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Jaeya poured the perfect sonic summer cocktail in her genre-fluid hit, 510

Taken from her seminal retrowave hip-hop EP, BAYANI, the up-and-coming artist, Jaeya’s slick with sublime style standout single, 510, is a melodic cruise through ingenuity and gripping grooves that will hold your rhythmic pulses like a vice.

Her sun-kissed amalgamation of RnB pop vox and tropic hip-hop beats unravels as the perfect sonic summer cocktail that you can savour time after time to devour her witty wordplay and the introspection that allows her bars to hit so resonantly hard.

Even at a young age, the Bay Area Filipinx artist’s creativity knows relatively few bounds; she’s made herself known in Cali and beyond for her songwriting and emcee skills. Her debut EP flawlessly exhibits her cultural contribution to the music industry, and her ability to fuse urban genres until they’re an intoxicating pool of refreshingly curve-transcending bliss.

Stream 510 on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lyrically supreme Washington DC underground emcee Kvng Chemist guides us through his obvious true love for music

Kvng Chemist is an insightful and experienced figure in the music game. The Washington DC emcee sat down with us the other day to speak more about his vision behind the new single, his career to date and what’s next.

Llewelyn: Thank you for joining us today Kvng Chemist. Let’s start off here. Where in the world are you as we speak and how did you get your artist name? It feels like it’s a good story of how you got it originally.

Kvng Chemist: Right now I’m in Washington D.C born and raised. My artist name origin stems from my early childhood when my father was a DJ and my interest in science as I first started out as The Venomous Chemist as in the early 90s there was a chemist radioactive lab set to where you could concoct a lot of ingredients to make weird things and I really enjoyed and it help me to appreciate art and mind of a chemist so I embody that and as I got older me and some of my friends I grew up with we really got into learning ancient cultures and history which lead to me evolving and changing my name to Kvng Chemist as doing research we are descendants of our ancestors who are ancient beings.

Llewelyn: Please tell us more about your true love of music. How has this progressed and does it encapsulate your life story?

Kvng Chemist: My love for music stems from my father DJing since I can remember at the age of 4yrs old seeing him mix and blend oldies with late 80s to early 90s hip-hop and R&B. He seen how much I loved music at the age 2yrs old and made sure when ever he had gigs at weddings, beach parties, anniversaries etc. me and my brother was present. My love for the art progressed as friends around my neighborhood would come over and we would have freestyle sessions and battle rap. I did a lot recordings I sang and rap on my home alone talkboy my parents bought me one Christmas. But I really starting taking my writing serious when I was 14 yrs old and recorded my first song at 15yrs old. I believe when I turned 19yrs of age and my daughter came into the picture my writing and thought process changed and evolved for the better. It’s crazy because her being helped me tap into expressing my journey and lessons in life in a enigmatic manner and I embody that.

Llewelyn: When do you realise that you wanted to be an artist and what have been the victories and challenges along the way? Have you found that self-belief has carried you over the line when some have doubted you?

Kvng Chemist: I realized at 15yrs of age I wanted to be an artist. I was an introvert growing up and there was a lot of emotions and things I started to experience that I felt more comfortable expressing through writing. My challenges along the way we’re definitely hard. It was a constant struggle trying to master my cadence to the beat and I really stood out because most not all but majority of my peers liked punch lines and battle rap and that just wasn’t me even though I enjoyed it also. My victories along the way were my constant freestyle sessions whether I was in a cypher or around my friends, or I was with my cousin and he would play new beats he made and we would ride out for 2 to 3 hrs and he would have me freestyle on all his beats the whole ride. Those moments and memorabilia were pivotal in my growth up to this day. Most definitely self-belief has carried me over the line of doubters whether it was family, friends, business partners, love interests. It was all fuel to the fire. But at the end of day I love what I do and it’s me.

Llewelyn: Your new single is called Star. What’s the vision behind the project and who did you make the song for? Also, who was involved in the creation besides yourself?

Kvng Chemist: The vision behind my new single Star was self-love affirmation and recognizing who I am and when I wrote it I spoke from my personal perspective and experiences with the thought of others in mind. Because I do believe everyone has a gift and everyone is special or you wouldn’t be here. So we are all Stars but, it’s on us as individuals to seek out that gift and see how can we use it for the betterment of mankind. I definitely wanna show love to everyone I collaborated with on this single Anna-Sophia Henry who is one of the co-writers, Darrell Banks the producer and Face the engineer who mixed and mastered the final cut.

Llewelyn: How do you write tracks? Do you go outside to find the lyrics or do they come naturally when you want?

Kvng Chemist: When I write I never box myself into only one particular way of how my creativity comes to me. So to be truly honest and 100 when I say this my process is never forced and comes naturally when I’m inspired to share my experiences, thoughts, and lyricism

Llewelyn: What kind of music are you into and who are some of your favorite artists?

Kvng Chemist: I’m into most genres because they all tell a story and as I study them and listen closely they all expressed in different emotional tones how I would put it. But I will say I do listen to more classical, opera, & jazz music. Those combinations definitely inspires some of my creative styles. As favorite artists now a days I really don’t have a favorite because I like so many of them that came before me. So just to name a few off the top of my head MosDef, Rakim, Big L, Nas, AZ, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought, OutKast, Goodie Mob, UGK, De La Soul, Slum Village, Tribe Called Quest, of course Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tha Eastsidaz, & Shade Sheist it’s so many I enjoy studying & listening to the art overall from all genres just to reiterate

Llewelyn: Last, who inspires you most in the world and do you have any words for young musicians starting out in the game?

Kvng Chemist: I would say the fact that I exist to learn & experience God’s creations, inspires me the most. Because every breath, every step, every heartbeat, every blink from eyes is a tempo. Music is an essential part of life!

For the young musicians starting out. Be inspired, be different. Always be true and authentic with yourself and you’ll be successful. It’s all about PFM Positive Foward Movement

Listen up on Spotify.

See more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Inside Your Mind: OXYG3N tells us the real story on ‘Channel 33’ (feat. Highndeaf)

With a brooding rhythm that is notably threatening and gets your nervous heart pounding as fast as a voracious lion stalking its prey, OXYG3N asks us to turn on a new mindset so that we can see things so much clearer than before on ‘Channel 33(feat. Highndeaf).

OXYG3N is a Corona, California-based underground hip-hop emcee, Cannabis Stock Fund advocate, NFT Art creator, crypto investor and music producer.

He started making music due to his older brother being a producer too and is influenced by Ab-Soul, Lil Wayne, A$AP MOB and 50 Cent.” ~ OXYG3N

OXYG3N shows us his astonishingly hard bars that slam down with some force like a thunderbolt from the shadowed sky, to speedily awaken those who need to open up their sleepy eyes. There is a full-paced tempo here that doesn’t let up, as the booming beat keeps you locked tight into this vividly described picture.

Channel 33(feat. Highndeaf) from the prominent Corona, California-based indie hip-hop artist and music producer OXYG3N, is a really powerful track that is one for those real music fans who love this storytelling genre that will never die. You feel the hungry nature of this experienced artist that urges us all to slide those sunglasses off and take note of these troubled times with waves so big, that many will not make it through to shore. The world is unnecessarily cruel like that sometimes.

Hear this fine new single on Soundcloud and see more news via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Do You See: Michigan battle rapper extraordinaire Bel Air Beezy shows us he doesn’t need sleep on ‘No Rest’

With an ominous beat to start things off and a furious flow that belts through the brittle speakers of our wondrous imagination, Bel Air Beezy rises up from the underground to remind us that he is ready for anything that comes between him and greatness with ‘No Rest‘.

Bel Air Beezy is a hard-edged Grand Rapids, Michigan-based battle rapper and Dad. He is a street-smart artist who puts on his cape when needed, to show the uneducated what hip-hop should sound like.

His music is not something you simply listen to but experience. Mostly going by ‘Beezy’ he has found the perfect balance of witty punchlines, charisma, and engagement in the battle arena.” ~ Bel Air Beezy

His hardcore delivery certainly delivers the post rather smoothly – as he drops in to remind all those who forgot about him – that he is around whenever needed to put on a rap clinic, to teach the youth about this storied art form.

No Rest‘ from the powerfully eloquent flows of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based emcee and battle rapper Bel Air Beezy, is a quick-fire return to show us all that he is one of the most criminally underrated emcee around. He swarms the mic like hungry bees, as he bites into these cold bars that smashes through all previous perceptions.

Who needs sleep when your mind is always working at full pace anyway.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more news via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Anywhere But Here: Denver emcee IANxSOLO tells us to take it slow on ‘Road To Nowhere’

With his first solo release in over eight years, IANxSOLO pulls up in style with the fresh new single that shows us that we need to keep things chilled and head to the ‘Road To Nowhere‘.

IANxSOLO is a well-respected underground emcee, audio engineer, Broncos fan, and one half of the hip hop group, Loco-Motive (featuring East Side Vic) from thriving Denver, Colorado.

With a smoothly laced delivery attached as he steps onto the solo scene again after a long break, he drops some impressive bars that has you feeling relaxed again. IANxSOLO makes that introspective music that also has lots of party vibes intertwined, as he thrills your socks off with a flow that has you feeling like you need to jump into that pool to cool off.

This is the type of mellow track to play when you need to remember to keep it mellow again – the fumes from this smokey world can be a bit overwhelming sometimes as you need a break from it all — as the catchy beat puts that full-faced perspective back in your mind again.

Road To Nowhere‘ from the terrific Denver, Colorado emcee and audio engineer IANxSOLO, shows us a path that has us reading the truth leaves, as he urges us to stop planning everything. Life is too short anyways, so having fun and being around genuine people, is the only way to go.

Here is the Spotify link to hear this track and see more via his IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Yasmin Bratz releases thirteen track album ‘Moon Gorgeous Meditation’

With a style that is refreshingly different to most, Yasmin Bratz is back with an absorbing album that will open your eyes on ‘Moon Gorgeous Meditation‘.

Auset Imaj Bennu aka Yasmin Bratz, is a New York City-based hip-hop artist with a flourishing flow, that gushes out logistically to wrap minds and to teach the misinformed.

I represent something much more ethereal unlike the culture women in hip hop today has branded. Using the Bratz concept and the word by definition, I created a movement much more rebellious to the norm adaptable for all humans of all gender identities, thus naming my network of followers BRATS; which stands for Born the Realest And we the Toughest on Set.” – Yasmin Bratz

The flow is electric and fully street-hop inspired, with ‘Divine Order‘, ‘Ravage‘ and ‘Karma on Fleek‘, being three tracks that seem to steam hot the most, featuring remarkable beats and rhythms that opens you into this enlightened mind with a sharp edge.

Moon Gorgeous Meditation’ from the emerging mogul and New York City emcee Yasmin Bratz, shows us into the mind of a creative artist who is on a mission to get this important message out to the whole world, through such dynamic music that is loud and proud.

With a thirteen track album that is beyond what most minds can comprehend, this effort from an artist beyond being labeled — smashes through the misogynist walls that need replacing with true open-mindedness, that is so often lacking in this phone-dominated and small-minded world. Yazzy is here and not going anywhere.

Stream this promising release on Spotify and see more news via the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

What’s Fake Or Real: Formidable Essex emcee Untold Poet shows us the two sides of the coin on ‘Harvey Dent’

Whilst confidently flushing away the trashy fake noise and opening the willing sink to unleash more realness on the awaiting world, Untold Poet flips the switch just right with his explosive new single about finding that truth to set you free again on ‘Harvey Dent‘.

Untold Poet is a superb Essex, UK-based rapper and singer-songwriter, who was formerly the lead of New Subjects. Now fully on the solo trail as he finds his way, he stomps in to shake our attention with a thoughtful edge.

He raps with such an impressive fluidity as he attempts to chase away that demon who is attempting to block his view. Untold Poet flows with such supreme skills and drops the bars with impressive power and consistency.

This is story about learning who to trust in this sneaky world, that can kick you down like a rugged Sunday league defender at any second. You look for the truth as you feel that things are in a bit of a blur within your eyesight — as you seek that real authenticity and might be lost for now. You know in your scout compass where to go and are just looking for the elusive keys who are playing hide-and-go-seek, so you may unlock the right door to freedom forever.

Harvey Dent‘ from the high caliber UK emcee Untold Poet, brings us an anxious soul who is feeling the walls closing in, as he looks in between to see which way he wants to go. The world can be a mix of truths and lies, so which road you turn to can define you so quickly — if you unwisely choose the wrong path — that is filled with treacherous undesirables.

Stream this top new single on Spotify and see more news on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Worries Don’t Seem Too Big: South Birmingham hip-hop artist OriginelJay blazes away the issues with ‘Smoke 2 That’

Released by the claw-like ferocity of local indie label TigerBloodMuzik Entertainment, OriginelJay gets into the 420 mode with the rizla-filled new 20th April 2021 dropped single full of smokey puff called ‘Smoke 2 That‘.

OriginelJay is a underground South Birmingham, England-based ten-year veteran emcee, who flows in the room with a style that has you reaching for the lighter beside you and flaming up the vibe, to make sure that its alive with breathtaking bars of quality.

This is the message about not worrying about anything for too long — as you toke up and forget about the stress of life — the vibe of lighting off the pressure is paramount as you find your way in this overly stressful world, that is full of potholes and undesirables all over the place.

You feel his authentic mellow vibe filter through through the speakers, as his impressively consistent delivery packs a punch each time and shows his ever-increasing credentials in a bloated genre.

Smoke 2 That‘ from the talented South Birmingham hip-hop artist OriginelJay, is a roll away from the problems with this steamy new track that flows like a freestyle and has you happy like you just swam an Olympic backstroke. He puts out all the fires with a cloud-like reflective, that is full of cleverly rapped bars which are highly impressive.

Stream this new single on Soundcloud and check out his Twitter for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I’m The New Landlord: Colorado’s King MacK drops in with poetic flows that impress highly on ‘Gas’

As he changes lanes to help inspire the masses to avoid drugs and prison time after his own life-changing experiences, King MacK leads the way with riveting new single called ‘Gas‘.

Joshua King aka King MacK is a Denver, Colorado-based hip-hop artist, who has turned his life around from being locked up, to now embracing what he needs to do in order to stay away from the inside cells, to now providing for his family and making that real music that changes your perspective.

This is the peddle to the metal type track, that reinforces your view that there is still quality hip-hop out there, even if it is harder to find sometimes.

His rhymes are so effortless, the ever-growing self-awareness shines from his sunglasses, the vibe is electric and you can’t help but sway your body around with this true underrated emcee.

Gas‘ from Denver emcee King MacK, is that straight up waxin’ the floor flow that has you in much appreciation for his excellent bars that light up high, as he has experienced the lows of life and it feels like this is his time to truly shine.

You learn a lot when you are down and out, so when you are up, you appreciate it a bit more as you vow to never plunge down low to the darkness again. He’s finally free and ready to be who he wants to be.

See his potent music video on YouTube and check out the IG for more news and visuals.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That Top Shelf Feel: North London emcee A STAR drops tremendous ten track album called ‘Samples’

Sparking up that tasty cali with a quality rolled release that settles your nerves from these wild times, A STAR expertly smashes those bars real hard, on the new gritty ten-track album that gives you hope about UK Hip-Hop again with ‘Samples‘.

A STAR is a fast-rising North London emcee with so much fire in his raw rhymes, his street stories about how he sees life is so relevant, in a strange world where there is so much divisiveness and confusion instead of just peace and love.

Its a happy night when all of your team make it home. This is an example of a wild story that tells you all you need to know about his current mindset and this is a striking insight into how things really are, away from what the often watered-down television says.

The particular highlights are definitely ‘Candle Light‘, ‘Smoke In The Air(feat. Big Sam) and ‘Squad Goals‘. He swarms the mic with realness that will have you astonished — the busty beats seem to mesh like code on a crisp website — his admirable loyalty to his true family is noticeable, as his wordplay is wizardry-like and on a rare level of self-aware enlightenment.

Samples‘ from North London rapper A STAR, flows through your mind due to his top shelf lyrical delivery that has you bouncing your head and tapping your feet in adulation. In a genre where there is so much competition and artists come and go so quickly, he has claimed his spot right at the top of the underground where the best are at.

Stream this fire new album on Spotify and check out the visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen