VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:28:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Legendary Soul Crooner Lenny Williams New Single “She Said Oh” http://videomusicstars.com/legendary-soul-crooner-lenny-williams-new-single-she-said-oh/ http://videomusicstars.com/legendary-soul-crooner-lenny-williams-new-single-she-said-oh/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:28:30 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13617 The ultimate soul crooner, Oakland, California native Lenny Williams possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music.  With his rich, passionate vocal style, he is rightfully regarded as one of R&B’s most influential soul men.  Williams began his musical career making records that have subsequently become R&B and Pop classics, tunes like the mega-hit “Cause I Love You” (recorded on his solo album) and So Very Hard To Go,” which he recorded as the lead singer for Tower of Power.

Lenny Williams’ style has transcended into the new millennium, influencing many of today’s newest R & B and Pop vocalists. We all know and love “Cause I Love You”- but have you ever wondered what the woman he sings about has to say? Now Lenny gives her a voice in his new single entitled “She Said Oh”.

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OP4 and the OP Mob: “The West Egg Vol. 1” – cerebral grit meets all-body-blows rapping http://videomusicstars.com/op4-and-the-op-mob-the-west-egg-vol-1-cerebral-grit-meets-all-body-blows-rapping/ http://videomusicstars.com/op4-and-the-op-mob-the-west-egg-vol-1-cerebral-grit-meets-all-body-blows-rapping/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:23:33 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13614 The OP4 and the OP Mob features a keyboardist, guitar player, bass player and drummer, with OP4 delivering rap vocals over tracks that define genre limitations. The band’s burst into the spotlight has been rather rapid. OP4’s controversial music video for “No Fucks” exploded on Reddit, landing him features on major music publications. Now the collective have released “The West Egg Vol. 1” album to give us a taste of things to come. The album’s production is majestic, aiming squarely for the skies. The atmosphere is lush, full of period ambiance worthy of a high-end high fidelity sound system set, while the tracks are embellished with intricate details throughout. These songs dig into something that feels unique to your mind, not just your record collection.

OP4’s is that he is skilled enough to figure out how to excel at something, and, for the most part, look like he knows exactly what he’s doing. As a rapper, he sounds the part: Take a step back, and there he is, rapping fast, switching up flows, and delivering punchlines.

Zoom in closer, and he’s delivering sharp-witted lyricism that cuts like a razor blade. Any fan of the genre should agree that OP4’s emotional performances prove fascinating, even if you aren’t into the content he’s using that power to convey.

Part of the genius of OP4 and the OP Mob is that they often write on two levels. You got fiery direct words for life on songs, but there are also times they stash hard-hitting socio-cultural commentary inside seemingly straightforward lines, where the bite is a whole lot bigger than the bark.

Add to that the easy pliability of the musical accompaniment which suggests that the team of background players have been put to their best use making bits of eclectic sonic things for OP4 to rap over.

These songs feel like the result of a group having fun while making music that matters to them, not some squad designing pop-radio nuggets as battering rams to try and storm mainstream hip-hop’s gates. This guarantees plenty of creativity and spontaneity, making “The West Egg Vol. 1” a real easy and interesting listen for the open-minded fan.

But beneath the hood of any smooth ride, there is always an engine working harder than it lets you believe. So while and your crew are lighting up and chilling to this stuff, on the other side of the boards, OP4 and the OP Mob have been grinding their butts off to create essential masterworks such as “No Fucks”, “Becky”, “The Door”, “No Fake Friends”, “My Big Fat Ego”, “Oppression For Men” and “2 Weeks”.

This album signals an exact meeting point where cerebral grit meets all-body-blows rapping and live instrumentation. “The West Egg Vol. 1” is an ominous gray-cloud to full-color-rainbow commentary, on everyday experiences and situations running the gamut from the conventional to the grotesque. And that gets a severe tongue-lashing from OP4 and the OP Mob.

