feel as if we’re invading Figguhlators hood. But his honesty and clarity is intentional and it’s bound to deepen the connection between himself and his fans.

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