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Zenlee’s ‘Just Poetry’: Track-By-Track Album Review

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Believe it or not, Rap is a form of poetry. In both cases, there’s a particular attention to diction, which rhymes are derived. That said, Zenlee, an Ontario-based rapper doesn’t forget about literary devices during the production process of his debut album. Compromised of 15 tracks, I truly think this Hip-Hop material was given the appropriate title as ‘Just Poetry’. In short, he touches on intimate aspects with a lot of intensity as he portrays his own life events through the verses and emotions. His mission is to encourage listeners to believe in themselves. Below you can read my thoughts about his work, an exclusive track-by-track review.

1 – Street Rep (Intro) From the start of this intro, there’s a catchy hook. So far, the best part must be the delightful rhyming words.

2 – Hostages Of Tha Nation It continues along the same beats as the intro. Analysing the lyrics in greater detail, we find he converts his Rap into a protest song that blames the destruction of a nation due to wars. Clearly, there’s a desperate need for peace and unity in this world, and I agree 100% with his views.

3 – Believe It This one features the beautiful female vocals of Lucy Grace, bringing a soothing balance with the lyrical wordplay. Somehow, it feels like an honest conversation, if you get through hard times, there’s nothing better to believe in yourself in order to move forward.

4 – Tha Life I Choose Within less than a second of experiencing this tune, there’s a pretty nice piano-driven melody that serves as the background of his stylistic rapping. Overall, he reflects about mistakes from the past and talks about the sense of love.

5 – One Million Years You’ll be surprised to know it’s very electronic oriented in comparison with the rest of the tracks of this album. At the same time, you will notice a fast-paced vocalization like never before.

6 – Xcuses Definitely, the chorus is hypnotic and I can’t get it out of my mind… “Your excuses, your excuses, they drive me up the wall”. At the end of the day, excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons.

7 – Goddess Of My Dreamz Literally, here we have a poetry about the sexy woman of our dreams, with which many men fantasize daily.

8 – All Natural Booty Zenlee expresses his preferences for women with natural beauty, but he also incites men to choose the right woman and wife. The best line… “Your natural beauty never gets old”.

9 – Toronto Dreamz Toronto is a city of a million Dreamers. In case you didn’t know, Zenlee was born in a UN refugee camp during the 80s, and since moving to Canada he is proud of this nation. He dedicates this song to the city that keeps his ambitions alive.

10 – Stix N Stonez I would summarize this tune in one single phrase: Explicit rhymes flexing charismatically over a strong electronic beat. Beyond that, the aggressive Rap delivery is compelling. The song derives from the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”.

11 – The Gate Of Eddystone Again, the explicit lyrics duplicate, but you can also expect more melodic phrasing, showcasing his confidence. If I’m not wrong, I think this song is a self-proclamation of being authentic and real.

12 – No Love (Freestyle) The music background reminds me of old-school video games. Besides that, it’s a collaborative tune with Chindalier. As a result, we have a triumphant new freestyle that is in good shape with gutsy raps.

13 – World War 3 He leaves no room for interpretation, with lines like, “Fuck you bitch, where’s my fuckin’ money bitch”. In other words, the rapper will bring a World War 3 to your life if you owe him money. Be warned!

14 – The Battle Beginz  This time, Zenlee join forces with Don Bun King, and despite verses denote a courageous and fearless personality, the dark instrumental is kinda slow. The song talks about a battle against one’s enemy. You can decipher its message for yourself.

15 – Late Nite (Outro) In a pretty short tune he adds the talent of Soca for the grand finale. In my opinion, the outro could have been longer in verses, however, I have no complaints as the whole album proves he’s an artist who is not scared to tell things as they are, while sharing his life without complexes.

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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Monster2x Is A Promising Talent In The Rap Game Now, Listen To “Deep End”

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Without a doubt, one of the rising talents in the Rap game at Vernon is Monster2x. The Texan artist delivers a message plenty of relatable drama and chilled-out Hip-Hop beats on his new single “Deep End”. Somehow, this tune revolves around memories of the past, feeling nostalgic about a former girlfriend and starting over again. Moreover, I absolutely admire his laidback flow. A tune that will take you into a journey of deep emotions that only a broken heart will understand his feelings. Press play below.

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Discover Obe In Space’s Unique Hip-Hop Style With New Single “Deep End”

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Are you hungry for new music? If so, you’ll be happy to discover Obe In Space‘s unique Hip-Hop style. The Northern California-based artist is rapping about chillin’ in the “Deep End”. Ladies and guys will enjoy the way he spits out creative rhymes. When listening to his stunning wordplay it seems he’s telling his own personal story through the verses. But besides that, much of his avant-garde vision is focused on the cosmic Hip-Hop beats. In fact, you can tell he adds a refreshing vibe by employing hypnotic synth lines and sci-fi bleeps. What’s more, Obe In Space is planning to drop captivating visuals pretty soon. So stay tuned for more information to come!

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Miss Money Has Dropped The Music Video For Her Upbeat Single “Mrs.Parker”

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is pleased to reveal the music video for her new upbeat Hip-Hop single “Mrs. Parker”. There’s no better way to celebrate the LGBT Pride Month with a clip like this, where the expression of love is evident. The summertime beats plus the rapid-fire rhythmic rhymes come just in time for the sunny season. From my view, it’s a feel-good jam that you can cruise to in your automobile.

On a side note, Miss Money is not a newcomer in the industry at all. On the contrary, she’s an awarded urban artist who has had the privilege to work with the one and only Big Ali. Also, she has worked for international labels such as Madison Music in France. What’s more, BET, MTV and major radio stations in Africa have already given their approval to her creative compositions. Keep an eye out for details of her next projects via her social media channels below.

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Young Musician Makes Waves With ‘the mixtape’ LP

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Meet kenyon, a young musician from Seattle with a clear sense of originality. Of course, ‘the mixtape’ LP is an example of the dope music he makes because it has all the ingredients to become something BIG. Indeed, he truly embodies his motto: “I Make Art Not Music”. From my view, the 13-track material includes mostly Hip-Hop/Rap tunes. Nevertheless, he dares to reveal his childhood passion for Rock and guitar chords on “When The Sun Falls Down (intermission)”,  “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, and “Thinking Of You”.

Beyond that,  I have no doubt a fan favorite is the fifth cut entitled “Coloring”, which has the full potential to become a radio-friendly hit. In this regard, its retro musical aesthetic is worthy of admiration due to his sampling technique + his solid lyrical flow. Likewise, I enjoyed the seducing atmosphere and beats of “A Song For My Girlfriend”. To conclude, the 17-year-old talent offers many hidden gems on this album. So, why don’t you give it a try above?

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Exploring Hip-Hop Beats From Outer Space Produced By Rushbe

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What happens when you merge space atmospherics and Hip-Hop beats? Well, the answer could come in the form of “Valhalla”, the latest instrumental single by Rushbe. This synthesizer aficionado is part of a new wave of talents on the rise who don’t follow patterns nor trends in the music industry. In the black and white clip below, you can actually see how Rushbe creates a futuristic analog melody on his Arturia MatrixBrute. Soaked in dreamy/ambient textures, it feels very much like a Sci-fi movie theme. Not to mention, I got immediately hooked by its wraparound sounds. Without further ado, the German artist will leave you craving for more…

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