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Interview: Indexisive leads us into the self-growth and Love within

We sat down with the hugely intriguing pro-mental health Charlotte-based multi-genre artist Indexisive recently. We found out about how he got into music, his respect for the sadly departed Javon, videography, Love and we feel genuine appreciation for the legendary Donald Glover. Sit back with a cuppa something warm for this one. Ready? Let’s go.

Welcome and thank you for chatting with us today. Firstly, how did you get your artist name and how did you first get in the game?

I got my artist name cause I was actually a very indecisive person. I didn’t know which genre of music I wanted to really do because I loved so many genres and I thought indexisive perfectly summed up who I was when it came to music. Since I never try to just stick to one genre really, when there are so many sounds to explore.

I actually got into music completely by accident. I actually used to make blogs and comedy videos and was a little bit vine famous when vine was a thing, and ended up wanting to do videography after high school. I ended up shooting music videos for a friend of mine whose no longer with us, RIP Javon. One day while we were shooting some music video footage at a studio he had some extra studio time leftover and asked if I wanted to record something. I thought sure why not and recorded my first song on a lofi beat cause I was really into lofi at the time. This was back in 2015-2016 and back then lofi wasn’t as mainstream as it was today with other people rapping or singing on lofi so my competition wasn’t much. I put out the song and didn’t think anything of it, and a year later after I checked back in and I found out Spotify had ended up promoting it on their playlists and seeing the numbers and followers reaching out to me I figured why not give it a shot, so I owe almost all of that to Jay, may he Rest In Peace.

Please tell us all about your new release?

I wrote Love (threat) because I feel like although Love is such a strong emotion. A lot of people tend to let it cloud their judgement, and there are people out there who know this and will take advantage of it. Some will manipulate you and push you to your mental limits and it’s important to be aware of the person you are actually interacting with, and not the idealized version of them you may have in your head. Putting yourself and your mental first should always be your main priority above all else.

If you could share the stage with any band or solo act, who would it be and why?

Donald Glover for sure, his direction for making his albums more than just music and making them immersive experiences with scripts and a story line through his music videos, or making a screenplay to read while listening to the album in my opinion is incredible. I really wanted to pursues some of these ideas myself but simply didn’t have the budget for something like that at the time.

How would you describe your music to a novice in the game?

I think I would say it’s a between hip-hop at times but extending into alternative, Soul/RB?

I tend to favor more chill music while I’m singing or rapping about certain subjects. But I do have some songs in the vault which are extremely hard rap typically delving darker subjects. But on the other hand I still every once in a while will release a more alternative completely acoustic sounds, so I would say versatile I guess, I feel like every artist should be.

Are you happy with your move to Charlotte NC and what is the scene like there?

I love Charlotte as a city and always have, I just wish more artists or athletes or celebrities who made it big stuck around to actually help the scene grow versus moving out of state. But I have made that a bit of a personal mission of mine to try and help the music scene locally in Charlotte to grow a lot more.

The scene here isn’t as big as I believe it could be but I definitely think we can get it there.

What do you think you’ll miss most about Miami?

Definitely the connections and shows. I met so many big artists and there are so many music opportunities there around every corner it’s almost hard not to do music there. But I always do try to visit when I can.

Last, what are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I would just love to be able to do music full time and go on tour really and meet anybody who listens to my music in person. As much as I love seeing my numbers go up online, it doesn’t mean nearly as much to me as meeting my fans in person and being able to connect with them. I actually make an effort to try and message every person that follows me so I feel like meeting people online I’ve talked to before would also be amazing.

Hear more on Spotify.

Interview on Llewelyn Screen

Spotlight Feature: Cuttaman 100gran rides his own new wave in his vindicating rap hit, Bump My Music

Cuttaman 100gran

After opening for Pastor Troy in South Carolina, recording records for Dr Dre and performing in front of 8,000 people at a concert in Rockingham, NC, the Charlotte, NC-hailing luminary rapper, Cuttaman 100gran, is here with his latest single, Bump My Music.

Slick with style and vibing with an infectious attitude, Bump My Music is the ultimate middle finger to the people in your life that stay on the sidelines instead of getting behind you. Paying homage to his muses, Cuttaman 100gran rides his own wave while staying in the fast lane with his sharply steady rap bars and beats that break the hip-hop mould.

Any fans of Kevin Gates, Roddy Ricch and Rod Wave will be addicted once they get a taste of the grinding urban aesthetic that balances hard-hitting percussion with wavy reverb production – engineered by the legendary sound designer, Bungies.

“When you have women in your life that are inspired by your stories, telling them becomes a lifestyle. Them being around me on a day-to-day basis makes every lyric that much more surreal. Their enthusiasm inspired the track.”

Stream Bump My Music on Spotify and Apple Music. Follow Cuttaman 100gran on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Figured Out: Charlotte rockers The Phantom Friends urges us to let it out on Can’t You See

Sung with an exceedingly vigorous intensity which shall tremble through the windows like a fresh breeze of vibrance, The Phantom Friends return with a wall-breaking experience for many to learn from on Can’t You See.

The Phantom Friends is a Charlotte, USA-based indie synth rock band who formulates those stadium-like soundtracks to jump around with.

Is about getting through to the people you love or getting through to yourself when you know there are frivolous things in the way of your happiness. It’s about clearing out the negativity in your life and saying the things that are not always easy to say.” ~ The Phantom Friends

Laden with a bone-shaking edge and brimming with a confident aura to surpass all expectations, The Phantom Friends slide in our ears with excellent aplomb and shall help all lost hearts heal up again.

Can’t You See from Charlotte, USA-based indie synth rock band The Phantom Friends is a flourishingly energetic single to wash those self-doubts away with. Performed with a rather incredible velocity and belted out like a classic 90s track, this is a gem to play on repeat when a new door needs to open.

When you realize what you need to do in order to be happy, everything changes.

Tune in on Spotify. See more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Been Maxin: BLK Teeze shows us that lit flow with Whats Crackin

Cooking up that chicken and bacon while he rips the script up into the fire, BLK Teeze has dropped a whippin’ track that will get you speaking Jamaican and is called Whats Crackin.

BLK Teeze is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based indie hip hop artist who certainly knows how to spark up those fiery beats that will get your speakers irie.

On Friday, May 6th, 2022, BLK’s debut EP “DARK OUT” went to chart 2 weeks straight On both the iTunes “Hip Hop/Rap” Pre-Order Chart (highest position at #13) and the “All Genres” Pre-Order Chart (highest position at #130) respectively.” ~ BLK Teeze

Breezing in with a dynamic track to fully savour, BLK Teeze shows us what scorching hot hip hop music sounds like in 2022. Using his quick-wittedness admirably, this is a song that shall have you scribbling down some notes to learn from.

Packed with a punchy bass that will have you in Mike Tyson mode, you might find yourself compelled to turn this up a notch.

Started releasing music, primarily on SoundCloud, in 2018 after trying to pursue a career in football. In the last 4 years.” ~ BLK Teeze

Whats Crackin from Charlotte, North Carolina-based indie hip hop artist BLK Teeze is a smokey cool new soundtrack that shall get your lips all perked up. Ready for action and laced with so much attraction, this is a sizzling single all about showing that anything is possible if you have the correct dimensions in life. With so many people currently acting so flaky, this is a statement from a young artist who is ready for anything.

Success really is the only option.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Patience is Wearing Thin: LA artist Rehd seeks inner calm during stormy days on ‘Chill Out’

The proud son of the legendary musician Anthony Hamilton, Rehd carries on creating his own lane of success and impresses highly on the new single that will have you taking a deep breath called ‘Chill Out‘.

Rehd aka Young Prince Love, is a massively talented Charlotte, North Carolina-born, Los Angeles, California-based indie goodie rap singer-songwriter. He makes a style of music that is rather sparkling, as his imaginative soundscape is quite breathtaking at times due to its unique bounce.

I wrote this song to keep myself under control when my emotions run too wild.” – Rehd

This is the story about taking a step back after someone really got under your skin – as you want to sort them out by showing force – but know that ultimately it really isn’t worth it. You rather take this moment and capture it, with a song that shows your intentions if they push you any further, towards doing something you don’t want to.

Chill Out‘ from the fantastically free-spirited goodie rap singer-songwriter based now in LA named Rehd, mellows the vibe out real cool to keep the emotions in check, as things could get heated and out of control real quick. He shows us his vibrantly exciting style which showcases his bursting energy in full effect. Its all about using your brain when things get heated after all.

See this new music video on YouTube and see more stories on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Sending a message: Phil is in no mood for fools on catchy new single ‘Goofy’

Taken off his absorbing 11-track debut EP called ‘Different Cities‘, the mesmerizing talent of Phil brings us his terrific new track named ‘Goofy‘.

Phil is a supremely self-motivated and highly-gifted Charlotte-born, New York-based singer-songwriter, trained dancer and successful actor, with acclaimed stints on Chicago PD, Proven Innocent, The Other Two, horror film Haunt and the new Apple TV+ show called Little Voice.

With a confident style that seems effortless, he sings with such immense skill and swag that uplifts your mood instantly. He is an artist that performs with that extra passion formed from the deepest part of his soul and he tells it how it is.

This is the story about how some other dudes are so goofy and don’t do things properly. They are all about the flash quick cash vibe that has no foresight and you are going for the smart long-term game. When you are a deep soul like this, you see things differently and some people just don’t get it.