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Souleye: “Snow Angel” ft. Alanis Morrisette – a swirling, hard-hitting electronic soundscape http://videomusicstars.com/souleye-snow-angel-ft-alanis-morrisette-a-swirling-hard-hitting-electronic-soundscape/ http://videomusicstars.com/souleye-snow-angel-ft-alanis-morrisette-a-swirling-hard-hitting-electronic-soundscape/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:33:09 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13611 The “modern day hip hop warrior” Souleye, is getting set to release his next full-length album “Wild Man” in mid-spring, and has freshly dropped the second single from the upcoming collection, entitled “Snow Angel” featuring Alanis Morrisette, which also has a supporting video. The track is a follow-up to the previous single release, “Follow Your Heart”. On the new track, produced by Crush Effect, Souleye explores a relationship that continues to tortuously twist and turn as each partner attempts to take a break from the other –only to return.

“When I first met Souleye, I was a fan. I was captivated by his stream of consciousness brilliance, bravery, imagery and his ability to articulate in such generous and prolific ways. His music touched me on multiple levels,” says Alanis Morissette. “Souleye has a voice like no other and I was a fan who had the great fortune of winning his heart.”

As with any Souleye release, this message of realistic optimism rings loud and clear, thanks to the sonic clarity of this accredited hip-hop artist. Souleye’s easily decipherable flow and ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that’ lines are almost defiant in their simplicity then made even more accessible by Crush Effect production. Increasingly interested in warmth rather than the frigidity usually found in electronics, the production embraces some of the most inviting elements of glitch and the like, in this arrangement. Mixing synth stabs with heavily effected choral harmonies and a dry thumping beat.

The result is a swirling, hard-hitting electronic soundscape that provides a canvas in motion for Alanis Morissette to color on. So when she breaks into the bridge with, “You’re my Snow Angel, you spread open wide as we go back and forth,” the kaleidoscope effect of her voice is nothing short of mesmerizing. Her quality stamp put’s high expectations on the track, which is however brilliantly fulfilled by Souleye.

Never intimidated or even slightly in awe of his partner’s artistic greatness, Souleye rolls out his distinctive flow: “And when it all goes down / Will you stick around / Would you stay the night / Would you give your life / Does it even really mater / If your not will to fight / It’s all about repair this I swear / Stand my ground for my family / Work so hard that I can’t be beat / Never meet defeat / Cause if its not win-win / Then I won’t compete”

Souleye has been bubbling beneath the surface for years now, creating a buzz on music blogs and forging his own lane in the underground scene. Famous for his lightning fast lyrics and impeccably smooth delivery, Souleye has become a favorite amongst hip-hop heads. Now with the help of his talent and warrior’s will, he is starting to finally cross the underground threshold and thrust himself into the limelight.

“Snow Angel” featuring Alanis Morrisette is yet another track that proves irrefutably that Souleye is worthy of fame and reverence from the hip-hop community.  It remains to be seen if that’s really what this “modern day hip hop warrior’s” ambition is.

More About Souleye: Souleye’s musical journey began when he was a teenager in rural Massachusetts, freestyling around a camp fire to entertain his friends. Blending traditional elements of hip-hop, EDM and numerous other styles; Souleye’s music crosses the boundaries of genre, defies convention and inspires listeners with uplifting lyrics coupled with both traditional and unusual hip-hop beats and samples. His first album, Soul Sessions was released in 2002. Since then, Souleye has released eight studio albums and numerous singles. Souleye has toured extensively with Bassnectar, shared the stage with the Glitch Mob, Tipper, Michael Franti and his wife, Alanis Morissette, with whom he has two children. For more information, visit souleye.net.

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Rod Carrillo: “Alegre” – a powerhouse dance track http://videomusicstars.com/rod-carrillo-alegre-a-powerhouse-dance-track/ http://videomusicstars.com/rod-carrillo-alegre-a-powerhouse-dance-track/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:42:17 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13608 Rod Carrillo head of A & R and production for the label Carrillo Music which has charted over 50 tracks on the Billboard and Radio charts since its inception in 2008 is also an artist in his own right and has released his latest track, “Alegre”. The infectious Latin/African dance composition instantly got off the ground running and has already catapulted straight into the Top 50 Billboard Dance Chart. “Alegre” is available on Carrillo Music/Stepperman and includes remixes from the Hoxton Whores, KSO, Eddie Amador, DJ Kue, Fenix, Ralphi Rosario and Peter Brown.

In true Carrillo underground fashion, Rod makes the difficult task of production look easy.  The music deftly sets the tone for what we’ll no doubt be hearing from him this year: massive club appeal rhythms with big, stadium-ready drops. I kind of get chills every time I hear it.

It screams summer and happiness and all things good in the world. This is Rod Carrillo music at his best, and I just love the juxtaposition of supporting remixes which bring a whole set of new flavors to the table.

Each of these remixes is intricately crafted and melds so many types of sounds so well. The standard build-up/drop song structure is also expertly used in different ways for maximal hands-in-the-air fun. These remixes all have their own original dance flavors inspired by the various producers/dj’s behind the boards.

We will obviously all have our own favorites, depending on the style that best suits our tastes. Besides Carrillo’s mixes, the remixes that impressed me most, are the Hoxton Whores Club Mix, the Kissy Sell Out VIP Club Mix and the Kue Remix.

When you’re in the game as long as Rod Carrillo it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot, but he has demonstrated his ability to remain at the forefront of music time and again. Just check the number of Billboard successes his relatively small independent label has had.

In its entirety “Alegre” is an excellent representation of not only Carrillo’s intelligent and focused sound, but what the current pulse of hardcore underground EDM sans pop-styled vocals, should sound like.

The one thing that Rod Carrillo always brings to the game is his ability to take a normal instrumental mix, swing the rhythm, throw in a few voice samples and sounds and somehow culminate that into a roaring anthem for our dancing generation – Checkout the Fenix Club Mix and the grooving Club Mix for certification of my statement. Rod Carrillo once again holds his own, with these powerhouse dance tracks.

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Glenn Polin shows off his songwriting and performing with Frank Topper http://videomusicstars.com/glenn-polin-shows-off-his-songwriting-and-performing-with-frank-topper/ http://videomusicstars.com/glenn-polin-shows-off-his-songwriting-and-performing-with-frank-topper/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:25:46 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13605 Glenn Polin is an amateur artist, singer and producer. Frank Topper is an organizational development consultant from Greenbrae, California, who writes lyrics on his day off. Together the two moonlighters have been working on a couple of songs in their spare time. Well, three songs, to be honest. The songs roughly deal with religion, women and money, sometimes all at the same time. It’s difficult to find another 3 topics as controversial as these, anywhere on the planet. Lyricist Frank Topper has proven himself to be incredibly versatile over the last couple years, mixing vein-bulging intensity, emotion-laden elegance and a humorous flair in his verses.

But Frank has always had to hand over half of the work to someone else to get the job done, and relying on various singer-songwriters to slot his words into appropriate pieces of music. Some collaboration efforts were magic, others better than the rest, but on the odd occasion it wasn’t always a match made in heaven – until Frank met up with someone like Glenn Polin of course.

Glenn Polin

Glenn Polin

Glenn has the same irony, hard-nosed tongue in cheek expressions, and offbeat smartness in his voice that you can read in Topper’s lines. Now I wouldn’t be as presumptuous to say that this is a match made in heaven, but it’s damn near close.

“Pay Me” is a track that has Frank and Glen sharing the lyric writing, while Glenn completed the music too. Starting out on a sumptuous electric piano ditto Glen digs in with “Pay me if you wanna get God”. That one line is enough to let you know where these fellows are heading thematically.

This is a smart arrangement with Glen recording a series of layered vocal harmonies and injecting the song with plenty of horns and his preacher voice: “Don’t need gyms, don’t need affairs. Just pay me for God and you’ll get there.”

“Bottom Line Woman” is a Blues-induced lament, where the narrator loses all his money to good times and good women…or is that bad women. Glen turns in another sterling performance. This time he uses his deep gravelly crooning voice, which is as effective as it is charming to the ear. “The money’s all gone, and there’s a hole inside where my heart used to be,” is sung between a wailing saxophone and a yearning lead guitar.

Frank Topper

Frank Topper

Besides the vocals, Glen shows off all of his instrumental skills, sculpting a rich, heart-wrenching soundscape, before throwing down the trump line “She’s not interested in my plans, don’t care about future dreams. Well she lookin’ at my coffee, she only wants the cream.”

“Every Moment at Once” sees a complete change of tone, timbre and style, as Glen bathes his romantic swooning, inside a smooth, laidback but groovy, traditional pop standard-type backdrop – “When you took my hand, when I revived. When you said yes, that’s when I arrived. Every moment at once.”

This is the kind of jazzy music that Sinatra or Tony Bennett would have cherished in their catalogs. These songs show the kind of simple magic that can happen when two artists who were made for each other, join forces to create something special, without pretense or particular ambition, other than fulfilling their personal dreams and spreading a bit of wisdom, wit and love, towards whoever wants it.

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Elmo Karjalainen: ‘Age Of Heroes’ balances the obtuse with the accessible http://videomusicstars.com/elmo-karjalainen-age-of-heroes-balances-the-obtuse-with-the-accessible/ http://videomusicstars.com/elmo-karjalainen-age-of-heroes-balances-the-obtuse-with-the-accessible/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:06:31 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13602 Elmo Karjalainen is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity and precision. His latest album ‘Age Of Heroes’ is a big sounding album with enough twists and turns to make Karjalainen’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. This album represents a milestone, for Elmo, who is considered one of the best rock guitarists in his native Finland. On this album he realized his dream of playing alongside side some of his own ‘heroes’.

“This album saw me realize a dream. I have always wanted to have people I consider influences appear on an album of mine,” says Karjalainen, continuing, “I dreamt of playing with Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen, and on this album I saw that happen. I got Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen keyboard player who also toured with Billy Idol, Kiss and Alice Cooper) to play a killer solo on one of the tracks. The second artist to feature was none other than Viking guitar maestro Mattias IA Eklundh of Freak Kitchen. He’s a guy who has truly influenced my playing. In addition to those two I got the extremely talented Janne and Emil to feature on one song, where we did a three guitar battle. ”

Elmo Karjalainen

Elmo Karjalainen

There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, shredding and the like, but Elmo Karjalainen also demonstrates a lightness of touch which is almost playful at times. This aspect is offset by several complex moments that explore rock, pop, metal, blues and even classical influences as he cleverly balances the obtuse with the accessible.

‘How Can Less Be More’ is full of diversity, a wide range of solos and an array of tone colors. He glues together all the elements on ‘The Colour of Greed’, which he tops with an incredible shred and then joins keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen) as they trade instrumental virtuosity before slipping into some beautiful slow-burning guitar ambience  on ‘Chikken Noodul’.

The lyrical duality of ‘A Fertile Discussion’ is exulted by the subtle dynamic tension between Mattias IA Eklundh’s exemplary playing and Karjalainen’s fusion ensemble sensibilities, laced with multiple harmonies. The restless live feel of ‘A Meeting of the Gods ( And This Guy)” is evidenced by the way Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen (winners of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition), together with Elmo Karjalainen trade electrifying riffs as if it  was an adrenaline pumping rollercoaster ride.

This is an intense high octane collaborative track. And it’s this constant search for that one lick to match the others that gives the tune such a captivating appeal which is exemplified by the booming ‘call and response’ riffs.

Karjalainen saves one of his biggest impacts for ‘Falling for Falafels’ on a collision of understated power, song craft and intense guitar playing. The big crescendo before the outro is effectively a musical sleight of hand, as it suggests a succinct resolution to a bulldozer of an album, but magnificently, ‘Age Of Heroes’ has even more depth than that.

It’s a frequently multi-layered and surprisingly diverse album full of magisterial guitar lines that constantly draws Elmo Karjalainen into new musical avenues.

He’s at his tasteful and poignant best on the meandering twist and turns of ‘Three Days of Peace’ and the bluesy ‘Limiting Rationality’, while the upbeat fusion groove of ‘The Grassy Gnoll’ is an example of an artist following his own musical path. ‘Age Of Heroes’ reveals new nuances with repeated plays.

Elmo Karjalainen’s musical knowledge, breathless guitar playing and imaginative musical arrangements shape the musical vision of a genius shredder with a penchant for real songs. Elmo personally feels that this is his best album to date, and on the evidence showcased across the 15 tracks here, it would be hard to disagree.

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Doc Jazz: “It Takes Love” – an authentic pounding heartbeat http://videomusicstars.com/doc-jazz-it-takes-love-an-authentic-pounding-heartbeat/ http://videomusicstars.com/doc-jazz-it-takes-love-an-authentic-pounding-heartbeat/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:38:16 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13598 Doc Jazz’s songs are emotional, some are slow, others are upbeat, and most of the songs weave melodies through stories in a way that has you holding your breath to hear the words – then again, if you want, they can just have you tapping your toes or stomping your feet.For those of us who eagerly trawl through the internet, the forums and digital music sites in search of new adult orientated soulful music with a classy jazzy touch, nothing is as exciting as news of a new track from Doc Jazz.

Few artists have released albums and singles as consistently good as Doc Jazz, and on his latest single release entitled It Takes Love” he proves once again that he still is on top of his game.

Doc’s silken voice is like molten sweet cocoa dripping down into the ear canal on this track, as he is backed up by American singer Toy Matthews. The background vocal arrangement is delightful, and Doc Jazz produces an inspired vocal performance.

Probably the best vocal performance I’ve heard him do so far. The thick bass and funky guitars propel the song forward, producing a smooth groove that instantly forces the listener to either tap their feet or bob their head, or in my case both.

Delicious, succulent and the equivalent of a warm embrace, It Takes Love” puts forward its theme of why love should exist in everything we say and do. The business of music in recent years has left us wanting more.

The record labels and the producers drive artists to make quick, throwaway and soulless music, and the absence of a single authentic pounding heartbeat in most popular recordings is noticeable.  At the tune’s end you may either wish you were in love or be glad that you are.

But that is concisely what Doc Jazz’s music does to us here – he makes us reflect on that “state of being” that defies control – he makes us reflect on love. And I mean all kinds of love. It Takes Love” rekindles the soul and ignites a fire in the heart.

MORE ABOUT: Doc Jazz is a Palestinian doctor who was born in the Netherlands. The entirely self-taught musician and multi-instrumentalist is actually a surgeon by profession that has a passion for music – and for his homeland, Palestine.

Doc Jazz’s songs contain firm protests against the injustices perpetrated upon the Palestinians, and against other social or political mishaps around the world. Before moving from the Netherlands to the Middle East, he was also known there for his advocacy for the Palestinian cause as spokesman of the board of the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands (PGN), and through public appearances, articles and interviews on radio, television and in newspapers.

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DasMeter: “Evolution” – the aural magic is evocative! http://videomusicstars.com/dasmeter-evolution-the-aural-magic-is-evocative/ http://videomusicstars.com/dasmeter-evolution-the-aural-magic-is-evocative/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:15:15 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13595 Real-life brothers Darren (Keyboard, Drums) and Michael (Guitar, Vocals) are an American music duo project that goes by the name of DasMeter. Their debut electro-hardcore single “Mercury” was released in late May of 2015.  Now in 2017 DasMeter unleashes their brand new 13-track body of work entitled “Evolution”. Whenever you hear the words: “I choose you to be my partner in life. I promise you my unconditional love, my fullest devotion and tender care,” or “I promise to be faithful and to love, honor and cherish you all the days of our lives…”, beware, as promises like these, made by mere fallible mortals like ourselves are bound  to be broken.

Recent stats claim that over half of all marriages in the United States – a staggering 53% – end in divorce! So more than one in two marriages, where the above words are pledged, are proclaiming promises that will not be kept.

“Evolution” is born out of the failing of those pledges, as DasMeter compose the accompanying soundtrack that takes us through marriage, separation, and divorce. Up until now, the structural decisions, the subtle production touches, and the synth tones that DasMeter produce have always gone straight to the subconscious, that evokes feelings more than thoughts.

And on “Evolution”, the feeling in question seems to be a dim, wriggling, all-pervading anxiety and delusion, sprinkled with perceptible rays of hope.

They’ve made a really great soundtrack album for the moments of your day where you’re stressing about things of the heart and difficult personal-life decisions. They’ve made a great thematically uncomfortable – yet musically comforting ambiance album, one that sticks with you through all your discomforting moments.

DasMeter let you know that you are not alone in these saddening plights. Moreover, the replay-ability of this album pairs amazingly with late nights of work, road trips, a long gaze out of rain licked windows, a meditative nap…just about everything.

The uncanny knack the duo has for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present moment is readily available on this album, which will make you ponder and deliberate. The play of memory and music preoccupies most musicians, but few translate it into instrumental music as well as DasMeter do.

From the moment “twenty years” kicks in, you’ll begin to feel the narrative though the layered instrumentation.  It’s very atmospheric in places but rises to perfect IDM on upbeat back to back tracks, such as, “the wall”, “fighting for you” and “losing hope”.

There are no bad songs to be found here, even if some of them might take a while to sink in. It may not overtly hold mainstream appeal, but genre fans will absolutely adore this album. My favorites for now tend to be the melodic “on my knees”, the twisting rhythms of “I cared about you” and the brilliant synth sounds on “silver linings”.

However their aural magic is as evocative as ever on all of these tracks, and with their alchemical skills, they could well invent any necessary musical element they desire. In a music environment where most bands take great pains to be connected to their fans, DasMeter have created an environment which eludes tormented hyped-up commercial schemes for anyone interested in their music.

Why? Because the fabric of their music is creating emotional, profound scenarios that tease the mind as much as they satisfy it. The public who love this music will naturally be drawn towards it on its intrinsic merits alone, resulting in fans with a unique reverence for not only DasMeter’s music but their intelligent approach to making and diffusing it.

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Jayy Queezy: “Revival of Hiphop” – keeps it in his lane firmly http://videomusicstars.com/jayy-queezy-revival-of-hiphop-keeps-it-in-his-lane-firmly/ http://videomusicstars.com/jayy-queezy-revival-of-hiphop-keeps-it-in-his-lane-firmly/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:46:17 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13592 Born on the Southside of Chicago, Jaquez R. Hailey aka Jayy Queezy is hip hop and rap artist that brings an honest and genuine sound to the music industry. He started by working with good friends and members of Arrogant Fame Productions, Travie, Kurtiss Berry and Chief Marco, going on to record at local engineer D. P. Thurty’s studio. “The music is my life story, how I feel about my life now and how I would like my life to be,” says Jayy Queezy. “What I been through already and what I would like to go through in the future. That is why my expressions can’t be judged unless you know the background behind them.”

Jayy Queezy kicked off his career in June 2015 when he released his first video and song “I’m Just Livin Life the Remix” featuring Donny Konz. Since then he has gone on to win awards, appear on TV and top the local Charts. His latest thirteen-track, 2017 album is entitled “Revival of Hiphop”.

This recording engages his audience, as they recognize the feelings and perspectives that will be revealed throughout the album, so Jayy manages to hold the attention of whoever is listening without having to force anything out of them.

The world of trap is fiercely competitive, so performers need clearly defined brands to stand out in a crowded field. Young Thug is the cross-dressing purveyor of hyper-slurred bars, Rae Sremmurd are skinny binge-loving lads and Fetty Wap has styled himself as a Halloween caricature of a mother-in-law’s worst nightmare.

Jayy Queezy’s identity revolves around the authenticity of his persona. In that regard, “Revival of Hiphop”, appears to be a credible record and one that details his experiences and thoughts through a realistic lens.

Jayy Queezy potential fans will love him for his wordplay and his ear for production. You get all of that on this album as it comes in at 13 songs. So when you hit play on a Jayy Queezy project, like this one, you will receive a few things: trap lyrics, production from hit makers, and outrageous lyrics.

Queezy shares his vocal timbre elegantly for this type of rawness and it not a bad thing at all, because it takes so little to get used to the whole record and dig into its enjoyment easily.

Jayy Queezy keeps it in his lane firmly and continues to ride on them hits from begging to end. Essential tracks include:  “Winning Remix” ( III Phil, Donny Konz, Katie Got Banz), “I Doubt It” (Kardier), “Out Da Doe” (Chief Marco), “What You Mean” ( Travie, Chief Marco), “I Need Me A Check”, “ Flossy” (Chief Marco, Tavie), and “I’m Just Livin’ Life (Donniy Kroz).

On this album, Jayy sounds revitalized, as the rhymes are tight and strong, and the roller coaster ride continues right until the final tracks of this recording, with “Hunid Bands Remix” ( III Phil, Donny Konz, Famous Dex) and “Life Ain’t No Game”. The result is an album that has many highs, and almost no lows.

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Ronnie Walka: “Sex Tape” – effortless and natural! http://videomusicstars.com/ronnie-walka-sex-tape-effortless-and-natural/ http://videomusicstars.com/ronnie-walka-sex-tape-effortless-and-natural/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:07:28 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=13588 Ronnie Walka was born in Brooklyn, New York. The oldest of four children, he had to face difficult times in the mean streets of Brooklyn, but before he became a dead statistic, Ronnie was able to leave the streets and the gang life behind. He learned the basics of filming and writing and his creative ability allowed him to merge photography and cinematography so well that he has become very much in demand. He took it to the next level and became the publisher for Caution Magazine, but he has also produced a short film, and he is a graphic designer for many publications and books around the country.

However somewhere along his journey Ronnie became an inspiring R&B artist, joining his first R&B group at the age of sixteen. Never losing faith ‘in what God had planned for him’, Ronnie has continued to record and release music. He currently has a series of creatively sexy songs that are playing in the clubs and radio stations which are sure to set the mood in any bedroom.

One such track is his 2017 release “Sex Tape”. What could’ve arrived as a corny, blue-balled R. Kelly parody song with innuendo in triplicate is, instead, silky as a boutique lubricant.

“Sex Tape” is one of the most mature, refined, and sexy male R&B projects from any artist this year. The track opens with an expanse of cinematic white-noise, and then goes straight into layered harmonies, followed by a banging bass drum beat which snaps to a mellow mood, only to reprise excitement with Ronnie Walka’s extended vocal flourishes. This dude can stretch notes and growl vowels, as well as flip into ecstatic falsetto lines.

Ronnie has created an instantly recognizable urban sound that seamlessly blends street language, raw sexuality and vulnerability. His sound is the type that the R&B crowd can always appreciate. The music Ronnie Walka and his ilk create is indeed the sound of America in love and lust.

On “Sex Tape” Ronnie taps into that vein with surgical precision and in the process delivers a fine, cohesive work. The song seems effortless and natural. It doesn’t want to change the world or leave any significant impression, it simply wants to entertain, and it wants you to have good sex, move your body and meet new people. This could essentially be a Trey Songz-type track, only this has much better vocals!

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