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This Is Life by Qro: Naked truth, raw reality and real Hip-Hop.

Like any social movement, Hip-Hop has adapted successfully to its surroundings and evolved, morphed and grown into a representation of the times. Some would argue, that in its growth, its original message has often been watered down and packaged for the masses. Inequality, racial disparity, economic barriers, and police brutality have been sidelined for sex, drugs, money and the aspiration for all three.

‘This Is Life’  by talented artist, Qro, is the perfect track for Hip-Hop lovers everywhere.  His lyrical content is reminiscent of the early greats – Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, NWA but his style is fresh and today. His beats and his flow are forward thinking and, without a doubt, Qro is a relevant voice. He pulls back the curtain to life as a black man in America and describes tragedy, redemption and hope succinctly and effortlessly. He holds no punches and refuses to sugarcoat his experiences. ‘This Is Life’ is pure Hip-Hop at its best.

Listen to “This Is Life’ by Qro, here at Spotify and tell us what you think. You wont be disappointed.

Review by Susan Harriott

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A&R Factory Present: Beware of Darkness

Today, alt rock outfit Beware of Darkness have unveiled their new single “Dope” . “Dope” has already seen spins on Beats 1, BBC Radio 1, plus is receiving early support from commercial rock stations such as LA‘s KROQ and101WKQX in Chicago. The single is from the trio’s forthcoming, sophomore album, Are You Real?, which will be released this summer 2016 on Bright Antenna Records.

In support of the new single and upcoming LP, Beware of Darkness will be giving a special, memorable performance on May 9th atLA’s Resident – presented by

Are You Real? was produced by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals) and Jim Kaufman (ANTI-FLAG) to help form the band’s new alternative vein that hearkens to the sonic likes of Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, The Kills, The Struts, Skaters and even Nirvana.

Frontman Kyle Nicolaides‘s journey has come full circle, since the release of the band’s debut album Orthodox in 2013, which landedTOP 30 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Chart, and garnered high praise from Rolling Stone, Fuse, American Songwriter, and more. After touring with Cage The Elephant, The Wombats, Soundgarden, STP, AWOLNATION and Jane’s Addiction, plus making their debut at the Reading and Leeds Festival, the trolling the depths and sludging through the bleak, Are You Real? is the story of how a rock star on the rise fought uncertainty and disillusionment to avoid flaming out. And, more importantly, how Nicolaides has come through the other side revitalized and focused, and with the best songs of his young career.