Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PROMKNGHT- "About Us" Official Music Video

After a spectacular release of his latest single, PROMKNGHT delivers a demanding visual for the song, "About Us".  It contains great shots, great vocals, and of course,  PROMKNGHT's creativity. We, Voicelessmusic, had a chance to review the music video. Let's dive into it!

PROMKNGHT released the visual to his single less than 2 weeks ago and it has been a slept on visual. The video itself has done well having 4,000 people view the masterpiece. Why?! In this music video, PROMKNGHT went beyond the standard. He decided to record the visual alone to signify that not all R&B/Pop video have to involve a significant other to get the message across. This was unexpected, but a very pleasing visual direction.  Good job! 

PROMKNGHT can be found on all social media, so definitely give him a follow. If you like the visual, well we got the link to the audio right here below. Peace

SpecialT & Ru$ Grey- New Attitude VIDEO

Independent music often lacks one essential thing when releasing visuals.. a story line. No matter how elaborate the story line may be seeing an artist do more than just standing in different locations rapping along to their song is a nice change! 

The newest artistry is brought to you by SpecialT and Ru$ Grey in the video for their single "New Attitude". Though the majority of the video is a tradition independent showing, personally I find the most engaging part to be the beginning and end of the video. The cameo by Voiceless Music owner, John Ari Caul, is a nice touch as well. 

The video doesn't fail to exceed expectations when compared to the single itself. The song goes hard and, in my opinion, the video goes even harder! 

Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comment section! 

Zeke Jaye - Kryptonite (Remix) (feat. Kony Brooks)

With the 2018 Voiceless Music Awards literally days away, every nominee is looking to make a statement for not only why they were nominated for this year.. but next year as well!

That includes the top award for Artist of the Year nominee, Zeke Jaye. With an array of nominations, and wins, the Queens, New York native was satisfied with his releases since dropping the highly favored Nostalgic earlier this year. 

Looking to get that nomination once again for best collab, Zeke is joined by 2016's Artist of the Year Kony Brooks for todays release. Check out the remix to "Kryptonite" below.

Monday, August 13, 2018

2 Words For Mumble Rapper Relevancy/Debate Pt. 3 Debate

As we finally come to a close with this very lengthy post we have "Debate". This one is very quick and simple to discuss. What do I mean when I say "Debate"? Well one of the reasons I feel certain things are so entertaining and fun is because of the debate and discussion around them.

The debate portion is what to me separated Hip-Hop from any other genre. If I ask you this one question you will instantly see what I mean. Are you ready? Okay... Who is your top 5 favorite rappers of all time? Now you get what I mean. There's never a right or wrong answer but people will defend their list like its a fact and if you have a vastly different list then theirs you will have to have some sort of logical reasoning as to why your opinion is the way it is. That's just one of the red button questions in Hip-Hop that makes it so interesting to talk about.

Whether you're judging based on song content, lyricism, influence, longevity, hits etc you have your reason why you love certain people and hate others. Now this brings us to Mumble Rap because I feel like this is a missing ingredient to this sub-genre. These new rappers who are on top in their demographic and field do not entertain the thought of this industry being as competitive as it used to be in the 80's, 90's and 00's. A lot of them refer to themselves as rock stars to distance themselves away from "traditional" or "regular" Hip-Hop artist. In so doing this it takes away that important part of what makes Hip-Hop so powerful and interesting. Their music and overall characteristics doesn't scream "I want to be the best and I'm here to prove it" like the artist that came before them. Instead it more so sounds like "I wanna party and make money" which is fine. Its not like partying and making money is a foreign concept to Hip-Hop but the attitude of not striving to give quality content that makes your competition rethink they're career choice is why certain circles will never include such artist into their conversations of some of the best to ever do it. 

Some of you might be reading this might be saying to yourself "what's the big deal"? Well the big deal is from 2014 till now we have seen a very big shift in Hop-Hop music. Everyone wants to be a trapper or mumble rapper because its whats in right now and also what's easy to do. The ability to uplift yourself out of harsh conditions in the hood by simply making a catchy song about partying, popping pills and fuckin bitches is a godsend and I get that. My only thought here is that 10 years from now the debate portion of Hip-Hop will be nonexistent. A vast majority of new rappers have adopted this lackadaisical approach to their craft not to mention a lot of their fans in most cases don't try to listen to the artist that came before them because its a different style that doesn't make them turn up the way they normally do so they don't see nor probably care about who's the best to ever do it. They're more so concerned with is this track/album turnt or not. 

You might say that I'm hating and being too hard on these artist but let me leave you with this question. 10 years from now will we be having hard and in depth discussions about who's the illest or the best between Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump etc? Think about it and get back to me in the comments section.  

2 Words For Mumble Rappers: Relevancy/Debate Pt. 2

Whats going on everyone! We are back to continue this post about the sub genre that is Mumble Rap. Previously I spoke about relevancy and how the lack of it so far in this sub genre is probably why they aren't taken seriously in some peoples eyes. This segment deals with relevancy but in a different aspect. The aspect I am referring to is pop culture. A few examples I will be using here to explain my point is Jay-Z, Mickey Factz & Hookz Murdock. These three in their own right take their craft seriously and know how to feed off of what is going on around them to fuel their punchlines and bars.

"I'm especially Joe Pesci with the pen" -Jay-Z. This is a line from Jay's song "Threats" which in my opinion is one of my favorite records from that album. I also feel that its one of the most underrated songs from that album but anyway I feel like this line went over some peoples heads. The reason why this line is so fire is because of the origin of where Jay drew this line from in the first place. In 1995  Martin Scorsese directed the movie Casino which starred Robert Dinero, Sharon Stone, James Woods and Joe Pesci. When Jay says I'm especially Joe Pesci with the pen he means that he's a killer with his pen game in music which is a creative line given its origin. watch below...

Moving along we have Hookz Murdock who is without question a product of the 90's. His ability to stay up to date with movie, tv, and comic book culture is on another level. Take the write up I did for him a few months ago for his track "Power". The track is loaded with subtle references to past movies and TV shows that anyone from the 80's and early 90's grew up on. http://www.voicelessmusic.com/2018/06/the-gauntlet-series-pt-3-of-6-power.html If that doesn't make you a believer than check out one of the records that really put him on the map...

Finally we get to Mickey Factz. If you've been following him then you know why I'm using him as an example for this piece. If you haven't then allow me to put you on. Being able to manipulate pop culture references into witty and clever lines is one of the many niches that Mickey Factz possesses. In this freestyle you are about to watch you're going to vividly be able to see the movie, video game and TV show references used in his punchlines with videos that correlate to what is being said. This is the epitome of what Relevancy looks like.

In closing I feel what could enhance the experience and legitimacy if you will of Mumble Rapper is for them to be able to use what's going on around them to their advantage. Whether that be politics, social injustice, movies, TV or any other form of pop culture. This will not only increase their creativity but it will also increase their staying power. By that I mean that people will be able to now relate them to whatever it is they used in their music. A perfect example is these gentlemen I mentioned above. I can't watch "Casino" now without thinking of Jays line, I can't think about Marvel's Infinity War without thinking of Hookz Murdock and I can't think of a lot of video games, movies and shows without thinking about Mickey Factz because of their ability to be able to give new life to these movies/shows through their unique delivery and concepts. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

2 Words For Mumble Rappers: Relevancy/Debate Pt. 1

This post is inspired by the song "2 Words" by Kanye West featuring Freeway & Mos Def. It's from his illustrious "College Dropout" album. In this song you hear the lyrical exchange of words from all three artist using "two words" to be the center thesis of their verses. If you haven't listened to it yet I highly recommend you give it a listen. I provided the video below. In this post I will explain why mumble rap if not careful could become a fly by night sub genre due to the lack of "Relevancy" & "Debates".

So with all of that being said what two words do I have for mumble rappers? Relevancy and Debate. Both words sound weird when thrown together like this but allow for me to explain. A few weeks ago I alluded to this concept on my radio show and now I will go in depth as to what I meant. Relevance in wiki is defined as "The quality or state of being closely connected or appropriate. So how does the lack of relevance in mumble rap possibly hurt the sub genre and what is it that it needs relevancy to? Well lets compare mumble rap not just to "old school" Hip-Hop but numerous genres and lets see if you can hear/see the connection or lack there of rather.

Soul: Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"

Classic Rock: Bon Jovi "Work For The Working Man"

Old School Hip-Hop: Grand Master Flash And The Furious Five "The Message"

"New" School Hip-Hop: Lupe Fiasco "Little Weapon"

Alternative Rock: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus "Face Down"

R&B: Anthony Hamilton "Coming From Where I'm From"

Country: John Mayer "Waiting For The World To Change"

Do you see the pattern I am trying to make here? In all of these genres of music you definitely had your share of music that made you feel good and want to party but you had a select few that took on the mantel of creating music that went deeper than good times and partying. These artist for whatever reason decided to cover topics that either effect us on a social level or they made songs that we could resonate with on a personal level which isn't easy to do. Being able to report the issues or situations of past or current to a beat and make it catchy enough that you'll want to listen and learn more isn't an easy feat but I feel it must be done to open dialogue and push reform in areas that need changing. This in my opinion balances things out and adds more legitimacy to each genre not to mention it shakes things up so not everyone is sounding the same and doing the same thing. 

That concludes part 1 of my segment on "Relevancy". Stayed tuned for part 2.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mic Ruiz - Cathartic Release

Gracing the stage several weeks ago for us at our Power of Summer event, Mic Ruiz has remained on our radar as we're pegging him as the next breakout artist from the unsigned world!

Reason being? Some much needed relatable music  from a MC going through real life issues. Compared to the "bottle popping" and "bitches on my shit" rappers of this generation, Ruiz puts pen to paper to discuss his current mood.

Suffering from what's happened in the past, check out "Cathartic Release" below.