With a catchy vibe and a singer who performs with that extra hungry edge, he shows that you can achieve your goals if you actually work hard and put in the effort. This is a sensational single from a man that has had a tough upbringing and brings us a track that has your whole body grooving in delight.

Goofy‘ from New York-based actor/dancer/singer-songwriter Phil is a quality new single from a multi-talented artist, who has so much potential that they better make room for him at the top. When you believe in yourself, the sky is the limit to what you can achieve.

Stream this hot new track on Spotify and see more visuals on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chasing that rush: North Carolina Pop singer Natalie Carr knows the party needs to end on lyric video for ‘Blue Lights’

Her voice is so real and relevant. Natalie Carr shows us what life is like on the run while chasing those tempting tattoos for a little bit too long on ‘Blue Lights’.

You love that feeling of danger and partying wherever and whenever you want. You know deep down however that this needs to end otherwise you will be seeing those dreaded lights a bit too close and things will change forever. You keep yourself close to that partner for the night but also have a plan to get out if the going gets too dangerous.

“I’ve found my stride in being honest in my writing, for everyday people, like myself, to relate.”- Natalie Carr

Her music is refreshingly straight forward and she gets to the core of the story without too much fuss. This is all about having fun and enjoying each moment as life comes, you wish it wouldn’t stop. However, you know that it needs to end and you should move on to better things. So many of us find ourselves stuck in this maze of bright lights, the chase that is so hot to begin with and then it burns out like a used cigarette.

With an honest R&B/Pop style that sizzles the ears, she is the ultimate partner in crime. The late nights, going on fun adventures lasts for a while and these will be memories forever. However it only takes one slip up to have this moment crash down like a pack of cards into dust and doom, locked up for something so silly that shouldn’t have really happened.

Blue Lights’ from US Pop singer-songwriter Natalie Carr is a breath-taking track and the visuals only make this song a sultry view and listen for the lost hearts out there, frustrated with lock-down days. The temptation and urge to explore again is sometimes too much to pass up. Taking time to take a step back however, is the safer but less fun way to go.

See this exciting video here on her YouTube and find out more about Natalie on her IG and Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

59 Jay Breeze reminiscences on fire new single ‘Call Back’

US emcee 59 Jay Breeze reminiscences on new Hip Hop single ‘Call Back‘.

This is about not getting that call back. There was way too many lies and the truth was very far away. In this crazy world of 2020, we need that real talk. Not that fake, wish n’ washy chatter that sounds like some alien type of meaningless words but flies right over you, as you know its not your style.

Charlotte, North Carolina is the home of Hip Hop artist 59 Jay Breeze as he waits by the phone on this bouncy beat gem ‘Call Back‘. This time didn’t work out but better times await for this young emcee with a dope flow. Rapping is effortless for him as he brings us into these bleak times and heartache. Things will get better and the beat is meshed well to the story with the driving beat that is excellently produced.

Call Back‘ from 59 Jay Breeze is a top track that shows this rappers ascension in the often crowded Hip Hop landscape.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

California emcee Akanimo flows in with fine beat on I.D.G.A (Fine Wine)

Akanimo is an American rapper and vocalist from Charlotte, North Carolina who now is based in California. He slides in with his new track called ‘I.D.G.A (Fine Wine)‘.

Taken off the self-tilted album ‘Akanimo‘, this is a fine song with such a soulful style. The beat is so stylish that it must have a suit jacket on with some shiny new shoes. The raps are slick and smooth, Akanimo really visualizes well here and this is effortless.

I.D.G.A (Fine Wine)‘ from Akanimo is a classy add on to 2020. This is about wanting that classy girl in your life and you think that she gets more and more beautiful the older she gets. You are ready for her love and just want to be with her. You are staying patient now and know that your time will come when it’s right.

The Californian rapper Akanimo is here with a fine track that dazzles on all levels. It’s chilled and to the point. This is the kind of song you put on at a house party to enjoy with friends.

Stream here on Spotify for the new track.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alex PGSV skids in with Trap-fused ‘Wouldn’t Judge’

Alex PGSV is an indie emcee from Charlotte, North Carolina and he jumps in with the bouncy banger called ‘Wouldn’t Judge‘.

Taken off the debut album called ‘Purple Matter‘, ‘Wouldn’t Judge‘ is a trap Hip Hop journey with a late night beat that gets your attention as it skids right through the car park with a screech. This is all about not judging anyone and just going for it life. You don’t need to worry about anyone with so much going on in the world.

Alex PGSV has a confident flow to his raps and slams in with gritty energy and visual storytelling. This is a slow rider tune while cruising around with the homies. The haunting and ominous crush on the speakers fills the wheels with extra speed as you can transfixed on the brilliant beat.

Wouldn’t Judge‘ from Alex PGSV is an indie rap cruise trip all the way over the trap music vibe that spirals through the night.

Stream here to hear this song on Spotify.

Click here to find out more about this artist on Insta.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen