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Nikki Hayes proves the power of vulnerability in her sensually captivating RnB evolution, SAFE

Nikki Hayes‘ latest RnB single, SAFE, showcases her unique ability to blend soulful vocals with a rich, resonant soundscape. It’s an aural revelation that resonates deeply with the listener, cutting to the core of the emotions it explores.

From the outset, SAFE captivates with its dreamy yet potent composition. The basslines, infused with a rich funk, provide a robust foundation that complements the ethereal quality of the track. This fusion of dreaminess with funk creates a soundscape that is both soothing and invigorating. The addition of blues-infused guitars adds another layer to the song, enhancing its emotional depth and complexity.

Hayes’ vocal performance is nothing short of enchanting. Her voice, both powerful and delicate, conveys a paradoxically beguiling sense of vulnerability and strength. The lyrics, which speak of finding safety in the arms of another in a chaotic world, are delivered with a sensuality and sincerity that is truly captivating.

Drawing inspiration from legends like Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, and Toni Braxton, Hayes has carved out a distinct sound that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking. Her journey from the basements of Chicago to collaborating with Grammy-winning artists is evident in the polished quality of SAFE. The track stands as a testament to her fearless work ethic, vocal finesse, and unwavering passion for music.

As she continues to evolve and captivate audiences with her unique sound, Nikki Hayes is undoubtedly an artist to watch.

SAFE was officially released on November 29. Stream it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Interview: Jay Activist puts Atlanta on his back with Point to Prove

Telling us all about the concept behind his new album and all the vibes in his hometown of Atlanta, Jay Activist delves deeper into his craft and shows us his hunger inside Point to Prove. Inspired by J. Cole and keeping things to the point, we find a confident creative who is ready for whatever is next in this fickle game.

We appreciate your time Jay. Where in the world are you based and who is your favourite artist of all time?

Jay: I’m based in Atlanta, Georgia and my favorite artist of all time is J. Cole.

Please tell us more about your latest release Point to Prove and the creative/production process behind it and do you feel like your sound has evolved?

Jay: I consider Point to Prove my stamp into the music industry. While this isn’t my first project, it checks off so many boxes of points I feel like I needed to prove as Jay Activist. I can do more then just rap on a song with my growing singing ability, but also produce and engineer a good sound.

What does this album mean to your brand?

Jay: This album defines my brand as the playa that put his words in a smooth way.

If you could play live on any stage in the world, where would it be and who would be on the lineup?

Jay: It would be Statefarm arena in Atlanta with acts such as Drake, J Cole, and Smino.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Jay: “Don’t take advice from people who aren’t successful”.

Where are the hot spots to you catch live music with meaning in your local area?

Jay: Definitely Apache in Atlanta or college campuses such as Georgia State University or Kennesaw State University.

Last, if you have the keys to the music industry, how would you change it?

Jay: I would make things fairer to artists and change the ecosystem to where people don’t have to sell out to be successful.

Hear this fine release on Spotify.

Check out the progress and gig news on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Interview: Mr. Muzix can’t wait for the new beginnings on Brandy

Telling us all about his soulfully inviting new single Brandy, Lithonia, Georgia native Mr. Muzix takes us on a reinvigorated ride with so much meaning and a new perspective to smooth over all scars. Keeping the faith and mellowing out all listeners, this is a loving interview to open up minds and guide us deep inside his vision.

Hello there Mr. Muzix. We appreciate your time. Where can we find you in the world today and what is your favourite meal?
Thanks so much. Today, in the world, you can actually find me in one of two places; Lithonia, GA or Knoxville, TN. Also, my favorite meal, currently, would probably be Pineapple & Spinach pizza.

Please tell us more about your new release.
My newest release, “BRANDY”, was written in a time of new beginnings in my life. The song was actually written about a friend I went to school with; though I’m sure she’ll never find out who she is. Beyond the concept of the track, it, like all others of mine, was written, recorded, produced, and engineered all in-house by myself. — It also includes my favorite guitar solo thus far, of all my material.

Who is the rock in your life who keeps you grounded?
At this point in my life, I would consider my supporters, a.k.a. ‘The Patch’, to be my rock. I have experienced quite a bit in the world of Music, and those that have still supported me, especially from the beginning, will always be the key to my motivation. — They keep me going and they keep me alive as an artist; just by listening to what I have to say.

Are there any good spots in your local area to watch good underground music?
There are plenty of great spots to catch great underground music in the Lithonia/Atlanta (GA) area. One of which being ‘Airloom Studios’ in Atlanta, GA. I’ve been able to hear some great music within minutes of just parking outside. I absolutely enjoy the atmosphere as well as the setup of the performance area. It all really feels like a get-away.

Which other musicians inspire you?
I find a lot of inspiration from older musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Esparanza Spalding, etc. However, I do also enjoy some newer musicians such as MonoNeon, Jacob Collier, The Pocket Queen, and a few more.

Do you think the local live music community has recovered after covid or what needs to happen to ensure its survival?
I do, in fact, believe that the local live music community has recovered. Covid has put a halt on live music and has even created a new streaming platform for musicians to engage with the world, however, I will always agree with the concept of music being 100x better in a live setting. I do think the streaming world has taken a lot away from live performances; well both streaming and technology. A lot of “live” shows aren’t even true “live” performances with so many enhancements and aids/crutches used by artists and musicians in this modern time; but I think as long as there is at least one person in the audience, live venues and performances will survive.

Final question. What is your vision for your career?
My vision for my career would be to accomplish my main goal in life/life’s motto; to show the world that ‘We Can All Be Rockstars’. It seems as though there’s such a stigma around “who can be a musical artist” or “what it takes to be a musical artist”; and though I understand a lot of hard work and dedication goes a long way, I’d like to show others that we can all be stars in the smallest things we do in life. — Keep moving with faith and keep pushing harder; you’ll find happiness and satisfaction.

Feel the experience on Spotify.

Follow his releases for further news on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

For You: Atlanta RnB artist Kay Soul is the brave warrior we needed on Profit A Man

After feeling genuine love from her last 6-track EP from 2022 called Connections, Kay Soul stuns all of our deepest senses on the wonderful new single to learn and mend from, Profit A Man.

Kay Soul is an Atlanta, Georgia-based indie recording RnB artist, songwriter, plus model and aspiring actress who sings with an incredible aura which will soothe windy skies.

After recently serving as hostess for the 10th Annual One Nation Under God Music Festival, Kay Soul is rather illuminating here. This is a stunning experience which is rather outstanding and shall ease all worries away as a true angel does.

Profit A Man from Atlanta RnB singer-songwriter Kay Soul is a rather special single which will surely warm the hearts of many. This is an exquisite track which will open up many eyes and filter through into our tired souls, with an artist who is gracious and awe-inspiring in every way.

If you love graceful music with a real message, this is a perfect tonic for any stressed soul.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Don’t Ever Follow Me: kai Kyoto wonders why the lies slapped his face on die 4 me

Recollecting a damaged past relationship which sadly faded away into the shadows, kai Kyoto sends chills down many spines on the superbly tailored stunner, die 4 me.

kai Kyoto is an Atlanta, GA-based indie rapper who wants to change the world and instil love in a society where creativity and passion transmit through the gutters and veins of the lost generation.

Just like each and every single one of you, I’m human. I make mistakes. I’m not perfect. But best believe I’m trying. If your willing to accept that, then this is kyoto.” ~ kai Kyoto

Gliding us through each sinew of this traumatic moment which changed two lives, kai Kyoto has dropped a sensational soundtrack for us to all learn from. Showing us the fragility of a lost love which promised so much, we are thrilled to the core from a tremendously in-form artist who is only elevating.

die 4 me from Atlanta, GA-based indie rapper kai Kyoto is a rather tranquil melody which will send ears peace where there was war. Closing the door on a past love which burnt away like a fire in the mountains, for us to find a truly embrace-packed track for the ages.

Sung with a delightfully enlightening tone and so much calm energy, this is a sensational release which will leave many millions recalling a time when the kisses stopped.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


One of his most recent songs, “YA’LL CAN’T DO IT LIKE DIS,” is a hip-hop track that is guaranteed to get you bouncing along with the beat. The infectious hook will have you singing it for days, and the synthesizer riff in the beat is an added bonus that will keep you coming back for more. The production quality of this track is top-notch, and the lyrics are cleverly written with a catchy flow that is sure to stick with you.

What’s impressive about INFAMOUS C-4 is that he not only has the talent to make great music, but he also knows how to promote it on social media. His Instagram page is a perfect example of this. It’s filled with pictures and videos of him in the studio, performing at shows, and interacting with his fans. He keeps his followers engaged by sharing snippets of his upcoming projects and even hosts live Q&A sessions.

But what truly sets him apart is his dedication to his craft. He is constantly pushing himself to be the best, and it shows in his music. “YA’LL CAN’T DO IT LIKE DIS” is just one example of his talent, but it’s clear that he has a lot more in store for us in the future. If you’re a fan of hip-hop and you’re looking for something fresh and exciting, INFAMOUS C-4 is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.

Ike Sanders stopped the hands of time with his fiery new rap track, Stolen Clocks

Literally and figuratively, Ike Sanders’ standout single, Stolen Clocks, from his 2023 hip-hop EP, Seven Hills, is the hottest rap hit you will hear this year; prime your summer playlists for the intoxicatingly seamless fluidity to the expression.

Enigmatic yet seductive, playful yet commanding, the rhythmically rolling rap bars against the bright and scintillating alt beats set the charisma bar unattainably high. Stolen Clocks is an urban jam orchestrated to transcend to a higher plateau with.

Even with the lyrical grit, the optimistically sweet disposition stays true to the Atlanta-based artist’s ethos of orchestrating genre-bending, passion-driven conscious rap. With his tendency to pull in international influences rather than staying true to his hometown roots, you would be hard-pressed to find a more exotically alluring hit.

Stolen Clocks dropped with the rest of the Seven Hills EP on March 24; hear it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Atlanta hip-hop heavyweight Rashaann waxed Dre-style lyrical in his latest hit, Times Like This

If your hip-hop playlists are crying out for a hit that oozes style, innovation and bruisingly clever Dre-ESQUE wordplay in equal measure, tune into the latest hit from the rap luminary, Rashaan.

Times Like This is the silver lining to living in an era where it is easy to distance yourself from sanity day by day by looking at the news and noting the disorientating injustices before taking a look at mankind and realising that we should be referred to as manunkind.

With an EDM backbeat that could make your spine shiver around the jazzy cinematic old-school layers brought by the smoky sax lines and Rashaann’s storming flows, Times Like This is a rhythmically arresting tour de force, which proves he is beyond ahead of the game; everyone else is playing by his rules.

The artist, songwriter, and producer is currently taking the Atlanta hip-hop scene by storm after relocating from NYC and releasing his latest project, Far From Home, featuring the standout hit Times Like This.

Check out Times Likes This on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Dance With The Devil: Velcroes drops tight street track LBT

Directed by Sincere Blanco and burrowing through those alleys only those with a keen eye for detail can see, Velcroes has opened up our eyes to what is really going on with the visuals for LBT.

Velcroes is an Atlanta/Ghana-fused rapper with a seemingly positive outlook on life and blends in pulsating pop to enliven all sleepy speakers.

Detonating in with a shades-fueled abandon and so much to learn from for the naive who chose to avoid the notion, Velcroes has engrossed us with a dominant performance to smash our mindsets apart. He seems to understand with careful aim, what is needed to survive those rusty roads loaded with smokey evil eyes waiting to gnaw on innocent faces.

LBT from Atlanta/Ghana-fused rapper Velcroes is an enlightening look deep inside the streets plugged with many temptations and snake-like tendencies if you look inside the wrong box.

Foxing through with a confident demeanour and slicing jagged-edge-like flows to stream away any menacing rattles which could cause deadly bites if not treated quickly.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ain’t Goin’ Down Like That: HOOD CRITTAX runs off on anything they want on debut track da jump off

Seeing fine talent in abundance and taking a snack for lunchtime, HOOD CRITTAX are those ravenous Pitbulls who shall never give up on their popping off all night with the bare hands debut track da jump off.

HOOD CRITTAX is an Atlanta, USA indie hip hop/RnB trio who are inspired by classic sounds and their experiences growing up on those tough streets.

After recording at Timbaland studio recently, HOOD CRITTAX surges through with a top-shelf release to show their intent globally. You feel their incredible exuberance transform previous thoughts through a thoroughly ferocious soundtrack.

da jump off from the underground Atlanta, USA indie hip hop/RnB trio HOOD CRITTAX is one of those gangsta tunes which shall get the groove going. They are inspired by the legends of the game and everything is funky, groovy, hardcore and just excellent in all areas.

If you are a massive fan of edgy lyrics and a sparked-up beat to vibe with, this is a single to turn up loud. It’s that good.

Illuminate your street hustle on Spotify. View their stories on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen