The Sonic Premier

The Sonic Premier

The purpose of this section of The Sonic Breakdown is to highlight and illuminate new artists or new writers. This is a platform for these budding stars to have a chance to shine on their own through song, mix-tape, or album reviews.


Brooklyn to Holland Stand Up!!!

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Turning into a global sensation, Brooklyn’s very own Indigo Svn has taken his flows overseas, performing in Holland’s Vogal Pop Festival this past July. With soulful tracks such as “Cristen’s Song” to straight bumps like his latest single “Uno”, the rapper has showcased his versatility and continues to attract more fans.

The energy that translated from the record to its live performance is what reassured Indigo that “Uno” was a hit. Debuting the track at the Vogal Pop Festival was a milestone, as he performed the song for the first time to a foreign audience, a reaction that was one of a kind.

Although “uno” means “one” in spanish, it is conceptually promising more. “Uno” refers to not only being the love of another, but also “the thoughts running through the mind of a music fan dreaming of a new artist to capture everything they wish to see in hiphop”

What makes IndigoSvn stand out is his ability to deliver his songs in ways that any hip hop fan can connect to. Whether it be a love song that slows its tempo down to a hype track that makes one want to start a moshpit, expect nothing but energy at his shows. Hip hop’s roots are in this Brooklyn native as he is an evolved version of his educators and influencers. 

Listen to his music here


Intellectual Truth
“From Empty”

Written by Jason Terrell

“Intellectual Truth”- it’s a powerful phrase that when written, speaks volumes. Today, we are breaking down a project from an upcoming artist, Intellectual Truth (I.T.) called, “From Empty.” Off the gate, the wielder of a name like Intellectual Truth has to have content that challenges perspective and sheds light on tough topics…needless to say; she has a lot to live up too.

On first listen, Intellectual Truth drops lyrics about growth, Black Girl Magic, and lessons learned her childhood. She defines herself as a pure individual and as a Christian, ideas that she leans on for support and guidance. To zoom into the album, I want to analyze a few key highlights from the project.

PRODUCTION & FLOW:
I.T. borrows from a diverse body of sounds: eclectic, jazz, dance hall, and some old school hip hop. She utilizes synths to create a cohesive sound throughout the album, but it is not overwhelming. There are a few tracks that have a modern Hip-Hop sound like “OTRU” (track 3) and “Planes” (track 7), but overall, most of the production is varied. I.T. demonstrates a wide variety of flows that accompany each track, and she was able to ride each beat pretty effortlessly.

LYRICISM:
White privilege, Black power, religion…all themes that I.T. covers throughout the album. Each track told a story of either personal glow or struggle. My standout track was “My Seed.” In this track, I.T. seems to build on Tupac’s “A Rose that Grew from Concrete” And Kendricks poem to Tupac at the end of TPAB:

“I was a seed that was ready to be risen from the concrete that was created to keep me barred and confined never to gaze the sun but only for the slight touch. Instead of killing me, I grew and formed into the beautiful rose. I may have thorn to take care of thieves that come to steal my crown jewels. Remember I am a black queen, we are electricity.” – I.T.

Intellectual Truth professes that only J.Cole can body her!!!- strong claims but with lyrics and poetry like this, she is setting herself apart.

GROW STATEMENT:
I struggled to find a cohesive theme. Most of the tracks were sonically, thematically, and lyrically all over the place, therefore, making it difficult to understand the overall message. I would like to see more of a cohesive sound as she moves forward.

GLOW STATEMENT:
Overall, From Empty is a great introduction album into the life and mindset of Intellectual Truth. I can tell she put her mind and heart into her craft and her pen worked wonders to produce art.

Listen to Intellectual Truth “From Empty” here, twitter, instagram and snapchat is @itlgo.


Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Music is my sanity and serenity; somewhere I go to for comfort and reassurance. Listening to other’s stories about overcoming obstacles and prevailing is motivational and heartwarming. A woman who has taken a tragedy and lived through a rollercoaster of emotions, Franki Love, is the epitome of an inspiration. After losing her mother to cancer, Love was encouraged to turn to music to ease her pain and produce beauty. That beauty is reflected in “Otias”, an album composed of 10 solid and emotional tracks.

The album title comes from Franki’s mother’s surname, Saito, spelled backwards. Songs such as “Notes”, “Shoes”, and Love’s favorite “Truth” are those that stood out the most, demonstrating her vulnerability and raw talent. Franki describes “Truth” being “about knowing that even though you are feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom, that you’ll be okay”. Songs like “Notes” and “Shoes” touch serious and personal topics as Franki shares she “shed tears at the piano while writing those songs”.

Although Love has been playing piano since she was 4, being a singer and composing her own pieces was not a talent she discovered until a few years ago. It was only after purchasing a key board and getting it delivered from a man who sold it to her that she discovered her talent for composing. Before he left, the man insisted that Franki should play a piece. “I started opening up my piano books of classical piano, like Bach, Mozart, etc. He said, ‘I don’t want to hear that music, I want you to play something from YOU.’”

Having support from those around her, like producer David Kershenbaum, her daughter, family and friends have helped her keep the right mindset and faith in not only herself, but also her project. The hard work has paid off in “Otias”, a relatable and heartwarming project. It is about love, self-doubt, self-assurance, self-beautiful, soulful, and authentic, Otias. Purchase/download “Otias” here


The Fiercest TDE member

Written by Jen Alfaro

TDE’s fiercest member, SZA, finally mended fans’ hearts with the release of her new single and visuals for the song Love Galore off her highly anticipated album, CTRL.

The video, directed by Nabil, shows a very sexy SZA surrounded by a swarm of butterflies. It features Travis Scott, who gets restrained to the bed after being seduced by SZA, giving her control and power as she slaps him and holds his fate in her hands. She chooses to let a woman in the house towards the end of the video, as the woman proceeds to murder Travis, a plot twist.

With her angelic and hypnotizing melodies, SZA delivers a single that will make ear drums float into heaven. With production by Carter Lang and THANKGOD4CODY, Love Galore gives a sensual vibe as SZA proclaims the unfortunate and regretful love she has for another. She wins. Finally, fed up and over love, SZA decides to end Travis’ life, concluding the video,

“Love
Only thing keepin’ me by your side

The queen has been shutting down Instagram feeds on a daily. SZA is and has been the voice of strong sensual independent women. Being the only female in the talented roster TDE has was a choice Top Dawg blessed us with back in 2013 as she released her EPs, S and Z the following year. Her fans love her as much as her team does, as she continues to post pictures of tattoos they have gotten as a tribute to her forthcoming album.

CTRL. is set to drop this summer.

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Ludy Elephant in the Room

Written by Precious Jewel
Merging her talents of rapping and singing, Ludy released her mixtape, Elephant in the Room. Straightforward about her emotions, Ludy is addressing every elephant in the room from love, lust, to having enough. Ludy’s presence on each track will easily entice you to listen to more of her music. From her vocals to the production, everything is smooth and easy to digest on Elephant in the Room. As a female, Ludy is definitely speaking to emotions I feel or have felt before. There’s strength in how Ludy sings. I feel like this mixtape will be appreciated for the level of honesty and relatable insight Ludy is giving us. Elephant in the Room is a great depiction of the emotional conflicts and roller coasters women deal with. Definitely worth checking out here!


Oshea “Pretty”oshea

Written by Precious Jewel
Affectionate singer Oshea has dropped several singles in the past few weeks. In his track titled “Pretty,” Oshea’s lyrics are expressed with serenading falsettos. Desiring his lady, Oshea acknowledges everything that he’s attracted to about her. Oshea conveys a genuine level of intimacy with lyrics explaining how much he wants her. Oshea appreciates his love interest for more than just her beauty, and he’s making it known. With a song like “Pretty,” Oshea can definitely help confirm all those feelings you have for that special person in your life. And, well, if you haven’t found “the one” yet, then these lyrics will definitely give you hope that courtship still exists. Listen to this track here.


Mod Sun “We Do This Shit”

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Written by Precious Jewel Trippy rock star Mod Sun dropped a very celebratory track titled “We Do This Shit” on his birthday, March 10. Mod Sun can be recognized by his rock-n-roll meets hip-hop sound. Presenting a forever-young vibe in his lyrics, Mod Sun raps over an up-tempo snare-induced beat. “We Do This Shit” is such a necessary, carefree song for those wild nights you probably won’t remember! Not forgetting where he came from but recognizing where he’s at now, Mod Sun is celebrating progress throughout the entire track. The message of being able to let loose and be yourself around the people that know you best will certainly personalize this track for anyone listening. If you have any reason to celebrate life, then definitely make sure you check this song out! Listen to this track here.


Mxrc Clxrk “[Fin]: Prelude To Act 1 Final I Hope produced by Will Phillips & Tamera Russell Featuring Mxrc Clxrk “Dead Men II”

Both song reviews have been written by DeRa Brinson

“Fin: Prelude to Act 1 Final I Hope” by Mxrc Clxrk, produced by Will Phillipsmxrc A very light, airy production providing an atmosphere of caring and acceptance. Even though the beat is light, the content isn’t. Mxrc is describing the point in a relationship where both parties understand that in order for the person you care about to truly be happy, you have to let them go. That point where you understand either that you can’t provide the happiness that they need or want or that they need to explore and determine who can assist them in obtaining that happiness. Mxrc touches on how being far away from each other compounds issues to expedite those feelings of unhappiness. At the end of the track, he intimates how he accepts the choice of moving on and sees that there is beauty or positivity that can be taken from this. This is expressed by way of content and sound. Listen to this track here.

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“Dead Men II” by Tamera Russell and Mxrc Clxrk The production uses a sample of Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones,” creating an amazing groove. Tamara has a ghostly, airy voice that seems to float over the instrumentation. Her voice is fitting for the theme of the song that is underscored with news clips discussing the lack of charges of police violence toward minorities, specifically African-Americans. Mxrc unloads the frustration felt by many black people from economic disparity to job inequality, leading us to the effects that police brutality has on individual households. This is a really good song from production to content to the execution of combining Tamara’s calming voice and Mxrc Clxrk’s aggressive, frustrated flow. Listen to this track here.

Anyone in Austin for SXSW should go check out Mxrc Clrxk, who will be preforming at Beats x Beers festival presented by Foreign Allegiance on March 18. Take a look at all the artist below.

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Wiz Khalifa Khalifa

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Written by Quinoa Can My name is Quinoa Can. I live somewhere in the Bay Area. I just smoked some dark-ass purple. I’ve smoked with your favorite artists, while actually in their studio sessions, so I know what the fuck I’m talking about. So this new Wiz Khalifa album, Khalifa, is straight. And I say that with the same intensity industry folk say, “We’ll work.” That means: don’t count on it. Don’t count on this album either to elevate or detract from his iconic status. This album has some shining moments, but don’t count on it to be your favorite Wiz album.

The album beings with “BTS.” It sounds like DT Spacely + Kush & OJ + Harry Potter. It’s apparent there’s not going to be any real lyrical growth on this album from the get-go. It’s reminiscent of his older songs before he had hella tats. The next song, “Celebrate,” was clearly written entirely by Rico Love. It’s very formulaic and sounds like something off Rico’s album. “Elevated” is a derivative of something I’ve heard in a commercial. It doesn’t help that Wiz sounds like he’s reading his lyrics out of an iPhone. Apparently, someone told Wiz he can get a pass to add personality to a subpar song by sporadically laughing.

IMG_5550“City View” . . . Meh. “Cowboy” is aggressive, but it’s not believable. It’s a simple street song about nothing. There’s no detail that would make someone really, really, really in the streets connect. “Bake Sale” is something that sounds like a song Travis Scott wrote the same night he wrote all of his other similar-sounding songs. Anyone who listens to music has heard this melody before on other Travis projects. The next song, “Call Waiting,” is the best song on the album. This song shows he’s a superstar with potential for more evolution. The instrumentation is clean and crisp. I wish he wrote this though. Nice O’Jays sample. Unless you have melodies on your project, it’s a Frisbee.

Fast-forward to “Zoney.” I almost went a whole album without a plane reference, and I was getting nervous. Great production. Wiz Stans will probably holler that Wiz is a legend now because he put his son on the track since all the greats do it. One thing I will say is that it is certainly a good omen.

“Lit” is Wiz at his finest. I feel Ty$ is going to be one of the top three most used/ requested features of 2016. It’s different from the mixtape version and for the better. Weed rapper + weed R&B singer equals a hit. Either Juicy J is writing for Wiz, or they’re kickin’ it super, super hard. “No Permission” slaps. I hate “iSay.” If I was a fan of the most typical Eminem-sounding records, or if I was in Denmark, I would enjoy this. This is the downfall of the album. It sounds like something that plays at the end of a movie when the credits roll. I bet it’s on the next Fast & Furious. Juicy lost me with, “Ain’t shit sweet but this box of Swisher Sweets.” Come on, Son. (Shout out to Ed Lover.) I thought you were Taylor Gang, where it’s papers only??!! Wiz talks about events, but not the thought behind the action or event; however, since he smokes KK, you would assume he would be introspective. You can purchase this album on iTunes here

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Univrse “Replay”

2Written by DeRa Brinson This Sonic Premiere will cover “Replay” by Univrse. This is the second solo project from Univrse that I have reviewed. This song will be part of a mix-tape coming out this summer.

The production uses a crescendo that gives the feeling of heaviness that is amplified when the bass kicks in to lead Univrse’s first verse. The strong base line from the production gives it a gritty, militaristic atmosphere. Univrse has a skill for flowing over the beat and shows he has been working on his craft. The first verse is the strongest and has some lines that give an introspective look at Univrse’s origins. I think the last verse will resonate with the club and party scene. It has a catchy hook that is allowed to breathe by the change in texture created by removing many layers of the production. I like that they added the voice alteration heard at the end of the song. Overall, I think this is a nice head-nodding song that I could ride to, or as Feefo from Dead End Hip Hop says “it bumps in the whip.” Shout out to deadendhiphop.com for being part of the inspiration for this website. You can listen to this song here


THE ILLMATTIE

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Written by Effin Mattie

Anderson Paak’s new album, Malibu,  is like a soulful plate of feel good. Mixing jazz with R&B, followed by rap lyrics relayed harmoniously, he sounds similar to Lyfe Jennings, but his style is more D’Angelo while also keeping it authentic. I first stumbled across Anderson Paak while listening to Dr. Dre’s Compton album. He was featured more than K. Dot and also contributed vocals via ad-lib. I was late getting to Compton, but when I heard this new raspy voice blended with sounds from a legend, I was an instant fan.

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Three days after listening to the album, Paak was coincidentally performing at the Hiero Day music festival in Oakland, California. His voice is real, sounding better live than recorded. He came on stage with an acoustic guitar and a DJ. He is also shown playing the piano on his album cover, so it’s safe to say this dude is musically inclined. By the way, Paak is pronounced “pack” (the two As had me confused as well). Malibu would be more appreciated in the 90s because of the sound and content, but it can fit in any decade. An intro to outro piece of art in the form of music. This album should be recommended to mature music lovers, but maturity has no age. Anderson Paak’s Malibu should just be played and enjoyed. You can purchase this album on iTunes here

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Mxrc Clxrk song “Topanga (Boy Meets Girls)”

Today’s Sonic Premiere will cover a new song from Mxrc Clxrk called “Topanga (Boy Meets Girl).” It begins with Mxrc Clxrk calling a girl who he clearly wants to express his feeling to, but he has some hesitance due to not knowing what her reception to those feeling might be. The base of the production is a sample from a popular club song from the 90s by Ghost Town Dj’s, “My Boo.” In addition to the sample, another layer of the beat has a nice simple piano section, and when put all together, it provides a smooth, intimate vibe. Mxrc’s first verse intimates an unrequited love for this girl as he reminisces on how things once were between them. His stylistic approach to the instrumentation has a hint of desperation and reluctance. There is some interesting word play that is amplified by his delivery. The chorus uses a line from Jay Z’s “Song Cry,” indicating that Mxrc Clxrk is a student of hip-hop and is paying homage to one of the greats. The second verse explains how she isn’t ready or willing to accept or reciprocate the feelings he has for a variety of reasons. There is an increased sense of frustration and sadness that can be heard in this verse. The track ends with a clip from a TV show that I loved when I was younger, Boy Meets World, and that adds a nice comical conclusion that matches the theme of emotions not being returned and provides context to the title of the song.

Overall, this is a good song that continues to show his musical growth. I believe if Mxrc Clxrk worked on developing the chorus more by creating some dynamics to help distinguish the chorus from the first verse, it would help elevate the song even more. The song has high replayability due to the atmosphere it creates, which can relate to a large section of people. With every new song I hear from him, I continue to see his evolution as an artist. This is one of the best songs that I have heard from him, and I encourage you to give it a listen here.


Update interview of Mxrc ClxrK

This section of The Sonic Breakdown Lifestyle is to highlight and illuminate new artists. This is a platform for these budding stars to have a chance to shine on their own through song, mix-tape, or album reviews.

Interview from May 28th 2015 the date the new EP Alprazolam(Que Sera Sera) was released.photo - Copy (6)

DeRa Brinson

“Tell me what inspired this EP and what makes it so personal?”

Mxrc Clxrk

“This project is dedicated to my family and most importantly myself. While working on my next major release, which is entitled Good Vibes and Broken hearts which is set to release this fall. I felt stagnant both musically and in life. I found myself in a weird head space. I found it hard to focus and create. My brother, Ontrell let me borrow his beat machine and from there I started playing around and created some atmospheric beats. A friend told me of Alprazolam which he said to believe was to help one focus or which he thought. He gave me a few pills and while under the influence this project was put together. I let whatever happen happen and I’m proud to say it helped me in both a negative and positive way. The pain is real, the music is from the heart and the vibes are dope.”

The EP Alprazolam(Que Sera Sera) was written and produced by Mxrc Clxrk mixed and mastered by Mitch who also goes by SkiTz0 of ScreamTeamProductions.

Check out Mxrc Clxrk’s music here

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The two Sonic Premiers: one on Mxrc Clxrk “Man Down” and the second on Jones’s “Indulge (Jam City Alt Mix).”photo 4

Introducing Mxrc Clxrk written by Mxrc Clxrk (Marc Clark), a hip-hop artist from Miami, Florida.

“My goal musically is to inspire a generation to inspire a nation. As hip-hop artists, we have a civic duty to the people to give them substance because we are the culture. It’s time to bring that real back, and I’m here to do so. My first project was released February of this year, entitled Menace II Society. Menace II Society speaks of black culture and the ills of growing up in a broken community. It’s a tape to uplift but not sugarcoat the harsh truths that plague the black community.”

Mxrc Clxrk is an artist who looks to convey his music abstractly and creatively, thus branding himself as the basquiat of hip-hop. He will be releasing a mini EP soon entitled Alprazolam (Que Sera Sera) an abstract art series fully produced and written by him. It is a heavily drug-induced EP, which brings about a dark and cold ambiance. A link to his music and most recent track “Man Down,” which speaks on police brutality in America, can be found here along with Menace II Society.

Mxrc Clxrk “Man Down”

It begins with a clip from a great Boondocks episode (A Huey Freeman Christmas) where Huey tells why the non-minorities communities don’t really want to hear what he and people like him have to say. The reason they don’t want to hear it is because their worlds would be turned “upside down,” giving them a new darker sense of reality. Huey’s diatribe is profound in content and delivery. The production is similar to a beat of Schoolboy Q’s on the album Habits and Contradictions, both invoking a trippy, drug-induced trance-like vibe. Mxrc Clxrk flows over the beat in a manner that perpetuates the imagery of being in a drugged haze combined with frustration. The first verse encompasses the paranoia that minorities have with each other and law enforcement. Multiple clips of unarmed black men being shot or killed from various news media plays for the remainder of the song. Toward the very end of the song, there is a low drumming sound added to the layers of the beat that imbues a quality of finality that punches home the clip’s last line: “when you’re wrong you’re wrong.” This quote is juxtaposed against what we see in the world by its actions, that there are degrees of being wrong that depend on multiple factors (age, race, profession, or social status).

Overall, I think MxRc Clxrk has potential that he is only cracking the surface of. This is the first and only music I have heard from this artist, so I cannot form a comprehensive opinion. Based on this song, I believe he is still somewhat finding his voice but has a good ear for production and subject matter. I do wish that he delved a little deeper lyrically and added another verse to provide more support of the theme to balance out the short TV clips. This song has piqued my interest in hearing where he goes from here. Give the song a listen for yourself here.

Jones “Indulge (Jam City Alt Mix)”

I will preface this by saying I have no prior knowledge of this artist nor have I heard any other work. The vibe starts out very seductively with her voice blending with the beat effortlessly. There is a feeling of guilt for wanting someone or something but not wanting to fight the urge to be with that person or thing. The production has a quality of being underwater but not in a fearful way. Some sections evoke the moment right before taking a breath of fresh air when you’re just about to run out of oxygen while swimming, that excitement of knowing you need the oxygen you’re about to inhale. The lyrics encompass a kind of grown-up crush, the building of anticipation of what it would be like to be with that one person you want. She wants every part of the man from his mind to his character and body. It has a hint of a New Edition/Keith Sweat feel, but she makes it her own. Forbidden love of him/it/her/vice.

Overall, this a beautiful song that has several layers and has me interested in hearing more. I do plan on buying the complete album to see what else this talented singer has to offer, and I would recommend everyone else to do the same.   New music is like sky diving it can be scary but once you jump and land safely you glad you made the leap. Jump in a check out Jones and Mxrc Clxrk music with both feet. Both songs reviews by DeRa Brinson photo 3


Univrse “No Big Deal”u1The purpose of this section of The Sonic Breakdown Lifestyle is to highlight and illuminate new artists. This is a platform for these budding stars to have a chance to shine on their own through song, mixtape, or album reviews.

This Sonic Premiere will cover “No Big Deal” by Univrse, a member of the rap collective Emerald Swamp. This new song from this artist was released August 10th of this year. The Emerald Swamp rap collective consists of Axel, Univrse, Luke Warm, Rone, and Dan-D. To get more information regarding the group, read the “Monkey Jump” review below on this same page.

The song shows growth all around from Univrse, providing a more finished, sophisticated sound in comparison to “Monkey Jump.” The production has a classic Nas or Black Star feel that emotes an introspective atmosphere. Univrse uses nonchalant tones to match the theme of the song, that of having perspective and understanding what constitutes trivial matters. He expresses that making music is the priority and everything else is no big deal. I really enjoy the track as a whole, from the production being clean and sophisticated to Univrse’s diction complementing the instrumentation nicely. This could have the making of a really good song if he extended the second verse or added a third verse and a hook of, “So when I say just chill, just chill. ’Cause it’s no big deal, it’s no big deal.” If he did that when the beat changes, it could be a nice transition to the next track, setting the tone for the next song. Univrse has a good ear for production that suits his cadence, evidenced by both instrumentations on this track. Check out “No Big Deal” by Univrse here.


Emerald Swamp’s “Monkey Jump”

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The purpose of this section of The Sonic Breakdown Lifestyle is to highlight and illuminate new artists. This is a platform for these budding stars to have a chance to shine on their own through song, mixtape, or album reviews.

This Sonic Premiere will cover “Monkey Jump” by the rap collective Emerald Swamp. This is the first and only track I have heard from this group. This song also features another sonic premier artist Mxrc Clxrk.

Emerald Swamp hails from Montclair, New Jersey. As individuals, they don’t want to be subjected to a particular style or placed in a box. Their goal is to have a unique sound and the environment that allows for creative freedom that will produce quality music. They believe that their best music is fostered through the energy they create together. Other artists that serve as inspiration for this rap collective are Outkast, The Internet, Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West, and Tyler the Creator. Emerald Swamp likens their talent to the Justice League in that they have great heroes with different styles separately but are incredible when combining those super powers to create wonderfully unique music. Axel is the one that gathered and organized the formation of this group while freestyling in his basement. The Emerald Swamp rap collective consist of Univrse, Axel Leather Jacket, Dan-D, Rone, Luke Warm, and Steve Rapps.

The song has an anthem feel with many different flows and styles used over a darker, ominous march. The setup for the beat lags in the beginning a little too long before the real beat kicks in. The production allows for the artists’ voices to be clearly heard but again drags in certain areas and just didn’t resonate with me, possibly due to the lack of dynamics, which gives it a monotonous feel. The artists provide more dynamics in the delivery that isn’t matched by the production. Univrse is on the first verse, showcasing a smooth, confident delivery. He switches and shows his diversity of styles by adding some distortion to his voice and a comical quality to his content halfway through the verse. Axel has a darker, grittier flow for the second verse with a line that on first listen caught my ear based on delivery and sentiment, “I party on the weekend because you know a nigga earned it,” indicating the amount of hard work he puts in and how he rewards that dedication. The last verse has the most aggressive tone given by Mxrc Clxrk, who has the most polished delivery in his approach to navigating the production. Mxrc shows continued growth in developing his own sound and style. I believe that the same can occur with Univrse and Axel as they continue to hone their craft. This track is a nice introduction to the group, but I will need to hear more to determine where their content will expand to. They are akin to the Wu-Tang clan in the manner of having multiple members with vastly different styles. The question I have, which can’t be answered through one song, is can they combine these different styles together and make a complete cohesive album similar to what Outkast has been able to accomplish with Big Boi and Andre 3000? Only time will be able to answer that question. “Monkey Jump” featuring Mxrc Clrxk can be heard here.

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6 Comments

  1. Hey man,

    I found your website on a comment on Joey Badass’ page. I’m currently doing an internship developing an app that addresses people like you who are trying to get more exposure. In short its a sort of Instagram but then only for musicians who will be able to post 45 second videos and sound clips of their material for the world to see. We’ve established connections with Universal Music Group and they will be looking through the content for things that interest them. Do you know how we could get in touch with the people you have featured in your premieres?

    All the best,
    Mauricio de Vries

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